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Dave Yeo has released (5/8/2016) a build of SeaMonkey 2.35.8, based on Gecko 38.8esr, and including the latest patches from the Bitwise fork of Firefox. Compared to the last Firefox build, it has Javascript internationalization support (fixing password management), and supports Libav for playing back additional HTML5 video formats. There are additional external dependencies required now; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information, and an updated mozsupport package.


VLC media player version 2.2.3 has been ported (5/6/2016) 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.


Warpstock Europe 2016 will be held in Cologne Germany, on May 21-22. Lewis Rosenthal and David Azarewicz will be present from Arca Noae, bringing the latest news on Blue Lion, as well as Silvan Scherrer from Bitwise Works. There will be a live stream for people who can not attend. Tickets should be purchased online before May 14th. Thanks to Roderick Klein for the info.


OS2World recently celebrated its 16th year online. It continues to be a great resource for the community.


Warpstock 2016 will be held in Orlando, Florida on Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6. Register before July 1 and receive a 33% early bird discount on a full conference registration or 50% off the daily rate; they have also 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. There is a call for presentations, which can be done in person or via Skype; respond to presenters@warpstock.org. Thanks to Andy Willis and Neil Waldhauer for the info.


Dave Yeo released (2/28/2016) a build of Thunderbird 38.6.0. 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.


The bitwiseworks Firefox fork has released (2/21/2016) a new build, based on Gecko 38.2.1esr. This version features support for downloadable web fonts, with a switch to the full fontconfig library and using Pango. It is using a new build of Cairo, which has temporarily broken printing support; printing to PDF is still possible. There are also some problems with saved passwords. There are additional external dependencies required now; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information. It is expected that the next build will be based on Gecko 38.6.1esr, which will have security udpates and hopefully a few bugfixes. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop.


Lewis Rosenthal provided a "first look" at Blue Lion via Skype to the Dutch OS/2 Users Group on January 9th. The presentation is online, and shows some screenshots of the new Preboot environment. From VOICE News.


Bitwise has released (12/18/2015) their OS/2 port of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2, which reduces the memory footprint. Bitwise took over OpenOffice development from Mensys, but the primary developer on the project remains the same; they allow 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 os2.jp.


The Lucide wiki indicates that Arca Noae has plans to continue developing it. Previously, users of this PDF viewer were advised to switch to qpdfview instead. Note that both applications use the same poppler library. From OS2World.

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Lynx version 2.8.9dev.9 has been ported (5/7/2016) to OS/2. Lynx is a text-mode WWW browser.


The eCo Software runtimes have been updated (5/6/2016). These are libraries and PM controls used by programs written by eCo Software. The latest updates are available via FTP. From OS2World.


rdesktop version 1.8.3 has been ported (5/4/2016) to OS/2. This is a free RDP client which you can use to connect to a Windows machine.


The Adobe Source fonts have been packaged (5/3/2016) to OS/2. It includes these fonts from Adobe: Adobe Source Code Pro, Adobe Source Sans Pro, and Adobe Source Serif Pro.


Nconvert version 6.88 has been released (5/2/2016). This is a multi-format image converter that supports more then 300 graphics formats.


PHPMyAdmin version 4.6.1 has been released (5/2/2016). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web.


Paul Smedley has released (4/30/2016) a test build of the GCC 6.1 compiler, and would appreciate feedback from anyone who can test it. GCC 6.1 is the first stable release in the GCC 6 series; 6.0 was a beta release.


USB drivers build 10.203 have been released (4/26/2016); 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.


More Qt4 apps were ported (4/24/2016) to OS/2, including: taskbar version 2.4.14 is a program launcher; and TEA version 41.1.1 is a text editor.


Peter Moylan has updated (4/21/2016) his numerical analysis software, which includes the Modula-2 source code, and test programs. It covers complex numbers, matrices, polynomials, rational functions, fast fourier transform, and differential equations.


Google Droid fonts have beeen packaged (4/21/2016) for OS/2. This is a family of high-quality fonts originally designed for Google Android, and includes Droid Sans, Droid Sans Mono, and Droid Serif.


A driver for MCS7830 based USB to Ethernet adapters has been updated (4/17/2016) to version 1.4.


Stendhal version 1.20 has been released (4/13/2016). This is a multi-player online adventure game / MMORPG, which requires Java 1.5 or later.


AVxCAT (formerly FFMPEGCA) version 1.4.0 has been released. This is a GUI front-end for ffmpeg and other tools, which allows converting audio and video between formats.


Flames version 3.1.1 has been ported (4/10/2016) to OS/2. This tool algorithmically generates images and animations, like ones hosted at the "Electric Sheep" website. The Qt4 application Qosmic version 1.5.0 has also been ported (4/11/2016), for a nicer GUI method.

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