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SW: Report Exif-Data from Digital Camers

29 Jan 2005 15:23:03


Based on the RxExif.dll the new program PMExif is a GUI application which
produces a list of Exif-data from a whole directory of images; Lots of
convenient features.

English and German language provided.


From: Lutz Wagner (

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NET: OS2IRC Org. Initiates building New Hobbes

29 Jan 2005 13:49:58


I'm pleased to announce that at the OS2IRC Organization (A soon to be
chartered non-profit organization) we have undertaken a project to ensure
the survival of Hobbes.

Much effort has already been undertaken to begin building a new dedicated
server. We are still in need of some parts and software.

More on this can be found at our website domain is
temp. down) &

Hobbes is a vital asset to our community, so it must be preserved and
supported. We are undertaking this project with a great priority, with the
resources we have available. OS2IRC Organization is a non-profit
organization. We are working to legally register it in the State of
Wisconsin. Membership application is open to all who wish to join. On
behalf of all of us at OS2IRC Org., we look forward to serving our

Warm Regards,

Jeramie Samphere
President & Operating Manager
OS2IRC Organization(not-yet chartered non-profit company)
#os/2warp & #ecomstation on the Undernet IRC Network

Url: &

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SW: OpenTTD 0.3.6 released

29 Jan 2005 08:27:07


OpenTTD, an open source game in the style of "Transport Tycoon Deluxe",
has just released version 0.3.6, which includes a port for OS/2 (using
SDL). There are many bug fixes and new features, in particular related to
multiplayer. There are also a few OS/2 specific bugfixes: see the full
changelog at SourceForge.

For more information on OpenTTD, see To download the
latest version, see [Moderator
note: Took me a little bit to find it as only the windoze, MAC and Linux
versions are mentioned on the home page, but if you click on the openttd
link under "Package" on this page it will take you to a file download list
which has an OS/2 release - .]

If you have any problems with the OS/2 port, contact Owen Rudge


From: Owen Rudge (

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INFO: U.S. Federal Register - Orphan Works

29 Jan 2005 07:32:39


This could affect all of us who use older "orphaned" software. Please
read the full rules and consider sending some email on this. See the full
text of the proposal at the link.

The Copyright Office seeks to examine the issues raised by orphan works"
i.e., copyrighted works whose owners are difficult or even impossible to
locate. Concerns have been raised that the uncertainty surrounding
ownership of such works might needlessly discourage subsequent creators
and users from incorporating such works in new creative efforts or making
such works available to the public. This notice requests written comments
from all interested parties. Specifically, the Office is seeking comments
on whether there are compelling concerns raised by orphan works that merit
a legislative, regulatory or other solution, and what type of solution
could effectively address these concerns without conflicting with the
legitimate interests of authors and right holders. ....

1. If by electronic mail: Send to a message containing
the name of the person making the submission, his or her title and
organization (if the submission is on behalf of an organization), mailing
address, telephone number, telefax number (if any) and e-mail address. The
message should also identify the document clearly as either a comment or
reply comment. The document itself must be sent as a MIME attachment, and
must be in a single file in either: (1) Adobe Portable Document File (PDF)
format (preferred); (2) Microsoft Word 2000 or earlier; (3) WordPerfect
8.0 or earlier; (4) Rich Text File (RTF) format; or (5) ASCII text file


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INFO: Tinderbox hardware selection update

27 Jan 2005 19:57:48

Forwarded message from Michael Kaply on Thu, 27 Jan
2005 23:33:58 UTC Posted on:

Hardware purchasing has begun, mainly at the recommendation of Scott

Here's the items so far:
IBM Intellistation MPro Dual Xeon 2.2 GHz, 1 GB RAM, NR
18+36 GB SCSI HD/W2K SP4/FireGL 8800/DVD-RAM&R/CD/Modem
IBM ServeRaid 4MX Ultra160 SCSI/LVD RAID -New in Box

Next up is a video card.




SW: New ODIN 20050126 WarpIn and ZIP archives available

27 Jan 2005 11:50:12


"Odin is the name of the project and software that allows users to run
Win32 (Windows 95 and Windows NT) applications in OS/2 Warp operating
system natively, almost as if they were intended to be OS/2 applications
in the first place. It also makes porting from Win32 to OS/2 easier by
providing a Win32 API implementation in OS/2: the Odin32 API."

