by Gary Wong
The WarpZilla team has released Mozilla 1.2 beta as of 10/19/2002. This
is an update to WarpZilla 0.9.2 that Dave Watson demoed at the July 2001
SCOUG general meeting, was mentioned in the May 2002
Mr. Know-It-All, and
was demoed by Steven Levine at the Sept. 2002 SCOUG general meeting.
Go to ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla/releases/mozilla1.2b/.
There are 2 files (take your pick):
More info is at http://www.mozilla.org/ports/os2/.
- mozilla-os2-1.2b-installer.exe (now a self-extracting executable/installer).
- mozilla-os2-1.2b.zip (you must unzip it yourself into a directory)
- Steve Wendt has a WarpZilla tips page at
- Another site that has documentation of plugin support on OS/2 is at
DFSee, which was demoed at the June 2001 SCOUG meeting, is now at
version 5.04 as of 10/30/2002. It is a FDISK, display, analysis and
recovery tool for disks and filesystems. It now includes some JFS and
LVM support. Go to http://www.dfsee.com/dfsee.htm, or use search key
dfsee on Hobbes. Tony Butka's tutorial on DFSee is at
NOTE: DFSee is now shareware. Registration is at Mensys
DaniS506 version 1.5.2 has been released as of 11/05/2002. This is the
replacement for IBM's IBM1S506 EIDE driver, which features support for
many chipsets, PCCard controllers, busmastering, Ultra33-DMA, Ultra ATA-66,
Ultra ATA-100, faster PIO due to 32-bit I/O, and much more. Use search
key danis on Hobbes.
WarpVision was updated on 10/21/2002. It is a player for DivX3/DivX4
format video streams, with MP3/AC3 audio. The latest version has a
nice GUI interface, and no longer uses Odin and Win32 codecs. Go to
- There are downloadable "skins" available at
http://os2.kiev.ua/en/wv.skins.php (correction from last month)
- There is also a command-line (11/05/2002) version of WarpVision
- According to a post announcing this update, you should delete
BTTV version 0.03 (for BT8X8 TV cards) has been released as of
11/05/2002. It is a port of the Linux BTTV driver, with radio and TV
working. Included is a small radio application, a small TV
application, and the source is available (along with a LXAPI32 support
driver for porting Linux drivers). Go to
http://www.nord-com.net/s.milcke/bttv_en.htm. NOTE: This should be
considered a beta driver.
IBM has updated as of 10/09/2002 the printer drivers for laserjets,
inkjets, PostScript printers, and plotters to level 30.774. Go to
Amouse version 2.2 beta has been updated as of 10/10/2002. USB support
has now been added. This is a scroll mouse device driver that works
better on some wheel mice than IBM's driver. There is also a widget
for XCenter available. Go to http://www.nbsoftware.de/sw_ms21en.htm.
bootAble version 2.12 has been released as of 10/20/2002. It is a
script which can be used to create a maintenance partition or bootable
CD with enough facilities to fully manage and recover your system. It
contains support for LVM, HPFS, JFS, FAT32, UDF (turned off by default),
and the CD file system. Go to http://www.xs4all.nl/~hrbaan/.
z! has been updated as of 10/21/2002 to a version that has Shoutcast
streaming and Ogg Vorbis support. This is a text-mode MP3 player that
can handle streaming audio (Shoutcast), and now has Normalize support.
Go to http://dink.org/z/, or use search key z-ogg on
JPhotoBrush version 2.2 has been released. It is an image-editing and
enhancement application/tool written in Java 1.3, making extensive use
of Swing and Java2D. HOWEVER: you need Java 1.3 or greater, which in
turn means you need a current Software Choice subscription or eComStation.
Go to http://www.tanveer.freeservers.com/programming/JPhotoBrush.htm.
