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OS/2 - eComStation News - April, 2008

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SW: Uniaud32 v1.9.2 (April Fools release)
SW: Enhanced Mozilla
SW: Uniaud32 v1.9.3
Event: DWS2008 -- it's time to make the decision
SW: eSchemes 1.47 on eCS BetaZone.
SW: danis506 V1.8.3 on hobbes
SW: ACPI 3.8/APM 1.23
Net: netlabs.org newsletter #58 [ACPI, Direct Windows, kBuild, QT/3,
Net: Building A Modern eComStation (OS/2) Personal Computer



SW: Uniaud32 v1.9.2 (April Fools release)

2008-04-01
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Paul Smedley

Hi All,

v1.9.2 is now available:
http://download.smedley.info/uniaud32-1.9.2.zip
&
http://download.smedley.info/uniaud32-1.9.2-debug.zip

uniaud16.sys from Uniaud 1.1.4RC5 is the recommended version

From the readme:
This build of uniaud32.sys has the ALSA code level based completely on ALSA
1.0.16. Uniaud 1.1.4rc5 is based on ALSA versions ranging from 0.9.x
through to 1.0.14. The aim is to provide a version of Uniaud based on the
absolute latest ALSA Code - this is a stepping stone on the way to that.
This will become Uniaud32 2.0 once we feel that it is stabilised and offers
improved support for Audio than Uniaud 1.1.x

Due to the backlevelling of some code - some sound cards that currently
work with Uniaud 1.1.4rc5 may not work with this build.

Specifically, due to compilation issues, the following backends are NOT
supported:
- emu10k1 (aka sb live) - linux code loads the firmware from a local
drive in later ALSA versions - this isn't working yet on OS/2

As time permits, support for these will be reinstated.

The source is now in SVN and can be browsed at
http://svn.netlabs.org/uniaud/browser/GPL/branches/uniaud32-2.0

Changes since 1.9.0 (25th March release)
- Fix hardware sample rate setting
- Add ACPI support for determining IRQ (Hopefully fallsback to old code
on machines without acpi.psd)
- Various tidyups
- Bump version to 1.9.2 (1.9.1 was used for internal test versions)

Thanks to all those testers who have provided feedback on the 1.9.x
releases that are based on ALSA 1.0.16!!!

All feedback is greatly appreciated, particularly any improvements or
deteriorations compared with Uniaud 1.1.4

Cheers,

Paul.



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SW: Enhanced Mozilla

2008-04-02
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From: Peter Weilbacher

My newest batch of enhanced Mozilla apps
- SeaMonkey 1.1.9 (integrated internet suite, successor of "Mozilla")
- PmW-Fx 2.0.0.13 (internet browser, an enhanced Firefox)
- PmW-Tb 2.0.0.13 (eMail client, an enhanced Thunderbird)
is available via http://pmw-warpzilla.sf.net/

Enhancements over the official versions are
* better WPS integration
* MNG/JNG support
* included ipluginw.dll for plugin support
* high memory support
* other small improvements
All applications need libc063.dll to run, find the package on
ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/gcc

These releases pick up all the changes done by Mozilla since my last Gecko
1.8.1.x release, i.e. between 28 Jan 2008 and 11 Mar 2008. This includes
fixes for 6 security issues, two of them of critical importance. One OS/2
specific fix for SeaMonkey was contributed by Walter Meinl.

Please post to the mozilla.dev.ports.os2 newsgroup (on
news://news.mozilla.org/mozilla.dev.ports.os2 ) if you find problems.

Peter.

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SW: Uniaud32 v1.9.3

2008-04-05
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Paul Smedley

Hi All,

v1.9.3 is now available:
http://download.smedley.info/uniaud32-1.9.3.zip
&
http://download.smedley.info/uniaud32-1.9.3-debug.zip

uniaud16.sys from Uniaud 1.1.4RC5 (or later) is the recommended version

From the readme:
This build of uniaud32.sys has the ALSA code level based completely on ALSA
1.0.16. Uniaud 1.1.4rc5 is based on ALSA versions ranging from 0.9.x
through to 1.0.14. The aim is to provide a version of Uniaud based on the
absolute latest ALSA Code - this is a stepping stone on the way to that.
This will become Uniaud32 2.0 once we feel that it is stabilised and offers
improved support for Audio than Uniaud 1.1.x


Due to the backlevelling of some code - some sound cards that currently
work with Uniaud 1.1.4rc5 may not work with this build.

