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June 2005


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by Gary Wong

Updates from last month's column:

The WarpZilla team has released Mozilla 1.7.8 as of 05/18/2005. 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 (http://www.scoug.com/os24u/2002/scoug205.mrkia.html). Go to ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/mozilla/releases/mozilla1.7.8/contrib/. There is an installer version (mozilla-1.7.8-os2-installer.exe), and a zip file version (mozilla-1.7.8-os2.zip). More info is at http://www.mozilla.org/ports/os2/.

    NOTES:
  1. The version 1.7.x series is the last version to be officially produced by the Mozilla Foundation; read the transition plan at http://www.mozilla.org/seamonkey-transition.html. This means the Foundation will now concentrate their efforts on Firefox and Thunderbird (see below).
  2. Having said that, the Mozilla community plans to pick up development of Mozilla (probably under a different name to avoid confusion); go to http://wiki.mozilla.org/SeaMonkey:Home_Page.
  3. Steve Wendt has a WarpZilla tips page at http://www.os2bbs.com/os2news/Warpzilla.html.
  4. Another site that has documentation of plugin support on OS/2 is at http://plugindoc.mozdev.org/OS2.html.
  5. If you install the zip file version, you need to unzip it yourself into a directory and create or update a program object accordingly.
  6. 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 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 (http://www.scoug.com/os24u/2003/scoug312.mrkia.html).
  7. This version requires the GCC runtime: download that at http://download.innotek.de/gccos2/runtime/libc-0.5.1.exe (a self- installing executable). The EMX runtime is no longer required if you don't already have it installed. The GCC runtime installer defaults to x:\OS2\DLL (where x is your OS/2 or eComStation boot drive); it may be preferable to put the runtime in the same directory as MOZILLA.EXE (see next note).
  8. Mike Kaply of IBM posted to the netscape.public.mozilla.os2 newsgroup some time back that he figured out how to share a profile between version 1.4.2 or older (which is compiled with the VACPP compiler), and version 1.5 or greater (which is compiled with the GCC compiler): Make sure that MOZRMI36.DLL is NOT in your LIBPATH and only exists where the version 1.4.x (or older) MOZILLA.EXE is; conversely on the version 1.5 or greater side, make sure the GCC runtime DLLs (LIBC05 and GCC322) are also NOT in your LIBPATH and only exists where the version 1.5 or greater MOZILLA.EXE is.
  9. An alternate set of icons for Mozilla are available at http://members.cox.net/greenemk/os2/mozstuff/mymozillastuff.html.
  10. Tony's notes on installing and running Mozilla are at http://www.scoug.com/os24u/2003/scoug310.mozilla.html.

The WarpZilla team has also released Firefox 1.0.4 as of 05/19/2005. This is an update to Firebird 0.6.1 (the previous name for Firefox) that was demoed by Tony Butka at the Sept. 2003 SCOUG general meeting. It is a stand-alone browser based on Mozilla that does not include mail, news, composer, IRC, and the other frills. A recent announcement said that there will not be any more versions of Mozilla (as produced by the Mozilla Foundation) past the 1.7.x series, so Firefox is now the Foundation's official browser. Go to ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/1.0.4/contrib/. The file name is firefox-os2-1.0.4.zip. More info is at http://www.mozilla.org/ports/os2/.

    NOTES:
  1. This version is primarily security fixes and probably does not contain any functional changes otherwise.
  2. Steve Wendt has a WarpZilla tips page at http://www.os2bbs.com/os2news/Warpzilla.html.
  3. You must unzip the zip file yourself into a directory and then create or update a program object accordingly.
  4. This version requires the GCC runtime: download that at http://download.innotek.de/gccos2/runtime/libc-0.5.1.exe (a self- installing executable). The EMX runtime is no longer required if you don't already have it installed. The GCC runtime installer defaults to x:\OS2\DLL (where x is your OS/2 or eComStation boot drive); it may be preferable to put the runtime in the same directory as the Firefox executable.
  5. There are some icons for Firefox as of 02/13/2004. Use search keys firefoxicon or os2firefox on Hobbes.
  6. Tony's notes on installing and running Firefox are at http://www.scoug.com/os24u/2003/scoug310.mozilla.html.

