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OS/2 - eComStation News - July, 2008

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SW: Enhanced Mozilla applications updated to Gecko
SW: SeaMonkey 1.1.11
News: newsletter #65
Event: Warpstock Europe 2008: Pictures from the event location
Event: Warpstock registration
Event: BayWarp meeting Tuesday July 22
SW: Firefox 3.0.1 released
Net: WSE2008 -- calculate the advantages (unofficial message)
SW: Post the bug-report today, don't be lazy
SW: Pronews/2 v1.60 cp125 now available
SW: DFSee version 9.10 released
SW: Clipview 3.3 is released
SW: FM/2 3.12 Released
Net: VOICE Newsletter: Call for articles
Net: Updated history of eComStation
Net: Please use the eComStation 2.0 RC5 Feedback Wizard
SW: CUPS updated to v1.3.8
Net: eComStation PC: PCMCIA/Cardbus/Expresscard
SW: Privoxy for OS/2 3.0.9 Beta Released

SW: Enhanced Mozilla applications updated to Gecko

From: Peter Weilbacher

Again, another security release of my enhanced Mozilla based apps is
available from <>:

- SeaMonkey 1.1.11 (PmW)
- PmW-Fx
- PmW-Tb

They are all based on Gecko on the date of 2008-07-15 and built
from the exact same sources. They correspond directly to the respective
official releases of SeaMonkey, Firefox, and Thunderbird (which is not
yet released but it should be in about a week).

These releases pick up all the changes done by Mozilla since my Gecko release, i.e. between 2008-06-12 and 2008-07-02. This includes
fixes for at least one critical security issue. (For PmW-Tb the last
release was with Gecko, so the timespan is even between
2008-03-11 and 2008-07-02.)

No OS/2 specific changes were applied between Gecko and


SW: SeaMonkey 1.1.11

From: Peter Weilbacher

The "official" contributed OS/2 package of SeaMonkey 1.1.11 is available

Until the webpage mirrors are updated, you can find it at

This release fixes one critical security issue.


News: newsletter #65

From: 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

7. July - 13. July

o Quite some updates again, including the 3.10 release!
o See:
o Two updates
o See:
* FM/2
o Still going strong with the regular updates
o See:
* kBuild
o Various updates and fixes
o See:
* kLibC
o Two new defects raised
o See:
* NewView
o Number of updates
o See:
o A change and a fix
o See:
* Samba
o And some more updates
o See:
* UniAud
o A problem raised about 30 sec freeze
o See:

30. June - 6. July

o Tickets coming and going.
o See:
* eCups
o Various updates, mainly on the HowTo
o See:
* FM/2
o Big pile of updates.
o See:
* kBuild
o Some updates
o See:
* Lucide
o Interesting updates, including Poppler library updated to version 0.8.4
o See:
o A problem solved (25) and an enhancement implemented (11)
o See:
o This project is reactived and is undergoing various updates.
o See:
* Samba
o Now on 3.2.0 GA level and added missing file.
o See:
o Updated again
o See:
* UniAud
o Bug reported about cardinfo.DLL
o See:
* Voyager NOM
o Some progress
o See: 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

Thanks for your support!

We can be reached at:

Greetings, team


Event: Warpstock Europe 2008: Pictures from the event location

From: Christian Hennecke

Warpstock Europe 2008 takes place in the stylish City Hostel in
Düsseldorf, Germany, which has already hosted this year's
Developer Workshop. After a complete refurbishment, the City Hostel now
probably is the most modern youth hostel in Europe. See for yourself and
browse the gallery section of the Warpstock Europe 2008 web site at:

The ninth Warpstock Europe conference will be held at the City Hostel in
Düsseldorf, Germany, from November 14 to 16. Warpstock is an annual
conference for the OS/2 and eComStation operating systems and related
technology. It is dedicated to information, education, support, and
exchange and addresses users, developers, and software vendors. To
achieve these goals, the event offers seminars and workshops, exhibition
areas, and room for personal exchange.

More information is available at:

Warpstock Europe is powered by
Warpstock is a trademark of Warpstock, Inc.


Event: Warpstock registration

From: Andy Willis

Have you registered for Warpstock 2008 yet?

Oops! Missed the July 15 deadline?

