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OS/2 - eComStation News - January, 2008

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Admin: Happy New Year 2008
SW: Rsync 3.0.0pre7 released for OS/2 & eComStation
SW: DFSee 9.05 released
SW: [New] DragText v3.9
SW: Alpine Messaging System now available for OS/2
Net: Reviews, overviews, roadmaps
SW: PHP v5.2.5 updated
SW: Neo WPS, upgrade your desktop

Admin: Happy New Year 2008

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

From: Mark Dodel

Happy New Year to everyone. Its 2008, at least here on the East coast of
the United States. eComStation 2.0 is still in testing, but should be
delivered to us in 2008. VOICE begins its 12th year of existence and the
News list has been around since May 7, 1997 as well. Certainly a lot has
changed in that time, but it seems there are still a few people interested
in using OS/2 and its latest incarnation eComStation. Hopefully 2008
continues to bring new items of interest. The VOICE web site received a
major updating this past year, but previous features like the OS/2-eCS User
Groups and Mailing List pages are still available as
resources if you need them. Also there are forums available at which are not being used at all so far.
Registration is required, but is free.

Just a reminder if you are posting to the VOICE News list, please either
use the web form on or directly via
email to (remove the DESPAM). Sending a
post directly to one of the moderators may result in it being delayed or
lost. Any email sent to the feedback address only goes to the moderators,
so if you have a question about a post please make sure you send a copy to
the original poster.

As always if you are submitting an announcement try to make it as brief as
possible, but with basic information like a description of the item and a
URL where more information can be found as well as a URL where it can be
downloaded if it is software. Also if its an update please list what has
been changed if you know it. Please also give complete identity of the
sender as well as a contact address. We will do our best to obscure that,
but readers may need to contact you.

If you are a developer don't just upload your work to hobbes or your own
web site and forget it. Write a short announcement and send it to VOICE so
the OS/2-eComStation community can know what you have done and what the
software is capable of doing. If so please send out an announcement so
people know what you have worked on. I can only hunt down so much
information on my own and it would be a really big help if people would
send in announcements. A big thank you to Peter Weilbacher, Eugene
Gorbunoff, Sander Nyman, Peter Koller, Paul Smedley, Jan van Wijk, and
Herwig Bauernfeind among the many others who have sent in frequent and
complete announcements. It would be great if more folks would send in
announcements for new and updated OS/2-eCS related developments. Otherwise
I have to hunt things down myself, and unfortunately I miss a lot.

As to the list itself, we start the year with 595 subscribers. That is
about 70 fewer than a year ago. Though somewhat disappointing to see
subscribers go, it is still quite nice to see so many people left on the
list a full year after IBM has abandoned us completely. Currently there
are very few mail rejections and all are of a temporary nature. The VOICE
News list is currently still mirrored on the OS/2 Info Yahoo list with another 143
subscribers, as well as the OS/2 News service -
which is used as a news feed for some other web sites. Hopefully we will
see more from in the future, though VOICE News still does not
get any feed from os2news itself. Hopefully that will change in 2008.

Finally a big thanks to Paul Smedley who covers list moderation for me when
I am away. I'd like to see a pool of moderators be formed so we could
spread the workload around. Let me know if you have the time and interest
in helping out. As always the VOICE Newsletter can use help as well, with
writing, editing and translating. If you can help even just a little,
please contact us at I would hate to see this
longtime OS/2 resource meet the same fate as all the other online periodicals.

Thanks for reading and I hope you continue to find our announcements of
interest. If not please use the unsubscribe feature on You can use the same web page to
change your email address if needed.



SW: Rsync 3.0.0pre7 released for OS/2 & eComStation

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

From: Paul Smedley

Hi All,

I've added an OS/2 build of rsync v3.0.0pre7 to my site at

The most important new feature is that Unix xattr (aka OS/2 Extended
Attributes) support has been included.

I've based this on the xattr implementation that is being used in Samba for
OS/2. This support should be considered experimental purely due to lack of
testing in rsync (the code is pretty well tested in Samba/2)

The preserve existing extended attributes when rsyncing from a remote
server, use the --xattr switch on the client.



-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [rsync-announce] Rsync 3.0.0pre7 released
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2007 16:17:15 -0800

I've just released rsync 3.0.0pre7, the latest pre-release version of
the upcoming 3.0.0 release.

