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RDesktop 1.8.3 for OS/2

It has been a while since the last port of rdesktop had been released. This port is now based on the latest source of rdesktop 1.8.3. It has the following features compared to previous versions:

  • Fullscreen mode
  • Sound redirection/sharing
  • SeamlessRDP mode
  • Clipboard redirection (text and images)
  • Directories redirection
  • Serial devices redirection

What is not correctly working is the CredSSP (NLA) support required for newer RDP protocol support. In case NLA is disabled on the target system the connection works without a problem.

RDesktop 1.8.3 for OS/2

RDesktop 1.8.3 for OS/2 connected to Windows 2012 R2 Server

OS/2 USB Stack Driver Updates: Version 10.20.2

This is a new release (02/13/2016) of all base usb drivers for OS/2 and eComstation. It includes the latest fixes for regression present in earlier 10.x releases.


Firefox ESR 38 for OS/2 Beta 6 released

The long awaited Firefox ESR 38 release (38.2.1) is now available after the previous alpha builds in 2015. It took some more time to work on the new fontconfig support and the pango/cairo display engine. The font support and rendering has changed compared to previous versions and thus it requires additional config files and runtime dlls. A newer Cairo version is required for pango, this was ported and is working but printing is currently broken because of this change.
The update to ESR 38.6.1 is already on the way, Mozilla’s next planed update will be ESR 38.7.0.

Firefox 38 ESR beta for OS/2

Firefox 38.2.1 ESR beta for OS/2

Changes in this release:

  • Switch to original fontconfig for much better font substitution.
  • Switch from GPI to Pango for better text layout and rendering. This obsoletes ‘gfx.os2.font.*’ properties and also brings long-awaited support for @font-face (loadable Web fonts).
  • Temporarily disable native print driver support which is currently broken.

Firefox 38.2.1 ESR Release OS/2 Beta 6 (en)

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 GA for OS/2 released


Bitwiseworks has just released a new Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 for OS/2. This is an update release with several enhancements and fixes. Check the official Release Notes for Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 for more information, for the OS/2 port check the included readme_aoo.txt.

OpenOffice 4.1.2 for OS/2 is available for the following languanges:

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian

The packaging has changed in this version, every language version is now a base package with the the language pack included, just if you need an additional language then it is required to install the corresponding language pack.

All files can be found on this dropbox folder. The dropbox folder needs a password: bww The download is free but please make a donation for bww bitwise works to support the development of this port.


Firefox ESR 38 for OS/2: target release in december

Time goes by and the next release of Firefox is still not ready. The reason for that was a delay of work on required fixes and the recent work on the font code to replace the old one. A prerequisite for this to work was to update and fix a bunch of required libs: fontconfig, libtool, glib, freetype2, harfbuzzm, cairo, pixman and pango. All this is required to get a current font code in the codebase working like it is for other platforms. There has been a big progress on all new lib code but some work on the rendering is still required as a current build won’t render any characters correctly. In case the work on the code continues without big delays then a public build release in december or january should be possible.

Firefox ESR nightly OS/2 preview november 2015

Firefox ESR nightly OS/2 preview november 2015

Warpstock 2015

Warpstock 2015 Wichita

Warpstock 2015 Wichita

This year conference for OS/2 and eComStation users Warpstock 2015 was held in Wichita, Kansas. The announcements made this year were kind of dry because nothing was really new and available but on the list for future updates or releases only. One Announcement of Arca Noae however will have a big impact on the future of OS/2: there will be new OS/2 distribution code name “Blue Lion” with the target schedule 3rd quarter of 2016. More about this in the session overview below.

“Arca Noae News” by Lewis Rosenthal
Among the talk about driver updates there was the announcement of a new OS/2 Distribution code name “Blue Lion”. Arca Noae is licensing the Merlin Convenience Pack 2 (MCP2) with the SMP kernel from IBM. This means they have an similar agreement like XEU has for eComStation. As there have been no news about future releases of eComStation it was somewhat logical that Arca Noae plan might be an agreement with XEU or with IBM to create a new update of the OS/2 client. This agreement does not contain defect support or source code access from IBM. Arca Noae has the limited ability for fixes and changes of IBM code. This new distribution will have the following list of features:

  • based on IBM’s MCP2
  • IBM SMP kernel with Arca Noae patches
  • New pre-boot menu
  • New installer
  • latest Arca Noae drivers
  • updated SNAP graphics driver
  • licensed IBM components

They also plan to make the install working from a USB thumb drive and a network based install. The release will also have a driver subscription for a limited time.

“SNAP Graphics Driver” by Steven Levine
After the license agreement with Alt Richmond there is still no new driver ready. The reason is the big and complex code base. Currently the subversion repository is under construction, when this is ready the next step will be compiling of the current source and then the work on new drivers. There are plans accelerated drivers for selected currently popular video chipsets, just not yet clear what is on the list and if users can vote what they like to have. A support of current processor graphics from Intel and AMD is a must have. The Intel HD driver is already on the way for a release in 2016. One interesting piece of code was seen on the sources: a planed SNAP Audio driver that follows the platform independent driver architecture if SNAP. The first changes will be features takes from the code of the panorama video driver (MTTR/PAT and VESA mode improvements). A list of planed features:

  • SMP support
  • HDMI connector support
  • more dual monitor support
  • better MTRR/PAT
  • better VESA performance

What was missing is a note of the support for DP (DisplayPort) which is a requirement for current hardware.

Device Drivers: recent progress and future plans by David Azarewicz
David gave an overview about current and future driver developments. There were some updates to most of maintained the driver sets but not uniaud. This audio driver needs are core update since two years to work on newer hardware. A new multimac driver for Intel wireless network adapter is in development but not yet working. The work was concentrated on updates to the BCL32 system library to make new driver for different hardware possible that are currently not supported. Now a short overview about the driver changes:

  • ACPI: smp safe hires timer, acpica updates
  • ACPI future:acpica updates, support for system initialization on UEFI based systems
  • JFS: fix for a log redo bug that can lead to a corrupted volume
  • USB 11.x: stable branch with latest updates, usbcalls lib that covers all previous version
  • USB future: USB 3.0 host controller driver
  • uniaud future:repository reorganizing, drop in new alsa code, fix remain problems on the OS/2 interface code
    The 2nd part will cover Kerberos support for the SAMBA client and more..

Warpstock 2015 preview

The upcoming Warpstock event will take place in the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita Wichita, Kansas, USA from 23 to 25th of october 2015. Some of the session highlights are: Alex Taylor will talk about his latest program developments. There will be an update of the SNAP graphics driver (a new intel driver maybe) and an overview about the latest driver developments on multimac from Arca Noae. Another session will present the current status of the upcoming samba client plugin with kerberos support (heimdal port) and Roderick Klein is back to talk about the V.O.I.C.E foundation.

Warpstock 2015 Wichita

Warpstock 2015 Wichita