OS2.GURU - NewsOS2.GURU - News

Welcome to eComStation.RU site!

Select your language: Russian English Deutch Spanish Italian Portuguese Czech Polish French

Frequently asked questions and answers:


+7-981-8529467 (-)
ru · en · de · es · it · pt · cz · pl · fr
OS/2 is a greatly different operating system for PC (ArcaOS, eComStation, IBM OS/2 Warp)
Applications, news, reviews, support of users, hardware, questions and answers.
      What is OS/2?NewsInstallUpdateUsageFutureCommunityBuy    
(Map of the site)

Report: OS/2 compatible hardware




For developer:

( )





( )


( , , ..)



New eComStation:


( )

( )

OS/2 artefacts:


(Subscribe to news) :: Setup your viewing mode :: Post announcement
<--- previous page   

You have 5 monthes till..

2019-01-03 20:54:42 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

Warpstock Europe 2019 will occur in May 2019. You have time to write usefull utility / application for this event. We will distribute information about your program at this event.

OS/2 conferences

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.

OS/2: Lost chances

2017-01-02 01:02:10 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

Since the end of 2014 till 2016 the exchange rate of USD was very high (relating to rouble, graphics)

It was a good chance to move the development of OS/2 to Russia/Ukraine because many developers could agree to work for salaries in "OS/2 dollars" (many people could agree to work for $300 or $500, per month)

But the chance was not used. There were technical tasls, but no investments.

Development of OS/2 operating system: queues

2017-01-01 05:34:17 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

You can check the behavior of this test program on your computer, it relates to the queses \\QUEUES


If you have a fix for the operating system then we will make efforts to include it to the official build.

Searching for technical reviews

2016-11-19 21:08:25 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

OS2.GURU (eComStation.RU) is a largest storage of reviews related to OS/2 / eComStation.

We are interested collect and publish more reviews and articles about OS/2 technologies.

What topic to discuss?

  • guide for developer
  • research of a system module
  • suggestion what module to integrate to the system

Send draft texts / offers via web-form

eCo Software: join the development

2016-09-02 23:47:04 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

eCo Software is interested investigate such topics during autumn / winter: (we can collaborate if you have the same interest)

Actual topics:

  • Any topics related to userinterface
  • 2016/autumn/winter: the development of Device Manager continues. You can join the project and create plugins for devices which you are need for your tasks
  • 2016/autumn/winter: eCoSoft is interested to get support for USB microscope for OS/2. let's digg the topic if you have the same goals.
  • Update / create widgets for eCenter (sensors)
  • SysInfo, functions to query system info
  • Control of simple cheap 3d printers. We have STLView to check the objects before printing, Somebody should find how to control the printer.
  • Utilities for engineer laboratory, for service man. Calculators, aux utilities
  • Point of sale based on OS/2
  • Generator of accounting documents based on OS/2,

DevCon: XIO library for OS/2

2016-06-12 01:50:57 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

eCo Software toolkit and libraries are updated several times per year.

Pay attention to new feature in XIO library: support of files larger that 2 Gb. XIO - it's a library aimed to download files from Internet, to process files stored at http, ftp servers and and it has interface similar to STDIO: xio_fopen, xio_fread, xio_fclose, etc.

More details

Homepage of Neo OS/2 toolkit and runtime

eCo Labs: OS/2 Hero

2016-06-04 21:35:47 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

It's necessary make something important for OS/2

  • Share source code for new Device Manager, how to detect device X, Serial ports, etc. (let's discuss what do you offer before sending)
  • Write short review how to use OS/2 for usage of 1 task, (Example)
  • Extra utilities for PCM address book (for example, you downloaded address book from smartphone to .vcf file / let's create utility to browse the contacts page by page, etc.)

Send all suggestions to eCo Software

eCo Labs: Tasks for users

2016-04-20 13:13:47 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

How to become active user? Share knowledge with other people:

  • Address book WPS application.. how to use it for real tasks?
  • Write video how to backup 1 Tb of data using PM Backup Suite. (it's necessary check in advance what quality of video can you generate)
  • Write detailed review how to run OS/2 on modern model of Thinkpad laptop.
  • Write short text for new users how to perform 1 task using OS/2 computer (burn DVD disk or Download photos from digital camera). it's necessary verify what topic is free.

There are more ideas for active users.

eCo Labs: Tasks for standalone developers

2016-01-07 20:35:06 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [ecomstation.ru]

eCo Labs offers develop some small applications:

  • 1) BANNERS: We offer create support of notifications for PM123 audio player. The code will be integrated to PM123. The player starts new track and the banner should popup with the name of artist and track title. (the mechanism of notifications is implemented, it's necessary create the template, select behavior and external view)
  • 2) DISKUTIL: SMART GUI. There is VIO utility aimed to collecy info about hard drive. GUI utility should capture the output, draw the table
  • 3) CODEC: Recompile IO Procs, (JPG, PNG, ..) (the codecs exist already. it's necessary recompile, remove MsgBox with errors)
  • 4) BANNERS: GUI for alarm clock. (window aimed to set date and time) the mechanism of alarm clock is implemented already picture
  • 5) SETUP: GUI to control RAMDISK. Simple operations to create/delete virtual disk

eCo Labs is a company of eCo Software. eCo Labs have collected several hundreds of tasks (customer requirements).

