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The official event logo for Warpstock 2015 has been announced; the Warpstock 2015 Online Support page lists available sizes you can use to show support. Also, videos of some sessions from Warpstock 2014 are now available from the event's Sessions page, in Ogg format (plays natively in Mozilla browsers). Thanks to Andy Willis for the info.

Arca Noae has posted an informative FAQ about the company, licensing, drivers and software subscription, and more. They have also fleshed out their About page, detailing who is involved, and some of their previous OS/2 involvement. From VOICE News.

OS2World recently celebrated its 15th year online. It continues to be a great resource for the community; they recently pointed out this entertaining video that discusses some of the history of OS/2.

Dave Yeo has released (3/14/2015) new unofficial builds of SeaMonkey 2.21, Firefox 24.8.1, and Thunderbird 24.8.1, based on the Bitwise fork of the Gecko 24 "Extended Support Release" branch. However, they have been patched to include libsydneyaudio to support HTML5 audio; that library was removed from Gecko since it was buggy, but the replacement HTML5 audio library remains to be ported to OS/2. Dave also released an updated build of Lightning 2.6.5 to accommodate the removal of the mozjs DLL. There are also some additional external dependencies required now; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information. 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.

The bitwiseworks Firefox fork has released (3/10/2015) a beta 4 build, based on Gecko 24.8.1esr. Compared to the previous 24esr beta, it has some UI fixes and reduced memory footprint; however, HTML5 sound support remains broken, while the IPC plugin support is still buggy. There are also some additional external dependencies required now; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information. Note that Mozilla switched over to 31esr several months ago (with Gecko 38 currently in alpha), so 24esr has known security vulnerabilities. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop. From VOICE News.

Warpstock 2015 will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita, Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25, 2015. The Warpstock Board of Directors is working hard to make this another enjoyable and informative event. If you register before July 1st, you will receive a 20% early bird discount, or a 10% discount if you register before September 1st. Registration fees for presenters are waived, with an encouragement to contribute a matching amount to Warpstock. Contributions are fully tax-deductible, help keep Warpstock operating, keep the cost of registration at a reasonable level for all attendees, and help Warpstock assist presenters who would like to come in person but who cannot fully afford the travel expense. Thanks to Andy Willis and Lewis Rosenthal for the info.

YUMIE, the YUM/RPM and WarpIn package management front end under development by Arca Noae, is continuing to evolve, with the goal of a GA release in the next quarter. Recent builds introduced code to check for DLL conflicts between WarpIn-installed packages and RPMs selected for install, and does other things to help referee between the two package formats. Thanks to Lewis Rosenthal for the info.

Arca Noae has announced their membership in the UEFI Forum. The UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) specification defines a new model for the interface between operating systems and platform firmware, and is intended to replace the legacy BIOS. Arca Noae is looking into how this new technology can be supported under OS/2 in the future. From VOICE News.

VLC media player version 2.2.0 has been ported (2/28/2015) 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.

Arca Noae recently acquired the remaining assets of Serenity Systems International, which was primarily its domain name. There was no change in status for eComstation, which continues to be an IBM licensee via XEU (formerly Mensys). From VOICE News.

Bitwise has updated (2/10/2015) their OS/2 port of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1, which reduces the memory footprint. Bitwise took over OpenOffice development from Mensys, but the primary developer on the project remains the same. Mensys discontinued their OpenOffice subscriptions some time ago, so this should not affect anyone who previously paid for it; Bitwise allows 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 VOICE News.

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libdvbpsi version 1.2.0 has been ported (4/5/2015) to OS/2. This is a full MPEG2 client/server multimedia library, used by the VLC media player.

DFSee version 12.4 has been released (4/3/2015). 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. There is also a support forum available.

dos2unix and unix2dos version 7.2.1 have been released (4/3/2015). These command line tools convert plain text files from/to DOS and UNIX formats. The latest OS/2 version can be found on Hobbes.

TEA version 41.0.0 has been ported (4/2/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a text editor.

A patch to bring Styler/2 (aka Smart Windows) to version 1.7.5 has been released (4/1/2015, but files are from 2/12/2006); the shareware limitations have been removed. The program features: shade or bitmap as titlebar background; 3D effect for titlebar text; selectable bitmaps for the window controls (you can change them at run time: no DLL patching required); selectable position for the window close button; titlebar hiding / mouse sensitive pop-up; titlebar context menu; WarpSans font for all dialog windows; window rolling; frame drag; entry fields automatic text selection (you can choose which mouse event selects the whole entry field content); automatic (sliding) focus (works with WinOS2 windows as well); mouse pointer hiding; mouse button double click emulation; and easy-to-use PM installer / uninstaller.

Major Major version 2.0 has been released (4/1/2015). It is a mailing list manager for OS/2 that lets you create multiple mailing lists on your machine.

Nice-OS/2 Enhancer version 5.6.8 has been released (4/1/2015). This application adds new features to the OS/2 PM interface: extended scrolling, window skinning, keyboard/mouse actions, window positioning, logon scripts, priority management, window list cleaning, text-mode window additions, SSH console control, FireFox & Wiki keys, various patches for OS/2 and Workplace Shell.

PHPMyAdmin version 4.4.0 has been released (4/1/2015). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web.

A driver for the Wacom Intuos tablets has been released. It supports the pen on models CTH-480, CTH-680, CTL-480, and CTL-680, and can work in in absolute or relative mode.

Agena version 2.5.1 has been released (3/30/2015). This is an interpreted language suited for sophisticated procedural programming, with syntax like simplified Algol 68, with elements taken from Lua and SQL. The website does not currently mention the OS/2 release, but if you follow the download links for the binaries you will find it.

BlueJ version 3.1.5 has been released (3/29/2015). This is an integrated Java environment specifically designed for teaching object orientation; it requires JDK 1.6 (not just the JRE) or later.

texstudio version 2.9.4 has been ported (3/25/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a LaTeX editor.

The USB-based monitor for APC Back-UPS CS/ES has been updated (3/23/2015) to version 0.16. The web site is in Russian, but there is an English readme file.

Jmol version 14.2.13 has been released (3/23/2015). This is a Java molecular viewer for three dimensional chemical structures; it requires Java 1.4 or higher.

Beebeep version 0.9.8 has been ported (3/20/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a secure network chat, which doesn't require a server.

OpenSSL version 1.0.0r has been ported (3/20/2015) to OS/2. This is a robust, commercial-grade, full-featured, and Open Source toolkit implementing the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) protocols, as well as a full-strength general purpose cryptography library.

Peter Moylan has updated (3/17/2015) 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. From VOICE News.

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