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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.

Arca Noae has posted a progress report of their activities; work continues on the USB stack, the graphical update utility (YUMIE) is progressing nicely and should have an official release soon, and there are more announcements pending. From VOICE News.

Greggory Shaw is soliciting funds to keep OS/2 Release Notes running; the goal is now down to $50 to fund hosting for one year, and domain name registration for three.

This YouTube video shows OS/2 running on some recent hardware with touch screens, with some rudimentary software enabling a touch interface. The hardware includes a Sony laptop, a Samsung tablet, and a Lenovo laptop / tablet convertible.

Greggory Shaw reports that ownCloud version 7 runs well on the OS/2 ports of Apache and PHP (with the zip and iconv extensions); you can use SQLite as the database if you are the only user, or MySQL to support multiple users. He says that the native clients for Windows and Linux are fast and easy to setup, and the web interface can be used for all platforms. He uses Samba on eCS to access the ownCloud directories, while WebDAV can also be used via Netdrive.

Some highlights from relevant open source projects: SeaMonkey 2.32 and Firefox 35 were released on tier one platforms recently; Gecko 31 is the current ESR branch, having replaced Gecko 24esr months ago. Qt version 5.5 is in development, and due out by May; since 5.x is not ABI compatible with Qt 4.x, it's more likely we will see a port of 4.8.x before we see anything for 5.x. OpenJDK 8u20-b26 is the current release, with development on OpenJDK 9 underway.

Dave Yeo has released (1/3/2015) 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 that was removed from Gecko since it was buggy, but the replacement HTML5 audio library remains to be ported to OS/2. 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. See my Warpzilla Tips page for more information.

The bitwiseworks Firefox fork has released (12/30/2014) a beta 3 build, based on Gecko 24.8.1esr. Compared to the previous 24esr beta, the exceptq support has been fixed; however, HTML5 sound support remains broken, while the IPC plugin support is still buggy. Note that Mozilla switched over to 31esr months ago, so 24esr has known security vulnerabilities. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop. From VOICE News.

Arca Noae has updated the roadmap of their product development; short term projects include a graphical package management utility, CUPS printer package, and new network drivers, while longer term will be UniAud updates, and further out will be investigation into SATA RAID and SAS controllers, non-LVM USB disk support, USB3 support, booting from a GPT partition, and overcoming the current 2TB hard disk size limitation. They are soliciting feedback on what users would like to see next, and have made available both personal and commercial editions of their software subscription package. Already available as part of the subscription are ACPI, USB, and MultiMac updates.

Martin Iturbide continues on his quest to get unmaintained OS/2 programs to be released as open source; he has created over 1400 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 second annual OS/2 User Meeting in Cologne, Germany was held at the end of November, and there are some pictures and discussion available on os2.org. The third annual event is already planned for Saturday, the 28th of November 2015, at the same location.

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More Qt4 apps were ported (2/22/2015) to OS/2, including: Qedit version 2.7.0 is a text editor based on NEdit; and TEA version 40.0.0 is a text editor.

Tux Football version 0.3.1 has been ported (2/22/2015) to OS/2. This is a 2D soccer game, which uses the SDL libraries.

libtool version 2.4.6, Automake version 1.15, and Autoconf version 2.69 have been ported (2/22/2015) to OS/2. These are essential tools for developing and/or porting many open source programs.

Wireless LAN Monitor / XWLAN version 3.12 beta 3 has been released (2/21/2015). It is available as a XCenter widget as well as a standalone program, and features connection monitoring, multipe connection profiles, generation of WEP keys, and more.

WDSQL version 0.6 has been released (2/21/2015). This tool allows you to access databases via unixODBC and execute SQL statements; it uses the WDSibyl library.

ntpd version 1.4 has been ported (2/21/2015) to OS/2. The Network Time Protocol client can run detached, or as a VIO app.

The GCC runtime package has been updated (2/20/2015) to version 1.3.0. This packages contains the runtime libraries (DLLs) required to run software compiled with various versions of the GCC compiler. There is now a universal "gcc1.dll" with forwarders for the various incarnations.

The ACPI driver has been updated (2/20/2015) to version 3.22.07 for Arca Noae subscribers. 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.

PHPMyAdmin version 4.3.10 has been released (2/20/2015). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web.

Psi version 0.16 has been ported (2/19/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a multi-platform XMPP instant messenger client.

Agena version 2.4.3 has been released (2/19/2015). This is an interpreted language suited for sophisticated procedural programming, with syntax like simplified Algol 68, with elements taken from Lua and SQL. The website does not currently mention the latest release, but if you follow the download links for the binaries you will find it.

NZBGet version 14.2 has been ported (2/16/2015) to OS/2. This is a binary newsgrabber, which downloads files from usenet.

Noiz2sa version 0.51 has been ported (2/15/2015) to OS/2. This is an abstract shootem up game, which uses the SDL libraries.

NDPDAV version 1.2.1 has been released (2/14/2015). This is a WebDav client for NetDrive, which allows you to connect to Apache mod_dav WebDAV resources as regular directories on a NetDrive virtual volume. WebDAV is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol which allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers. The latest version can be found via FTP.

dos2unix and unix2dos version 7.2 have been released (2/11/2015). These command line tools convert plain text files from/to DOS and UNIX formats.

Arachnophilia version 5.5 build 2882 has been released (2/11/2015). This is a web page editor and development tool, which requires Java 1.5 or higher.

Jmol version 14.2.12 has been updated (2/11/2015). This is a Java molecular viewer for three dimensional chemical structures; it requires Java 1.4 or higher.

More Qt4 apps were ported (2/10/2015) to OS/2, including: RSSGuard version 2.2.0 is a RSS and ATOM feed reader; Beebeep version 0.9.7 is a secure network chat, which doesn't require a server; and QuiteRSS version 0.17.6 is a RSS/Atom feed reader.

FreePlane version 1.3.15 has been released (2/7/2015). This Java app "supports thinking, sharing information and getting things done at work, in school and at home."

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