This release contains fixed exclude checks for a "use chroot = no"
daemon that has excludes listed in the config file. This is a partial
fix for the 2nd advisory that was released recently. See the rsync
security web page for the updated details and a patch for 2.6.9:

Thanks for all the testing! We're making good progress to get this
released in the weeks ahead. Please send email to the rsync mailing
list with your questions, comments, bug reports, etc.

You can download the source tar file and its signature from here:

The patches directory was released in a separate tar file for this
release. I'm still considering if this is the best choice or not, so
feel free to comment:

The following changes were made since pre6 was released:

- The aforementioned daemon-exclude fixes.

- The release script now gets the timestamps on the generated autoconf
files right so that make doesn't try to rebuild them.

- Fixed a bug in the --progress output where the to-check count would
sometimes go negative.

- Fixed a glitch in an internal directory counter on the sending side
that could cause rsync to crash.

- Avoid an assert problem if --hard-links was used in list-only mode.

- Check alternate-basis-dir options (--*-dest) and warn about problems.

- Fixed a potential (but unlikely) memory leak in make_file().

- Silenced some compiler warnings.

To see a full summary of the changes since 2.6.9, visit this link:



SW: DFSee 9.05 released

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

From: Jan van Wijk

A happy new year to everyone, and with the new year, comes a new DFSee :-)

This is a bug fix release, allows OS/2 disks upto 2Tb in size, and has some
fine tuning of advanced scripting. It also allows setting a specific
keyboard language to be used by the bootable CDROM, when burning it from
the ISO. (see the readme.txt that comes with the ISO download)

DFSee is a very powerful disk-utility with disk partitioning, filesystem
and disk analysis, file recovery, UNDELETE for HPFS, JFS, and NTFS,
resizing and smart imaging or cloning.

More details at:

Direct download links from the DFSee website:

Or from the HOBBES website:

Most important functional changes since 9.04

- CDROM IKBD tool to set keyboard language before burning ISO
- cmdline Fix syntax error on single '$' characters (9.03/9.04)
- disk R/W Allow OS2 physical disk handle-value ZERO (TSHELL)
- format Added a warning about 'large floppy' FAT32 on OS/2
- geocalc Allow sectors/track upto 255 (DANIS506, 2 TiB disks)
- list Fixed decimal value shown for very large values
- menu Show error 'item currently disabled' on mouseclick too
- menubar Add application version to right side of menubar
- menu run Allow DFSee quit from script ran from the menu
- part Add warnings about 'large floppy' FAT32 on OS/2
- quit Do not exit with the value DFS_QUIT as rc (make it 0)
- run Abort script run when parameter prompt is canceled
- script Quit script (and DFSee) on application 'q' command

Regards, JvW

DFSee Home:; Jan van Wijk; Author of DFSee -


SW: [New] DragText v3.9

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

From: Rich Walsh

I'm pleased to announce the release of DragText v3.9.

DragText, a "dictinctly different Desktop enhancement" adds features not
found anywhere else: drag & drop text in standard windows, access to WPS
objects from every program, and OverDrag, the most comprehensive set of
while-you-drag features found on any platform. It also offers DTProgram, a
comprehensive enhancement of the WPS Program object.

New in v3.9 is NLS support. German, Dutch, French, Italian, & Swedish are
included, and adding other languages is uncommonly easy - no tools or
technical knowledge needed.

v3.9 is available from:

DT's Basic features (d&d text, most OverDrag features, and DTProgram) are
freeware and never require registration. DT's Extended features (files,
access to WPS objects, and OverDrag's WPS features) offer a 6-week free
trial. Continued use is only $20(US) through Mensys or BMT Micro.


SW: Alpine Messaging System now available for OS/2

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

From: Nick S.

The Alpine Messaging System is now available for OS/2 and eComStation.
Alpine is a new version of the well-known Pine e-mail client, and keeps the
same look-and-feel as Pine while adding a number of new features. The
official announcement from the original developers is appended to this post.

I've also compiled the University of Washington's IMAP toolkit for OS/2,
which provides POP2, POP3 and IMAP servers together with a few utilities
for managing and delivering e-mail. These are much the same as the versions
shipped with Pine 4.64.

You can find further information at:

As this is the first release I expect there may be a few bugs in the
packaging, documentation, etc. -- please let me know if you have any
problems or any suggestions for how it might be improved for future versions.

