jueves, 18 de octubre de 2018

The works continue slowly

We keep moving little by little. Sadly there are no developers or community efforts showing progress on making an open source clone of OS/2.

For the moment (I think I had said it a few times) I'm focused on consolidating the OS/2 knowledge on public places to be able to everybody.
I'm trying to get any single OS/2 related article, documentation, magazine, sample source code to be available to the public. Please contact me if you have something OS/2 related that is not already on the internet that needs to be preserved.


viernes, 30 de junio de 2017

More source OS/2 relates apps source code

I had been able to find more source code of OS/2 apps samples on older Shareware CD-ROMs.

I located that source code at github for everybody to have access to it: https://github.com/os2world

OS/2 Device Driver Web Presentation demos 
Sample program to demonstrate sliders. 
PS/2 Roland MIDI driver source code 
Demo code for programming Non-PM Graphics. 
Demonstrate how to use the LS_OWNERDRAW listbox feature and to utilize that feature to highlite a keyword in any listbox item which is needed.
C Cross Reference Utility. 
Combo Box Support Runtime. The routines in COMBOSUP.C are used to help set up combo boxes. They make it easy to add strings to the combo box's listbox, and to select the initial listbox item. 
Dialog Box Usage Sample Source Code 
FRACTINT plots and manipulates images of "objects" -- actually, sets of mathematical points -- that have fractal dimension. 
A PM demo application of an screensaver of the Game of Life 
SOS_utilities, sostree, findfile, ps. 
Rob Hamerling's MAXIMUS DOWNload file SORT and list utility.
Kermit is a computer file transfer/management protocol and a set of communications software tools primarily used in the early years of personal computing in the 1980s 
CIPHER is fairly simple to use yet provides excellent file security. It enrypts a file, making it unreadable junk until you decipher the file using the correct key. 

miércoles, 30 de marzo de 2016

...Little by Little...

Things will never go as fast as you will like to. Specially something like this dream that does not have a business case and with people fearing of "fixing what is not broken".

But the labor from my side keeps going, very slow....

The focus has been on :

1.- Documenting OS/2 development and Technical information on EDM/2.
  •  Documenting OS/2's File by File
  • Documenting the OS/2 APIs I can find. 
  • Trying to make available for free on the Internet any IBM documentation available (requesting proper permission). 
2.- Documenting any OS/2 general information and software available on the OS2World Wiki.

3.- Uploading all OS/2 related source code on Github to make it available for everyone in a way it can be easily accessed and read.

4.- I started my aWarp, bWarp and cWarp experiments to see which components of OS/2 are vital and what can be replaced.  I had listed some of the important OS/2 files/components that I'm looking to replace for free one.

Yes, there are different fronts but it is good that some people are helping me. Even if they think that their efforts are small, the difference now is that our efforts are collaborative and allow derivative works.

miércoles, 16 de diciembre de 2015

WPSac, WPSam, AMouse GUI, PMFormat, Clock60, CUtil, PmCtlsPP now released as open source

Noller & Breining Software has released the source code to the public of the following OS/2 software:
  • AMouse GUI: The GUI components of Amouse are now available as open source.
  • Clock60: A modified desktop clock, that contains additional features, like access to DCF77-stations
  • CUtil: A library that contains functions that is used in most of Noller & Breining Software software.
  • PmCtlsPP: PmCtlsPP modifies some OS/2 window controls to add some features known from Windows: double click on Entry fields selects only a single word, etc.
  • PMFormat: PMFormat is a diskette formatter
  • WPSac: WPSac (Workplace Shell Access Control) is a tool that restricts access to the workplace shell to users with a configured user id (comparable with the WinNT logon).
  • WPSam: WPSam is a tool similar to WPSac. It allows to switch the desktop by switching to another OS2.INI file (and OS2SYS.INI). A fullscreen version is also contained (INITOS2)
The source code is available for download at hobbes as open source under the BSD 3-Clause license.
Special thanks to "Noller & Breining Software" for allowing his software to be released as open source.

John Ridges tools now public domain

Several tools developed by John Ridges on the 90’s had been released as Public Domain, both binaries and source code are now available for download

The programs that are now public domain are:
  • Animate – Set of desktop animations.
  • Checkout – Schedule backup related command line utilities for OS/2
  • Deskpic – Screen Saver tool for OS/2 that includes Animate
  • Deskext – Source code and examples to create desktop animations.
  • Eyecon – A couple of eyes that follow your pointer tool.
  • Fatbits - A pixel magnifier program for OS/2 Presentation Manager.
  • John Ridges Misc Tools – Several little tools
  • Usage – Command line tool that prints out the disk usage of subdirectories.
You can visit a little wiki page of each software here:
Special thanks to John Ridges to giving the source code to the community.

miércoles, 14 de octubre de 2015

Github: 1573 public repositories

For the moment there are 1573 public repositories of OS/2 and eComStation open source (and some non-commercial) related projects on GitHub.

Let's keep getting more OS/2 source code.  
Remember our Open Source business case:
  • Phase 1) Collect as much OS/2 source code as possible
  • Phase 2)  ?
  • Phase 3)  Take over the world

jueves, 30 de julio de 2015

Documenting the OS/2 Components

I noticed that even that we have some documentation about the components that compose OS/2, there was not a single unified source with it.

So, some months ago I started to try to document the OS/2 components on the EDM/2 wiki under the Creative Commons Share Alike license. With that the documentation generated can be used for derivative works and since it is a wiki, more people can help me to complement it.

For the moment I started the "Components" category on the EDM/2 wiki: http://www.edm2.com/index.php/Category:Components

And I'm trying to put a little description of the OS/2 component and put the files that belongs that that components.

Also, on the DLL files I'm trying to put more information on the versions available, the DLL entry points, the other DLLs that this file calls and, if applies,  to put if there is an open source alternative of it.  At the end I'm putting all the files on this category: http://www.edm2.com/index.php/Category:Files

Let see how this documentation evolves over time and if it can be useful for developers on the future.