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OS/2 - eComStation News - June, 2007

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SW: Piano Launchpad 1.14 rc2
SW: New enhanced releases of Mozilla applications [eSeaMonkey 1.1.2,
Net: T-Shirts at DWS2007 conference!
Net: newsletter #36 [Ampos/2, FM/2, kBuild, kLibc, NewView,
Event: Wellington OS/2 User Group Meeting
SW: PHP 5.2.3 Released
Net: Regarding problems uploading to the Hobbes archive
Net: OS2 World: Up & Running again
Event: Vintage Computer Festival East 4.0, this weekend!
SW: LyX 1.4.4 now available for OS/2 & eComStation
Net: Update: Regarding problems uploading to the Hobbes archive
Net: New OS/2 web site!
SW: USB Tools homepage updated
SW: Piano Launchpad for professionals
SW: PMView Pro v3.50 is now available.
SW: Thunderbird
SW: MR/2 ICE for OS/2 3.00 beta 5 released

SW: Piano Launchpad 1.14 rc2

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

From: Eugene Gorbunoff

If you are going install Piano Launchpad, keep in mind:
* Piano Launchpad is an addon to eCenter, not its competitor
* All objects on Piano are shadows


Whatsnew? 01.06.2007 1.14 rc2
! On some sytems WPS hung during startup, if objects with PNG icons
assigned via OS/2 Ini-files exist and RESTARTOBJECTS=STARTUPFOLDERSONLY
environment variable is not set.
* If object dragged from the drawer or Toolbar and dropped to the same
drawer (or Toolbar), and drawer is not attached to the object, after a new
copy of the object created, original object is deleted.
* If pressed when Toolbar or a drawer is active, "Toolbar and
drawers" article opens, not "General help".
* Help fully translated to Russian.

25.05.2007 1.13 rc1
! Spinbuttons and sliders in the settings notebook was not placed/sized
correctly on some systems.
! Auto-center value was not undone with "Undo" button.
* When Toolbar or a drawer is an active window and pressed,
PianoPad's (not LanuchPad's) help panel displayed.
* The contents of dynamic drawers dynamicaly updated even if new
objects added or removed not by WPS manipulations. For example, a filed
were copied, moved or deleted, or removable device attached/detached.
* On the "Bubble tips" settings page adjustment controls now disabled,
if "Enable bubble tips" checkbox is off.
* Online help is ready
* Russian translation of the online help is partially implemented
* Minor changes and bug fixes

We are going return investments made into Piano Launchpad before the end of
2007 (development, graphics, debugging)


SW: New enhanced releases of Mozilla applications [eSeaMonkey 1.1.2,

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

From: Peter Weilbacher

My newest batch of enhanced Mozilla apps
- eSeaMonkey 1.1.2 (integrated internet suite, successor of "Mozilla")
- PmW-Fx (an enhanced Firefox
- PmW-Tb (an enhanced Thunderbird 2.0+)
are available via <>. Enhancements over
the official versions are
* SVG and Canvas support
* better WPS integration
* EA URL tagging of downloads
* MNG/JNG support
* included ipluginw.dll for plugin support
* high memory support
They require libc062.dll from to run.

These releases pick up all the changes and several security fixes done by
Mozilla since my last release, i.e. between 07 March 2007 and 30 May 2007.
OS/2 specific changes since the last release are:
- PmW-Fx and PmW-Tb are now built as high-memory enabled versions.
- Restart problems with PmW-* have now been resolved (I hope)
- Support for codepages 1125 and 1131 is now included in all apps.
- eSeaMonkey and PmW-Fx now use a special OS/2 build of Fontconfig
to display text in SVG objects. %HOME%\.fonts.conf is no longer
created or used.

Note that users of older versions and epecially the Gecko 1.8.0.x line of
products should upgrade to these as soon as possible to these versions for
security reasons.



Net: T-Shirts at DWS2007 conference!

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

From: Eugene Gorbunoff

Developers Workshop 2007 is planned to July --
(7-8 july) Summer.. sun.. heat.. You have the chance to meet many famous
people there and show your t-shirt with OS/2 logo and your favorite statement.

