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OS/2 - eComStation News - April, 2006

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SW: UpdCD 2.56 fix has been released
SW:
SW: Qt3 Toolkit Version 3
Net: Free eCS/OS2 related site hosting at ecomstation.org
Net: Second Issue of the OS2eCS eZine
SW: INIServe updated to 2.1
Net: OS2 World: Are You using GPG or PGP for OS/2?
SW: MJpeg tools v1.8.0 ported to OS/2 & eComStation
SW: GetMyIP version 1.0.1 has been released.
SW: RexxMail build 20060403.121519 released.
SW: Preliminary build of Apache v2.2.1 now available
SW: USB "configurator" beta6c available
SW: Pixel for OS/2, eCS has been updated 1.0 Beta 6 build 521
SW: Tuxpaint for OS/2 & eCS updated to v0.9.15
Net: Open source (OS/2) software under threat again
SW: sitecopy 0.16.3 for OS/2 available
SW: PM123 version 1.31 Has Been Released
Event: Latest news for Developers Workshop 2006
Net: OS2 World Bounty Jackpot!
Net: =?ISO-8859-1?Q?D=E9j=E0_Vista=2C_Has_writing_operat?=
SW: PM123 1.3.1
SW: Ogg Vorbis for OS/2 1.1.0
Event: Live Streaming from Developers Workshop 2006



SW: UpdCD 2.56 fix has been released

2006-04-01
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Z. Kadar (infoDESPAM@DESPAMupdcd.tk)

UpdCD 2.56 fix has been released. This is a fix release which should be
installed on top of an existing UpdCD 2.5x installation.

Changes since version 2.55:

new: added support for USB devices during boot (not for Warp 3 or eCS 1.x)
new: aligned with cdrtools 2.01.01a04 (rename *2.exe to *.exe)
new: updated USB addon script to support latest USB drivers
new: replaced Mozilla addon with Seamonkey addon
new: changed default addon install path from util to programs to suit eCS 1.x

fix: record.cmd still called RSJ commands when using CDRecord
fix: record.cmd did not delete splitted DVD burn files
fix: logging extrap2 parameter did not work properly
fix: addon installation icon did not work on eCS 1.2
fix: printer list was not updated on eCS 1.2R

UpdCD can be used to create an updated OS/2 Warp 3/4, WSeB, CP 1/2 or eCS
1.x installation CD-ROM.

Url: http://www.updcd.tk


Submitted with the form on http://www.os2world.com/submit_news.php

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SW:

2006-04-01
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: muffetta66DESPAM@DESPAMemail.it

Qt for OS/2 is a native version of the Qt Toolkit for the OS/2 Operating
System.
The current version of Qt for OS/2 is 3.3.1. This version has a release
candidate status meaning that it is not a complete 3.3.1 version comparing
to other platforms -- selected features are still in progress. However,
even without these features, this version can be used to create powerful
crossplatform applications that run as native Presentation Manager
applications under OS/2 and eComStation.

ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/qt3/qt-os2-3.3.1-rc06.zip

Complete on-line documentation

http://svn.netlabs.org/repos/qt3/trunk/os2-doc/index.html



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SW: Qt3 Toolkit Version 3

2006-04-01
Sigh. I really do try to do this right but I was rushed this morning when
I sent this out and missed the subject yet again. Sorry about that.

Mark

-------- Original Message --------

++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: muffetta66DESPAM@DESPAMemail.it

Qt for OS/2 is a native version of the Qt Toolkit for the OS/2 Operating
System. The current version of Qt for OS/2 is 3.3.1. This version has a
release candidate status meaning that it is not a complete 3.3.1 version
comparing to other platforms -- selected features are still in progress.
However, even without these features, this version can be used to create
powerful crossplatform applications that run as native Presentation Manager
applications under OS/2 and eComStation.

ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/qt3/qt-os2-3.3.1-rc06.zip

Complete on-line documentation

http://svn.netlabs.org/repos/qt3/trunk/os2-doc/index.html



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Net: Free eCS/OS2 related site hosting at ecomstation.org

2006-04-02
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: webmasterDESPAM@DESPAMecomstation.org

Since we're on a proper business level connection now I wouldn't mind
hosting some third party OS/2 or eCS related websites on the server too.

