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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.

Bitwise is planning to port OpenJDK 8 to OS/2 later this year. A build of their Firefox fork based on Gecko 31esr is expected soon. Meanwhile, Mozilla has already moved on to 38esr. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop.

Warpstock Europe 2015 will be in Munich, on June 6-7. Registration and lunch must be purchased by June 1; you will not be able to register or purchase lunch onsite. Speakers will include David Azarewicz, Roderick Klein, Steve Levine, Keith Merrington, Lewis Rosenthal, and Gregg Young. There will be an MP3 live audio stream for those who cannot attend. Thanks to Roderick Klein and Daniel Carroll for the info.

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.

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.

Martin Iturbide continues on his quest to get unmaintained OS/2 programs to be released as open source; he has created over 1500 public repositories of OS/2 open source projects on GitHub, created a wiki index for them, and published an EDM/2 article discussing how to use Git on OS/2. He has gone through the Hobbes archives, extracting the available source code, and making it easily accessible. He welcomes assistance in uploading more source to github, and any other suggestions, and will gladly provide repository administration rights to anyone interested. From OS2World.

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.

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 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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Agena version 2.7.0 has been released (6/15/2015). This is an interpreted language suited for sophisticated procedural programming, with syntax like simplified Algol 68, with elements taken from Lua and SQL.

New Athena Unicode fonts version 5.001 have been packaged (6/13/2015) for OS/2. This is a freeware multilingual font that follows the Unicode standard and includes characters for several languages.

NZBGet version 15.0 has been ported (6/13/2015) to OS/2. This is a binary newsgrabber, which downloads files from usenet.

Qpdfview version 0.4.15 has been ported (6/12/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a tabbed PDF viewer using the poppler library (same as Lucide).

OpenSSL version 1.0.0s has been ported (6/12/2015) 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.

Jmol version 14.2.14 has been released (6/11/2015). This is a Java molecular viewer for three dimensional chemical structures; it requires Java 1.4 or higher.

BiblioteQ version 2015.06.10 has been ported (6/10/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a library management suite.

Lars Erdmann has released (6/8/2015) a PSD (Platform Specific Driver) for the Warp4 kernel (single core). It handles floating point exceptions via trap 16 instead of IRQ13, which uses the native CPU exception handling.

David Azarewicz has updated (6/7/2015) Drv16/Drv32, a "development kit to make developing new device drivers very easy." These contains header files and a library that contains all of the system related things necessary to build a device driver on OS/2; Drv32 also has the thunking modules necessary. The latest MultiMac drivers are based on this kit.

mpg123 version 1.22.2 has been ported (6/6/2015) to OS/2. This is a command line MP3 player.

PrefBar version 7.0 has been released (6/5/2015). It allows you to configure several Mozilla settings on the fly, and incorporates the features of UABar.

System Load version 1.0.2 has been released (6/4/2015). This is a GUI tool for monitoring the status of various system components; it is a modular system with current support including CPUs, drives, network interfaces, and processes.

PHPMyAdmin version 4.4.9 has been released (6/4/2015). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web.

USB drivers build 10.198 have been released (6/3/2015); 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.

dmidecode version 2.12 has been ported (6/1/2015) to OS/2. This tool reports information about your system's hardware, as described in your system BIOS, according to the SMBIOS/DMI standard.

libvpx version 1.4.0 has been ported (5/31/2015) to OS/2. This is Google's WebM library, an open source, royalty free media file format designed for the web.

Beebeep version 1.0.0 has been ported (5/28/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a secure network chat, which doesn't require a server.

RSSGuard version 2.3.1 has been ported (5/27/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a RSS and ATOM feed reader.

FM/2 version 3.23 has been released (5/25/2015). This is an open source GUI file manager program, with lots of extra helper utilities. The source code is available from netlabs.org. Thanks to Gregg Young for the info.

A patch for Theseus4 has been released (5/24/2015), to properly display the IDT.

dos2unix and unix2dos version 7.2.2 have been released (5/22/2015). These command line tools convert plain text files from/to DOS and UNIX formats.

The Arca Noae MultiMac project has released (5/8/2105) a new Intel E1000B driver for subscribers. This is using a new library based on FreeBSD drivers instead of Linux, and supports more chipsets than the E1000E driver, but is still considered experimental. Also updated are Intel e1000e version 0.2.7, Nvidia nveth version 0.1.14, and Realtek r8169 version 1.0.1. The source code (based on FreeBSD and/or Linux kernel) is available from the MultiMac project site. From VOICE News.

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