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+ - eComStation, OS/2 Warp and WarpStock->

Submitted by martiniturbide
martiniturbide (1203660) writes "The Warpstock annual conference was held on Oct 24 to 26 on St. Louis, Missouri. These conferences are related to the OS/2 and eComStation platform. Currently there are two reviews of the event online at OS2World and at WarpCity2 blog. The videos are available at YouTube. Between the relevant news there is a new company called "Arca Noae" that will focus on software development for the platform. They are working on ACPI, USB, Network and other drivers for the platform. Additionally Mensys also gave some light why there haven't been activity on the last year. Arca Noae announced driver releases and software subscription products for the users of this platform. OS2World is collecting all OS/2 software source code available and uploading it at Github and for the moment they have 1340 repositories."
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Comment: Internet Archive. (Score 1) 46

The Internet Archive is very good to preserve open source projects. It is not like Github, but it is good as a search library for ISO images, source code and old software. Also a lot of Creative Commons wikis get dumped there (and I guess we all know the wayback machine). Check it out: http://www.archive.org/

Comment: Same thing with OS/2 Source code (Score 2) 155

by martiniturbide (#48204583) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?
I have the same issues with OS/2 source code. Not been able to attract new and younger programmers and many of the source code is scattered on the web with the risk of being lost.

I'm doing the following:
1) I had organized all source code I was able to find on GitHub:
- Created a Organization on github - https://github.com/os2world
- Organized the repos in "named-categories"
2) Created a Wiki to organize the catalog.
3) I will upload a copy of all repositories and a wiki dump to the Internet Archive. http://www.archive.org/

This are my steps to try that the source code do not get lost.

Comment: Missing a Conversion Tool. (Score 1) 156

I think we still miss a universal, open source, Office suite conversion tool (Or maybe it is already out there and I haven't find it). For example, if you find an old .123 file, depending on the date, the best way will be to open it with SmartSuite 9.8, save it as newer .123 or as .xls. If you save it as .123 the only want to turn it into .ods is to use IBM Symphony 1.3 (?) to turn it into ods.

If you can not find SmartSuite (or older 1-2-3) you are doomed. So I think that an extendible open source converstion tool is required.

Comment: Re:OS Decay is largekly a myth. (Score -1, Troll) 577

by martiniturbide (#48042209) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?
Hi.

It is not a myth. The OS decays. All the stuff you install and de-install, all the crappy drivers that you install on the OS makes the registry gets bigger, it makes Windows to under-perform and slows it down. No matter if you un-install all the extra things you don't use anymore, the OS will never get back to the original state. That is why a full reinstall will make it better.

But there is one thing that I noticed. For the first time ever on Windows 8.1 the "refresh" functionality of the OS worked very good. It took a long time but it recovered to a refreshed state.

+ - RetroN 5 copyright violations and "TIVO-ization"->

Submitted by martiniturbide
martiniturbide (1203660) writes "There was some complains about the legally of the source code used by the Hyperkin's RetroN 5 console (NES, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Famicom, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and GBA console in one). The open source project called "RetroArch" complained "SNES9x" core and "Genesis Plus GX" core source code are available under a non commercial use license. Plus they complained they used the source code of Libretro (GPL V3 ) doing a "TIVO-ization". Now Hyperkin has replied and released some of the source code to the public. But about RetroArch they said "While it is true that a few ASM functions from RetroArch were previously found in our frontend library, these were merely remnants of old test code which we unfortunately forgot to remove." RetroArch (libreto) replied again saying that the copyright violation exists because Genesis Plus GX and SNES9x-Next are non-commercial software and forbides it to be included in comercial bundles. Aditionally they claim that when RetroN 5 included the RetroArch code on their firmware (by mistake or not) they linked GPL V3 code so the previously distributed firmware should be open sourced under that license."
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+ - RetroN 5 copyright violations on OSS and non-commercial software->

Submitted by martiniturbide
martiniturbide (1203660) writes "I noticed on the emulation scene that are some complains about the legally of the source code used by the RetroN 5 console (NES, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Famicom, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and GBA console in one). The open source project called "RetroArch" is complaining that "SNES9x" core and "Genesis Plus GX" core source code are available under a non commercial use license. There are also claims of "TIVO-ization" of the open source code included on RetroN 5. Some discussion and demands to RetroN 5 are registered on the AssemblerGame forum . The blog post show evidence of the binary comparison done with Google's BinDiff tool."
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