Either you could get your own domain name or use a sub-domain of
ecomstation.org. The server is run on Apache 2.x, supports PHP 4.x and runs
MySQL.

It just makes you feel better to run your OS/2 or eCS related site off of
an actual OS/2 based server, especially when you could get your site up for
free.

There are limits on how many extra sites we could handle, so we'll just see
how this goes.

Contact webmasterDESPAM@DESPAMecomstation.org if interested.



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Net: Second Issue of the OS2eCS eZine

2006-04-02
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: ExovedeDESPAM@DESPAMvideotron.ca

Just found out that the second issue of the OS2eCS eZine is now available.
You can find it here:

http://ezine.os2ecs.org

Here's what's in this issue:

>From the Editor: New Print Edition Available!
Developing For Fun With OS/2 And OpenWatcom
Surfing In The Colorful Chinese World With OS/2 And eComStation
USB Thumb Drives And Flash Wristbands With eComStation
Power Tips
Gallery-Desktop Backgrounds

Happy reading/2,

Michel Goyette



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SW: INIServe updated to 2.1

2006-04-02
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Peter Moylan

INIServe (freeware, source included) has been updated to version 2.1. The
only significant change is a fix to a bug that was causing memory
corruption. You can find it at
http://www.pmoylan.org/pages/os2/software.html#iniserve
or by searching for iniser21.zip at Hobbes.

INIServe implements a client-server approach to INI file editing. Thus, in
principle it can be used for remote configuration of any application whose
configuration parameters are kept in an OS/2 INI file. At present only my
applications (FtpServer, Weasel, Major Major) use it, but it is available
without payment or any other obligation for use by any OS/2 or eCS developer.

The sample client that is included with this version is a DrDialog
application. DrDialog (a GUI development framework for Rexx) used to be
available as IBM EWS, but now must be searched for if you want a copy.
There seems to be a copy at
http://www.themorrillfamily.com/david/projects/drdialog/index.php

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Net: OS2 World: Are You using GPG or PGP for OS/2?

2006-04-03
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Kim Haverblad (kimhDESPAM@DESPAMos2world.com)

Due to higher interest of GnuPG and as well for existing users of PGP we
wanted to ask this time if you either are using GPG or PGP. This also goes
together with the interest of using smartcard and other security tokens.

So take part of this poll at following url:

http://scripts.os2world.com/stuffed/index.cgi?pkg=poll&action=do_vote&id=148

and share your thoughts within the OS2 World forum:

http://www.os2world.com/cgi-bin/forum/UltraBoard.cgi?action=Read&BID=69&TID=33&SID=kOzHulSyeub8GZCX


Url:
http://scripts.os2world.com/stuffed/index.cgi?pkg=poll&action=do_vote&id=148


Submitted with the form on http://www.os2world.com/submit_news.php

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SW: MJpeg tools v1.8.0 ported to OS/2 & eComStation

2006-04-03
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Paul Smedley

Now available from http://smedley.info/os2ports.html:

MJpegtools 1.8.0 for OS/2 & eComStation.

It was built using Innotek GCC v3.3.5 CSD1 version and requires the runtime
dll from ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/gcc/libc-0.6.1-csd1.zip

General feedback should be sent to paulDESPAM@DESPAMsmedley.info, bugs
should be reported via http://mantis.smedley.info

Mjpegtools includes tools that can be used to help create DVDs (and menus)
under OS/2 & eComStation.

See Alex Taylor's excellent post to comp.os.os2.multimedia for a guide on
using dvdauthor and mjpegtools to create DVD menus.

Cheers,

Paul Smedley
Adelaide, Australia
3rd April, 2006



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SW: GetMyIP version 1.0.1 has been released.

2006-04-03
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Peter Lueersen, Posted on news://news.ecomstation.com/ecomstation.apps

GetMyIP version 1.0.1 has been released.

Get your external IP address.

This Program will retrieve your IP address assigned to a host either
through an external server. The address is an external IP address which may
be dynamically assigned by an ISP.