The ODIN 20050126 build in available in WarpIn format.

Release version:

Debug version:

[Moderator's note: It appears that direct links to these wpi files are not
working for some reason. You may have to go to the /pub/odin/weekly
directory and then select the file to download using the following link: Also what worked for me as well was
to copy the link and paste it directly into my web browser. ]

There are also new releases of the Zip versions as well:

Release version:

Debug version:

Odin user support group:


/* $Id: changelog,v 1.2754 2005/01/26 18:56:54 abwillis Exp $ */
2005-01-26: vladest
- kernel32: o src\kernel32\wintls.cpp
tls - problems, workaround.


SW: Netdrive Samba plugin updated to 3.0.9b3 Note this is an beta release

27 Jan 2005 08:08:10

From: Paul Smedley

Note that the Samba Netdrive plugin has also been updated to beta 7 and is
available from

Web site:

Bugs should be reported to the XTracker at:

readme.txt shows:
- moved to libc06b4.dll libc.




SW: Security/2 SSES-alpha-0.4.0

26 Jan 2005 19:30:00

From: "Mark Dodel"

"Security/2 is a multi-user system for OS/2. It provides controlled access
to files, drives, drivers and other OS/2 stuff, based on access control
list for each user. Security/2 has modular structure and can be easily (i
hope ;)) extended and provides a API for developers to enable their
applications be multi-user."

Web site:
Support forum:


From Changelog:


Major internal refactoring


SW: Samba 3.0.9a3 Note this is an alpha release

26 Jan 2005 19:23:29


Note this is an Alpha release of the full Samba server/client.

"SAMBA is a SMB/CIFS protocols file and print sharing server/client set
originaly made for UNIX world to cooperate with corresponding Windows and
OS/2 servers or clients. OS/2 has native implementation of SMB/CIFS
server/client set - IBM LAN Manager and IBM Peer. These products haven't
been updated for a long time and have some compatibility problems with
modern Windows SMB/CIFS implementations.

This package is the OS/2 port of SAMBA 3.0.9 server/client tools compiler
under innotek C runtime (currently custom build is used)."

SAMBA for OS/2 and eCS Homepage:
SAMBA Homepage:


- moved to libc06b4.dll libc.

"5. Warnings

Its highly recommended to upgrade Security/2 to 0.4.0 of newer level to
use this server.

LIBC06B4.DLL claims to support pre PII CPU, but its untested so far."


INFO: support for hobbes

26 Jan 2005 18:20:03

Forwarded message from David Rocks on Wed, 26 Jan
2005 20:51:17 UTC comp.os.os2.misc

[Moderator note: Sending replies to the VOICE feedback address will
accomplish nothing. Please post any followups to the Usenet group
comp.os.os2.misc. If you don't know how to post to Usenet its time to
learn how. If you don't like Usenet get over it and post something useful
there like how you feel about supporting OS/2 projects.

I'm personally sick of seeing all these stupid trolls ruining the
comp.os.os2 groups with nothing but lies and FUD and am very happy to see
some real OS/2-eCS users accomplishing something in these groups of late.
The following was posted by David Rocks, maintainer of the hobbes FTP

My tenure at new Mexico State University is fast coming to an end.
Although I have a commitment from the Unix manager here to continue
supporting hobbes(he uses it to train student employees in standard
server support processes) there is pressure to eliminate hobbes that will
escalate when I leave, and of course, I might not be the only one leaving.

Hobbes has received little external support over its 2 decades of
existence at NMSU(where will OS/2 be in 2010? 2020?). I've 'detained'
boxes on their way out to surplus (some may remember the 1st hobbes at
NMSU was a Next system) and 'borrowed' student employee hours to support
it. The total of external donations over 20 years is less than $200.

Since hobbes, to most computers, is really, it really
isn't practical to 'transfer' it to another location. The plan was to
give lots of notice before it died so that someone could copy all the
files to another server or servers, one of which would probably become the
future favorite OS/2 site, or at least, most well known.

Looking at the success of the OS/2 tinderbox funding model, do you think
that the Amazon Honor system would be a good model to fund a longer life
for hobbes? I think the university would look more kindly on hobbes if
there were some revenue, and student labor is cheap. And the training
value is recognised by more than a few. A few thousand a year would go a
long way toward preserving hobbes at its current well known address, and
maybe even upgrade it( it is currently running on an old RS/6000 550 with
little space or memory and a tenency to fail). And, even though retired,
any continued input from me would receive more attention if money was on
the table.

