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Martin Iturbide from OS2World did live streaming from Warpstock, and the videos are available for viewing on YouTube. There are also some photos from the event. The sessions included: recent progress and future plans for device drivers, a live installation demo of Blue Lion aka ArcaOS 5.0, Samba 4, NetDrive, and Bitwise projects.

Roderick Klein wrote an article describing how VOICE has been spending donations, as well as where it plans to invest going forward. Most money came from PMMail licenses, and it has been spent on os2.org, Netlabs.org, funding BitWise Works to port Qt 5.5, hardware for webcam drivers, improvements to XWorkplace, and Warpstock events. There are plans to host an RPM repository, get the VOICE Newsletter going again, and perhaps run a YouTube channel. From VOICE News.

Lewis Rosenthal reported in with a few bits of news: Rich Walsh has joined the Arca Noae development team, and is working on some long-awaited features for XWorkplace, as well as some ArcaOS-exclusive XCenter widgets. The yum bootstrap package used by Arca Noae Package Manager has been refreshed recently, decreasing the updates required on a fresh install. Lucide version 1.4.0 is in development, with the goal of being able to use newer versions of the poppler PDF library without needing to rebuild the PDF plugin. More Blue Lion news is expected soon, including info about the DVD burning tool, the archiving utility, and PNG icons.

Bitwise put out a "progress update" outlining some of their projects: the kLIBC Extension Library extends the functionality of the kLIBC library; a new Samba Server 3.6 build with several bugfixes is in development; updated several CLI tools (binutils, coreutils, bison, dash, gettext, hplip). You can buy sponsor units from their online shop if you wish to contribute funds to their projects. From VOICE News.

A year after the open letter for the Apache Foundation to acknowledge that OpenOffice is dead, there is discussion within the project to retire it, due to a lack of developers. The IBM Lotus Symphony team quit working on the project years ago, and it has been mostly abandoned for some time. Unfortunately, the OS/2 support was removed from LibreOffice source code long ago.

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 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.

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mksh R54 has been ported (11/12/2016) 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.

kLIBCum version 1.0.7-2 has been released (11/11/2016). This is a kLIBC user management utility, built with VX-REXX.

Beebeep version 3.0.8 has been ported (11/10/2016) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a secure network chat, which doesn't require a server.

ChatZilla version 0.9.93 has been released (11/8/2016). This is the IRC client that comes with SeaMonkey (and works with Firefox); it supports SSL and full Unicode nicknames.

USB drivers build 10.210 have been released (11/7/2016); 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.

hwman version 11 has been released (11/7/2016). This is a WPS class replacement for the OS/2 Hardware Manager, which features dynamic updating.

iQPuzzle version 1.0.1 has been ported (11/5/2016) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a pentomino puzzle game.

BiblioteQ version 2016.09.04 has been ported (11/2/2016) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a library management suite.

vncviewer 20161102 has been ported (11/1/2016) to OS/2. This is a VNC client, for connecting to a remote Virtual Network Computing (VNC) server.

Crosti version 1.13.3 has been ported (10/27/2016) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is for making cross stitch patterns from an image file.

FAT32.IFS version 0.10 alpha 7 has been released (10/20/2016). The latest work on this filesystem driver has focused on improving the format and chkdsk functions. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.

A beta build of VirtualBox version 5.0.6 has been released (10/11/2016). This is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product, available as open source under the GPL. There is some discussion on the OS2World forums about what is currently working. From OS2.jp.

JSoko version 1.75 has been released (10/6/2016). This is a Sokoban game, which requires Java 1.6.

PrefBar version 7.1.0 has been released (8/28/2016). It allows you to configure several Mozilla settings on the fly, and incorporates the features of UABar.

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