* you can come with t-shirt which shows TRAP 000d
* Or print the bill to Bill Gates
* Or prepare t-shirt with eCS-ball and URL
* Or print the OS/2 mascot --

Please, visit the homepage of eComStation attributes --
get eCS logo there.

You can send to this collection
* pictures for t-shirts,
* flags
* e-ball logo in other formats
* cool banners created by professional or semi-professional designers

It's very easy come to Amsterdam, it is available from any point of the
planet. Exchange the TV or beer to the meeting with other developers, learn
new eComStation technologies!


Net: newsletter #36 [Ampos/2, FM/2, kBuild, kLibc, NewView,

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

From: Netlabs News

This is the latest edition of the bi-weekly newsletter. The
newsletter can be read on the web at the following URL:

News from

28. May - 3. June

* Ampos/2
o Small updates
o See:
* FM/2
o Some enhancements again
o See:
* kBuild
o Pile of updates again
o See:
* kLibC
o Some updates
o See:
* NewView
o Various updates including some French and German NLS
o See:
* UniAud
o Various updates
o See:

21. May - 27. May

* Ampos/2
o New package available
o See:
* kBuild
o Many, many updates
o See:
* kLibC
o Quite some updates again and preparations for 0.6.3 started
o See:
* Samba for eCS
o Cleanup done and source upgraded to 3.0.25a
o See:
* UniAud
o Further cleanup and improvements in makefiles and for HDA support
o See:
* xATA
o Interrupt handling updated
o Marvell PATA updated
o See:

Developers Workshop 2007

* Amsterdam, here we come... don't miss it!
* July 7 and 8
* 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 via sponsoring units:

Thanks for your support!

We can be reached at:

Greetings, team


Event: Wellington OS/2 User Group Meeting

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

From: andrew Elzenaar

The next Wellington (New Zealand) OS/2 User Group meeting is on Wednesday
6th June.

Time: 7:30
Place: NEC House, 40 Taranaki St Wellington (meet at entrance)

The Wellington OS/2 User Group meets on the first Wednesday of every month.


SW: PHP 5.2.3 Released

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

From: Paul Smedley

Hi All,

The below text is the official announcement for PHP 5.2.3 - I've just
uploaded a build for OS/2 & eComStation to



-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [ANNOUNCE] PHP 5.2.3 Released
Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 19:10:51 -0400
From: Ilia Alshanetsky

Hash: SHA1

The PHP development team would like to announce the immediate
availability of PHP 5.2.3. This release continues to improve the
security and the stability of the 5.X branch as well as addressing
two regressions introduced by the previous 5.2 releases. These
regressions relate to the timeout handling over non-blocking SSL
connections and the lack of HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA in certain conditions.
All users are encouraged to upgrade to this release.

Security Enhancements and Fixes in PHP 5.2.3
- ----------------------------------------------------------------

* Fixed an integer overflow inside chunk_split() (by Gerhard
Wagner, CVE-2007-2872)
* Fixed possible infinite loop in imagecreatefrompng. (by Xavier
Roche, CVE-2007-2756)
* Fixed ext/filter Email Validation Vulnerability (MOPB-45 by
Stefan Esser, CVE-2007-1900)
* Fixed bug #41492 (open_basedir/safe_mode bypass inside realpath
()) (by bugs dot php dot net at chsc dot dk)
* Improved fix for CVE-2007-1887 to work with non-bundled
sqlite2 lib.
* Added mysql_set_charset() to allow runtime altering of
connection encoding.

The Key Improvements of PHP 5.2.3 Include
- ------------------------------------------------------------

* Improved compilation of heredocs and interpolated strings.
* Optimized out a couple of per-request syscalls.
* Optimized digest generation in md5() and sha1() functions.

* Fixed bug #41236 (Regression in timeout handling of non-
blocking SSL connections during reads and writes)
* Fixed bug #39542 (Behavior of require/include different to <
* Fixed bug #41293 (Fixed creation of HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA when
there is no default post handler)
* Fixed bug #41347 (checkdnsrr() segfaults on empty hostname)
* Fixed bug #41353 (crash in openssl_pkcs12_read() on invalid
* Fixed bug #41403 (json_decode cannot decode floats if
localeconv decimal_point is not '.')
* Fixed bug #41421 (Uncaught exception from a stream wrapper
* Fixed bug #41504 (json_decode() incorrectly decodes JSON
arrays with empty string keys).
* Over 40 bug fixes.

