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ArcaOS 5.0.4 has been released (7/27/2019). This refreshed install contains various updates, including the ability to install from a bootable USB stick. The big new feature in 5.0.4 is the ability to upgrade from a previous 5.0.x install, making it easy to apply all the latest updates. You may also like to read my earlier mini review.

Bryan Lunduke posted a YouTube video entitled: IBM OS/2 Warp 4 - Best OS... ever? From OS2World.

Warpstock 2019 will be held November 8-10, in Orlando, Florida; registration is available, and some info on sessions has been posted. Book your hotel stay via telephone: 1-800-456-4000 before September 30th with the booking code "WARPSTOCK" to get the conference rate (King or Two Double: $104/night), as the hotel does not provide a method to receive the Warpstock rate via web. The OS/2 Museum West will be on display, and will be accepting donations of significant OS/2 Memorabilia. Due to declining attendance over the last few years, the continuation of Warpstock as an annual conference may be based on this year's attendance. Thanks to Andy Willis for the info.

VLC media player version has been ported (6/29/2019) 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.

Dave Yeo has released "SUa2" builds of Firefox 45.9.0 (6/3/2019), Thunderbird 45.8.0 (6/1/2019), and SeaMonkey 2.42.9 (6/2/2019). These "Security Update" builds have security fixes ported from tenfourfox, a Firefox fork for PowerPC Macs that was forked from 45ESR; there are around 100 security issues patched. Note that there are additional external dependencies required; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information, as well as mozsupport and mozmedia packages. Note that the SeaMonkey project skipped from version 2.40 to 2.46 on other platforms. Reports on earlier builds suggested that disabling Chatzilla may prevent some heavy CPU usage.

bitwise works released (4/25/2019) a Qt5 GUI demo, showing that their port of Qt5 is making significant progress. From VOICE News.

The 20th Anniversary Warpstock Europe 2019 was held in the Netherlands on May 18-19; you can see some of the presentations in this YouTube playlist.

Tedium has a nice article on the history of OS/2 usage in the New York subway.

Bitwise has made a lot of progress on their port of Qt5; the QtCore (text mode) and QtNetwork components are complete, and they are now working on the GUI and Widgets components. Once complete, they are looking at porting a couple Qt-based browsers: Falkon (formerly Qupzilla), and Otter. Roderick Klein posted a couple updates on the VOICE browser fundraising campaign, indicating that funding is still required. You can see the original Qt5 roadmap, which projected a full year of work on porting Qt itself, and then another 6 months on porting QtWebEngine components. If you want to help with funding, you can contribute to Bitwise directly, via Patreon, or to the VOICE campaign. From VOICE News.

Arca Noae has split their roadmaps into General, ArcaOS, Drivers, Software, and Advocacy & Events. ArcaOS 5.0.4 is in beta, which will include Samba 4.9, and the ability to update from earlier 5.0.x releases. They posted a progress report, indicating updates to Panorama are coming, and ACPI and AHCI had recent updates. They are testing USB 3 support, as well as investigating booting on UEFI systems. A new LVM GUI is in the works.

Bitwise has forked kLIBC into LIBC Next. A fork became necessary because the kLIBC project is not actively maintained. LIBC Next is fully backward compatible with the kLIBC library and may be used as a drop-in replacement. From VOICE News.

The OS/2 Guest Additions for VirtualBox were updated as part of the VirtualBox 6.0.6 update (for other platforms). If you are running OS/2 on a Virtualbox VM, use "Devices - Insert Guest Additions CD Image...", then check the OS/2 CD drive inside the /OS2 directory. From OS2World.

OS2World recently celebrated its 19th year online. It continues to be a great resource for the community.

Bitwise has released (12/4/2018) their OS/2 port of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.6. Bitwise took over OpenOffice development from Mensys, but the primary developer on the project remains the same; they allow you to purchase "development units" in their online shop, as a means of donating to the ongoing development, and being offered the download link. 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 were plans for future updates to the WPS integration package, but the previous version from Mensys should continue to function; 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.

The UniAud sound drivers have been refreshed (11/26/2018). This is based on the GPL ALSA Project from Linux and provides drivers for various sound chipsets, including HDA, AC97, and PCI cards. Note that the cause of repeating system sounds has been found to be a bug in IBM's SND.DLL, and there is a workaround available. For what it's worth, this project has stagnated for quite a while now; ALSA 1.0.24 is from early 2011, while the current upstream version is 1.1.7.

There was a Presentation Manager Programming Workshop held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 in the Netherlands, by the hcc eCS User Group. The documentation used is available online on the EDM/2 Wiki. From VOICE News.

Warpstock 2018 was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 14-16. You can see the schedule, it was streamed live on YouTube, and the presentation materials are also online. Arca Noae announced that the first beta for 5.0.4, which will finally include an update option, is already in testing. Version 5.1 is scheduled for release in 2019, with a host of new features planned, including NLVs for several popular languages.

XWorkplace version 1.0.12 has been released (7/31/2018). A recent new feature is Xview, an improved version of the split folder view. It includes all the features of XFolder 0.85, virtual desktops using xPager (formerly PageMage), a replacement for WarpCenter (XCenter) with lots of widgets, a trash can, most of the NPSWPS and WarpEnhancer features, object hotkeys, lots of new settings pages, and more. XWorkplace is an open source project at netlabs.org.

The presentation files from Warpstock Europe 2018 are available online; of particular interest are Lewis Rosenthal on the ArcaOS Roadmap where some details about 5.0.3 and 5.1 are shared, and Silvan Scherrer on Bitwise projects.

