by Gary Wong
The WarpZilla team has released Mozilla 1.4 as of 07/03/2003. This is
an update to Mozilla 1.1 or 1.2a that was demoed by Steven Levine at
the Sept. 2002 SCOUG general meeting, and was mentioned in the May 2002
Mr. Know-It-All. Go to
ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla/releases/mozilla1.4/. There are 2 files (take your pick):
- mozilla-os2-vacpp-1.4-installer.exe (now a self-extracting executeable/installer)
- mozilla-os2-vacpp-1.4.zip (you must unzip it yourself into a directory)
More info is at http://www.mozilla.org/ports/os2/.
- Steve Wendt has a WarpZilla tips page at
- Another site that has documentation of plugin support on OS/2 is at
- This release now has improved drag-and-drop, junk mail and news
filters, link prefetching, Type Ahead Find, turbo mode, WarpCenter
message notification, spell-checker, etc.
- The recommended installation method is to install into a fresh
directory; however, if you install over an older version, be sure
to delete GKCONTNT.DLL (or GKCONTENT.DLL) and COMPREG.DAT (if they exist);
otherwise you may have problems running WarpZilla after installation.
- This will be the last version using IBM's VisualAge C++; future
versions will use the GCC compiler.
- Preferential version 0.5.2 has been released as of 06/24/2003. This
is an add-on for Mozilla that gives you a tree with access to all of
the preferences, including those that are not normally exposed. Go
DFSee, which was demoed at the June 2001 SCOUG meeting, is now at
version 5.23 as of 06/24/2003. It is a FDISK, display, analysis and
recovery tool for disks and filesystems. It includes the ability to
resize FAT & FAT32 partitions, and has some JFS and LVM support. Go to
http://www.dfsee.com/dfsee.htm. Tony Butka's tutorial on DFSee is at
- DFSee is now shareware. Registration is at Mensys
- You can also use search key dfsee on Hobbes.
WarpVision was updated on 06/21/2003. 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.
- There is also a command-line (05/04/2003) version of WarpVision available.
- According to the author, you must delete VIDEO2.INI prior to updating
from a previous version of WarpVision.
- There is now DVD support via a plugin called DVDCSS. For that, go to
- WarpVision is now shareware; until it is registered, you are limited
to 15 minutes of playback.
CoolFM version 2.0 beta 10 has been released. This is a powerful FM
radio tuner control program, compatible with most popular FM tuners.
Go to http://en.ecomstation.ru/coolfm/. NOTE: There are zip and WPI
(installable via WarpIn) versions available.
The Neptune project is a giant library of "skins" for the PM123 MP3
player. As of 06/11/2003 you can now download several catalogs of skins.
Go to http://www.os2ecs.net/neptune/downloa4.shtml.
cdrtools version 2.01a16 has been released as of 07/03/2003. This
contains cdrecord, readcd, cdda2wav, and mkisofs. Use search key
cdrtools on Hobbes.
jSyncManager version 3.0 alpha 01 and API beta 02 have been released
as of 06/07/2003. This is a Java tool for synchronizing with Palm
handhelds. Go to http://jsyncmanager.sourceforge.net/.
JAlbum version 3.4 has been released as of 06/03/2003. This is a web
photo album generator that runs on Java 1.3. Go to
InnoTek has released as of 06/10/2003 a full port of Sun Microsystems'
Java Virtual Machine version 1.4.1_03 (Release Candidate 3), which is
an Odin wrapper for Sun Microsystems' Windows Java Virtual Machine.
It is free for personal use; enterprise customers can obtain licenses
in order to get defect support. InnoTek plans to provide an updated
OS/2 Kit for Java no later than 20 working days after a new Java platform
release by Sun Microsystems. Go to http://www.innotek.de/products/javaos2/.
- This version includes browser plugin support for Mozilla, but you
need to copy the files manually, and it doesn't work with version
1.3 of Mozilla (it apparently works with version 1.4, though).
- This version requires you to download Sun Microsystems' Windows JVM
separately; go to http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.1/download.html.
InnoTek has released as of 06/10/2003 Preview 2 of an anti-aliasing font
engine, based on FreeType. Currently, only Mozilla (and other Mozilla-
based browsers) are supported; also this preview will time-out on 07/31/2003.
Go to http://www.innotek.de/products/ft2lib/ft2libgeneral_e.html.
