by Gary Wong
News flash on WarpZilla/Mozilla (the successor to Netscape 4.61):
IBM has released as of 03/30/2001 their branded version of Mozilla,
based on Netscape version 6.01 and called it "IBM Web Browser".
However: It is only available for those who have a current Software
Choice subscription. Go to
The WarpZilla team has released 2 versions of Mozilla without a spell-checker and the IBM branding. Go to
ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/ps/products/warpzilla/. The version based on Mozilla 0.6 is mozilla-i386-pcos2-vacpp-0.6.zip; the version based
on Mozilla 0.8.1 is mozilla-i386-pcos2-vacpp-0.8.1.zip.
The XFree86/OS2 version of Warpzilla has been updated to version 0.8
as of 03/08/2001. Use search key XWarpzilla on Hobbes.
cdrecord version 1.10a16 is now available as of 03/10/2001. This has
the capability of burning single-session, multi-session, or audio CD's.
Use search key cdrecord on Hobbes.
An OS/2 port of cdrdao 1.1.5 alpha 2 has been released as of 03/10/2001.
It is a free CD-R/RW writing program for Disk At Once mode. Use search
key cdrdao on Hobbes.
The stable version of Apache is now at 1.3.19 as of 02/26/2001. Go to
http://apache.org/dist/binaries/os2/. Info on Apache is at
http://silk.apana.org.au/apache/. The "in-development" version is now
at version 2.0.14 as of 03/14/2001, for those who want to try out the
new features. It offers big performance improvements due to multi-
threading and elimination of some emx dependencies. Go to
OS2UNIX version 1.4 has been released as of 03/06/2001. This tool
allows you to easily compile software for OS/2 from Linux source code
without needing autoconf. Go to
There is an Enhanced E editor (basically E.EXE with the ability to
print, among a few other enhancements). It is now at version 2 as of
03/31/2001. Go to http://www.pillarsoft.net/enhanced.html.
InCharge, the financial management system, has been updated as of
03/09/2001 to version 1.02.71. Go to http://www.spitfiresoftware.com/.
UPS Monitor has been updated as of 03/07/2001 to version 1.2a. It will
monitor the status of an APC UPS, and provide shutdown services to the
operating system. Go to http://home.att.net/~ASchw/upsmonitor.html.
Given that Stardock has dropped support for Object Desktop on OS/2 as
of 02/01/2001, an anonymous person has made an unofficial Object
Desktop FixKit #4 available on Hobbes as of 03/04/2001. Use search key
od20fk. All modifications were made directly on the binaries, so things
that can be done are very limited. Also the anonymous author has the
disclaimer of "use at your own risk", and that it is not supported by
CD Boot/2 version 1.2 has been released as of 03/04/2001. This is a utility
to enhance bootable OS/2 CD-ROMs so that when the CD-ROM is inserted into
the drive, a menu is displayed allowing you to continue booting from the
removeable media, or timing out to the hard drive instead. Go to
PMMail has been updated as of 02/27/2001 to beta version 2.20.2200. It
contains some bug fixes, and now allows SMTP authentication. Go to
http://www.pmmail2000.com/betas/. The file is PMM220.EXE (as there are
Windows versions of PMMail as well).
Ogg Vorbis beta 4 has been ported to OS/2 as of 02/27/2001. It is an
audio compression format similar to MP3, but free of patented algorithms
and is fully open source. Go to http://silk.apana.org.au/vorbis/.
Tonigy version 1.1 has been released as of 03/25/2001. It is an audio
CD IFS (installable file system) that maps tracks of audio CD's into
.WAV or .RAW files. Use it to access audio tracks just like ordinary
files. Go to http://www.defgroup.com/tonigy/.
UpdCD (a.k.a. cdupd) is now at version 1.5 as of 04/01/2001. It now
has support for Amouse, SMP, HPFS386, UDF file system, Object Desktop
2.0, Symbios SCSI drivers, and Warp 3 support. Also has an improved
Warp Server for e-Business procedure. UpdCD allows you to incorporate
public FixPaks and other components into your Warp 4 or Warp Server for
e-Business install CD. This allows you to install a Y2K-compliant
Warp 4 or Warp Server for e-Business on systems with large hard drives
right from this CD. Look for UPDCD15.ZIP on Hobbes, or go to
This month's new listings - Drivers:
The SoundBlaster 16/AWE32/AWE64 driver package that was previously
released by Daniel Caetano has been updated as of 03/04/2001 with REXX
support. Go to http://www.os2world.com/sound/SB16AWE32AWE64v19rexxBETA.zip.
