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INIServe updated to version 2.4

Sat, 20140830 - 05:19 -0600

The latest version of INIServe can be downloaded from

ftp://ftp.pmoylan.org/software/iniser2.4.zip

or from Hobbes. It is not significantly different from version 2.3, but
is now licensed under the GNU GPL licence.

INIServe is software for remote access to OS/2 INI files. It is a
recommended add-on for the programs Weasel, Major Major, and FtpServer,
but is potentially usable for any program that is running on a different
computer than the manager's computer.

-- Peter Moylan peter@pmoylan.org
www.pmoylan.org

Categories: eComStation - OS/2

GenINI updated to version 1.61

Fri, 20140829 - 19:52 -0600

There was an error in the build process of yesterday's release of the
GenINI software. A new build, version 1.61, can be obtained from

www.pmoylan.org/pages/os2/genini.html

-- Peter Moylan peter@pmoylan.org
www.pmoylan.org

Categories: eComStation - OS/2

GenINI version 1.6 released

Fri, 20140829 - 01:12 -0600

The GenINI package has been updated to version 1.6. You can obtain it from

www.pmoylan.org/pages/os2/genini.html

or from Hobbes. There is no change in functionality from version 1.5.
The only reason for this release is to add a GNU GPL open-source licence.

GenINI consists of two programs, to convert between the INI and TNI file
formats. A TNI file is a human-readable version of an INI file. It can
be used for backing up INI files. It can also be used in conjunction
with the Weasel and Major Major mail programs.

-- Peter Moylan peter@pmoylan.org
www.pmoylan.org

Categories: eComStation - OS/2

Apache OpenOffice for eCS (OS/2) update

Thu, 20140828 - 06:40 -0600

Apache OpenOffice for eCS (OS/2) update

We just uploaded an update to the recently announced Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1 RC3.
This update enables the so called category B modules. The most known module of this category
is most likely the spellchecker. Where solver and scripting are others in this category.

Apache OpenOffice is the free and open productivity suite, consisting of
several mighty applications, such as Calc, Writer, Base, Impress and
several more. Apache OpenOffice is compatible to the leading commercial
productivity suite.

bww bitwise works is commited to provide the latest version available,
which will be version 4.1.1.

Download Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1 RC3 update 1 at:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/350r8h2dpuxsg8w/AAAjVtD4f5_FaFghfUg_l6BYa/aoo
If you have issues please use the debug file to get more
debug output.

If you like Apache OpenOffice, please pass by our online shop at
www.bitwiseworks.com/shop and buy Apache OpenOffice for
eCS(OS/2). This donations save the ongoing development and bugfixing.

To fill a bug please use:https://issues.apache.org/ooo/

kind regards
Silvan Scherrer
CTO bww bitwise works GmbH

Categories: eComStation - OS/2

PMOS/2 updated

Thu, 20140828 - 04:37 -0600

The PMOS/2 library of Modula-2 source code has been updated, and can be
fetched from

ftp://pmoylan.org/software/pmos2014.zip

It is mostly of interest to programmers who want source code snippets
for a variety of operations. The code should be easily readable by
anyone familiar with Pascal-like programming languages.

The main reason for this release is to convert the code licence to GPL.
In the not too distant future I intend to re-release several of my
programs as open-source, and those programs make extensive use of the
PMOS/2 code.

-- Peter Moylan peter@pmoylan.org
www.pmoylan.org

Categories: eComStation - OS/2

bww Newsletter

Fri, 20140822 - 01:54 -0600

*bww bitwise works GmbH Newsletter August 22, 2014*

Hereby we would like to give you an update on current and possibly future projects and keep you informed about what we do for your sponsoring units!

Right now we work on various projects as you might have read or heard. Some people seem to think that all projects are done by the same people in parallel, which is not the case.
We have a very qualified team of developers working on the various projects, nevertheless our resources are limited and therefore we have to put projects temporarily on hold and resume later, as we never over schedule our resources. Thereby we are very capable of running multiple projects in parallel.
We can assure you we do not announce or promise more than we can manage at a given time!

bww bitwise works GmbH has been in touch for some time with Lewis Rosenthal, who has recently announced the new OS/2-focused company, Arca Noae LLC. He has launched Arca Noae mainly due to a lack of updated offerings for the OS/2 community. We continue to work closely with Arca Noae to map out the schedule for the release of new and updated items. Both companies will also sell each other's products.

As mentioned in Lewis' recent public postings to the community, the Arca Noae team is working on the final bits and pieces in order to get their new website live and open their shop for business.

