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Dave Yeo has released (12/17/2018) updated OS/2 builds of SeaMonkey 2.42.9 and Firefox 45.9.0, based on the Bitwise fork of Firefox; also available (4/7/2018) is Thunderbird 45.8.0. 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 back-ported some fixes. Reports suggest that disabling Chatzilla may prevent some heavy CPU usage.


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.


VLC media player version 3.0.4 has been ported (9/3/2018) 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.


ArcaOS 5.0.3 has been released (8/19/2018). This refreshed install contains various updates, including an updated Samba client, and the ability to install from a bootable USB stick. Note that the ArcaOS installer does not support upgrading a previous install, so if you are already successfully running 5.0.x, 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 earlier mini review.


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.


Warpstock Europe 2019 will be the 20th Anniversary event, held at the Stay Okay Soest in the Netherlands on May 18-19. Registration will be $120, with a discounted rate of $105 until July 31st. It's hoped that there will be some collaboration with the Dutch Hobby Computer Club for the event. Thanks to Roderick Klein for the info.


The bitwiseworks Firefox fork has released (5/20/2018) a "GA2" build, still based on Gecko 45.9.0esr. Note that 45esr was long ago obsoleted by 52esr, which in turn was obsoleted by 60esr, with 45esr not getting security updates since April 2017. This build has more bugfixes, but the "GA" releases have generally been worse than the earlier "beta" releases. Also, native printing support other than Postscript was dropped, although printing to PDF is possible. There are several additional external dependencies required now; see the README file for more details. Note that Bitwise has abandoned the ZIP packaging for an RPM package (which is not publicly available), and instead offers an archive based on the RPM package. It is unclear if there will be any releases based on 52esr, but that will be the end of the road, as newer versions require the Rust compiler, which is unlikely to be ported to OS/2. Note that the SeaMonkey project is also undecided on how it will proceed beyond 52esr (on all platforms), as Mozilla long ago stopped caring about anything other than Firefox. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop.


Roderick Klein posted a couple updates on the VOICE browser fundraising campaign, indicating that $12,650 has been collected. However, the real news is that the project to port Qt5 has begun, with the roadmap projecting a full year of work on porting Qt itself, and then another 6 months on porting QtWebEngine and Chromium components. If you want to help with funding, you can contribute to Bitwise directly, or to the VOICE campaign.

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DFSee version 15.5 has been released (12/23/2018). 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.


Domination version 1.2.0 has been released (12/23/2018). This is a Java version of the game Risk.


Major Major version 2.6 has been released (12/18/2018). It is a mailing list manager for OS/2 that lets you create multiple mailing lists on your machine, and is now open source.


mozturbo version 0.4 has been released (12/17/2018). This package contains files to preload Mozilla DLLs, which will keep them loaded even when the program is closed and reopened; this is especially useful if loading the DLLs high, as due to a kernel bug, memory is not released when unloading DLLs that have been loaded into high memory.


LSZipWizard version 1.05 has been released (12/17/2018). This is a GUI interface to view/extract or create/update ZIP files, with WPS integration.


FTP server version 2.74 has been released (12/17/2018). Compared to the standard ftpd in OS/2, this one has better security controls, together with extra features such as symbolic links. The source code is also available under the GPL license. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.


Agena version 2.14.2 has been released (12/15/2018). This is an interpreted language suited for sophisticated procedural programming, with syntax like simplified Algol 68, with elements taken from Lua and SQL.


PM123 version 1.40 has been released (12/14/2018); there is also a skins package. This is an open source MP3, OGG, WAV, and CD Audio player. Some of the features include sharing of the sound card, playlist with drag/drop support, HTTP streaming, and the use of skins to change the program's look.


Zippy version 1.03.00 has been released (12/11/2018). 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.


PHPMyAdmin version 4.8.4 has been released (12/11/2018). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.


Quick Text Editor version 0.9.8 has been released (12/10/2018). This is a simple editor and viewer for plain text files, intended as a replacement for E and AE, but with seamless Unicode support, selectable text encoding independent of system codepage, and anti-aliased text display. It requires the Qt4 runtime.


An unofficial Virtual Box Additions for OS/2 version 5.0.51 build 187 has been released (12/9/2018). It includes a video driver, mouse driver, clipboard sharing between host and guest, and shared folder support.


WebServe version 1.91 has been released (12/9/2018). This web server now supports server side includes for *.shtml files. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.


Weasel version 2.52 has been released (12/6/2018). This is a "lightweight" SMTP/POP server that has multi-domain support, and is now open source under the GPL. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.


The Arca Noae MultiMac project has released (12/3/2018) version 1.1.4 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.


WPA Supplicant version 2.7 has been ported (12/3/2018) to OS/2. This is a backend component for controlling the wireless networking connection. Included is wpa_gui, a QT frontend as an alternative to XWLan. An older version of this program is included with XWLan, and there are a few other versions ported by Paul Smedley.


BS_Info version 2.1 (12/3/2018) shows information about your system and can start various configuration programs.


DO version 2.00 has been released (12/3/2018). This is a set of batch enhancements and command line utilities, including: disk size, disk space, which, text search, file list, wait, changing file date/time, modify casing of filenames, and more. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.

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