SciTech Display Doctor beta 39 has been released as of 03/08/2001. It
adds some new display card support, a number of fixes, and now has
version A.088 of the IBM GRADD components. Download it from
ftp://ftp.scitechsoft.com/sdd/beta/os2/; the list of changes is at
http://www.scitechsoft.com/sdd2_changes.txt, and the main SciTech page
is at http://www.scitechsoft.com/sdd_os2.html.
Daniela Engert has released DaniS506 version 1.3.8 as of 03/18/2001.
Use search key danis on Hobbes.
IBM has updated some drivers on the DDPak site:
1) The IDEDASD driver has been updated as of 03/14/2001, although it
appears to be primarily a documentation update (according to Steve
2) A driver for the internal 56K Lucent modem, which is used on some
ThinkPads, has been released as of 03/06/2001.
3) There is a driver for the Iomega parallel port-attached ZIP drives
as of 03/22/2001. However, this is a beta version of the driver.
Find all of these (and more) at
IBM has updated the drivers for the Intel PRO/100 Ethernet cards in the
ThinkPad T20/T21 series. Go to
ftp://ftp.pc.ibm.com/pub/pccbbs/mobiles/. The driver and README begin
with eftpnteo. HOWEVER: according to the IBM web page, it says it will
extract to your hard drive, but you need Windows 9x, NT, or Windows 2000
to do the extraction.
IBM has released as of 03/27/2001 new drivers for the TrackPoint and
CardBus on various ThinkPad models. Go to
IBM Japan has a new driver as of 03/06/2001 for Epson printers. It
supports the Epson Stylus Color 670, 680, 777, 880, and 980; it may work on
other models as well. Go to
Video drivers for the S3 Savage series of cards are now at version
7.00.29 as of 03/25/2001. It supports the Savage3D, Savage4, Savage2000,
SavageMX/IX, ProSavagePM133/KM133, and SuperSavage. Use search key
savage on Hobbes.
This month's new listings - Applications:
If you have TCP/IP 4.2, IBM has 2 updates to fix FTP ASCII transfers and
Trap E errors that were occurring for dial-up users (especially with
InJoy). Go to
FTP fix (as of 02/27/2001) is in the ic27860 directory; the Trap E fix
(as of 03/14/2001) is in the ic27255 directory.
If you have TCP/IP 4.3, IBM has 2 updates to fix FTP ASCII transfers and
Trap E errors that were occurring for dial-up users (especially with
InJoy). Go to
FTP fix (as of 02/27/2001) is in the ic29628 directory; the Trap E fix
(as of 03/14/2001) is in the ic27649 directory.
IBM has released as of 03/29/2001 the HTTP Server for those who have a
valid Software Choice subscription for Warp Server for e-Business.
This is a web server based on Apache, which provides support for SSL
using 128-bit encryption, and a loadable module that enables you to use
it with WebSphere 3.02. Go to
Lotus has released Domino Server version 5.0.7 update for OS/2. Go to
There is a beta version of eStyler Lite as of 03/17/2001. It is a "lite"
version of Styler/2 (reviwed by Gary Granat in the July 2000 OS/2 For You).
It features enhanced titlebars & push-buttons, Windows 9x key support,
and enhanced shutdown. There is a catch: it only works on eComStation.
Go to http://space.tin.it/scienza/acantato/files/.
Styler/2 has been updated to version 1.6.3 as of 03/05/2001. You can
find it on Hobbes with search key smw. For more info, see Steve Wendt's
writeup at http://www.os2bbs.com:80/os2news/OS2Files.html.
CDMagic version 0.994 has been released. It has many audio, database,
and CD cover functions, including MP3 and CDDB support. Go to
For those of you who use ZOC: there is a version 3.95 beta available as
of 03/22/2001. Go to ftp://ftp.ger.emtec.com/zoc/beta/.
Audio/Data-CD-Creator version 0.46 is available as of 02/25/2001. It
is a folder class for the WPS which works as a front-end for cdrecord/2
for creating audio and data CD's. Just put wavefiles or data into this
folder and press "write". Arbitrary ordering of files is possible via
drag-and-drop. Go to
Inkjet Utils version 0.21 has been released as of 03/18/2001. It can
be used to clean and align the printer heads on Epson and some HP ink-
jet printers. Use search key inkjet on Hobbes.
