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! YES! Does this mean that eCS will finally be able to authenticate with the NT Windows servers and finally be able to see them and browse them in the Network Requester?!

Applications / Sun ODF Plug-in
« on: 2007.12.20, 08:31:41 »

This is a page to the Sun Microsystem ODF Plug-in for Microsoft Office XP, 2002, 2003, 2007 application suites. This should be helpful if any of you guys need easy access to your ODF files on your Windows partitions (and dont have OpenOffice installed). I prefer (personally) Office XP to OpenOffice, so now that I dont have to have it installed to be able to read/write documents I write under eCS, I am quite happy. Combine this with the Office 2007 compatability pack for Microsoft Office (2003 and before), and I think we all should be pretty much set in terms of ease of document support.

Here is some more general info:

At A Glance
The Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office gives users of Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint the ability to read, edit and save to the ISO-standard Open Document Format (ODF)
The plugin works with Microsoft Office 2007 (Service Pack 1 or higher), Microsoft Office 2003, XP and Microsoft Office 2000
The plugin is based on StarOffice technology and is easy to setup and use, the conversion happens transparently and the additional memory footprint is minimal
The Sun ODF Plugin is currently the only converter with Enterprise support available. Enterprises who want to use the ISO-standardized file format with Microsoft Office can sign service contracts with Sun. Contact Sun Sales for further information

Designed For You

The ODF Plugin seamlessly integrates with the Load and Save As dialog and the Save (Ctrl+S) shortcut of Microsoft Office Word
A new toolbar in Microsoft Office Excel and Microsoft Office Powerpoint simplifies the import and export of ODF documents
Make the ISO standardized OpenDocument file format the standard in your company, and switch the standard file format in Microsoft Office Word to ODF

Applications / TerraIM
« on: 2007.12.16, 00:13:15 »
My roomie was using TerraIM on Vista, and so, I looked into it. Its a very small, simple AIM client that is built upon the wXWidgets framework, and has its full source included. How hard would it be for someone to hack this together for OS/2?

Some General Information about TerraIM:

TerraIM is an instant messaging client that connects to the AOL Instant Messenger network. Thus, one can use TerraIM with an existing AIM, ICQ, or AOL screen name. Just log in using your AIM screen name or ICQ number with TerraIM, and your regular buddy list will show up.

TerraIM has several useful features:

Portability - TerraIM easily fits on a floppy, and requires no install. It is perfect for environments where AIM cannot be installed, such as school networks.
Aliasing - set an alias for a buddy and that alias is displayed everywhere instead of the person's screen name.
Invisible login - login directly to invisible mode, so no one suspects that you are online
Logging - TerraIM implements real time logging. All instant messages can be recorded to files.
Remote Control - leave TerraIM running at home and remotely check messages, change the away message, and download files.
Tabbing - you have the option of having all your instant messages with one window, with tabs to switch between them.
Low RAM usage - While the latest version of AIM from AOL uses 60+ mb of RAM, TerraIM normally usess less than 5.
Skinnability - TerraIM is fully skinnable.
While TerraIM has file transfer and buddy icon support, it does not have DirectIM. If you have experience with C++ and are interested in adding features to TerraIM, contact the team.

TerraIM Homepage:

TerraIM Sourceforge Downloads:

Article Discussions / The OS2 petition
« on: 2007.12.14, 02:13:11 »
I created an event on facebook as well as posted an item linking to the survey in my profile. I am trying to go through the list and invite everyone I know, im sure a few will sign it.

Thanks :) Me and my roomie are enrolled. Im thinking office pro or office student with encarta.

Article Discussions / SIM-IM R2 update
« on: 2007.12.10, 08:36:42 »
Woot. I like SIM, but there is one problem. It does not send messages  ??? I can recieve however.

Hardware / eCS 2.0RC3 on Compaq Presario v5303nr
« on: 2007.12.07, 00:14:16 »
Hey guys, Im back to pick your brains again :)

My room-mate is on an OS spree and has tested Vista, XP, Ubuntu, Zeta, and finally, has tried eCS. We got it to install with minimal issue, except these things were wrong:

Sound-Detected, worked, conflicted (studdered when it played repeatedly) with ACPI

Network-eCS detected wireless card but not on-board. Both were installed. Wireless was later disabled then uninstalled, on-board detected and intialized. However, flow control read transmit:disabled recieve:disabled, though we had it set to TXA_RXA in the driver properties page.

ACPI- ACPI wizard installed ACPI but no USB devices worked and the sound was studdering due to a resource conflict. Tried /SMP /ACPI, /APIC, no switches.  ???

Screen- Snap detected and installed and showed the native resolution of 1280x800x64m, however, this screen resolution on reboot yielded a big ugly mess of gray blocks, lines, and other corruption.

Laptop Specs:

Thanks guys!

Hardware / Gateway Solo 1450 Oh no :(
« on: 2007.11.22, 09:16:50 »
Hello All, I am back home for break and of course am at the sister's laptop with the intent to get rid of my bootleg copy of XP (I had a real copy for it but I lost it before I went to china, had to get SOMETHING there :C ) and put eCS on this baby. Shes getting a macbook (blegh) and no longer wants this oudated, broken power-jack having, broken screen (flops closed/open, flickers, turns off at random) lappy any more. Its fair game for me now :) Hey, beats my Compaq Presario 1240 which is my eCS lappy right now lol!

To the point:
Gateway, in all their infinite glory, released a bios update that I stupidly downloaded and flashed. It made the VESA bios report only 832kb of VRAM to the display driver, limiting me to video modes that only require 1mb to display. So, I can get native (1024x768) resolution and refresh (60hz) but not bit-depth. Bit-depth right now is limited to 8bpp, or 256 color. NOT usuable for me. I have tried both SNAP and Panorama, but both get the improper VRAM from the BIOS, and there is NO way to set it. In windows, its not a problem. The Intel driver simply ignores the number and allocates RAM on the fly. The intel driver for OS/2 simply does not work. I cant even get to the desktop. Balls.

I have researched online and found mostly xFree86 or Fedora Core forum posts related to this, saying download this older BIOS and flash it, then be on your way. I have done that, ad nauseum, but to no effect!
I am running the "working" BIOS right now, but no 24bpp lovings from SNAP or Panorama.

I have network working (RC3 detected right away) and USB, PCMCIA but no sound. This uses the ESS Allegro chipset. Is there a driver for this? Does Uniaud support it?

For PCMCIA cards, I have a Microsoft MN-720 Wireless Adapter. It apparently uses the Broadcom 43xx chipset. How can I get this working so I can have wireless and Hardwire?

In short, I would love to salvage this for my eCS mobile, but if it cant give me sound or proper video, to the trash-heap it must go :(

Thanks guys!

XFree86 / call for help with xfree86
« on: 2007.11.11, 05:25:52 »
Hey guys, Ive been trying to set up an X environment under my RC3 setup and I have not been nearly as successful as I could have hoped.

Heres 2 things first:
Does the 4.5.0 release support my 7600GT chipset? I cant find anything definate... Says it should work in VGA mode or something similar even if its not 100% supported.
If it does not, can I grab the video driver file (or whatever X uses) from a newer release and put it into my 4.5.0 release?

Second, can I use panorama with xFree86 or not? I dont like to use SNAP on this chipset because its not accelerated and SNAP VESA is not bearable to use, not after I saw how fast Panorama is :)

I will get back to you on the error messages I get once I reboot, I am in windows at the moment.

Games / OpenGL / Mesa3d
« on: 2007.11.06, 11:30:15 »
Im not sure if this is a horse that has been beaten to death far too many times, but here goes.

OpenGL, my favorite graphics accelerator. How I love thee, let me count the ways:
Blazing fast on Nvidia hardware, Brought me things like quake 1-4, Half life, Serious Sam.

However, OpenGL sorta died on OS/2 with 1.1 Gold, and Mesa 3d for xFree86/OS2 seems to have died in 1999 at the Mesa3d 3.xx level.

How hard would it be to pick back up official OpenGL support for OS/2 and get it current with Windows, Unix-derivatives, and OSX? I think OpenGL would open the door to a lot of possibilites with eCS and would maybe be a viable means to accelerate the user interface.

If OpenGL cant be done, how viable is Mesa3d now? Does it provide any performance gain?

Am I asking for something completely dumb and useless? Im not sure :\ Let me know..

Networking / RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol)
« on: 2007.11.06, 11:07:09 »
Okay, first thing is first: Im a GUI n00b, and Im a pretty useless end user, so keep that in mind.

So today, my roomate finally got Gutsy Gibbon working on his laptop with compvis and beryl and all those nice effects and he was playing around with everything and finally came across the Terminal Services client software that Ubuntu has for communicating over multiple protocols. So, he opens it up, tells me to boot to windows XP so we can test it out, I then remember that I saw a PM VNC server app that I never have used before.

Today, I saw VNC, and it was AWESOME. However, I was eventually frustrated by the less than stellar performance across RIT's blazing fast network (usually 10+mpbs over DC++) and the lack of sound and ability to share files across the connection. This lead me to do some research, and I then found out that VNC is a very simplistic protocol, and that RDP has many, many more features.

This then lead me to these pages:

where I learned about the protocols, then drilled down further to these apps/source codes:

So basically, my question is this:

Who else but me would love to have a RDP compliant client/server suite that is ported to eCS and has a nice GUI so nub-cakes like myself can use it?

Basically, PM VNC but with RDP and all the other features that rdesktop and tsclient provide?
Also, some optimizations in the code would be stellar. I read somewhere (dont quote me on this) that PM VNC is a pretty quick/dirty port and because of that, can perform poorly on eCS.


General Discussion / eCS 2.0 RC3
« on: 2007.11.02, 20:41:48 »
Its out today, November 2nd 2007, and it sounds good from the release notes! I already edited the Wiki Page to reflect this new information (so excited), release notes below!

(eCs 2.0 RC3 Release Notes)
==== WHATSNEW for eComStation 2.0 RC3 ====

-=# The Warpstock Europe 2007 release #=-

New Features:

* Panorama VESA videodriver can be selected for installation
* Added AMouse mousedriver as default in the installation (fixes 1561)
* Added cleanup of 'empty' network folders that remain on the desktop
  when no actual network was installed.
* Created wrapper for PCI.EXE to add serial port support detection using
  DMI. (fixes 1253)
* Improved NIC and soundcard detection by using wrapper for PCI.EXE
* Added detection of 22 new NIC chipsets (supporting total of 304
  additional NICs) by GenMac 2.1.110 (experimental)
* New bootlogo and desktopbackground, reflecting "RC3" status

Updated Applications:

* Updated GenMac to "Release Version 2.1 built Oct 23 2007 09:21:13"
* Updated DSSaver to level (eCS internal buildnumber)
* Updated Firewall to 2007/09/03 version
* Updated USBDock to 2007/09/08 release
* Updated Lucide to 1.20
* Updated eWPS to 1.08 (it was supposed to be in earlier verions, but
* Updated DejaVu fonts to version 2.20 (sept. 2007) and added some
  missing fonts from the set. (fixes 1423)

Fixes since the previous beta release:

* Further improved hardware detection, on certain systems network cards
  were not detected, although supporting drivers are shipped
* Many fixes and improvements to the ACPI Wizard (bugfixes: 1638, 1669,
  1601, 1641, 1637, 1649, 1602, 1638)
* Added CPUID.EXE (built by Paul Smedley - Copyright 2003,2004,2005,2006
  by Todd Allen.  All Rights Reserved.) for better detection of SMP
  capabilities by ACPI Wizard.
* Re-enabled USB HID features in installer hardware page. In combination
  with updates to OS2CSM this partly fixes 1212, 1260, 1424.
* Updated WIC.EXE to same level as WarpIn in CID package, added warpin.tmf
  (fixes 1663)
* Multimedia deselection also deselects MultiMedia plugin pack for browser.
  (fixes 1657)
* Updated MPTS Wrapper - now really fixes 1645
* Updated DSSaver, it now will be enabled after installation. (fixes part of
* Updated USBDOCK to let it add the USBRESMG.SYS to the config.sys itself
* Updated list of USB IDs with version of 2007/10/02
* Prevent applying of resource updates to (A)E.EXE (fixes 1438)
* DSSaver: updated WPSSDesk.dll to show correct initial properties notebook
  size. (fixes 1623)
* DSSaver: added sscore.cmd to write an initial sccore.cfg so screensaver
  will work even when not configured at all (i.e. after clean install).
  (fixes 1604)
* Apply SNAP setting for Netware (fixes 1597)
* Updated installation of GenGradd (fixes 1605)

Updated / added drivers:

* Updated ACPI to revision 3.04
* Updated APM to revision 1.19
* Updated Nvidia NDIS (nveth) driver to version 0.0.4
* Updated GenMac 2.1.110 (experimental) to support these additional chipsets:
   3Com 3C90xC   PCI [10B7:9200]
   Rtl 8168 GigaBit [10EC:8168]
   Rtl 8169 GigaBit [10EC:8169]
   Broadcom 10/100 [14E4:170C]
   Broadcom 10/100 [14E4:4100]
   Broadcom 10/100 [14E4:4401]
   Intel 10/100 [8086:1229]
   3Com 3C90xC   PCI [10B7:9201]
   nForce 5 10/100/1000 [10DE:0373]
   Marvell Yukon 88E8052 [11AB:4360]
   Marvell Yukon 88E8050 [11AB:4361]
   Marvell Yukon 88E8055 [11AB:4363]
   Marvell Yukon 88E8056 [11AB:4364]
   Atheros Wlan AR5005g [168C:001A]
   Atheros Wlan CARDBUS [168C:001B]
   Attansic Gigabit [1969:1048]
   Intel 10/100/1000MM [8086:1049]
   Intel 10/100/1000MM [8086:104B]
   Intel 10/100/1000PL [8086:109A]
   Intel 10/100/1000PL [8086:10B9]
   Intel 3945 a/b/g [8086:4227]
   Intel 4965 a/g/n [8086:4229]
   Intel 4965 a/g/n [8086:4230]
   Rtl 8167 GigaBit [10EC:8167]

New features of previous release:

* Netware client can be installed from CD1
* Added 27 NIC devices supported by the Nveth driver
* Improved artwork in installer screens
* Updated 4OS2 to build 3.04g (now build dynamically)
* Updated Firefox to version (with WPS integration)
* Updated Thunderbird to version (with WPS integration)
* Updated Dani IDE drivers from 1.7.10 to 1.8.1a
* Updated kLibc to latest version 0.6.3
* Updated UniClip to version 0.3.0
* Added ACPI Wizard that will detect system features and can be used to
  install ACPI and kernel options
* Updated DANI tools to 1.8.1 level
* Updated DANIS506.DOC to 1.8.1
* added ACPI package 3.01, can be manually selected or disabled in preboot menu
* Updated ACPI and APM support to 16/08/2007 version
* added Nveth driver to support nvidia (nforce) nics
* Updated Realtek 8139 driver to version 2005.12.05 which functions properly
  with ACPI
* Updated UniAud audiodriver to 1.1.4RC3 release
* Added TZ update for Java 2 SDK, Standard Edition - US DST timezone tool
* Split up netlabs (kLIBC) and innotek (Odin Runtime) libraries, are now
  installed with WarpIn
* Added support for the eComStation Installation Framework. Will always be
  installed. (XULrunner)
* Added logic to load TESTCFG2.SYS when ACPI is selected, prevents hangs
  on certain configurations
* Added english helpfile to accomodate checkdisk help button
* Updated USBDock to 20070504 release
* Updated WarpIn to version 1.0.15
* New versions of UPDTBMGR, MINILVM
* Updated ZIP to 2.32
* Replaced outdated ArcView 1.2 helpfile with the one of ArcView 2.0
* Updated eWorkPlace to 1.0.8
* Updated UniClip 0.2.2
* Updated Cairo to 1.2.4 and DSSaver to 1.7.5
* Updated firewall utility to version 1.2.4
* Updated NewView to 2.19
* Updated NewView en_us helpfile to 2.19
* Added 47 NIC devices to the hw detect engine, like nForce and Broadcom
  (mainly GenMac)
* UDF 2.16
* IBM APAR PJ30964 (UDF.IFS update)
* IBM1S506.ADD 10.161 (was 10.152)
* Intel SpeedStep(R) (APM) 10.163 (was 10.156)
* IBM Single Mouse driver 10.163 (was 10.152)
* KBDBASE.SYS to 10.070 (was 10.056)
* Updated IBM1S506.ADD to 10.161
* Updated OS2CDROM.DMD to 10.163
* Lucide document viewer (Lucide GA release)
* Added LxLite 1.3.3 to the distribution since resmgr uses it
* added bzip2 to \ecs\bin
* Security/2 added (optional from 'experimental features' in advanced
* Added 4OS/2 to Additional Software
* Added 4OS/2 prompt shadows to Command Prompts folders
* Added Genmac 2.00 with support for 34 NIC chipsets, including many
* Added Wireless LAN monitor 3.00, will be installed when appropriate
  hardware is detected or selected.
* Added Faxworks to CD1, it was on CD2 previously
* Added Psi/2 Instant messaging application
* Added Samba Client for eComStation. Right now without configuration GUI
* Added OpenSSH Client for eComStation.
* Added preinstall harddisk integrity check, can be skipped now from preboot
* Updated TZ settings for locale page to conform to new rules. More info at:
* Added USBDock as a replacement of the USB resource manager
* Added UniClip 0.2.1 to base installation, required by 2.0.4
* eClock is no longer an install option
* Added kLIBC coreutils
* All libc versions and utils are in WPI packages now
* Added MyIP by Alex Taylor to Baseutil
* Added files to support reversing SMP installation (used by "Post
  Installation Tasks" wizard)
* modified desktop scheme
* Scitech SNAP to 3.1.8
* Update realtek 1 gigabit driver
* Added Broadcom 1 gigabit driver
* Updated Uniaud to build RC2
  - Latest code for sblive cards
  - HDA works for DART (still buggy)
  - APM fixes
* Genmac adds support for the following NIC chipsets:
   3Com/SKNet Gigabit [10B7:1700]
   3Com/SKNet Gigabit [1148:4320]
   3Com/SKNet Gigabit [11AB:4320]
   3Com/SKNet Gigabit [11AB:4362]
   ASUS Wlan RT2400 [1814:0101]
   Atheros Wlan [168C:0012]
   Atheros Wlan [168C:0013]
   Atheros Wlan [168C:1014]
   Broadcom A/B/G [14E4:4324]
   Broadcom B/G [14E4:4318]
   Broadcom B/G [14E4:4320]
   Broadcom Gigabit [14E4:1654]
   Broadcom Gigabit [14E4:165D]
   Broadcom Gigabit [14E4:1677]
   Broadcom Gigabit [14E4:167D]
   CISCO mPCI [14B9:A504]
   Dlink DWL-520+ [104C:8400]
   Dlink DWL-G520+ [104C:9066]
   GN-WI01GS RT61 [1814:0301]
   GN-WI01GS RT61 [1814:0302]
   GN-WI01GS RT61 [1814:0401]
   Intel 10/100/1000 [8086:101E]
   Intel 10/100/1000 [8086:1076]
   Intel 10/100/1000 [8086:109A]
   Intel 2100 Wlan [8086:1043]
   Intel 2200 Wlan [8086:4220]
   Intel 2915 a/b/g [8086:4223]
   Intel 2915 a/b/g [8086:4224]
   Intel 3945 a/b/g [8086:4222]
   Marvel 802.11 b/g [11AB:1FA6]
   Marvel 802.11 b/g [11AB:1FA7]
   Rtl 8180 Wlan [10EC:8180]
   nForce 2 10/100 [10DE:0066]
   nForce 3 10/100 [10DE:00D6]
   nForce 4 10/100/1000 [10DE:0057]

Storage / NTFS 3g Project
« on: 2007.10.20, 22:35:55 »

After 12 years of development, the driver is now stable status. Could we possibly have the sources ported over to the IFS format so that eCS can have a stable, reliable NTFS read/write/resize driver that has 12 years of active development behind it?

What do you guys think?

ODIN / Current Status of the ODIN OS/2 Project
« on: 2007.10.05, 02:17:53 »
Hi, I am not sure if this has been said before, I got into eCS not too long ago. What is the current status of the ODIN project for OS/2? It looked very promising and very, very useful to me atleast. I have happy dreams of running MS Office and WMP and Steam and a bunch of other win apps I cant live without on an OS that for some reason, I cant leave behind. I see that the last build on netlabs is from august of 2006. What happened since then? Is the project dead? Does it need funding? I would really like to see it continue if at all possible. Someone, please enlighten me.

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