Mensys has released another updated eCS 2.2 beta live/demo CD, which allows you to boot the OS on your hardware (but not install it to your hard disk). It includes the latest USB, Panorama, AHCI, DaniS506, and ACPI drivers, and is intended to get additional testing; apparently a new eCS 2.2 beta is planned for the near future. Roderick Klein of Mensys previously posted a detailed list of driver updates in eComstation 2.2, as well as a list of some of the known problems in the current beta.
An OS/2 User Meeting was held at the end of November in Cologne, Germany. Apparently it went rather well, and plans are being made to hold a similar event next year. There are a few pictures from the event.
Ars Technica published a rather denigrating, pro-Microsoft look back at OS/2; they use the old "half an operating system" insult right in the title. There is some commentary on OSNews about it, as well as a rebuttal of some of the more asinine sections on os2museum.
Martin Iturbide continues on his quest to get unmaintained OS/2 programs to be released as open source; he has created nearly 500 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 VOICE News.
netlabs.org has published biweekly newsletter #205 to update everyone on their latest developments. Recent updates include ACPI, Java, QT4, Samba, and more. You can sponsor netlabs.org, which helps fund development on various projects. From VOICE News.
Warpstock Corporation is now accepting bids and suggestions from groups or individuals wishing to host Warpstock 2014; you can submit a letter of intent to host to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the bid process and the requirements for hosting a Warpstock event can be found on the Warpstock web site. The letter of intent should contain a list of the individuals involved, the city or area in which the event would be held, the suggested time of year for the event, and the benefits of holding the event in the suggested location; it may contain any additional information about the proposed bid that the team wishes to share. It does not need to provide a lot of detail, but rather to show a commitment from the group about entering into the bid process. From VOICE News.
The first test version of the Firefox fork has been released (11/4/2013), based on Gecko 17.0.5esr. Early reports suggest it is not very stable; future builds should include exceptq support, the ability to use Flash and OpenJDK plugins, and an update to the last 17esr security update, Gecko 17.0.10esr. The key change in this fork is that the Mozilla / Google IPC code has been ported to OS/2. Inter-Process Communication is now used heavily in Mozilla code; the primary visible benefit to users is that a crash in a plugin should not cause the browser to crash. Bitwise created a fork of Firefox 17esr, rather than contributing to Mozilla, as they are unable to commit the resources to patch submission and code review. They do invite the community to contribute the relevant code back to the Mozilla project; however Mozilla will not accept any patches for Gecko 17esr, as development on that is long dead. It is also far too late for 24esr now, as only security fixes will be allowed there; any patches would have to be ported (as necessary) to Gecko 28 or later, as that is the current development version.
VLC media player version 2.1.1 has been ported (12/7/2013) 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.
SDLMAME version 0.151 has been ported (12/7/2013) to OS/2. This is an SDL version of the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator.
More Qt4 apps were ported (12/6/2013) to OS/2, including: Psi version 0.16 is a multi-platform XMPP instant messenger client; TEA version 37.0.1 is a text editor; and QXmlEdit version 0.8.8-1 is a tree-based XML editor.
PHPMyAdmin version 4.0.10 has been released (12/4/2013). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web.
Jmol version 14.0.1 has been released (12/4/2013). This is a Java molecular viewer for three dimensional chemical structures; it requires Java 1.4 or higher.
Qpdfview version 0.4.7 has been ported (12/3/2013) to OS/2. This is a tabbed PDF viewer using the poppler library (same as Lucide), which uses the Qt4 libraries.
More Qt4 apps were ported (12/2/2013) to OS/2, including: Qedit version 2.6.5 is a text editor based on NEdit; textool version 1.5.5 is a GUI for LaTeX documents; and graphscan version 1.3.2 is a graphical tool to grab data points from figures.
QuiteRSS version 0.14.1 has been ported (11/30/2013) to OS/2. This is a RSS/Atom feed reader, which uses the Qt4 libraries.
Yet Another OS/2 Shell (YAOS) version 1.9.2 has been released. This is a nice command line shell that features command completion, and many other useful things, and is similar in some ways to bash. Thanks to Dave Saville for the info.
Alex Taylor has released (11/28/2013) FreeType/2-IFI version 2.00 beta 1. This is a Presentation Manager font driver for TrueType and OpenType fonts, designed to replace OS/2's built-in TRUETYPE.DLL driver. It uses the open source FreeType version 2.5 library, which additionally provides support for OpenType/CFF fonts (.OTF files). The driver name has changed from FREETYPE.DLL to FT2IFI.DLL, to distinguish it from the older 1.x series and disambiguate it from the FreeType runtime library.
The ACPI driver has been updated (11/28/2013) to version 3.22.03 on the eComStation Betazone (for Software Subscription customers only). 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. From VOICE News.