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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.

Warpstock 2016 will be held in Orlando, Florida on Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6. The sessions will include: 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. They have 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. Thanks to Andy Willis for the info.

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.

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.

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An OS/2 port of heimdal version 1.5.3 has been released (9/3/2016). This is a Kerberos client, which will be used to support newer versions of Samba.

Electric Sheep version 2.7b12 has been ported (9/2/2016) to OS/2. This software uses idle computer cycles to create animated abstract art.

SMplayer version 16.8.0 has been ported (8/31/2016) to OS/2. This is a GUI frontend for MPlayer, based on the Qt4 graphics toolkit. Also available is SMTube version 16.7.2, which is a GUI front-end for passing YouTube videos to SMPlayer (or another video player).

WebServe version 1.6 has been released (8/31/2016). This web server now supports server side includes for *.shtml files.

USB drivers build 10.207 have been released (8/30/2016); 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.

rdesktop version 1.8.3 has been ported (8/30/2016) to OS/2. This is a free RDP client which you can use to connect to a Windows machine.

Jmol version 14.6.2 has been released (8/28/2016). This is a Java molecular viewer for three dimensional chemical structures; it requires Java 1.4 or higher.

libjpeg-turbo version 1.4.2 has been ported (8/24/2016) to OS/2. This is a JPEG library that uses modern CPU instructions to accelerate compression and decompression.

Books Organizer version 0.3 has been ported (8/23/2016) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a PDF organizer with a reader.

FAT32.IFS version 0.10 alpha 5 has been released (8/21/2016). The latest work on this filesystem driver has focused on improving the format and chkdsk functions. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.

Lucide version 1.3.6 RC2a has been released (8/20/2016); 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 eCSoft/2 via OS2World.

FTP server version 2.5 has been released (8/18/2016). 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. From VOICE News.

DFSee version 13.4 has been released (8/17/2016). DFSee is an FDISK, display, analysis and recovery tool for disks and filesystems, including HPFS, NTFS, FAT, JFS, EXT2, EXT3, ReiserFS, and EXFAT. It includes the ability to resize partitions, cloning and imaging, undelete files, and more. It now features full support for the GPT partitioning style. There is also a support forum available. From VOICE News.

More Qt4 apps were ported (8/17/2016) to OS/2, including: Beebeep version 3.0.7 is a secure network chat, which doesn't require a server; TEA version 42.0.0 is a text editor; MP3Diags version 1.3.04 manages information in MP3 files; and Crosti version 1.13.2 is for making cross stitch patterns from an image file.

PHPMyAdmin version 4.6.4 has been released (8/16/2016). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.

Agena version 2.9.8 has been released (8/16/2016). This is an interpreted language suited for sophisticated procedural programming, with syntax like simplified Algol 68, with elements taken from Lua and SQL. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.

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