by Gary Wong
The WarpZilla team has released Mozilla 1.6 as of 01/21/2004. This is
an update to Mozilla 1.4 that was demoed by Tony Butka at the Sept. 2003
SCOUG general meeting. Older versions of Mozilla were mentioned in the
May 2002 Mr. Know-It-All. Go to
(you must unzip it yourself into a directory and create or update the
program object accordingly).
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
otherwise you may have problems running WarpZilla after installation.
Also, if you do install over an older version, be sure to read the
Dec. 2003 Mr. Know-It-All.
- This version requires the GCC runtime; download that at
http://download.innotek.de/gccos2/runtime/libc04fix1.zip. The EMX
runtime is no longer required if you don't already have it installed.
Unzip the GCC runtime and either place it in the subdirectory where
MOZILLA.EXE is, or put it in its' own directory and update the LIBPATH
variable in CONFIG.SYS to point to that directory.
- You should not share a profile between the VACPP (version 1.4.1 and
older) and the GCC versions, as it may cause problems, especially
with secure sites.
- If you use the InnoTek Font Engine, and you are upgrading from a
previous version by installing into a fresh directory, you may need
to re-install the InnoTek Font Engine.
- MultiZilla version 184.108.40.206b has been released as of 01/22/2004.
This is an extension that adds more features to the tabbed
interface in Mozilla. Go to
PMView Pro, the indispensable graphics viewer, has been updated to
version 3.05 as of 01/26/2004. It has several new features, including
EXIF support, scripted batch conversions, lossless JPEG rotation,
flyover image info, etc. Go to http://www.pmview.com/.
- President Tony Butka discusses PMView Pro version 3.01 in the
July 2003 and
September 2003 issues of Ink.
- The PMView Pro version 3.xx series received a "5 cows" rating by
Tucows (http://classic.tucows.com/preview/48170.html). The main
Tucows page for OS/2 is at http://classic.tucows.com/os2soft.html.
Open Watcom, which was featured at two SCOUG general meetings in 2002,
is now at version 1.2 as of 01/13/2004. This is an open-source release
of the Watcom C, C++, and FORTRAN compilers, and includes an OS/2
installer. Harry Chris Motin carefully took us through download and
installation issues in March 2002; read it at
http://www.scoug.com/os24u/2002/scoug204.watcom.html. Michal Necasek, our
June 2002 co-presenter, has an article describing how to set up Open
Watcom at http://pages.prodigy.net/michaln/os2/Watcom11c.html. Go to
InnoTek has released as of 02/02/2004 InnoTek Font Engine version 2.30
Preview 4, based on FreeType. Currently, Mozilla (and other Mozilla-
based browsers) and OpenOffice are the only applications supported. Go
eComStation Maintenance Tool version 220.127.116.11 has been released as of
01/30/2004. As the name implies, it is used to apply software updates
to eComStation. Go to http://www.ecomstation.com/.
- You must be a registered user of eComStation; after signing-in, then
you can download the Maintenance Tool.
- You need WarpIn to install the Maintenance Tool (see below).
- Many changes in the user interface have been incorporated into this
version, plus other bug fixes and enhancements.
There is now available as of 01/09/2004 a large package of eComStation
themes (a total of 57). There is an .INF file included to preview the
themes. Use search key ecs_win on Hobbes.
NOTE: There is also now available as of 01/21/2004 eCS Window
Theme Installer version 1.0 beta. Go to
FotoGet/2 version 1.0.0 was released as of 01/28/2004. It is a utility
to ease the transfer of pictures between a digital camera and your OS/2
or eComStation PC. It makes use of the WPS; it optionally creates light
tables instead of folders, and optinally creates shadows of subfolders
on the desktop. Use search key fotoget on Hobbes. NOTE: You need
WarpIn to install.
JAlbum version 4.2.1 has been released as of 01/08/2004. This is a web
photo album generator that runs on Java 1.3. Go to
MP3Gain version 1.3.1/3a has been released as of 01/02/2004. It is a
powerful utility to modify the loudness of MP3 files automatically to
one common level. Go to http://www.maazl.de/project/mp3/mp3gain.html.
NOTE: The EMX runtime is required: use search key emxrt on Hobbes. For
help with installation, see the June 2002
The RAR archiver has been updated to version 3.30. 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 http://www.rarlab.com/.
The Neptune project is a giant library of "skins" for the PM123 MP3
player. The catalogs of skins has been updated as of 01/15/2004. Go
CBIRC version 1.02 has been released as of 01/12/2004. This is a Java
IRC client with features that include color, web links, DCC, and more.
