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General Discussion / Re: The Mainframe Kid - and OS/2
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:28:07 pm »
Thanks for the feedback Olafur.

If by any chance you can find some screenshots of the administration software, please post it here.


General Discussion / Re: The Mainframe Kid - and OS/2
« on: February 20, 2018, 10:00:43 pm »
There is his full presentation called "I just bought an IBM z890, Now what?" (I still need to check that video completely)


I just completed to watch his full presentation, it is very nice presentation for someone that is complete noob on the Mainframe. There are some screenshots of OS/2 on 13:18,  and the audience recognized OS/2 very fast :)  It seem that it shows you for 15 minutes the license agreement, then there is an screenshot of app called "System Power Progress".

I liked his talk. For someone like me that never used a mainframe it was fun.


Networking / Re: RTL8211CL DRIVER
« on: February 20, 2018, 07:42:14 pm »
Hi Ben

It can also be great if you can share your PCI.exe report and your new mainboard brand and model so I can include it on the OS2World wiki mainboards list.


Article Discussions / Re: OS2VOICE RPM Server
« on: February 20, 2018, 06:05:28 pm »

I agree with the main idea and offer a different way to access and install OS/2 software. It will not be forcing people to use RPM, but just having an alternative, and of course there are components that it may be hard to install with RPM and should not be there.

For example, I really want to see if I can put some OS/2 games together on the RPM server and try to solve the issue that the most modern games embedded different versions of the SDL DLLs files. So it may be interesting to test and try those games with the latest SDL DLLs.

I don't think using RPM for OS/2 applications will be a "Problem waiting to happen" or a "radical change" (some exceptions may apply). I just think we should evaluate the rpm package individually before jumping into the "fear wagon". And the one that does not like it, just don't use it and keep getting and installing the software as they like.


General Discussion / The Mainframe Kid - and OS/2
« on: February 20, 2018, 04:35:05 pm »
This is an interesting video from IBM.

It is a nice story about a kid who bought a mainframe and installed it on his basement... WHAT??? He now works at IBM.
(joke)I suppose he has to work there to pay the MLC (Monthly license charge) (/joke).

There is his full presentation called "I just bought an IBM z890, Now what?" (I still need to check that video completely)

But it is a nice story, getting mainframe information and how to use it has always been a question to me. Maybe someday I will experience that.

If you check the video on 1:55 you will see OS/2 Warp Server for e-Business Booting. And that is some other thing that I also wonder, what was the relationship between OS/2 Warp and the Mainframe? I basically known (or think that I know) that for some control or functions of the mainframe an OS/2 machine will came embedded to make it easy to administrate it. But I never saw that in life or knew if there were any specific software used on OS/2 to administrate a mainframe.

Has anybody used OS/2 to administrate the mainframe? Am I completely wrong on my appreciation?

Anyways it is a nice story.


Article Discussions / OS2VOICE RPM Server
« on: February 19, 2018, 02:27:01 pm »

I talked with Roderick about his idea of having a RPM repository for OS2VOICE that will include OS/2 software (freeware/shareware new and old).  Roderick just gave a condition that he will not host any software that violate any regulation such as copyright laws (The server is located in the Netherlands and Dutch laws applies).

I found it interesting to have a different way to present software to the community in a way that can be downloaded and installed as simple as possible. I also think that the Netlabs RPM repository should not be used for all kind of OS/2 software, so I think it is a good idea to have a different server for it.  But I also think we need more resources on how the community can help creating RPM packaged for their favorite OS/2 software. For the moment I have personally failed creating my first package, but it is something that I need to try harder. But more samples, tutorials and specific information on how to create RPM packaged will be welcome.

So please let me know if you would like to sign in for the OS2VOICE RPM idea (and help with some RPM packaged) and if there are any doubts or things that need to be defined.

If you dislike RPM and don't want to help at all, there is no need to reply.


Events / Re: Reminder about OS/2 VOICE IIRC speaktup in about 18 hours
« on: February 19, 2018, 01:28:42 pm »

All free of charge of course.