*Current projects:*
- Firefox 24
We know that a later one is out for a while, but we stick at this version until it's GA for us as this means a new base version from which the newer releases are easier to be build. At the moment it is depending on underlying tooling to be finished first as in: git (versioning application used for github as example), which is 98% done now.
- SWT (Standard Widget Toolkit)
This will also include odin updates. SWT will bring eclipse and current SmartSVN/SmartGit tools.
- Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1
RC3 was announced recently, see also: www.bitwiseworks.com
- Injoy Firewall
Version 4.2.2 is available since some weeks already, see also: www.bitwiseworks.com

*Future projects:*
- update Java to latest OpenJDK, which brings new recent Java applications
- update Qt to Qt5, to have latest webkit working. With this we will get even more Qt applications

Please mail us at info@bitwiseworks.com if you have a need for other projects.

*Track record for this year:*
We also updated a whole bunch of other stuff, as we needed it for some projects we work on. Here is the list we did so far:
- curl
- python
- git
- mmap
- perl
- pthread
- openssl
- expat
- libtool
- autoconf
- automake

All the above ports are available as rpm and the source is at svn.netlabs.org
*
Sponsoring:*
If you want to support us or a specific project then please check out these links:
www.bitwiseworks.com/shop
You are one of the people making the future possible!

With regards, the bww bitwise works GmbH Team
www.bitwiseworks.com

Categories: eComStation - OS/2

BayWarp meeting Tuesday, August 26

Wed, 20140820 - 09:22 -0600

BayWarp meeting announcement

Date: Tuesday, August 26
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Place: Panera Bread
501 E Hamilton Ave
Campbell, CA 95008

Panera Bread has plenty of room, it's quiet and they have WiFi. There is a
light rail station near the meeting location.

Meeting topics:
Changes at OS/2 VOICE
eCS and OS/2 tips and tricks
OS/2 Q and A for any user questions.

Come join us in our monthly meeting. We are OS/2 and eComStation users, and we
meet every month to discuss ideas about our favorite operating system.

Meeting announcements and more are available on the BayWarp website.
www.baywarp.org
-- Neil Waldhauer neil@blondeguy.com www.blondeguy.com
Expert consulting for OS/2 Warp and eComStation

Categories: eComStation - OS/2

Apache OpenOffice for eCS (OS/2)

Mon, 20140818 - 08:51 -0600

Apache OpenOffice for eCS (OS/2)

St. Veit an der Glan, Austria, August 18, 2014 --- After a long period of
silence, we are now proud to show our commitment to Apache OpenOffice.

We took over the development lead from Mensys beginning this year. The
developer behind Apache OpenOffice is still the same, however he is now
working for bww bitwise works.

While we think a subscription service might work out, we have decided to
not go this way. We believe a donation way is better more the suitable
for current situation.
If you like Apache OpenOffice, please pass by our online shop at
www.bitwiseworks.com/shop and buy Apache OpenOffice for
eCS(OS/2). This donations save the ongoing development and bugfixing.

Apache OpenOffice is the free and open productivity suite, consisting of
several mighty applications, such as Calc, Writer, Base, Impress and
several more. Apache OpenOffice is compatible to the leading commercial
productivity suite.

bww bitwise works is commited to provide the latest version available,
which will be version 4.1.1.
By providing a 4.1.1 RC3 our version for eComStation (OS/2) is on the
same level as for other major platforms such as Windows and Linux.

Download Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1 RC3:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/350r8h2dpuxsg8w/AAAjVtD4f5_FaFghfUg_l6BYa/aoo
and Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.1_os2gcci_install-arc_en-US-rc3-strip.zip is the
non debug file, if you have issues please use the debug file to get more
debug output.

To fill a bug please use:https://issues.apache.org/ooo/

kind regards
Silvan Scherrer
CTO bww bitwise works GmbH


-- /Silvan Scherrer
bww bitwise works GmbH
Tel. +41 71 243 55 77
Fax +41 71 243 55 70
www.bitwiseworks.com <www.bitwiseworks.com> /

Categories: eComStation - OS/2

netlabs.org newsletter #224

Mon, 20140818 - 04:35 -0600

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

News from netlabs.org:
11. August - 17. August
Java port for eCS (OS/2)
New sponsoring link!
See: trac.netlabs.org/java/timeline
Odin32
Set of updates
See: trac.netlabs.org/odin32/timeline
Qt Version 4 for OS/2
Wiki updates including a new sponsoring link!
See: trac.netlabs.org/qt4/timeline
RPM and YUM
Loads of updates and fixes
See: trac.netlabs.org/rpm/timeline
Unix Ports and more
Two updates and a ticket raised and closed
See: trac.netlabs.org/ports/timeline
XWLAN
New ticket raised
See: trac.netlabs.org/xwlan/timeline
4. August - 10. August
Qt Applications for OS/2
Two applications updated
See: trac.netlabs.org/qtapps/timeline
RPM and YUM
A mix of updates and fixes
See: trac.netlabs.org/rpm/timeline
Unix Ports and more
Loads of updates, mostly OpenSSL
See: trac.netlabs.org/ports/timeline
USB
Some updates
See: trac.netlabs.org/usb/timeline

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

Thanks for your support!