Virtual PC for OS/2 version 5.1 has been released. It allows you to
execute additional operating systems on top of your OS/2 desktop. A
number of fixes and enhancements are included. It is commercial
software that must be purchased thru Mensys
(http://shop.mensys.nl/catalogue/mns_VirtualPC.html), but you can order
the digital delivery or a boxed version for 239 Euros (approximately
$233.71). You can also order from Finnegan Software of Toronto for
$241 at http://www.finnsoft.com. Go to
XSane version 0.89 has been released as of 10/26/2002. It is a front-
end for SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy) that requires XFree86/OS2. Go to
Ghostscript version 7.32 developer release is now available as of
11/04/2002. It is a freeware PostScript interpreter/converter for
generating Adobe Acrobat (PDF) documents. It is also the display
engine for GSView (the graphical document viewer). Go to
JAlbum version 2.6.2 has been released as of 10/31/2002. This is a web photo
album generator that runs on Java 1.3, which means you need a current
Software Choice subscription or eComStation. Go to
An open-source version of 4OS2, version 3.04A, has been released as of
10/22/2002. This replaces the standard CMD.EXE that comes with OS/2
in an OS/2 command-prompt session. Go to
This month's new listings - Drivers:
A driver for Lucent PCI soft modems has been uploaded to
Hobbes as of
10/08/2002. It now has V.90 support. Use search key ltm. NOTE: I
tried it on my Thinkpad T20 and it didn't seem to work, so I reverted
back to a version from March 2001 that I got from the Dr. Martinus
Notebook/2 website; your mileage may vary.
Drivers for the VIA Technologies 8233/8235 integrated sound chip have
been updated as of 10/08/2002. This is an AC97 sound driver for VIA
Technologies KT266A, KT333, KT400 (8233/8233C/8233A/8235 south bridge)
with IOCTL90 support. There is also an optional package that has
ALC-201A patches, diagnostics utility, startup sound driver, and source
code. Use search 823x on Hobbes.
IBM has updated as of 11/01/2002 their version of SciTech Display
Doctor 7.1.1. HOWEVER: You need a current Software Choice subscription
to download. Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/swc/sddse711.exe.
Speaking of SciTech Display Doctor, there is now a patch for SciTech
and SNAP Graphics so that if you use Win-OS/2 at resolutions greater than
1024x768, you can use smaller fonts if you prefer. Use search key
smallfonts on Hobbes.
IBM has updated as of 09/09/2002 the USB printer support package.
HOWEVER: You need a current Software Choice subscription to download.
Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/swc/usbprint.exe.
IBM has updated as of 09/06/2002 the USB storage driver to version 1.4.
It greatly extends support for USB storage devices, including Compact
Flash-type flash memory card readers. Some USB digital cameras also
have been reported to work with this driver.
HOWEVER: You need a current Software Choice subscription to download.
Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/swc/usbstor.exe.
IBM has updated as of 10/18/2002 the IBMATAPI.FLT and IBMIDECD.FLT
drivers. Previously, IDE CD devices were handled by IBMIDECD.FLT, and
all other ATAPI devices (like LS-120 and ZIP drives) were handled by
IBMATAPI.FLT. Now all ATAPI devices are handled by a single driver
(IBMATAPI.FLT). This also provides extended WarmSwap support for
UltraBay devices on Thinkpads. Go to
IBM has updated the BIOS for the Thinkpad T20 as of 10/23/2002. Go to
IBM has updated the BIOS for the Thinkpad T21 as of 10/22/2002. Go to
IBM has updated the BIOS for the Thinkpad T22 as of 10/09/2002. Go to
JJSCDROM.DMD was updated as of 10/27/2002. It is an alternative to
OS2CDROM.DMD, which fixes some problems and adds a few features. Use
search key jjscd on Hobbes.
The infrared drivers and tools have been updated as of 10/30/2002.
These allow for printing, communicating with a cell phone, and LAN
access using IrDA. Use search key irdd on Hobbes.
This month's new listings - Applications:
Junk Spy version 2.02 has been released as of 10/16/2002. It is a free
upgrade for version 2.0 users. A number of problems were fixed and
includes specific performance enhancements for particular cases. It
also includes support for the Habeas Sender Warrented E-mail service of
Habeas, Inc. (http://www.habeas.com).
You must close the currently-running Junk Spy prior to installing the
new version. All settings will be preserved, and you should not need
to make any changes within your e-mail program. Be sure to restart
Junk Spy after the installation is complete. Go to
ALSO: I have written a short article about Junk Spy 2 at
http://www.scoug.com/os24u/2002/scoug208.junkspy.html. It was written
for Junk Spy 2.01, but the information is still applicable to version 2.02.
IBM has released FixPak XR_C003 for Convenience Packs 1 & 2 as of
10/21/2002. HOWEVER: You need a current Software Choice subscription to
The WarpZilla team has released Phoenix 0.4 as of 11/01/2002. It is a
stripped-down version of Mozilla that does not include mail, news, IRC,
composer, etc. Go to ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/phoenix/releases/0.4/.
The file is phoenix-0.4-os2.zip (this is NOT a self-extracting file; you
will need to manually unzip it into a new directory).
