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bww bitwise works GmbH progress update May 30, 2016

In the last couple of week we have been working on the tasks below (among a lot more).
  • Firefox 38.8.0 Beta7
  • Cups 2.1.3
  • Cups-filters 1.8.2
  • Gutenprint 5.2.11
  • Ghostscript 9.18
  • PyQt4 4.11.4
  • VirtualBox 5.0
Firefox 38.8.0 Beta7
This is the seventh beta release of Firefox for OS/2 and OS/2-based systems which updates Firefox to the latest release of the 38 ESR lifecycle. The Beta 7 release also fixes a couple of regressions from the previous Beta 6 release, brings the Open in New Tab functionality back, improves font rendering furthermore and enables MP4 video playback in HTML5 content using FFmpeg libraries. Please read also the documentation at the Firefox 38.8.0 beta7 wiki for the complete announcement and download information.

If you use Apache Openoffice as well, be aware, that you need to install the icu-legacy package to have AOO still working. To install it, either use Arca Noae Package Manager or yum. The yum command is: yum install libicu-legacy.

To have the complete Cups subsystem working, we had to port several libraries. Among others this was Cups 2.1.3 (the subsystem itself), Cups-filters 1.8.2 (Cups filters and backends), qpdf (tools and library for transforming PDF files), Ghostscript 9.18 (a PostScript interpreter and renderer), lcms2 2.7 (color management engine), bc 1.06 (a numeric processing language), Gutenprint 5.2.11 (printer driver package). For all needed dependencies for Cups we created RPM packages. So finally it's easy to install cups.
Currently we work on the hplip (HP Linux Imaging and Printing Project) port. The needed dependencies like SIP (Python/C++ Bindings Generator) and PyQt4 (Python bindings for Qt4) are already done.
For this project we also created a small user management tool. With this tool it will be easy to maintain local users and groups. This was necessary because more and more ports rely on users and groups.

We are very far in the port and hope to have a first preview within a couple of weeks. If you are interested to see the progress of this port, then please have a look at VirtualBox for eCS (OS/2).
About VirtualBox: 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).
For the VirtualBox port we would like to thank XEU, because they gave us a good financial start.

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We at bww bitwise works GmbH would like to thank our development partners, Arca Noae and for their continued contribution to the OS/2 platform.
Especially without Arca Noae the Firefox port would not be possible. They help us out when we are short on sponsorship.

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