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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 ?


Programming / Compiling an OS/2 Driver
« on: December 27, 2017, 03:12:33 pm »

I want to make some little experiment to learn to compile a simple driver on OS/2, and if something works write some little/quick thing for EDM/2.

I have zero experience on this area (just like when I compiled some PM samples). I'm just interested on the process of compiling the driver, since developing a driver is a lot more complex.

Do you recommend any drivers that is very straight forward to compile, just to try to understand the procedure ?

I have the IBM Device Driver Kit (Dated on 2004), so I can also use the tools and samples from it. And I also have some driver source code samples on the OS2World github.


Multimedia / Saving OS/2 icons - OS/2 icon format in 2017
« on: December 19, 2017, 11:14:07 pm »

Just checking some other forum thread I became with this issue I always have about OS/2 icons. If I would like to save an icon in OS/2 format in 2017, on a modern display and resolution, which format should I have to select on IconEditor ?

For example, I had been saving some Icons on "Independent Small Color Form", in 1.x format and at 128x128 (I don't care much about the file size). And I had been using both IconEdit and PMView .

I know that if I save it on 2.x format it will show fine on the desktop, but it will be broken on IconEdit (Seems to be a limitation on IconEdit).

What is your experience with OS/2 formatted icons?


General Discussion / ReactOS 0.4.7 released
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:47:55 am »
Just in case, this is an offtopic !!!

ReactOS 0.4.7 was released:

"ReactOS 0.4.7 has been released, and it contains a ton of fixes, improvements, and new features. Judging by the screenshots, ReactOS 0.4.7 can run Opera, Firefox, and Mozilla all at once, which is good news for those among us who want to use ReactOS on a more daily basis. There's also a new application manager which, as the name implies, makes it easier to install and uninstall applications, similar to how package managers on Linux work. On a lower level, ReactOS can now deal with Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, BtrFS, ReiserFS, FFS, and NFS partitions. "

I'm amazed by the progress made of this OS. I remember that the first versions sucked very bad and all the people were taking it as a joke. We may disagree if the OS is ready or not for non experimental use, but it is moving forward.

I envy their organization and will to create an open source clone of their favorite OS. (which sadly was not OS/2).


Applications / What is OS/2 AO-Manager ?
« on: December 01, 2017, 03:38:50 pm »

I'm updating some "Config.sys project" documentation and I found some that are used by something called IBM AO-Manager.

Does anybody knows what it is? Maybe it is something that has other name but I don't found much with that name on google.



General Discussion / Good Bye Net Neutrality
« on: November 26, 2017, 02:12:39 pm »

Net Neutrality is dying on December in the US. My only friends that are in favor of this are the ones that works on ISP and Carriers companies, the rest just think ISP will take advantage and will try to rip us money in any way.

The ISP/Carriers says, "Don't worry, this will only hit the big ones like Amazon, Google, Netflix...". So they will be like Robin Hood, stealing from the rich (Amazon, Google, Netflix) to give it to poor (AT&T, Verizon, ComCast)... wait, that is not the poor !!!. And it is almost for sure if you "tax" Amazon, Google and Netflix they will find a way to make the consumer pay back ( selling our data to Skynet to make it easy to kill all of us)

Just rest sure that OS2World will never pay the "fast line".

Today I'm reading about this Service(Free and paid options)/Device/Software (open source) called ZeroTier:

Taking The Profit Out Of Killing 'Net Neutrality' (From
Robert Cringely has a plan to ensure that internet providers will never profit from the end of net neutrality:

We are being depended upon to act like sheep -- Internet browsing sheep, if such exist -- and without a plan that's exactly what we'll be. The key to my plan is that this is a rare instance where consumers are not alone. There are just as many or more huge companies that would prefer to keep Net Neutrality as those that oppose it... Those companies in favor of Net Neutrality obviously include the big streamers like Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and a bunch of others. They also includes nearly every big Internet concern including Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft. Those are some pretty big friends to have on your side -- our side...

So I suggest we all join ZeroTier (ZT), a thriving networking startup operating in Irvine, California. There are other companies like it but I just think ZeroTier is presently the best. ZeroTier is a very sophisticated Virtual Private Network (VPN) company that has created a Software Defined Network that goes beyond what normal VPNs are capable of. To your computer or almost any other networked device (even your smart phone), ZT looks like an Ethernet port, whether your device has Ethernet or not. Through that virtual Ethernet port you connect to a virtual IPv6 Local Area Network that's as big as the Internet itself, though the only users on this overlay network are ZT members.

The trick is to get all those big companies that are pro-Net Neutrality to join ZT. The most it will cost even Netflix is $750 per month, which is probably less than the company spends on salad bars in their Los Gatos HQ. Embracing ZT doesn't mean rejecting the regular Internet. Netflix can still be reached the old fashion way. I just want them to add a presence on ZT, too... What the ISPs won't like about this plan is that ZT traffic can't be read to determine what rules or pricing to apply. They could throttle it all down, but throttling that much traffic isn't really practical.

I don't complete understand it yet. I will keep  reading.


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