Info: http://www.warp-ecs-owl.de/Peter_GetMyIP.html

URL: http://www.warp-ecs-owl.de/PETER/GetMyIP101.zip

Regards, Peter Lueersen

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SW: RexxMail build 20060403.121519 released.

2006-04-03
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Marcus de Geus

A new build of RexxMail is available from my web site:

<http://www.degeus.com/rexxmail/>

RexxMail is an object-oriented WPS e-mail client, written in REXX, which
uses the standard WPS user interface. It features an extensive range of
functions and options with full command-line access.

New in this release:

- Bugfix: OKToSend=FALSE setting did not work.
- Some more HTML/text improvements.
- HTML content is now attached to forwarded messages.

Best regards,

Marcus de Geus
--
marcusDESPAM@DESPAMdegeus.com http://www.degeus.com

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SW: Preliminary build of Apache v2.2.1 now available

2006-04-03
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Paul Smedley
Hi All,
Voting on the release of Apache web server v2.2.1 is now underway in the
apache newsgroup, so I thought I'd get a build ready for OS/2 & eComStation.

It is now available from http://smedley.info/os2ports.html

It was built using Innotek GCC v3.3.5 CSD1 version and requires the runtime
dll from ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/gcc/libc-0.6.0-ga2.zip

Voting on whether v2.2.1 of Apache should be released as is is currently
underway in the Apache newsgroup, so I thought I'd make an OS/2 binary
based on my patches to v2.2.0

Note that the issues with PHP failing if modules other than modphp4 are
loaded is still unresolved.

General feedback can be provided to paulDESPAM@DESPAMsmedley.info, bug
reports should go to http://mantis.smedley.info

Thanks to Brian Havard for doing most of the hard work to get Apache2 to
run with EMX, and to Knut for making GCC/libc so great!

Cheers,

Paul Smedley
Adelaide, Australia
4th April, 2006

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SW: USB "configurator" beta6c available

2006-04-03
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Peter Brown


Hi All

This application is designed to help (re)configure USB drivers and devices.
It is not designed to install USB drivers, the drivers must already be
installed - it should help sort out driver parameters so the drivers become
useful though :-)

Replaced the call to hcimonit.exe with some code that should work on the
systems that hcimonit.exe failed to run on previously - hcimonit.exe was
returning 1 indicating some sort of failure thus preventing USBcfg from
being useable.

http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/cgi-bin/h-search?key=USBcfgb6c

Regards

Pete


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SW: Pixel for OS/2, eCS has been updated 1.0 Beta 6 build 521

2006-04-03
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: k.marjerisonDESPAM@DESPAMsasktel.net

Hello All;
The Pixel Image Editor has been updated.
For anyone interested it can be found at:
http://www.kanzelsberger.com/pixel

The build is now at Pixel v1.0 Beta 6 521
Enjoy.

"Pixel is a RGB, CMYK and HDR image editing, photo retouching and
manipulating program available for many operating systems formerly known as
Pixel32. It is available for Windows, Linux, Linspire, MacOSX, BeOS, Zeta,
QNX, MorphOS, FreeBSD, eComStation, OS/2, SkyOS and even old plain DOS, for
both x86 and PowerPC architectures.

Pixel is not free software, if you like it and want to support its
development, you may consider Purchasing a copy. Licensing and prices are
very fair, and include unlimited support."

Forums: http://www.kanzelsberger.com/forum
Bug Reports: http://www.kanzelsberger.com/bugs/


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SW: Tuxpaint for OS/2 & eCS updated to v0.9.15

2006-04-04
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From:Paul Smedley

Now available from http://smedley.info/os2ports.html

"Tux Paint is a drawing program for young children with sound effects, a
cartoon character, and fun 'rubber stamp'/'stickerbook' pictures. After
over a year of development, a new version of Tux Paint
(http://tuxpaint.sf.net/) is now available.


