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Article Discussions / Sponsorship needed for new OS/2 web browser
« on: October 12, 2017, 12:27:11 am »

In reference to this article:

First of all, Qt has shown that it has a lot of interesting application and a lot of Qt apps has been ported to the OS/2 platform, that is why I think it is very important to have Qt 5.5 ported too. Bitwise has also demonstrated that they can deliver what they offer and have OS/2 skilled developers. I think we all need to help and donate to this fund raising started by OS2VOICE.

The other thing interesting about the OS2VOICE post is what it says "But having Q.T. will also make it easier to port the Chromium web browser to OS/2. " The important browsers on the wild are Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari. Dumping Firefox for smaller and experimental browser will not be nice, but dumping Firefox for Chromium makes a lot more sense. If having  Qt 5.5 will help the developers to have Chromium ported there is another reason why we need to support a Qt port.

What I think it needs more information is why it is so hard to port RUST to OS/2 and why "It is unlikely that RUST will ever be ported to OS/2." If someone can post more information about this subject, it will be great.



I was tweaking the network configuration of computer without a network card. It was recognized as "no network card" and I removed it and leave all network adapters blank. I close the "Adapters and Protocols" application and save all changes.

I opened again "Adapters and Protocols app" and I got this message:
PROTOCOL.INI does not contain a valid [IBMLXCFG] section. Unable to continue.
And I can not access "Adapters and Protocols app" anymore.

Does anybody experienced this problem or know how to fix it?


Hardware / Post 2010 Laptops running ArcaOS
« on: September 27, 2017, 12:07:18 am »

I was working on the OS2World wiki last weekend and organizing a little bit the "Laptops page".

It made me wonder if it will make some sense to try to put some focus on the "Hardware" area of the wiki this year with reported ArcaOS working hardware on the wiki this year.

If so, it will make sense to me to start documenting some "Post 2010" laptops on the wiki, ( I mean laptops manufactured on the year 2010 or later). Which it does not mean that you are not free to document older laptops, but post 2010 year will be my focus.

If you want to help me this with this please post your experience with your post-2010 laptop on this thread (or send me by email) and post the following:

Detach anything from your laptop ports.
- Laptop model name and brand
- Laptop model number
- PCI.exe report ("[C:\sys\install\detect\pci.exe >pciout.txt")
- General Comments: Any special remark on how you installed ArcaOS, or any trick you used to make some specific device to work.

- Any ideas of what other hardware report will be interesting? is pci.exe enough to have more details of what is attached to the USB ports?

Let me know if you want to share on this initiative.


Applications / How to fit ArcaOS 5.0.1 ISO into a CD
« on: September 22, 2017, 06:39:31 pm »

I got this question by e-mail, and now I also want to try it for an old computer.
ArcaOS 5.0.1 ISO burns and works nice a DVD, but I want to try it on a 700MB CD and it is obvious it doe not fit.

Any ideas, tricks, or it just imposible? I want to install ArcaOS 5.0.1 on a old Aptiva (Only CD, no DVD) that I have here just for the fun of it.


Setup & Installation / Converting GPT to MBR
« on: September 20, 2017, 03:06:06 pm »
Hi Sigurd.

Can you please repost the information about converting GPT (GUID Partition Table) to MBR (Master Boot Record) ?
That post got delete on the forum restore and making this was on my TODO to try installing ArcaOS in Dual boot without removing the Win10 partition.


General Discussion / Trying to get the forums back.
« on: September 19, 2017, 10:09:34 pm »

I'm trying to get the forums back. Sadly this was my latest backup (July) so I'm sorry I was not able to get any newer message.
User that registered after mid July 2017 may experience some issues, please contact me at if you can not access the forums.

I'm not sure if everybody is able to login, please reply to this message to see if it works.


Applications / About Local Translations - Launchpad ?
« on: May 24, 2017, 10:50:18 pm »

Something that I found interesting on how to make local translations to Ubuntu is the web tool that they use.

The Launchpad site ( allows the community to translate lines of text on a very easy and collaborative way.

But I don't know if the Launchpad is open source and if on OS/2 we can have the same way to integrate the translations made by the community on the web to the OS.


Applications / Firefox 45 Installation
« on: May 20, 2017, 05:10:00 pm »

I'm just trying to install Firefox 45, but it seems to me that some of the libraries are missing on Netlabs RPM.

According to the readme you need to install "libstdc++6 nspr nss libicu pixman cairo pango fontconfig freetype libkai libvpx libjpeg-turbo libpng zlib bzip2 hunspell libcx"

Can someone please confirm or deny that?