UpdCD version 2.34 has been released as of 06/14/2003. It now includes
support for eComStation, has a PM interface, and supports many OS/2
add-ons. 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 incorporates the FixPaks and other software. Go to
NOTE: This is a fix that must be applied to the base 2.3 version.
PMView Pro, the indispensable graphics viewer, has been updated to
version 3.01 as of 06/15/2003. This version has several new features,
including EXIF support, scripted batch conversions, lossless JPEG
rotation, flyover image info, etc. Go to http://www.pmview.com/.
NOTE: President Tony Butka discusses PMView Pro version 3.01 in the
July 2003 Ink.
New builds of Odin have been released as of 06/27/2003. There are
release builds and debug builds available. Go to
ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/odin/daily/. There are also weekly builds at
ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/odin/Weekly/; the latest build there is dated
eComStation Maintenance Tool version 188.8.131.52 has been released as of
07/01/2003. It now has support for eComStation 1.1. Go to
SciTech SNAP Graphics version 2.2.0 beta has been released as of 06/27/2003.
This release features MultiHead support for many Nvidia chipsets, AGP 8X
support, ability to use small fonts in Win/OS2, and more. Go to
ftp://ftp.scitechsoft.com/snap/os2/beta/. Also, a change log is at
http://www.scitechsoft.com/snap2_changes.txt, and a list of supported
chipsets is at http://www.scitechsoft.com/ftp/snap/os2/beta/readme.txt.
Other information is at
DaniS506 version 1.6.6 has been released as of 06/06/2003. 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.
- Your mileage (experience) may vary; previous 1.6.x versions for some
reason causes one of my home machines (a PII-400 with an Intel
SE440BX-2 motherboard) to hang when it tries to load, so I had to
revert back to version 1.5.2. When I tried version 1.6.4 on my ThinkPad
T20, it caused PCMSSDIF.SYS (a PCMCIA storage driver) not to load
(and I had to hit Enter to continue booting). So I reverted the
ThinkPad back to version 1.6.2.
- If you use DaniBoot version 1.0 in conjunction with DaniS506, you
need to upgrade DaniBoot to version 1.0.2; use search key daniboot
IBM has updated the BIOS for the ThinkPad T30 as of 06/27/2003. Go to
IBM has updated as of 06/10/2003 the printer drivers for PostScript,
inkjets, laserjets, and plotters to version 30.792. Some additions to
the lists of supported printers were made. Go to:
A Realtek RTL8169 network card driver (version 1.02) has been released
as of 06/07/2003. Use search key rtgnda on Hobbes, or go to
BTTV version 0.6 (for BT8X8 TV cards) has been released as of 06/26/2003.
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.
This month's new listings - Drivers:
IBM has updated the video driver for the ThinkPad T2x series as of
06/08/2003. Go to
IBM has updated the video driver for the ThinkPad T30 series as of
06/09/2003. This now supports the new ThinkPad T40 series as well. Go
IBM has updated the BIOS for the ThinkPad T23 as of 06/27/2003. Go to
IBM has updated the BIOS for the ThinkPad T40 series as of 05/30/2003.
Go to ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/pc/pccbbs/mobiles/spsd1r34.exe.
IBM has updated the Embedded Controller Program for the ThinkPad T40 as
of 03/20/2003. Go to ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/pc/pccbbs/mobiles/embd1r15.exe.
IBM has updated the Intel PRO/100/1000 Ethernet driver for the ThinkPad
T40 as of 04/03/2003. Go to
- This is a large file (approx. 28MB).
- Installation is via the MPTS utility; instructions are in the README
(go to ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/pc/pccbbs/mobiles/ethtve1o.txt).
IBM has updated as of 03/17/2003 the power management drivers for Intel
SpeedStep processors. According to Steve Wendt, the installer may not
run on certain OS/2 releases, but he says you can copy the files
manually. Go to
IBM has updated as of 06/18/2003 the IDEDASD driver package, which
includes updated versions of OS2DASD.DMD, OS2CDROM.DMD, IBM1FLPY.ADD,
and of course, the IDE support drivers (IBM1S506.ADD and IBMATAPI.FLT,
in case you are not using the Danis versions). Go to
IBM has updated as of 06/26/2003 the GRADD video driver package for
those who are not using SciTech SNAP Graphics or a native video driver
provided by the video chipset manufacturer. This supports some ATI,
Chips & Technologies, S3, Matrox, NeoMagic, and Trident cards. Go to
IBM has updated as of 06/09/2003 the Single Mouse driver to version
10.117. It integrates the TrackPoint features, making MOUSE2.SYS
obsolete. Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/free/SingleMouse/SMouse??.exe,
where ?? is EN (English), FR (French), DE (German), IT (Italian), JP
(Japanese), BR (Portuguese), ES (Spanish), CX (Simplified Chinese), or
IBM has updated as of 07/02/2003 the USB basic device support package
(OHCI/UHCI/EHCI). HOWEVER: You need a current Software Choice subscription
to download. Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/swc/usbehci.exe.
