From: Ian Jonston
Best eComStation web-site: http://www.os2notes.com
There seem to be a lot of sites with news post, but this site is the only one that has new original stuff about OS/2.
From Alex Taylor:
- Best eComStation utility: eCups (a.k.a. CUPS for OS/2 ported by Paul Smedley) http://svn.netlabs.org/ecups
- Best eComStation developer tool: Watcom VX-REXX 2.1 (sadly no longer available)
- Best eComStation application: qBittorrent (ported by Silvan Scherrer) http://svn.netlabs.org/qtapps/wiki/QT4%20Networking
- Best eComStation tool for engineer/student: The GIMP (ported by Frank Giessler) http://users.socis.ca/~ataylo00/os2/utils/#gimp
From: Herwig Bauernfeind
I'd like to nominate "Samba for eComStation" in the category
"Best eComStation Application". The reason is, that the Samba
for eComStation suite (both server and client) have been continuosly
improved over the years, both featurewise and stabilitywise. Both server
and clients provide superb speed, stability and compatibility and
connectivity with other platforms meanwhile and are mission critical
components for eCS to survive in the long run.
Language Switcher + LIP packs,
are aimed to switch the user interface of eComStation to other language.
Large group of translators is working on the project.
Our goal - extend eComStation market to new regions.
Second life for important article: Virtual Memory Problems under OS/2 by Sjoerd Visser
- original: July 2008 -- http://www.os2voice.org/VNL/past_issues/VNL0708H/feature_3.html
- Russian: http://ru.ecomstation.ru/showarticle.php?id=234
i nominate Odin as the best ecs utility.
as without Odin java would never have been reality.
right now the process of switching Odin away from the old VAC compiler is
going on. we expect to have a working Odin based on GCC fairly soon.
Touch screen support from Wim Brul
Why? Opens new perspectives for eComStation on tablet notebooks.
PM Backup Suite (AKA Varenye backup)
Whatsnew: New utilities: manager and schduler.
XObject -- WPS class -- I want attract attention to this useful WPS class.
URL to review.
Best eCS application (no PM interface, in private use): Ranking
It's about the best stock picking suite I know of, with a so-called
hitratio of (far) over 90% (without any easy optimizations),
remarkable ROIs and steady outperformances. An economic scientist,
also working for a large fund managing company, called its results "unlikely".
Originally developed using Rexx (also due to lack of programming knowledge)
and not aimed at other users, with components ported to C now.
It may work even better with other OS'es, due to an outdated Object Rexx
interpreter, but I (i.e. the author) obviously use and prefer just eCS,
so it only exists for eCS. I don't know anything that comes close to its
reproducable, scientifically based results. The app itself isn't great,
its underlying methods and its results are unique and impressive.
AFAIK (which is pretty F) nothing comes close to this.
Best eCS Game (perhaps due to a lack of candidates):
1. Falling Stars (allstars21.zip @ Hobbes). No demanded major but instead
a minor update in 2010, and there are a zillion other games better than
this poor attempt to do a Commodore 16-remake from memory.
So #2 may be a better candidate, actually written in 2010:
2. mahlvls3.zip @ Hobbes, esp. the 3 new levels CROSS*.MAH (which are
created in 2010, that's why). Reasons to possibly not "win" are: no nice
icons matching the look and the quality of the original OS/2-eCS ones,
it ain't "games" but are just basic levels, and all 3 levels aren't really
designed nor looking as great as possible. A known mouse driver bug (mouse
cursor isn't always displayed since some Warp 3 fixpack) basicly stopped
me from writing a VIO-mode Rexx "Mahjongg Level Editor" with my Rexx Mouse
|Best Student Tool (?):||
PCX2PRN (pcx2prn12.zip @ Hobbes): not as good as possible, but me not being
a true programmer explains that. A very simple utility, and perhaps it
should be embedded in a popular graphical app, but I don't know of any
other way to derive data from graphs. Typical FAQ: I found a graph with
the price of Russian wheat, but where can I download this data? This app
addresses that issue somehow, assuming the data isn't available for
download or the data isn't free. The poor man's data collector.
Reasons to not "win": supports only 1 file format, one often has to
modify the graphical file first (i.e. you cannot point at the lightgreen
line, which represents the data you're after).
|Best eCS Website:||
Let me mention ecomstation.ru. There's quite some room for improvement,
but it has developed into an unique archive. E.g. the hardware-area.
A must-see before going to a local Widdows-oriented shop.