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Bitwise has released (8/27/2014) an update for the OS/2 port of OpenOffice 4.1.1 RC3, which enables the spellchecker and a few other modules. Bitwise took over OpenOffice development from Mensys earlier this year; the primarily 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. At least for this early release, there is no installer available, and there are some dependencies you may need to resolve; check this OS2World forum thread for helpful hints if you have trouble. Previously planned features included support for high memory and Java; it's unclear if those goals have been fully achieved. Bug reports can be filed in the OpenOffice Bugzilla, and presumably the OS/2 source code continues to be available in the Subversion repository. It's unclear if the WPS integration package previously available from Mensys will continue to get updates; 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.

The QSINIT loader is a replacement for OS2LDR; it allows 3.5GB of RAM to be used on certain systems where OS2LDR prevents using more than 512MB due to "memory holes". It also allows using memory above 4GB as a RAM disk, which otherwise is useless on a 32-bit operating system that does not support PAE (such as OS/2). It is now fully compatible with the official ACPI drivers, and has lots of other features, including PXE support, VESA video support, disk editor, reading, writing and formatting drives in FAT32 or FAT16, general partition managing capabilities, including GPT partition support, LVM support, general boot manager features, and more. The source code is also available. From OS2World.

Bitwise has issued a newsletter outlining their recent and current projects. Their future plans include updating Java to the latest OpenJDK, and porting Qt5, which will include a newer QtWebkit. You can buy sponsor units from their online shop if you wish to contribute funds to their projects. From VOICE News.

Tomas Hajny reports that the OpenSSL project is planning to drop OS/2 support after version 1.0.2, unless a maintainer steps up. If you are willing and able to take that on, go make yourself heard on their mailing list; this is a critical library for Internet usage.

Martin Iturbide continues on his quest to get unmaintained OS/2 programs to be released as open source; he has created well over 1000 public repositories of OS/2 open source projects on GitHub, created a wiki index for them, and published an EDM/2 article discussing how to use Git on OS/2. He has gone through the Hobbes archives, extracting the available source code, and making it easily accessible. He welcomes assistance in uploading more source to github, and any other suggestions, and will gladly provide repository administration rights to anyone interested. From OS2World.

Bitwise has announced they are now working on porting Eclipse SWT to OS/2, building on top of OpenJDK and Odin. If you check out the github commits, you'll see that the primary contributor is Ben Rietbroek aka "rousseaux", which seems to imply that the Bitwise team is growing in size - certainly a positive sign. 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.

Lewis Rosenthal announced that Arca Noae, LLC was chartered in Delaware at the end of July; this new company plans to be the driving force behind further development and maintenance of the OS/2 platform for some time to come. An official website should be coming soon; planned announcements include new applications and updates, and new device driver developments. An announcement regarding Warpstock Europe is also expected. From VOICE News.

Dave Hart from PlanetECS reports there are a few more PHP applications that work well on OS/2 with the ports of Apache, MySQL, and PHP, including: PHP Dev Shell, a plugin based code management PHP framework; and WebIssues, an issue tracking and team collaboration system, which uses a PHP server, and a Qt4 client that has been ported to OS/2.

The second annual OS/2 User Meeting in Cologne, Germany will be held at the end of November, and there is an open call for presenters. There are a few pictures from last year's event, and there is a lengthy report describing all that happened.

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GenINI version 1.61 has been released (8/30/2014); this is a pair of programs to back up OS/2 INI files in human-readable form, and to restore an INI file from the human-readable form. GenINI is freeware and open source.

INIServe version 2.4 has been released (8/30/2014). 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.

FocusWriter version 1.5.3 has been ported (8/28/2014) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a full-screen basic word processing program.

The PMOS/2 library of Modula-2 source code has been updated (8/28/2014). It is mostly of interest to programmers who want source code snippets for a variety of operations. From VOICE News.

More Qt4 apps were ported (8/27/2014) to OS/2, including: QuiteRSS version 0.16.2 is a RSS/Atom feed reader; and Crosti version 1.12.0 is for making cross stitch patterns from an image file.

K File Wizard version 1.1.0 has been released (8/25/2014). This is a file manager for OS/2 integrating local and remote file operations, and requires the Qt4 libraries.

libgcrypt version 1.6.2 and libgpg-error version 1.13 have been ported (8/25/2014) 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.

LESS version 4.58 has been ported (8/25/2014) to OS/2. LESS is an enhanced version of MORE, good for all of us command-line junkies.

SDL version 1.2.15 OS/2 port has been updated (8/19/2014). Simple DirectMedia Layer is a cross-platform development library designed to provide low level access to audio, keyboard, mouse, joystick, and graphics hardware; it is used by video playback software, emulators, and popular games. This new OS/2 port features updated VMAN, DIVE, and DART support. An older port of version 1.2.14 is also available (11/6/2009).

PM123 1.41 beta 2 has been released (8/19/2014); the beta version does not replace the stable PM123 1.3.x. This is an open source MP3, OGG, WAV, and CD Audio player. Some of the features of the beta include gapless playback, nested playlists, and a PulseAudio client.

Dave Yeo has released (8/19/2014) a build of Lightning version 1.9b1; this is a SeaMonkey and Thunderbird extension that provides calendar support. It is compatible with SeaMonkey 2.14.x and Thunderbird 17.x builds.

PHPMyAdmin version has been released (8/17/2014). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web.

Commonist version 1.1.0 has been released (8/17/2014). This is an upload client for wikimedia commons, which requires Java 1.6.

InJoy Firewall version 4.2.2 has been released (6/26/2014). This runs on a computer with an Internet connection and acts as an Internet Gateway for other computers on your private LAN. The product is designed for LAN-to-LAN configurations, including cable modem and DSL installations. It features: PPP over Ethernet support, support of the interoperable IPSec VPN standard, NDIS Protocol Engine, NAT Support (RFC 1631-style Network Address Translation), Direct Internet Access for your LAN PCs, no reconfiguration on other machines, PM version, link monitoring with statistics and alerting, support for filter and firewall plugins, identd support, priority setting, and more.

Tower Toppler has been ported (8/16/2014) to OS/2. This is a remake of an old game, which uses the SDL libraries.

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