- You also need to update OS2LDR as well (see below)
- If you are a registered eComStation user, download it at
http://www.ecomstation.com (there it is a zip file).
Matrox has released as of 06/18/2003 version 1.03 of their video card
BIOS updates for the Parhelia chipsets. Go to
http://www.matrox.com/mga/support/drivers/bios/home2.cfm. NOTE: At this time, there is no known OS/2 support for this chipset by Matrox nor SciTech SNAP Graphics.
The AC97 sound driver for VIA Technologies KT266A/333/400, P4M266, and
P4X266/333/400 (8233/8233C/8233A/8235 south bridge) has been updated as
of 06/25/2003. It supports IOCTL90 mixer and software resampling for
low-end chips. There is also an optional package containing ALC-201A
patches, a diagnostic utility, startup sound driver, and source code.
Use search key 823x on Hobbes.
A driver for the Melco LGY-98 C-Bus Ethernet card has been released as
of 06/18/2003. This Ethernet card is a NE2000-compatible-like NIC for
the NEC PC-98x1 C-Bus slots. Go to
A driver for the Tamarack TC9021 Ethernet card has been released as
of 06/30/2003 (version 1.04). Use search key tc902 on Hobbes, or go to
This month's new listings - Applications:
IBM has updated as of 06/26/2003 the OS2LDR (normally a hidden file in
your root directory) to fix shared IRQ problems. Go to
IBM has released as of 06/24/2003 IBM Web Browser version 2.0.1. It is
based on Mozilla version 1.3. HOWEVER: You need a current Software
Choice subscription to download. Go to
NOTE: if you are a registered eComStation user, get it at
If you still use a modem under OS/2 or eComStation, an updated MODEM.LST
file is available as of 07/01/2003. Go to
http://www.os2warp.be/index2.php?pageid=4&sub=0. A number of new
modems were added (highlighted in green); also this site flags modems
that apparently don't work under OS/2 & eCS in red. For each modem,
the initialization strings for the various modems are listed.
MODEM.LST is used by the AT&T Global Network (ATTGLOBAL.NET) dialer;
for "Dial Other Internet Providers", edit MODEM.IAK and copy in your
modem's settings (after you make a backup, of course). If you use
another dialer such as ZOC or InJoy, just simply copy in the
Lynx version 2.8.5 dev16 has been released as of 06/04/2003. It is a
text-mode browser that is the subject of a
multi-part review by Dallas Legan, 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 executable. Use search key lynx on
CDR/RW Wizard version 1.0 RC7 has been released as of 06/03/2003. It
is a GUI wizard interface to CDRecord/2 to burn CD-R/CD-RW (data, audio,
etc). Go to http://www.ecomstation.it/rocco/.
OS/2 Kit for Acrobat Reader 4.05 Release Candidate 4 is now available
as of 06/04/2003. This is Acrobat Reader 4.05 for Windows, with an
Odin-based OS/2 Kit that allows it to run on OS/2. This evaluation
version will expire on July 31, 2003. A browser plugin is included,
but must be manually installed. There are no plans to support Acrobat
5.1, but Acrobat 6 is expected to be supported in a future release. Go
to http://www.innotek.de/products/acrobatos2/; the readme is at
the FAQ is at http://www.innotek.de/products/acrobatos2/acrobatos2faq_e.html.
- The Readme has not been updated for Release Candidate 4 as of 07/03/2003.
- President Tony Butka mentions Acrobat Reader 4.05 in the June 2003
- I saw a newsgroup post by Steve Wendt on
netscape.public.mozilla.os2 that said the plugin for Mozilla has some
bugs; your mileage may vary.