Nothing is "free'. You either put some effort into helping, or you support it by paying for it. Anybody who thinks it will come "free" is dreaming.

Hi Doug.

I disagree. There are people that like to help other for free. There are people that runs websites, compile software, create kernels and answer forums for free with the goal to help people and their communities.

If you still disagree please follow this link.


Events / Re: Reminder about OS/2 VOICE IIRC speaktup in about 18 hours
« on: February 18, 2018, 04:14:28 pm »
Hi Sergey

I understand the question is like what should be the "Killer Application" or "most common use of the OS" that makes the user to want to have ArcaOS.
- Killer Application of Windows (80's) = Office
- Killer Application of the Internet (late 90's) = email
- Killer Application of the iPhone = Angry birds :)   ok, Maybe it was more of having some Internet Services "on the Go" or the maps apps.

As a personal opinion the killer application of ArcaOS as it is today = "Run the OS/2 apps in modern hardware" (with the hardware limitations that we all know). This is an opinion that it may vary from each person, since someone else may consider a different feature the "Killer Application".

The problem with that "killer application" is that is only focused only to OS/2 users (Companies and individuals), but it will not provide any long term strategy to attract younger/new users to the platform. But I think there is room to improve ArcaOS's "Killer Application" in the future.


Programming / Re: Trying to build my First RPM Package
« on: February 08, 2018, 09:09:00 pm »
Thanks Dave. I installed it.

I got a different error now.

+ cp -p RollBall.txt C:/Home/rpmbuild/BUILDROOT/RollBall-1.00-1.oc00.i386/@unixr
+ /@unixroot/usr/lib/rpm/brp-compress ./@unixroot
+ /@unixroot/usr/lib/rpm/pc/brp-strip-os2 C:\Home/rpmbuild/BUILD/ --no-debuginfo

SYS1003: The syntax of the command is incorrect.
error: File not found: C:/Home/rpmbuild/BUILDROOT/RollBall-1.00-1.oc00.i386/@uni
+ umask 022
+ export SHELL=/@unixroot/usr/bin/sh.exe
+ export CONFIG_SHELL=/@unixroot/usr/bin/sh.exe
+ export MAKESHELL=/@unixroot/usr/bin/sh.exe
+ cd C:\Home/rpmbuild/BUILD
+ DOCDIR=C:/Home/rpmbuild/BUILDROOT/RollBall-1.00-1.oc00.i386/@unixroot/usr/shar
+ export DOCDIR
+ /@unixroot/usr/bin/mkdir.exe -p C:/Home/rpmbuild/BUILDROOT/RollBall-1.00-1.oc0
+ cp -pr RollBall.txt C:/Home/rpmbuild/BUILDROOT/RollBall-1.00-1.oc00.i386/@unix
+ exit 0
    File not found: C:/Home/rpmbuild/BUILDROOT/RollBall-1.00-1.oc00.i386/@unixro

Is there any recommendation so I can capture all the console output?

Any help is welcome to be able to create my first RPM. If there is a different approach to create RPMs is also welcome.


Programming / Trying to build my First RPM Package
« on: February 08, 2018, 03:52:03 pm »

I'm trying to build my first RPM package for a little game called "RollBall". For the moment it is a very simple installer with one "RollBall.exe" file and one "RollBall.txt" file. That's all.

I had installed "rpm-build" and on the "home" directory created the "rpmbuild" directory structure.  I also created the RollBall.specs file with some samples that Andy Willis provided me.

When I run the "rpmbuild -bb specs\RollBall.spec" command to create the package I get this error:

+ /@unixroot/usr/lib/rpm/pc/brp-strip-os2 C:\Home/rpmbuild/BUILD/ --no-debuginfo

/@unixroot/var/tmp/rpm-tmp.ykbSb3: 42: /@unixroot/var/tmp/rpm-tmp.ykbSb3: /@unix
root/usr/lib/rpm/pc/: not found
error: Bad exit status from /@unixroot/var/tmp/rpm-tmp.ykbSb3 (%install)

RPM build errors:
    Bad exit status from /@unixroot/var/tmp/rpm-tmp.ykbSb3 (%install)

Does anybody knows on which package is the "brp-strip-os2" program? I'm attaching my files in case someone will like to give more comments (constructive comments) about the RollBall.specs file.