Specifically, due to compilation issues, the following backends are NOT
supported:
- emu10k1 (aka sb live) - linux code loads the firmware from a local
drive in later ALSA versions - this isn't working yet on OS/2

As time permits, support for these will be reinstated.

The source is now in SVN and can be browsed at
http://svn.netlabs.org/uniaud/browser/GPL/branches/uniaud32-2.0

If traps in module ACPI are seen at startup, please ensure you're using an
ACPI version >= 3.05

Changes since 1.9.2 (1st April release)
- Fix hardware sample rate setting (again) - fixes Trap 0008 playing
startup sound on some hardware
- Various tidyups
- Bump version number to 1.9.3
- some changes to try and reduce file size of uniaud32.sys

Thanks to all those testers who have provided feedback on the 1.9.x
releases that are based on ALSA 1.0.16!!!

All feedback is greatly appreciated, particularly any improvements or
deteriorations compared with Uniaud 1.1.4


Cheers,

Paul.



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Event: DWS2008 -- it's time to make the decision

2008-04-05
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Eugene Gorbunoff

Forget about your daily tasks, move to Dusseldorf in the end of the May!
Developers Workshop 2008 --
http://wiki.netlabs.org/index.php/Developers_Workshop_2008

* What makes a successful conference?
Good presentations + hot discussions + and.. *Report* from the conference.
Who is ready to play the role of the reporter? Are you ready to get interviews,
make photos and collect comments? It's very important to distribute the
information about the results of the conference among all users and developers.

* Do you have a report for other developers? For example,
** you can make a review of modern technologies which are needed in eCS
** prepare a review of coming technologies: USB 3.0, IPv6, etc.
** which new node applications should be created? (so other developers can
create plugins for this node applications)

* Seems that Mensys team is going visit the conference too (Mensys is
responsible for the development, assembly and delivery of eComStation).
Do you have questions to Mensys?

* Do you have remote control to make presentations? Central Remote
Control supports AirClick --
http://ecomstation.ru/projects/crc/?action=hardware


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SW: eSchemes 1.47 on eCS BetaZone.

2008-04-06
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Mark Dodel

Yuri Prokushev has put an updated version of eschemes on the eCS BetaZone.

"eSchemes is developed with Mensys BV technical and financial assistance.
eSchemes is part of the ongoing effort of eCo Software to develop
applications by using an object-oriented approach in software development
for the eComStation operating system. eSchemes was created using SOM
technology and is fully integreated into the system desktop."

Note: * eSchemes is a component of eComStation 2.0, eSchemes Deluxe is a
standalone product. eSchemes homepage --
http://ecomstation.ru/projects/eschemes

eschemes-1_47-20080406.wpi 3211 kb 06/04/2008 01:35 pm

Changes:
Class: None Fixed pmview.exe trap on bublehelp window creation. Flat
buttons (style BS_NOBORDER) now works better and really flat. Reworked
button proc. Now not usew WinSetWindowPtr and related functions. As result
no conflict with applications which uses such feature. As result FM/2,
Lotus Notes and other applications works must work fine.
Class: Scheme Changes: Log file removed and replaced by PMPRINTF for less
disk usage during debug.
Class: WPScheme Changes: First page of editor window more accuratly
drawen. Correct colors shown. Log file removed and replaced by PMPRINTF for
less disk usage during debug. Undo action added, but no editor items
updates. Default action added, but no editor items updates.

Post bug-reports and suggestions to this forum:
http://forum.ecomstation.ru/viewforum.php?f=22

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SW: danis506 V1.8.3 on hobbes

2008-04-06
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From: Mark Dodel

Daniela Engert's IBM1S506 IDE replacement driver DANIS506 V1.8.3 is now on
hobbes. , supports Intel, VIA, Ali, SiS, CMD, Promise, Cyrix, HPT, AMD,
Artop, SMSC, ServerWorks, Opti, Nvidia, NatSemi, SiliconImage, ITE, ATI,
NetCell, Broadcom, JMicron and Marvell chips, SerialATA, disk capacities up
to 2TiB.

