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Monday 18 June 2007

eComStation 2.0 RC1 disponible

Hello all,

before sending out the offical announcement:

eComStation 2.0 RC1 is available to eDG members via your download page at (or under Software Subscription Services at Mensys).

From whatsnew.txt:

New Features:

  • Added ACPI Wizard that will detect system features and can be used to install ACPI and kernel options
  • Added TZ update for Java 2 SDK, Standard Edition - US DST timezone tool
  • Split up netlabs (kLIBC) and innotek (Odin Runtime) libraries, are now  installed with WarpIn
  • Added support for the eComStation Installation Framework. Will always be installed. (XULrunner)
  • Added logic to load TESTCFG2.SYS when ACPI is selected, prevents hangs on certain configurations
  • Added english helpfile to accomodate checkdisk help button
  • Added 47 NIC devices to the hw detect engine, like nForce and Broadcom  (mainly GenMac)
  • New bootlogo and desktopbackground, reflecting "RC1" status

Updated Applications:

  • Updated USBDock to 20070504 release
  • Updated WarpIn to version 1.0.15
  • New versions of UPDTBMGR, MINILVM
  • Updated ZIP to 2.32
  • Replaced outdated ArcView 1.2 helpfile with the one of ArcView 2.0
  • Updated eWorkPlace to 1.0.8
  • Updated Firefox to version
  • Updated Thunderbird to version
  • Updated UniClip 0.2.2
  • Updated Cairo to 1.2.4 and DSSaver to 1.7.5
  • Updated Dani IDE drivers from 1.7.7 to 1.7.10
  • Updated non-SMP (W4, not UNI) kernel to 14.104a
  • Updated SMP kernel to 14.104a
  • Updated firewall utility to version 1.2.4
  • Updated NewView to 2.19
  • Updated NewView en_us helpfile to 2.19

Fixes since the previous beta release:

  • Updated PMMERGE.DLL and symbol files to 14.106 (APAR PJ31908)
  • IBM APAR PJ31319 (SYS3184 in PMCTLS.DLL)
  • IBM APAR PJ30811 (Trap in FTPD)
  • IBM APAR PJ30821 (Error in TELNET)
  • Updated syslevel.bdd to bdd fp3
  • Fix modal problem of status window of PMFormat (in installer)
  • Some applications (EPM amongst others) weren't installed in Beta 4
  • 'Advanced' button in Screen properties notebook now works
  • Opteron CPU now supported in SMP mode
  • 4OS2 windows now open a new session, defaults to root of bootdrive
  • Improved layout and wording of Preboot Disk Integrity check messages

Updated / added drivers:

  • updated DANI tools to 1.7.10 level
  • updated DANIS506.DOC to 1.7.10
  • added ACPI package 2.22, can be manually selected in preboot menu
  • Updated ACPI and APM support to 26/05/2007 version
  • Added 47 NIC devices to the hw detect engine, like nForce and Broadcom
  •   (mainly GenMac)
  • UDF 2.16
  • IBM APAR PJ30964 (UDF.IFS update)
  • IBM1S506.ADD 10.161 (was 10.152)
  • Intel SpeedStep(R) (APM) 10.163 (was 10.156)
  • IBM Single Mouse driver 10.163 (was 10.152)
  • KBDBASE.SYS to 10.070 (was 10.056)
  • Updated IBM1S506.ADD to 10.161
  • Updated OS2CDROM.DMD to 10.163

Kind regards / met vriendelijke groet,

Joachim Benjamins

Wednesday 13 June 2007

CUPS: impresión en eComStation

Paul Smedley <> nos comunica que acaba de subir un paquete que consiste en CUPS 1.2.11 ( + ESP Ghostscript 8.15.4 ( + Gutenprint 5.1.2 (

Esta combinación debe permitir la impresión desde OS/2 & eComStation con impresoras que no tenían controladores específicos para nuestro sistema operativo - ver más detalle en

El paquete puede descargarse desde:

Ahí mismo hay indicaciones de como usar el paquete.

Si las indicaciones resultan un éxito debería probar el controlador ECUPS de Bart van Leeuwen Ade manera que se imprima desde las aplicaciones usando CUPS (

Se agradece toda clase de comentarios a
// o a l la lista de ecups atnews://

La página de prueba de CUPS

CUPS, el libro

NOTA: intentaré explicar mejor que es eCUPS en otra entrada

Tuesday 5 June 2007

Novedades 5 de Junio

JamochaMUD version 2.0 has been released (6/3/2007). This is an open-source Java MUCK/MUD client.

Internet Application Integration version has been released (6/1/2007). This allows you to specify the default Internet applications for web, mail, news, ftp, and irc. It can also install the Run! package and add registry entries for FT2Lib support.