MultiZilla version 1.1.31 beta 2 has been released as of 10/23/2002.
This is an extension that adds more features to the tabbed interface in
Mozilla. Go to http://multizilla.mozdev.org/.
MozCalc version 0.4.5 has been released as of 10/13/2002. It is a
desktop calculator for Mozilla-based applications, including WarpZilla.
Go to http://mozcalc.mozdev.org/.
The Odin project has released a new build of Odin as of 10/30/2002.
Lynx version 2.8.5 dev9b has been released as of 10/15/2002. It is a
text-mode browser that is explored in a several part
article by Dallas Legan beginning in the Oct. 2002 OS/2 For You, and was also mentioned in the May 2002 Mr. Know-It-All.
This version now has SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) support and NLS support,
and is now packaged as a self-installing EXE file. Use search key
lynx on Hobbes.
Our treasurer Steven Levine has uploaded Fix Kit 1 for Stardock's
Process Commander to Hobbes as of 11/01/2002. Use search key pcfix.
UpdCD version 2.24 has been released as of 11/05/2002. It can be used
to update the base Warp 4 or Warp Server for e-Business installation
files with FixPaks, and supports the creation of updated installation
diskettes. You can use the updated OS/2 image in combination with these
diskettes to create new installations of OS/2 which already incorporate
the FixPaks and other software. Go to
- This is an update that must be applied to the base 2.2 version.
- eComStation & Convenience Pack 2 support is now included, as well as Java 1.3.1
and FixPak 3 for Convenience Packs support
Getaudiodir version 0.1 beta has been released as of 08/25/2002. This
is a REXX utility that creates an index file of MPEG or Ogg Vorbis
audio files, which includes information about the artist, etc. Go to
Some helper scripts for encoding and decoding MP3 and Ogg Vorbis files
have been released as version 0.1 beta as of 09/25/2002. This REXX
script collection is intended to support the WPS integration of the
LAME MP3 encoder and the Ogg Vorbis tools. Go to
Open Watcom, which has been featured at several recent SCOUG meetings,
is now at version 0.8.5 as of 10/03/2002. This is an open-source
release of the Watcom compiler.
Harry Chris Motin carefully took us through download and installation issues in March, and Michal Necasek, our June 2002 co-
presenter, has an article describing how to set up Open Watcom at
Download Open Watcom at ftp://ftp.openwatcom.org/watcom/openwatcom/.
Embellish, which was presented at the October 1997 SCOUG general
meeting, is now available at Hobbes as of 10/08/2002. It is no longer supported. Use search key embos2.
Innotek has updated the Flash 5 plugin as of 09/26/2002. Some new
features and fixes are included. It supports Netscape 4.61, Mozilla,
and the IBM Web Browser. It is shareware and can by purchased from Mensys. Go to
GOGO version 3.10pl4 has been released as of 10/11/2002. This is a
very fast MP3 encoder based on LAME. Use search key gogo on
Python, which was demonstrated by Sheridan George at the Dec. 2001
SCOUG general meeting, is now at version 2.2.2 as of 10/14/2002. You can read Sheridan's comparison of Python with REXX.
Python is a programming language that comes from the UNIX world. Go to
http://www.andymac.org/python.html, or use search key python on Hobbes.
There are 2 extensions to Python available at
Hobbes as of 11/01/2002:
- Scientific extensions version 2.4: use search key scientificpython
- Numeric extensions version 22.0: use search key numericpython.
cdrtools 1.11a38 has been released as of 10/27/2002. This contains
cdrecord, readcd, cdda2wav, and mkisofs. Use search key cdrtools on
SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy) is now at version 1.0.9 as of 10/26/2002.
Go to http://home.tiscalinet.de/fbakan/sane-os2.htm.
CDR/RW Wizard version 1.0.0 beta RC4 was released as of 10/26/2002. It is
a GUI wizard interface to CDRecord/2 to burn CD-R/CD-RW (data, audio,
etc.). It now features BootWizard, for creating bootable CD's, and
CDRDAO/2. Go to http://www.quasarbbs.net/rocco/.
The RAR archiver has been updated as of 10/23/2002 to version 3.10 beta 2.
This is a command-line compression utility, with tight general and
multimedia compression, recovery record option management of non-RAR
archives, RCVT aRchive ConVersion Tool, and more. Go to
Interested in something particular you don't find here? Let
Special thanks to SCOUG's Dallas Legan for writing a
handy REXX script to convert URLs in a text file into HTML tags. It's much appreciated!
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