Participate in the development of OS/2

2015-10-26 02:43:32 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [ecomstation.ru]

There are some tasks for standalone developers:

  • we need a library aimed to get info about display, EDID information (C code, english output, start from commandline). Reward: X, Terms: X
  • GUI utility which shows SMART info about health of HDD. Reward: X, Terms: X
  • Create utility aimed to send SMS from OS/2 via smartphone (example: OS/2 sends message to Android-agent via tcp/ip, the agent sends SMS). Reward: X, Terms: X
  • Process video file. No details.
  • Imagine that users download address book from smartphone and get .vcf file, We need GUI utility aimed to browse this file in OS/2, ListBox, or page by page browsing.
    • some requirements

    Reward: X, Terms: X

  • Update Doodle screensaver -> Slideshow module. (implement random selection of pictures, use ecomedia instead of IO Procs, add special effects) Reward: X, Terms: X
  • Start the development of self-diagnostic subsystem for OS/2. Read related article: Workstation Diagnostics: The Doctor is In Reward: X, Terms: X
  • Continue the development of FrImage picture viewer old site of FrImage Reward: X, Terms: X

Local OS/2 Support services

2015-09-26 03:44:16 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [ecomstation.ru]

One more mistake of eComStation: there were no Services Centers (in 20 cities of the world), so the engineer could come to the office of customer and configure OS/2. Or provide support to local customers using remote control. The interest of the engineer - to serve local customers in own city or region.

So (with 15 years delay), we can collect the list of the specialists which are interested to support OS/2 companies. Post links to the specialis / companies in the comments to this message.

Other mistakes of eComStation:

OS/2 in sci-tech lab

2015-04-07 02:12:30 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [ecomstation.ru]

We are collecting links to reviews and utilities which you are using in labs. Example:

  • (year 2002, russian text) Usage of OS/2 in sci-tech labs
  • eCo Shop, there are utilities for device used to reset supervisor password in Thinkpad laptops (this utilities are auxiliary and are used to analyze EEPROM dumps only) Status: closed project
  • There is support for USB web-cameras, so the engineers can use USB microscopes for different purposes.


  • What special programming languages (compilers) do we have?
  • What utilities did you created in the past (utilities, control applications)? is it published?
  • What public apps do you use in your testing laboratory / repair service / factory

All information will be collected and published are review or as sub-page.

[send a duplicate of your comments via support, because the site may refuse to accept the comment]

REXX - area of usage

2014-11-10 03:28:50 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [ecomstation.ru]

It's necessary demonstrate REXX at Chaos Constructions festival in 2015. Imagine.. hundreds of people are sitting in large hall and relaxing. We have some minutes to demonstrate them OS/2 and REXX.

Let's collect some materials:

  • How do you use REXX today? 1) .. 2) .. 15) ..

    Large applications exist: a) IRC-chat client, b) Mail server (?), c) ..

  • (LESSON N) How to parse data text files? html, csv, .. Use constructions of IF, SUBSTR, .. or other methods exist?
  • 20 arguments why (when) REXX is better for use?
  • (LESSON N) What operations to perform with WPS objects from REXX? Move the objects? or do you have better examples?
  • (LESSON N) What are communication features of REXX? Pipes, sockets, ..

Realted links:

How do you use OS/2 today?

2014-10-09 14:01:26 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [ecomstation.ru]

To correct plans and goals, let's discuss how do people use OS/2 today?

  Usage today Add small feature / extend existing application I need new significant function
Example 0: Internet surfing => we need support of clouds we need video editor
User 1: General OS, all purposes I need password verification after system boot (simple system, not full-featured) How to send emails by list? (what application to use)

You can post your wishes, we are going show this table to the developers of OS and standalone developers.


Operating System
For developer
From editor

Last active poll: What is the height of RPM barrier?


IBM OS/2 Warp

For dummies

Report: OS/2 compatible hardware


  Why eComStation?
Clips and screenshots
   eComStation for
for businessmen
for students and engineers
for reselles of computers
community of users
Distribute the program
Description of API, libraries
Start new project
On-line catalogue
Select from eCo Market
   Support service
Contact the web-master
Buy eComStation
Frequently asked questions
for Beginners
© 2001 - 2018 eCo Software, All rights reserved
eComStation is a registered trademark of Serenity Systems International
OS/2 Warp is a registered trademark of IBM Corporation


Picture of the day: