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Warpstock Europe 2016 will be held in Cologne Germany, on May 21-22. Lewis Rosenthal and David Azarewicz will be present from Arca Noae, bringing the latest news on Blue Lion, as well as Silvan Scherrer from Bitwise Works. There will be a live stream for people who can not attend. Tickets should be purchased online before May 14th. Thanks to Roderick Klein for the info.

OS2World recently celebrated its 16th year online. It continues to be a great resource for the community.

Warpstock 2016 will be held in Orlando, Florida on Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6. Register before July 1 and receive a 33% early bird discount on a full conference registration or 50% off the daily rate; they have also negotiated hotel rates of $84/night, but reservations must be made via telephone (800-456-4000) and you must advise that you are with Warpstock. There is a call for presentations, which can be done in person or via Skype; respond to presenters@warpstock.org. Thanks to Andy Willis and Neil Waldhauer for the info.

Dave Yeo released (2/28/2016) a build of Thunderbird 38.6.0. Note that it has the same limitations as the current Firefox build; notably, printing support is broken. See my Warpzilla Tips page for more information.

Dave Yeo has released (2/23/2016) a build of SeaMonkey 2.35, based on the Bitwise fork of the Gecko 38 "Extended Support Release" branch. As with the Firefox 38 build, it is linked against the new port of the fontconfig library, but it still has the internal Cairo code so printing should still work. There are additional external dependencies required now; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information, and an updated mozsupport package.

The bitwiseworks Firefox fork has released (2/21/2016) a new build, based on Gecko 38.2.1esr. This version features support for downloadable web fonts, with a switch to the full fontconfig library and using Pango. It is using a new build of Cairo, which has temporarily broken printing support; printing to PDF is still possible. There are also some problems with saved passwords. There are additional external dependencies required now; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information. It is expected that the next build will be based on Gecko 38.6.1esr, which will have security udpates and hopefully a few bugfixes. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop.

VLC media player version 2.2.2 has been ported (2/10/2016) 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.

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.

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FFMpeg version 3.0.1 has been ported (4/9/2016) 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.

DVD/CD Toys version 1.0.5 has been released (4/8/2016). This is a set of utilities to burn CD and DVD disks, and ISO images.

A number of multimedia libraries have been ported (4/7/2016) to OS/2, including: libogg version 1.3.2; libvorbis version 1.3.5; opus version 1.1.2; and libtheora version 1.1.1.

DFSee version 13.2 has been released (4/5/2016). 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.

Pumpa version 0.9.2 has been ported (4/5/2016) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a simple pump.io client.

Nice-OS/2 Enhancer version 5.7.0 has been released (4/2/2016). 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.

ddrescue version 1.21 has been ported (3/29/2016) to OS/2. This is a data recovery tool, which tries to work around read errors.

Workplace Sans version 1.01 has been released (3/28/2016). This is a Unicode TrueType outline font that is designed to resemble the OS/2 bitmap font WarpSans. Thanks to Alex Taylor for the info.

JFtp version 1.60 has been released (3/28/2016). This is a Java file transfer client, that supports FTP and various other protocols like SMB, SFTP, NFS, HTTP, and file I/O. It includes many advanced features such as recursive directory up/download, browsing the LAN for Windows shares, and more.

The USB drivers have been updated (11/27/2015) to build 11.14, for Arca Noae subscribers. The package includes the base USB host controller drivers, as well as the USB HID, serial, printing, and audio drivers. There is a nice overview of the latest changes. From VOICE News.

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