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Applications / Re: Porting question
« on: January 31, 2023, 10:54:05 pm »
Ugh...  I remember again why I'm not a programmer.....   >:(

It isn't for everyone. You might be able to document how to use an OS/2 program. The skills needed to make a program are different from the skills needed to describe how to use a program.

Long ago I was with a bunch of hard core Unix programmers, and one of them had to use Windows NT. So I looked over at his screen, and it had a full screen command prompt (running vi) and the registry editor open. He had figured out how to kill explore (which normal people would have called the Windows desktop), which was of no use to him.

Hardware / Re: Some successful installs with ArcaOS 5.0
« on: January 28, 2023, 03:42:22 pm »
It is helpful to test some installations of ArcaOS on some computers. But the name printed on the computer case is not enough information.

Look at my website for a better summary of information for one computer.

Or look at the OS/2 World wiki and the information there, although that is also often not enough. If you are installing ArcaOS, a good start is to produce the testlog for the finished installation.

Applications / Re: Creating an OS/2 image from HDD
« on: January 23, 2023, 01:00:19 am »
The easy way to move your partition is to use zip. Zip your old partition with -qryS. If files are in use, they will not be included, so if you are moving a bootable volume, boot from another volume, or from installation media to do your zip.

Create your new volume, and unzip (no parameters needed). If it is bootable, and you changed file system type, you need to use sysinstx <drive letter> to copy system files.

This method has few limitations about volume size and it defragments your data, too.

I think this is the right place for OS/2 on virtual. I know my concern is how developed the OS/2 side of the virtual environment is. VirtualBox gives a decent set of OS/2 additions. VMWare abandoned theirs but it probably still works. Are any other hosts capable? Without a decent set of additions, OS/2 isn't really very nice to run in a virtual environment.

I'm on both virtual and hardware. I sell both hardware with ArcaOS and per-configured ArcaOS virtual machines on my website. I spend at most of my computer time on OS/2.

Utilities / Re: graphic interface for smartahci
« on: January 08, 2023, 08:39:44 pm »
I'm not seeing my disks with smartmontools. I'm using the Arca Noae NVMe driver. I see we have smartmontools 6.6, but the release version is 7.3.

Hardware / Re: Hardware Compatibility Wishlist for 2023
« on: January 04, 2023, 03:35:20 pm »
I'd like to be able to set display resolution to numbers I like, instead of relying on those few that the VESA interface provides.

Hi Neil.

I didn't get this one, since I only have 1920x1080 monitors or less.
Do you mean that in Panorama there is missing some configuration for higher resolutions? or custom resolutions? Is there any resolution number that is giving you problems?


I may start a new thread for this, but this is my list of choices for screen resolution

1920x 1440

Notice that only the last one is a wide-screen.

Hardware / Re: Lenovo Thinkcentre M73p
« on: January 02, 2023, 05:30:17 am »
I'm running an M920q (tiny) now.

M920q looks very interesting. How much memory does OS/2 see?

  Memory below 4GB: 2.39 GiB

not bad,  will it increase if you reduce Video Mem  ?

That is with the minimum video memory.

Hardware / Re: Hardware Compatibility Wishlist for 2023
« on: January 01, 2023, 04:17:30 pm »
Working with a new monitor, I find I'm wishing that we had support for HDMI, DisplayPort and USB-c video interfaces with audio. I know this is a big ask, since it sort of confuses the boundary between video and audio. I'd like to be able to set display resolution to numbers I like, instead of relying on those few that the VESA interface provides.

Hardware / Re: Lenovo Thinkcentre M73p
« on: January 01, 2023, 03:27:53 pm »
I'm running an M920q (tiny) now.

M920q looks very interesting. How much memory does OS/2 see?

Loader's physical memory layout:
  Memory below 1MB: 635.00 KiB
  Memory between 1MB and 4GB: 2.39 GiB
  Memory below 4GB: 2.39 GiB
  Memory above 4GB: 5.44 GiB

I'm now running with a 4K monitor at 3840 x 2160.

Programming / Re: Qt6
« on: December 28, 2022, 03:28:30 pm »
Thanks, Paul, for attempting this port of QT6. It's inspiring how you have done this in a public way, so we can all follow along, even if we can't understand all the moving parts you must deal with for the port.

And thanks for the GCC port, which I can and do use. If anyone uses PMMail, it has made a big difference for that program to be compiled with a newer version.

Of course, others helped, particularly dmik at bitwise, for some parts, and for eveyone who tested and helped.

Happy New Year to you all.

Applications / Re: PDF Printer
« on: December 21, 2022, 04:33:42 pm »
I just printed this thread using Firefox 45 print to file.

6-05-22  23:49          74,267    124  firefox.exe

I don't know how firefox versioning works, so this is the version of Firefox.

Setup & Installation / Re: Changing platforms
« on: December 15, 2022, 03:40:16 pm »
As far as VMWare ESXi6.0, their support ended long ago. Version 4 worked great. But I think that isn't the problem.

using mv, uname, etc -- these commands are all from \usr directories, so at least mv should fail. OS/2 native commands might have worked, but the sure way to move locked files is to boot from alternate media. You can boot from the install .ISO, go to system maintenance, and manipulate things as you like.

Platform should be pentium4 then i686. I might be wrong, but I haven't found any need to uninstall any i686 items.

Applications / Re: Alternative to Thunderbird
« on: December 15, 2022, 12:42:49 am »
And while its still early days we might soon have an alternative to Thunderbird asn an email client.
Its still need more work to get it done, but there is being worked on
An open source email client.

Hopefully next wear we can release a beta version of Trojita.

Roderick Klein

It is only imap client !

Any POP + Imap client ?
(pop allow to have email on the desktop and never lose them nor having them not readable due to closed imap account)

Thunderbird (and SeaMonkey) can copy messages from IMAP to the local drive. You do not need a POP3 client to save messages locally.


Events / Re: Warpstock 2022 - Personal Remarks
« on: December 12, 2022, 05:01:28 pm »
I want to comment on the new browser and bookmarks. I listened to the comments at Warpstock. I kind of want an OS/2-like solution to bookmarks.

Back in Web Explorer days, bookmarks used to be a folder on the desktop, and the URL objects in these folders could have parameters like which browser to use. I think this would be an adequate solution to bookmarks on the new browser, particularly if you could drag URL objects to the browser and drag browser tabs to create or update a URL object.

Events / Re: Warpstock 2022 - Personal Remarks
« on: December 11, 2022, 04:28:38 pm »
I wrote about Travel Routers on ArcaOS in 2021.

Since then, GL.iNet software in my preferred routers has worked intermittently due to lack of support for Firefox 45. Current browsers, including dooble, seem to work fine with all versions of GL.iNet. One attendee at Warpstock used his phone to tell the router to provide service to his laptop.

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