Normalize version 0.7.6 has been released as of 06/07/2003. This is
an overly complicated tool 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
Various versions of UPS Monitor were released as of 06/08/2003. It
will monitor the status of the UPS, and provide shutdown services to
the operating system. Go to http://home.att.net/~ASchw/upsmonitor.html
to see if your UPS is supported, and if so, to download. Or you can
use search key upsmon on Hobbes. NOTE: UPS Monitor is shareware.
HOUSE/2 version 2.1a has been released as of 06/09/2003. This is
designed for the X10 home automation controllers CM11x/CM11/CM12U,
allowing timer and macro event programming to control lights or
appliances. Go to http://home.att.net/~ASchw/house2.html, or use
search key house2 on Hobbes.
CDRWSEL version 2.01 has been released as of 06/23/2003. This is a GUI
program to attach multiple CDRW's at the same time, using RSJ CD-Writer.
Use search key cdrwsel on Hobbes.
Apache version 2.0.46 has been released as of 06/04/2003. It is the
premier web server of the Internet, and offers big performance
improvements over the older versions due to multi-threading and
elimination of some emx dependencies. Go to
http://apache.org/dist/httpd/binaries/os2/. Info is at
SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy) version 1.0.12 has been released as of
06/03/2003. It provides drivers for many scanners. Go to
Speaking of SANE, XSane version 0.91 has been released as of 06/03/2003.
It is a front-end for SANE that requires XFree86/OS2. Go to
NewView version 2.4.21 has been released as of 06/24/2003. This is a
rewrite of VIEW.EXE that comes with OS/2. It reads .INF and .HLP
files. Improvements include a new user interface, remember size and
position, select and copy from the window, and more. Use search key
newview on Hobbes, or go to
PMAPM version 0.1 has been released as of 06/16/2003. This is a GUI
interface to APM/2 that allows you to use APM modes "standby",
"suspend", and "power off". Use search key pmapm on Hobbes.
NOTE: Source is also included.
Moneydance 2003 build 314 has been released as of 06/13/2003. It is a
personal finance manager written completely in Java. It includes
transaction auto-completion, graphing, reporting, a reconciliation
tool, running cleared vs. uncleared balances, transaction sorting,
double-entry, multiple currencies, multiple accounts, etc. Go to
CDox version 1.0.2 has been released as of 06/11/2003. This is a
powerful CD-cover generator, which requires Java 1.4. Go to
The VIA Technologies KT133/266/333 CPU cooling and power management
tools have been updated as of 06/16/2003. Use search key 8233 on Hobbes.
A Python Specializing Compiler (version 1.0) has been released as of
06/17/2003. Use search key psyco on Hobbes.
NOTE: You will need the EMX runtime as well as Python 2.2.3. To
download the EMX runtime, use search key emxrt on Hobbes; for help with
installation, see the June 2002
Vice/2 version 1.12 has been released as of 06/20/2003. It is a port
of the versatile Commodore 64 emulator. It uses DIVE and DART, and now
supports full-screen mode. Go to http://www.d4m.de/vice2/.
CAD-Handler has been updated as of 06/19/2003. This offers a Ctrl-Alt-
Del popup menu, including a mini process list with kill, ability to
un-mount and re-mount filesystems, and reset the WPS. Use search key
cadh on Hobbes.
4OS2 version 3.04C has been released as of 06/18/2003. This is the
alternative to CMD.EXE that comes with OS/2 & eComStation. Go to
z! has been updated as of 06/29/2003 to "test 5" status. This is a
text-mode MP3 player, that can handle OGG Vorbis, streaming audio
(Shoutcast), and has Normalize support. Go to http://dink.org/z/.
Album Grabber version 0.76 has been released. This is basically a bot
that grabs album covers off of www.allmusic.com. It is written in Java
1.3; this means you either need a current Software Choice subscription
or be a registered eComStation user if you don't already have Java 1.3
installed. Go to http://bluedragontavern.dyndns.org/albumgrabber/.
If you still use the OS/2 Launchpad that was introduced in Warp 3 (in Warp 4
it is called the "Toolbar"), there is a replacement class available
called Bubblepad. It is now at version 1.0.5 as of 06/22/2003. It
provides fly-over help for all the buttons, and adds some other features.
Go to http://www.os2world.com/cdwriting/bubblepad/bubblepadmain.htm, or
use search key bubblepad on Hobbes.
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