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Dave Yeo has released (8/26/2017) an updated OS/2 build of SeaMonkey 2.42.9, based on the Bitwise fork of Firefox. There are additional external dependencies required now; 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, and Dave has back-ported some fixes. The refreshed build has fixes for full screen, and plugin support; reports suggest that disabling Chatzilla will prevent some heavy CPU usage.


The experimental OS/4 kernel now has support for AVX instructions, as found in newer CPUs. This means potentially better performance in software that supports it, such as ffmpeg, firefox, and others.


Adrian Gschwend wrote a retrospective article for the 20th anniversary of netlabs.org. From VOICE News.


Warptock 2017 was held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10. There was live video streaming on YouTube, where you can still view the video streams.


There is now an option to convert your Acra Noae driver subscription to an ArcaOS subscription. Arca Noae has made several updates available, which can be downloaded from the order page on their site (the same page that provides the ISO download).


I have updated my ArcaOS article a few times; part 3 includes a couple fun hacks for SNAP Graphics. Arca Noae is looking into adding accelerated hardware support for newer Intel graphics chipsets. They are still working on having a bootable USB installation, which may make it into a 5.0.x point release. It's likely there will be both 5.0.2 and 5.0.3 prior to the 5.1 release, which is planned to have additional NLS language support included. They are also exploring the feasibility of a VDD for UniAud, to provide sound support in DOS and WinOS2 sessions.


A new release of Odin32 may be out soon; there's been some work recently on getting version 0.9.0 prepared. Odin32 can be used to run and/or build Win32 applications for OS/2, and is based on WINE and IBM's Open32.


VOICE has released their 2016 financial report. They are currently accepting applications for those wanting to become a VOICE board member, with the President and two board positions up for re-election. Roderick Klein is running for re-election as President, Bjorn Rietdijk is running for re-election as Board member, and Stuart Updike has stepped down. Applications should be sent via email before August 12th to the Vice President, Neil Waldhauer, describing why you want to join the VOICE board. The current board members will then vote. From VOICE News.


ArcaOS 5.0.1 has been released (7/9/2017). This refreshed install contains various updates, including some NIC auto-detection issues that I reported. Note that the ArcaOS installer does not support upgrading a previous install, and most of the changes are related to installation, so if you are already successfully running 5.0, it is recommended that you simply apply any updates that get released separately, rather than do a fresh install. You may also like to read my mini review. From OS2.jp.


The UniAud sound drivers have been refreshed (6/25/2017). 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 1.1.4.1. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.


VLC media player version 2.2.6 has been ported (6/5/2017) 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.

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FAT32.IFS version 0.10 r310 has been released (9/16/2017). 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.


Jmol version 14.20.6 has been released (9/15/2017). This is a Java molecular viewer for three dimensional chemical structures; it requires Java 1.4 or higher.


LSZipWizard version 0.97 has been released (9/12/2017). This is a GUI interface to view/extract or create/update ZIP files, with WPS integration.


DFSee version 14.8 has been released (9/11/2017). 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 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. From VOICE News.


The Arca Noae MultiMac project has released (9/8/2017) version 1.0.1 of updated NDIS drivers for subscribers: Intel Pro/1000 Legacy mmlem and Pro/1000 e1000b and mmigb, Realtek mmre, Atheros mmalc and mmale, SysKonnect mmsk, Attansic L2 mmae and L1 mmage, Broadcom BCM4401 mmbfe and BCM57xx/BCM590x mmbge, and Marvell Yukon II mmmsk. Also available (9/3/2015) are 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. From VOICE News.


The ACPI driver has been updated (9/7/2017) to version 3.23.07 for Arca Noae subscribers, and no longer has a requirement for eCS. Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) is a replacement for APM, PnP, and related hardware features. It features support for multiprocessor systems (SMP, Dual Core, and HyperThreading), there is an APM driver, and an ACPI Setup tool that replaces the Power object. There is an ACPI Tools web page as well, which includes a battery monitoring widget for XCenter. From VOICE News.


Weasel version 2.42 has been released (8/31/2017). This is a "lightweight" SMTP/POP server that has multi-domain support, and is now open source under the GPL. There is also an IMAP extension available, which has some limitations. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.


PHPMyAdmin version 4.7.4 has been released (8/24/2017). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.


Major Major version 2.4 has been released (8/24/2017). It is a mailing list manager for OS/2 that lets you create multiple mailing lists on your machine, and is now open source. From OS2World.


Zippy version 1.01.00 has been released (8/18/2017). 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. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.


The eCo Software runtimes have been updated (8/18/2017). These are libraries and PM controls used by programs written by eCo Software. The latest updates are available via FTP. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.


DVD/CD Toys version 1.0.6 has been released (8/8/2017). This is a set of utilities to burn CD and DVD disks, and ISO images.


Stunnel version 5.41 has been ported (5/16/2017) to OS/2. This is a program that allows you to encrypt arbitrary TCP connections inside SSL (Secure Sockets Layer); you can secure non-SSL aware daemons and protocols (like POP, IMAP, LDAP, etc).

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