For users upgrading from PHP 5.0 and PHP 5.1, an upgrade guide is
available here (, detailing the
changes between those releases and PHP 5.2.3.

For a full list of changes in PHP 5.2.3, see the ChangeLog

Ilia Alshanetsky
5.2 Release Master


Net: Regarding problems uploading to the Hobbes archive

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

From: "Peter Koller"

[Moderator note: Please direct all comments and hopefully any assistance
to Peter's email address. ]

I am writing to this list to make you all aware of a problem.

I can no longer upload to As the developer of various OS/2
& eCS software, this is a pain in the a**.

Probably what has happened is that my ISP( has been blacklisted by
hobbes. This can happen with a mega ISP like who has millions of
clients. But I have no proof of this.

So I wrote to the hobbes admin. Twice. Once via the neuf smtp relay, and in
case that was blocked, via a totally different relay. Both times being
careful to be very polite.

To date (8 weeks later) I have had no response from hobbes. Not to say if is blacklisted (or not?), no information about who might be
blacklisted, or why. Nothing!

So what am I to do. Change my ISP? ...and what happens when the next one
gets blocked? Change again? How can I complain to my ISP when hobbes won't
talk to me? Or must I treat hobbes as yet another dead OS/2 site, and
ignore it? How do you feel about the hobbes archive being incomplete?

Ok, if hobbes were a free service, I would just presume it was dead. But
people are donating money to this, and should be made aware of what they
are paying for!



Net: OS2 World: Up & Running again

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

From: Kim Haverblad

Finally we are able to say that we are up & running again after couple of
days with high level of frustration. It seems that we managed to face every
single variation of Murphy's law to get the system to work fully again.

There are a few lines and shared thoughts to be found at following url:

So I hope that this little black period for OS2 World is over now for this

Kim Haverblad
OS2 World.Com


Event: Vintage Computer Festival East 4.0, this weekend!

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

From: Mark Dodel

[Moderator note: The following is not directly related to OS/2 or
eComstation, but since it is the group that is sposoring the museum site
where the OS/2 museum will be housed I am taking the liberty of passing it
on. Last year I had an OS/2 museum exhibit table which received a lot of
attention. Unfortunately (well not too unfortunate I suppose) I will be on
a cruise to Bermuda during this year's event. If anyone is in the area I
highly recommend attending if they have the time.]

MARCH, VintageTech, and the InfoAge Science Center announce the Vintage
Computer Festival East 4.0

* What: A celebration of computers, technology, and culture from the
1940s - 1980s. Open to the public
* When: June 9-10. Lectures from 10am-2pm, exhibits from 2pm-6pm both
* Where: InfoAge Science Center, 2201 Marconi Rd., Wall Township,
N.J., 07719
* Cost: $10 for one day, $15 for two days, free for 12 and younger,
free parking
* Contact: Evan Koblentz,, 646-546-9999

------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
--------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------

Do 8 bits excite you more than 64? Prefer blinkenlights over SVGA? Yearn
for the days of input via toggle switches and paper tape? Or just want to
play some Pac-Man? Then check out the Vintage Computer Festival East 4.0,
June 9-10, at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, New Jersey. This year's
event is again hosted by MARCH -- the Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists.

The Vintage Computer Festival began in 1997 in Silicon Valley, migrated
eastward in 2001, and became a MARCH event in 2006. So what is a VCF?
Imagine an antique car show where every owner let you test-drive his car,
and where Henry Ford gave a lecture and signed autographs! It sounds
unreal, but that's what happens with vintage computer technology at every
edition of the VCF.

