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OS/2 - eComStation News - January, 2006

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Net: eCS VIO programming Tutorial
SW: WhatsOn release candidate 1
SW: GBM.DLL 1.32 and new GBM file dialog released
SW: Initial build of OpenLDAP v2.3.15 for OS/2 & eComStation
SW: UPS power manager V1.02
SW: Maul Publisher for OS/2, fixpack 1016FIX304
Net: Week of servers and notebooks
SW: Mr. Message (AIM client) Final release (1/5/2006)

Net: eCS VIO programming Tutorial

++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service ++

From: Johann Myrkraverk , Posted on: comp.os.os2.programmer.misc


Just for fun, I made a short hello-world tutorial for VIO in eCS.

It's at

Have fun,



SW: WhatsOn release candidate 1

++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service ++


Happy new year everyone !

Today I have released WhatsOn RC 1.

In this version a couple of errors has been corrected, and a single
new feature has been added.

There still are some known problems, I hope to have them corrected soon.

See for more information.

For those who don't know :

This game is highly inspired by the old DOS game Sherlock.

The game is one of logic deduction, and are (at least in the original
version) very addictive ! It is highly inspired by the old DOS game

You can find the game via my homepage at under programs.

Or you can go directly to the homepage of the game, sponsered by, at

If you try the game, please let me know what you think.

If you find any errors or has any suggestions please let me know too.

Kim Foder

E-Mail :

ICQ : 220314462

Homepage :


Member of Team OS/2


SW: GBM.DLL 1.32 and new GBM file dialog released

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From: Heiko Nitzsche, Posted on comp.os.os2.announce

A new release of the often used GBM library is available on Hobbes in
both, binaries and source.

It will later move to:

Changes compared to release 1.31:
GBMDLG (GBM File Dialog)
* Redesign to match standard file dialog (eComStation)
* Add bitmap preview

GBM.DLL 1.32
* TIF support:
- Update to Libtiff 3.7.4
- Fix decoding of separated RGB tiffs
- Fix decoding of non-separated CMYK tiffs (8/16 bits per channel)

GBM command line tools
* gbmver.exe added
It shows the detected gbm.dll (including its path)
and the lib revision. I hope this simplifies solving
DLL version issues.

You can replace GBM.DLL and GBMDLG.DLL used by the usual apps (Mesa,
GBMV2, ...). The libs are fully backward compatible. Be careful with
the gbm.dll part of the Lotus Smartsuite directory tree. This must NOT
be replaced with this lib!

As the new bitmap preview feature in the GBM file dialog requires
quite a bit of processing power, users with less good equipped
hardware should stick with the previous dialog.

Have fun

Heiko Nitzsche


SW: Initial build of OpenLDAP v2.3.15 for OS/2 & eComStation

++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service ++

From: Paul Smedley

Now available from

Openldap v2.3.15 compiled for OS/2 & eComStation with Innotek GCC
v3.3.5 GA version. [Moderator note: The web site for OpenLDAP is "OpenLDAP is a suite of LDAP clients,
servers, utilities and developer tools"]

Requires libc06.dll from

**This has only had very limited testing so all feedback to is appreciated**

Note: Under unix, symbolic links of slapd are made in ./sbin to create
the various slapd utilities (ie slapadd, slapcat, slapdn, slapindex,
slappasswd, slaptest, slapauth, slapacl). As we don't have symbolic
links, I haven't included the slapd utilities, but have included a
script 'makeutils.cmd' in \openldap to make the necessary copies of
slapd.exe with the appropriate names.

Known issues:
- only supported database type in slapd.conf is ldbm - bdb will not work.
- slapd utils in .\openldap\sbin are large - future release is planned
to use a dll to reduce package size
- no threading support due to lack of full pthreads implementation for


Paul Smedley
Adelaide, Australia
7th January, 2006.


SW: UPS power manager V1.02

++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service ++

From: Peter Koller

Do you have a UPS (an Uninterruptible Power Supply device)?
Does it have a serial port, and would you like it to talk to your OS/2
or eCS computer?

Then try the UPS power manager, it's free!

NEW:- This version has been updated to improve the reliability of the
serial interface, and to improve the display of the status images.

The provided megatec driver supports the following devices:

- Fenton Technologies models:
- PowerPal L series
- PowerOn
- PowerPure
- Effekta MI/MT/MH models (2502 cable)
- PowerGuard PG-600
- PowerCom SMK-800A, ULT-1000
- Giant Power MT650
- Unitek Alpha 1000is
- SuperPower HP360, Hope-550
....other megatec compatible devices ought to work as well.

The provided dummy driver allows you to see what it looks like when
it's working!

GPL'ed driver sources are provided for developing other devices. A
driver flowchart to help open source driver development is now
available as a pdf document from

See for more info on UPS devices and
their protocols.

Home page

....or get it from hobbes


SW: Maul Publisher for OS/2, fixpack 1016FIX304

++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service ++

From: "Peter Koller"

Maul Publisher is an industrial strength desktop publisher capable of
creating virtually all of the printing seen on everyday household
items. You can use it to easily lay out newspapers, cards, books,
labels, stamps, posters, charts, forms, and even designs like building
plans or furniture arrangements.

Fixpack 1016FIX304 is now available. The fixpack includes earlier
fixes and contains the following:-

Fixes inability to set text size from font selection dialog.
Fixes bug in creating metafiles from frames.
Fixes the mbmbmp tool and adds internationalisation components.
Fixes crash when setting a frame style for a frame that is part
of a group.
Fixes the edit project dialog, the way the listbox works caused
project file
Fixes shortcut key editor - inability to change some key

If you have updated the installer as provided with fixpack C16FIX304,
you should be able to simply start the installer, and select 'Check
for updates'. Otherwise, you can download the fixpack from the Maul
Publisher product page:-

Please take the trouble to report any bugs that you may find!


Net: Week of servers and notebooks

++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service ++


The second week of 2006 is dedicated to collection of info about
compatible/non-compatible notebooks and servers (motherboards). Our
database contains 100 records only
Major part of the models are not manufactured anymore. Post new
reports using the web-form (


SW: Mr. Message (AIM client) Final release (1/5/2006)

++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service ++

From: Marty

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:

* Fixed support for 16-bit legacy TCP/IP stack as well as the
32-bit stack. Networking should be reliable now.
* Hacked to allow communications with invisible users if they
initiate the conversation. Note that their status will
probably not be updated correctly, but it will allow you to
send and receive messages from them.

To download, please visit the official Mr. Message web page:

This is the final release of Mr. Message since I am now working on a
full port of Gaim (which will cover all of the functionality of Mr.
Message and a whole lot more, including multiple protocols such as
Jabber, Yahoo, and MSN to name a few).

If a fix request for Mr. Message is simple enough, I will do it. But
if it takes too much time, I'd rather devote the time to the Gaim port.


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