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Internet / Thunderbird 38.6.0
« on: February 29, 2016, 06:17:34 am »
Thunderbird 38.6.0 is now available. Same requirements as the Bitwise build of Firefox and same limitations, mostly no printing.

Internet / SeaMonkey 2.35a1
« on: February 23, 2016, 02:12:13 am »
Hi I've uploaded a preview of SeaMonkey 2.35 to bitbucket in five part harmony :) along with .z01-.z04 to get around upload problems I've been having.
If anyone wants to concat the zips together, I can give write access.

This build is a few commits behind the recent bitwise release of FF38esr. Still using the internal Cairo so printing should still work (untested). Requires the new fontconfig. and otherwise the same requirements as 2.28.
One known issue is, fixed after I built this, there is a workaround mentioned in the issue.
I'll upload a version equal to the current FF release as well as TB when I get a chance.

Internet / New Thunderbird build
« on: January 25, 2016, 06:35:58 am »
I've rebuilt Thunderbird 31.8.0. This is optimized for a Pentium M and should run on most CPUs newer then a PIII. Once again linked against the new Fontconfig library.
Android seems to have mangled the name,
Also I've uploaded the new Fontconfig library to the same page for those who don't like YUM/RPM. You also need and unluckily the Fontconfig configuration files have hard coded location requirements, see included readme.

Internet / Experimental SeaMonkey build
« on: January 16, 2016, 04:55:27 am »
I've uploaded an experimental build of SM 2.28 to
This build is optimized for Core2Duo and should work on most CPU's less then a decade old with best performance on Intel chips after P4, probably good performance on AMD as well, untested. If you get a sigill, your CPU is too old.
This is also linked against the new Fontconfig currently available in the Netlabs RPM experimental repository.
Other then above, same code, same requirements.

Storage / Share a 2TB USB drive between Windows and OS/2?
« on: December 18, 2015, 12:57:39 am »
I understand that for OS/2 to see a 2TB drive the geometry needs adjusting. If done to a USB 2TB drive, will Windows still see it?
I'd like to acquire one and share it between myself (OS/2) and my son who has Win7 and Linux on his box by partitioning into two 1TB partitions and using for backup purposes.

Internet / Firefox vulnerabilities.
« on: August 08, 2015, 06:51:53 am »
OS/2 users can get pretty compliant about security as we have a minor platform that was relatively secure. as such many users do not update browsers and other potentially insecure software.
Here is an example of a security vulnerability that allows a malicious actor to download any file on our computers, While only targeted at Windows and Linux, there is no reason that it couldn't also target everything in general.
Luckily this particular vulnerability doesn't affect us due to not being up to date, our old browsers quite possibly have vulnerabilities.
I suggest not running JavaScript by default, perhaps using no-script. Not loading ads as often they come from somewhere else and have exploits attached as the ad companies don't seem to care much. Adblock Plus is one solution. And minimizing usage of Flash by going into the addons manager and setting Flash to always ask for permission to run. Especially important given our old version of Flash. Same could be done for Java.

Internet / Thunderbird 31.6
« on: June 29, 2015, 04:16:33 am »
I've uploaded a preliminary build of Thunderbird 31.6 along with its corresponding Lightning build to Should have the same requirements as the bitwise build of Firefox 24.8.1.
As usual, it is a good idea to back up your profile before testing though it has been stable for me.
SeaMonkey (and Firefox) still have some issues and the new sound library (thanks to KOMH for porting) hasn't been committed yet and I'll probably release a build when Bitwise releases FF31.8

Programming / OpenZinc
« on: May 14, 2015, 07:07:19 am »
Found this, To quote,
OpenZinc is a multiplatform C++ Graphic User Interface based on the commercial products Zinc Application Frameworks version 1.0 through 4.2. This code base is now being made available as a free open source project
The first of these is portability, both among operating systems and compilers. The OpenZinc code can potentially provide GUI interfaces in DOS Text, DOS Graphics, 16 bit Windows, 32 bit Windows, OS/2, Macintosh 68K, Macintosh PPC, Any X Windows system supporting Motif, NextStep and Curses. The framework can also be compiled on virtually any C++ compiler from legacy compilers to the latest releases.

Also includes a visual designer. The screenshots are interesting.
Released under the LGPL

Internet / Firefox Developer Edition 24.8.1b4
« on: March 16, 2015, 01:36:34 am »
Hi I've uploaded
This is based on the same Gecko code as the Bitwise Firefox beta 4 release with the addition of libsydneyaudio to re-enable HTML5 sound.
This build should have fewer requirements then the Bitwise build, the mzfntcfgft package, libc066.dll and mmap.dll. I've also uploaded a build of mmap to which does not have the gcc1.dll and stdcpp6.dll requirements.
Build is currently only lightly tested.

Internet / Thunderbird 24.8.1b3
« on: March 16, 2015, 01:29:23 am »
I've uploaded
This is based on the same Gecko code as the Bitwise Firefox beta 4 release with the addition of libsydneyaudio to re-enable HTML5 sound. Requirements are the same.
Note that due to combining mozjs.dll into xul.dll, Lightning needs to be updated.

Note that I've seen some instability with both TB and SM xul.dlls loaded into high memory. I haven't really tested Firefox much but be aware.

[fixed link to file in the URL - IBM]

Internet / SeaMonkey 2.21b3
« on: March 14, 2015, 03:10:13 am »
Hi, I've uploaded
This is based on the same Gecko code as the Bitwise Firefox beta 4 release with the addition of libsydneyaudio to re-enable HTML5 sound. Requirements are the same.
Note that due to combining mozjs.dll into xul.dll, Lightning needs to be updated, I'll upload a new release soon.

Internet / SeaMonkey 2.21b1 and Thunderbird 24.8.1b1
« on: November 03, 2014, 07:40:30 am »
If anyone is interested I've uploaded SeaMonkey 2.21b1 and Thunderbird 24.8.1b1 to Hobbes.
Based on the Bitwise work for Firefox 24.8.1, same requirements and same issues.
Thanks to Bitwise for their work

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / timeouts when posting
« on: September 29, 2014, 02:14:53 am »
A while ago I mentioned that occasionally I'll get a timed out message when posting and my post would helpfully be blank. Once this starts the  only way to post is to go back to the post, shutdown the browser and reboot. I can't remember which thread it was so starting a new one including a screen shot.

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Connectivity problems (
« on: January 31, 2014, 08:16:21 am »
Just wondering if anyone else is finding unreachable on a semi-regular basis? Especially anyone using Telus as an ISP.
Lately, usually in the evenings but all day today all I get are timeouts when trying to connect to os2world with multiple browsers. Tracerte dies somewhere in Germany. Also at least wikipedia and github are also unreachable at the same time, most other sites, mail etc load at the usual speed.  I'm in the Pacific Standard Time zone.

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