ChatZilla version 0.9.68.5 has been released as of 05/21/2005. This is the IRC client that comes with the Mozilla suite. It now supports SSL, and full Unicode nicknames. Go to http://www.hacksrus.com/~ginda/chatzilla/.

DFSee, which was presented by Tony Butka at the March 2004 SCOUG general meeting, is now at version 7.05 as of 05/24/2005. It is an 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 tutorial on DFSee is at http://www.scoug.com/os24u/2001/scoug012.dfseetutorial.html.

    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).
  3. According to Jerry Rash, DFSee can now be installed via Warpin as well.

DOSBox/2, which was demoed by Jerry Rash at the April 2005 SCOUG general meeting, is at beta 3 status as of 05/06/2005. This is a port of DOSBox to OS/2. It is a DOS emulator that uses SDL; it emulates XMS, EMS, CGA, EGA, VGA, VESA, SoundBlaster, Gravis Ultra Sound, and more, for excellent compatibility with older games. Go to http://www.joschs-robotics.de/dosbox/. More info is at http://wiki.netlabs.org/index.php/DOSBox_Port and http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/.

ePDF version 2.0 beta 22 has been released. It is a PM tool for PostScript to PDF conversion, which uses GhostScript as the back-end. Go to http://www.subsys.de/ePDF/.

PCI+AGP bus sniffer version 1.01c has been updated as of 05/08/2005. This tool shows PCI, AGP, and CardBus device information, has a huge database of known vendors and devices, and can tell what IRQs are supported by which slot. Use search key pci1 on Hobbes.

PHPMyAdmin version 2.6.2-pl1 has been released as of 05/05/2005. This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web. Go to http://phpmyadmin.sourceforge.net/.

NetBeans 4.1 has been released as of 05/11/2005. NetBeans Developer is a Java IDE written in pure Java. The IDE is based on JFC, and uses its' full feature set. Full support of JavaBeans, use the BeanWizard to generate your own beans in minutes. Integrated full-featured text editor, debugger, compiler, pluggable look and feel, and Form Editor with advanced layout manager support. Go to http://www.netbeans.org/.

eComStation Maintenance Tool version 2.1.8.3 has been released as of 05/29/2005. As the name implies, it is used to apply maintenance to eComStation. If you are a registered eComStation user, go to http://www.ecomstation.com/; after signing-in, you can then download the Maintenance Tool.

SciTech SNAP Graphics version 3.0.6 has been released as of 05/25/2005. This is a universal video driver, with support for almost 220 graphic chipsets, with extra features like zooming and multi-head. The latest version features updated support for ATI chipsets. Go to http://www.scitechsoft.com/ftp/snap/os2/beta/; more info is at http://www.scitechsoft.com/products/ent/snap_os2_content.html. The README is at http://www.scitechsoft.com/ftp/snap/os2/readme.txt, the changelog is at http://www.scitechsoft.com/snap2_changes.txt, and the list of supported chipsets is at http://www.scitechsoft.com/chiplist/snap_os2_chiplist.html.


This month's new listings - Drivers:

IBM has updated the BIOS for the ThinkPad T43 series (machine types 2668, 2669, 2678, 2679, 2686, & 2687) as of 04/26/2005. Go to http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/license.do?filename=mobiles/1yuj05ud.exe.

IBM has updated the Embedded Controller Program for the ThinkPad T43 series (machine types 2668, 2669, 2678, 2679, 2686, & 2687) as of 04/26/2005. Go to http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/license.do?filename=mobiles/1yhj03ud.exe.

IBM has updated the power management (APM / SpeedStep) drivers as of 05/25/2005. If you are a registered eComStation user, go to http://www.ecomstation.com/; after signing-in, you can download the driver (a zip file).

IBM has updated the OS2CDROM.DMD driver as of 05/25/2005. If you are a registered eComStation user, go to http://www.ecomstation.com/; after signing-in, you can download the driver (a zip file).