[C:\]yum install libvpx libjpeg-turbo libpng zlib bzip2 hunspell libcx
Setting up Install Process
Package libvpx-1.6.1-1.oc00.pentium4 already installed and latest version
No package libjpeg-turbo available.
Package libpng-1.6.28-1.oc00.pentium4 already installed and latest version
Package zlib-1.2.11-1.oc00.pentium4 already installed and latest version
Package bzip2-1.0.6-6.oc00.pentium4 already installed and latest version
No package hunspell available.
Package libcx-0.5.2-1.oc00.pentium4 already installed and latest version
Nothing to do


Applications / Share your ArcaOS screenshots
« on: May 17, 2017, 04:05:36 pm »

Please share your ArcaOS screenshots. Just whatever you consider interesting or maybe just how you like to customize your desktop, or even running all your favorite apps.

The idea is to create a little gallery on the OS2World wiki.


Programming / What is needed for Javascript apps??
« on: May 15, 2017, 05:15:25 pm »

Like always I don't know much about this subject and that is why I'm asking.
What is needed to have javascript applications running under OS/2 as compiled applications?

I noticed that now it is very common for developers to quickly create multiplatform javascript applications that runs on web, iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows and Linux, and those are very small team of people, so I'm guessing that the magic happens on the framework.

Is it the trick to have node.js ported to OS/2-eCS-ArcaOS ?

For example I was checking Riot IM (Chat tool). It runs on several platforms and also on OS/2's Firefox (with videoconference and audio limitations). Riot seems to use node library (node.js), libEGL -  LIBGLES(Mesa EGL) and ffmpeg.

What about the javascript implementation that is on Firefox for OS/2? can something of that be reused to be able to run the apps directly on the OS with the browser?

I also looked arround to see any "Node.js over Qt" implementation, I found some projects, but nothing that I can notice for sure that it is working. Any comments or experience on that idea?


Applications / - Chat - Web - IRC
« on: April 06, 2017, 04:30:45 am »

I noticed that tool works fine with Firefox. (without voice or video). You can even connect to the IRC freenode.
You can check out the #netlabs channel on IRC here:

This software is open source software (Apache). There is no port for OS/2, but it can be used with the browser.


General Discussion / The First UEFI Virus? - Ransomware?
« on: April 05, 2017, 01:54:54 pm »
- Gigabyte Firmware Bugs Allow the Installation of BIOS/UEFI Ransomware

The only good things was that this vulnerabilities was found by researchers and not lost in the wild. Even that machines with UEFI BIOS may be the future present, I really don't find the benefit of UEFI compared to the old one. I have some machines with UEFI and you only get into the BIOS when you get into trouble. As a difference with the old one, it has some nice things that I just don't use. Does it make it easy for driver developers? or make it easier for the OS to interact with hardware?


Applications / VRExtras and VRXDA Libraries - Looking for Full Version
« on: March 31, 2017, 01:51:50 pm »

Peter Kanis authorized to release his OS/2 software binaries as Public Domain. But for the moment he does not have acces to his OS/2 files.
Since this software is changing from Shareware to Public Domain, I require a full registered version of it.

If someone has the full version of this libraries please send it to me, so we can make it available for the community.
- VRExtras Object Pack for VX-REXX
- VRXDA - VR Distributed Connection


Programming / Creating a PMGPI.DLL empty forwarder
« on: March 15, 2017, 05:50:22 pm »

As a part of an experiment I want to create a PMGPI.DLL empty forwarder to XPMGPI.DLL (XPMPGPI.DLL it is just the IBM's PMGPI.DLL renamed).

My very simple goals are:
* Stage 1: Create an empty forwarder.
* Stage 2: Create a wrap with a counter of the functions called on PMGPI. To create a log on PMGPI functions called by the OS.

* Requirement: I want to use the GCC compiler and no calls directly to CPI.

But I'm still locked on Stage 1, so I will not worry about Stage 2.

Since I'm learning all of this (I don't do development) I got some samples and recommendation on how to do that but it is not working.

To know what PMGPI.DLL does I used LX2DUMP and LXLite to see the functions and ordinals required

For the empty forwarder I just got:
2) wrap.c (empty file)

To compile:
1) gcc -Zomf -c wrap.c -o wrap.o
2) gcc -Zomf -Zdll -o pmgpi.dll pmgpi.def wrap.o

2) Unlock IBM's PMGPI.DLL and put the new empty forwarder PMGPI.DLL

When I reboot I got the following errors (on my experimental VM):
- Error 1

- Error 2

Any ideas on this? Any tip of what can it be wrong? Am I missing more information about PMGPI.DLL so I can create a forwarder?


Applications / Do you really need DOS/WIN16 Support?
« on: March 11, 2017, 05:55:22 pm »
I'm just trying to understand the weight of the legacy on this subject, so the question is "Do you really need DOS/WIN16 Support as OS/2 Warp offers it?"

It can be interesting to know:
1) Which DOS and Windows 3.1 applications are still needed ? Please list the name of it.
2) Why can not DOSBox with Win3.1 installed can it be used?
3) Why it is needed to be WIN16 integrated VM on OS/2?

If you know a friend of a friend that works on a place that may uses OS/2's Win16, please try to find the industry and name of the software that they are running or that company.


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