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General Discussion / Installing eCS under Virtual Box
« on: October 17, 2015, 10:17:37 am »
Sadly, my employer is forcing everybody to Windows to (the computer dept. claims) to lower costs and increase security.  For me this means installing eCS under Virtual Box (ver 5.0), and I am having some difficulties.  The main problem is that the eCS installation program asks to format the virtual disk to install.  When doing so, I am asked to restart the installation program. 
  • If I set the boot order to installation device and then hard disk, I have to start all over again, and the newly created virtual disk image is not recognized by the installer
  • If I set the boot order to hard disk and then installation device, it stops with the comment no files available (reasonable as nothing has been written to the virtual disk) and aborts
I think (2) is the way to go, but then I need some way of telling the installer that I actually have a formatted virtual disk ready for the install.  Anyone here with some advice on how to proeed?

General Discussion / Search facility on the forum - an excellent thing
« on: August 02, 2015, 07:26:20 pm »
Earlier today I experienced that my flash plugin no longer was working.  Tried several measures, but no success.  I was just about to post a message on this site if someone else had experienced the same (under FireFox 31.8 ), when I remembered the excellent search facility on this site.  Hence, I searched for flash, and then there was an earlier post from NeillWaldauer (and a most helpful response by Dave Yeo to remove pluginref.dat in the FF profile directory).  Voila, flash was back and up running.

The morale: while it is easy to ask for assistance on the forum, it is even easier and faster to make a search (go to the forum pages and search from there), and it may just happen you find what you are looking for).  In this case it did.  So, many thanks from Norway to those administering the forum  :).

Trying to recover my steps and reasons this error occurred almost out of the blue, I recalled that I had installed the "Copy plain text" add-on.  I am not certain this is the reason flash had been moved in pluginref.dat to the invalid segment of that file, but the time the file had changed, corresponds well with when flash stopped working.

Article Discussions / Choice of update channel for eCS / OS2
« on: August 01, 2015, 04:08:22 am »
As some of the comments on Firefox 31.6 are quite distant from its headline, I have chosen to start a new tread.

P. S. The worst thing is that the very valuable OS/2 developers time is carelessly wasted on solving irrelevant problems of users failing to comprehend the readme file.

I am willing to bet $100 that Boris does not work with sales  :).  While I think it is important to have something substantial to sell, sales should not be disregarded as irrelevant.  If IBM had been better at promoting OS/2 in the 1990s, OS/2 may have been the leading operating system of today.  All our issues on missing drivers, appropriate software, way to few  development resources, etc. would have been a non-issue.  Unfortunately, these issues are real problems for OS/2 / eCS that contribute to leaving us where we currently are.

Any user, techie or non-techie, contributes to the development of OS/2 / eCS by paying for the operating system or for licensed software, and by providing feedback.  Admittedly, non-techie contributions are not as large as from those actively taking part in software development, but their contributions are not zero (or even negative) as Boris' statement above suggests.  Please, treat each other respectfully - we are too few to loose anyone.

However, Boris' remark touches upon one important issue - developers need to agree on a suitable and modern update channel.  Rpm-yum is one of those in some sense, but it has a high user threshold.  Moreover, it does not come without some effort as well. As for any update channel, developers need awareness on changes to the system.  Choosing an update channel that attracts rather than sends users away cannot be wrong?

General Discussion / Windows 10 and privacy
« on: July 28, 2015, 06:36:55 pm »
There are growing concerns about privacy protection due to new software.  A recent piece in the Financial Times provides some interesting comments: see for details.  It is particularly the commentary field that contain many interesting view points.

So, where is the opportunity for eCS (OS/2) in this context?
  • Some Win users have not even updated to Win7 or Win8 as they value their privacy.  Many of these users are probably still using older hardware which would make eCS (OS/2) a viable option for these users
  • Some users are looking at Linux as an elternative to Win, but then they face many of the same difficulties as we do + they get (pending the Linux they choose) user interfaces that are quite unfamiliar to them

I have previously argued we need to attract more ordinary users (like me) to make eCS (OS/2) be more than an interesting option for the select few.  Privacy concerns related to Win10 may provide us with some interesting (and unexpected) opportunities.

Mail-News / ExQuilla for Thunderbird under eCS
« on: August 04, 2014, 09:25:36 pm »
As Microsoft is tightening its grip on the corporate world (like my university where I apparently no longer can send email from my Thunderbird (v 17) email client through the exchange server), I wonder if ExQuilla ( is available for ThunderBird, or if someone is working on this?

Thanks / Eirik

General Discussion / eCS 2.2
« on: May 21, 2014, 11:31:15 am »
After Mensys has been taken over by XEU, and a more time consuming test phase of eCS 2.2 than anticipated, I suppose several eCS users wonder when will a consumer-ready release 2.2 be available?  Moreover, in a longer term perspective, what are the realistic picture of a real updated eCS 3.x?

Internet / Mozilla Warpin installers + applications
« on: March 26, 2014, 09:21:39 pm »
Thanks to Doug Bissett for providing the WarpIn installers for WarpIn installers for SeaMonkey 2.14, Thunderbird 17.0.11, Firefox 17.0.5 beta2.  Works wonderfully once I manually installs glib2 (see the readme in any of the applications) under eCS 2.1. 

I do not use SeaMonkey, but the latest versions (17esr) of Thunderbird and Firefox work excellent.  I was a bit concerned about Firefox, given it is still a beta2, but with 12esr having some shortcomings, I decided to upgrade Firefox as well.  Glad I did: fast, reliable, and Flash and Java (via IcedTea) also work well.  Hence, also thanks to the Bitwise team, Dave Yeo, and Flash and IcedTea developers.  eCS is alive and kicking.

Networking / XWLan updates
« on: November 10, 2013, 09:57:02 pm »
Version 3.12 beta of XWLan has just been posted at by Netlabs on  The new version has several improvements and improved functionality.  Excellent job by the team behind (Christian Langanke, Adriand Gschwend, Steven Levine, and Andreas Buchinger).  Thanks guys :-)

When installing the widget version (highly recommended) please note the following:
  • If you run previous widget versions of XWLan, close eCenter before installing (or it will not install).
  • IIf this is the first time you install a widget version of XWLan, you need to add the widget (right mouse button all the way to the right on eCenter, and add widget from list.
Unfortunately, this did not help making wireless work on my Thinkpad T410 (see the GenMac discussion forum - direct link:, as my problem appears to reside in the GenMac driver).  But it is great to see good work done towards making wireless available on modern hardware. Hopefully, in not to distant a future, this will be resolved through the Multimac project as the list of drivers expand (where many, my self included, already benefit from the E1000E driver for wired access).

Keep up the good work, and thanks again!

Networking / Wireless
« on: March 16, 2013, 10:58:55 pm »
I have made some progress making WiFi work on the Intel Centrino 6300 a/g/n card.  See

for details.  It looks as if I need the original Win XP drivers for this to work.  Anyone "out there" who has those drivers, or have a link where these files can be found.  Feel I am pretty close to making this a success.


Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Odin
« on: February 22, 2013, 10:33:48 am »
Great to see the new Java up and running.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to install the Odin 0.8.9 (neither the odininst.exe and the wpi link to Hobbes work).  If someone could fix the wpi link, I would be most grateful.


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