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Warpstock 2018 was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 14-16. You can see the schedule, it was streamed live on YouTube, and the presentation materials are also online. Arca Noae announced that the first beta for 5.0.4, which will finally include an update option, is already in testing. Version 5.1 is scheduled for release in 2019, with a host of new features planned, including NLVs for several popular languages.


VLC media player version 3.0.4 has been ported (9/3/2018) to OS/2. This is a highly portable multimedia player and multimedia framework capable of reading most audio and video formats (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, DivX, MPEG-1, MP3, OGG, AAC) as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.


ArcaOS 5.0.3 has been released (8/19/2018). This refreshed install contains various updates, including an updated Samba client, and the ability to install from a bootable USB stick. Note that the ArcaOS installer does not support upgrading a previous install, so if you are already successfully running 5.0.x, it is recommended that you simply apply any updates that get released separately, rather than do a fresh install. You may also like to read my earlier mini review.


XWorkplace version 1.0.12 has been released (7/31/2018). A recent new feature is Xview, an improved version of the split folder view. It includes all the features of XFolder 0.85, virtual desktops using xPager (formerly PageMage), a replacement for WarpCenter (XCenter) with lots of widgets, a trash can, most of the NPSWPS and WarpEnhancer features, object hotkeys, lots of new settings pages, and more. XWorkplace is an open source project at netlabs.org.


The presentation files from Warpstock Europe 2018 are available online; of particular interest are Lewis Rosenthal on the ArcaOS Roadmap where some details about 5.0.3 and 5.1 are shared, and Silvan Scherrer on Bitwise projects.


VOICE News posts are now posted to Twitter, in addition to the mailing list and newsgroup feed. In other VOICE news, they are testing a remote support tool, which is essentially VNC over SSH.


Warpstock Europe 2019 will be the 20th Anniversary event, held at the Stay Okay Soest in the Netherlands on May 18-19. Registration will be $120, with a discounted rate of $105 until July 31st. It's hoped that there will be some collaboration with the Dutch Hobby Computer Club for the event. Thanks to Roderick Klein for the info.


Dave Yeo has released (6/6/2018) updated OS/2 builds of SeaMonkey 2.42.9 and Thunderbird 45.8.0, based on the Bitwise fork of Firefox. There are additional external dependencies required now; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information, as well as mozsupport and mozmedia packages. Note that the SeaMonkey project skipped from version 2.40 to 2.46 on other platforms, and Dave has back-ported some fixes. The refreshed build has a few fixes, but reports suggest that disabling Chatzilla may prevent some heavy CPU usage.


The bitwiseworks Firefox fork has released (5/20/2018) a "GA2" build, still based on Gecko 45.9.0esr. Note that 45esr was long ago obsoleted by 52esr, which in turn was obsoleted by 60esr, with 45esr not getting security updates since April 2017. This build has more bugfixes, but the "GA" releases have generally been worse than the earlier "beta" releases. Also, native printing support other than Postscript was dropped, although printing to PDF is possible. There are several additional external dependencies required now; see the README file for more details. Note that Bitwise has abandoned the ZIP packaging for an RPM package (which is not publicly available), and instead offers an archive based on the RPM package. It is unclear if there will be any releases based on 52esr, but that will be the end of the road, as newer versions require the Rust compiler, which is unlikely to be ported to OS/2. Note that the SeaMonkey project is also undecided on how it will proceed beyond 52esr (on all platforms), as Mozilla long ago stopped caring about anything other than Firefox. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop.


Roderick Klein posted a couple updates on the VOICE browser fundraising campaign, indicating that $12,650 has been collected. However, the real news is that the project to port Qt5 has begun, with the roadmap projecting a full year of work on porting Qt itself, and then another 6 months on porting QtWebEngine and Chromium components. If you want to help with funding, you can contribute to Bitwise directly, or to the VOICE campaign.


Sigurd has been successful in getting OS/2 running on the 25th Anniversary ThinkPad.


The currently available RDP client (remote desktop protocol, for remotely controlling Windows desktops) on OS/2 is RDesktop, ported by Andrey Vasilkin. However, RDesktop is being superseded by a more active project called FreeRDP. Andrey proposes porting FreeRDP to OS/2, but needs support from the OS/2 user base; sponsoring units for this work may be purchased in the Arca Noae store.

