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OS/2 - eComStation News - January, 2007

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SW: GIMPS Mersenne Prime Search client for OS/2
SW: Preview of ISC DHCP Suite for OS/2 & eComStation
Net: netlabs.org newsletter #25 [eCUPS, UniAudio, WarpVision, DSS,
Net: UK Software patent petition
SW: WC_SPLITPANE window class
SW: Downloadable complete GCC build environment available
SW: Maul Publisher software maintenance
Net: Getting a refund for windows
SW: Martin's Server Suit update and small fix
SW: New Larsen Commander v1.6 Milestone 1
SW: JFS fix on eCS Betazone.
SW: Update: JFS fix on eCS Betazone.



SW: GIMPS Mersenne Prime Search client for OS/2

2007-01-01
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: ZoŽ Butler

http://www.mersenne.org/freesoft.htm

''A Mersenne prime is a prime number of the form 2P-1. There are 41 known
Mersenne primes. The first few values of P which yield a Mersenne prime are
2, 3, 5, 7, 13 (the corresponding primes are 3, 7, 31, 127, 8191)." The
Mersenne Prime Search uses the unused CPU cycles to search for more
Mersenne Prime numbers. So far they have found 3 more beyond the original
41. There is a prize of $100,000 to the group that finds a ten million
digit prime number. More on how the prize would be divided can be found at
http://www.mersenne.org/prize.htm

OS/2: Max Alekseyev has ported the Linux version to OS/2. Download his
os2v2414.zip(1.2MB) zipped executable. Version 24.14, last updated February
3, 2006. ftp://mersenne.org/gimps/os2v2414.zip

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SW: Preview of ISC DHCP Suite for OS/2 & eComStation

2007-01-02
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Paul Smedley

Hi All,

I've made available a preview of ISC DHCP v3.05 for OS/2 & eComStation at
http://download.smedley.info/dhcp-3.0.5-os2-preview1.zip

ISC's Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol Distribution provides a freely
redistributable reference implementation of all aspects of DHCP, through a
suite of DHCP tools:

* A DHCP server
* A DHCP client
* A DHCP relay agent

These tools all use a modular API which is designed to be sufficiently
general that it can easily be made to work on POSIX-compliant operating
systems and also non-POSIX systems like Windows NT and MacOS.

The DHCP server, client and relay agent are provided both as reference
implementations of the protocol and as working, fully-featured sample
implementations. Both the client and the server provide functionality that,
while not strictly required by the protocol, is very useful in practice.
The DHCP server also makes allowances for non-compliant clients which one
might still like to support.

Current notes on the OS/2 build:
It is built with Innotek GCC 3.3.5 CSD1 and requires the libc061 runtime
dll which is available from ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/gcc/libc-0.6.1-csd1.zip

**This has only had very limited testing so all feedback to
paulDESPAM@DESPAMsmedley.info is appreciated**

To use the client, start dhclient.exe with parameters like the following:
ifconfig lan0 10.1.1.1 netmask 8.0.0.0
ifconfig lan0 alias 10.1.1.1 netmask 8.0.0.0
@dhclient -sf dhconf.cmd -e ETC=C:\MPTN\ETC lan0

dhconf.cmd is a rexx script that takes the parameters picked up by
dhclient.exe and uses them to set the IP address and default routes.

Note that none of the tools have (yet) been educated to look in %etc% for
configuration files, so dhcpd.exe needs to be expicitly told where its
configuration files are, ie:
dhcpd.exe -f -d -cf dhcpd.conf -lf lease.f lan1

dhcpd currently gives some warnings about a lease file rename failing -
these are under investigation.

Many thanks to Crazybonz for doing the initial port of DHCP v3.0.1, and to
Yoda for encouraging me to do the dhcpd port and for testing!

Cheers,

Paul Smedley
Adelaide, Australia
2nd January, 2007.



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Net: netlabs.org newsletter #25 [eCUPS, UniAudio, WarpVision, DSS,

2007-01-02
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: netlabs.org team

This is the latest edition of the bi-weekly netlabs.org newsletter. The
newsletter can be read on the web at the following URL:
http://wiki.netlabs.org/index.php/Netlabs_bi_weekly_newsletter

News from netlabs.org:

25. December - 31 December

* Best Wishes
o netlabs.org wishes you all the best for 2007, we are looking forward
to another year full of projects :)
* eCUPS Updates
o PIN.EXE and PPDENC.EXE utilities were updated
o This fixes a lot of problems when importing PPD files
o Download link and more information is available in the full newsgroup
posting
o Full Information:
http://article.gmane.org/gmane.org.netlabs.ecups.devel/16
* netlabs.org server news
o The basic server setup is done, we are running FreeBSD 6.2 on this machine
o Adrian started to configure the different services and preparing migration
o Goal is to finish basic setup before January 7th
* UniAudio
o Latest updates from ALSA being ported into UNIAUD
o Still research stage for SW multistreams
* WarpVision
o Various fixes
o DVD menu heavily under investigation
o Musepack support added
* DSS updates
o The ShowImage and the SlideShow modules have been updated to version 1.7.1
o Small update to better recognize errors due to having not enough free
shared memory
o Download: ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/dssaver/Modules
* FM/2
o Refresh removable drive added
o Some defects found and raised
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/fm2/timeline
* kLIBC
o A lot of cleanup
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/libc/timeline
* Lucide
o Some small updates
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/lucide/timeline
* Voyager Documentation
o Some cleanup and some additions in CUA area
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/v_doc/timeline