We can be reached at: news@netlabs.org
And we are on Twitter now as well! See: twitter.com

Greetings,
netlabs.org team

Categories: eComStation - OS/2

OS/2 GURU Jam Session RESULTS [2/3]

Wed, 20140813 - 18:23 -0600

The meeting was succesful because the participants offered additional
topics for discussion.

Check the results:
* Logs and topics: os2.guru/en/index.php
* Read the interview with Alex Taylor about eComStation internals --
ecomstation.ru/showarticle.php
(extended version)
* + interview with the designer Wizard (different eComStation artwork,
artwork for applications, promo materials)
(russian text) -- ru.ecomstation.ru/showarticle.php

 

Open topics for discussion:
* How to link OS/2 with mobile devices? What are your needs?
* How to use OS/2 for business purposes? Generate document, print and
manage finances?

 

Mistakes of OS/2 GURU 2014/07:
* There were no promotion of OS/2 GURU on other OS/2 sites (no
banners, no discussions. os2world published the announcement on the
TOP)
* The program should be separated to: Common topics, for developers,
for businessmen
* To animate the meeting, it's necessary show video materials (online
translation or recorder interviews or reports)


Categories: eComStation - OS/2

OS/2 GURU Jam Session RESULTS [1/3]

Wed, 20140813 - 18:23 -0600

The conference is succesful if the organizers accumulate enough
materials in advance
(interviews, videos and reviews).

Check the results:
* Discussion topics and logs: os2.guru/en/index.php
* Interview: Discussing Re-energizing OS/2 with Lewis Rosenthal --
ecomstation.ru/showarticle.php

 

Contunue discussion of important topics:
* Do you have troubles with brightness change on your laptop? ACPI
ticket -- trac.netlabs.org/acpi/ticket/599
* What application / utility do you miss?
* Do you have Thinkpad with touchscreen? T400s, T410s, Twist, T420s,
etc. What is USB ID of the touchscreen?

 

Mistakes of OS/2 GURU 2014/07:
* Two or more people should work on the program of the conference.
* Two or more people should moderate the conference.


History:
* This article influenced on us so OS/2 GURU Jam Session was initiated:
ACCEPTING MEDIOCRITY IN COMPUTING
- Just because you use Microsoft products, doesn't mean you are "state
of the art."
timbryce.com/2014/06/23/accepting-mediocrity-in-computing/


Categories: eComStation - OS/2

Still more on OS/2 development

Tue, 20140805 - 05:28 -0600

Post bu Lewis Rosenthal on os2world.com:

Greetings, everyone.

In case anyone missed my previous statements regarding the formation of a new OS/2-focused company, please see:

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/eCS-Technical/conversations/messages/19068
http://www.os2world.com/forum/index.php/topic,397.0.html

and some discussion auf Deutsch:

http://www.os2.org/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=265

I want to share with you that at the end of July, Arca Noae, LLC was chartered in the State of Delaware in the US. Arca Noae is poised to become the driving force behind further development and maintenance of the OS/2 platform for some time to come.

Our website is still under construction, but we hope to be able to unveil it in short order. Besides new applications and updates, new device driver developments (upgrades, enhancements, and likely some completely new) are occurring, all of which we plan to announce on our site.

In Warpstock Europe news, summer vacations have brought some delays, but we are working to narrow the list of possible locations, and should have an announcement with more details in the near future.

Again, I want to thank all of you for being patient. We want to launch Arca Noae properly, and are paying close attention to detail. Rest assured there is a small but dedicated team working on and for the Company on a daily basis, and developers continue to do what they do best: write code. It's coming. Really.

 

Lewis

Categories: eComStation - OS/2

More on new OS/2 developments

Tue, 20140805 - 05:25 -0600

A message by Lewis Rosenthat on OS2world.com:

 

I posted a message a week or so ago concerning my plans to start a new organization focused entirely on OS/2 products and services. For those of you who may have missed that, the gist was that little in the way of new OS/2 products or releases have been made available in the past year or so, and that there seems to be a need in the community for new applications and updates. I was able to locate several contributors of time and resources and get them to come together to form a new company which will be focused on this market, maintaining strong ties to the user community, and dedicated to maintaining the viability of OS/2 on modern hardware.

I also said that I would have further announcements. Today, I'd like to share with you some more details of some of the team working to bring new and updated technology to the platform.

