by Gary Wong
DFSee, which was presented by Tony Butka at the March 2004 SCOUG
general meeting, is now at version 7.15 as of 12/31/2005. 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
tutorial on DFSee is at
- DFSee is now shareware. Registration is at Mensys
- According to Jerry Rash, DFSee can now be installed via WarpIN as well.
Jan van Wijk, the author of DFSee, has released TPOSD (ThinkPad On Screen Display utility) version 1.08 as of 12/23/2005. It displays the current settings for several ThinkPad BIOS-related settings, such as:
It pops up a small dialog at the bottom/center of the screen with the relevant info any time one of the monitored values changes, usually due to the user operating a special ThinkPad key. It is
open-source; the source is included in the package. Use search key tposd on
- Speaker volume and muting
- LCD brightness
- Monitor selection (VGA/LCD/dual)
NetLabs has released Samba version 3.0.9 alpha 7 as of 12/19/2005; both
client and server are included. Also available is version 3.0.9 beta 12
of a client plugin for the NetDrive filesystem, which supports 64-bit
file I/O with NDFS 3.0 or higher. Samba allows you to mount SMB or CIFS
shares on OS/2 without the need of NetBIOS (IBM LAN Manager or IBM Peer).
Samba is freely available under the GNU General Public License; you can
download the full OS/2 source code from NetLabs CVS. Go to
ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/samba/. More info is at
Moneydance 2006 has been released as of 11/29/2005. 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, and much more. Go to
bootAble version 4.2.3 has been released as of 11/28/2005. 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
PHP version 5.1.1 has been released as of 12/01/2005. It is a server-side scripting language for the Web. Go to
- You will need LIBC06.DLL (available at
- This build does not currently include an Apache module.
- More info is at http://www.php.net/.
PHPMyAdmin version 2.7.0-pl2 has been released as of 12/27/2005. This
is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web. Go to
UpdCD version 2.54 has been released as of 12/10/2005. 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://www.updcd.tk. NOTE: This is a fix release which should be installed on top of an existing UpdCD 2.5x installation.
XWLAN version 2.12 has been released as of 12/22/2005. 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.
JRescuer version 2.30 has been released as of 12/14/2005. Included is
JUne (JFS Unerase) version 2.20. This is a tool to rescue files from a
JFS volume which cannot be mounted. Go to
Paul Smedley has released a build of Apache version 2.2.0 as of
12/11/2005. Apache is the premier web server of the Internet; newer
versions use multi-threading and offer big performance improvements
over the 1.x series. Go to
BIND version 9.3.2RC1 beta 2 has been released as of 12/20/2005. It is the
Berkeley Internet Name Daemon. Go to
NOTE: You need the LIBC06 runtime DLL: go to
XSANE version 0.98b has been released as of 12/04/2005. This is a
front-end for the SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy) drivers that requires
XFree86/OS2 and GIMP. Go to
Tame/2 version 1.03 has been updated as of 12/19/2005. It is a GUI
front-end for SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy), which now comes as a
complete scanning solution, together with SANE 1.0.17 for SCSI and USB
scanners. It has a preview window, supports MMOS2 image formats and
light tables, and more. Many scanners from Microtek, Epson, HP, Mustek,
Umax, and more are known to be working with this package. Go to
http://smedley.info/sane.html; more info is at
JAlbum version 6.1 has been released as of 12/15/2005. This is a web
photo album generator that runs on Java. Go to
CDRDAO2 version 1.2.1 has been released as of 12/31/2005. It is a free
CD-R/RW writing program for Disk At Once mode. Use search key cdrdao2
DVDDAO version 1.2.1 has been released as of 12/31/2005. It is a tool
for writing DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD-RAM discs. Use
search key dvddao on Hobbes.
SciTech SNAP Graphics version 3.1.3 beta has been released as of 12/09/2005.
This is a universal video driver, with support for over 230 graphic
chipsets, with extra features like zooming and multi-head. The latest
version adds support for more Nvidia and ATI chipsets, video overlays
on Intel chipsets, software OpenGL 1.5 support, optional unattended
installation, and more. Go to
more info is at
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
A USB 1.1 Expanded Control Driver has been updated as of 12/06/2005.