Among the changes too numerous to list here, Tux Paint has received a few
new magic tools (smudge, grass, bricks, cartoon, lighten, tint), start-up
time and memory usage were reduced, larger screen sizes are now supported,
and 10 new translations were created (Albanian, Estonian, Gaelic, Galician,
Gronings, Kinyarwanda, Mexican Spanish, Swahili, Thai and Ukranian). Many
more stamps have been added, and the stamp collection has been completely
reorganized. For more, see the corresponding changelogs. Enjoy!"

It was built using Innotek GCC v3.3.5 CSD1 version and requires the runtime
dll from ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/gcc/libc-0.6.1-csd1.zip

As it is an SDL application, it also requires the sdl dll libraries from
ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/sdl

As at the time of writing, the latest sdl package is
ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/sdl/sdl-1.2.7-bin-20051222.zip

General feedback should be sent to paulDESPAM@DESPAMsmedley.info, bugs can
be reported via http://mantis.smedley.info

Cheers,

Paul.



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Net: Open source (OS/2) software under threat again

2006-04-05
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Roderick Klein

Its simple OS/2 and eComStation have to thank a lot to the open source
software community! Open Office 2.0 for OS/2/eComStation is in the
pipeline, we have
Firefox and Thunderbird. Sane (for scanner usage). Its just a random pick
out of the long long list of applications that we use on OS/2 and
eComStation that are open source. Almost every OS/2 user is bound to have
an open source application running on his system.

The company Mensys is convinced that software patents are a direct threat
to open source software. So what is all the noise about ? Lobby groups for
years have been trying to get software patents legal in the European Union
which will allow for patents on software "inventions" with broad claims. With
legal broad software patents it will result in even more interest from
companies to start putting in many silly broad software patents and this in
the end
may have developers think twice to contribute to projects we use OS/2 and
eComStation and other platforms!

An organisation that has been putting a break on software patents is FFII.
If you work in the IT sector, please let your voice be heard
again! Please sign the petition, especialy if you live in the European Union!

The short story, FFII has been the fighting force against software patents
in the European Union. Sign this petition and fax it please:
http://patinfo.ffii.org/faxcollect.en.html

Thanks

Roderick Klein

The long story

PRESS RELEASE -- [ Europe / Economy / ICT]

========================================================================
FFII requests, gets consultation extension from EU Commission
========================================================================

Brussels (4th April 2006) - Following a formal complaint by the FFII
to the EU Commission's President Barroso, and meetings between the
FFII and the Commission, the Commission has agreed to extend its
deadline from 31 March 2006 to 12 April 2006.

In a meeting with the Commission on 17th March, the FFII requested an
extension. "The original deadline was impossible to meet", said Pieter
Hintjens, President of the FFII. "We spoke to many firms that were
still preparing their response at the stroke of midnight on 31 March.
The Commission has not answered all of our complaints, but this
extension is welcome and helpful."

The Commission has published the extension on their website, saying
that "this deadline determines which replies will be taken into
account for the hearing on 13 June 2006." Later replies may still be
considered.

The FFII and other organisations, including large software producers
such as SAP, view the consultation procedure (which covers the
Community Patent EU project and the European Patent Litigation
Agreement EPO project) as the third attempt to introduce software
patents into Europe.

Hintjens: "We told the Commission clearly: the Community Patent and
EPLA do raise the spectre of software patents, and this must be
discussed, not slipped under the table. Furthermore, the EPO is a
large part of the problem and we want to see reform of this
institution. Software patents introduce dangerous and anti-innovation
monopolies, are bad for business, and are demonstrably irrelevant to a
sector that has innovated for five decades without them."

The FFII is calling on businesses and organisations to endorse its own
response to the Commission, which will be handed in the day before the
new deadline. Peter Gerwinski of the FFII: "Print out the page, sign
it, and fax it back to us. We will collect the signatures into one
document that we will hand over personally to the Commission. We
previously did something similar for the Call for Action III during the
second reading of the software patents directive and it made a great
impact."

