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Off Topic discussions / Fuchsia is not Linux
« on: April 13, 2018, 05:56:28 pm »
OSNews just published that Google's Fuchsia OS now have a more organized documentation:

It is kind of interesting to see some OS that is not based in Linux and it that is not a Monolithic kernel.

For people like to have more deep knowledge of an OS, it may be interesting to read more about Zircon, the kernel of this OS. It is open source under the BSD 3 clause, MIT, Apache 2.0 licenses. It is not clear yet what Google is going to do with this OS.


Hardware / SATA Controller Mode: Intel RST Premiun
« on: March 29, 2018, 03:28:01 pm »

I found this on the a Lenovo Yoga 910 machine. (Check attachment)

I can not install ArcaOS to try it out, but I guess that the workarround will be to put it on AHCI mode.

Does anybody has any experience with this "Intel RST Premiun" does it work on ArcaOS ? On Windows 10 it requires special drivers to be loaded on the installer, so I'm guessing it will not work for us.


Article Discussions / Happy 18th Birthday OS2World
« on: March 27, 2018, 01:59:18 pm »
Yes, today we are 18 years online !!


General Discussion / OS/2 in different languages
« on: March 22, 2018, 04:01:55 pm »

I remember that an OS2VOICE IRC chat I remember that Alex said that it will also be desirable to have MCP1/2 ISOs in languages that they don't have.

I don't know if Alex can join and tell us which languages he (and Arca) already have, and which ones we know that exists but they are missing.

From my side I never finished the wiki page when I tried to collect all the languages available for OS/2. 

For the moment I'm also looking for older version of OS/2 in strange languages, I always wanted to see the Arabic and Hebrew versions of it :)  If you have anything, software screenshots, pictures of the boxes, etc, please let me know.

I will be also trying to find some of the IBM announcement letters to try to remember the release dates of some.


It is an interesting news, check it out:

But don't let the size fool you: This sucker has the computing power of the x86 chip from 1990. Okay, so that's not great compared to what we have today, but cut it some slack — you need a microscope to see it.

So, can it run OS/2?  :D :D


Programming / Help on RPM installer
« on: March 16, 2018, 08:28:41 pm »

I'm going forward making some more RPM installers. I'm doing one for Digger Reloaded.

Everything was going fine until I need to put a file (digger.sco - the score files) on the /home/ directory.

mkdir -p $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/@unixroot/usr/bin
mkdir -p $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/@unixroot/usr/share/doc/%{name}-%{version}
mkdir -p $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/@unixroot/usr/share/licenses/%{name}-%{version}
mkdir -p $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/@unixroot/home/.config/%{name}
cp -p *.exe $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/@unixroot/usr/bin
cp -p digger.txt $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/@unixroot/usr/share/doc/%{name}-%{version}
cp -p readme.txt $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/@unixroot/usr/share/doc/%{name}-%{version}
cp -p copyright.txt $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/@unixroot/usr/share/licenses/%{name}-%{version}
cp -p digger.sco $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/@unixroot/home/.config/%{name}

%doc digger.txt readme.txt
%license copyright.txt

I have no idea what to put on %files so the RPM can grab digger.sco inside the RPM package.  (That is where I have the ???????)

Help is welcome.



I emptied the thrash can and it had a lot of stuff there (icons, images, programs, etc). On the next boot of the ArcaOS 5.0.1 VM it just get stuck on "IFX is examining and cleaning your INI files...". It is just stays there for hours and don't move (I tried 2 hours before rebooting)

If I boot with Alt+F4 and remove ifx.exe from the boot process everything works normal.

Is there any ideas to make IFX.EXE to work back?


General Discussion / 2ine - OS/2 on Linux
« on: February 23, 2018, 06:54:40 pm »
I can not believe I missed this.

1) On December of 2017.  - December 2017 wrapup

- 2ine: my OS/2 emulator hit a milestone: it has enough of OS/2 TCP/IP implemented to run FINGER.EXE. And we all learned a very valuable lesson about code segments for 32-bit linear address spaces. I'll explain this in a more technical post after everyone recovers from their New Year parties.

2) Jan 21: Project: 2ine - Jan 21

You have no idea how much effort went into getting this stupid white square on the screen.

He made an OS/2 white screen app to run also on Linux. Useless but very interesting. This guy recreated 14 OS/2 functions to make that square show up.

Even that is not my desire to run OS/2 apps on Linux, (Joke) I feel that I need to protect this guy from not getting killed by the Illuminati Brotherhood (/Joke). I will have to check more about this project.

I wish Ryan the best !! While everybody says it is impossible, at least he is trying.


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.


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.


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?


Applications / How to list the OBJECTID names on WPS ?
« on: January 11, 2018, 05:39:23 pm »

I forgot which was the way to see the "ObjectID" of a folder or program on the WPS desktop.

For example when creating an Object on WarpIn:

                                 ▲              ▲                 ▲                        ▲
                                 ▲              ▲                 ▲                        ▲
                              WPSClass     Name     Parent folder OID       ObjectID.

What was the easy way to know the ObjectIDs on the objects of the desktop for example. Any Script or Utility suggestion is welcome.

I know it should be easy but I just forgot about it.


Applications / SDL on the Netlabs RPM Repository
« on: January 10, 2018, 10:56:04 pm »

I found this package on the netlabs RPM called "sdl" (1.2.15), it contains and installs SDL12.DLL and SDL120.DLL.

If I run an SDL program like "Alien Blaster" pointing to that  SDL12.DLL I get this problem:
"SYS0191: SDL12 cannot be run in an OS/2 session."

Alien Blaster works fine again if I use from Hobbes.

My questions are:
Do you consider that the "sdl" package on netlabs RPM is wrong in some way, because of the error I got ?
Do you know if there is another RPM package that includes SDL.DLL, SDLMIXER.DLL, etc ?


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