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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.


Greggory Shaw is soliciting funds to get a new home for OS/2 Release Notes. He needs to raise $210 for 3 years of hosting on cloud servers.


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.


Bitwise has released (1/7/2015) an OS/2 port of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1. 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. It's unclear if the WPS integration package previously available from Mensys will continue to get updates, but reports indicate it 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.


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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cppcheck version 1.68 has been ported (1/17/2015) to OS/2. This is a static analysis tool for C/C++ code, which detects the types of bugs that the compilers normally do not detect.


More Qt4 apps were ported (1/15/2015) to OS/2, including: natrix-calc version 2.2 is for calculating parameters of IPv4/IPv6 networks; textool version 1.5.9 is a GUI for LaTeX documents; taskbar version 2.4.13 is a program launcher; qftp version 1.5.5 is an FTP client; Qedit version 2.6.9 is a text editor based on NEdit; elogbook version 1.9.7 is for logging notes and comments; and cvswatch version 1.6.3 checks the status of files in a CVS repository.


PHPMyAdmin version 4.3.7 has been released (1/15/2015). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web.


Starfighter version 1.2 has been ported (1/14/2015) to OS/2. This is a 2D space shooter, which uses the SDL library.


Njam version 1.25 has been ported (1/12/2015) to OS/2. This is a Pac-Man clone, which uses the SDL library.


Agena version 2.4.0 has been released (1/12/2015). 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.


More SDL games have been ported (1/11/2015) to OS/2, including: Mr. Drillux version 1.20, a funny remake of an old game by Namco; Cuyo version 2.1.0, a Tetris-style puzzle game for up to two players; and Barrage version 1.0.4 is a rather destructive action game.


The USB drivers have been updated (1/10/2015) to build 11.09, for Arca Noae subscribers. The package includes the base USB host controller drivers, as well as the USB HID, serial, printing, and audio drivers. There is a nice overview of recent changes, which notes that further updates are in progress. From VOICE News.


A second unofficial pre-release of XWorkplace version 1.0.10 has been released (1/10/2015); the readme indicates changes for ACPI shutdown and sliding focus exclusions. 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. It requires WarpIN for the installation. XWorkplace is an open source project at netlabs.org, and has a bug tracking system.


hwman version 3 has been released (1/9/2015). This is a WPS class replacement for the OS/2 Hardware Manager.


QuiteRSS version 0.17.4 has been ported (1/9/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a RSS/Atom feed reader.


OpenSSL version 1.0.0p has been ported (1/9/2015) 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.


bitwise works has released (1/8/2015) Netdrive Dropbox client version 0.4 (use the password "bww" to access the download). It will run for 30 minutes after each reboot, until you purchase a key. From VOICE News.


Paul Smedley has ported (1/8/2015) GNU Binutils version 2.25 to OS/2. These are tools for compiling and linking programs, and most notably includes 'ld' (not functional on OS/2 yet), and 'as', the GNU assembler.

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