The form to participate in this action is available
at
http://patinfo.ffii.org/faxcollect.en.html


========================================================================
Background Information
========================================================================

* Participation form
http://patinfo.ffii.org/faxcollect.en.html

* Commission consultation website (mentions extension)
http://europa.eu.int/comm/internal_market/indprop/patent/
consultation_en.htm

* FFII consultation websites:
* English: http://consultation.ffii.org
* French http://consultation.ffii.fr/
* Dutch http://www.ffii.be/gemeenschapsoctrooi
* FFII call for participation
http://wiki.ffii.org/Compat060322En

* Flaws in the consultation procedure
http://consultation.ffii.org/Press_Release

* Permanent link to this press release
http://wiki.ffii.org/Compat060404En


========================================================================
Contact Information
========================================================================

Benjamin Henrion
FFII
Brussels
+32-2-4148403
bhenrionDESPAM@DESPAMffii.org
(French/English)


========================================================================
About the FFII -- http://www.ffii.org
========================================================================

About the FFII: the Foundation for Free Information Infrastructure is
a Munich-based association that fights for competition in the IT
sector, based on copyright, open standards, and open markets. The
FFII has fought software patents for six years, led by its founder
Hartmut Pilch, on the grounds that these create private monopolies
that work against innovation. The FFII is funded by donations and
membership fees and counts activists and members in over 20 countries.

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SW: sitecopy 0.16.3 for OS/2 available

2006-04-05
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Franz

Hi,

I've updated the sitecopy version for OS/2.
It's available on HOBBES:
http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/pub/os2/apps/internet/mirror/sitecopy-0.16.3-os2.zip

and on my site:
http://www.fbakan.de/sitecopy-os2.htm
http://www.fbakan.de/sitecopy/sitecopy-0.16.3-os2.zip

needs latest gcc-runtime:
ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/gcc/libc-0.6.1-csd1.zip

"sitecopy is for easily maintaining remote web sites.
The program will upload files to the server which have changed locally,
and delete files from the server which have been removed locally,
to keep the remote site synchronized with the local site with a single
command."

Original site: http://www.lyra.org/sitecopy/

Franz

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SW: PM123 version 1.31 Has Been Released

2006-04-06
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: "Sander Nyman"<2sanderDESPAM@DESPAMsbcglobal.net>

PM123 version 1.31 has been released, and is available at:

ftp://ftp.ptv.ru/pub/glass/pm123/pm123-1_31.zip

PM123 is an excellent open source PM based digital audio player for OS/2.
It plays MP3s, WAV-files and audio CDs. PM123 supports skins, audio
streaming, plugins, visualization and more!

Originally developed by Samuel Audet, it is now being developed by Dmitry
Steklenev.

You can find more information on PM123 here: http://sektori.com/pm123/index.php

New since version 1.30:

- The Playlist Manager closes a playlist file after its use.
- Improved some remote control commands.
- Selected files now can be removed from the playlist and deleted from
disk.
- Fixed addition of the new playlist to the current playlist.
- The information about supported types of files delivered by the
decoders is used now by PM123.
- All open/save dialogs have correct list of file types.
- File names with multiple dots (e.g. "test.now.mp3") are now included
in the open/save file dialog list.
- PM123 PDK is included to main program distribution.
- PM123's manual is converted to OS/2 native format.
- Help system is implemented.
- PM123 accepts directory as commandline parameter.
- Player window now can be moved by left click-dragging.
- Integrated last source codes of the Generalised Bitmap Module.
- The playlist manager now remembers the font and colors dropped on it
from the font and color palette.
- It's now possible to stop use of the playlist after beginning it's use.
- Duplicate items will not be added to the lists of recent files.
- Playing of a file does not stop if this file is removed from the
playlist and the player is not in a mode of use of this playlist.
- The playlist window doesn't close when using alt-f4 to close the ID3
tag editor.
- The name of the loaded playlist file is displayed in the title of the
playlist window.
- Added ID3 tag charset conversion.

CDDAPLAY:
- The FreeDB online search now can be turned off.
- GUI is not freezed while getting the servers-list.
- If the CD disk is not found in the FreeDB, this negative hit is
cached up at restart of the program.
- Settings of the module do not resetting as a result of reinstallation
of the program.

ANALYZER:
- Fixed the minimal value of update frequency and percent of spectrum
display. Zero values caused crash of the program.
- The spectrum analyzer uses new FFT library and works more accurately.
- Added the new display mode with thick bars and using a logarithmic
scale of frequencies.

