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ArcaOS 5.0.3 Released


Arca Noae is pleased to announce the immediate availability of ArcaOS 5.0.3, the third maintenance release of ArcaOS 5.0 (Blue Lion).

ArcaOS 5.0.3 is (again) the result of many hours of collaborative work to keep up-to-date and to further refine ArcaOS 5.0. Post-install fixes are included, and these will be made available for separate download as part of the ArcaOS 5.0 Support & Maintenance subscription. In the interim, a full download of the refreshed media image is required to obtain all of these fixes and updates.

ArcaOS 5.0.3 includes over 40 updates and fixes since 5.0.2. The USB stick image package (available as a separate download for ArcaOS licensees with current support and maintenance subscription) has also been updated to incorporate the latest changes in ArcaOS 5.0.3.

A bootable ArcaOS 5.0.3 USB stick may be created from any major operating system at hand (Windows, Linux, MacOS, and of course, OS/2, eComStation, and ArcaOS). Once the image is restored, eject, re-insert, and simply copy your personalized ISO (separately downloaded) to the stick per the included directions (also detailed in the ArcaOS support wiki). The stick may then be inserted into any USB 2.0-controlled port in the target system, and used to boot into the ArcaOS installer.

If everything is working in your current installation, it may be prudent to wait for the subscription content to become available, as Arca Noae has not classified any of the 5.0.3 updates as critical.

If you have experienced difficulty installing ArcaOS 5.0.2, the fixes and updates included in 5.0.3 may address your issue(s).

For a complete list of updates in this release, see the ArcaOS wiki.

To download your fresh ISO, simply visit your customer portal page, select the Orders & Subscriptions link on the navigation panel to the left, then click on the order for your ArcaOS license. Once there, click the download link to request a fresh ISO, and wait for your notification email.


ArcaOS 5.0.3 was released earlier today, on August 19. The personal edition is $129, and the commercial edition is $229. Those prices are for the electronic edition that you download. A personalized DVD is available for an additional $30 for either edition.

A discount will be available from now until midnight of Wednesday, August 22. Personal edition is discounted by $20 and Commercial edition is discounted by $34 for the sale period.

A personalized bootable USB stick is available for an additional $45. The System Maintenance screen on the DVD and on the USB stick is a nice environment for troubleshooting and backing up ArcaOS, eComStation and OS/2.

Blonde Guy

Blonde Guy will be at Warpstock again in 2018. I am presenting ArcaOS pre-loaded Computers. I will describe my recent installations of ArcaOS on five Lenovo computers. If you can't be there in person, please consider watching the video stream during the event.


Warpstock Europe 2019


This is a first public announcement about Warpstock Europe 2019.
Yep you have read it correctly. Warpstock Europe 2019 is being announced. Why so early?

You can read some of the reasons here Warpstock Europe

The primary one being that Warpstock Europe will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. The Dutch OS/2VOICE is looking to team up with other computer interest groups such as REXX LA and the Dutch HCC. The Dutch HCC in turn has a whole bunch of groups dedicated to older computers.

The event will be organized at the Stay Okay Soest on the 18th and 19th of May 2019.
Access for Saturday and Sunday costs $105. This is a discounted rate until the 31st July 2018! Normal price is $120.

For more information please visit:

Warpstock Europe

I need people to book as early as possible. I am doing this mostly alone and I am trying to get other groups of the Dutch HCC involved as well. But this requires me to know as far ahead as possible how many people are coming to the event. And if I need to book an extra event room. The event rooms at the Youth Hostel are extremely popular.

Hope to see everybody at the 20th Warpstock Europe in Soest!

Best regards,
Roderick Klein

Tickets are on sale and the webpage is being filled with more details as well.

And if you are asking where hotels are, just look at Google maps. It's not that hard to find other hotels near where we organize the event.

Warpstock 2018 - Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Warpstock, the annual conference for ArcaOS, OS/2, and eComStation users, administrators, and developers, is now open for registration!

Warpstock 2018 will be held at the Country Inn & Suites By Radisson Calgary Airport, located at 2481 39th Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2E 8V8.

This year's event will begin Friday, September 14 and continue through Sunday, September 16.

We are working hard to make this another event chock-full of enjoyable and informative sessions, featuring an all-star cast! Join us, as a presenter or as an attendee. ArcaOS continues to wow new, continuing, and returning OS/2 users, and there is a lot to explore and learn about this powerful, secure, alternative operating system - today's answer to intrusive, spying, commercial and open source systems, which is still amazingly versatile and remarkable agile on today's hardware! Find out more about this year's Warpstock!

Register before May 1 and receive a $30 Early Bird discount on a full or daily conference registration! Spouses/family members/guests/office mates attending sessions also receive great discounts, and non-attending guests are FREE. Students with valid student ID are welcome to attend sessions at no charge, with full benefits!

Remember to book your hotel and travel early (we have negotiated great rates for this year's event - King or Two Double: $119 CAD/night; Suite: $134 CAD/night). Come early and stay a few days to see the sights and keep the conversation going!


PMMail Version 3.22 Released


PMMail for OS/2 version 3.22 has been released. For more information, release notes and a free download of the demonstration version of the program, please visit our website at

PMMail/2 allows limited usage until it is registered. The limitations are:
* 1 account
* 1 attachment per new message
* Each message printed has a statement that this is a demonstration version of PMMail/2.

A registration code is required to use all features of the program. A PMMail/2 licence is free for those who have been a VOICE sponsor with one standard sponsorship unit at least two consecutive years. Others can obtain a PMMail/2 licence by donating two standard sponsorship units to VOICE.

PMMail is also available from Hobbes


VOICE supports open-source projects


In 2017, VOICE donated 2,800 Euros to BitWiseWorks for Software development, and a 1,126.93 Euro subsidy was provided to Warpstock Europe.

In 2016, VOICE donated 1000 Euros to Netlabs to help Netlabs buy a backup server.

In 2013, VOICE donated 2700 Euros to support developement of Firefox 17.

In 2012, VOICE donated 8100 Euros to support development of the following projects.

  New at Hobbes (updates at 60 minute interval);
2019/04/17 The ultimate in personal financial programs for OS/2. This will make the rest of the financial programs here look like they were developed in the early 1990's.2.0 MB
2019/04/17 FDISK/LVM; HPFS, FAT, NTFS, imaging, cloning, fixing12.0 MB
2019/04/16 Find files (command-line utility)71.3 KB