Go to http://www.bratschi.net/cbirc/.
CDRWSEL version 2.14.0 has been released as of 01/25/2004. This is a
GUI program to attach multiple CDRW's at the same time using RSJ
CD-Writer. Use search key cdrwsel on Hobbes.
The OS/2 port of xine has been updated as of 01/13/2004. This is a GPL
video player with source provided. MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video files are
known to work; eventually all formats supported by xine on Linux should be
working on OS/2. xine for OS/2 is provided as a MCD (Media Control
Device), which means it integrates with MMOS2, and any WPS-aware
multimedia player can use it. Go to http://doconnor.reamined.on.ca/xine/.
bootAble version 2.19 has been released as of 01/25/2004. This 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/.
IBM has updated as of 01/30/2004 the power management drivers for Intel
SpeedStep processors. According to Steve Wendt, the installer won't
run on older OS/2 releases, but he says you can copy the files manually.
Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/free/os2spdst.exe.
NOTE: The OS2LDR update must be applied first: go to
The Universal Audio drivers have been updated as of 01/22/2004. This
is based on the GPL ALSA Project from Linux and provides drivers for
various sound chipsets. Portions of the source code are also available,
in partial compliance with the GPL license. Go to
- The list of supported sound cards is at
- The WarpVision team accepts donations; go to
BTTV version 0.7 has been updated as of 01/27/2004. This 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
This month's new listings - Drivers:
IBM has updated as of 11/26/2003 the DVD/UDF support driver to version
2.1.3. This allows for reading/writing CD-RW's (including DDCD-RW and
DVD's). Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/swchoice/os2dd/udf201.exe.
- You need a current Software Choice subscription to download.
- If you are a registered eComStation user, download it at
http://www.ecomstation.com (after signing-in).
- If you are not using Convenience Pak 2, eComStation 1.1, or if
Device Driver FixPak 3 has not been installed, you need to install
the latest IDEDASD drivers first; go to
IBM has updated as of 01/28/2004 the Single Mouse driver. It integrates
the TrackPoint features, making MOUSE2.SYS obsolete, and has some APM
Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/free/SingleMouse/smouse.exe.
IBM has updated as of 01/28/2004 the USB mouse support driver. It
provides support for USB mice that meet the USB 1.0 or 1.1 specification.
Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/swchoice/os2dd/usbmouse.exe.
- You need a current Software Choice subscription to download.
- It appears that this driver is NOT available at the eComStation
website for those who are registered eComStation users.
- The USB Basic Device Support package is a pre-requisite.
- The Single Mouse driver (see above item) is a pre-requisite for
DaniATAPI version 0.3.15 has been released as of 01/14/2004. It is a
replacement for IBM's ATAPI drivers (IBMIDECD, IBMATAPI, PCM2ATA.ADD,
and OS2PCARD.DMD). It features support for Zip-250 drives, including
full media swapping, and even booting from Zip drives. It has faster
32-bit PIO when combined with DANIS506.ADD, and devices can be used as
SCSI, for use with programs such as cdrecord or RSJ CD-Writer. Use
search key dania on Hobbes.
GenMAC version 2.0 release 3 has been released as of 01/27/2004. This
is a "generalized driver" for network cards, which properly supports
Resource Manager and APM. It currently supports the following network
cards: SIS 900, nForce2 MCP-T, nForce MCP-T, National Semiconductor
DP83820 Gigabit, and 3Com 3C90xC (including the Mini-PCI versions). Go
FAT32.IFS version 0.98 has been released as of 02/01/2004. This is
based on Henk Kelder's code, and includes many fixes over the previous
version. Go to http://fat32.netlabs.org/.
This month's new listings - Applications:
InnoTek has released Runtime for OS/2 (Odin Kit) version 1.03 and
OpenOffice 1.1 beta 2 as of 02/02/2004. It also makes use of the new
InnoTek Font Engine (see above under Updates from last month's column).
OpenOffice 1.1 is the open-source version of StarOffice 7, and includes
a word processor, spreadsheet, drawing program, and more. This was
announced at Warpstock 2003, and was presented by Jerry Rash at the
January 2004 SCOUG general meeting. Go to
- As this is a beta, certain features are not available or do not work
- There is a support forum for problem reports and feedback; go to
- There is a collection of icons for OpenOffice 1.0 available as of
01/22/2004. Use search key openofficeos2 on Hobbes.
- At this time, Java support should not be enabled, since it requires
a new release of InnoTek OS/2 Kit for Java, which is not yet available.
