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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.


Applications / Are you getting ready for ArcaOS?
« on: March 06, 2017, 02:09:42 pm »

I assume we are getting close to the finish line for ArcaOS to be released since there haven't been any change of schedule announced by Arca Noae. If everythings turns ok (according to the latest Arca Noae news) the OS will be relased on end of March, and for what Lewis told us on Warpstock he won't be releasing it on April 1st :)

Sure, they will be some guys trying it out the first day it cames out, some other will wait, but the question is, are you doing something to get ready for ArcaOS? Do you have any plan on where to try it out?

For the moment, I got myself an USB 16GB flash drive reserved for the installer and I want to boot it from USB on different machines I got to see it works.

Some important risk that I found is that there is still no modern Wifi driver released by Arca Noae, so if it does not get released with ArcaOS,  that may became an important source of cristism for the OS.

Please share your thoughts.


Off Topic discussions / Genode OS Framework version 17.02
« on: March 01, 2017, 03:29:33 pm »

As an off topic things I always like to see what is happening on other OSes project, specially on microkernel/hybrid kernel projects... and I also think it is a good idea to make friends outside the OS/2 community :)

Yesterday I got the message that "Genode OS Framework version 17.02" was released.

For a brief summary:

- Genode application binary interface (ABI)
- Enhanced infrastructure for virtual file systes (VFS)
  - VFS support for synchronous I/O and reconfiguration
  - Rump-kernel-based file systems as VFS plugin
  - Linux TCP/IP stack as VFS plugin
- New execution model of the C runtime
- Dynamically reconfigurable init component
- Generic user-input-processing component
- Improved SD-card drivers, added support for i.MX6
- Muen separation kernel updated to version 0.8

Applications / nss on RPM/YUM - Error z1.dll is needed
« on: February 24, 2017, 10:34:49 pm »

Bitwise posted some updates on the RPM/YUM packages on twitter, so today I was updating it with ANPM and I found that packages that starts with "nss-" gave me an error that I need z1.dll.

Any idea on which package is z1.dll included?


Programming / Questions about GPI?
« on: February 23, 2017, 03:28:35 pm »

I need to keep updating the EDM/2 API Project with the GPI functions, but I was wondering a few things and I don't know if someone with knowledge on this area can answer me this questions.

I understand that GPI are the drawing functions that allows the GUI to be "draw" on the computer and it is referenced a part of PM.  I was wondering what would a similar library to GPI on the open source world.

I understand that Qt is more similar to the other windows related functions in PM, but I'm not sure about GPI.

Also, On OS/2 Qt depends on PM (on the port Qt make calls to PM to draw the things on the screen), how Qt works in the Linux world? under which libraries does it run?


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