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The bitwiseworks Firefox fork imported the Firefox 38.2.1esr sources a couple weeks ago, and has been busily working towards a new release. The new version will feature improved HTML5 audio support via ffmpeg. There is also some signs of life on the VirtualBox 5.0 for OS/2 project; VOICE News reports that they are partnering with XEU. VirtualBox is a feature rich, high performance virtualization product, and is the only professional solution that is open source. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop.

Dave Yeo released (8/8/2015) a build of Thunderbird 31.8.0, based on the Bitwise fork of the Gecko 31 "Extended Support Release" branch. See my Warpzilla Tips page for more information.

There are some calling for the Apache Foundation to acknowledge that OpenOffice is dead, and point people to LibreOffice instead. The IBM Lotus Symphony team quit working on the project a year ago, and it is all but abandoned now. Unfortunately, the OS/2 support was removed from LibreOffice source code long ago.

Dave Yeo has released (7/26/2015) an updated build of SeaMonkey 2.28, based on the Bitwise fork of the Gecko 31 "Extended Support Release" branch. As with the Firefox 31esr build, it now requires libkai; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information. Note that SeaMonkey 2.28 was skipped on the "tier 1" platforms, so there may be some additional rough edges due to that.

Martin Iturbide from OS2World noted that the OS/2 drivers included in the VirtualBox Guest Additions were updated for VirtualBox 5 (for other platforms). The updated files include gengradd.dll, VBoxControl.exe, VBoxGuest.sys, vboxmouse.sys, VBoxReplaceDll.exe, and VBoxService.exe, and are dated July 9, 2015.

The bitwiseworks Firefox fork has released (7/24/2015) a beta 5 build, based on Gecko 31.8.0esr. KOMH ported the current audio library (libcubeb), so HTML5 audio will function again, using his libkai interface that supports both DART and UniAud. Javascript performance is also improved, with some crashes fixed. However, the IPC plugin support remains buggy, so out of process plugins are still disabled; fortunately, the need for plugins continues to rapidly decline. There are additional external dependencies required now; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information. The next release will be based on Firefox 38esr, with improved HTML5 audio support via ffmpeg. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop. From VOICE News.

Bitwise has announced they are still working on porting Eclipse SWT to OS/2, which builds on top of OpenJDK and Odin, although there doesn't seem to be much activity the last couple months. The impetus for working on SWT is driven by developer desire for good GUI tools for source code control, such as SmartSVN and SmartGit, which require SWT support in recent versions. Additionally, they are planning to port OpenJDK 8 to OS/2 later this year. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop. From VOICE News.

Arca Noae has been working with Paul Smedley to bring Kerberos to OS/2, which will be used for a new Samba client (and NetDrive plugin) based on the latest Samba 4.2.2. The NetDrive plugin will have new settings to enable NTLM v1 or Kerberos 5 authentication, to override the default NTLM v2 authentication. Current builds have been tested against Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 R2, as well as Samba 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, and 4.2 servers running on Linux, and against NetWare CIFS and Windows 2000, XP, 7, and 8. Thanks to Lewis Rosenthal for the info.

Joachim Benjamins, formerly of Mensys and now XEU, came out of hiding to report on bugfixes that will be rolled into eCS 2.2, which is now expected in October. There is a healthy amount of skepticism in the forum, since there has been no progress since December 2013, and the bugfixes listed were done by others and have been available for quite some time already.

Warpstock 2015 will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita, Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25, 2015. There will be presentations on Samba and Kerberos, and some user-focused sessions, including one on dealing with DLL conflicts when installing via different sources. In addition, Arca Noae's David Azarewicz will be on hand to present. Other speakers include Neil Waldhauer, Andy Willis, and Lewis Rosenthal, with more to be announced in the near future. If you register before September 1st, you will receive a 10% early bird discount. 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 Lewis Rosenthal for the info.

Warpstock Europe 2015 was held in Munich, on June 6-7, and many presentations are now online; there are also some pictures from the event. Speakers included David Azarewicz, Roderick Klein, Steve Levine, Keith Merrington, Lewis Rosenthal, and Gregg Young. Warpstock Europe 2016 will be held in Cologne Germany, on May 21-22. From VOICE News.

