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Dave Yeo has released (6/3/2017) an OS/2 build of SeaMonkey 2.42.9, based on 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. Note that the SeaMonkey project skipped from version 2.40 to 2.46 on other platforms, and Dave has back-ported some fixes.


Dave Yeo has released (5/20/2017) an OS/2 build of Thunderbird 45.8, based on the Bitwise fork of Firefox. Note that it has the same limitations as the current Firefox build; notably, printing support is broken.


The bitwiseworks Firefox fork has released (5/19/2017) a new build (one year after the previous one), based on Gecko 45.5.0esr. Note that 45esr has already been obsoleted by 52esr, and the final security update (45.9esr) was released for other platforms on April 18th. This build still has broken printing support, although printing to PDF is possible. There are several additional external dependencies required now; see the README file for more details. Various user reports suggest that this build performs quite sluggishly, and multimedia support is partially broken. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop.


ArcaOS 5.0 (code name Blue Lion) has been released (5/15/2017), marking the first OS/2 update since eComStation 2.1 in 2011. There are some official screenshots to provide a quick overview. There are two levels of pricing: a personal license is $129, with an intro price of $99 for the first 90 days of release, while a commercial license is $229. The former includes 6 months of support and maintenance updates, while the latter includes one year. If you have an existing software subscription, check the details on your available options; of note is that ArcaOS 5.1 is already in the planning stages. An earlier announcement detailed some of what to expect in this 5.0 release: XWorkplace with ArcaOS branding and exclusive features (such as a new Removable Device widget); new apps including DVD Tools, Archive Tool, Dynamic Icons, ArcaBar, Lucide Document Viewer, and much more; new network filesystem connectivity (Samba 4.5); updated kernel, with fixes and enhancements to better handle modern memory-hungry apps; new loader, allowing use of RAM above 4GB as a RAM disk; brand new installer; updated SNAP accelerated video driver; and more. The OS2World forum has lots of discussion about getting ArcaOS installed on various hardware, and Lewis Rosenthal did a video interview with Bryan Lunduke on YouTube (skip the first 7 minutes or so of the video to get past the unrelated bits).


Warptock 2017 will be held at the Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10. Register before May 31 and receive a 20% early bird discount on a full or daily conference registration. Also remember to book your hotel ($116 CAD/night single or double) and travel early. Thanks to Andy Willis for the news.


Rich Walsh has been working on an updated and improved version of PNG icon support (Sunny Icons), which will be included in ArcaOS as "Dynamic Icons". It has had a lot of bugs fixed, the user interface has been revamped, and you can dynamically enable or disable the custom icons. Rich notes that Dynamic Icons are incompatible with the split view feature of XWorkPlace.


The UniAud sound drivers have been refreshed (4/3/2017). This is based on the GPL ALSA Project from Linux and provides drivers for various sound chipsets, including HDA, AC97, and PCI cards. Note that the cause of repeating system sounds has been found to be a bug in IBM's SND.DLL, and there is a workaround available. For what it's worth, this project has stagnated for quite a while now; ALSA 1.0.24 is from early 2011, while the current upstream version is 1.1.3. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.


Warpstock Europe 2017 will be held May 20-21 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, with a social event on Friday evening. Registration is available from Arca Noae, and there will be a video stream for those who cannot attend in person. You can expect the latest news from Bitwise and Arca Noae, as well as an OS/2 quiz. Thanks to Roderick Klein for the info.


XWorkplace version 1.0.11 has been released (12/14/2016); the primary new feature is Xview, an improved version of the split folder view. It includes all the features of XFolder 0.85, virtual desktops using xPager (formerly PageMage), a replacement for WarpCenter (XCenter) with lots of widgets, a trash can, most of the NPSWPS and WarpEnhancer features, object hotkeys, lots of new settings pages, and more. It requires WarpIN for the installation. XWorkplace is an open source project at netlabs.org. From VOICE News.


Bitwise has released (11/30/2016) their OS/2 port of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3, which again 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 OS2World.

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Paul Smedley has released (6/4/2017) an OS/2 build of Wireshark version 2.2.7. It won't capture packets (that requires the pcap library to be ported), but can analyze logs captured on another system, or those from iptrace. It requires the heimdal DLLs and Qt4 for the GUI.


FFMpeg version 3.3.1 has been ported (6/3/2017) to OS/2. This is a complete (command line driven) solution to record, convert, and stream audio and video. Note that WarpVision, KMP, and MPlayer all use this library.


Dodgin' Diamond 2 version 0.2.2 has been ported (6/3/2017) to OS/2. This is a scrolling "shoot'em up" game.


Jmol version 14.17.2 has been released (6/3/2017). This is a Java molecular viewer for three dimensional chemical structures; it requires Java 1.4 or higher.


p7zip version 16.02 has been ported (6/1/2017) to OS/2. This is an archiving utility with better compression ratios than many other archivers.


FAT32.IFS version 0.10 r269 has been released (6/1/2017). The latest work on this filesystem driver has focused on improving the format and chkdsk functions, VFAT support for FAT16, and early exFAT support. You can find the latest version via FTP.


Beebeep version 4.0.0 has been ported (5/31/2017) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a secure network chat, which doesn't require a server.


QXmlEdit version 0.9.7 has been ported (5/28/2017) to OS/2. This is a tree-based XML editor, which uses the Qt4 libraries.


LSZipWizard version 0.91 has been released (5/27/2017). This is a GUI interface to view/extract or create/update ZIP files, with WPS integration.


PHPMyAdmin version 4.7.1 has been released (5/26/2017). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web.


Samba server version 1.3.0 has been updated (5/18/2017), based on Samba 3.6.25. This allows you to share your files without the need of NetBIOS (IBM LAN Manager or IBM Peer). It is faster than previous releases, and is the first OS/2 implementation of the SMB2 protocol. The Samba Server Control Center (SSCC) was updated to 1.1.0, Samba User Management (SMBUsers) was updated to 2.0.0, and Samba Status Monitor (SMBMon) was updated to 2.5.0. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.


Agena version 2.9.10.1 has been released (5/14/2017). This is an interpreted language suited for sophisticated procedural programming, with syntax like simplified Algol 68, with elements taken from Lua and SQL. Thanks to Alexander Walz for the info.


USB drivers build 10.217 have been released (5/12/2017); included are the base USB host controller drivers, USB HID drivers (keyboard and mouse), USB printing driver, USB serial driver, USB audio driver, USB ethernet driver, and USB MSD driver. The latest work is focused on much improved USB audio support, as well as 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.


eyeCU version 1.3.0 has been updated (5/12/2017) for OS/2. This is a cross-platform XMPP / instant messenger client, which uses the Qt4 libraries. It has many features, including emoji support. From VOICE News.


Another OS/2 port of VNC Server and VNC Viewer has been updated (5/12/2017). It provides a VNC server and client for OS/2 Presentation Manager, has UltraVNC compatible chat and file transfer, and WPS integration.


Weasel version 2.37 has been released (5/11/2017). This is a "lightweight" SMTP/POP server that has multi-domain support, and is now open source under the GPL. There is also an IMAP extension available, which has some limitations. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.


Paul Smedley has released OS/2 builds of GCC 7.1 (5/7/2017) and GCC 6.3 (12/22/2016). This compiler is required to build numerous open source projects.

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