Incoming: http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/pub/incoming/danis506r183.zip

Search: http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/cgi-bin/h-search?key=danis506r183


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SW: ACPI 3.8/APM 1.23

2008-04-07
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Mark Dodel

"ACPI (short for "Advanced Configuration and Power Interface") is a
standard that defines power and configuration management interfaces
between an operating system and Hardware. It is meant to supersede
the older APM standard (for power management) and provide a generic
interface for recognition and configuration of hardware devices."

ACPI Tools homepage -- http://ecomstation.ru/acpitools

Eugene Gorbunoff posted new updates to ACPI a few days ago on the eCS
BetaZone. Available to those with access (via Software Subscription
Services) to the eComStation BetaZone: ( via logging in at
http://www.mensys.nl/indexuk.html )

Files:

acpi-20080328.zip 610 kb 30/03/2008 12:44 pm
Documentation, how to post bug-reports:
http://ecomstation.ru/projects/acpitools/?action=faq

acpi-apm-20080328.zip 69 kb 30/03/2008 12:47 pm
APM.ADD (Power management for eComStation; Requries ACPI.PSD 3.8)

acpifu-20080328.wpi 218 kb 30/03/2008 12:45 pm
ACPI Fast Upgrade. If you have working and configured ACPI 3.x
subsystem and want upgrade drivers then apply this package. (Select Unlock
All to overwrite old files)

acpi-logs-collector-20080328.zip 779 kb 30/03/2008 12:46 pm
ACPI logs collector. a) execute CollectLogs.cmd from command line, b)
send the generated .ziq to the tracker (http://ecomstation.ru/?e=30 -> How to post bug-report)

Also separately there are a couple of newer updates (last dated 04/06/2008)
to ACPI.PSD under the ACPI listing on the Mensys Download page for Software
Subscription Services.

To post bug-reports to the tracker

http://svn.netlabs.org/acpi/report/1

login: guest, password: netlabs) and press "New ticket"

how to collect logs? http://ecomstation.ru/projects/acpitools/?action=logs


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Net: netlabs.org newsletter #58 [ACPI, Direct Windows, kBuild, QT/3,

2008-04-07
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Netlabs News

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:

*** Developers Workshop 2008 is coming! ***
*** May 17 & 18 in Dusseldorf, Germany ***
*** See: http://wiki.netlabs.org/index.php/Developers_Workshop_2008 ***

31. March - 6. April

* ACPI
o Number of new tickets raised
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/acpi/timeline
* Direct Windows Library
o Various menu items added and some logging options
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/dwindows/timeline
* kBuild
o Loads of updates resulting in build 0.1.3
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/kbuild/timeline
* QT/3
o Many updates and fixes
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/qt3/timeline
* UniAud
o Lots of updates and tickets closed, good progress
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/uniaud/timeline
* WPS-Wizard
o One update and a new tickets raised
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/wps-wizard/timeline
* xATA
o Release 1.8.3, Intel ME IDE redirection ports supported
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/xata/timeline

24. March - 30. March

* ACPI
o Some closed and opened tickets again
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/acpi/timeline
* GenMac
o Ticket raised about low memory
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/genmac/timeline
* kBuild
o Loads of updates!
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/kbuild/timeline
* netlabs.org
o Two new requests raised
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/netlabs/timeline
* QT/3
o Two tickets raised
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/qt3/timeline
* UniAud
o Huge pile of updates
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/uniaud/timeline
* WPS-Wizard
o Tickets 5 and 7 closed
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/wps-wizard/timeline
* xATA
o Preserve settings over COMRESET
o See: http://svn.netlabs.org/xata/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: newsdDESPAM@DESPAMnetlabs.org

Greetings,
netlabs.org team

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Net: Building A Modern eComStation (OS/2) Personal Computer

2008-04-07
++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service http://www.os2voice.org ++

From: Gene Alexander

Hello eCS and OS/2 Community,

I just finished a build of an eComStation computer for a customer and
decided to write an article about it on our company blog.

http://blog.eracc.com/2008/04/07/building-a-modern-ecomstation-os2-personal-computer/

So, the next time someone tells you that eCS will not work on modern
hardware point them to this article. If you want to comment on our blog you
will need to register at the blog. All comments are moderated.

Gene Alexander

ERA Computers & Consulting http://www.eracc.com Preloaded computers -
eComStation, Linux and Unix
Voice messages: 1(731)256-0973 - FAX & Voice messages: 1(731)664-8524
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