The university has a big network pipe(100 mb), even if heavily used,
with redundant backbones. So moving it to another ISP would not only lose
its well known address but possibly provide poorer access.

PLEASE, restrict response to the question. Hobbes has gotten all the
praise and complaint it will ever need, and you know how testy old guys
can get.



INFO: Mozilla OS/2 Build Machine Selection

26 Jan 2005 17:40:37

From: Felix Miata

Mike getting enough money for a build machine was the easy part. He has
plenty now.

The hard part is picking out a machine to buy, or picking out components
with which to build one. Mike's thing is programming, not hardware. IBM
isn't going to give him an OS/2 certified or any other machine. So, if we
want to see this project bear fruit in a reasonable time, the hardware
wise among us should collaborate to help Mike with this task. Besides
here, any of
news:netscape.public.mozilla.os2 or

are probably good places to provide input.

"The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God."
1 Corinthians 1:18 NIV

Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409

Felix Miata ***


SW: Mr. Message (AIM client) 1/25/2005 update

26 Jan 2005 16:38:16

Forwarded message from Marty on Wed, 26 Jan
2005 05:50:33 UTC Posted on: comp.os.os2.apps

Mr. Message for OS/2 is an instant messenger client which is capable of
communicating over AOL's Instant Messenger network using the OSCAR
protocol (used in the Win32 AIM clients, jBuddy, gAIM, Kopete, ICQ, and
a variety of other clients).

It has been updated with the following changes:

* Added the ability to send and receive typing notifications. Now you
have the option to notify your buddies when you are actively typing
in an IM window, and any typing notifications sent by your buddies
will be indicated with a pen or paper icon in your buddy list window.
The pen indicates that they are actively typing. The paper indicates
that they have some text typed, but are not currently typing. * Added
the ability to display user-defined status messages. Some
clients seem to use this field for their user profile.
* Changed the filter icons to make their meaning more clear when the
filters are turned on. Also added flyover help for them.
* Prevented the user from adding the same screen name to the buddy list
more than once.
* Fixed to accept buddy lists that are split into multiple parts by
the AOL server. If you were missing buddy list entries before, this
should not be the case anymore.
* Fixed the case where an AOL error message causes Mr. Message to stop
acknowledging messages from the AIM server for the rest of the session.
* Fixed the replacement of " & < and > at the end of a
profile or away message.
* Fixed the profile/away message selection window to select the entry
that was just added or modified.
* Fixed loading of buddy list icons multiple times.
* Fixed debug error messages resulting from a user logging off.

You can download it here:
or with the full source code here:

There is also a WarpIn installation package here:

Please read the README file before running or asking for support. As
always, feedback is appreciated.

A proper web page for the project is on the way...

[Reverse the parts of the e-mail address to reply.]



Net: Amazon Honor Page

26 Jan 2005 09:40:54

Forwarded message from Michael Kaply on Wed, 26 Jan
2005 13:15:36 UTC Posted on:

Well, we raised almost $2000 - this should be more than enough for the

machine and more.

So I hereby call the fundraising closed.

Thanks for everyone's contributions!

Mike Kaply



SW: New ODIN 20050125 WarpIn archive available

25 Jan 2005 22:06:27


"Odin is the name of the project and software that allows users to run
Win32 (Windows 95 and Windows NT) applications in OS/2 Warp operating
system natively, almost as if they were intended to be OS/2 applications
in the first place. It also makes porting from Win32 to OS/2 easier by
providing a Win32 API implementation in OS/2: the Odin32 API."