The Piano Launchpad component of eSchemes Deluxe has been updated to version 1.14b (6/1/2007). The Imagination component version 3.5 alpha 4 is also available (4/15/2007). It consists of new WPS classes which simplify browsing of pictures; it offers a preview window and image viewing, with support for many common graphics formats. Piano Launchpad is a replacement for the old IBM Launchpad, with support for large icons. eSchemes will be a component of eComStation 2.0, while eSchemes Deluxe is a standalone product; it can be purchased through Mensys. Thanks to Eugene Gorbunoff for the info.

Panoply version 2.2.1 has been released (5/30/2007). This is a Java application which enables the user to plot raster images of geo-gridded data from netCDF datasets. Depending on the data, it can draw global longitude-latitude images or pole-to-pole latitude-vertical images.

The RAR archiver has been updated (5/29/2007) to version 3.70 (the "DOS" version also has OS/2 support). This is a command-line compression utility, with tight general and multimedia compression, recovery record option management of non-RAR archives, RCVT aRchive ConVersion Tool, and more. From

FreeType/2 version 1.2.2 has been released (5/28/2007); it is based on version 1.3.1 of the FreeType library. Also available is the "official" FreeType/2 version 1.0, also based on version 1.3.1 of the library. The FreeType/2 TrueType driver replaces the one that comes with Warp 4, or adds it to Warp 3 and lower, and provides for better looking TrueType font rendering.

Paul Smedley has released (5/27/2007) an OS/2 build of DVDAuthor version 0.6.14. This is a tool for generating DVD VIDEO structures from given mpeg2 files. From

K Movie Player version 0.3.0 has been released (5/27/2007). This is a movie player based on FFPlay, without SDL dependencies and support for WarpOverlay.

A test version of MPlayer has been released (5/27/2007), which has support for WarpOverlay. This is a video player that supports many codecs.

ClamAV version 0.90.2 has been ported (5/27/2007) to OS/2. This is a GPL anti-virus toolkit, which features a command line scanner, a tool for automatic updating via the Internet, and integration with mail servers (attachment scanning). From VOICE News.

Security/2 version 0.4.5 has been released (5/27/2007). This provides user-based security, allowing you to restrict users to create, read, write, delete certain files, execute certain processes, and kill only their user processes.

ACPI driver version 2.22 was released (5/26/2007) on the eComStation Betazone (for Software Subscription customers only). Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) is a replacement for APM, PnP, and related hardware features. It features support for multiprocessor systems (SMP, Dual Core, and HyperThreading), and there is an APM driver available (poweroff works, but suspend causes traps if you have an Intel NIC!). There is an ACPI Tools web page as well, which includes a battery monitoring widget for XCenter. From VOICE News.

The Panorama VESA video driver was updated (5/25/2007) on the eComStation Betazone (for Software Subscription customers only). This is a generic VESA driver, which supports all VESA 2.0 compatible video adapters. There are also some "widescreen activators" available for Intel and ATI chipsets, which hack the VESA BIOS to support some widescreen modes. Users with SMP systems and/or widescreen panels may find this useful if there isn't an accelerated driver available; there is also an FAQ available. From

VOICE purchased the rights and source code for the popular email client, PMMail/2; version 3.0 beta 1 has been released (5/24/2007) for VOICE members. It is expected that there will be a public beta prior to general release, and VOICE membership will be required as part of the registration.

JGraphpad version has been released (5/24/2007). This is a Java-based powerful, free diagram editor that allows you to create flow charts, maps, UML diagrams, and more.

PM123 version 1.32 beta 3 has been released (5/23/2007); separately available are version 1.40 alpha 2 and version 1.21 (9/24/2003). PM123 is an MP3, WAV, and CD Audio player, which is now open source. Some of the features include sharing of the sound card, playlist with drag/drop support, HTTP streaming, and the use of skins to change the program's look. Thanks to Wolfgang Foerster and Sander Nyman for the info.

TrafficVisor III has been updated (5/23/2007). This is a program to collect and analyze TCP/IP traffic.

A driver for the Realtek RTL8169 network chipset, version 1.12.01 has been released (5/20/2007).

Guiffy version 8.0 build 223 has been released (5/20/2007). Guiffy is a file compare / merge (diff-like) tool with a GUI implemented in Java.

Ghostscript version 8.57 has been released (5/12/2007); the latest version can be found here. Also available is GSView version 4.8 (2/25/2006). Ghostscript is a freeware postscript interpreter/converter for generating Acrobat (PDF) documents, and GSView is a graphical document viewer that uses Ghostscript as its display engine. Thanks to Phil Parker for the info.

VICE version 1.21 has been released (3/10/2007). This is a versatile Commodore emulator. It uses DIVE and DART, and supports fullscreen mode.

Nconvert version 4.79 has been released (2/10/2007). This is a multi-format image converter that supports more then 300 graphics formats. From

Free Pascal version 2.0.4 has been released (8/23/2006). Free Pascal is a Pascal compiler that is semantically compatible with Borland Turbo Pascal and Borland Delphi.