CoolFM version 1.2 has been released as of 03/17/2001. This is a
powerful FM radio tuner control program, compatible with most popular
FM tuners. Go to http://os2.ru/projects/coolfm/.
TiMidity MCD has been released as of 03/16/2001. It plays MIDI and
Module (.MOD) files via software, rather than relying on your sound
card's capabilities. The MCD is a special version that installs as part
of OS/2 Multimedia so that most applications that played MIDI files
thru your soundcard before will now play MIDI's through TiMidity at a
higher quality. Go to http://www.reamined.on.ca/doconnor/timidity.html.
NetBeans version 3.2 is now in beta as of 03/13/2001. (The current
production version is 3.1 as of 01/22/2001). It is a Java IDE written
in pure Java. The IDE is based on JFC, and uses its' full feature set.
Full information and download is at http://www.netbeans.org.
Jikes version 1.13 has been released as of 03/10/2001. It is a high-
performance Java byte-code compiler. It is much faster than JAVAC, has
better dependency checking, and has stricter error checking. Use
search key jikes on Hobbes.
A beta version of gphoto2 was released on 03/27/2001. There are now
112 cameras supported; check the list to see if your camera is on the
list. Go to ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/gphoto/.
A patch that allows Win-OS2 to look like Object Desktop 2.0 has been
released as of 03/08/2001. This is a modified seamless Win-OS2 screen
driver that will work with any GRADD-based video driver. Use search
key od20w on Hobbes.
Normalize version 0.5.2 has been ported to OS/2 as of 03/08/2001. It
is an overly complicated tool (according to Steve Wendt) for adjusting
the volume of wave files to a standard volume level. This is useful
for things like creating MP3 mixes, where different recording levels on
different albums can cause the volume to vary greatly from song to song.
Use search key normal on Hobbes.
If you like playing Solitaire: there is a game called Sea Haven Towers
version 3.01 as of 03/04/2001. It is freeware available at Hobbes with
search key seahaven. It is written by J. Daniel Kulp (of Mesa 2 fame).
Psion OS/2 Utilities version 1.0 has been released as of 03/02/2001.
They are text mode ftp-like utilities for the Psion handhelds. Go to
DSK4PMA version 4.19 has been released as of 02/24/2001. It is a PM
utility to build diskettes from IBM's *.DSK-format files (such as FixPaks).
Go to http://dvalot.free.fr/emtcopy.htm.
MGL 5.0 beta 2 is now available as of 01/04/2001. This is a portable
graphics library. Go to ftp://ftp.scitechsoft.com/devel/beta/. More
info is at http://www.scitechsoft.com/dp_mgl.html.
SNES9X, the Super Nintendo emulator that Jerry Rash demoed at the March
2001 SCOUG meeting, has been updated to release 7 as of 03/02/2001. It
supports windowed graphics using DIVE, full-screen graphics using MGL,
stereo sound using DART, joystick support, NVRAM saving for saved games,
and fast and accurate emulation. Go to http://emuos2.netlabs.org.
Warp CD-Copy version 2.0 beta has been released as of 03/24/2001. This
is a PM-based audio CD-grabber with built-in MP3 encoder. Go to
EMX 0.9d fix 04 has been released as of 03/21/2001. This is a complete
package for programmers; users only need emxrt.zip. These Unix-
compatability libraries are required for XFree86/OS2, Quake for OS/2,
and countless OS/2 utilities. As Steve Wendt says, "you're going to
need this library sooner or later". Go to
C-Side version 4 has been released as of 02/25/2001. It is a CD-label
and cover designer. Go to http://inet.uni2.dk/~kimfoder/C-SIDE.HTM.
KidStreet version 1 has been released as of 03/30/2001. As the name
implies, it is an educational program for children. It currently has
spelling and math; more is planned once the author (Wayne Swanson,
firstname.lastname@example.org) gets more feedback. Go to
MIDI Station Sequencer version 3.0 beta 1 is now available. It is a
16-channel, multi-track sequencer that uses the Real-Time MIDI subsystem
to communicate with a MIDI keyboard. New features include a brand-new
audio engine, full audio editing, and complete audio sequencing. Go to
z! version march28alpha has been released as of 03/28/2001. It is a
text-mode MP3 player that can handle streaming audio (Shoutcast). Go
PMView, the indispensable graphics viewer, has been updated to version
2.2 as of 03/27/2001. There are some bug fixes. Go to
LAME version 3.88 has been ported to OS/2 as of 03/26/2001. It is an
MP3 encoder, and includes a graphical frame analyzer. Use search key
lame on Hobbes.
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