Warpstock Europe Day 2.
May 08, 2011 by email@example.com
eCS 2.1 was not released on Saturday as hoped for. There was a regression introduced into the build related to the new AHCI code which would cause some non-AHCI systems to have a problem so we hope to see it fixed by tomorrow. If not, then soon.
A lot of good sessions today.
Silvan Scherrer and Dmitriy Kuminov gave a session on Java6. It uses the Odin API, but is compiled, so this version of Java is not a wrapper version. This is a benefit in getting the work completed faster and also benefits the entire community as they are making fixes to the Odin code which benefits other projects like Flash 10. It will use the OpenJDK source code so we should have the latest versions when available. Several Java applications were demoed including JEdit, and JAlbum. After the GA version is released they will work on an enhanced version that will include a Mozilla browser plugin and Java Webstart. They still need some funding to complete the project, which has already been 2/3rds funded by Mensys. For more on this project see svn.netlabs.org/java
Another important session was Steven Levine's on how the eCS project is being managed. Primary goals are to release a stable version that runs on modern hardware, and supports as many NLVs as possible. He listed a number of successes like Uniaud fixes, updates to the Daniela driver for AHCI, progress with Java. and bootable JFS, They need enduser help with QA testing, so if you find any problems or have suggestions for enhancements please be sure to submit a ticket on the eComStation bug tracker.
At lunch I was interviewed by Eugene Gorbonoff of eCo Software fame and his beautiful camera person, Olga. No idea why anyone would find anything I have to say of interest since I don't do any development, but someone really needs to interview Eugene. This guy is full of great ideas.
Ben Rietbroek gave a really good presentation on Air-Boot, the replacement for the IBM Boot Manager that is coming with eCS 2.1. The major advantages over IBM BM, is they will have the source code, it doesn't take a primary partition, it is compatible with Windows 7, has support for booting huge drives (over 502GB), as well as a number of other benefits. It also is configured without having to boot to an operating system.
One of the main reasons for my coming to Haarlem, besides seeing the beauty of the Netherlands, was to meet a number of OS/2-eCS developers and fellow users I only get to communicate with on the mailing lists and Usenet. One guy I was happy to finally meet was David Azarewicz. His session on the Uniaud sound driver was great and he got a lot of positive feedback from the attendees. People really appreciate all that he has done along with others to bring support for modern sound chipsets to the eCS world. He discussed all the work he has done to date fixing the code. Like Steve Levine he stressed the importance of filing proper problem tickets on the bug tracker (this is a netlabs project svn.netlabs.org/uniaud ) so that any problems can be tracked and fixed.
Finally sorry for the late post tonight, but I just got in from an extremely nice evening social event with many of the attendees. It was a fun cruise along the canals of Haarlem. Keith Merrington (developer of EasySync who gave a presentation yesterday) is a lot of fun with endless good humour. I had dinner with him and Bruce Rossi (who flew in from Australia for this event) as well as several of the Dutch guys who are helping to put on this years Warpstock. After the cruise it was fun to sit in a cafe with Joachim Benjamins and Gerrit Schoenmaker of Mensys, and my longtime online friends who I had never had a chance to meet in person before, Thomas Klein and Peter Koller. Honestly this is the reason I love going to these events.
Only one more day of fun and back home. This long weekend is going fast. Time to grab a little sleep before day 3 starts.