18. December - 24 December

* UniAudio news
o Started research on adding software mixing into UNIAUD32. This has to
be fully transparent for old MMOS2 and new UNIAUD API applications
* WarpVision news
o Continued work on DVD menu, so no new features at the moment
* QT3 Application
o Paul Smedley ported Scribus to eComStation
o Scribus is an open-source program for creating professional page layouts
o It uses Cairo as a rendering engine
o Please read the "Known Issues" on Pauls website
o See: http://smedley.info/os2ports/scribus.html
* Lucide
o Czech NLS added
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/lucide/timeline


Netlabs.org relies on your support as well, we hire developers to have
better progress on projects. For sure this costs money so any sponsoring is
very welcome! You can support netlabs.org via netlabs.org sponsoring units:
http://www.mensys.net/NETLABS/

Thanks for your support!

We can be reached at: newsDESPAM@DESPAMnetlabs.org

Greetings,
netlabs.org team





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Net: UK Software patent petition

2007-01-04
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: ZoŽ Butler

There is an online petition to the British Prime Minister asking to make
all software patents unenforcible -
http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/softwarepatents/ Though only tangentially
related to OS/2 and eComStation there was an editorial in the VOICE
Newsletter several months ago on this topic -
http://www.os2voice.org/vnl/past_issues/VNL0406H/feature_1.html According
to the petition web page "You must be a British citizen or resident to sign
the petition."

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/softwarepatents/

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SW: WC_SPLITPANE window class

2007-01-04
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Alessandro Cantatore

I just uploaded to hobbes an implementation of a PM splitpane control.

The package contains the full soruce code, a complete documentation and a
couple of sample programs.

Url: http://hobbes.nmsu/pub/os2/dev/pm/splitpane_1.zip

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

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SW: Downloadable complete GCC build environment available

2007-01-05
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Paul Smedley

Hi All,

Now available from http://smedley.info/os2ports - a complete (hopefully)
environment for building applications using GCC on OS/2.

I often get asked about how my build environment is structured, so here it
is - in a single zip file. I started too think about how to set it up from
scratch, but it got too hard. I started with the mozilla build
environment, and hacked away over time...

Instructions:

* I have this all setup on u: drive. It should be possible to move it to
another drive, at the very least - gcc335.cmd would need to be modified,
and probably also many of the package config files in
\extras\lib\pkgconfig, and also some of the *config files in \extras\bin

* I keep all my installed libraries in \extras - this way I can wipe out
\usr when a new version of GCC comes out.

* Unzip to root directory - recommended u: drive

* Change to \extras\lib and run makeomflibs

* Change to \usr\lib and run makeomflibs

* Create an icon on the WPS, Path and Filename = *, Parameters =
/ku:\gcc335.cmd, working directory = u:\

* launch icon, start building :) Many things will compile with a simple
ash ./configure, make

Enjoy!

Cheers,

Paul.



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SW: Maul Publisher software maintenance

2007-01-05
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

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.

Product page:-
http://www.manglais.com/subs/php/product.php?MAULE300

Screenshots and overview:-
http://www.manglais.com/promo/maul.html

Software Maintenance Subscriptions
==================================

In order that I can maintain and improve Maul Publisher into the future, I
have decided to implement a software subscription. I am trying to keep this
as low as possible, it should work out at around 30 euro per annum,
depending on your local tax rates. As I think this might upset some people,
I would like to point out the advantages.

No more upgrades to pay for
===========================
Once you have a V3 license, you will no longer have to pay for an upgrade.
If you have an earlier version and upgrade to V3.xx, you will get an
automatic 12 months free software subscription. Similarly, if you buy a new
license, you will get a free 12 months subscription. If you bought a
license in 2006, your free subscription should already be active.

Subscriptions buy development time
==================================
Paying an annual software subscription is the best way to protect this
product against being abandoned. In addition, your subscription will buy
programming time that would otherwise not be available. So why not take
advantage by requesting some new features at the same time?

What's new for 2007
===================
In order to start the 'ball rolling', I have begun the project of importing
Windows WMF and EMF metafiles. I am pleased to say that this is now working
nicely.

This will finally enable me to get text to import with images using Rich
Text Format. RTF uses windows metafiles to store images.

Other work I am considering is the addition of ruby text markup for
oriental languages, on the fly spell checking, and so on.

It all depends on the number of Software Maintenance Subscriptions I receive.

Thank you very much.

