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netlabs.org newsletter #260

eComStationNews.com - Mon, 20160104 - 05:35 -0600

This is the latest edition of the bi-weekly netlabs.org <www.netlabs.org/> newsletter. The newsletter can be read on the web at the following URL:
wiki.netlabs.org/index.php <wiki.netlabs.org/index.php/Netlabs_bi_weekly_newsletter4>

News from netlabs.org <www.netlabs.org/>:
28. December - 3. January
Dynamic Windows Library
One fix applied
See: trac.netlabs.org/dwindows/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/dwindows/timeline>
Java port for eCS (OS/2)
New ticket raised
See: trac.netlabs.org/java/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/java/timeline>
Some fixes as well as new stuff
See: trac.netlabs.org/kstuff/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/kstuff/timeline>
One ticket closed
See: trac.netlabs.org/lucide/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/lucide/timeline>
Some fixes applied
See: trac.netlabs.org/nepmd/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/nepmd/timeline>
A pack of updates and fixes
See: trac.netlabs.org/rpm/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/rpm/timeline>
Unix Ports and more
Many updates and some new tickets raised
See: trac.netlabs.org/ports/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/ports/timeline>
A few updates
See: trac.netlabs.org/usb/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/usb/timeline>
VirtualBox for eCS (OS/2)
Some updates as well as wiki changes
See: trac.netlabs.org/vbox/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/vbox/timeline>
21. December - 27. December
Invalid ticket closed
See: trac.netlabs.org/4os2/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/4os2/timeline>
New ticket raised
See: trac.netlabs.org/kbuild/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/kbuild/timeline>
Ticket raised and an update applied
See: trac.netlabs.org/libc/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/libc/timeline>
Some updates
See: trac.netlabs.org/kstuff/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/kstuff/timeline>
Load of tickets raised
See: trac.netlabs.org/lucide/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/lucide/timeline>
A few updates
See: trac.netlabs.org/nepmd/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/nepmd/timeline>
Mix of updates and fixes
See: trac.netlabs.org/rpm/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/rpm/timeline>
One update
See: trac.netlabs.org/usb/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/usb/timeline>
VirtualBox for eCS (OS/2)
A big pile of updates and fixes
See: trac.netlabs.org/vbox/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/vbox/timeline>
VX Applications
Wiki update
See: trac.netlabs.org/vxapps/timeline <trac.netlabs.org/vxapps/timeline>

Netlabs.org <netlabs.org/> depends upon your support to maintain and help test new releases of OS/2 software. Some projects require considerable work; therefore, some developers are paid to work on them. You may show your support for these projects by purchasing sponsor units via:
bww bitwise Works GmbH <www.bitwiseworks.com/shop/index.php>
Arca Noae <rcanoae.com/product-category/support-sponsoring/>

Thanks for your support!

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netlabs.org <www.netlabs.org/> team

Categories: eComStation - OS/2

[Arca Noae] Arca Noae Package Manager has landed

eComStationNews.com - Thu, 20151231 - 22:58 -0600

Arca Noae has posted a new item, 'Arca Noae Package Manager has landed'

After over a year in the making, and after extensive testing and refinement,
Arca Noae is proud to announce the release of Arca Noae Package Manager, a
graphical tool to help keep OS/2 and eComStation systems up to date with the
latest software and fixes.

The package is available in English with French and German language [...]

You may view the latest post at

We at Arca Noae would like to thank our development partners, bww bitwise works,
GmbH and Netlabs.org for their continued contribution to the OS/2 platform.
Monetary contributions to offset their operations costs may be made either
through Arca Noae at www.arcanoae.com or bww bitwise works, GmbH at

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Best regards,
Arca Noae

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bww bitwise works GmbH progress update

eComStationNews.com - Mon, 20151228 - 09:30 -0600

*bww bitwise works GmbH progress update December 28, 2015*

In the last couple of week we have been working on the tasks below.

