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The bitwiseworks Firefox fork has released (7/24/2015) a beta 5 build, based on Gecko 31.8.0esr. KOMH ported the current audio library (libcubeb), so HTML5 audio will function again, using his libkai interface that supports both DART and UniAud. Javascript performance is also improved, with some crashes fixed. However, the IPC plugin support remains buggy, so out of process plugins are still disabled; fortunately, the need for plugins continues to rapidly decline. There are additional external dependencies required now; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information. The next release will be based on Firefox 38esr, with improved HTML5 audio support via ffmpeg. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop. From VOICE News.

Dave Yeo has released (7/19/2015) an alpha build of SeaMonkey 2.28, based on the Bitwise fork of the Gecko 31 "Extended Support Release" branch. As with the Firefox 31esr build, it now requires libkai; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information. Note that SeaMonkey 2.28 was skipped on the "tier 1" platforms, so there may be some additional rough edges due to that.

Bitwise has announced they are still working on porting Eclipse SWT to OS/2, which builds on top of OpenJDK and Odin, although there doesn't seem to be much activity the last couple months. The impetus for working on SWT is driven by developer desire for good GUI tools for source code control, such as SmartSVN and SmartGit, which require SWT support in recent versions. They are also forming a new team to port the latest VirtualBox to OS/2. VirtualBox is a feature rich, high performance virtualization product, and is the only professional solution that is open source. Additionally, they are planning to port OpenJDK 8 to OS/2 later this year. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop. From VOICE News.

Dave Yeo created (6/28/2015) test builds of Thunderbird 31.6.0 and Lightning 3.3.6 based on the work in progress 31esr code.

Arca Noae has been working with Paul Smedley to bring Kerberos to OS/2, which will be used for a new Samba client (and NetDrive plugin) based on the latest Samba 4.2.2. The NetDrive plugin will have new settings to enable NTLM v1 or Kerberos 5 authentication, to override the default NTLM v2 authentication. Current builds have been tested against Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 R2, as well as Samba 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, and 4.2 servers running on Linux, and against NetWare CIFS and Windows 2000, XP, 7, and 8. Thanks to Lewis Rosenthal for the info.

Joachim Benjamins, formerly of Mensys and now XEU, came out of hiding to report on bugfixes that will be rolled into eCS 2.2, which is now expected in October. There is a healthy amount of skepticism in the forum, since there has been no progress since December 2013, and the bugfixes listed were done by others and have been available for quite some time already.

Warpstock 2015 will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita, Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25, 2015. There will be presentations on Samba and Kerberos, and some user-focused sessions, including one on dealing with DLL conflicts when installing via different sources. In addition, Arca Noae's David Azarewicz will be on hand to present. Other speakers include Neil Waldhauer, Andy Willis, and Lewis Rosenthal, with more to be announced in the near future. If you register before September 1st, you will receive a 10% early bird discount. Registration fees for presenters are waived, with an encouragement to contribute a matching amount to Warpstock. Contributions are fully tax-deductible, help keep Warpstock operating, keep the cost of registration at a reasonable level for all attendees, and help Warpstock assist presenters who would like to come in person but who cannot fully afford the travel expense. Thanks to Lewis Rosenthal for the info.

Warpstock Europe 2015 was held in Munich, on June 6-7, and many presentations are now online; there are also some pictures from the event. Speakers included David Azarewicz, Roderick Klein, Steve Levine, Keith Merrington, Lewis Rosenthal, and Gregg Young. Warpstock Europe 2016 will be held in either Cologne or Trier in Germany, on May 21-22. From VOICE News.

Arca Noae has licensed the SNAP Graphics for OS/2 source code from Alt Richmond Inc., the company that bought the SciTech SNAP technology several years ago. Mensys previously licensed it as well, but never utilized it in any way (at least, no fixes or updates were ever released publicly). Arca Noae hopes to add support for additional hardware, starting with newer Intel graphics chipsets. From VOICE News.

VLC media player version 2.2.1 has been ported (4/25/2015) 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.

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Paul Smedley has made available (7/25/2015) some test builds of CUPS version 2.0.3 and cups-filters version 1.0.71. Also available are CUPS version 1.4.8 (12/21/2012), as well as Gutenprint 5.2.9 (10/28/2012), HP-LIP version 3.12.10a (10/28/2012), Splix version 2.0.0 (4/4/2010), Foomatic version 4.05 (9/26/2010), and foo2qpdl (6/28/2010). Also available (4/10/2009) is a CUPS port driver, which allows interfacing the standard OS/2 printing subsystem with CUPS. CUPS is the Common Unix Printing System; the goal is to improve the printing support in eComStation. You can see what printers are potentially supported; those mentioned as working with CUPS or Gutenprint should work. There is a newsgroup dedicated to discussion and feedback, as well as a HowTo.

USB drivers build 10.199 have been released (7/23/2015); included are the base USB host controller drivers, USB HID drivers (keyboard and mouse), USB printing driver, USB serial driver, USB audio driver, and USB MSD driver. The latest work is focused on USBMSD supporting non-partitioned USB sticks (usually formatted as FAT32 for Windows); unlike the last official IBM version, it does not (yet) support multi-LUN devices such as card readers with multiple slots. These USB drivers also feature support for isochronous devices, such as webcams, and improved hardware compatibility, including proper PCI PM (power management) support. This allows USB ports to be used when warm booting from Windows, which can sometimes leave them in a powered down state.

texstudio version 2.9.4 has been ported (7/22/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a LaTeX editor.

INIServe version 2.6 has been released (7/22/2015). INIServe is a tool for remote configuration of OS/2 applications. Application developers are explicitly permitted to distribute INIServe as part of their own applications. From VOICE News.

SDLMAME version 0.163 has been ported (7/20/2015) to OS/2. This is an SDL version of the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator.

PHPMyAdmin version 4.4.12 has been released (7/20/2015). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web.

New Athena Unicode fonts version 5.002 have been packaged (7/20/2015) for OS/2. This is a freeware multilingual font that follows the Unicode standard and includes characters for several languages.

Jmol version 14.2.15 has been released (7/10/2015). This is a Java molecular viewer for three dimensional chemical structures; it requires Java 1.4 or higher.

PMUniMix version 0.65 has been released (7/18/2015). This is a PM mixer for UniAud which should list all available devices supported by your audio chip.

Wim Brul has released USB Resource Manager version 4. This matched set of USBCALLS.DLL and USBRESMG.SYS supports asynchronous operation interrupt write and isochronous transfers.

Links version 2.10 has been released (7/14/2015). Links is a small and fast WWW browser that supports graphics, Javascript, font smoothing, tables and allows for considerable customization of the cache, character set, and more.

Agena version 2.8.2 has been released (7/14/2015). This is an interpreted language suited for sophisticated procedural programming, with syntax like simplified Algol 68, with elements taken from Lua and SQL.

Some libraries have been ported (7/14/2015) to OS/2, including: jpeglib 9a; XZ version 5.0.8 is a general purpose data compression library and command line tools, which create about 30% smaller files than gzip; and libpng version 1.5.22.

DOSBox OS/2 build 0.74.2 has been released (7/10/2015). This is a DOS emulator that uses SDL; it emulates XMS, EMS, CGA, EGA, VGA, VESA, SoundBlaster, Gravis Ultra Sound, and more, for excellent compatibility with older games. You can find additional information about the port on the Netlabs Wiki.

Beebeep version 1.0.2 has been ported (7/8/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a secure network chat, which doesn't require a server.

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