Now, if they were working on updated drivers to work with new hardware and updated SNAP Graphics, again to allow use with new graphic cards then it would indeed be news.
I have got an SSS at Mensys (now XEU I guess) and one from Arca Noae. When I look at them in a impartial/neutral way:
- Arca Noae: All the latest available main drivers are at hand, changes and progress are reported
- Mensys/XEU: Allmost nothing happend during the last years, no reports, no progress
If I remember correctly what I have heard at Warpstock Europe and what is written at Arca Noae http://www.arcanoae.com/arca-noae-a-new-name-but-with-familiar-faces/
almost all "important" developers of drivers and system parts (A lot of the good software parts come from bitwise like Firefox, Java etc.) are in some way linked to Arca Noae.
As one can read from the changes of the 3.22.08 ACPI Readme David removed the checks that one need eCS to use this. So one can install it on Warp 4.51/2 i.e. (with latest free availiable kernel), so it seems to me that I am able to update my Warp 4.52 clone in a legal way and do personally do not have a need for eCS at all anymore.
I asked Joachim at Warpstock if it would be possible to say at least something about eCS - as it was a good chance to do so I thought - but I was not able to get any information. He said they would say something on Sunday but I already left on Saturday evening as I told him. I heard from another attendee that there has been something said when the micros have been turned off.
So it seems to me that there will be no eCS release (at least with the latest drivers availiable) as long as XEU does not have an agreement with Arca Noae or the Developers.
For me it would be interesting to know what kind of "License" one need to use the 106SMP kernel - is there a need to have an eCS license? Fortunately ACPI does work with Kernel 104SMP as well.
.. but I also noticed a boycott campaign by someone calling OS/2 community members one by one to tell to do not help XEU at all.
That really throws some light to some phonecalls I had, thanks for this information, Martin!