We are working closely with bww bitwise works GmbH in Austria. Bitwise ports software to eCS such as  Java and QT, and is directly involved in the current work to update Firefox for eCS. Also, other developers such as Steven Levine and David Azarewicz have committed to providing time and code for the new company.

We are also working to help make Warpstock Europe 2014 happen this year, and while date and location have not yet been set, we are committed to making details public in the near future.

Many people have come forward offering support and asking what they may do to help. Rest assured, as we move forward, we will stay in touch and will advise when we need assistance. We greatly appreciate the response we've received so far, with so many willing to donate to this project. Stay tuned!

All the best.

 

Lewis

Categories: eComStation - OS/2

netlabs.org newsletter #223

Mon, 20140804 - 04:32 -0600

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

News from netlabs.org:
28. July - 3. August
Qt Applications for OS/2
Two applications updated
See: trac.netlabs.org/qtapps/timeline
RPM and YUM
A lot of tickets raised
See: trac.netlabs.org/rpm/timeline
Samba for eCS (OS/2)
New ticket raised
See: trac.netlabs.org/samba/timeline
UNIAUD
Wiki updates
See: trac.netlabs.org/uniaud/timeline
Unix Ports and more
Two updates
See: trac.netlabs.org/ports/timeline
USB
Mix of updates and fixes
See: trac.netlabs.org/usb/timeline
21. July - 27. July
FM/2
Ticket reopened
See: trac.netlabs.org/fm2/timeline
Java port for eCS (OS/2)
Sponsoring update
See: trac.netlabs.org/java/timeline
kBuild
Two tickets raised
See: trac.netlabs.org/kbuild/timeline
lswitcher
Two tickets raised
See: trac.netlabs.org/lswitcher/timeline
Mozilla for OS/2
A few updates
See: https://github.com/bitwiseworks/mozilla-os2/commits/master
Qt Applications for OS/2
Three applications updated
See: trac.netlabs.org/qtapps/timeline
UNIAUD
A ticket raised and an update
See: trac.netlabs.org/uniaud/timeline
USB
A number of updates
See: trac.netlabs.org/usb/timeline

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

Thanks for your support!

We can be reached at: news@netlabs.org
And we are on Twitter now as well! See: twitter.com

Greetings,
netlabs.org team
-- 

Categories: eComStation - OS/2

Warpstock 2014 Presentation Announcement

Thu, 20140724 - 09:35 -0600

Warpstock is pleased to announce a presentation by Menso de Jong, founder of Mensys, who will speak on the future of eComStation.

Warpstock is the annual conference for eComStation and OS/2 users. Warpstock 2014 will be held at the Drury Inn St. Louis Airport, in St. Louis, Missouri October 24 - 26, 2014. Warpstock 2014 promises to be a can't-miss event, as new developments in the community will be discussed, and practical tips and techniques for getting the most out of existing systems and new hardware will be on the agenda.

Register for the conference on the Warpstock website.

www.warpstock.org/staticpages/index.php

Hotel Reservations will be made by: Individual call-in

Individual call-in reservations can be made by reserving online, go to
www.druryhotels.com, then enter Group number of 2210046. Reservations may also be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 and refer to the Group number of 2210046.

Cut-off date: Reservations, either call in or via rooming lists, received after Tuesday, September 23, 2014 will be provided on a space-available basis at prevailing rates.

Check-In, Check-Out: Hotel check-in is after 3 p.m. on the day of arrival. Hotel checkout is before 11:00 a.m. on the day of departure.

Warpstock Corporation is a Virginia corporation. The Warpstock annual conference is a gathering of 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:
<www.warpstock.org>

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Categories: eComStation - OS/2

netlabs.org newsletter #222

Mon, 20140721 - 06:46 -0600

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

News from netlabs.org:
14. July - 20. July
FM/2
Quite some fixes and other updates
See: trac.netlabs.org/fm2/timeline
UNIAUD
One new ticket raised and a change implemented
See: trac.netlabs.org/uniaud/timeline
7. July - 13. July
kLIBC
Ticket raised for C++11 support
See: trac.netlabs.org/libc/timeline
Qt Applications for OS/2
One application got updated
See: trac.netlabs.org/qtapps/timeline
RPM and YUM
Ticket raised
See: trac.netlabs.org/rpm/timeline
UNIAUD
Clean up tasks done
See: trac.netlabs.org/uniaud/timeline
USB
Some updates
See: trac.netlabs.org/usb/timeline

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

Thanks for your support!

We can be reached at: news@netlabs.org
And we are on Twitter now as well! See: twitter.com

Greetings,
netlabs.org team
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Categories: eComStation - OS/2