This year's edition of the VCF East will feature 20 exhibits of computer
technology from the 1940s to 1980s. Visitors will have the opportunity to
use an IBM punch-card machine, witness a legendary Digital Equipment Corp.
PDP-8 minicomputer in action, and experience all the top brands of 1970s
microcomputers from companies like Apple, Commodore, and many others.
Older S-100 kit computers, single-board computers, portables, and even
analog and prehistoric computer technology will be demonstrated. On the
extremes, we have one exhibitor preparing to show an authentic NASA Apollo
flight computer, and another who'll display the most classic videogame
console ever -- Atari -- play it 'til you drop! Read the full exhibitor
list at

If that's not enough, then listen to some of our guest speakers. The
highlight this year will be a 30th anniversary panel in honor of Commodore,
which was headquartered nearby in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The panel's
star is Chuck Peddle, inventor of the famous MOS Technology 6502 chip, used
in a wide variety of classic single-board computers and in microcomputers
such as the Commodore PET and the Apple II. Peddle will join us via live
videoconference, in which he promises to share previously untold stories,
after which hell answer audience questions. Commodore engineers appearing
live at our show will include Bil Herd, Bob Russell, and Dave Haynie.
We'll even have a birthday cake featuring the famous Commodore
"Chickenhead" logo. Other speakers this year include Herb "Dr. S-100"
Johnson, who'll explain the history of the CP/M operating system; Bill
Degnan and Sellam Ismail; who together will give a crash-course in vintage
computer discovery and restoration; and others to be announced. In
addition, Ismail will give a second talk, but the topic is secret! Youll
have to be there to find out what he plans.

Yet another highlight of the VCF East 4.0 will be our new VCF Theatre,
organized by acclaimed technology filmmaker Jason Scott. His films include
"BBS: The Documentary" and the upcoming "Get Lamp" about text-adventure
games. At the VCF Theatre, he'll be screening vintage computer-themed
movies all weekend long in the afternoons.

New this year is the donate-to-sell booth. Here, everyone is welcome to
donate vintage computing items, with all proceeds to help MARCH build its
computer museum. Our museum directly benefits future generations, so do
your part and give something to this wonderful non-profit cause! (We
request that any unsold items be re-claimed before you leave the VCF.)

Did we mention the prizes? We'll have t-shirts, vintage computer replica
kits, books, and maybe a surprise or two. All you have to do to win is
show up, and be there when we announce winners each day.

Finally, should your historic technology interest extend beyond just
computers, then you've come to the right place. Our venue at the InfoAge
Science Center is historic in itself. The facility began life in 1912 as
an R&D center for Britain's Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co., and then spent
several decades as Camp Evans, a top-secret laboratory of the U.S.
military. RADAR that first spotted airplanes over Pearl Harbor and
mankind's first radio signal to the moon were invented here, along with
numerous other achievements. Today, the center is on the National Register
of Historic Places and is a Black History Site. It's also home to the
National Broadcasters Hall of Fame and an assortment of non-profit clubs
all related to the history of technology, with a local focus.

Driving directions, lodging information, exhibit details and more are
posted at

* For more information about MARCH, visit
* For more information about the InfoAge Science Center, visit
* For more information about VintageTech, visit

General questions? Want to exhibit or have a vendor booth at the VCF East?
Member of the media? Contact VCF East producer and MARCH president Evan
Koblentz,, 646-546-9999.


SW: LyX 1.4.4 now available for OS/2 & eComStation

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

From: Paul Smedley

Hi All,

I've just uploaded an OS/2 & eComStation port of LyX 1.4.4 to

LyX is a document processor that encourages an approach to writing based on
the structure of your documents, not their appearance. It is released under
a Free Software / Open Source license.

LyX is for people that write and want their writing to look great, right
out of the box. No more endless tinkering with formatting details, 'finger
painting' font attributes or futzing around with page boundaries. You just
write. In the background, Prof. Knuth's legendary TeX typesetting engine
makes you look good.

On screen, LyX looks like any word processor; its printed output -- or
richly cross-referenced PDF, just as readily produced -- looks like nothing
else. Gone are the days of industrially bland .docs, all looking similarly
not-quite-right, yet coming out unpredictably different on different
printer drivers. Gone are the crashes 'eating' your dissertation the
evening before going to press.

LyX is stable and fully featured. It is a multi-platform, fully
internationalized application running natively on Unix/Linux and the
Macintosh and modern Windows platforms.

Unfortunately, the LyX 1.5.x tree uses Qt v4, for which an OS/2 /
eComStation port is not available - so it seems 1.4.x will be the end of
the line for us :(




Net: Update: Regarding problems uploading to the Hobbes archive

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

From: ian Manners

Hi Everyone

> >I can no longer upload to As the developer of various
> >& eCS software, this is a pain in the a**.

We have sorted out an alternative upload method in relation to the above.

