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Internet / Re: Firefox - 45.9.0 for OS/2 GA1.1...anyone...anyone???
« on: April 21, 2018, 06:05:38 pm »
I think I'm running the -3 browser, but is there a way to show that this version is different than the previous version?

Help-About just says this is 45.9.0, just as the previous version did.

Setup & Installation / Re: RAM disk and temp folders...what else?
« on: April 20, 2018, 03:01:01 pm »
Pardon me for going off-topic a little bit.

Writing a good installer would supercharge the OS4 project. If I could have confidence that I could install OS4, and then uninstall it, I could be brave about trying it under various machines and tasks. I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling this way. I'd like to encourage the project, yet I have not got the time to invest to learn how it goes together.

It's not easy to write a good installer, and the skills have more to do with test engineering than software engineering. OS4 would be especially challenging because any error leaves the installation unable to boot. The target installations are diverse -- OS/2, eCS and ArcaOS.

Programming / Re: Templates
« on: April 18, 2018, 05:09:09 pm »
To make a template, first create a Program Object with the features you want, then open the Properties, go to the icon tab and check the checkbox marked "Template."

Applications / Re: Phantom Optical Drive
« on: April 17, 2018, 09:04:16 pm »
I suppose you could have specified a USB cd-rom drive in your config.sys

I'm on the road, so I can't tell you which USB driver.

Hardware / Re: Time for a OS/2 box
« on: April 05, 2018, 03:50:28 pm »
While I like the idea of specifying specific hardware that works, what would that entail?

1. USB 2.0 hardware: Not really available in current chipsets, so that's some custom work. Arca Noae may soon have a better driver.
2. Very old WiFi: Our latest support is via GenMac for 802.11b, and even that has some issues. That's almost 15 years old.
3. BIOS: We're going to need BIOS support, and I'm hoping that can be our own custom CSM
4. Disk support: Don't show us GPT or disks larger than 2 TB.

And the market is complex. End users might buy hardware like this, but how would they even know it exists. Likewise, for any industrial users, would they even know to look. Also, most Industrial users want support for Microchannel, ISA and other interfaces that are long gone. If you take industrial users out of the picture, I'll stick with my prediction of 8 sold units.

Hardware / Re: Time for a OS/2 box
« on: April 04, 2018, 06:10:46 pm »
I think it's good not to overestimate the size of the market for these machines. Can you have a machine built in china if your total run is going to be 8 computers?

Setup & Installation / Re: Installing Rsync.
« on: March 20, 2018, 08:09:48 pm »
Lots of rsync users here, but probably none are using SSH. Can you skip using SSH for now?

Programming / Re: 10% Fundraising for QT5 and new Browser
« on: March 13, 2018, 02:31:45 pm »
There was no need for Qt5 in the last 5 1/2 years of it's existence. It's a huge amount for a temporary solution. QtWebKit will be removed from Qt6 next year. The preferred path for the Qt framework since 2015 is QtWebEngine which is based on Google's Chromium. So one question remains: Which new browser will use the outdated QtWebKit from 2013 in 2019?

Why are you bringing up QtWebKit?  BitWise is not on this forum; and elsewhere they've said they have not yet selected the browser framework. We need Qt first, and the selection of the browser framework should be done as late as possible.

Networking / Re: ArcaOS network compatibility with OS/2
« on: March 08, 2018, 10:17:40 pm »

IBMPEERS is absent in ArcaOS. Samba client is installed instead.

IBMPEERS is not missing, you simply did not select the option, when it was presented, or you chose the easy install, which doesn't always make the best choices, but usually works properly.

WHY IBMPEERS is disabled by default?

I don't speak for Arca Noare, but it is simply that SAMBA is far better. Try to copy a 2.5 GB file, or attach to a win 10 network, with IBMPEERS. It isn't going to work. You can still attach to an IBMPEERS network, using the SAMBA client, but you may need to tweak the security stuff (basically turn it off) to be able to do it. It is documented.

Who made the decision?

Those who understand what modern networking is all about.