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Lucide version 1.4.1 beta 8 has been released (9/30/2018); this is a multi-purpose document viewer, using plugins for different formats. It currently supports PDF, DjVu documents, and JPEG files; additional formats can be added by third party programmers. The program is open source, and distributed under the CDDL and LGPL. The latest version can be found on netlabs.org FTP.


Agena version 2.14.0 has been released (9/30/2018). This is an interpreted language suited for sophisticated procedural programming, with syntax like simplified Algol 68, with elements taken from Lua and SQL.


FluidSynth version 2.0.0 has been ported (9/26/2018) to OS/2. This is a software real-time synthesizer based on the Soundfont 2 specifications.


Testlog version 3.20 has been updated (9/24/2018). This program collects data about your system and the driver under test, and puts it into a log file for diagnostics.


FAT32.IFS version 0.10 r368 has been released (9/21/2018). The latest work on this filesystem driver has focused on improving the format and chkdsk functions, VFAT support for FAT16, and early exFAT and FAT+ support. You can find the latest version via FTP. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.


Form History Control version 2.3.0.0 has been released (9/21/2018). This is a Mozilla extension that allows you to manage the form data saved by your web browser.


Paul Smedley has released (9/20/2018) an OS/2 port of Tor version 0.3.4.8. Tor protects your privacy and anonymity by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world.


Panorama VESA video driver version 1.11 has been released (9/17/2018). This is a generic VESA driver, which supports all VESA 2.0 compatible video adapters. The latest versions have a PAT fallback when using MTRRs fails, and support for custom / widescreen resolutions. Users with widescreen panels may find this useful if there isn't an accelerated driver available.


AVxCAT (formerly FFMPEGCA) version 1.5.1 has been released (9/17/2018). This is a GUI front-end for ffmpeg and other tools, which allows converting audio and video between formats.


Paul Smedley has released (9/16/2018) an OS/2 build of Wireshark version 2.2.17. It won't capture packets (that requires the pcap library to be ported), but can analyze logs captured on another system, or those from iptrace. It requires the heimdal DLLs and Qt4 for the GUI. Newer versions of Wireshark will require a newer version of Qt to be ported.


WPA Supplicant version 2.7 has been ported (9/15/2018) to OS/2. This is a backend component for controlling the wireless networking connection. Included is wpa_gui, a QT frontend as an alternative to XWLan. An older version of this program is included with XWLan, and there are a few other versions ported by Paul Smedley.


Paul Smedley has released (9/15/2018) a test build of a Samba NetDrive plugin and client, based on Samba 4.9. As per previous builds, these also need ldap.dll from openldap (openldap-2.4.46-os2-20180428.zip) and the heimdal DLLs (heimdal-7.5.0-os2-20180225.zip). The older (2/26/2014) Samba client version 2.2.0 beta 4 is based on Samba 3.5.21. This allows you to mount SMB or CIFS shares on OS/2 without the need of NetBIOS (IBM LAN Manager or IBM Peer).


ClamAV GUI version 3.6.1.5 has been released. This is a GUI front-end for configuring and running the ClamAV anti-virus program, which bundles an XPI for integration with Thunderbird.


Jmol version 14.29.22 has been released (9/10/2018). This is a Java molecular viewer for three dimensional chemical structures; it requires Java 1.4 or higher.


DFSee version 15.3 has been released (9/6/2018). DFSee is an FDISK, display, analysis and recovery tool for disks and filesystems, including HPFS, NTFS, FAT, JFS, EXT2, EXT3, ReiserFS, and EXFAT. It includes the ability to resize partitions, cloning and imaging, undelete files, and more. It now allows browsing the contents of compressed images and VirtualBox disk images, and has full support for the GPT partitioning style. There is also a support forum available. From VOICE News.


Quick Text Editor version 0.9.7 has been released (8/18/2018). This is a simple editor and viewer for plain text files, intended as a replacement for E and AE, but with seamless Unicode support, selectable text encoding independent of system codepage, and anti-aliased text display. It requires the Qt4 runtime.

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