It provides the source code of a device driver to directly control
classless USB devices attached to an OS/2 system. It includes 2 sample
applications written in C and 3 sample REXX procedures. It has been
specifically designed to ease the development and test of simple homemade
USB devices under OS/2. It uses standard/vendor control transfers and
data (bulk/interrupt) transfers. Use search key usbecd on
This month's new listings - Drivers:
If you are a registered eComStation user, and you have a sound card
with the Crystal PCI Soundfusion 46XX or AC 97 chipset, there is a
driver update for use with eComStation 1.2. Go to
http://www.ecomstation.com/; after signing-in, you can download the driver (a Zip file). NOTE: If you have the eComStation 1.2 Media
Refresh, the updated driver may already be included, according to the eComStation website.
If you are a registered eComStation user, there is an updated USB audio
driver available. Go to http://www.ecomstation.com/; after signing-in,
you can download the driver (a Zip file).
DaniS506 version 1.7.5 has been released as of 12/03/2005. It is a
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, serial ATA, and much more.
Use search key danis on Hobbes.
IBM has updated the IDEDASD driver as of 11/29/2005. It includes
updated OS2DASD.DMD, OS2CDROM.DMD, IBM1FLPY.ADD, and of course the IDE
support (IBM1S506 and IBMATAPI, if you are not using the Danis versions).
If you are a registered eComStation user, go to
after signing-in, you can download the driver (a Zip file). If you are
not a registered eComStation user, an older version is still available
at http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/free/idedasd.exe (a self-extracting executable).
Broadcom has updated the drivers for the BCM57xx chipsets for their
network interface cards, as of 12/02/2005. Go to http://www.broadcom.com/support/ethernet_nic/downloaddrivers.php.
Drivers for the Realtek 8139 series network cards have been updated as
of 12/05/2005. Go to http://kannegieser.net/veit/realtek8139.htm.
USBCFG beta 3 has been released as of 12/27/2005. This application is
designed to help configure/re-configure USB drivers & devices. It does
not install USB drivers; it helps sort out driver parameters. Use
search key usbcfg on Hobbes.
FAT32.IFS version 0.9.11 has been released as of 12/25/2005. This is
based on Henk Kelder's code, and includes many fixes over the previous
versions. Go to ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/incoming/; more info is at http://fat32.netlabs.org/.
This month's new listings - Applications:
Seamonkey verision 1.0 beta has been released as of 12/20/2005. This is
a continuation of the Mozilla Suite, which was discontinued by the Mozilla
Foundation. It is based on the Mozilla 1.8.x code base, just as Firefox 1.5
and Thunderbird 1.5 are. Go to to ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/seamonkey/releases/1.0b/contrib/.
There is an installer version (seamonkey-1.0b.en-US.os2.installer.exe),
and a zip file version (seamonkey-1.0b.en-US.os2.zip).
More info is at http://www.mozilla.org/ports/os2/.
- Steve Wendt has a WarpZilla tips page at http://www.os2bbs.com/os2news/Warpzilla.html.
- If you download the zip file version, you must unzip the zip file
yourself into a directory and then create or update a program object
- 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 Seamonkey executable.
- This version requires an updated version of IPLUGINW.DLL for Java support; go to https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=196271.
- Harry Travis posted to the VOICE newslist back in Sept. 2005, that
for anti-aliased fonts, it is easier to simply rename SEAMONKEY.EXE
to MOZILLA.EXE, instead of using REGEDIT2 to update the registry to
add SEAMONKEY.EXE at the "appropriate places" (without further details
of exactly where).
- Tony's notes on installing and running Mozilla (Seamonkey) are at
IBM has updated Java 2 (JDK 1.3.1) as of 11/29/2005. It includes Java Web Start, a XML parser, and a plugin for WarpZilla/Firefox and IBM Web Browser, so that they can use Java. If you are a registered eComStation user, go to
http://www.ecomstation.com/; after signing-in,
you can download Java 1.3.1 (self-extracting files for either the runtime or the development package).
zmuzic version 0.9b has been released as of 12/01/2005. It is a PM front-end for the z! music player. Use search key zmuzic on Hobbes.
JExpress Professional version 6.9.8 has been released. It allows you to create
Java-based multilingual installers and auto-updaters. An
easy-to-use Swing interface allows you to design your installers quickly
without requiring any programming. It can also select the exact classes
your Java app uses, build your directory tree, and produce JAR files.
Go to http://www.denova.com/.