The original poster asked how to network with eCS 2.2 running IBMPEERS. SAMBA cannot do this. If you try, you'll see a few files, but if the number of files you examine exceeds a couple of hundred, you'll find that SAMBA has failed. Bitwise says SAMBA does not support IBM File and Print Sharing.

OS/2 is not about modern networking. It's about keeping support for a legacy system. If it can also do modern networking, that's a bonus.

I don't think ArcaOS is any different than eCS in supporting the original OS/2 File and Print Client, or IBM Peer Networking.

I welcome SAMBA and will enjoy having the server upgraded to version 4 if that gets done. I think the version 4 client must be good for someone, but most who use multiple Operating Systems on a LAN are going to choose to sit on some other desktop, so the SAMBA Server component is the one that wants upgrading.

As it is, with Samba Server version 3 and Samba Client version 4, there is a little awkwardness in setting up security for a LAN with all ArcaOS computers. IBMPEERS is easier to use and better documented than SAMBA for this case. That said, I use SAMBA for my mixed ArcaOS and eCS LAN.

The transcript of BWW speakup is now up on the VoiCE website. I can see that the topic never came up.

I'm not looking for a "resolution" to problems with Firefox -- I have all the latest libraries on both eCS and ArcaOS. I know there is a lot of work going on by looking at checkins on github, but I don't know the goal of those checkins.

I will say that marking code to load high does make some difference to stability, and I'll comment again on this in a few weeks when I have more information. I think the highmem tool could be a little more user-friendly.

I don't think I can enter a bug report for "what are you guys trying to do with Firefox?"

Silvan said in the speakup that a browser is essential to the life of the operating system. How essential is a web browser to the success of the operating system? I can browse on a smartphone or tablet. There is no platform with a bug-free browser. Still, I'm inclined to think he's right. I'm using Firefox on ArcaOS to type this message.

Thanks, Dave. That is my problem. Lars shows other problems like that.

Years ago, I tried to get Scott Garfinkle to commit his queue interface fixes. If the system queue table exceeds 64K, the kernel simply overwrites whatever is there. Allocate more than 3000 queues, and you can write anything on the kernel you want.

Events / Re: Reminder about OS/2 VOICE IIRC speaktup in about 18 hours
« on: March 03, 2018, 06:58:26 pm »
I have talked to potential OS/2 users, and our killer app is actually OS/2. Lots of curious people wanting to see something different.

This won't give us world domination over Android or iOS or the other minor operating systems, but it has the potential for a lot of sales compared to today.

Well, I missed my chance to ask, but the question I would have asked is this:

What is going on with Firefox? As it stands, I can leave the browser pointed to a modern, active webpage, and after some time, the system will reset. I've been doing this long enough to recognize kernel corruption. Firefox runs the system out of some resource, and the kernel is not protected from such a shortage.

Having solved some of these problems in legacy industrial systems, I know they are challenging to solve. Is there any hope that a future version of Firefox will be more forgiving of system shortages?

Is the problem actually in Firefox?

Hardware / Re: Limitation on using an USB DVD and CD writer under ArcaOS
« on: February 18, 2018, 05:03:35 am »
Even with Rich Walsh's cdrecord, burning ISO to USB DVD causes an error. I appreciate that I could probably fool around with this until it worked, but I'm too lazy. It looks like it's going to work, the drive is recognized, but it doesn't take long to fail.

Also, the command line processing for mkisofs2.exe differ from mkisofs.exe, so my scripts don't work.

Hardware / Re: Limitation on using an USB DVD and CD writer under ArcaOS
« on: February 12, 2018, 10:38:36 pm »

Tried RSJ Writer. but it did not work.  It was then I realized that this program probably only works with CDR drives and not DVD writers.

RSJ runs fine with USB DVD writers. It does not run well if DVD-Toys is installed. I don't know why. There are some interesting theories put forward in this thread. The reason newer hardware, that is hardware without a built-in DVD, needs RSJ is that USB support is broken in DVD toys. This support could be included in ArcaOS, but it is not.

The need for DVD support just got a lot less compelling now that ArcaOS can boot from USB stick.

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