Nick S.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 17:57:08 -0800 (PST)
From: Jeff Franklin
Subject: [Pine-announce] Alpine 1.00 now available

The University of Washington is pleased to announce the release of Version
1.00 of the Alpine Messaging System. On the surface, Alpine will appear
strikingly similar to the Pine Message System, and it is upwards-compatible
for existing Pine users.

You received this message because you are subscribed to the pine-announce
mailing list. Since development of Pine has stopped, this should be the
final message sent to pine-announce. There is a list called alpine-announce
that serves the same purpose for Alpine. To subscribe, go to

Alpine is a fast, easy to use client that is suitable for both the
inexperienced email user as well as for the most demanding of power users.
Alpine can be learned by exploration and the use of context-sensitive help.
The user experience is highly customizable through the use of the Alpine
Setup command.

Alpine is released under the Apache License, Version 2.0. The source code
has been reorganized from the ground up to separate the user interface code
from the underlying email engine itself. All of the source needed to build
Unix, Windows, and Web-based mail user agents is included.

Besides the UNIX shell program, Alpine, and a Windows version called
PC-Alpine; there is a new Web-based version of Alpine that is built on TCL
and is designed to run under a suitable CGI-supporting web server such as

Additionally, Alpine's build and installation are now based on GNU
autotools. For most Unix systems, building should be as easy as typing
"./configure" followed by "make". See the included README for more
information on build options, building PC-Alpine and installing Web Alpine.

Another fundamental improvement is Alpine's internal text handling, which
is now based exclusively on Unicode. This allows displaying incoming
messages and producing outgoing messages in many different languages.
Alpine has been designed to work correctly with left-to-right character
sets using a fixed-width font. (A first-pass at preparing the source for
localization [where messages from the program are in the user's native
language] has also been completed, but no translations are available.)

While the source code was being rewritten and reorganized security was
considered an important goal. Potential buffer overflows have been
eliminated and it should be far easier for someone to audit the source code
themselves for security problems.

To give Alpine a try, go to

Thanks and enjoy!

The Alpine Messaging System Team


Net: Reviews, overviews, roadmaps

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

From: Eugene Gorbunoff published 10 reviews in English language in the last 12 monthes:

* PBX on eComStation --
* Oz. Of Prevention System --
* General Network Utilities for professionals --
* Piano Launchpad for professionals --
* Central Remote Control for mobile users --
* eSchemes colour mood --
* Everyday usage of Personal Cards Manager --
* Sydney 2000 Olympics --
* Evolutionary sprint 2007/11 --
* Usage of eComStation at home -- published a dozen of articles too
* February issue --
* May issue --
* October issue --

If you are interested in eComStation then analyze your interests and plans,
write reviews of software, share drafts with other users, help to the
developer of your favorite application.


SW: PHP v5.2.5 updated

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

From: Paul Smedley

Hi All,

I've just uploaded a new build of PHP v5.2.5 to my site at

This build corrects a MAJOR problem with PHP's gettext.dll that prevented
the OS/2 build of PHP5 working with such PHP applications as Gallery2.

I _STRONGLY_ encourage _ALL_ users of PHP5 on OS/2 to upgrade to this release.




SW: Neo WPS, upgrade your desktop

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

From: Eugene Gorbunoff

After the installation your desktop is static and depressing. eCo Software
brings life to your desktop (USB Dock brings photos of hardware, PCM allows
store photos of your friends, NeoWPS gives a lift to WPS)

NeoWPS includes ( ):
* Sunny icons -- fast transparent icons, original icon set.
* CRC -- switch your notebook to economical mode of power consumption
* Piano Launchpad -- simplify the launch of applications
* eSchemes -- switch color/button schemes
* PCM address book -- wait for update
* MySafe to keep passwords -- wait for update
* Imagination -- preview of documents in folders

What's new:
* Sunny icons -- Ready for SMP; Fixed all hangs; now using High Memory.
You can select Local System icons with AMD or Intel logo;
Try demo version during january.
* Imagination -- repacked the package; no dependences on MMClasses
* PCM -- utility to import (Thunderbird) CSV to PCM,
we are going switch to .zip format but keep full compatibility with
current cards;
* Piano -- refreshed; You can use version which doesn't depend on
SunnyIcons. * eSchemes -- downgrade to "1.37 fixed". Wait for reliable
1.4x (there are internal releases)


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