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The first issue of OS/2 Lab Notes has been made freely available as a PDF file. Printed issues are available for purchase; licensed users of PAF and/or OWPZip are entitled to free issues. From VOICE News.


Dave Yeo has released (7/17/2016) a second build of SeaMonkey 2.35, based on Gecko 38.8esr, and including the latest patches from the Bitwise fork of Firefox. There are additional external dependencies required now; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information, and updated mozsupport and mozmedia packages.


Dave Yeo released (7/10/2016) a build of Thunderbird 38.8.0. Note that it has the same limitations as the current Firefox build; notably, printing support is broken. See my Warpzilla Tips page for more information.


Warpstock 2016 will be held in Orlando, Florida on Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6. Register before September 1 to receive a discounted rate on conference registration; they have also negotiated hotel rates of $84/night, but reservations must be made via telephone (800-456-4000) and you must advise that you are with Warpstock. There is a call for presentations, which can be done in person or via Skype; respond to presenters@warpstock.org. Thanks to Andy Willis for the info.


Warpstock Europe 2017 will be held May 20-21 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, with a possible social event on Friday evening. Registration will be 50 Euro, and there will be a video stream for those who cannot attend in person. From VOICE News.


Lars Erdmann gave an interview about USB driver development at Warpstock Europe.


Arca Noae is asking for community assistance to gather as many MACHINE.CFG files from eComStation installations as possible. This will allow them to optimize the installation of Blue Lion for the types of hardware actively in use. From VOICE News.


VLC media player version 2.2.4 has been ported (6/6/2016) 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.


The bitwiseworks Firefox fork has released (5/27/2016) a new build, based on Gecko 38.8.0esr. This version fixes the problems with saved passwords, features support for downloadable web fonts, and enables MP4 video playback, but printing support is broken; printing to PDF is still possible. There are several additional external dependencies required now; see the README file, or my Warpzilla Tips page for a support package. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop.


Lewis Rosenthal's presentation at Warpstock Europe was covered in a TechRepublic article, where it was revealed that the new OS/2 distribution code named Blue Lion would be called ArcaOS 5.0, and is expected to be released before the end of 2016. Version 5.1 will provide additional language support, and is tentatively planned for a 2017 release. There will be a Commercial Edition with 12 months of updates and priority support, and a Personal Edition with 6 months of updates and support, offered at a lower price; pricing is not yet finalized. From OS2World and VOICE News.


bww and Arca Noae are actively seeking one or more developers to work on the Eclipse SWT project (also used used by SmartSVN and SmartGit) and ultimately, the next OpenJDK build. This is funded development work, while the end product will remain freely available to all. Previous efforts included improving the Odin32 library to support needed functionality; presumably, that would still be a part of this project. Thanks to Lewis Rosenthal for the info.

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mksh R53a has been ported (8/13/2016) to OS/2; also available (6/27/2015) is pdksh version 5.2.14 r6. These are clones of the Korn shell, which can be useful when porting Unix software.


Midori Sans version 0.4 has been released (8/12/2016). This is a semi-condensed sans-serif font with styling similar to Verdana and DejaVu Sans, but with improved readability at small sizes.


Workplace Sans version 1.03 has been released (8/11/2016). This is a Unicode TrueType outline font that is designed to resemble the OS/2 bitmap font WarpSans. Thanks to Alex Taylor for the info.


Web Family Tree version 1.9 has been released (8/10/2016). It allows you to put your genealogy information on the web, using CGI. You need a a web server to use it. From VOICE News.


libvpx version 1.6.0 has been ported (8/8/2016) to OS/2. This is Google's WebM library, an open source, royalty free media file format designed for the web.


Lucide version 1.3.6 RC1 has been released (8/7/2016); 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. From OS2World.


Weasel version 2.28 has been released (8/5/2016). This is a "lightweight" SMTP/POP server that has multi-domain support, and is now open source under the GPL. There is also an IMAP extension available, which has some limitations. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.


Btrieve Commander has been updated (8/1/2016). This is a Btrieve file viewer / editor.


exceptq version 7.11.3 has been released (7/27/2016); there is a WarpIn package of just the runtime. This adds a comprehensive trap reporting facility to your app with just 5 lines of code. Reports include: the call stack, disassembly of the faulting instructions, a stack dump, a listing of dlls loaded, and more. It features support for the XQS symbol file format, used in Mozilla apps and other newer software. Thanks to Lewis Rosenthal for the info.


PMMail/2 version 3.21 has been released (7/24/2016). Features include support for a new spell checker (aspell), and the use of XML for message indexing. VOICE purchased the rights and source code for this popular email client; VOICE sponsorship is required as part of the registration, but the demo version can be used for one account, and some other limitations. The project is looking for additional volunteer programmers. From VOICE News.


BS_Info version 1.7 (7/14/2016) shows information about your system and can start various configuration programs.


The ACPI driver has been updated (6/22/2016) to version 3.23.02 for Arca Noae subscribers, and no longer has a requirement for eCS. Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) is a replacement for APM, PnP, and related hardware features. It features support for multiprocessor systems (SMP, Dual Core, and HyperThreading), there is an APM driver, and an ACPI Setup tool that replaces the Power object. There is an ACPI Tools web page as well, which includes a battery monitoring widget for XCenter. From VOICE News.


FTP server version 2.4 has been released (12/20/2015). Compared to the standard ftpd in OS/2, this one has better security controls, together with extra features such as symbolic links. The source code is also available under the GPL license.

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