The ODIN 20050125 build in available in WarpIn format

Release version: Debug

Odin user support group:


/* $Id: ChangeLog,v 1.2752 2005/01/23 18:40:12 sao2l02 Exp $ */
2005-01-23: Dietrich Teickner
- kernel32: o src/kernel32/directory.cpp
- advapi32: o src/advapi32/ADVAPI32.DEF
- shell32: o src/shell32/shell32_main.c
- wininet: o src/wininet/http.c
- NTDLL: o src/NTDLL/error.c
- include: o include/win/ntstatus.h,sddl.h
2 new headers from wine. Some reorders for more
wine-like, for msi,
new stups,functions for msi.
Please, Test this for regression in others, msi will
more work yet, not properly end.
One (not complete) change for Acrobat 5.01.
2005-01-15: Dietrich Teickner
- kernel32: o \src\kernel32\Fileio.cpp GetLongPathNameA/W, no copy
into longPath,
if the Size zero. Crash in audacity.exe (longPath is
also zero).
o \src\kernel32\heap.cpp HeapFree works w2k/wine-like also
with zero-pointer
and returns TRUE. removed mamy pointercheck before


SW: Clipview 2.9 is released and is on Hobbes

25 Jan 2005 21:34:07

From: "Dave Saville"

Clipview 2.9 is released and is on Hobbes
New features bug fixes etc:
Added -w wrap option.
Added -s "Skip intial load from clipboard" option.
Added action to clear unlocked clips.
Fixed bug whereby F1 would cause a crash.
Fixed bug - Catch if external edit of clip in prgress & ClipView closed.
Added check to catch delete of bottom clip if locked.
Added removal of the > symbol when clip capture off and a clip hits the
Changed "Deleting the last clip leaves all locked" to
say clip instead of buffer.
Menu items CUA compliant.
Added RMB support for locked clips.
Fixed clip selection problem caused by setting a clip to append
when another clip was already in append state.
Fixed bug in resizing if "Tile" or "Cascade" used from Windowlist.
Stopped title bar going off top of screen when adding clip.
N.B. ClipView 2.5 & above uses a changed .ClipSave format.
It is NOT backwards compatible.
Upgrading from earlier versions should not present any problems.

I don't know about you, but I always seem to want to paste what I clipped
three operations back :-) So I wrote ClipView, based on the Unix program

The Clipview suite of programs consists of:
ClipView v2.9 - Gives multiple text clipboards. Clips may be printed,
edited, saved to a buffer and locked. Optionally the entire set of clips
and their state can be saved across invocations of ClipView.

ClipPrint v1.2 - Prints the current text contents of the clipboard.

PipeClip v2.3 - Used on the command line to pipe output to the clipboard.
eg dir /w | pipeclip

ClipPipe v1.0 - Used on the command line to pipe input from the
eg clippipe | someprogram

ClipWait v1.0 - Used in scripts to wait until something gets written to
the clipboard.

CV_Client_OS2 1.1 } These are *alpha* code.
} They allow clipboards to communicate

CV_Server_OS2 1.1 } across machines. Eventually I hope to add other OSes.


Dave Saville


Net: Update 2: Tinderbox/nightly system for Moz/2

25 Jan 2005 10:41:31

From: "morrownr"


A little background first: The WarpZilla team needs to purchase a
computer to support continued development of the OS/2 - eCS versions of
Mozilla, Firebird, Thunderbird and the various other items associated with The primary reason for the need to purchase this system is
so the team has the ability to continue professional development and
testing on its own without support from IBM. A tinderbox/nightly system
will provide nightly builds for testing. As the source code for these
programs is rather large a very fast system is needed in order to complete
compiles in reasonable times.

Last Firday Mike Kaply posted the URL to a donations account he set up at Amazingly after only about 36 hours the account maxed out and
started rejecting contributions. Mike wasn't aware that Amazon has
monthly limits on how much can be contributed. He has now set up another
account at Amazon so that contributions can continue:

I have contributed and feel it is money well spent. I enjoy using the
OS/2 - eCS versions of the products from the WarpZilla team and would like
to not only see their efforts continue but get better. takes
contributions of as little as $1 USD so please contribute if you can.



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SW: Pine 4.62 is here

25 Jan 2005 08:41:34

Forwarded message from "Dr. Ash" on Tue, 25 Jan
2005 10:30:03 UTC Posted on: comp.os.os2.mail-news

Hi all.

I've uploaded Pine 4.62 for OS/2 to Hobbes and it will soon be available
in the usual place. This is a bug-fix release from the University of
Washington and there are no OS/2-specific changes. The full details are
available from

"Pine is a well-known and well-loved text-based e-mail client. It can
access POP3 and IMAP mail servers, as well as act as a client for NNTP
news servers. It also comes with the simple text editor Pico and file
browser Pilot. "

Nicholas S.



