What's new in eComStation 2.0?
(detailed list of changes)
? What is the reason to upgrade the OS?
IBM OS/2 Warp 14.104, MCP2/fixpak 5
Deep modernization was made
ACPI - operating system internal structure was changed:
system controls hardware through ACPI-interface. Thus, eComStation
uses abilities of modern ACPI-computers.
universal file system "eComStation Virtual File System" was included into OS.
better Unicode support: clipboard supports unicode.
Cairo standart -
suppot of modern applications, which using modern vector graphics library.
SDL standart -
now applications developers can use SDL for video output.
GCC runtime - OS includes runtime for GCC-compiled programs.
Installation program was improved (screenshots gallery),
support of installation from USB CD-ROM.
Bootable JFS -
bootable JFS was updated. JFS review
Automatic checking hard disk drive readiness for eComStation installation.
FAT32 and NTFS-volumes resize utility was added
(usefull for notebook users to move Windows volume and free space for eComStation).
New computer models supported (multikernel Core Duo and AMD X2, computers with Intel ATOM processor, motherboards with NVidia chipset, i3/i5/i7).
ACPI/APM - modern notebooks, multikernel computers support. Power management.
Panorama VESA - all modern videocards are supported by Panorama VESA driver.
Genmac Wrapper - support for modern gigabit and wifi network adapters.
Refreshed Uniaud, with HDAudio-cards support.
ACPI ready drivers -
a lot of drives were updated for ACPI subsystem compartibility.
Doodle screensaver - energy saving plays important role. Doodle screensaver was refreshed. It supports DPMS.
Danis506 - now supports JMicron and other modern IDE controllers.
AMouse - modern mices support (12-, 16-bit A4Tech)
Moreover, new hardware drivers were added, old drivers were updated. Automatical hardware detection.
XWLAN - program and widget for WiFi-connection management
USB Dock - it shows plugged-in USB-devices
timest - new utility for time-synchronization through internet
EVFS GUI - Samba client setup utility was created (assists connect to resources of other computers over the network).
InstPDR - utility for loading PPD files, containing
description of Postscript-printers. eComStation supports
any (laser) Postscript-printers.
Firewall ports setup - protection from external network attacks
Ability easily turn on and off SMP support (multiprocessor support)
Moreover, tens of system utilities were updated, tens of new small auxillary system utilities were created.
Firefox and Thunderbird - are main internet applications now.
Lucide - PDF-documents viewer
Psi - internet instant messaging client with XMPP (Jabber) protocol suppport
FrImage - images viewer.
Samba-client gives ability to connect to resources of Windows/Linux computers.
eWorkPlace - desktop eWorkPlace was updated.
New GUI controls - apllications will became more comfortable
New widgets, which show system information.
WarpSans font was updated, new fonts added: DejaVu and Lucida.