The Board of Directors has considered that there were many changes in
this year's location and a change in policy for booking this
location. We realize that some individuals may not have realized that
early commitment was needed. To accommodate this, we have made
special arrangements to extend the registration deadline by 10 days.
July 25th is now the cutoff date. Because of the
need to advance book the accommodation and meals, there can be no
further extension to this date.

This year's conference will be held on the campus of the University
of California at Santa Cruz from August 15 - 17, 2008. Complete
information about the conference is available on the Warpstock web

We look forward to seeing you in Santa Cruz.

Warpstock Corporation is a Virginia corporation. The Warpstock annual
conference is a gathering of eCS/OS/2 users, developers, and vendors
from around the world for the purpose of education and advocacy.
More information is available at the Warpstock web site:


Event: BayWarp meeting Tuesday July 22

From: Neil Waldhauer

Date: Tuesday, July 22
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Place: Denny's Milpitas, 442 W Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035

Come join us in our monthly meeting. We are OS/2 and eComStation users,
and we
meet every month to show off our latest software and hardware.

Hint: Denny's is right off of the 880/237 interchange to the east of 880.
Phone: (408) 262-9090

WiFi is available at the restaurant.

Note: the BayWarp e-mail list is available


* Warpstock 2008 planning
* eComStation 2.0 rc 5
* Survey of recent Flash animation
* OS/2 Question & Answer

Web Page:

SW: Firefox 3.0.1 released

From: Mark Dodel

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

Firefox 3.0.1 was just released for OS/2.

It contains many fixes in cross-platform code, including two critical
security issues.

One OS/2 specific bug was fixed:
- Limit the URL-classifier cache so that Firefox doesn't hang the
system at regular intervals (bug 439340)

More details on issues and workarounds in the ReadMe file.

Both the release package and the ReadMe are linked on the Warpzilla


Net: WSE2008 -- calculate the advantages (unofficial message)

From: Eugene Gorbunoff

Warpstock Europe 2008 is coming --
(November 14 to 16, 2008, Dusseldorf, Germany)

You are right, the cost of the trip to Dusseldorf may be very high for
you. 300 EURO.. 500 EURO.. 1000 EURO.. or more.

What is the reason to spend the money?

A. Are you going make a presentation?
The conference is a good chance to
* demonstrate your applications to the users
* present success story of eComStation usage;
* share your libraries with other developers;
* learn new eComStation technologies and share the knowledge with other
* present own concept of OS development;
* inform developers which software and drivers should be created;

B. Moreover, the visit of the conference gives you:

Building Relationships
* You are meeting with other users and developers from different
countries, different cultures;
* If you are a developer, then you are meeting with your clients. Ask
them what do they need;
* Meet the users from your city and region. The conference may help you
create Local User Group;
* Get fresh news and secret information while chatting.

* The visit of Germany is good for your experience, you can see how
german people are working, why they are so productive.
* You are collecting information what is the trend of OS/2 development.
This helps you safe the efforts and don't spend then time to fake goals
after return to home.
* If you are a designer then watch the design of german houses, clothes,
* Improve your english(/deutch/dutch), no need to buy tutorials of
english language
* You are mobilizing while preparing for the conference. You are
generating more ideas, more code while preparing for D-Day.
* Present your program to sell it

* If you don't have a report then use the trip as short summer vacations

Full list of conferences:


SW: Post the bug-report today, don't be lazy

From: Eugene Gorbunoff

If a program doesn't work properly on your computer, don't expect the
next version will work better.
The bugs are fixed only if users notify the developers.
Please, post the bug-report to the tracker today, monitor the tracker
during 1-2 weeks.

For example,
* -- eComStation 2.0 bug-tracker -> Login ->
bug-tracker (you should have eCS license, software subscription)
* -- ACPI tracker Register to Login
* -- NeoWPS cpmponents (login: ecotrac,
password: nhfrerth)
* -- Uniaud audio driver
* -- CUPS/2 (printers) bug-tracker
* -- Samba bug-tracker
-- OpenOffice tickets
* -- XWorkPlace bug-tracker
* -- Genmac forum
* -- Firefox bug-tracker

Other useful links:


SW: Pronews/2 v1.60 cp125 now available

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

From: Trevor Hemsley

I'm pleased to announce the release of Pronews/2 v1.60

Pronews/2 is a multithreaded NNTP Newsreader program for OS/2.

If you are upgrading from any Pronews/2 release prior to 1.59 you are
strongly advised to make a backup copy of the file \pronews\toolbar.ini as
this release changes the on-disk format of this file. You will not be able
to run a previous release of Pronews/2 unless you restore an old copy of
this file.