The Universal Audio drivers have been updated as of 05/31/2005. This is based on the GPL ALSA Project from Linux and provides drivers for various sound chipsets. Go to ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/uniaud/. For more info, go to http://uniaud.netlabs.org/; for a list of supported chipsets, go to http://os2.kiev.ua/en/uniaud.cards.php.

Drivers for the Intel EtherExpress (PRO/100) Ethernet cards have been updated to version 4.57 as of 05/02/2005. Also included are the Intel PRO/1000 version 4.17 drivers. Use search key intel-100 on Hobbes. NOTE: You can get the package from Intel as well, although it is packaged as a Win32 self-extracting executable.

Drivers for the Broadcom BCM57xx chipsets have been updated to version 8.19 as of 04/26/2005. Go to http://www.broadcom.com/drivers/downloaddrivers.php?cookiecheck=1.

FAT32.IFS version 0.9.10 has been released as of 05/16/2005. This is based on Henk Kelder's code, and includes many fixes over the previous versions. Go to http://fat32.netlabs.org/?show=download.


This month's new listings - Applications:

A version of the Netcraft Toolbar for Firefox is now available as of 05/24/2005. It runs on any operating system supported by Firefox and displays the hosting location, country, longevity, popularity, and an abstracted risk rating for each site visited. It also blocks access to phishing sites reported by other members of the Netcraft Toolbar community and validated by Netcraft. Over 7,000 phishing sites have been detected and blocked by people using Netcraft Toolbar since the beginning of 2005. Go to http://toolbar.netcraft.com/install. NOTE: Registration is optional, but if you do register, you will be notified with new information about the toolbar.

Preferential version 0.7.1 has been released as of 05/12/2005. 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 to http://preferential.mozdev.org/.

EmperoarTV, which was demoed by Jerry Rash at the July 2004 SCOUG general meeting, is now at version 1.08m as of 05/21/2005. This software brings support for the Hauppauge PVR250/350 TV cards to the OS/2 platform, including high-quality MPEG2 hard disk recording and playback. You can listen to FM radio programs in stereo, watch TV programs in excellent image quality, and more. Also available is DVDFront, a front-end that simplifies the creation of video DVD's out of recordings made by EmperoarTV. It now supports both WarpOverlay and SNAP overlays. Go to http://www.s-t.de/emperoar/. NOTE: EmperoarTV can be purchased at Mensys (http://shop.mensys.nl/cgi-bin/db2www/mns_art.d2w/report?catname=EmperoarTV).

XWLAN version 1.20 has been released as of 05/16/2005. It is an XCenter widget that allows you to monitor the status of your wireless LAN devices, providing connection profile support, automatic connection scan on startup and key generation, profile import/export and more. It is available as XCenter widget and stand-alone program; it requires wireless LAN hardware and drivers. English and German National Language support. Use search key xwlan on Hobbes. NOTE: XWorkPlace (or eWorkPlace, which comes with eComStation) is a prerequisite.

Dupfind was updated as of 05/20/2005. It is an easy-to-use utility designed to find duplicate filenames on a specified volume. Type "dupfind /h" on a command line for help. Use search key dupfind on Hobbes.

JPG Info version 0.92 has been released. This program reads meta information (comments, EXIF data) from JPG files, and you can write your own comments to them. Go to http://www.subsys.de/JPGInfo/download/JPGInfo092.zip.

UpdCD version 2.50 has been released as of 05/10/2005. It can be used to update the base Warp 3, Warp 4, Warp Server for e-Business, Convenience Pack, or eComStation installation files with FixPaks, and supports the creation of updated installation diskettes. You can use the updated OS/2 image in conjunction 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, or use search key updcd on Hobbes.

Firewall Documentation for the MPTS firewall and VPN feature have been updated to version 1.4 as of 05/11/2005. This INF document describes how to configure and use the powerful built-in firewall feature with support for IP packet filtering and IPSec VPN tunnels that have been included in TCP/IP version 4.1 and above. Go to http://www.cs-club.org/~alex/os2/firewall.html, or use search key firewall_doc on Hobbes.

bootAble version 4.0 has been released as of 05/08/2005. 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/.

