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Dave Yeo has released (3/14/2015) new unofficial builds of SeaMonkey 2.21, Firefox 24.8.1, and Thunderbird 24.8.1, based on the Bitwise fork of the Gecko 24 "Extended Support Release" branch. However, they have been patched to include libsydneyaudio to support HTML5 audio; that library was removed from Gecko since it was buggy, but the replacement HTML5 audio library remains to be ported to OS/2. Dave also released an updated build of Lightning 2.6.5 to accommodate the removal of the mozjs DLL. There are also some additional external dependencies required now; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information. SeaMonkey is a continuation of the Mozilla Suite, while Firefox and Thunderbird are a stand-alone browser and mail/news client based on Mozilla code.


The bitwiseworks Firefox fork has released (3/10/2015) a beta 4 build, based on Gecko 24.8.1esr. Compared to the previous 24esr beta, it has some UI fixes and reduced memory footprint; however, HTML5 sound support remains broken, while the IPC plugin support is still buggy. There are also some additional external dependencies required now; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information. Note that Mozilla switched over to 31esr several months ago (with Gecko 38 currently in alpha), so 24esr has known security vulnerabilities. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop. From VOICE News.


Warpstock 2015 will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita, Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25, 2015. The Warpstock Board of Directors is working hard to make this another enjoyable and informative event. If you register before July 1st, you will receive a 20% early bird discount, or a 10% discount if you register before September 1st. 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 Andy Willis and Lewis Rosenthal for the info.


YUMIE, the YUM/RPM and WarpIn package management front end under development by Arca Noae, is continuing to evolve, with the goal of a GA release in the next quarter. Recent builds introduced code to check for DLL conflicts between WarpIn-installed packages and RPMs selected for install, and does other things to help referee between the two package formats. Thanks to Lewis Rosenthal for the info.


Arca Noae has announced their membership in the UEFI Forum. The UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) specification defines a new model for the interface between operating systems and platform firmware, and is intended to replace the legacy BIOS. Arca Noae is looking into how this new technology can be supported under OS/2 in the future. From VOICE News.


VLC media player version 2.2.0 has been ported (2/28/2015) 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.


Arca Noae recently acquired the remaining assets of Serenity Systems International, which was primarily its domain name. There was no change in status for eComstation, which continues to be an IBM licensee via XEU (formerly Mensys). From VOICE News.


Bitwise has updated (2/10/2015) their OS/2 port of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1, which reduces the memory footprint. Bitwise took over OpenOffice development from Mensys, but the primary developer on the project remains the same. Mensys discontinued their OpenOffice subscriptions some time ago, so this should not affect anyone who previously paid for it; Bitwise allows you to purchase the software in their online shop, as a means of donating to the ongoing development. Bug reports can be filed in the OpenOffice Bugzilla, and presumably the OS/2 source code continues to be available in the Subversion repository. There are plans for future updates to the WPS integration package, but reports indicate the previous version from Mensys continues to function with this release; it extends the WPS data file class to recognize OpenOffice.org document files, has integrated support for WPS-Wizard hint and folder info area, and provides Rexx hooks for reading document properties. From VOICE News.


Greggory Shaw is soliciting funds to keep OS/2 Release Notes running; the goal is now down to $50 to fund hosting for one year, and domain name registration for three.


This YouTube video shows OS/2 running on some recent hardware with touch screens, with some rudimentary software enabling a touch interface. The hardware includes a Sony laptop, a Samsung tablet, and a Lenovo laptop / tablet convertible.

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SDLMAME version 0.159 has been ported (3/15/2015) to OS/2. This is an SDL version of the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator.


PHPMyAdmin version 4.3.12 has been released (3/14/2015). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web.


Clipgrab version 3.4.9 has been ported (3/13/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app allows you to download Flash videos from various web sites, including YouTube.


texstudio version 2.9.0 has been ported (3/12/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a LaTeX editor.


Agena version 2.4.5 has been released (3/11/2015). This is an interpreted language suited for sophisticated procedural programming, with syntax like simplified Algol 68, with elements taken from Lua and SQL. The website does not currently mention the latest release, but if you follow the download links for the binaries you will find it.


VLC media player version 2.2.0 fix1 has been released (3/10/2015). This update fixes broken DVD playback in the original 2.2.0 OS/2 port.


MP3Diags version 1.3.03 has been ported (3/10/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app manages information in MP3 files.


The USB drivers have been updated (3/7/2015) to build 11.10, for Arca Noae subscribers. The package includes the base USB host controller drivers, as well as the USB HID, serial, printing, and audio drivers. There is a nice overview of recent changes. From VOICE News.


FreeCol version 0.11.3 has been released (3/8/2015). This is a turn-based Java strategy game based on the old game Colonization, and similar to Civilization. It requires Java 1.5 or higher.


System Load version 1.0.0 has been released (3/8/2015). This is a GUI tool for monitoring the status of various system components; it is a modular system with current support including CPUs, drives, network interfaces, and processes.


Jmol version 14.2.13 has been released (3/7/2015). This is a Java molecular viewer for three dimensional chemical structures; it requires Java 1.4 or higher.


Wim Brul has released USB Resource Manager version 3. This matched set of USBCALLS.DLL and USBRESMG.SYS supports asynchronous operation interrupt write and isochronous transfers.


nomacs version 2.4.2 has been ported (3/5/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is an image viewer.


Dooble version 1.51 has been ported (3/4/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a web browser using the WebKit engine.


Guiffy version 11.1 has been released (3/3/2015). Guiffy is a file compare / merge (diff-like) tool with a GUI implemented in Java.


Kuklomenos version 0.4.5 has been ported (3/1/2015) to OS/2. This SDL game is an abstract shoot-em-up with minimalistic graphics.


natrix-calc version 2.3 has been ported (3/1/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is for calculating parameters of IPv4/IPv6 networks.


libgcrypt version 1.6.3 and libgpg-error version 1.18 have been ported (3/1/2015) to OS/2. Libgcrypt is a general purpose crypto library based on the code used in GnuPG, and libgpg-error is a library that defines common error values for all GnuPG components.

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