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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

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

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:
- Injoy Firewall
Version 4.2.2 is available since some weeks already, see also:

*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 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
If you want to support us or a specific project then please check out these links:
You are one of the people making the future possible!

With regards, the bww bitwise works GmbH Team

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.
-- 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