NetDrive version 3.0.2 has been released as of 05/20/2005. It allows users to mount a FTP site, a local directory, or a network resource to a virtual volume. This version has 64-bit file support, and special support for the Samba client from NetLabs (no shareware timeout). There are also many other plugins available, including NFS, VFAT (recently updated with special support for removable memory devices), ISO, Psion, and more. Go to http://www.blueprintsoftwareworks.com/netdrive/; more info is at http://www.blueprintsoftwareworks.com/netdrive/news.html. For the plugins, go to http://www.blueprintsoftwareworks.com/netdrive/plugins1.html.

Icon Plus version 1.0.2 has been released as of 05/20/2005. This program converts icons between various formats. Go to http://glass.os2.spb.ru/software/english/icplus.html, or use search icplus on Hobbes.

cdrtools version 2.01.01a03 has been released as of 05/22/2005. This contains cdrecord (discussed in the Sept. 2003 Mr. Know-It-All at http://www.scoug.com/os24u/2003/scoug309.mrkia.html), readcd, cdda2wav, and mkisofs. You can burn single-session, multi-session, or audio CDs. Use search key cdrtools2 on Hobbes.

JUne (JFS Unerase) version 1.50 and JRescuer version 2.18 were released as of 05/23/2005. JRescuer is a tool to rescue files from a JFS volume which cannot be mounted. Go to http://en.ecomstation.ru/projects/jrescuer/.

ClamAV version 0.85.1 has been released as of 05/26/2005. This is a GPL anti-virus toolkit, which features a command-line scanner, a tool for automatic updating via the Internet, and integration with mail servers (attachment scanning). Use search key clamav on Hobbes.

Gphoto2 version 2.1.5RC1 (release candidate 1) has been released as of 05/01/2005. It is a GNU digital camera application. Go to ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/gphoto/gphoto2-devpack.zip. NOTE: A list of supported cameras is at http://www.gphoto.org/proj/libgphoto2/support.php.

The PM123 User's Manual is now available as of 05/30/2005. It is in the INF format (i.e. use VIEW.EXE or NewView to view the manual). Use search key pm123man on Hobbes.

ClipView version 3.0 has been released as of 05/28/2005. This is a set of tools to provide and work with multiple clipboards, including ClipPrint, PipeClip, ClipPipe, and more. Use search key clipvw on Hobbes; more info is at http://www.deezee.org/ClipView.html.

WarpVision, which was demoed by Jordan Fox at the June 2004 SCOUG general meeting, was updated as of 05/31/2005. This is a player for DivX-3, DivX-4, DivX-5, XViD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, AVI, and ASF, with MP3/AC3 audio, DVD support, a Mozilla plugin (requires registration and WarpOverlay), and "skin" support (see note 1 below). Go to ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/wvgui/wvgui_latest.zip. Info is at http://warpvision.netlabs.org/.

    NOTES:
  1. There are downloadable "skins" at http://os2.kiev.ua/en/wv.skins.php.
  2. According to the authors, you must delete VIDEO2.INI prior to updating from a previous version of WarpVision.
  3. There are some Windows codecs you can use via Odin available at ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/wvgui/wincodecs/
  4. The WarpVision team accepts donations at https://secure.bmtmicro.com/ECommerce-OffSite/11980000.html, or at http://shop.mensys.nl/uk/warpvision.

A SVISTA Disk Image Utility has been released as of 05/27/2005. This tool enables you to convert partitions into virtual hard disks suitable for use with SVISTA. Go to http://www.serenityvirtual.com/download.php.

CBIRC version 1.08 has been released as of 05/24/2005. This is a Java IRC client with features that include color, web links, DCC, and more. Go to http://www.bratschi.net/cbirc/.

CoolFM version 2.16 has been released as of 06/01/2005. This is a powerful FM radio tuner control program, compatible with most popular FM tuners, including several USB models. Use search key coolfm on Hobbes. NOTE: You need WarpIn to install.


Interested in something particular you don't find here? Let Gary know.


Editorial Note: 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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Copyright 2005 the Southern California OS/2 User Group. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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.