OS/2 Warp Compatible Hardware List Web site: Introduction
OS/2 and FireWire (IEEE1394): Project Introduction.
Listing of tested and reported FireWire devices
The goal of this project is to write an open source OS/2 IEEE 1394, or short
Firewire, controller driver and mass storage layer. The initial version of the driver will
support PCI attached Firewire controllers build around the VIA Technologies Inc.
VT6306 chipset. A hard drive connected via a Firewire case will be supported by the
2. People Involved in this Project
This project is a joint effort of netlabs.org, the OS/2 User Group Dresden and
Alexandr Charkaev. netlabs.org, Adrian Gschwend, will provide the infrastructure for
the software development as well as funding for the project. The OS/2 User Group
Dresden, Björn Hennig and Robert Henschel among others, will provide
documentation and technical guidance for the development as well as funding.
Alexandr Charkaev will be the main developer of the driver. He will create an open
source, well documented Firewire driver for OS/2 and provide support for this driver.
netlabs.org was founded in 1997 with the goal of creating a center for free
OpenSource Software for OS/2 and also eComStation (eCS). Today netlabs.org is
one of the largest developers of OS/2 software outside of IBM itself.
With its many ground-breaking projects, netlabs.org has won a name for itself in the
great OS/2 and eCS Community.
2.2 OS/2 User Group Dresden
The OS/2 User Group Dresden was founded in 2001 and supports OS/2 users in
and around Dresden, Germany. In this project, the major goal for the User Group is
learning OS/2 driver development. To achieve this goal, the User Group will work
together with Alexandr Charkaev to create a Firewire driver for OS/2. The main
responsibility of the User Group is project management, documentation and support
for the driver development. The User Group will also provide test equipment.
2.3 Alexandr Charkaev
Alexandr Charkaev will write the Firewire driver and the mass storage layer.
He is a very skilled software engineer and uses OS/2 since version 2.1. The last 5
years he worked on ATM technology of IBM/Diebold, Siemens/Winkor and NCR
ATMs. He wrote lots of commercial ATM - related and card processing code,
including drivers for ATM specific hardware. Currently, he is the maintainer of the
netlabs.org Warpdriver project and developer of TVShow, a software to use TV
cards build around the bt848/849/878/879 chipset. He has experience in writing
OS/2 device drivers as well as knowledge about the Linux driver architecture.
3. Features of Version 1 of the Driver
Version one of the Firewire driver will enable the usage of an external Firewire hard
drive cases under OS/2. The driver will contain support for one chipset and one hard
drive in a hard drive case connected to one controller.
The driver will be freely available to all OS/2 and eComStation users. It will be open
source under the GNU public license (GPL) and documented in English.
3.1 Basic Features of the Driver
the driver will support resource manager
used resources will be displayed during the boot process
by adding a /Q switch to the driver in config.sys, this can be disabled
the driver and the mass storage layer will be structured similar to the USB driver architecture
version one may not support hot plug of the hard drive case, but the driver will use an architecture that makes it possible to enable hot plug later
APM may not be supported in version one
3.2 Hardware Support
controllers build around the VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6306 chipset
sharing IRQs will be supported
one hard drive case connected to any one of the Firewire ports on the controller
3.3 Software Support
The driver should run on any OS/2 version of MCP, ACP or higher. It will be tested
on MCP1, eCS 1.0 and eCS 1.1.
It will most likely also work on Warp 4 and WarpServer for e-business, but this will
not be tested.
Compatibility with OS/2 version 2.1, 3.0 and WarpServer will not be tested.
4. Driver Development
The source code will be stored in a netlabs.org CVS repository. It is open to anyone
at anytime during and after development. All documentation will be available via the
netlabs.org web pages of this project.
As far as possible, only freely available development tools will be used. This should
guarantee that everyone is able rebuild the driver in the future.
netlabs.org will host a website dedicated to this project. The User Group and
Alexandr Charkaev will try to keep this website up to date. Detailed information
about the current state of development will be added to the website frequently. The
User Group will provide feedback and answer questions about the driver at any time
during and after development.
If you want to contact the User Group you can do this here.
4.1 Who does What?
netlabs.org will provide a public CVS repository and a webpage hosted at
netlabs.org with a webinterface for administration. The binary releases will be
available at the netlabs.org FTP server.
Alexandr Charkaev will get a user account at netlabs.org and the required access.
OS/2 User Group Dresden:
The User Group will create documentation for the driver. It is important to create end
user documentation that helps users to install and use the driver. In addition to that,
documentation for developers will be created. This documentation should enable
other developers to enhance the driver in the future.
The User Group will create a webpage that informs users about the progress in
driver development. The webpages will be hosted at netlabs.org and can also be
mirrored at the website of the OS/2 User Group Dresden.
Furthermore, members of the User Group will learn as much as possible about the
Firewire driver and the mass storage layer. It is the intention of the User Group to
enhance the driver after it's initial release.
End user questions concerning the driver or the development will be answered by
the User Group. The User Group, together with Alexandr Charkaev will provide
support for the driver after its initial release for a reasonable time. Bugs can be
submitted to the User Group or to Alexandr Charkaev.
Alexandr will write the initial version of the Firewire driver and the mass storage
layer. He will work closely with the User Group and help members of the User Group
to understand the architecture and implementation of the driver.
It is his responsibility to document the driver in a way that other developers can
enhance the driver in the future.
The following components will be created:
tests if the controller and hard drive case can be used with this driver
creates information about the devices, so that a "supported devices" database can be created
maybe just a simple DDINST script or a real installer
4.3 Proposed Time Frame
The driver will be developed in three phases:
Update:(29. June 2004)
Writing a simple test driver and test application.
Creating one big driver. It will work with the controller but only implement the
really needed routines and the architecture will not be final.
Rewriting the driver to implement all features and use the final architecture for the
Due to the size of the driver, it is not possible to deliver "one big driver". We have decided to move to phase three now and skip phase two. This will delay the first release of the firewire driver.