16 October 2000
Richard R. Klemmer has been using OS/2 since 1995. He currently works as a programmer for the Department of Agriculture. In his spare time he works for WebTrek L.L.C., an Internet Consulting company.
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Serenity Systems has been working hard
on getting the preview of eComStation, the new OS based on OS/2, out the door. I've
been trying to keep up with what's been happening, and what eCS is shaping in to.
Listed below are some of the updates that have happened to eCS in recent weeks.
Benefits of Upgrade protection
From Kim Cheung: "One of
the main thing we want to do with Upgrade Protection is to provide a steady stream
of "control files" for you to add to WiseMachine. There are hundreds and
thousands of programs out there that can run under eCS (aka OS/2) and there is no
possibility to have them all tested and configured to run under WiseMachine. We
will be setting up a file server for subscribers so they can do a simple logon and
new control files can be downloaded."
This way you can be sure to enjoy
the full benefit of WiseMachine.
There is a new eGroups mailing list
dedicated to the User Interface of eCS. http://www.egroups.com/group/eCS_GUI
The Preview started shipping. Those
who ordered through a reseller such as Indelible Blue or Mensys should be receiving
their copies already. Those that ordered the Warptech or eGroups Promotional special
through Serenity will be receiving their copy of eCS in the next few weeks.
The Dutch OS/2 User group posted
a message on Warpcast about their experiences installing eCS. Serenity posted a
followup. Unfortunately, the Warpcast archives are still offline at this moment.
From Kim Cheung: "I added
a link on the www.ecomstation.com page
to point to eCS Preview. In that page, you will see a link to known_issues.html
with a time stamp on it. As more people try the preview, I am sure there will be
things that they uncover. Before you report it, please check this document so we
don't end up with reporting the same issue repeatedly."
Smartsuite 1.5 is included with eCS.
Mensys has upgraded the media to include 1.51, but Indelible-Blue has not. 1.51
is a free upgrade available for download from Lotus.
There has been a great deal of discussion
about LVM on the eCS eGroups mailing list. The key point is that you should understand
LVM before installing eCS, and you should read all documentation. There are a couple
of articles about LVM on the Warpdoctor Web Site at http://www.warpdoctor.org/ref_lib.html.
Mensys has set up a News Server for
eCS support. They have had some problems configuring it, but it should bu up and
running at this time. news.ecomstation.nl.
Eventually, there will be a number of different news groups dedicated to different
aspects of eCS.