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General Advertisements / OS/2 Discord Channel
« on: December 19, 2019, 05:29:09 am »
Started an OS/2 Discord if anyone was into that kind of thing:
May link it up to IRC in the future, we'll see

Networking / Intel 2915ABG on a T41 with OS/2 (questions)
« on: May 29, 2018, 08:01:47 pm »
So I finally got my T41 upgraded and thrown back together. The Intel 2915ABG wifi card is installed, and the BIOS has been modded to disable the whitelisting. IBM states in their documentation that the 2915ABG is not supported on the T41, only the T42 and beyond (however I presume that's due to the said whitelisting). The BIOS did complain that an unsupported Wifi module was detected prior to modding the BIOS.

Whenever I boot into OS/2 (ArcaOS) I only see the wired Intel NIC, when I disabled the wired Intel NIC OS/2 then complains because it's no longer present and the way it configures things is very stepped like that.

So... my question is...
Should I reinstall ArcaOS if it needs to see network devices during the installation process to set up? And if I do, how exactly does one get GenMAC going?

I'm presuming that the T41 is in fact compatible with the 2915ABG.

Networking / Wifi bridge for OS/2 machines
« on: May 29, 2018, 07:55:00 pm »
I just realized using a raspberry pi for a cheap wifi bridge would be a good solution for any OS/2 machines that don't have the luxury of having GenMAC or whatever:

Just an idea. But then really, you could use it for a lot more devices too.

Programming / OS/2 kernel requiring speculative execution patch!!!!
« on: January 03, 2018, 04:01:41 am »
So I'm sure many are aware of the news regarding the flaw in Intel's speculative execution in the majority of the CPUs:

The problem doesn't end there, it affects anything i686 and newer (as this was when speculative execution was introduced):

Which means, anything Pentium II and newer is affected.

Will ArcaNoae be working on patching the OS/2 kernel with KPTI? Otherwise I won't be able to consider OS/2 a viable OS for going on the internet anymore for anything personal.

Applications / changing ArcaOS boot screen
« on: December 03, 2017, 11:18:34 pm »
I wanted to change the ArcaOS boot screen to this cleaned up OS/2 boot screen that I made:

However I don't have MAKELOGO, is there an easier way to convert this to the appropriate format?


Setup & Installation / How to - Install Fonts on OS/2
« on: October 26, 2017, 10:44:43 am »
So I tried installing a font to OS/2 (ArcaOS) by copying it into the main font directory, and while it did copy over--the font viewer still only shows 109 fonts, and I can't use it or view it in the font viewer.

I just want to run this vulnerability discovered in the OS/2 Table to see if it affects IBM's OS/2:

I've always maintained OS/2 is fairly secure (assuming you're not running insecure software on it), even though it's lacking ASLR and other things--but I am interested in seeing if there are vulnerabilities in the old system after all of these years.

Applications / Applications OS/2 Needs
« on: October 20, 2017, 04:44:03 am »
After browsing through my existing repretoire of OS/2 applications (which isn't that great) and trying out some ported things, I haven't been able to find good substitutes for some things I do on other OSes on a daily basis.

That would be:

#1 A good audio player with playlists and generous file support. It should be able to play: .MP3, .OGG, .FLAC, .IT, .S3M, .MOD, .XM--basically something that could be a distant shadow to xmplay (which there isn't even anything quite like it on Linux, but it can run in WINE). Or maybe I'm just too used to XMplay :p

#2 A decent quick image editing program--like Pinta or Paint.NET

#3 Audio editing, like Audacity but for OS/2

#4 Advanced text editor with the ability to change the colours--like Notepad++ or any other common editors out there
The ability to play common audio formats in playlists, and also the ability to run tracker files is the most wanted thing I'm looking for at the moment.

If anyone wanted to provide me some pointers where I should start out with? Unfortunately I don't have the official IBM compiler for OS/2 so... I'd be up for any offers if anyone has a copy.

Networking / Mini PCI wifi cards
« on: October 16, 2017, 12:19:49 am »
I'm trying to figure out what mini PCI cards (for the T4x platform) would work well with OS/2--or really ArcaOS. Sort of thinking out loud.

#1 IBM mini PCI
Not to be confused (presumably) with the later IBM card that was based on Atheros instead of PRISM:

It appears this driver utilizes ibmprism.exe, although I don't have a source for the driver--I'll have to go deep diving on the internet to find one later. Weird how a modem is included... but I guess that's one good card to get and stuff it in my fleet of T41/42/43s.

#2 cisco aironet
Looks like Paul already has this in GenMac support.

If anyone has any other suggestions to good mini PCI wifi adapters let me know. I have noticed ArcaOS seems to handle some driver installations differently than OS/2. For instance, installing the IBM Audio Driver IV (for soundmax on T4x series) it just flat out fails; so I had to use the universal audio driver--which does work fortunately. Not sure if the same would be exhibited by manually installing one of the mini PCI wifi drivers.

Games / Porting OpenRCT2 to OS/2?
« on: October 15, 2017, 10:38:46 pm »
Was just curious what the feasibility would be on porting OpenRCT2 to OS/2, this is what it would require for Linux:

    sdl2 (only for UI client)
    freetype (can be disabled)
    fontconfig (can be disabled)
    libzip (>= 1.0)
    libpng (>= 1.2)
    speexdsp (only for UI client)
    curl (only if building with http support)
    jansson (>= 2.5)
    openssl (>= 1.0; only if building with multiplayer support)
    iconv (part of glibc on Linux)
    gl (commonly provided by Mesa or GPU vendors; only for UI client, can be disabled)

I know a lot of that already runs on ArcaOS. I've very little experiencing in porting anything (although at some point I really ought to learn some more).


Applications / Quassel OS/2 fails to connect to core
« on: October 15, 2017, 10:32:25 pm »
Hey guys,

I didn't realize that quassel was ported to OS/2, but I'm glad that it is (since I do use it already on my other systems):

However, whenever I try to connect quasselclient to my quassel core with the ported OS/2 client, it always fails to authenticate (but I've confirmed it works perfectly fine on my 0.12.4 windows clients).

Is it because the port is 0.10.0 which would require an older version of the quassel server? Or some other kind of bug?

(I'm running the latest version of ArcaOS)

Setup & Installation / Installing the OS/2 C Libraries and emx runtime
« on: April 26, 2016, 06:06:17 am »

For LIBC, do I just tack the .DLL(s) to OS\DLL? And would the same process apply to the emx runtime for OS/2?

I haven't used GCC or the C libraries before so you'll have to excuse my ignorance. Heck, I haven't even built anything from source code before, but there's always a start somewhere.

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