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Dave Yeo released (8/8/2015) a build of Thunderbird 31.8.0, based on the Bitwise fork of the Gecko 31 "Extended Support Release" branch. See my Warpzilla Tips page for more information.

There are some calling for the Apache Foundation to acknowledge that OpenOffice is dead, and point people to LibreOffice instead. The IBM Lotus Symphony team quit working on the project a year ago, and it is all but abandoned now. Unfortunately, the OS/2 support was removed from LibreOffice source code long ago.

Dave Yeo has released (7/26/2015) an updated build of SeaMonkey 2.28, based on the Bitwise fork of the Gecko 31 "Extended Support Release" branch. As with the Firefox 31esr build, it now requires libkai; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information. Note that SeaMonkey 2.28 was skipped on the "tier 1" platforms, so there may be some additional rough edges due to that.

Martin Iturbide from OS2World noted that the OS/2 drivers included in the VirtualBox Guest Additions were updated for VirtualBox 5 (for other platforms). The updated files include gengradd.dll, VBoxControl.exe, VBoxGuest.sys, vboxmouse.sys, VBoxReplaceDll.exe, and VBoxService.exe, and are dated July 9, 2015.

The bitwiseworks Firefox fork has released (7/24/2015) a beta 5 build, based on Gecko 31.8.0esr. KOMH ported the current audio library (libcubeb), so HTML5 audio will function again, using his libkai interface that supports both DART and UniAud. Javascript performance is also improved, with some crashes fixed. However, the IPC plugin support remains buggy, so out of process plugins are still disabled; fortunately, the need for plugins continues to rapidly decline. There are additional external dependencies required now; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information. The next release will be based on Firefox 38esr, with improved HTML5 audio support via ffmpeg. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop. From VOICE News.

Bitwise has announced they are still working on porting Eclipse SWT to OS/2, which builds on top of OpenJDK and Odin, although there doesn't seem to be much activity the last couple months. The impetus for working on SWT is driven by developer desire for good GUI tools for source code control, such as SmartSVN and SmartGit, which require SWT support in recent versions. They are also forming a new team to port the latest VirtualBox to OS/2. VirtualBox is a feature rich, high performance virtualization product, and is the only professional solution that is open source. Additionally, they are planning to port OpenJDK 8 to OS/2 later this year. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop. From VOICE News.

Arca Noae has been working with Paul Smedley to bring Kerberos to OS/2, which will be used for a new Samba client (and NetDrive plugin) based on the latest Samba 4.2.2. The NetDrive plugin will have new settings to enable NTLM v1 or Kerberos 5 authentication, to override the default NTLM v2 authentication. Current builds have been tested against Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 R2, as well as Samba 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, and 4.2 servers running on Linux, and against NetWare CIFS and Windows 2000, XP, 7, and 8. Thanks to Lewis Rosenthal for the info.

Joachim Benjamins, formerly of Mensys and now XEU, came out of hiding to report on bugfixes that will be rolled into eCS 2.2, which is now expected in October. There is a healthy amount of skepticism in the forum, since there has been no progress since December 2013, and the bugfixes listed were done by others and have been available for quite some time already.

Warpstock 2015 will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita, Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25, 2015. There will be presentations on Samba and Kerberos, and some user-focused sessions, including one on dealing with DLL conflicts when installing via different sources. In addition, Arca Noae's David Azarewicz will be on hand to present. Other speakers include Neil Waldhauer, Andy Willis, and Lewis Rosenthal, with more to be announced in the near future. If you register before September 1st, you will receive a 10% early bird discount. 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 Lewis Rosenthal for the info.

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.

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DVD/CD Toys version 1.0.4 has been released (8/21/2015). This is a set of utilities to burn CD and DVD disks, and ISO images.

PHPMyAdmin version 4.4.14 has been released (8/20/2015). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web.

DFSee version 12.6 has been released (8/19/2015). 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. There is also a support forum available.

Stendhal version 1.18 has been released (8/18/2015). This is a multi-player online adventure game / MMORPG, which requires Java 1.5 or later.

TripleA version has been released (8/17/2015). This is a Java turn-based strategy game, which requires Java 1.6.

More Qt4 apps were ported (8/16/2015) to OS/2, including: RSSGuard version 2.5.1 is a RSS and ATOM feed reader; and Advanced Photo version 1.4.1 is an image viewer and basic editor.

aaphoto version 0.42 has been ported (8/13/2015) to OS/2. Auto Adjust Photo attempts automatic color correction of photos, setting the contrast, color balance, saturation and gamma levels.

CutyCapt 2013-07-14 has been ported (8/13/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app can save web pages into a variety of vector and bitmap formats.

KeyCalc version 1.2 has been released (8/12/2015). This is a scientific calculator that allows you to choose between RPN and algebraic mode, and between real and complex arithmetic. From VOICE News.

Paul Smedley has released (8/10/2015) an OS/2 port of Tor version Tor protects your privacy and anonymity by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world.

ChatZilla version 0.9.92 has been released (8/10/2015). This is the IRC client that comes with SeaMonkey (and works with Firefox); it supports SSL and full Unicode nicknames.

Paul Smedley has released (8/10/2015) OS/2 builds of PHP 5.6.12, PHP 5.5.28, and PHP 5.4.44; modules supported include bz2, curl, dbase, exif, filepro, gd, gettext, mbstring, mysql, mysqli, openssl, pdo_mysql, pdo_sqlite, pgsql, and sqlite. It features a module for Apache 2.2, as well as CGI and CLI versions. For more info on PHP, see the PHP web site.

Paul Smedley has released (8/10/2015) an OS/2 build of Subversion 1.7.21. Subversion is software for version control, intended to replace CVS.

Btrieve Commander has been updated (8/5/2015). This is a Btrieve file viewer / editor.

FreeCol version 0.11.5 has been released (8/3/2015). This is a turn-based Java strategy game based on the old game Colonization, and similar to Civilization. It requires Java 1.5 or higher.

quban version 0.7.5 has been ported (8/3/2015) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is for downloading encoded Usenet articles.

CMake version 3.3.0 has been ported (8/2/2015) to OS/2. This is a cross-platform, open-source build system.

The eCo Software runtimes have been updated (5/22/2015). These are libraries and PM controls used by programs written by eCo Software. The latest updates are available via FTP.

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