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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.

Some highlights from relevant open source projects: SeaMonkey 2.31 and Firefox 34 were released on tier one platforms recently, with Gecko 35 due out mid-January. Gecko 31 is the current ESR branch, having replaced Gecko 24esr a few months ago. Qt version 5.4 is the current release; 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. LibreOffice 4.3.4 (and Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1) are available on "tier 1" platforms, with features from IBM's Lotus Symphony merged in. OpenJDK 8u20-b26 is the current release, with development on OpenJDK 9 underway.

Arca Noae has published a roadmap of their product development; short term projects include a CUPS printer package and new network drivers, while longer term will be UniAud updates, and further out will be investigation into 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.

A test build of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1 in a WarpIn installer was released a couple weeks ago. Since it hasn't been officially announced and lives in a test folder, it's likely to not be the final version.

Bitwise has issued a newsletter outlining their upcoming plans. An official release of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1 in a WarpIn package should be available soon. As previously reported, work has begun on updating the Java browser plugin; the previous version never really worked properly, so here's hoping that the upcoming beta improves things. There are also plans to update the Flash plugin, along with some required Odin updates. They are considering updating the Qt4 libraries to version 4.8.6, with Qt5 being a later project. Also mentioned in their previous newsletter was updating to a newer version of OpenJDK. You can buy sponsor units from their online shop if you wish to contribute funds to their projects. From OS2World.

The OS/2 Shareware BBS collection of files is now hosted on www.os2site.com; note that access is limited if you are not browsing on OS/2. This is the entire collection, accumulated over the period of March 1990 through August 2006.

Dave Yeo has released (11/2/2014) unofficial builds of SeaMonkey 2.21 and Thunderbird 24.8.1, based on the Bitwise fork of the Gecko 24 "Extended Support Release" branch. As such, they will contain the same bugs, including broken HTML5 audio. These builds require libc065 (the recently released libc066 runtime will also suffice), and the fontconfig runtime. 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.

Warpstock 2014 was held near the end of October; there are now online reviews from OS2World and WarpCity2. There was little news from Mensys; there's been no progress on eCS 2.2 since last December, when they went quiet. They are offering to extend subscriptions for free until it is released; Joachim Benjamins is now the development manager, but only gained that position in September. David Azarewicz continues to work on ACPI, MultiMac, and other drivers; he is working on a FreeBSD compatibility library, apparently in the hope that porting drivers from there will be easier than porting from Linux, which can have kernel dependencies. Other presentations included Steven Levine (announcing Arca Noae, the new OS/2-focused company), Paul Smedley (porting software from the open-source world), Lars Edrmann (USB stack development), and Jan van Wijk (DFSee, and file systems). Martin Iturbide from OS2World also posted a photo gallery and YouTube playlist from the event.

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Dooble version 1.50 has been ported (12/13/2014) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a web browser using the WebKit engine.

An unofficial pre-release of XWorkplace version 1.0.10 has been released (12/12/2014); 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.

PHPMyAdmin version 4.3.2 has been released (12/12/2014). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web.

texstudio version 2.8.8 has been ported (12/11/2014) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a LaTeX editor.

Agena version 2.3.3 has been released (12/9/2014). 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.

Arachnophilia version 5.5 build 2877 has been released (12/9/2014). This is a web page editor and development tool, which requires Java 1.5 or higher.

Goldbug version 0.17 has been ported (12/8/2014) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a secure Instant Messenger.

The OS/2 Fontconfig and FreeType runtime DLLs have been updated (12/7/2014) to FreeType version 2.5.4. These libraries that enhance font display are required for the latest builds of Mozilla, Lucide, and other programs.

QXmlEdit version 0.8.12 has been ported (12/3/2014) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is a tree-based XML editor.

SearchPlus version 2.041 has been released. This tool does simultaneous multiple file searches, including in zip archives. Search criteria can include contents, file size, file date, attributes, and actions can include edit, open, delete, copy, move, execute. Unfortunately, the latest version seems to have disappeared from Hobbes; hopefully the author will upload it again.

WarpIN version 1.0.20 has been released (12/1/2014). This is an open source PM installer / uninstaller, that can also install quietly through environment variables. It also offers self-installing executables. The latest version can be found on Hobbes.

GeoGebra version 5.0.50 has been released. This is software for learning and teaching math, from elementary school to university level; it requires Java 1.5 or higher.

aacgain version 1.8 has been ported (11/30/2014) to OS/2. This modification of mp3gain supports adjusting the volume of mp3 and aac files.

HathiDownloadHelper version 1.1.0 has been ported (11/30/2014) to OS/2. This Qt4 app is for downloading books from hathitrust.org.

libtool version 2.4.4 has been ported (11/30/2014) to OS/2. This is a generic library support script, useful for porting open source software.

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