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VLC media player version 3.0.4 has been ported (9/3/2018) 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.

ArcaOS 5.0.3 has been released (8/19/2018). This refreshed install contains various updates, including an updated Samba client, and the ability to install from a bootable USB stick. Note that the ArcaOS installer does not support upgrading a previous install, so if you are already successfully running 5.0.x, it is recommended that you simply apply any updates that get released separately, rather than do a fresh install. You may also like to read my earlier mini review.

XWorkplace version 1.0.12 has been released (7/31/2018). A recent 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. XWorkplace is an open source project at netlabs.org.

The presentation files from Warpstock Europe 2018 are available online; of particular interest are Lewis Rosenthal on the ArcaOS Roadmap where some details about 5.0.3 and 5.1 are shared, and Silvan Scherrer on Bitwise projects.

VOICE News posts are now posted to Twitter, in addition to the mailing list and newsgroup feed. In other VOICE news, they are testing a remote support tool, which is essentially VNC over SSH.

Warpstock Europe 2019 will be the 20th Anniversary event, held at the Stay Okay Soest in the Netherlands on May 18-19. Registration will be $120, with a discounted rate of $105 until July 31st. It's hoped that there will be some collaboration with the Dutch Hobby Computer Club for the event. Thanks to Roderick Klein for the info.

Dave Yeo has released (6/6/2018) updated OS/2 builds of SeaMonkey 2.42.9 and Thunderbird 45.8.0, based on the Bitwise fork of Firefox. There are additional external dependencies required now; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information, as well as 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. The refreshed build has a few fixes, but reports suggest that disabling Chatzilla may prevent some heavy CPU usage.

The bitwiseworks Firefox fork has released (5/20/2018) a "GA2" build, still based on Gecko 45.9.0esr. Note that 45esr was long ago obsoleted by 52esr, which in turn was obsoleted by 60esr, with 45esr not getting security updates since April 2017. This build has more bugfixes, but the "GA" releases have generally been worse than the earlier "beta" releases. Also, native printing support other than Postscript was dropped, although printing to PDF is possible. There are several additional external dependencies required now; see the README file for more details. Note that Bitwise has abandoned the ZIP packaging for an RPM package (which is not publicly available), and instead offers an archive based on the RPM package. It is unclear if there will be any releases based on 52esr, but that will be the end of the road, as newer versions require the Rust compiler, which is unlikely to be ported to OS/2. Note that the SeaMonkey project is also undecided on how it will proceed beyond 52esr (on all platforms), as Mozilla long ago stopped caring about anything other than Firefox. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop.

Roderick Klein posted a couple updates on the VOICE browser fundraising campaign, indicating that $12,650 has been collected. However, the real news is that the project to port Qt5 has begun, with the roadmap projecting a full year of work on porting Qt itself, and then another 6 months on porting QtWebEngine and Chromium components. If you want to help with funding, you can contribute to Bitwise directly, or to the VOICE campaign.

Sigurd has been successful in getting OS/2 running on the 25th Anniversary ThinkPad.

Andy Willis reports that Warpstock 2017 merchandise is still available for a limited time from the CafePress store. Warptock 2018 will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 14-16. If you register by June 30th, you'll get a $15 discount, while students can attend for free. For last year's event in Toronto, you can view a picture gallery, the presentation materials, and YouTube videos of the presentations.

OS2World recently celebrated its 18th year online. It continues to be a great resource for the community.

The currently available RDP client (remote desktop protocol, for remotely controlling Windows desktops) on OS/2 is RDesktop, ported by Andrey Vasilkin. However, RDesktop is being superseded by a more active project called FreeRDP. Andrey proposes porting FreeRDP to OS/2, but needs support from the OS/2 user base; sponsoring units for this work may be purchased in the Arca Noae store.

Ryan C. Gordon, of icculus.org fame, spent a bit of time hacking on "'2ine,' pronounced 'twine,' which emulates OS/2 binaries in the same way that Wine emulates Windows binaries." He managed to get quite a bit of command line OS/2 apps running on Linux (including compilers), as well as some bare bones Presentation Manager windowing support (just enough to draw a rectangle on the screen). It's unlikely that he will spend any more on it, but the source code is available for anyone else to play around with.

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The ACPI driver has been updated (9/7/2018) to version 3.23.10 for Arca Noae subscribers, and no longer has a requirement for eCS. Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) is a replacement for APM, PnP, and related hardware features. It features support for multiprocessor systems (SMP, Dual Core, and HyperThreading), there is an APM driver, and an ACPI Setup tool that replaces the Power object. There is an ACPI Tools web page as well, which includes a battery monitoring widget for XCenter.

Links version 2.17 has been released (9/7/2018). Links is a small and fast WWW browser that supports graphics, Javascript, font smoothing, tables and allows for considerable customization of the cache, character set, and more.

ClamAV GUI version has been released (9/7/2018). This is a GUI front-end for configuring and running the ClamAV anti-virus program, which bundles an XPI for integration with Thunderbird.

David Azarewicz has updated (9/6/2018) Drv16/Drv32, a "development kit to make developing new device drivers very easy." These contains header files and a library that contains all of the system related things necessary to build a device driver on OS/2; Drv32 also has the thunking modules necessary. The latest MultiMac drivers are based on this kit.

Testlog version 3.20 has been released (9/5/2018). This program collects data about your system and the driver under test, and puts it into a log file for diagnostics.

klUsrMgr version 1.2.1 has been released (9/4/2018). This is a kLIBC user management utility, built with VX-REXX.

The SATA AHCI disk controller driver has been updated (9/3/2018) to version 2.05 for Arca Noae subscribers. The GPL source code (based on the Linux kernel) is available from the AHCI project site.

Form History Control version has been released (9/2/2018). This is a Mozilla extension that allows you to manage the form data saved by your web browser.

Arca Noae has released (9/1/2018) a slimmed down version of the OS/2 FAT32 driver, which has had all the non-FAT32 support removed.

Jmol version 14.29.19 has been released (8/31/2018). This is a Java molecular viewer for three dimensional chemical structures; it requires Java 1.4 or higher.

PHPMyAdmin version 4.8.3 has been released (8/22/2018). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web.

An OS/2 port of FreeRDP has been updated (8/13/2018). This is a client for Remote Desktop Protocol, commonly used by Windows. This is a test version, which requires a CPU with AVX support and the OS/4 kernel. In the OS2World forum thread, you can see a screenshot of the WPS class for configuring all the settings.

BiblioteQ version 2018.07.04 has been ported (8/13/2018) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a library management suite.

Agena version 2.12.7 has been released (8/12/2018). This is an interpreted language suited for sophisticated procedural programming, with syntax like simplified Algol 68, with elements taken from Lua and SQL.

Weasel version 2.48 has been released (8/10/2018). This is a "lightweight" SMTP/POP server that has multi-domain support, and is now open source under the GPL.

BIND version 9.11.3 has been ported (4/2/2018) to OS/2. BIND is the Berkeley Internet Name Daemon, an implementation of DNS protocols.

Paul Smedley has released (3/4/2018) an OS/2 port of Tor version Tor protects your privacy and anonymity by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world.

Paul Smedley has released (2/25/2018) an OS/2 build of Wireshark version 2.2.13. 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. Newer versions of Wireshark will require a newer version of Qt to be ported.

USB drivers build 10.224 have been released (8/3/2018); 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.

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