Per Arca Noae’s revised release schedule, and as announced at Warpstock 2016, Blue Lion (ArcaOS 5.0) moved into beta testing stage today. The first beta release has been made available to the test team, and we anticipate a rigorous round of installation, modifications, formatting, deletion, disk wiping, and all that other fun stuff which accompanies a healthy beta test.
We do not anticipate a public beta cycle nor are we planning a gamma release or an untold number of release candidates. Instead, we fully expect ArcaOS 5.0 to emerge from beta testing at the end of March and to become generally available at that time.
As mentioned during earlier coverage, ArcaOS is a sort-of continuation of eComStation, since it’s founded by several eCS developers who felt eCS had ground to a halt.
I’d do anything for open OS/2 successor, or at the very least “free as in free beer” one. There are so much fun OS/2 games that have never been ported.
I really do miss OS/2. Stellar Frontier FTW. I remember doing a Stardock competition once that had to do with taking a photo of you and your Stellar Frontier boxed copy. I had mine with all of my other StarDock merch.
But like all OSes I’ve loved, it has OS in it’s name.
Sure, its probably fun to play with. But I’m not expecting much. OS/2 warp and BeOS were both a similar experience to me. Compared to the MS offerings of the day, both shocked me as to how well they ran and the performance they offered. While at the same time, saddening me that critical software packages I needed weren’t available.
My undergrad research project was ported to both.
An alternative OS needs to build a user base. Unless they target a specific market, and do not expect growth (like ATMs, CNC machines, etc) they need to have a free version that students can play with.
The OS has become more or less a commodity. For example, Microsoft realized this, and have been giving away free Windows licenses to universities for about ten years now. We of course have Linux, FreeDOS, Haiku, among others readily available.
And the alternate hardware market has more or less died as well. We have PC and Mac. No more Commodores, Amigas, Sinclairs, Z80s. (Which is another shame). If there were competition on the hardware front, that might have given them an edge, unfortunately that no longer exists.
So if they want to be relevant, and have growth, they need to invest in the next group of users (students).