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Bitwise has issued a newsletter outlining their upcoming plans. An official release of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1 in a WarpIn package should be available soon. As previously reported, work has begun on updating the Java browser plugin; the previous version never really worked properly, so here's hoping that the upcoming beta improves things. There are also plans to update the Flash plugin, along with some required Odin updates. They are considering updating the Qt4 libraries to version 4.8.6, with Qt5 being a later project. Also mentioned in their previous newsletter was updating to a newer version of OpenJDK. You can buy sponsor units from their online shop if you wish to contribute funds to their projects. From OS2World.

The OS/2 Shareware BBS collection of files is now hosted on www.os2site.com; note that access is limited if you are not browsing on OS/2. This is the entire collection, accumulated over the period of March 1990 through August 2006.

Dave Yeo has released (11/2/2014) unofficial builds of SeaMonkey 2.21 and Thunderbird 24.8.1, based on the Bitwise fork of the Gecko 24 "Extended Support Release" branch. As such, they will contain the same bugs, including broken HTML5 audio. These builds require libc065 (the recently released libc066 runtime will also suffice), and the fontconfig runtime. 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. See my Warpzilla Tips page for more information.

Warpstock 2014 was held near the end of October; there are now online reviews from OS2World and WarpCity2. There was little news from Mensys; there's been no progress on eCS 2.2 since last December, when they went quiet. They are offering to extend subscriptions for free until it is released; Joachim Benjamins is now the development manager, but only gained that position in September. David Azarewicz continues to work on ACPI, MultiMac, and other drivers; he is working on a FreeBSD compatibility library, apparently in the hope that porting drivers from there will be easier than porting from Linux, which can have kernel dependencies. Other presentations included Steven Levine (announcing Arca Noae, the new OS/2-focused company), Paul Smedley (porting software from the open-source world), Lars Edrmann (USB stack development), and Jan van Wijk (DFSee, and file systems). Martin Iturbide from OS2World also posted a photo gallery and YouTube playlist from the event.

Martin Iturbide reports that he received permission from IBM to re-publish some ScreenReader/2 articles. ScreenReader/2 provided blind users access to the Presentation Manager GUI, to Windows programs running under OS/2, and to text mode DOS and OS/2 programs.

The Arca Noae website has started getting some content, outlining some of their projects and services available, as well as an on online shop where you can purchase various OS/2 software. This new company plans to be the driving force behind further development and maintenance of the OS/2 platform for some time to come. It is backed by Lewis Rosenthal, David Azarewicz, Steven Levine, and others, and is partnered with other OS/2 players including bitwise and netlabs.org. Upcoming announcements will include new applications and updates, and new device driver developments. An announcement regarding Warpstock Europe is also expected.

Martin Iturbide continues on his quest to get unmaintained OS/2 programs to be released as open source; he has created over 1200 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.

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FreeCol version 0.11.1 has been released (11/16/2014). 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.

QtGrace version 0.2.4 has been ported (11/11/2014) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is to display, plot, and analyze data.

NZBGet version 14.0 has been ported (11/10/2014) to OS/2. This is a binary newsgrabber, which downloads files from usenet.

Qupzilla version 1.8.4 has been ported (11/7/2014) to OS/2. This is a Webkit-based browser, which uses the Qt4 libraries.

RSSGuard version has been ported (11/6/2014) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a RSS and ATOM feed reader.

GeoGebra version 5.0.29 has been released. This is software for learning and teaching math, from elementary school to university level; it requires Java 1.5 or higher.

Guiffy version 11.0 has been released (11/3/2014). Guiffy is a file compare / merge (diff-like) tool with a GUI implemented in Java.

qelectrotech version 0.4 beta has been ported (11/3/2014) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is for designing electrical diagrams.

Regina REXX version 3.9.0 has been released (10/30/2014). This is an implementation of the ANSI Standard REXX Programming Language. Note that the new release is not mentioned on the website, but is present if you follow the download links. From OS2World.

ChatZilla version 0.9.91 has been released (10/3/2014). This is the IRC client that comes with SeaMonkey (and works with Firefox); it supports SSL and full Unicode nicknames.

Wget version 1.16 has been ported (11/2/2014) to OS/2. This is a utility to retrieve files from the World Wide Web using HTTP and FTP, including downloading files larger than 2GB, and from SSL sites. The recursive retrieval of HTML pages, as well as FTP sites is supported - you can use it to make mirrors of archives and home pages. Re-getting incomplete files from where it left off works on servers (both HTTP and FTP) that support it.

Stunnel version 5.07 has been ported (11/2/2014) to OS/2. This is a program that allows you to encrypt arbitrary TCP connections inside SSL (Secure Sockets Layer); you can secure non-SSL aware daemons and protocols (like POP, IMAP, LDAP, etc).

Paul Smedley has released (11/2/2014) a port of GCC version 4.9.2. This compiler allows many modern projects to be compiled for OS/2. Also available are ports of 4.8.3, 4.7.4, 4.5.4 and 4.4.6, as well as even older GCC versions 4.3.x, 4.0.4, and 3.4.6. From VOICE News.

Dave Yeo has released (10/31/2014) a build of Lightning version 2.6.5; this is a SeaMonkey and Thunderbird extension that provides calendar support. It is compatible with SeaMonkey 2.21.x and Thunderbird 24.x builds.

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