Linked by martini on Tue 16th May 2017 18:59 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation

ArcaOS 5.0 has been released and it is available to be bought at the Arca Noae shop page. It is based on OS/2 Warp 4.52 binaries, and contains newer drivers for ACPI, USB, and networking, a new installer and several open source software projects such as Firefox, Qt, Libc, and OpenOffice.

The OS2World Community also posted a statement with important OS/2 community links and some remarks on the important role open source software has in the OS/2 community.

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Comment by drcouzelis
by drcouzelis on Tue 16th May 2017 20:14 UTC
drcouzelis
Member since:
2010-01-11

...and isn't susceptible to ransomeware! ;)

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RE: Comment by drcouzelis
by Drumhellar on Tue 16th May 2017 21:31 UTC in reply to "Comment by drcouzelis"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Well, isn't targeted by ransomware.

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RE: Comment by drcouzelis
by phoenix on Tue 16th May 2017 22:39 UTC in reply to "Comment by drcouzelis"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Unless you're running WinOS/2 ... ;) Although that's mainly Windows 3.x.

Wasn't there a project to make Win9x apps run on OS/2? Although, that may be too old to be vulnerable.

Hrm, maybe it would be safe to run this then. ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by drcouzelis
by galvanash on Wed 17th May 2017 00:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by drcouzelis"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

http://odin.netlabs.org/en/site/index.xml

Only works for very simple things though...

Edited 2017-05-17 00:47 UTC

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RE: Comment by drcouzelis
by dionicio on Thu 18th May 2017 13:49 UTC in reply to "Comment by drcouzelis"
dionicio Member since:
2006-07-12

As Far as Tight Control Panels on "Active" content and code, they'll be fine. Remembering former Opera browser had granular control over this.

Some people really able to see over the horizon. To smell the future.

Edited 2017-05-18 13:51 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by drcouzelis
by erik71 on Thu 18th May 2017 15:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by drcouzelis"
erik71 Member since:
2017-05-17

Even GEOS now owned by Breadbox Computer is now moving to open source GEOS

I agree os/2 users should have considered open source years ago.

Get behind a the Osfree Project or something similar

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slowpoke.gif
by tidux on Tue 16th May 2017 20:58 UTC
tidux
Member since:
2011-08-13

I'm glad the OS/2 world finally realized that open source was the only way to keep their pet system alive in the face of corporate dickery. Unix, Windows XP, and even DOS fans beat them to the punch by decades.

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RE: slowpoke.gif
by The123king on Wed 17th May 2017 08:46 UTC in reply to "slowpoke.gif"
The123king Member since:
2009-05-28

OSFree has existed for years. Some people realised, but the majority sat on the arses waiting for eComStation to take over the world

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RE[2]: slowpoke.gif
by martini on Wed 17th May 2017 12:19 UTC in reply to "RE: slowpoke.gif"
martini Member since:
2006-01-23

We need more people to help on the OSFree project. There is no manpower or money on the project. Help is welcome.

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RE[3]: slowpoke.gif
by erik71 on Wed 17th May 2017 23:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: slowpoke.gif"
erik71 Member since:
2017-05-17

I would like to help any way i can

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RE[2]: slowpoke.gif
by Soulbender on Thu 18th May 2017 02:46 UTC in reply to "RE: slowpoke.gif"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

waiting for eComStation to take over the world


Surely no-one seriously expected that to happen, right?

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RE[3]: slowpoke.gif
by The123king on Thu 18th May 2017 10:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: slowpoke.gif"
The123king Member since:
2009-05-28

Unix got an open-source clone
DOS got an open-source clone
Windows XP got an open-source clone
BeOS got an open-source clone
AmigaOS got an open-source clone


Pretty much every platform that had a die-hard following decided to make an open-source clone of their OS. Except OS/2, because eComStation appeared to be the true continuation of their beloved OS.

Fact of the matter is, each OS referenced above is open-source, actively developed and (with the exception of ReactOS) stable and compatible enough to use as your daily driver OS. Maybe if OS/2 users has decided to go down the open-source path, their future would be much brighter.

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RE[4]: slowpoke.gif
by phoenix on Thu 18th May 2017 20:35 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: slowpoke.gif"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Unix got an open-source clone
DOS got an open-source clone
Windows XP got an open-source clone
BeOS got an open-source clone
AmigaOS got an open-source clone

OS/2 got an open-source clone aka OSFree:
http://www.osfree.org

;)

Granted, it's not a vibrant community, but it's there.

Edited 2017-05-18 20:36 UTC

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Where is the trial?
by kwanbis on Wed 17th May 2017 01:00 UTC
kwanbis
Member since:
2005-07-06

Not even a trial? How can I see if I like it?

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RE: Where is the trial?
by laffer1 on Wed 17th May 2017 01:23 UTC in reply to "Where is the trial?"
laffer1 Member since:
2007-11-09

You can't actually buy it either. Their site keeps crashing and when I get the page to load it actually fails to continue to paypal

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RE[2]: Where is the trial?
by Ibrahim on Wed 17th May 2017 03:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Where is the trial?"
Ibrahim Member since:
2016-11-03
RE[2]: Where is the trial?
by BlueofRainbow on Fri 19th May 2017 15:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Where is the trial?"
BlueofRainbow Member since:
2009-01-06

Hum - Getting more interest then anticipated?

This would be a good sign for the future of the ArcaOS Project.

OSFree and Voyager are two OS/2 replication projects which I have kept an eye on over the years. However, both appear to be under-resourced and having a hard time progressing. Maybe a side effect of ArcaOS will be to relight the fire for these two open-sourced OS/2 replication projects?

Edited 2017-05-19 15:33 UTC

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RE: Where is the trial?
by jsalpha2 on Thu 18th May 2017 22:27 UTC in reply to "Where is the trial?"
jsalpha2 Member since:
2017-05-18

Agreed They want us to pay with out being able to test it? Can you say "Buy a pig in a poke?"

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OSFree
by The123king on Wed 17th May 2017 08:45 UTC
The123king
Member since:
2009-05-28

I know OSFree is pretty dead, but i think it still twitches a few times a year.

Maybe it could be of use to ArcaOS

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Bought it
by fretinator on Wed 17th May 2017 13:20 UTC
fretinator
Member since:
2005-07-06

I've been waiting for a cheaper alternative to eComStation. The $99 personal edition hit my sweet spot. OK, my lonely little Thinkpad, lets see what we can do!

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Congratulations.
by dionicio on Thu 18th May 2017 13:46 UTC
dionicio
Member since:
2006-07-12

Congratulations to the Arca OS Comunity ;)

I%D Cheers.

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