Net: OS/2 Tinderbox Amazon Honor Page update

24 Jan 2005 19:56:41

Forwarded message from Michael Kaply on Mon, 24 Jan
2005 21:51:50 UTC Posted on:

(Please cross post as necessary)

I apologize to everyone - Amazon has a maximum contribution level and we
are there (I guess that is good). No more contributions until Feb 20.

That's why people are getting error messages.

We'll work with what we have.

Thanks for your support!

You guys (and gals) are awesome!

Mike Kaply



SW: MR/2 ICE 2.67 Has Been Released

24 Jan 2005 18:54:06

From: "Sander Nyman"

The MR/2 ICE Internet Email/News Client v2.67 has been released.
Available here:

The MR/2 ICE home page:

Changes in v2.67 (since v2.60b):

o Template processing - $IF logic error would end up skipping all lines
until EOF if it was actually false.

o Folder rebuild changes - minor; some diagnostic logic added in an
attempt to catch an obscure, "only on some systems" issue.

o Better logic to handle corrupt or invalid news status files.

o Additional diagnostics added in news indexing routines.

Changes in v2.65

o HELP file expanded significantly. Still plenty to do, but a vast
improvement over previous content. Context sensitive help isn't
triggering; no dialog boxes invoke help. I'll figure out why quickly.

Changes in v2.62

o Modified HELP menu to add ways to register.

o Added some text to the HELP system.

o Settings->Prompts now has a way to turn OFF the new version

o There is now a mechanism to try and relieve the 31 day nag if MR/2 has
been used a minimal of times. I hate retrying shareware a couple of weeks
later, after giving up on it the first day due to time constraints ...
only to find my chance has expired already! That's a non-sale for what
might have been a decent package, and results in a waste of my time. This
should help reduce these types of issues with MR/2.

o More web site cleanup centering on registration options.

o URL editor would crash on some long URL's. Fixed.

Changes in v2.61

o Some work towards allowing READ ONLY folders, for transporting
archived folders to CD or DVD media. Not complete, but I'm working on it!

o More cleanup of support docs and web pages.

"Sander Nyman"
Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity.

- Albert Einstein


INFO: OS/2 / eCS 1.2 mentioned in german computer magazine

24 Jan 2005 12:12:13


There is a small Article in the February Issue of the c't, a well known
computer magazine in Germany, on Page 32. It says something about eCS 1.2,
that it's based on OS/2 and that an additional application Pack, including
a X11 Server, is available.

[Moderator note: From what I have read this appears only in the printed
German issue of c't and is not available online.]


From: Joachim Deelen (

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Net: Launch of the eComStation BetaZone

23 Jan 2005 20:07:28


:: introducing the eComStation BetaZone ::

Serenity Systems International and Mensys BV are glad to announce the
launch of the eComStation BetaZone.

The eComStation BetaZone is a repository of (possible) future components
of eComStation or standalone projects and is intended to provide
eComStation customers with a sneak peek of what is being developed.

*** A selection of available projects:

provides NTFS filesupport in eCS
a collection of utilities for eCS
use windows printerdrivers in eCS
build your own iconsets for eCS
a codec to provide PNG support to the system

Restricted to Software Subscription Services customers:

allows eComStation to boot of JFS volumes,
providing increased performance of the entire system

*** Forums:

Most projects have an associated forum to discuss the application or
driver directly with the developer.

*** How to access?

You can gain access to the BetaZone via your profile page at

If you purchased Software Subscription Service you can access the BetaZone
via your account at Mensys or - you will have access to
more projects that way.

*** If you are a developer:

We invite all developers of eComStation software to host their project on
the eComStation BetaZone. The BetaZone offers an easy and centralized way
to release your software to the eComStation public, and offers project
management features, like task and time management. If you want to host
your project on the BetaZone please contact us via the link at the
BetaZone homepage.


From: Joachim Benjamins (

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Net: OS/2 and eComStation Emulation Site updated

23 Jan 2005 19:55:36


There had been a really long while since I had update my first OS/2 site.

So, today I took some time to update the site.


I had fix some dead links and I had also included two new categories:

# Java Emulators working under OS/2-eCS.
# Windows 32 Emulators working with Odin under OS/2-eCS.

The categories still alittle bit empty, but they are going to keep growing
with time.

If you have know any other a Win32 Emulator that runs under OS/2 let me
know !!

Visit also the Emulation Forum


From: Martin Iturbide (

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