Article Discussions / Re: AN changing USB driver stack to 32-bit
« on: February 02, 2018, 10:04:57 pm »
I really don't know what this is all about. ...

Hi Joop.

1.- I see the problem from the Open source perspective. The license on the "1. Grant of License for the IBM Code" section it says:

In addition, IBM grants to you the non-exclusive, non-assignable, non-transferable right, under the applicable IBM copyrights, to reproduce and distribute, in object code form only, the IBM Code and/or the permitted derivative work thereof, but only in conjunction with and as part of the OS/2 Device Driver and only if you:

a) do not make any statements to the effect or which imply that the OS/2 Device Driver is "certified" by IBM or that its performance is guaranteed by IBM and

b) agree to indemnify, hold harmless and defend IBM and its subsidiaries and their suppliers from and against any and all claims, legal proceedings, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses, including attorney's fees, arising out of or in connection with your distribution of the IBM Code and/or the OS/2 Device Driver.

You must reproduce any copyright notice(s) on each copy, or partial copy, of the IBM Code. If you redistribute any of the AFM and/or PPD files you must include the following copyright notice: "Copyright 1988, 1989 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved".

Uhm, reading it complete gives me a different context. I need to read it all again.

2.- -About using the IBM DDK, since IBM DDK was available with a free of charge registration on the IBM site, I think you can still use it legally while you comply to the license agreement that IBM provided. At least until IBM publish an announcement letter saying that is taking back the right of use on the IBM DDK.


Applications / Re: NWCALLS DLL ?
« on: February 01, 2018, 12:25:14 pm »
Thanks. I will check it.

Applications / NWCALLS DLL ?
« on: January 31, 2018, 08:43:56 pm »

I'm trying some old OS/2 software called Broadcast Message Receiver. I just testing some old OS/2 software from some CD-ROM, it is not that I'm looking for an specific functionality.

This software asks for a NWCALLS.DLL file. Any idea where to get it? or what is that?


Article Discussions / Re: AN changing USB driver stack to 32-bit
« on: January 30, 2018, 02:01:40 am »
On the past the IBM DDK license has been use as an excuse to do not share any kind of driver development or documentation on this platform.
I just want to kill the excuse

This is silly. The DDK is required to use what AN developed, whether the driver is 32 bit, or not. AN cannot include the DDK in the code that they release to the public, but I expect the rest of it to be released, WHEN THE DRIVER IS FINISHED, and not before. Currently, the driver is under development, and testing. It is NOT available to the general population, yet. AN will also release their binary driver, using the official channels (Subscription, or ArcaOS license). Anybody else who wants it are on their own. If they have the DDK, and understand how to build the package, it should be possible, after AN finds the time to update the public repositories, and that may take a while, because those guys are busting their butts to get ArcaOS 5.0.2 ready for their users. It also makes sense to delay releasing the code, to make it more desirable to have a subscription, or buy ArcaOS (did I say that?).

Hi Doug, you seem to miss my earlier post.

Do you have hope that AN release the USB 3.0 source code to the USB Netlabs repository eventually. It may not be right away, but have you hear from them any intention to do that in the future ?


Article Discussions / Re: AN changing USB driver stack to 32-bit
« on: January 29, 2018, 07:32:51 pm »
What am I missing?

Hi Greg.

On the past the IBM DDK license has been use as an excuse to do not share any kind of driver development or documentation on this platform.
I just want to kill the excuse :)

The real problem is that Lars and Wim will not be able to continue their developments on the new USB stack, if not information and/or source code is shared.

What does a DDK license have to do with a new interface designed by AN.
For what is known AN is using IBM DDK source code samples for theirs drivers. So, the drivers source code are in part ruled by the IBM DDK license.


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