On Jul 31 2003, 11:54 PM, the OSBetaArchive user Extremo posted
here and a few days later, this rare Web Computer International EmbOS appeared on the internet in a Virtual Hard Drive format with German localization.Extremo wrote:I recently purchased a settop-like Commodore 64 Web.It! computer (actually a x86-based PC unit with built in C64 Emulator).
This thing uses PC-DOS 2000 with IBM EmbOS (in ROM) as operating system. As far as I could find out, EmbOS is IBM's custom version of an embedded MS Windows 3.1.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find any more info on this on the internet (like SDK, application notes, whitepapers, etc.)
Has anyone ever heard of this thing and/or seen the development environment in action?
The interface of EmbOS is creative and user friendly so it gained most users' like, however EmbOS is only available in German. What if I can't understand German? I did some research on EmbOS and found that there are English and Dutch versions , but they were never "leaked". With the hope that the English version will surface one day... I started a translation project so we can enjoy an English version of EmbOS sooner.
The Translation Project:
I started the translation with the very basics - PAGES.INI, then moved on to Windows (EmbOS) Accessories, and then harder ones such as PROGMAN.EXE, SHELL.DLL, USER.EXE and WIN.COM. They are still relatively easy comparing to Web.It apps whose strings were hard-coded into the executable instead of being stored in string-tables of the resource section. I've been working on those for several months now (as I have limited time) and the most challenging part is not only Hex-editing, but the translation.
I can not understand any German so Google translate is doing all the hard work . Well, all I got out of it was a bunch of meaningless strings that makes no sense and I have to guess for their meaning (if any) . (As you know) The translation did not go very smoothly... and here is what I've done so far:
Translated the shell (PROGMAN.EXE and PAGES.INI)
Translated ALL Windows accessories
Translated Lotus 1-2-3
Translated Lotus AmiPro
Translated Netscape Navigator
Translated Netscape Mail
Translated Netscape News Groups
Translated various other applications
And here is the list of thing that I am currently working on or will work on:
Translate ALL other Web.it apps
Translate Lotus Organizer
Clean the OS
So why I post this up? I want your help! As I said, I can't understand German and Google Translate's translation does not produce precise and accurate translations, so if you are interested in this, please download it (at the bottom) and try. If you find anything in German, post it here and if you have a better translation, please comment.
Edit: Since Microsoft Virtual PC is becoming unpopular over the years, I decided to migrate the project back to VMware format. Although the newest build is in VMware 14.x format, other emulators and hypervisors can still run it if you convert the virtual disk into their acceptable formats.
Screenshots (Pre-Alpha Release Build 28):
After booting into the OS, a dialog will pop up saying you need to configure preferences to reach optimal system performance. It only happens on the first boot after installation.
This is what happens after you click OK. If you make any change to the preferences, it won't pop up again after boot.
After configuration, here is your Program Manager, fully translated.
File Manager open with About dialog. It is registered to Web Computer International.
Warning that all apps needs to be closed.
Commodore 64 Emulator starting up
Yes! Commodore 64 Emulator is finally working! Who said it doesn't work on normal computers?
This is what happens after pressing the F9 key, It was made in... 1998.
Google Translate (Translation Tool)
Resource Workshop 4.5 (Software)
HxD Hex Editor (Software)
Build List and Download Links:
Current public build: Pre-Beta build 40 Download
Build 1 (17/11/2018) - Private Build
Build 2 (17/11/2018) - Private Build
Build 3 (17/11/2018) - Private Build
Build 4 (19/11/2018) - Private Build
Build 5 (23/11/2018) - Private Build
Build 5.5 (23/11/2018) - Private Build
Build 6 (23/11/2018) - Private Build
Build 7 (23/11/2018) - Private Build
Build 8 (23/11/2018) - Private Build
Build 9 (24/11/2018) - Private Build
Build 10 (24/11/2018) - Private Build
Build 11 (26/11/2018) - Private Build
Build 11.5 (26/11/2018) - Private Build
Build 12 (15/12/2018) - Private Build
Build 13 (21/12/2018) - Private Build
Build 14 (29/12/2018) - Private Build
Build 15 (06/01/2019) - Private Build
Build 16 (08/01/2019) - Private Build
Build 20 (09/01/2019) - First Public Build, VMware format. Link: MEGA
Build 21 (11/01/2019) - Private Build
Build 21.5 (11/01/2019) - Private Build
Build 22 (11/01/2019) - Private Build
Build 23 (11/01/2019) - Private Build
Build 24 (12/01/2019) - Private Build
Build 24.5 (12/01/2019) - Private Build
Build 26 (14/01/2019) - Private Build
Build 27 (14/01/2019) - Private Build
Build 28 (17/01/2019) - Private Build
Build 28.5 (17/01/2019) - Private Build
Build 29 (18/01/2019) - Private Build
Alpha Release (Build 30) (20/01/2019) - First Public Release! Microsoft Virtual PC format. Link: MEGA
Build 31 (25/01/2019) - Private Build
Build 32 (14/03/2019) - Private Build
Build 33 (15/03/2019) - Private Build
Build 34 (17/04/2019) - Private Build
Build 35 (17/04/2019) - Private Build
Build 36 (02/06/2019) - Private Build
Build 37 (05/09/2019) - Private Build
Build 38 (06/09/2019) - Private Build
Build 39 (07/09/2019) - Private Build
Build 39.5 (07/09/2019) - Private Build
Build 40 (07/09/2019) - Second Public Build, VMware format. Link: MEGA
More Builds Coming Soon...
Edit 01: Fixed spelling and grammar. (09/01/2019)
Edit 02: Updated project. (11/01/2019)
Edit 03: Updated project. (15/01/2019)
Edit 04: Replaced Screenshots with Build 28, updated project. (17/01/2019)
Edit 05: Added Alpha Release (Build 30), updated project. (19/01/2019)
Edit 06: Added Pre-Beta Release (Build 40), updated project. (07/09/2019)