DBCSMAP version 1.3 has been released (5/19/2007). This is a character map program for Unicode and selected DBCS codepages (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean). Characters can be copied to the clipboard as codepage-specific text (UTF-8 for Unicode text), and in "text/unicode" format as supported by Mozilla.

wxWidgets (formerly wxWindows) version 2.8.4 has been released (5/18/2007). This is a sophisticated cross-platform C++ framework for writing advanced GUI applications using (where possible) the native controls.

FM/2 version 3.05.09 has been released (5/18/2007). This is an open source GUI file manager program, with lots of extra helper utilities. The source code is available from NetLabs. Thanks to Gregg Young and David Graser for the info.

Gotcha! version 1.76 has been released (5/17/2007). This is a small utility for OS/2 which allows you to easily capture windows, window interiors, parts of the screen or the whole desktop and save them to disk or clipboard as a picture (OS/2 bitmap format).

Pauker version 1.7.5 has been released (5/16/2007). This is a generic flashcard program written in Java. You can use it to learn all the things you never want to forget, like vocabulary, capitals, important dates, etc.

MagicDraw UML 12.1 SP2 has been released (5/15/2007). This is a Java based UML modelling tool.

PrefBar version 3.4 has been released (5/14/2007). It allows you to configure several Mozilla settings on the fly, and incorporates the features of UABar.

SDLMAME version 0.115 has been ported (5/12/2007) to OS/2. This is an SDL version of the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator.

Paul Smedley has released (5/11/2007) an OS/2 port of MySQL 5.0.41. Also available (2/12/2005) is another build of MySQL 4.1.7. The MySQL database server is the world's most widely used open source database. The OS/2 port features named pipes, data replication, >2GB databases, and more. There is a mailing list for discussion.

An OS/2 port of Cairo version 1.4.6 has been released (5/10/2007). Cairo is a vector graphics library designed to provide high-quality display and print output. Note that Mozilla is moving towards using Cairo as its rendering engine. The latest version can be found in the Netlabs incoming directory.

MultiZilla has been released (5/10/2007). This is an extension that adds more features to the tabbed interface in Seamonkey.

Guillaume Gay has created (5/10/2007) some pointer sets: Shadok Pointers, Don't Worry Be Happy Pointers, and eBall Pointers.

4OS2 version 3.04h has been released (5/9/2007). This is a command shell, formerly developed by JPSoft and now open source. Thanks to Michal Necasek for the info.

The latest "unstable" version (5/9/2007) of FlashBlock contains some important fixes for the OS/2 plugin; I highly recommend you use it in place of the last stable version, particularly if you have been experiencing crashes . This is a Mozilla / Firefox extension that replaces Flash animations with a "click to play" placeholder.

C.a.R. version 6.2 beta has been released. This is a Java program that simulates school geometry constructions with a pair of compasses and a straightedge (ruler).

OS2MT has been updated (5/7/2007) to version 0.69 beta. This is a maintenance tool that enables you to download and install various applications with a couple clicks of the mouse. There is also a mailing list for it on Yahoo Groups.

The USB-based monitor for APC Back-UPS CS/ES has been updated (5/7/2007) to version 0.05b1. The web site is in Russian, but there is an English readme file. From

Paul Smedley has released (5/6/2007) a build of PHP 5.2.2; modules supported include bz2, curl, dbase, gd, exif, filepro, gd, gettext, mbstring, mysql, mysqli, openssl, pdo_mysql, pdo_sqlite, pgsql, and sqlite. He also has a build (3/19/2006) of version 4.4.2. It now includes a module for Apache 2.2, as well as CGI and CLI versions. Also available (12/18/2004) is another port of PHP 4.3.10, which supports CURL 7.10.1, libxml2 2.5.8, libxslt 1.0.31, GDBM 1.7.3, MySQL client 3.23.49, PostgreSQL v7.2.2, ZLib v1.1.4, GD v2.0, FreeType v2.1.1, PDFLib v4.0.1, OpenSSL 0.9.7e, and Expat 1.95.6. For more info on PHP, see the PHP web site.

Borg 1.6 has been released (5/6/2007). This is a Java calendar app, with RDBMS support, a simple address book, and task categories.

General Network Utilities has been updated (5/5/2007). This is a powerful Internet diagnostic tool kit featuring several tools designed to help you quickly identify problems, locate where the problem is, and gather data which can be used to solve the problem either directly or through your Internet Service Provider. From

The HTML editor (X)HTML-Format and the analysis tool WebAnalysis have been combined to create OpenWebSuite, currently (4/21/2007) at version 1.0 RC. This open source web tool requires Java 1.3 or higher. Thanks to Thomas Frey for the info.

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