Peter



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Net: Getting a refund for windows

2007-01-05
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Mark Dodel

Posted on SlashDot http://slashdot.org/

How to get a Refund on Your Unwanted Windows

"Serge Wroclawski recently contacted Dell to request a refund on the
unwanted copy of Windows XP that came pre-installed on his computer.
Somewhat surprisingly, Dell complied. Wroclawski admits that the $52.50
refund was more of a victory in principle than anything else, but it was a
success nonetheless. Using his tips and techniques readers can try their
hand at getting a refund of their own. Wroclawski cautions that you should
be prepared for a long haul: the process could take hours."
http://community.linux.com/community/07/01/03/227237.shtml?tid=12

As minor as this may seem it would have been unthinkable just a couple
years ago for a major pc peddler to give a refund for the OEM version of
windows they force you to take.


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SW: Martin's Server Suit update and small fix

2007-01-06
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++


From: Bent Nielsen posted on comp.os.os2.announce


snug: I'v released a new version of MSS... go head spread it to the OS/2 world
snug: http://xelectrox.homeip.net/files/MSS.zip


SS is an abbreviation for Martin's Server Suit which currently consist of
Yet Another FTP Server and Snug HTTP server. Yet Another FTP Server will be
called YAFS from now on. Although YAFS and Snug HTTP server can be used
independent of each other, they function very well together to run and
maintain a small web site. MSS is a way of distribute them both in a single
package. MSS and its components was designed to run on old operating system
as well as on more recent releases. MSS can bring your old hardware and
software back to life again!

You can contact Martin using the contact information found on
http://xelectrox.homeip.net/contact.htm


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SW: New Larsen Commander v1.6 Milestone 1

2007-01-07
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Leif Erik Larsen

Today (January 7 2007) Leif Erik Larsen has uploaded another development
release 1.6 milestone #1 of his popular GUI file manager and
command shell, Larsen Commander.

Larsen Commander is a powerful GUI file manager and command shell with a
traditional look and feel inspired by the classic Norton Commander. It
combines the best of two very different worlds; - the command line and the
file management panels. Both available at the same time, even in parallel
while one or more commands are running in the background!

Larsen Commander is extremely useful especially for advanced users such as
programmers and system administrators that knows the power and the value of
having the command line possibilities and the file operation panels
available at the same time and in the same shell window. In fact, you can
use Larsen Commander almost exactly the same way as you are using the
standard system shell, but with a large number of additional and powerful
features, such as the console monitor being scrollable and not limited to
those "stupid" 25 lines or so.

But Larsen Commander is not only for the advanced users. Even the novice
will find this piece of software very nice at hand. It makes the standard
file operations a play, such as copying, moving and renaming files and
directories. And of course the command line can be 100% disabled and
hidden, for those who never uses it anyway.

Larsen Commander is available at

http://home.online.no/~leifel/lcmd/index.html

Please also be aware of the open online Larsen Commander discussion forum at

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lcmd

This new release of Larsen Commander has a lot of fixes and improvements.
For a complete list, take a look at

http://home.online.no/~leifel/lcmd/history_next.html



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SW: JFS fix on eCS Betazone.

2007-01-07
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Mark Dodel

Available to those with access (via Software Subscription Services) to the
eComStation BetaZone: ( via logging in at http://www.mensys.nl )

jfs20070104fix.zip 222 kb 06/01/2007 11:46 pm 20070104 Eugene
Gorbunoff


Change listed as:

UJFS.DLL contains fix for:
"JFS booter is reading files located above 4 Gb not properly"

I don't know if this is just an update for the bootable JFS that is in the
eCS 2.0 beta releases or if it is for all JFS releases. So use it at your
own risk. I only use eCS 2.0 beta2 at this point for several months now,
but I have not tried this update yet. The jfs2007.doc included in the zip
does mention the following:

Bootable JFS requirements for JFS volume:
* Bootable JFS is not able load drivers larger than 2 Gb (gigabytes)
* Size of cluster must be: 4096 bytes
* Size of sector: 512 bytes


Contacts:
* Mensys BV -- http://www.ecomstation.com/support/beta3report/
* eCo Software -- http://ecomstation.ru/ecosoft

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SW: Update: JFS fix on eCS Betazone.

2007-01-07

As an update to this post from Chuck McKinnis:

"This is an update to the JFS designed for bootable JFS systems."


madodel wrote:
> ++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++
>
> From: Mark Dodel
>
> Available to those with access (via Software Subscription Services) to
> the eComStation BetaZone: ( via logging in at http://www.mensys.nl )
>
> jfs20070104fix.zip 222 kb 06/01/2007 11:46 pm
> 20070104 Eugene Gorbunoff
>
>
> Change listed as:
>
> UJFS.DLL contains fix for:
> "JFS booter is reading files located above 4 Gb not properly"
>
> I don't know if this is just an update for the bootable JFS that is in
> the eCS 2.0 beta releases or if it is for all JFS releases. So use it
> at your own risk. I only use eCS 2.0 beta2 at this point for several
> months now, but I have not tried this update yet. The jfs2007.doc
> included in the zip does mention the following:
>
> Bootable JFS requirements for JFS volume:
> * Bootable JFS is not able load drivers larger than 2 Gb (gigabytes)
> * Size of cluster must be: 4096 bytes
> * Size of sector: 512 bytes
>
>
> Contacts:
> * Mensys BV -- http://www.ecomstation.com/support/beta3report/
> * eCo Software -- http://ecomstation.ru/ecosoft
>

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