If you are upgrading from a release prior to 1.54 then you are strongly
urged to backup your existing filter files as the files have a different
on-disk format from 1.54 onwards. Failure to backup files *.FLT in \pronews
and \pronews\headers will mean it will be impossible to use your filters if
you should need to revert to a release prior to 1.54. You should also read
the readme.txt file installed in the \pronews directory as this covers
changes and new features from prior releases as well as tips for making
Pronews/2 quicker.

You can find Pronews/2 1.60 on (later to
be as

Hobbes search:

Pronews/2 is shareware and all profits from its sale are donated to the
charity Save the Children.

Pronews/2 v1.60 is a relatively small update with a few bugs fixed. There
are no new features in this release. A list of the fixes is available in
your \pronews directory after install in the file fixed.txt.

More information about all changes and installation instructions can be
found in the readme file after (or during) the install.

Trevor Hemsley, Brighton, UK Trevor dot Hemsley at ntlworld dot com


SW: DFSee version 9.10 released

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

From: Jan van Wijk

This is a minor release with some updated messages and supporting more
disks in Linux.

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:

Functional changes since 9.09

- FAT FS Hint to use FORMAT when bootsector is empty
- MEDIA Allow upto 24 IDE/SCSI disk on Linux (hdX/sdX)
- PART Added details to 'invalid partition table nr'
- SETBOOT Allow colon on /IBD:C: syntax

Regards, JvW

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


SW: Clipview 3.3 is released

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

From: Dave Saville

Clipview 3.3 is released

New features bug fixes etc:

Added -F Font switch.
Added timeout to "Browse on URL Capture" query pop up.
Added allow comments in ClipProcess file.
Fixed some minor problems in the help file.
Implemented context sensitive help.

Clipview is now NLS ready.
Supported languages are: Dutch, French, German & Swedish.

If you want your language and are prepared to translate then
drop me an email for the files etc..

ClipView 3.3 implements context sensitive help via the F1 key. If
use xwpwidgets then you must get the latest 0.7.3 release from
or Netlabs to avoid a crash.

ClipView 2.5 & above uses a changed .ClipSave format.
It is NOT backwards compatible.
Upgrading from earlier versions should not present any problems.

I don't know about you, but I always seem to want to paste what I clipped
three operations back :-) So I wrote ClipView, based on the Unix program

The Clipview suite of programs consists of:

ClipView v3.3 - Gives multiple text clipboards. Clips may be printed,
edited, saved to a buffer and locked. Optionally the entire set of clips
and their state can be saved across invocations of ClipView.

ClipPrint v1.2 - Prints the current text contents of the clipboard.

PipeClip v2.3 - Used on the command line to pipe output to the clipboard.
eg dir /w | pipeclip

ClipPipe v1.0 - Used on the command line to pipe input from the clipboard.
eg clippipe | someprogram

ClipWait v1.0 - Used in scripts to wait until something gets written to
the clipboard.

CV_Client_OS2 2.1 } These are now considered stable.
} They allow clipboards to communicate
CV_Server_OS2 2.1 } across machines.

CV_Client_WIN 2.1 } These are considered Beta.
} They allow clipboards to communicate
CV_Server_WIN 2.1 } across machines.


SW: FM/2 3.12 Released

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

From: Gregg Young

I have just uploaded FM/2 3.11 to
(moving to )
and to hobbes
moving to

FM/2 3.12 Fixes a bug introduced in 3.11 (trap when viewing multiple files
from an archive at the same time). It also adds Open Default, Open Settings
and via an accel key ctrl + l Open Multimedia (using FM2play.exe) to the
archive viewer. FM/2 now uses the system TMP/TEMP directory for it
temporary files and cleans up after a crash on the next restart. FM/2
creates a subdirectory of the pattern $FM2*.*. The settings notebook can
now be closed using esc, F3 or enter; the last 2 save any changes that have
been made. You can now select which environment variables to show when
using show the environment in the drive tree. Just add or remove from the
list on the "Tree" page of the notebook. It defaults initially to the
current list. You can now save/append either a full pathname or just a
filename or a list of either to the clipboard. We have changed the wording
in the menus to make this easier to find. We fixed a few other minor issues
see the history for more details.


