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ArcaOS, testing compatibility with OS/2

2017-06-08 14:19:09 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

ArcaOS is fully compatible with IBM OS/2 Warp

But the system includes other versions of drivers and libraries, system directories structure is different. so it's necessary verify the compatibility.

Let's test:

  • REXX compatibility
  • USB libraries compatibility
  • ported software from linux

ArcaOS 5.0 (organizational matters)

2017-05-31 14:17:02 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

1) Screenshots of ArcaOS 5.0

2) How to access your personalized ArcaOS ISO

3) Compatibility with OS/2

ArcaOS: Lewis Rosenthal interview

2017-05-28 13:38:54 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

Bryan Lunduke is discussing ArcaOS with Lewis Rosenthal.

"OS/2 Based ArcaOS" / Lunduke Hour / May 23, 2017

Seems that the subscribers of this channel are not interested in this topic.

What is the area of OS/2 usage?

2017-05-07 23:24:57 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

What is the area of OS/2 usage in 2017 and 2018? We should discuss this problem before talking about other topics.

OS/2: real-time or wait for completed?

2017-05-01 00:51:20 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

What method of OS/2 development is better:

  • real-time show, when the system is developed in open mode: every week you get news and alpha-versions of modules / components.
  • or hidden development, when full completed version will be released at D-day. (Alpha versions are not available for public, ..)

Both approaches have advantages and disadvantages. Selected method of development is very critical. and there are two variants only: success or fail.

ArcaOS 5.0: Prices

2017-04-23 22:43:25 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

ArcaOS 5.0: Blue Lion is coming

ArcaOS: Frequenly asked questions

2017-03-17 01:24:15 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

You can post your questions here.

Official pages:

The users ask us:

  • Q1: What are the minimal system requirements of ArcaOS?
  • Q2: Is it necessary prepare NEW harddrive using DFSee or other utilities? Or ArcaOS is able to initialize, create the 1-st partition by itself?
  • Q3: Does ArcaOS support hard drives with AF label (Advanced Format)? does MiniLVM create partitions as required by the standard?
  • Q4: Does ArcaOS include OpenOffice?
  • Q5: Does ArcaOS support memory above 512Mb? (computers manufactured after 2010)
  • Q6: Does ArcaOS support Warpin format? (installer of eComStation applications)
  • Q7: How to connect ArcaOS with Android device?

OS/2 and AF / Advanced Format

2017-03-13 04:02:09 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

Help us find the discussion of AF standard for harddrives support in OS/2. There was a discussion somewhere in the Internet, maybe at os2world.com

General questions: can you install OS/2 to AF disk? Do you feel slow speed? How to create partitions to follow AF standard?

More OS/2 barriers: ESWay website

Migration to new version of OS/2

2017-02-25 00:32:00 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

If you have old OS/2, let's prepare it for upgrade (migration to new version).

Step 1-: send config.sys from old OS/2 / eCS to eCo Software. to email: support (at) os2 (dot) guru


+ email + name/nickname + model of pc (so you can remember what computer)

The assistant uility will be free for users.

What way of migration to select?

  • The system has "migration" mode when new files overwrite old files. a) some programs are cutted and don't work anymore b) in any case the users want install the system to fresh hard drive / ssd
  • Other way - copy directories with the programs. OS/2 programs don't have migration function so part of programs will not start after move.
  • We offer this way: You install new system to new hard drive. Migration assistant is collecting information from old disk about installed software and data for you.

Warpstock Europe 2017 - you should visit

2017-02-24 14:15:30 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

The conference, it's like a flash / flicker. 2 or 3 days and it's over. In reality, it takes 3-5 monthes, the developers are working, the speakers are preparing the materials. The organizers are spending efforts.

We are searching for person which can make a report from the conference.


Look at "decaying west"

Look at people

Collect all secrets and facts

Walk by the city

Warpstock Europe 2017 (July, 2016)

2017-02-14 13:52:21 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

(the text is based on previous announcements)


OS/2 VOICE will be hosting Warpstock Europe 2017 in Rotterdam the Netherlands.

The location will be the Central library. Dates 20 May Saturday and Sunday.

Day 1) Friday - Social Event

Day 2) and Day 3): Access for 2 days will 50 Euro. The location is a bit expensive, but the location is perfect. Mayor intercity train station under the library. A direct train from Schiphol (Dutch national airport). (one stop from Rotterdam Central station).

