The second test version of the Firefox fork has been released (2/19/2014), based on Gecko 17.0.5esr. Unfortunately, they did not bother to update to the last 17esr security update, although they do have plans to update to 24esr. Key changes over the first test include exceptq support, and the ability to use Flash and OpenJDK plugins (albeit with the same problems they have always had). The major work for this fork was porting the Mozilla / Google IPC code. Bitwise created a fork of Firefox 17esr, rather than contributing to Mozilla, as they are unable to commit the resources to patch submission and code review; unfortunately, that decision helped lead to the complete removal of OS/2 code from the Mozilla source tree.
The fork of OpenWatcom has refreshed (2/20/2014) their version 2.0 of the C, C++, and Fortran 77 compilers. It appears that the improvements in this fork are mostly related to other platforms (DOS, 64-bit Windows and Linux), but OS/2 installers are available. Meanwhile, OpenWatcom proper is still (6/5/2010) on version 1.9; the most recent activity in the Perforce depot was last November.
netlabs.org has published biweekly newsletter #211 to update everyone on their latest developments. Recent updates include ACPI, Odin, QT4, Samba, USB, and more. You can sponsor netlabs.org, which helps fund development on various projects.
Lars Erdmann announced on comp.os.os2.misc that there are plans to update the USBAUDIO drivers. He has starting making test builds available via the netlabs.org Trac tickets. Currently, MIDI support is disabled but could be enabled again for testing, some traps were fixed, and dynamic memory allocation was improved; a fix for a system crash when using PM123 is in progress.
As of 2/11/2014, Mozilla for OS/2 is officially dead; all of the OS/2 support code has been removed from the source tree. One of the primary reasons for this was lack of contributions being sent upstream, and the stated lack of desire to do so, as was predicted several months ago.
Martin Iturbide received permission from IBM to republish their OS/2 Courseware from 1999, including the 5 day training course to obtain the "IBM Certified Systems Expert - OS/2 Warp Server for e-business" certification. He has converted it into electronic format and made it available on the OS2World.com Wiki, and is seeking help tracking down the remaining courseware material.
Some highlights from relevant open source projects: Qt version 5.2 was released in December; since 5.x is not ABI compatible with Qt 4.x, it's a safe bet that we will see a port of 4.8.x well before we see anything for 5.x. LibreOffice 4.2 (and Apache OpenOffice 4.0) are available on "tier 1" platforms, with features from IBM's Lotus Symphony merged in. OpenJDK 6 has not been updated since October 2012, while OpenJDK 7u40 build b43 was released last September, OpenJDK 8 is due for release very soon, and development on OpenJDK 9 has begun.
Paul Smedley is considering porting additional network drivers from Linux, as part of the MultiMac framework. As part of his investigation, he released updated test versions of the Intel e1000e and Realtek 8169 drivers.
The QSINIT loader is a replacement for OS2LDR; it allows 3.5GB of RAM to be used on certain systems where OS2LDR prevents using more than 512MB due to "memory holes". It also allows using memory above 4GB as a RAM disk, which otherwise is useless on a 32-bit operating system that does not support PAE (such as OS/2). Unfortunately, it is currently incompatible with the official ACPI drivers without using the /VW option, due to some assumptions made in that code.
PHPMyAdmin version 4.1.8 has been released (2/22/2014). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web.
Crosti version 1.11.0 has been ported (2/22/2014) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is for making cross stitch patterns from an image file.
SMplayer version 0.8.6 has been ported (2/21/2014) to OS/2. This is a GUI frontend for MPlayer, based on the Qt4 graphics toolkit. Also available is SMTube version 1.8, which is a GUI front-end for passing YouTube videos to SMPlayer (or another video player).
Jmol version 14.0.10 has been released (2/20/2014). This is a Java molecular viewer for three dimensional chemical structures; it requires Java 1.4 or higher.
Psi version 0.16 has been ported (2/19/2014) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a multi-platform XMPP instant messenger client.
Qpdfview version 0.4.8 has been ported (2/18/2014) to OS/2. This is a tabbed PDF viewer using the poppler library (same as Lucide), which uses the Qt4 libraries.
qBittorrent version 3.1.8 has been ported (2/18/2014) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a Bittorrent client.
RSSGuard version 22.214.171.124 has been ported (2/17/2014) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a RSS and ATOM feed reader.
More Qt4 apps were ported (2/16/2014) to OS/2, including: hotshots version 2.1.0 is for taking screenshots and making annotations on them; and SVGCleaner version 0.6.2 removes unnecessary data from SVG files.
The Realtek r8169 driver has been updated (2/16/2014) to version 1.0.0 on the eComStation Betazone. The GPL source code (based on the Linux kernel) is available from the MultiMac project site. Also available (2/7/2014) are the Intel e1000e driver version 0.2.5, and the Nvidia nveth driver version 0.1.12.
VLC media player version 2.1.3 has been ported (2/15/2014) 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.
BORG version 1.8.0 has been released (2/15/2014). This is a combination calendar and task tracking system, which requires Java 1.6.
Qupzilla version 1.6.3 has been ported (2/14/2014) to OS/2. This is a Webkit-based browser, which uses the Qt4 libraries.
XviD version 1.3.2 has been ported (2/14/2014) to OS/2. This library offers a high performance and high quality MPEG-4 video de-/encoding solution.