Arca Noae has licensed the SNAP Graphics for OS/2 source code from Alt Richmond Inc., the company that bought the SciTech SNAP technology several years ago. Mensys previously licensed it as well, but never utilized it in any way (at least, no fixes or updates were ever released publicly). Arca Noae hopes to add support for additional hardware, starting with newer Intel graphics chipsets. From VOICE News.

VLC media player version 2.2.1 has been ported (4/25/2015) 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.

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Wireless LAN Monitor / XWLAN version 3.12 beta 4 has been released (9/12/2015). It is available as a XCenter widget as well as a standalone program, and features connection monitoring, multiple connection profiles, generation of WEP keys, and more. The latest version can be found via FTP.

PMUniMix version 0.70 has been released (9/11/2015). This is a PM mixer for UniAud which should list all available devices supported by your audio chip.

CUE/WAV Extract Utility version 1.1 has been ported (9/9/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app does batch extraction of individual tracks from .CUE/.WAV audio disk images.

The eCo Software runtimes have been updated (9/8/2015). These are libraries and PM controls used by programs written by eCo Software. The latest updates are available via FTP.

TripleA version has been released (9/8/2015). This is a Java turn-based strategy game, which requires Java 1.6.

PHPMyAdmin version has been released (9/8/2015). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web.

BS_Info version 1.6 (9/7/2015) shows information about your system and can start various configuration programs.

BS_FF version 2.2 (9/7/2015) allows you to search for files with many different criteria, and perform various actions on them.

Flacon version 1.2.0 has been ported (9/7/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app extracts individual tracks from one big audio file.

ProjectLibre version 1.6.2 has been released (9/7/2015). This is project management software with support for Gantt diagrams, which requires Java 1.6.

The Arca Noae MultiMac project has released (9/3/2105) new NDIS drivers for subscribers: Realtek mmre version 0.0.1, Atheros mmalc version 0.0.1 and mmale version 0.0.1, and Attansic mmae version 0.0.1. Also updated (but without any driver changes) are Intel e1000b version 0.0.2, e1000e version 0.2.8, Nvidia nveth version 0.1.15, and Realtek r8169 version 1.0.2. The source code (based on FreeBSD and/or Linux kernel) is available from the MultiMac project site. From VOICE News.

Webissues version 1.1.3 has been ported (9/3/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is for issue tracking and team collaboration.

More Qt4 apps were ported (9/2/2015) to OS/2, including: nomacs version 2.4.6 is an image viewer; and Qoobar version 1.6.7 is a tag editor for music files, such as MP3 and Ogg Vorbis.

Arachnophilia version 5.5 build 2902 has been released (9/1/2015). This is a web page editor and development tool, which requires Java 1.5 or higher.

The USB-based monitor for APC Back-UPS CS/ES has been updated (8/31/2015) to version 0.17. The web site is in Russian, but there is an English readme file.

Links version 2.11 has been released (8/31/2015). 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.

Some libraries have been ported (8/30/2015) to OS/2, including: zlib 1.2.8, a compression library; and libpng version 1.6.18, the reference library for PNG images.

Geometria version 4.0 has been updated (8/26/2015). This app is for creating and solving problems in solid geometry, and is now written in HTML and Javascript.

PMView, the indispensable graphics viewer, has been updated (8/25/2015) to version 3.78. Version 3.x has several new features, including EXIF support, scripted batch conversions, lossless JPEG rotation, and flyover image info; see the full list of what's new for more info. Registered users can get their updates by following the download instructions received with their original purchase.

Free Pascal version 3.0.0 rc1 has been released (8/25/2015). Free Pascal is a Pascal compiler that is semantically compatible with Borland Turbo Pascal and Borland Delphi.

FONTNAME version 1.0 has been released (8/25/2015). This is a command-line tool which displays information about TrueType and OpenType fonts. It summarizes the NAME table, lists included CMAPs, and can optionally dump the OS/2 or POST tables or display information about kerning pairs.

dos2unix and unix2dos version 7.3 have been released (8/24/2015). These command line tools convert plain text files from/to DOS and UNIX formats.

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