MPG123:
- Fixed possible crash during playing local files. Thank to Rafal Szymczak.
- The MP3 decoder does not stop at playing some broken files.

REALEQ:
- New presets are used immediately after loading an equalizer from a file.
- If the "zero" has been pressed then the current preset will not be
loaded after restart of the program.

Regards,
Sander Nyman

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Event: Latest news for Developers Workshop 2006

2006-04-06
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Adrian Gschwend

This Saturday the Developers Workshop 2006 will take place, for sure with a
lot of interesting presentations about OS/2 and eCS development and our
future. You can find details on the webpage:

http://wiki.netlabs.org/index.php/Developers_Workshop_2006

And the schedule:

http://www.netlabs.org/dws06.html

If everything works as expected we will stream the presentations live to
the Internet via an ogg stream! So you can join the presentations even if
you are not in Switzerland. We also hope to have a small webcam so you can
check at least parts of the slides as well. For sure we will put the slides
online after the workshop. Also, the ogg files will be available on the
netlabs.org website next week.

The first presentation starts at 10:15 Swiss time which is 8:15 GMT. If you
need to know your local timezone you can check that here:

http://www.timezoneconverter.com/index.shtml

You can also ask questions live during the presentations if you join the
netlabs.org IRC channel #netlabs on eCS Network, see the following URL for
a list of servers:

http://www.ecomstation.com/chat.phtml

We will most probably have a user called dws06 or something where you can
ask your questions.

The details about the ogg stream will be announced as soon as it is working
;)

Hope to see some of you online!

Adrian Gschwend

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Net: OS2 World Bounty Jackpot!

2006-04-06
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Kim Haverblad (kimhDESPAM@DESPAMos2world.com)

To raise the incentive when submitting new bounties, OS2 User Group Sweden
and OS2 World.Com, will now offer to double the sponsor amount (maximum 100
USD) during 2006 when the initializer of a bounty also choose to sponsor
the submitted bounty. This means if you choose to sponsor your own
suggested bounty with for example 25 USD it will then be doubled to 50 USD
when it has been approved as a valid bounty.

This offer is also valid for earlier submitted bounties that still lacks
sponsor money; the limit is here set to that it must be the original
initilizer (the submitter) of the bounty who is valid for this offer.

To read more about the bounty system, please then visit the Bounty Section
at OS2 World.Com:

http://www.os2world.com/bounties/

If there is any suggestions or questions regarding the OS2 World Bounty
System, please then either send an e-mail to Björn Söderström using bjorso
at os2world dot com or use the Bounty board within the online forum:

http://www.os2world.com/cgi-bin/forum/UltraBoard.cgi?action=Category&CID=18


Poll url Correction.

The last news posting where we asked about GPG and PGP had wrong url so
here is the correct one if you didn't manage to place your vote:

http://scripts.os2world.com/stuffed/


Url:
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2006-04-06
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From: Mark Dodel

Article on microsoft's vista testing (or lack there of) with comparisons to
the development of OS/2.

http://www.theregister.com/2006/04/06/os_vista_coding/

"Déjà Vista
Has writing operating systems changed since OS/2?
By Dominic Connor
Published Thursday 6th April 2006 10:37 GMT

Comment As Vista slowly slips further into the mists of the future, I
sometimes wonder if anything has really changed since I was on the losing
side of the IBM-Microsoft OS/2 war. Why do we now hear of huge re-writes in
a product that's supposed to be almost ready? ..."

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SW: PM123 1.3.1

2006-04-07
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From: Mark Dodel

From PM123.txt:

"PM123 is a high-quality digital audio player for IBM's OS/2 Warp operating
system. You can play MP3s, WAV-files and even audio CDs. PM123 supports
skins, audio streaming, plug-ins, visualization, CDDB and more!"

