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Lars Erdmann gave an interview about USB driver development at Warpstock Europe.

Arca Noae is asking for community assistance to gather as many MACHINE.CFG files from eComStation installations as possible. This will allow them to optimize the installation of Blue Lion for the types of hardware actively in use. From VOICE News.

Warpstock 2016 will be held in Orlando, Florida on Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6. Register before July 1 and receive a 33% early bird discount on a full conference registration or 50% off the daily rate; they have also negotiated hotel rates of $84/night, but reservations must be made via telephone (800-456-4000) and you must advise that you are with Warpstock. There is a call for presentations, which can be done in person or via Skype; respond to presenters@warpstock.org. Thanks to Andy Willis and Neil Waldhauer for the info.

VLC media player version 2.2.4 has been ported (6/6/2016) 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.

The bitwiseworks Firefox fork has released (5/27/2016) a new build, based on Gecko 38.8.0esr. This version fixes the problems with saved passwords, features support for downloadable web fonts, and enables MP4 video playback, but printing support is broken; printing to PDF is still possible. There are several additional external dependencies required now; see the README file, or my Warpzilla Tips page for a support package. You can donate to bitwise projects by buying sponsor units via their online shop.

Lewis Rosenthal's presentation at Warpstock Europe was covered in a TechRepublic article, where it was revealed that the new OS/2 distribution code named Blue Lion would be called ArcaOS 5.0, and is expected to be released before the end of 2016. Version 5.1 will provide additional language support, and is tentatively planned for a 2017 release. There will be a Commercial Edition with 12 months of updates and priority support, and a Personal Edition with 6 months of updates and support, offered at a lower price; pricing is not yet finalized. From OS2World and VOICE News.

bww and Arca Noae are actively seeking one or more developers to work on the Eclipse SWT project (also used used by SmartSVN and SmartGit) and ultimately, the next OpenJDK build. This is funded development work, while the end product will remain freely available to all. Previous efforts included improving the Odin32 library to support needed functionality; presumably, that would still be a part of this project. Thanks to Lewis Rosenthal for the info.

Bitwise has issued a newsletter outlining their current work and future plans. They have created RPM packages for CUPS 2.1.3 and some associated libraries like Ghostcript; still in progress is hplip for HP printers. They hope to have a preview release of VirtualBox 5.0 within a couple weeks. You can buy sponsor units from their online shop if you wish to contribute funds to their projects. From VOICE News.

Warpstock Europe 2016 was held in Cologne Germany, on May 21-22. David Azarewicz discussed device driver progress, Lewis Rosenthal talked about the upcoming Blue Lion as well as the Arca Noae Package Manager, Steven Levine talked about progress on Arca Noae SNAP, and Alex Taylor discussed printing and fonts. In addition, Roderick Klein was interviewed at the event, talking about OS2VOICE activities, Arca Noae, and more. Suggestions are being taken for locations where Warpstock Europe 2017 should be held, either in western Germany or in the Netherlands. From VOICE News.

Dave Yeo has released (5/8/2016) a build of SeaMonkey 2.35.8, based on Gecko 38.8esr, and including the latest patches from the Bitwise fork of Firefox. Compared to the last Firefox build, it has Javascript internationalization support (fixing password management), and supports Libav for playing back additional HTML5 video formats. There are additional external dependencies required now; see my Warpzilla Tips page for more information, and an updated mozsupport package.

OS2World recently celebrated its 16th year online. It continues to be a great resource for the community.

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PHPMyAdmin version 4.6.3 has been released (6/23/2016). This is a set of PHP scripts to administer MySQL over the web.

Jmol version 14.6.0 has been released (6/22/2016). This is a Java molecular viewer for three dimensional chemical structures; it requires Java 1.4 or higher.

USB drivers build 10.206 have been released (6/21/2016); included are the base USB host controller drivers, USB HID drivers (keyboard and mouse), USB printing driver, USB serial driver, USB audio driver, and USB MSD driver. The latest work is focused on USBMSD supporting non-partitioned USB sticks (usually formatted as FAT32 for Windows); unlike the last official IBM version, it does not (yet) support multi-LUN devices such as card readers with multiple slots. These USB drivers also feature support for isochronous devices, such as webcams, and improved hardware compatibility, including proper PCI PM (power management) support. This allows USB ports to be used when warm booting from Windows, which can sometimes leave them in a powered down state.

SpamFilter has been updated (6/20/2016). This is an open source multi-threaded daemon able to detect and reject e-mail messages containing unwanted advertising. It features local sockets and named pipes interfaces to receive queries and send answers to mail server software, such as Weasel.

rdesktop version 1.8.3 has been ported (6/19/2016) to OS/2. This is a free RDP client which you can use to connect to a Windows machine.

DFSee version 13.3 has been released (6/18/2016). 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 features full support for the GPT partitioning style. There is also a support forum available. From VOICE News.

More Qt4 apps were ported (6/17/2016) to OS/2, including: taskbar version 2.4.14 is a program launcher; Qedit version 2.7.1 is a text editor based on NEdit; QXmlEdit version 0.9.4 is a tree-based XML editor; HathiDownloadHelper version 1.1.2 is for downloading books from hathitrust.org; and SQLiteBrowser version 3.8.0 is a GUI management tool for SQLite databases.

Workplace Sans version 1.02 has been released (6/14/2016). This is a Unicode TrueType outline font that is designed to resemble the OS/2 bitmap font WarpSans. Thanks to Alex Taylor for the info.

SMplayer version 16.4.0 has been ported (6/13/2016) to OS/2. This is a GUI frontend for MPlayer, based on the Qt4 graphics toolkit. Also available is SMTube version 16.3.0, which is a GUI front-end for passing YouTube videos to SMPlayer (or another video player).

Geometria version 4.0 has been updated (6/11/2016). This app is for creating and solving problems in solid geometry, and is now written in HTML and Javascript.

GNU Tar version 1.29 has been ported (6/6/2016) to OS/2. This is an archiving tool from the Unix world.

Xplanet version 1.3.1 has been ported (6/4/2016) to OS/2. This is a renderer for planetary and solar system images based on the NASA SPICE Toolkit.

hwman version 7 has been released (6/2/2016). This is a WPS class replacement for the OS/2 Hardware Manager, which features dynamic updating.

TV-Browser version 3.4.4 has been released (6/1/2016). This program downloads the daily TV programming information, and displays it for viewing; it requires Java 1.6.

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