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Besides the Warpicity Project there is a new project to recreate OS/2 - FREEOS.
Daniel Caetano lays out his plan on http://www.quasarbbs.com/daniel/freeos.html.
He states "Maybe we can have something in the OS/2 1.0 Kernel funcionality
working in 4 or 5 years, or maybe never. We will try...". I wish he would join
VOICE in promoting Warp Doctor instead. Irregardless if either Lynn's or Daniel's
projects ever actually create a useable version of an operating system, Warp Doctor
is what will continue to provide support for OS/2 users in the years to come.
As Lynn says frequently in his ramblings, "Support WarpDoctor. Join VOICE.".
To make any such undertaking as Warpicity or FREEOS a viable reality will take ongoing
support. As Lynn has also said "we need collaboration and an organization for
its ongoing ability to meet the changing dynamics of its users." Linux has
it's pervasive user community of code jockeys to keep it's momentum fueled, but
that platform seems to lack a center. It's not what the user needs that is paramount,
but what the coding community needs. If you are not a fluent in GCC and CLI, you
can easily be lost. Warp Doctor will focus on the OS/2 user.
What VOICE is attempting with Warp Doctor <http://www.warpdoctor.org/>is
to make the end-user the focus. Maybe this is impossible, but the lines have been
drawn, and we think it will work.
I want to see VOICE's membership grow over the next couple of years into the
thousands so we can support these private initiatives. We need to take IBM's whims
out of the equation and make OS/2 into a user guided platform. If you honestly want
to see OS/2 continue on into the year 2000 and beyond, then support Warp Doctor
by joining VOICE. Together we still have a future with OS/2.
This past month VOICE hosted two Speakup events. On November 22, a Speakup with
the new Warpstock Board was held. The log can be read at http://www.os2voice.org/logs/V112299.LOG.html.
Then on December 6th, we welcomed back Sundial Systems with a Speakup focused
on Relish. There was a lot of discussion on the changes for the next release.
A copy of Junk Spy was given away as a trivia prize. Thanks to Rollin and Randell
for an entertaining and enjoyable event. The transcript for which is at http://www.os2voice.org/logs/V120699.LOG.html
Coming up in December, we have a General VOICE meeting on Monday, December 20th,
8PM EST(01:00GMT). As always, please be sure to check out the updated VOICE
Future events Calendar in this newsletter or on the VOICE website at <http://www.os2voice.org/calendar.html>
for more details on future VOICE events.
To start with this month we have an article on VOICE's newest project: WarpDoctor:
An OS/2 Watershed Event by Abel McLendon and Lynn Maxson. If you read nothing
else, be sure to read this one. I can't stress enough that this is "the"
project of the year for VOICE. Let's make Warp Doctor a success and make OS/2 support
second to none, with or without IBM's assistance. Next Abel Mclendon writes his
letter to Santa in his ViewAbel column.
Looking for some great computer-related gifts for Christmas for an OS/2 user?
Check out Brad Kell's review of Crystal Clear: A PCI Sound
Card for OS/2. And if you have small children, check out my review of Kidstuff for OS/2. Then we have Don Eitner with a
review of some Classic Video Games for OS/2.
Finally Don Eitner returns with a new End(User) column. This month Don reveals
some top secret info from his deep blue contacts in IBM
Quietly Readies "Merced" OS. If only it were true.
Just a reminder that we now have a full Newsletter
Master Index page. All the feature sections of the current and previous issues
can now be found on this one page. Additionally, we have added a Java based search
function to this master index page. It will allow you to search all past issues
for a specific word or phrase. So try it out and let us know what you think. If
you have any ideas for improvements let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are always interested in your thoughts and views on subjects related to OS/2,
and would like to see opinion/editorial pieces as well as hardware/software reviews.
To that end, and because of several recent requests, we have added a Guidelines
for Article Submissions to the VOICE Newsletter
Editor, VOICE Newsletter
Joel I. Klein
Assistant Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
601 D Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530
The email address is email@example.com,
however I believe a written communication has more effect then electronic.