Download: http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/pub/incoming/pm123-1_31.wpi

PM123's History
===============

PM123 1.31
----------
- The Playlist Manager closes a playlist file after its use.
- Improved some remote control commands.
- Selected files now can be removed from the playlist and deleted from
disk.
- Fixed addition of the new playlist to the current playlist.
- The information about supported types of files delivered by the
decoders
is used now by PM123.
- All open/save dialogs have correct list of file types.
- File names with multiple dots (e.g. "test.now.mp3") are now included
in the
open/save file dialog list.
- PM123 PDK is included to main program distribution.
- PM123's manual and plug-in developer's guide is converted to OS/2
native format.
- Help system is implemented.
- PM123 accepts directory as commandline parameter.
- Player window now can be moved by left click-dragging.
- Integrated last source codes of the Generalised Bitmap Module.
- The playlist manager now remembers the font and colors dropped on
it from the font and color palette.
- Now is possible to stop use of the playlist after the beginning
of its use.
- Duplicate items will not be added to the lists of recent files.
- Playing of a file does not stop if this file is removed from
the playlist and the player is not in a mode of use of this playlist.
- The playlist window don't closes when using alt-f4 to close the
ID3 tag editor.
- The name of the loaded playlist file is displayed in a title of the
playlist window.
- Added ID3 tag charset conversion.

CDDAPLAY:
- The FreeDB online search now can be turned off.
- GUI is not freezed during getting the servers-list.
- If the CD disk is not found in the FreeDB, this negative hit is
cached up to restart of the program.
- Settings of the module do not resetting as a result of reinstallation
of the program.

ANALYZER:
- Fixed the minimal value of update frequency and percent of spectrum
display. Zero values caused crash of the program.
- The spectrum analyzer uses new FFT library and works more accurately.
- Added the new display mode with thick bars and using a logarithmic
scale of frequencies.

MPG123:
- Fixed possible crash during playing local files. Thank to Rafal
Szymczak.
- The MP3 decoder does not stop at playing some broken files.

REALEQ:
- New preset are used immediately after loading an equalizer from a file.
- If the "zero" has been pressed then the current preset will not be
loaded after restart of the program.


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SW: Ogg Vorbis for OS/2 1.1.0

2006-04-07
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From: Mark Dodel

The OS/2 Port by Brian Havard of Ogg Vorbis for OS/2 has been released on
Netlabs.org.

From the included readme.os2:

" This package contains a number of OS/2 programs and modules for using Ogg
Vorbis files, an audio compression format similar to MP3 but free of
patented algorithms and fully open source. More information can be found at
http://www.vorbis.com/

The source code used to build is the v1.1.0 release. See
http://silk.apana.org.au/vorbis/ for updates, source code and associated
programs."

This includes OggEnc.exe (to compress .wav files to .ogg files),
OggPlay.exe, OggPlay.dll (a plugin for PM123), Ogg123.exe (an OGG player)
and several utilities for editing and dealing with Ogg files.

Download: ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/mmedia/oggvorbis-1.1.0-os2.zip


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Event: Live Streaming from Developers Workshop 2006

2006-04-07
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From: Adrian Gschwend

Tomorrow the Developers Workshop 2006 will take place, as promised we got
streaming to work! This means you can follow the presentations live even if
you are not in Switzerland this weekend!

You can find more information about how you can listen to the stream at

http://wiki.netlabs.org/index.php/Developers_Workshop_2006#Live_Stream_of_Presentations

Also, there is a webcam which will update the picture on a regular base to
make sure you can follow the presentations at least partially. For sure we
will put them online as soon as possible.

Note that the Ogg stream has a quite high noise level, this is because of
the bad line input on the laptop we use but it should be enough for
following the discussions. We will try to clean up the stream after the
presentations and make it available on the netlabs.org FTP server.

(You can already test the stream, if you hear some noise it works ;)

The first presentation starts at 10:15 Swiss time which is 8:15 GMT. If you
need to know your local timezone you can check that here:

http://www.timezoneconverter.com/index.shtml

You can also ask questions live during the presentations if you join the
netlabs.org IRC channel #netlabs on eCS Network, see the following URL for
a list of servers:

http://www.ecomstation.com/chat.phtml

We will most probably have a user called dws06 or something where you can
ask your questions.

Hope to see some of you online!

Adrian Gschwend

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