* lxml
* Python
* Rpm
* Fontconfig
* FreeType
* HarfBuzz
* Pango
* Cairo
* Pixman
* libpoll
* VitrualBox

The lxml python parser was packed as rpm.
About lxml: lxml is the most feature-rich and easy-to-use library for processing XML and HTML in the Python language.
We updated python 2.7.6 with some important fixes. Without this fixes some python based build systems (like the Mozilla build system) would not work.
About Python: Python is a programming language that lets you work more quickly and integrate your systems more effectively.
We updated rpm 4.8.1 with some important fixes. Among some fixes we also added the %debug macro. This which makes the live of rpm packers easier.
About Rpm: The RPM Package Manager is a powerful command line driven package management system capable of installing, uninstalling, verifying, querying, and updating computer software packages.

First we enhanced our old mozilla based Fontconfig with some functions and hoped this would work with our new upcoming Firefox 38. But unfortunately this turned out to be wrong. So we decided to port the complete Fontconfig.
We renamed the old Fontconfig rpm and updated the Fontconfig rpm with the new Fontconfig. To make sure old and new works, the "yum update fontconfig" does not only update to the new Fontconfig, it also installs the old version. So both work together.
About Fontconfig: Fontconfig is a library for configuring and customizing font access.
We updated FreeType including rpm to version 2.6.2.
About FreeType: FreeType is a software font engine that is designed to be small, efficient, highly customizable, and portable while capable of producing high-quality output (glyph images). It can be used in graphics libraries, display servers, font conversion tools, text image generation tools, and many other products as well.
This is a new port. We also created a rpm for it. This port is currently needed by the upcoming Firefox 38 port.
About HarfBuzz: HarfBuzz is an OpenType text shaping engine.
This is a new port. We also created a rpm for it. This port is currently needed by the upcoming Firefox 38 port.
About Pango: Pango is a library for laying out and rendering of text, with an emphasis on internationalization. Pango can be used anywhere that text layout is needed. The integration of Pango with Cairo provides a complete solution with high quality text handling and graphics rendering.
Cairo is not a new port, but we enhanced it and created also a rpm for it.
About Cairo: Cairo is a 2D graphics library with support for multiple output devices.

This is a new port. We also created a rpm for it. This port is currently needed by the upcoming Firefox 38 port.
About Pixman: Pixman is a low-level software library for pixel manipulation, providing features such as image compositing and trapezoid rasterization. Important users of pixman are the Cairo graphics library and the X server.

This is a new port. We also created a rpm for it. This port is currently needed by the upcoming VBox port.
About libpoll: libpoll implements the poll() system call for systems that do not support poll out of the box.

*The team to port the latest VirtualBox Host to eCS (OS/2) is formed. We already checked in a lot code and a very early build is running already. In the next couple of weeks we plan to deliver a first developer preview. If you are interested to see the progress of this port, then please have a look at VirtualBox for eCS (OS/2) <trac.netlabs.org/vbox>.
About VitrualBox: VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

If you want to support us or a specific project then please check out our online shop <www.bitwiseworks.com/shop>.
You are one of the people making the future possible!

We at bww bitwise works GmbH would like to thank our development partners, Arca Noae and Netlabs.org for their continued contribution to the OS/2 platform.

With regards, the bww bitwise works GmbH Team

Categories: eComStation - OS/2

Update on Warpstock Europe 2015/2016!

eComStationNews.com - Fri, 20151225 - 17:25 -0600

* First of all the video's of the Warpstock Europe 2015 presentations are being uploaded right now to the following new Warpstock Europe YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCWVjvzVtMl_BA66pWtOeEoA

The upload is still running and should finish the next 12 hours or so. Warpstock Europe should have a video stream next year again.
The VOICE organization would like to thank Udo Schneider from Munich *again* for this support to provide the video stream at Warpstock Europe 2015.

* Work is still ongoing to get the new website for Warpstock Europe up. Which I hope we can do over this XMAS weekend.

* As mentioned before. Warpstock Europe will be held on the 21st and 22 second of May 2016 in Cologne at Hostel where Warpstock Europe was also held in 2016. The rooms have been reserved.
Lewis Rosenthal from Arca Noae has already confirmed he will be coming because last year he did not make it to Warpstock Europe.

On behalf of all the board members of OS/2 VOICE:
Have a nice XMAS and a good 2016!


Roderick Klein
President OS/2 VOICE

Categories: eComStation - OS/2
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