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VLC media player version 3.0.3 has been ported (6/19/2018) 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.

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.

Dave Yeo has released (6/6/2018) updated OS/2 builds of SeaMonkey 2.42.9 and Thunderbird 45.8.0, based on the Bitwise fork of Firefox. 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 has back-ported some fixes. The refreshed build has a few fixes, but reports suggest that disabling Chatzilla may prevent some heavy CPU usage.

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.

For what it's worth, it looks like Panorama 1.11 and AHCI 2.05 are in testing, with a few small fixes for each.

Sigurd has been successful in getting OS/2 running on the 25th Anniversary ThinkPad.

Andy Willis reports that Warpstock 2017 merchandise is still available for a limited time from the CafePress store. Warptock 2018 will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 14-16. If you register by June 30th, you'll get a $15 discount, while students can attend for free. For last year's event in Toronto, you can view a picture gallery, the presentation materials, and YouTube videos of the presentations.

OS2World recently celebrated its 18th year online. It continues to be a great resource for the community.

The currently available RDP client (remote desktop protocol, for remotely controlling Windows desktops) on OS/2 is RDesktop, ported by Andrey Vasilkin. However, RDesktop is being superseded by a more active project called FreeRDP. Andrey proposes porting FreeRDP to OS/2, but needs support from the OS/2 user base; sponsoring units for this work may be purchased in the Arca Noae store.

Arca Noae released (2/12/2018) their ArcaOS Bootable USB Stick Image Package. This package follows onto the included USB stick creation utility shipped with ArcaOS 5.0.2, allowing you to create a bootable USB ArcaOS 5.0.2 installation stick without a running OS/2 system. It includes native binaries to restore the stick image from Windows, Mac, and Linux, as well as OS/2.

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Testlog version 3.17 has been released (7/7/2018). This program collects data about your system and the driver under test, and puts it into a log file for diagnostics.

rdesktop has been ported (6/27/2018) to OS/2. This is a free RDP client which you can use to connect to a Windows machine. The latest version requires a CPU with AVX support and the OS/4 kernel.

An OS/2 port of FreeRDP has been updated (6/26/2018). This is a client for Remote Desktop Protocol, commonly used by Windows. This is a test version, which requires a CPU with AVX support and the OS/4 kernel. In the OS2World forum thread, you can see a screenshot of the WPS class for configuring all the settings.

PHPMyAdmin version 4.8.2 has been released (6/21/2018). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web.

Agena version 2.12.0 has been released (6/18/2018). This is an interpreted language suited for sophisticated procedural programming, with syntax like simplified Algol 68, with elements taken from Lua and SQL.

Jmol version 14.29.17 has been released (6/15/2018). This is a Java molecular viewer for three dimensional chemical structures; it requires Java 1.4 or higher.

PM123 version 1.38 has been released (6/13/2018); 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.

klUsrMgr version 1.1.5 has been released (6/13/2018). This is a kLIBC user management utility, built with VX-REXX. From OS2World.

Links version 2.16 has been released (5/11/2018). Links is a small and fast WWW browser that supports graphics, Javascript, font smoothing, tables and allows for considerable customization of the cache, character set, and more.

Arca Noae Package Manager (previously code-named YUMIE) version 1.0.3 has been released (6/9/2018). This is an open source graphical front-end to the YUM and RPM package management tools, with plans to also support WarpIn packages in the future. There is a wiki with first-time installation notes and other tips.

DFSee version 15.1 has been released (6/8/2018). 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.

Stendhal version 1.27 has been released (6/5/2018). This is a multi-player online adventure game / MMORPG, which requires Java 1.5 or later.

FAT32.IFS version 0.10 r359 has been released (5/29/2018). The latest work on this filesystem driver has focused on improving the format and chkdsk functions, VFAT support for FAT16, and early exFAT and FAT+ support. You can find the latest version via FTP. From eCSoft/2 via OS2World.

Weasel version 2.45 has been released (5/29/2018). This is a "lightweight" SMTP/POP server that has multi-domain support, and is now open source under the GPL. From VOICE News.

ProjectLibre version 1.8 has been released (5/29/2018). This is project management software with support for Gantt diagrams, which requires Java 1.6.

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