DFSee, which was demoed at the June 2001 SCOUG general meeting, is now
at version 6.02 as of 02/03/2004. It is a FDISK, display, analysis and
recovery tool for disks and filesystems. It includes the ability to
resize FAT and 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
XWorkplace version 1.0.2 was released as of 01/28/2004. This was part
of Gary Granat's series on
Seeking Ways to Get Rid of System Bloat.
This version is a 100% bugfix release, without any new features.
Features include: virtual desktops using xPager (formerly PageMage), a
replacement for WarpCenter (XCenter), a trash can, most of the NPSWPS
and WarpEnhancer features, object hotkeys, lots of new settings pages, etc.
Go to http://www.xworkplace.org/proj_xwp.html.
- You can also use search key dfsee on Hobbes.
- DFSee is now shareware. Registration is at Mensys
- It requires WarpIn to install (see next item). Gary Granat
explained it in conjunction with his series on eliminating system bloat.
- This version will not work on Warp 3; if you use Warp 3, stick with
WarpIn version 1.0.2 was released as of 01/28/2004. This is an open-
source PM installer / uninstaller that can also install quietly through
environmental variables. It also offers self-installing executables.
Go to http://www.xworkplace.org/proj_warpin.html.
Java uses public key cryptography for some functions, such as for
signing JAR files, or for SSL connections. Recently, the Verisign Root
Certificate expired, which can cause problems with signed Java applications
that use Verisign-based certificates. Go to
download an updated certificate and learn how to update your Java
certificate authority file.
NewView version 2.13.4 has been released as of 01/08/2004. 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 http://homepages.visp.co.nz/~aaronlawrence/NewView.html.
ConfigTool version 1.3.0 update 2 has been released as of 01/10/2004.
This is a freeware CONFIG.SYS editor with a searchable database which
explains the entries, and has sorting and checking routines. This is
meant to be the successor of ConfigInfo and ConfigMaint, and is based on
the same database. Go to http://www.os2world.com/goran/cfgtool.htm.
OS2CLU (OS/2 Command Line Utilities) is now at version 2.2 as of
This is a suite of native 32-bit OS/2 commands that provide many useful
abilities for the OS/2 user, from searching archive files and
for filenames, through searching text files for patterns, to improved
versions of several of the commands that are supplied with OS/2 itself
that allow one to remove more of the 16-bit vestiges that remain in OS/2.
Use search key os2clu on Hobbes; more info is at
Jonathan de Boyne Pollard has released CMD version 1.1 as of 01/07/2004.
This is a 32-bit command interpreter that replaces the 16-bit CMD.EXE
that comes with OS/2. It also comes with a suite of related utilities.
Use search key cmd on Hobbes; more info is at
A native program for configuring TCP/IP version 4.1 and above has been
released as of 01/29/2004. This replaces the IBM TCPCFG2 Java program.
Use search key tcpconfig on Hobbes.
GSView version 4.6 has been released as of 01/11/2004. It is a
graphical document viewer that uses GhostScript as its' display engine.
Go to http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/gsview/.
NOTE: Tony Butka discusses GSView and GhostScript in the March 2003
CDMagic version 3.3 has been released. It has many audio, database,
and CD cover functions, including MP3 and CDDB support. Go to
Privoxy (formerly known as JunkBuster) version 3.0.3 has been released
as of 01/30/2004. This is a web proxy with advanced filtering
capabilities for protecting privacy, filtering web page content,
managing cookies, controlling access, and removing ads, banners, pop-ups
and other obnoxious Internet junk. Go to http://www.privoxy.org/.
NOTE: Privoxy was reviewed in the August 2001 OS/2 For You.
Album Grabber version 0.78 has been released. This is basically a bot
that grabs album covers off of www.allmusic.com, and it requires Java 1.3.
Go to http://bluedragontavern.dyndns.org/albumgrabber/.
NesCafe version 0.53 has been released as of 01/18/2004. This is a
Java Nintendo Entertainment System emulator, which includes the source
code under the GPL license. Go to http://www.davieboy.net/nescafe/.
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!
The Southern California OS/2 User Group
P.O. Box 26904
Santa Ana, CA 92799-6904, USA
Copyright 2004 the Southern California OS/2 User Group. ALL RIGHTS
SCOUG, Warp Expo West, and Warpfest are trademarks of the Southern California OS/2 User Group.
OS/2, Workplace Shell, and IBM are registered trademarks of International
Business Machines Corporation.
All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners.