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April 2004


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by Gary Wong

Updates from last month's column:

The WarpZilla team has released Mozilla 1.7 beta as of 03/26/2004. 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 ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/mozilla/releases/mozilla1.7b/contrib/. There is now an installer version again (mozilla-os2-1.7b-installer.exe), and a zip file (mozilla-os2-1.7b.zip). More info is at http://www.mozilla.org/ports/os2/.

    NOTES:
  1. Steve Wendt has a WarpZilla tips page at http://www.os2bbs.com/os2news/Warpzilla.html.
  2. If you install the zip file version, you need to unzip it yourself into a directory and create or update a program object accordingly.
  3. Another site that has documentation of plugin support on OS/2 is at http://plugindoc.mozdev.org/OS2.html.
  4. 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 Mozilla after installation. Also, if you do install over an older version, be sure to read the Dec. 2003 Mr. Know-It-All.
  5. This version requires the GCC runtime; download that at http://download.innotek.de/gccos2/runtime/libc-0.5.0.exe (a self-installing executable). The EMX runtime is no longer required if you don't already have it installed. The GCC runtime defaults to x:\OS2\DLL (where x is your OS/2 or eComStation boot drive); if you put it in a stand-alone directory, be sure to update the LIBPATH variable in CONFIG.SYS to point to that directory.
  6. You should not share a profile between the VACPP (version 1.4.1 and older) and the GCC versions (such as 1.6 or 1.7b), as it may cause problems, especially with secure sites.
  7. Steve Wendt warns that Java doesn't work with this version, and some people are reporting various other problems. The Java problem is due to a missing support DLL (IPLUGINW.DLL); apparently there are some licensing issues to resolve before this can be made available again.
  8. If you use the InnoTek Font Engine, and you are upgrading from a previous version by installing into an fresh directory, you may need to re-install the InnoTek Font Engine.
  9. Tony's notes on installing and running Mozilla are at http://www.scoug.com/os24u/2003/scoug310.mozilla.html.
  10. MultiZilla version 1.6.3.1a has been released as of 04/02/2004. This is an extension that adds more features to the tabbed interface in Mozilla. Go to http://multizilla.mozdev.org/.

InnoTek has released as of 03/30/2004 InnoTek Font Engine version 2.40 Release 1, based on FreeType. Currently, OpenOffice and Mozilla (and other Mozilla-based browsers) are the only applications supported. Go to http://www.innotek.de/products/ft2lib/.

InnoTek has released as of 04/01/2004 InnoTek Runtime for OS/2 version 1.08 Build 16. This is an Odin-based OS/2 Kit that is used to allow some Win32 applications (such as Adobe Acrobat & OpenOffice) to run on OS/2. Go to http://www.innotek.de/products/innowin/innowingeneral_e.html.

NOTE: The Innotek Runtime gave me a Trap 0008 error on my ThinkPad T20 (P3-700 with 256MB RAM) during installation, even after updating OS2KRNL & OS2LDR on a suggestion by Steven Levine; it did install OK on a P3-800 with 512MB on a older MSI motherboard that Jerry Rash gave me. However: Jerry found out on the InnoTek support forums that someone else, who had a Crystal Semiconductor audio chipset (which the ThinkPad has some form of), also got a Trap 0008 as well. The solution is:

  • Run REGEDIT2.EXE and set the following key (and you may need to create each level as necessary):
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\InnoTek\INNOWIN\REGROOT_HKEY_LocalMachin e\System\CustomBuild
  • Create a DWORD key DisableAudio with a value of 1.
Once I did so, the InnoTek Runtime for OS/2 was able to install on my ThinkPad T20.

InnoTek has released as of 03/02/2004 OS/2 Kit for Acrobat Reader 4.05 Release 4. This is Acrobat Reader 4.05 for Windows, with an Odin-based OS/2 Kit that allows it to run under OS/2. A browser plugin is included, but must be manually installed. Go to http://www.innotek.de/products/acrobatos2/acrobatos2general_e.html; the README is at http://www.innotek.de/products/acrobatos2/acrobatos2readme_e.html, and the FAQ is at http://www.innotek.de/products/acrobatos2/acrobatos2faq_e.html.

    NOTES:
  1. The InnoTek Runtime for OS/2 is required (see previous item).
  2. The plugin does not work if you use LIBPATHSTRICT=T in a command file prior to invoking Mozilla or Firefox, according to Steve Wendt.

InnoTek has also released as of 03/02/2004 OS/2 Kit for Acrobat Reader 5.1 Preview. This is Acrobat Reader 5.1 for Windows, with an Odin-based OS/2 Kit that allows it to run under OS/2. A browser plugin is included, but must be manually installed. Go to http://www.innotek.de/products/acrobatos2/acrobatos2general_beta_e.html. The README is at http://www.innotek.de/products/acrobatos2/acrobatos2readme_beta_e.html, and the FAQ is at http://www.innotek.de/products/acrobatos2/acrobatos2faq_e.html.

    NOTES:
  1. The InnoTek Runtime for OS/2 is required (see above).
  2. The plugin does not work if you use LIBPATHSTRICT=T in a command file prior to invoking Mozilla or Firefox, according to Steve Wendt.

DVDDAO version 0.0.4 has been released as of 03/27/2004. It is a tool for writing DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD-RAM. Use search key dvddao on Hobbes. NOTE: You need ASPIROUT.SYS version 1.1b5 or above.

cdrtools version 2.01a27 has been released as of 03/22/2004. This contains cdrecord (discussed in the Sept. 2003 Mr. Know-It-All), readcd, cdda2wav, and mkisofs. Use search key cdrtools on Hobbes.

eComStation Maintenance Tool version 2.1.6.6 has been released as of 03/15/2004. As the name implies, it is used to apply software updates to eComStation. Go to http://www.ecomstation.com/.

    NOTES:
  1. You must be a registered user of eComStation; after signing-in, then you can download the Maintenance Tool.
  2. You need WarpIn to install the Maintenance Tool.

bootAble version 3.2 has been released as of 03/27/2004. 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/.

z! has been updated to "test 12" status as of 03/08/2004. This is a text-mode MP3 player that can handle ogg, streaming audio (Shoutcast), and has Normalize support. Go to http://dink.org/z/. A FAQ is available at http://dink.org/z/zmsgbase.html?read=A4E7P6Y7K5.

UpdCD version 2.42 was released as of 03/29/2004. It can be used to update the base Warp 4, Warp Server for e-Business, or eComStation 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 http://xenia.sote.hu/~kadzsol/rexx/sajat/updcd.htm. NOTE: This is an update that must be applied to the base 2.40 version.

The Neptune project is a giant library of "skins" for the PM123 MP3 player. The catalogs of skins have been updated as of 03/29/2004. Go to http://www.os2ecs.net/neptune/downloa4.shtml.


This month's new listings - Drivers:

IBM has updated as of 03/04/2004 the IBM version of SciTech SNAP Graphics. Support for ATI Radeon 9100 and Mobility Radeon 9600 have been added, along with Matrox MGA-P650, Nvidia GeForce4 TI 4200 8x, and S3 ProSavage DDR (VIA KM266) chipsets. Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/swchoice/os2dd/snapse217.exe.

    NOTES:
  1. You need a current Software Choice subscription to download.
  2. If you are a registered eComStation user, download it at http://www.ecomstation.com (after signing-in).

IBM has updated as of 04/01/2004 the Intel PRO/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Copper/Fiber driver. This supports the following hardware controllers: 82540EM, 82540EP, 82541EI, 82544GC (all Copper), 82540, 82543GC (Fiber), and 82544EI (both Copper & Fiber). Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/swchoice/os2dd/ibmgu.exe.

    NOTES:
  1. You need a current Software Choice subscription to download.
  2. If you are a registered eComStation user, download it at http://www.ecomstation.com (after signing-in).
  3. This does NOT support the 82543GC Copper Gigabit adapter or earlier versions.

IBM has updated as of 04/01/2004 the USB basic device support package. This supports the USB 1.0 OHCI, 1.1 UHCI, and 2.0 EHCI specifications. Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/swchoice/os2dd/usbbasic.exe.

    NOTES:
  1. You need a current Software Choice subscription to download.
  2. If you are a registered eComStation user, download it at http://www.ecomstation.com (after signing-in).
  3. The updated Loader Package is a pre-requisite: go to http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/free/os2ldr.exe.
  4. This must be installed before installing any other USB device drivers.

IBM has updated as of 04/01/2004 the USB storage driver (diskette drives, CD-ROM, memory keys, Zip drives, LS-120 drives). According to Steve Wendt, compact Flash-type flash memory card readers and some USB digital cameras also have been reported to work with this driver. Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/swchoice/os2dd/usbmsd.exe.

    NOTES:
  1. You need a current Software Choice subscription to download.
  2. If you are a registered eComStation user, download it at http://www.ecomstation.com (after signing-in).
  3. If Base Device Driver FixPak 3 (or eComStation 1.1) has not been installed, the latest IDEDASD package needs to be installed (see next item).
  4. You also need the USB basic device support driver (see previous item).

IBM has updated as of 04/01/2004 the IDEDASD drivers, which includes updated OS2DASD.DMD, OS2CDROM.DMD, IBM1FLPY.ADD, and of course, the IDE support drivers (IBM1S506.ADD and IBMATAPI.FLT, if you are not using the Danis versions). Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/free/idedasd.exe.

IBM has updated as of 03/04/2004 the BIOS for the ThinkPad T40 & T41 series. Go to http://www-306.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/license.do?filename=mobiles/spsd1rb7.exe .

Amouse version 2.5 has been updated as of 03/28/2004. It is a scroll mouse driver that works better on some wheel mice than IBM's driver. It has USB support, improved Logitech support, and also a widget for XCenter available now. Go to http://www.nbsoftware.de/sw_ms_en.htm.


This month's new listings - Applications:

InnoTek has released as of 04/01/2004 OS/2 Kit for Java 1.4.2_04. This is an Odin wrapper for Sun Microsystems' Windows Java Virtual Machine. It is free for personal use; enterprise customers can license it 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/.

    NOTES:
  1. This version includes browser plugin support for Mozilla, but you need to copy the files manually.
  2. This version is available as a runtime, and also as a SDK (software development kit). The runtime is approximately 17MB, and the SDK approximately 42MB.
  3. The README and FAQ documents are available at http://www.innotek.de/products/javaos2/javaos2readme_e.html and http://www.innotek.de/products/javaos2/javaos2faq_e.html, respectively. HOWEVER: As of 04/05/2004, the README has not been updated.

InnoTek has released as of 04/01/2004 OpenOffice.org 1.1.1 for OS/2. It 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 http://www.innotek.de/products/openofficeos2/general_e.html.

    NOTES:
  1. While called "open source," OpenOffice.org 1.1.1 must be purchased at Mensys (http://shop.mensys.nl/uk/openofficeos2/).
  2. The InnoTek Font Engine Version 2.40 Release 1 or later is a prerequisite; see above under "Updates from last month's column".
  3. The InnoTek Runtime for OS/2 version 1.08 Build 16 or later is also a prerequisite; see above under "Updates from last month's column".
  4. Certain features require InnoTek's OS/2 Kit for Java version 1.4.2_04; see previous item above.
  5. There is a support forum for problem reports and feedback; go to http://www.innotek.de/support/forums/; you will need to register prior to logging in for the first time.
  6. There is a collection of icons for OpenOffice.org 1.1.0 available as of 01/22/2004; use search key openoffice on Hobbes.

Guiffy, which was presented at the April 2003 SCOUG general meeting, is now at version 6.0 build 112 as of 03/02/2004. It is a file compare / merge (diff-like) tool with a GUI implemented in Java. Go to http://www.guiffy.com/.

DFSee, which was presented by Tony Butka at the March 2004 SCOUG general meeting, is now at version 6.04 as of 04/02/2004. 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's DFSee tutorial still largely applies although it covers an earlier version.

    NOTES:
  1. You can also use search key dfsee on Hobbes.
  2. DFSee is now shareware. Registration is at Mensys (http://shop.mensys.nl/catalogue/mns_DFSee.html).

NetLabs has released as of 03/15/2004 a Samba client for OS/2, as a plugin for the NetDrive filesystem. It allows you to mount SMB or CIFS shares on OS/2 without the need for NetBIOS (IBM LAN Manager or IBM Peer). Samba is freely available under the GNU GPL (General Public License); you can download the full OS/2 source code from NetLabs CVS. There may be a Samba server as well in the future, but this highly depends on the support of the community. Go to http://samba.netlabs.org/. Information about sponsoring NetLabs is at http://about.netlabs.org/?detailcontentregions_id=3.

WarpVision was updated as of 03/24/2004. This is a player for DivX-3, DivX-4, DivX-5, XViD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, AVI, and ASF, with MP3/AC3 audio, and now has some DVD support. The GUI version includes "skin" support (see note 1 below). See note 4 below for playing encrypted DVD's. Go to ftp://ftp.os2.kiev.ua/wvgui/. Info is at http://os2.kiev.ua/en/wv.php.

    NOTES:
  1. There are downloadable "skins" available at http://os2.kiev.ua/en/wv.skins.php.
  2. There is also a command-line (05/04/2003) version of WarpVision available at ftp://ftp.os2.kiev.ua/wvcli/.
  3. According to the authors, you must delete VIDEO2.INI prior to updating from a previous version of WarpVision.
  4. There is support for playing encrypted DVDs located at ftp://ftp.os2.spb.ru/mmedia/contrib/libdvdcss-1.2.6.zip.
  5. According to Steve Wendt, WarpVision GUI is shareware and some builds may be limited to 15 minutes of playback; however, Mark Abramowitz says that both are not (or may not be) the case.
  6. There is now a plugin for use with Mozilla.
  7. The WarpVision team accepts donations at https://secure.bmtmicro.com/ECommerce-Offsite/11980000.html.

XFree86 version 4.4.0 has been released as of 03/01/2004. This is a port of the popular windowing system used on Unix platforms. Go to ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/xfree86/4.4.0/. An installation guide is available at http://www.os2world.com/os2files/xfree86/installation_v4.html.

PM beta 3 has been released as of 03/14/2004. This is a process manager / killer, similar in purpose to WatchCat. Use search key pmb on Hobbes.

Xdskf version 1.00 has been released. This program builds self- extracting executables from diskette image files, which can run under both OS/2 and DOS. Go to http://www.clanganke.de/os2/sw/xdskf/, or use search key xdskf on Hobbes.

Perl version 5.8.2 has been released as of 12/18/2003. Some documentation in INF format is included. Go to ftp://ftp.ring.gr.jp/pub/lang/perl/CPAN/authors/id/ILYAZ/os2/582+/.

GNU Make version 3.81 beta 1 has been released as of 03/19/2004. This is an essential tool for developing and/or porting open-source programs. Go to http://www.unixos2.org/sw/pub/binary/make/.

cdrdao version 1.1.8 fix2 has been released as of 03/21/2004. It is a free CD-R/RW writing program for Disk At Once mode. Use search key cdrdao on Hobbes.

DVDAuthor version 0.6.7.b897 has been released as of 03/20/2004. This is a tool for generating DVD video structures from given MPEG2 files. Use search key dvdauthor on Hobbes.

EmperoarTV version 1.08 has been released as of 03/18/2004. This software brings OS/2 support for the Hauppauge PVR250/350 TV cards, including high-quality MPEG2 hard disk recording and playback. You can listen to FM radio stations in stereo, watch TV programs in excellent image quality, and more. Go to http://www.s-t.de/emperoar/.

FotoGet/2 version 1.0.1 has been released as of 03/23/2004. 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 optionally creates shadows of subfolders on the desktop. Use search key fotoget on Hobbes. Note that you need WarpIn to install.

JAlbum version 4.3 has been released as of 03/26/2004. This is a web photo album generator that runs on Java 1.3. Go to http://jalbum.net/index.jsp.

IBM Alphaworks has released as of 03/24/2004 version 1.2 of a MPEG-4 player and content creator development kit that works with Java 1.3.1. According to Steve Wendt, it plays MPEG-4 video (samples included) just fine on a PII-300Mhz machine. Go to http://www.alphaworks.ibm.com/tech/tk4mpeg4.

Odin builds from the most current (03/24/2004) all the way back to one from 12/13/2000 are now available at http://www.os2warp.org/odin/.

Apache version 2.0.49, the premier web server of the Internet, has been released as of 03/19/2004. It 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 about Apache for OS/2 is at http://silk.apana.org.au/apache/apache_v2.shtml.

A native program for configuring TCP/IP version 4.1 and above has been updated as of 04/03/2004. This replaces the IBM TCPCFG2 Java program. Use search key tcpconfig on Hobbes.

Maul Publisher version 2.28 has been released as of 04/03/2004. It is billed as "the world's first professional desktop publisher for OS/2". It will automatically take care of page numbering in folding booklets, reversal of margins for facing pages, page numbering offsets where you don't want to start from Page 1, reversal of margins for top-bound booklets and top-folding booklets, centering margins on printers with odd margins, and multi-way folding sheets and maps. In addition, you have full control of column, row, gutter, and center gutter guides, including the automatic adjustment of page offsets when a number of sheets are bound into a folding booklet. Go to http://www.manglais.com/.

LAME version 3.95.1 has been released as of 04/04/2004. It is a MP3 encoder, and includes a graphical frame analyzer. Use search key lame on Hobbes.

MozTweak version 1.2.2a has been released as of 04/01/2004. This is a GUI tool for modifying hidden Mozilla preferences. Go to http://mozillapl.mozdev.org/.

A calendar XPI for Mozilla 1.7b has been released as of 03/31/2004. This is "a cross-platform fully standards-based calendar client, based on the open iCal standard... built using the XUL user interface language". Go to http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/calendar/xpi/contrib/os2/calendar_os2_1.7b.xpi. Info is at http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/. NOTE: You must enable "software installation" in your preferences (Edit/Preferences, then click on "Advanced", then "Software Installation").


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