Lewis Rosenthal announced at Warpstock that Arca Noae is now licensed by IBM to create a new OS/2 distribution; it is currently codenamed “Blue Lion” and has a tentative release of Q3 2016. It will be based on OS/2 Warp 4.52 (MCP2) and the SMP kernel, with a new installer which does not require floppies or optical media (USB and possibly network installs), the Arca Noae driver updates including ACPI, USB, and MultiMac, and an updated version of SNAP Graphics. Lewis made it clear that there is no agreement between Arca Noae and XEU (formerly Mensys), and they intend to be a better OS/2 distribution than eComstation. Note that eComstation has been effectively dead since December 2013, despite some vague promises earlier this year that 2.2 would finally be released this month.
Not sure if the harsh words for eComStation are entirely warranted, but the long, long release cycle for eCS 2.2 and IBM engaging in this new agreement is, honestly, quite telling.
Not building my hopes up as any OS development is a massive undertaking but the problem I saw with eCs is that pretty much all the development seemed to be tinkering around the edges and I gave up after 2.0 was released.
Would like to see 3D graphics drivers and better support for connectivity like USB 3.0 and WiFi. Presentation Manager needs a major cosmetic overhaul to bring it into the 21st century. Hopefully, AN will be given proper access to the kernel and we can finally see something like 64 bit development.
There is a lot that needs doing but interest in OS/2 and resources have dwindled. Good luck guys; at least you are trying.