If anyone else has problems in uploading files to hobbes please feel to
contact myself via the contact page at or the email
address listed as the from for this news item, and I can forward
information onto hobbes or organise something.

Ian Manners


Net: New OS/2 web site!

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


I have been working with AMPOS2 and TYPO3 lately. I put together this site
while learning how to use TYPO3. I was wondering if I should continue with
this site and keep it running?

[Moderator note: This appears to be Greg Shaw's personal site. I have no
idea if this is a dynamic or static IP address, so I don't know if it will
change in the future. Generally I would not post an IP address, but I have
checked this one myself and it is valid as of this posting. However,
especially if you are running windoze, it is a bad idea to view an unknown
IP address, but then its a bad idea to go anywhere on the web with windoze.]

Any feedback is appreciated.

Greggory Shaw


SW: USB Tools homepage updated

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

From: Eugene Gorbunoff

Welcome to USB Tools homepage --

There are useful tricks and tips from Robert Lalla there, for example how
to improve USB 2.0 read performance (Common USB FAQ).

Read the feedback from testers:
* User 1: With that patch I can improve read speed of large files from a
high performance USB stick (Buffalo Firestix "R") from 16MB/s upto 32MB/s
on an Intel dual core system or up to 25MB/s on an older AthlonXP/VIA
system. For comparison: Manufacturer says "read 32MB/s" and independent
benchmarks from computer magazines on Windows say 25MB/s or 27MB/s.
Unfortunately that patch does not help for write speed. I still measure
3.5MB/s, which is way below manufacturer's 27MB/s write specification, or
results from other OS.
* User 2: Intel ICH8: I had performance: 3 MB/s, now I have 11.5-12..13
* User 2: nVidia chipset - no changes
* User 2: Intel P5B-VM 10 MB/s up to 30Мб!!!!

Please send us source code, links to USB tools and applications which are

Please inform us if you are supporting industrial USB hardware via USBECD


SW: Piano Launchpad for professionals

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

From: Eugene Gorbunoff

Do you watch the Evolutionary Sprint roadmap? --
The main goal today is create new applications for eComStation, first of
all, applications integrated to Desktop.

First of all, equip your desktop with utility which allows sort existing
programs and clear the space for new objects!
Piano Launchpad (how to setup, screenshots) --


SW: PMView Pro v3.50 is now available.

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

From: Peter Nielsen

PMView Pro v3.50 is now available.

List of new features and bug fixes:

IMPORTANT: To obtain the full (registered) version of the update, you will
need to follow the download instructions included in the e-mail that was
sent to you when you purchased PMView Pro. If you have lost this
information, please contact

Trial (demo) versions of PMView can be downloaded at
Registered users, please note that the trial versions CANNOT be registered.
If you have purchased PMView Pro, please follow the download instructions
in the e-mail sent by BMT Micro.



SW: Thunderbird

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

From: Mark Dodel

[Moderator note: Please send all comments and general discussion to the
news group news:// Please enter
all problem reports into]

"Thunderbird is a full-featured email, RSS and newsgroup client that makes
emailing safer, faster and easier than ever before. More information about
Thunderbird is available." The 1.5.x releases of Thunderbird are for those
wanting the older stable product. The latest version of Thunderbird is 2.0

General information and links can be found on

June 1, 2007 Thunderbird has been released.

Zip File:
Release Notes:

"Here's what's new in Thunderbird

* Improvements to product stability.
* Several security fixes."

Requires a libc0.5.0.1 based version of the GCC runtime library.


SW: MR/2 ICE for OS/2 3.00 beta 5 released

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

From: Larry Tawa

MR/2 ICE for OS/2 3.00 beta 5, an email client, has been released to
registered users. The improvements of beta 5 over
beta 4 include but not limited to:

v3.00 beta5

o Log unpack errors to log file.
o Move List -> Text search messages to thread.
o Alt-t Alt-c Alt-b in message header now brings up address book.
o Type to search now works everywhere.
o Always log errors to mr2i.log regardless of /L setting.
o Add WarpIN package to clean out obsolete files.
o Add WarpIN package to reset read-only attributes for 2.x installations.
o Move folder reindex to thread.


Larry Tawa
AlphaCat Solutions, Inc.


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