Net: VOICE Newsletter: Call for articles

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

From: Christian Hannecke

The VOICE Newsletter is committed to providing the community of OS/2 and
eComStation users with useful, accurate, and current information. To do so
it relies on contributions from members of the community it is serving.
Please consider contributing yourself by submitting an article.

Our guidelines provide extensive information about article content and
presentation. This includes potential topics, structure and formatting, and
detailed instructions for unexperienced authors regarding several types of
articles as well. The guidelines are available at:

Also available is an author package that includes template files and a
tutorial with step-by-step instructions for writing articles with the
NVU/KompoZer editor:

The deadline for the next issue is August 10, 2008. Please send submissions


Net: Updated history of eComStation

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

From: Eugene Gorbunoff

The history of eComStation is updated --
(russian text, use Google to translate),
Where is English version of the history?!

eComStation history:

Other interesting links for fans:
* Mensys catalogue with software for IBM OS/2 Warp (Year: 1997, prices in
Dutch Guilder!) --
* eComStation attributes --
* eComStation merchandise --
* Gallery of eComStation desktops --


Net: Please use the eComStation 2.0 RC5 Feedback Wizard

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

From: Joachim Benjamins

eComStation 2.0 RC5 introduces the Feedback Wizard to enable the
development team to easier collect data on specific hardware and the
success rate of ACPI support. This wizard will be invoked automatically
once, if ACPI support is configured on the system.

Since it's release on july the 4th, the eComStation 2.0 RC5 ISO file has
been downloaded over 500 times. We have received a bit more than 70 reports
generated with the Feedback Wizard.

We would like to ask you to run the Feedback Wizard and in order to have
more systems identified. Please make sure you answer the 3 questions on
ACPI, APM and performance accurately.

If you want to manually start the Wizard, this can be easily done by
clicking the Feedback Wizard icon in the Help Center. ('Desktop' -> 'Local
System' -> 'Help Center')

Once you have submitted a report, you will be able to review all reports by
others and review/edit your own reports via a webinterface. Details of this
will be emailed to you shortly after the submission. Please note: The use
of the Feedback Wizard requires a working Internet connection.

Some FAQ items specific to eComStation 2.0 RC5 have been added to the RC5
support page at:

Thanks in advance for your support!

Serenity Systems International / Mensys BV


SW: CUPS updated to v1.3.8

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

From: Paul Smedley

Hi guys,

Just a quick one to say I've updated the CUPS port to v1.3.8

It can be downloaded from

At this stage - I haven't updated the CUPS+Gutenprint+Ghostscript package -
so just unzip the cups 1.3.8 package over the top of what you already have
- it shouldn't break anything :P

A list of changes in 1.3.8 is at



[Moderator: Please let Paul know if you find this software useful. He
needs user feedback to continue work on these projects. He maintains a bug
tracker for many projects at It just requires a
simple registration.

If you'd like to help support continued development of this project (and
many others) for OS/2 & eComStation, please consider making a donation
either via Paypal using the link on Paul's website, or using the Mensys
Online Store ]


Net: eComStation PC: PCMCIA/Cardbus/Expresscard

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

From: Eugene Gorbunoff

Are you interested in support of PCMCIA/Cardbus/Expresscard controllers?

APSoft company is able to update their drivers if users agree to purchase it:
-> CadWare -> Socket Services for OS/2

Aymeric Peyret is collecting users which are interested to purchase the

Please post your contacts information to:
* Your name, email
* What to fix? Which problems do you see? Your adapter, problems,
temporary solutions
* Are you going purchase the driver, purchase upgrade?

Main problems, example:
* APSoft drivers don't work with ACPI
(it's necessary patch? OEMHLP driver, pass the code to the developers of ACPI)
* Expresscard are not supported
* It's difficult to select switches
* no .wpi package

Other problems:
* Is it possible reduce price for eCS users? 70 EURO down to.. 35 EURO?

* Driver description --
* List of adapters supported by APSoft --
* Reports from users regarding PCMCIA --


SW: Privoxy for OS/2 3.0.9 Beta Released

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

From: David Schmidt

Privoxy is a non-caching web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities
for enhancing privacy, modifying web page data, managing HTTP cookies,
controlling access, and removing ads, banners, pop-ups and other obnoxious
Internet junk. Privoxy has a flexible configuration and can be customized
to suit individual needs and tastes. Privoxy has application for both
stand-alone systems and multi-user networks.

3.0.9 is a beta release which includes many enhancements but no major new
features. See:


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