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31 March, 2019 - New Web Chromium based for OS/2 getting closer!
24 March, 2019 - Update 8 from OS/2 VOICE/BWW QT, QT partly working!
12 March, 2019 - Update 7 Browser funding campaign
8 October, 2018 - Remote OS/2 desktop support via the internet.
30 August, 2018 - Update 6, browser fund.
July, 2018 - Update 5, browser fund.
13 April, 2018 - Update 4, browser fund and QT roadmap.
29 March, 2018 - Browser funding upate.
Saturday, 17 February, 2018 and Sunday, 25 February, 2018 and Sunday, 4 March, 2018.
Logs of recent VOICE SpeakUps, 4 February, 2018 - VOICE projects for 2018.
20 November, 2017 - Latest word on our browser funding campaign.
11 October, 2017 - Sponsorship of a new browser.
3 September, 2016 - Recent activity and our new organization.

News... from the VOICE News Mailing List
General: OS/2 VOICE board is looking for new people to join the board of directors!
General: Booting ArcaOS on UEFI hardware (demonstration)
General: BayWarp meeting Tuesday, August 27
General: [Arca Noae] Panorama Video Driver Package version 1.14 withdrawn
General: [ Feedback] The eCSoft/2 weekly newsletter for OS2Voice
General: [Arca Noae] Panorama Video Driver Package version 1.14 released
General: Bitwiseworks news from BWW twitter feed: Digest for August 15, 2019
General: QT 5 update from Bitwise works (sorry moderator posted the wrong version).
General: Qt 5 Base for OS/2
General: newsletter #354
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Warpstock 2019 - Orlando, Florida

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

Warpstock 2019 will be held at the Country Inn & Suites, Orlando Airport, located at 5440 Forbes Place, Orlando, Florida 32812.

This year we will display the OS/2 Museum West at the conference. The museum will be accepting donations of significant OS/2 Memorabilia.

Due to falling attendance over the last few years, we have to consider the continuation of Warpstock as an annual conference. If you were thinking of attending Warpstock, then this would be a good year to do it.

This year's event will begin Friday, November 8 and continue through Sunday, November 10. Find out more here!


Register before June 1 and receive a $30 Early Bird discount on a full conference registration or $20 on a 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!

All fees this year are listed in US Dollars. For approximate conversion amounts you might try the Universal Currency Converter

ArcaOS 5.0.4 Released

After nearly a year of development and testing, Arca Noae is proud to announce the general availability of ArcaOS 5.0.4, the fourth maintenance release of ArcaOS 5.0 (Blue Lion).

ArcaOS 5.0.4 introduces a new Updater feature, allowing all previous ArcaOS installations to be brought up to the current codebase by simply booting from the installation medium, selecting the new Update option on the Installation Type page, and finally the target system volume to be updated. The resulting system is essentially what a fresh install would be, without losing settings, other installed programs, application data, and having to reconfigure the environment from scratch.

ArcaOS 5.0.4 includes well over 100 updates and fixes since 5.0.3. The USB stick image package has also been updated to incorporate the latest changes in ArcaOS 5.0.4 and is now personalized, delivered in the same archive as the ISO itself, and may be created using 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 ISO 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/updater.

Systems originally installed from DVD may be updated using the AltBoot (USB stick) method, and systems originally installed from USB stick may be updated from DVD; the choice is yours.

If you have experienced difficulty installing previous releases of ArcaOS on your hardware, the fixes and updates included in 5.0.4 may address your issue(s). ArcaOS 5.0.4 includes a major update to the installation boot component, making it easier than ever to boot and install on systems with non–standard memory configurations.

For a complete list of updates in this release, see the ArcaOS wiki. Be sure to review the README.TXT, as well, as this contains critical information to ensure that you get up and running fast, and includes tips for getting things adjusted right away.

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.

You may view the latest post here.

We at Arca Noae would like to thank our development partners, bww bitwise works, GmbH and for their continued contributions to the OS/2 platform. Monetary contributions to offset their operating costs may be made either at
Arca Noae
or at
bww bitwise works, GmbH.

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.

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.

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