VOICE News posts are now posted to Twitter, in addition to the mailing list and newsgroup feed. In other VOICE news, they are testing a remote support tool, which is essentially VNC over SSH.

Sigurd has been successful in getting OS/2 running on the 25th Anniversary ThinkPad.

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DFSee version 16.3 has been released (8/3/2019). DFSee is an FDISK, display, analysis and recovery tool for disks and filesystems, including HPFS, NTFS, FAT, JFS, EXT2, EXT3, ReiserFS, EXFAT, ISO9660, and APFS. It includes the ability to resize partitions, cloning and imaging, undelete files, and more. It now allows browsing the contents of compressed images and VirtualBox disk images, and has full support for the GPT partitioning style. There is also a support forum available.

Agena version 2.16.0 has been released (8/3/2019). This is an interpreted language suited for sophisticated procedural programming, with syntax like simplified Algol 68, with elements taken from Lua and SQL.

ClamAV GUI version has been released (8/2/2019). This is a GUI front-end for configuring and running the ClamAV anti-virus program, which bundles an XPI for integration with Thunderbird. The latest version can be found here.

Jmol version 14.29.49 has been released (8/1/2019). This is a Java molecular viewer for three dimensional chemical structures; it requires Java 1.4 or higher.

The Arca Noae USB drivers have been updated (7/30/2019) to build 12.01, for subscribers. The package includes the base USB host controller drivers, as well as the USB HID, serial, printing, and audio drivers. Note that this a 32-bit build of the USB drivers, but does not have the latest features in the publicly available ones. Eventually, it will include support for USB 3.0, but that is not functional yet.

Web Family Tree version 2.1 has been released (7/30/2019). It allows you to put your genealogy information on the web, using CGI. You need a a web server to use it.

MovieContactSheet version 1.04 has been released (7/30/2019). This is a PM application to extract images from a movie clip and/or folder of images, to create a contact sheet overview image.

USB drivers build 10.228 have been released (7/28/2019); included are the base USB host controller drivers, USB HID drivers (keyboard and mouse), USB printing driver, USB serial driver, USB audio driver, USB ethernet driver, and USB MSD driver. The latest work is focused on much improved USB audio support (including USB audio 2.0), as well as 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.

Amouse version 3.01.03 has been released (7/28/2019). This scroll mouse driver has USB support, improved Logitech support, an XCenter widget, and more. Updates to this driver are available to Arca Noae subscribers.

Panorama VESA video driver version 1.13 has been released (7/28/2019). This is a generic VESA driver, which supports all VESA 2.0 compatible video adapters. The latest versions have a PAT fallback when using MTRRs fails, and support for custom / widescreen resolutions. Users with widescreen panels may find this useful if there isn't an accelerated driver available.

Wim Brul has been improving USB Audio support, and has released Audio Recorder and Replayer, which allows you to record and playback hires PCM audio streams. He has audio recording working with 32-bit PCM stereo at 44100, 48000, 88200, 96000, 176400, 192000 Hz.

MailRedirect version 0.10.3 has been released (7/24/2019). This Mozilla extension allows you to bounce / redirect email messages from Thunderbird and Seamonkey.

HPscan version 1.00 has been released (7/17/2019). This is a front end for SANE, designed to work with HP scanners using the hplip/hpaio library. It also works with other scanners using a SANE "conf" file.

NetRexx version 3.08 beta has been released (7/17/2019). NetRexx allows you to program in REXX, and compile your program into Java bytecodes. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.

klUsrMgr version 1.2.2 has been released (7/15/2019). This is a kLIBC user management utility, built with VX-REXX. From VOICE News.

Alex Taylor has released Almost VIO version 1.1, a monospaced bitmap font inspired by the "System VIO" font, offering larger point sizes. Also available is Almost Swiss version 1.1, which is a proportional bitmap font based on Helv, offering larger point sizes.

An unofficial Virtual Box Additions for OS/2 version 5.0.51 build 213 has been released (7/13/2019). It includes a video driver, mouse driver, clipboard sharing between host and guest, and shared folder support.

Zippy version 1.03.03 has been released (7/12/2019). This is an archive manager, which allows extracting files from various formats, including zip, rar, 7z, tar, bzip2, arj, and more. It allows you to create zip, 7z, tar.gz, and a few others.

Stendhal version 1.30 has been released (7/9/2019). This is a multi-player online adventure game / MMORPG, which requires Java 1.5 or later.

Art of Illusion version 3.1.0 has been released (7/7/2019). This is a full featured 3D modelling, rendering, and animation studio that requires Java 1.6 or higher. From OS2World.

Testlog version 3.26 has been updated (7/7/2019). This program collects data about your system and the driver under test, and puts it into a log file for diagnostics.

FAT32.IFS version 0.10 r381 has been released (7/5/2019). The latest work on this filesystem driver has focused on improving the format and chkdsk functions, VFAT support for FAT16, and early exFAT and FAT+ support. You can find the latest version via FTP.

IMAPD for Weasel has been updated (7/5/2019). This IMAP4 server for the Weasel mail server features disk quotas, and a POP3 server with SSL/STLS support.

SpamFilter has been updated (7/4/2019). This is an open source multi-threaded daemon able to detect and reject e-mail messages containing unwanted advertising. It features local sockets and named pipes interfaces to receive queries and send answers to mail server software, such as Weasel.

Btrieve Commander has been updated (7/3/2019). This is a Btrieve file viewer / editor. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.

KeyCalc version 1.3 has been released (6/30/2019). This is a scientific calculator that allows you to choose between RPN and algebraic mode, and between real and complex arithmetic.

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