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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.
-- Neil Waldhauer
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 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:
and 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:

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 <> /

Categories: eComStation - OS/2 newsletter #224

Mon, 20140818 - 04:35 -0600

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

News from
11. August - 17. August
Java port for eCS (OS/2)
New sponsoring link!
Set of updates
Qt Version 4 for OS/2
Wiki updates including a new sponsoring link!
Loads of updates and fixes
Unix Ports and more
Two updates and a ticket raised and closed
New ticket raised
4. August - 10. August
Qt Applications for OS/2
Two applications updated
A mix of updates and fixes
Unix Ports and more
Loads of updates, mostly OpenSSL
Some updates
See: 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 via sponsoring units:

Thanks for your support!

We can be reached at:
And we are on Twitter now as well! See:

Greetings, 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:
* Read the interview with Alex Taylor about eComStation internals --
(extended version)
* + interview with the designer Wizard (different eComStation artwork,
artwork for applications, promo materials)
(russian text) --


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
* 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:
* Interview: Discussing Re-energizing OS/2 with Lewis Rosenthal --


Contunue discussion of important topics:
* Do you have troubles with brightness change on your laptop? ACPI
ticket --
* 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.

* This article influenced on us so OS/2 GURU Jam Session was initiated:
- Just because you use Microsoft products, doesn't mean you are "state
of the art."

Categories: eComStation - OS/2

Still more on OS/2 development

Tue, 20140805 - 05:28 -0600

Post bu Lewis Rosenthal on

Greetings, everyone.

In case anyone missed my previous statements regarding the formation of a new OS/2-focused company, please see:,397.0.html

and some discussion auf Deutsch:

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.



Categories: eComStation - OS/2

More on new OS/2 developments

Tue, 20140805 - 05:25 -0600

A message by Lewis Rosenthat on


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.



Categories: eComStation - OS/2