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Dave Yeo released (1/24/2016) a build of Thunderbird 31.8.0 that is linked against the new port of FontConfig, but unlike his SeaMonkey build should still work on older processors; the earlier (8/8/2015) Thunderbird build is also available. See my Warpzilla Tips page for more information.

Dave Yeo has released (1/15/2016) an updated build of SeaMonkey 2.28, based on the Bitwise fork of the Gecko 31 "Extended Support Release" branch. It is linked against a new port of the FontConfig library, and is also built with some optimizations, which will crash with a SIGILL on older processors such as the Pentium 4; the older (7/26/2015) build of 2.28 is also available. As with the Firefox 31esr build, it requires libkai; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information, and an updated mozsupport package. Note that SeaMonkey 2.28 was skipped on the "tier 1" platforms, so there may be some additional rough edges due to that.

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.

There hasn't been much activity on the bitwiseworks Firefox fork in the last month, but they did report working on related projects, necessary to move forward: they updated Python (used for the build), made a new and more complete port for FontConfig, updated FreeType, ported HarfBuzz and Pango (both for font support), updated Cairo (graphics library), and ported Pixman (for Cairo). The next version is also planned to feature improved HTML5 audio support via ffmpeg. There has also been a lot of activity on the VirtualBox for OS/2 project. 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. 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.

Warpstock Europe 2015 was held back in June, and videos of the presentations have now been made available on a new YouTube channel; 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.

Noller & Breining Software released the source code for AMouse GUI; Clock60, a desktop clock; CUtil, a function library; PmCtlsPP, a library of window control extensions; PMFormat, a diskette formatter; WPSac, Workplace Shell Access Control restricts access to users with a configured user id; and WPSam, which allows switching the desktop by switching INI files. From VOICE News.

DFSee version 13.0 has been released (12/2/2015). 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. It now features full support for the GPT partitioning style. There is also a support forum available. From VOICE News.

The third annual OS/2 User Meeting in Cologne, Germany was held at the end of November, and there are some pictures and discussion available on os2.org. Herwig Bauernfeind of Bitwise discussed their current and future projects: Firefox 38, Virtualbox 5 (in early alpha), updated Java, SWT and Eclipse, Samba 3.6, Injoy Firewall 5 (with a new Qt GUI), OpenOffice 4.1.2, and Qt5; Flash plugin support has been discontinued. The fourth annual event is already planned for Saturday, the 26th of November 2015, at the same location.

Arca Noae has posted their Blue Lion announcement and some FAQs, and there was some nice press coverage on TechRepublic, The Register, and Network World.

The presentations from Warpstock 2015 are available online; they cover Samba, VOICE, Alex Taylor's apps, CUPS, SNAP Graphics, Kerberos, and more. Also, videos of some sessions from Warpstock 2014 are available from the event's Sessions page, in Ogg format (plays natively in Mozilla browsers).

Lewis Rosenthal announced at Warpstock that Arca Noae is now licensed by IBM to create a new OS/2 distribution; it is currently codenamed "Blue Lion" and has a tentative release of Q3 2016. It will be based on OS/2 Warp 4.52 (MCP2) and the SMP kernel, with a new installer which does not require floppies or optical media (USB and possibly network installs), the Arca Noae driver updates including ACPI, USB, and MultiMac, and an updated version of SNAP Graphics. Lewis made it clear that there is no agreement between Arca Noae and XEU (formerly Mensys), and they intend to be a better OS/2 distribution than eComstation. Note that eComstation has been effectively dead since December 2013, despite some vague promises earlier this year that 2.2 would finally be released in October 2015.

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PM123 1.41 beta 3 has been released (2/5/2016); the beta version does not replace the stable PM123 1.3.x. This is an open source MP3, OGG, WAV, and CD Audio player. Some of the features of the beta include gapless playback, nested playlists, and a PulseAudio client.

Beebeep version 3.0.4 has been ported (2/5/2016) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a secure network chat, which doesn't require a server.

Jmol version 14.4.2 has been released (2/5/2016). This is a Java molecular viewer for three dimensional chemical structures; it requires Java 1.4 or higher.

Which version 2.1.5 has been released (2/5/2016). This is a clone of the UNIX 'locate' command, allowing you to locate files.

USB drivers build 10.201 have been released (2/2/2016); 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.

bootAble version 6.10.2 has been released (2/2/2016). This is a script which can be used to create a maintenance partition or bootable CD with enough facilities to fully manage and recover your system. It contains support for LVM, HPFS, JFS, FAT32, UDF, and the CD file system.

The Arca Noae MultiMac project has released (1/11/2016) a new NDIS driver for subscribers: Broadcom BCM4401 mmbfe version 0.0.1, plus updated (2/1/2016) the previous drivers: Realtek mmre version 0.0.2, Atheros mmalc version 0.0.2 and mmale version 0.0.2, Attansic mmae version 0.0.2, and Intel e1000b version 0.1.2. Also available (9/3/2015) are Marvell Yukon II mmmsk version 0.0.1, Nvidia nveth version 0.1.15, Intel e1000e version 0.2.8, and Realtek r8169 version 1.0.2. The latter two are considered deprecated, as they have been superseded by e1000b and mmre. Older source code (based on the Linux kernel) is available from the MultiMac Trac site.

Agena version 2.9.7 has been released (2/1/2016). This is an interpreted language suited for sophisticated procedural programming, with syntax like simplified Algol 68, with elements taken from Lua and SQL.

SDLMAME version 0.170 has been ported (1/30/2016) to OS/2. This is an SDL version of the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator.

PHPMyAdmin version has been released (1/29/2016). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web.

WarpIN version 1.0.22 has been released (1/25/2016). This is an open source PM installer / uninstaller, that can also install quietly through environment variables. It also offers self-installing executables. The latest version can be found on Hobbes.

MPlayer version 1.2.1 has been ported (1/24/2016) to OS/2. It has support for Win32 codecs, UniAud, DIVE, SNAP video overlays, and WarpOverlay. There is a browser plugin included, as well as MEncoder, a simple movie encoder. Most MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, WebM, and more are supported.

x264 version 0.148.x has been ported (1/24/2016) to OS/2. This is a H.264 (MPEG4 AVC) encoder library, and is used in software like MPlayer.

mksh R52b has been ported (1/24/2016) to OS/2; also available (6/27/2015) is pdksh version 5.2.14 r6. These are clones of the Korn shell, which can be useful when porting Unix software.

libkai version 1.2.0 has been released (1/23/2016). The K Audio Interface is a DART and UNIAUD implementation library. It has been used in KMP, MPlayer, and VLC.

libkva version 1.2.3 has been released (1/23/2016). This is a library for displaying video streams, which supports SNAP video overlays, WarpOverlay!, and DIVE. It has been used in KMP, MPlayer, and VLC.

RSSGuard version 3.0.2 has been ported (1/20/2016) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a RSS and ATOM feed reader.

GNU Tar version 1.28 has been ported (1/19/2016) to OS/2. This is an archiving tool from the Unix world.

XviD version 1.3.4 has been ported (1/18/2016) to OS/2. This library offers a high performance and high quality MPEG-4 video de-/encoding solution.

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