FlashBlock version 1.5 has been released as of 11/30/2005. This is a Mozilla/Firefox extension that replaces Flash animations with a "click to play" placeholder. Go to
Ghostscript version 8.53 has been released as of 10/25/2005. This is a
freeware PostScript interpreter/converter for generating Acrobat (PDF)
documents. Go to
It is also the display engine for GSView. For GSView, go to
Maul Publisher version 3.04 has been released as of 12/11/2005. 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/,
or use search key maule on Hobbes. NOTE: There is a language translation toolkit, so that anyone interested can provide translations for their
native languages; for that, use search key maulettk on
Reinhard Berger has released a TCP/IP configuration program as of
12/14/2005. It is intended to replace the Java TCPCFG2 program. Use
search key tcpconfig on Hobbes.
Image Magick version 6.2.5 has been released as of 12/10/2005. This is
a free software suite to create, edit, and compose bitmap images. It can read, convert, and write images in a large variety of formats. Go
IBM Alphaworks has released version 1.2.7 of an MPEG-4 player and content
creator development kit as of 12/08/2005. It requires Java 1.3.1;
according to Steve Wendt, it plays MPEG-4 video (samples included) just
fine on a PII-300 MHz machine. Go to http://www.alphaworks.ibm.com/tech/tk4mpeg4.
WDSibyl has been updated as of 12/07/2005. This is an open-source
continuation of the commercial product Sibyl, which is a Pascal/Delphi compiler. Go to http://members.chello.at/webstar/wdsibyl.html. NOTE: The website is in German, but there is English documentation available.
ChatZilla version 0.9.69.1 has been released as of 12/16/2005. This is the IRC client that comes with the Mozilla suite. It now supports SSL and full Unicode nicknames. Go to
Batchburn version 3.02 has been released as of 12/12/2005. It is a set
of batch files for use with CDRecord. These batch files simplify the use of CDRecord. You can clone CDs, burn ISO images, do LAME/GOGO-based MP3 conversion and more. The archive (Zip) file also contains DO.EXE, a multi-purpose command-line program, that lists files, searches text,
shows free disk space, and locates .EXE files in the PATH environment.
Use search key batchburn on Hobbes.
ClipView version 3.1 has been released as of 12/13/2005. 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
Open Watcom, which was featured at two SCOUG general meetings in 2002,
is now at version 1.4 RC3 (release candidate 3) as of 12/13/2005. This
is an open-source release of the Watcom C, C++, and FORTRAN compilers,
and includes an OS/2 installer. Harry Motin carefully took us through
download and installations 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 http://www.openwatcom.org/ftp/. More info about Open Watcom is at
Harddisk Manager version 1.1.5 has been released as of 12/17/2005. It is a replacement for IBM's LVMGUI, which requires Java 1.3 or later. It features a Swing interface, FAT32 and ext2/3 support, and more. Use search key hdman on
Top10 version 1.0 has been released as of 12/17/2005. It is a simple program that will list the 10 largest files, searching the current directory and all subdirectories. Use search key top10 on Hobbes.
NesCafe version 0.614 has been released. It is a Java Nintendo
Entertainment System emulator, which includes the source code under the
GPL. Go to http://www.davieboy.net/nescafe/.
EmperoarTV, which was demoed by Jerry Rash at the July 2004 SCOUG general
meeting, is now at version 1.08p as of 12/09/2005. This software brings support for the Hauppauge PVR150/250/350/500 TV cards, 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 DVDs out of recordings made by EmperoarTV. It now
supports both WarpOverlay and SNAP overlays. Go to
- EmperoarTV can be purchased at Mensys
- You need WarpIn to install.
LCSS version 0.03 has been released as of 12/26/2005. It is an alternative to CFGSORT used with eComStation 1.2 to sort the entries in CONFIG.SYS. It sorts the entries into more logical sections, which according to the author (Doug Bisset) is much easier to find things in.
Use search key lcss on Hobbes. NOTE: This is a beta version, so read the README file and make a backup copy of your CONFIG.SYS before trying
UPS Power Manager version 1.01 has been released as of 12/27/2005.
This works with several UPS models that have a serial port, including
some from Fenton Technologies, Effekta, PowerGuard, PowerCom, Giant
Power, Unitek, SuperPower, and more. Go to
PMMIncoming version 2.02 has been released as of 12/20/2005. This REXX
script manipulates malformed e-mails so that they will be correctly
handled by PMMail/2. Also available is a script for integrating PMMail
with Mozilla. Go to http://www.infinity-2.de/.
phpGUI version 0.95 has been released as of 12/19/2005. This is a graphical "workbench" for the development of dynamic websites using PHP, MySQL, and HTML. Go to
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