If you would like to support OS/2 VOICE and Warpstock Europe 2017! arcanoae.com

While some people that can not make it to Warpstock who sponsor VOICE. We will provide a videostream again so you can tune in! The event this year (Warpstock Europe 2016) in our view has been inspiring for all. People talked about new OS/2 projects to develop! In other words Warpstock Europe played its part to keep OS/2 moving forward.


What questions to make to the managers of Arca OS? What to ask from the developers? What impressions to collect from the users?

February mix of OS/2 news

2017-02-10 15:43:34 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

  • Tinkoff bank improved their bank so you can't login from OS/2 anymore. Try: my.tinkoff.ru
  • How to replace user agent in Firefox? in this case the behavior of web-sites to your OS/2 computer is changing, instructions
  • Japanese OS/2 twitter
  • How to increase quantity of OS/2 computers? Every existing OS/2 user should install OS/2 to the computers which he can see.
  • [RUS] How to capture screenshot in Firefox?

    Test 1:

    • Shift+F2
    • type "s" and select "screenshot". and tab
    • write "??f" and tab
    • as result you see: "screenshot ??fullpage"
    • enter
    • instructions

    Test 2:

    • Firefox 25: ;
    • screenshot --clipboard
    • => png file is created
  • [RUS] Remembering SB Live! 5.1

Blue Lion moves into beta testing

2017-02-02 03:50:18 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [https://www.arcanoae.com/blue-lion-moves-beta-testing/]

Per Arca Noae's revised release schedule, and as announced at Warpstock 2016, Blue Lion (ArcaOS 5.0) moved into beta testing stage today. The first beta release has been made available to the test team, and we anticipate a rigorous round of installation, modifications, formatting, deletion, disk wiping, and all that other fun stuff which accompanies a healthy beta test.

We do not anticipate a public beta cycle nor are we planning a gamma release or an untold number of release candidates. Instead, we fully expect ArcaOS 5.0 to emerge from beta testing at the end of March and to become generally available at that time.

We wish to thank our loyal supporters, our beta testers, and our development team for their dedication to the Blue Lion project, and look forward to the next 60 days as we ready the next release of OS/2.

Pricing will be made available in the near future. Expect two tiers, much like our subscription service (Personal and Commercial), with the latter including prioritized support and a longer bundled maintenance period. Volume discounts will also be available.

OS/2 in 2017

2017-01-22 03:04:33 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

How to use OS/2 in 2017?

  • for accounting, for warehouse control - YES, no need to develop drivers / we have script language
  • tools for engineer - YES // control of programmers, machines, direct access to hardware
  • ..

This areas are not available:

  • Music / other data processing - NO, because no specialists, interested to implement algorithms. // of course, simple functions can be implemented
  • Games, games platform - NO // of course, simple games can be manufactured
  • Main server in the office - NO, because no full compatibility // on the other side, there should be server for OS/2 network
  • ..

This areas are not available at all:

  • 3D graphics - NO
  • movies editors
  • ..

What OS/2 application could you buy?

2017-01-09 06:10:25 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

New started and it's a good moment to value the demand, What OS/2 application could you buy? 15$? 35$? 50$?

  • maybe you need special photo editor
  • or utility aimed to sync data with smartphone
  • or database for ..
  • or application which is streaming data from internet ..
  • your request?

GlassPM C++ library

2017-01-03 16:32:37 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

Do you know C++ ? Do you want develop applications for OS/2 faster?

Glass PM C++ library was updated in the end of 2016.

Homepage: os2.guru/glasspm

Compatibility: IBM OS/2 Warp 4, eComStation, ArcaOS


  • It's easy to start new project (no need to take old programs as base for new)
  • You can mix this library with OS/2 API, window handles are not incapsulated to classes.

How to upgrade?

  • (The library is completed already, interfaces are defined)
  • Include current version of the library to your project
  • Develop your application, extend the functionality.
  • 6 monthes pass..
  • If you want upgrade to new version of the library, include new version try recompile with new version, upgrade your code if needed.

What applications are using the library?

  • DVD Toys
  • PM Backup Suite

and more:

  • Zippy
  • Device Manager / PCI Dock

P.S. You can create test applications (samples) based on this library and share with other developers.


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