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07 August, 2020 - The status of the new QtWebEngine/Chromium based browser, update 12
01 March, 2020 - VOICE/Bitwise works new browser update 11
25 December, 2019 - VOICE/Bitwise works new browser update 10
26 September, 2019 - New Web Browser for OS/2 is within reach!
29 June, 2019 - Remote OS/2 Desktop Support via the internet
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.
19 July, 2018 - Update 5, browser fund.
13 April, 2018 - Update 4, browser fund and QT roadmap.
29 March, 2018 - Browser funding upate.
26 February, 2018 - LAN Server installation utility.
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: Call for people who are interested to join the OS/2 VOICE board
General: Warpstock 2021 attendance info
General: Bitwiseworks news from BWW twitter feed: Digest for September 09, 2021
General: [ Feedback] The eCSoft/2 weekly newsletter for OS2Voice
SW: [ Feedback] The eCSoft/2 weekly newsletter for OS2Voice
Drivers: [Arca Noae] USB driver package version 12.09 now available
SW: [ Feedback] The eCSoft/2 weekly newsletter for OS2Voice
SW: Bitwiseworks news from BWW twitter feed: Digest for August 13, 2021
SW: [ Feedback] The eCSoft/2 weekly newsletter for OS2Voice
Event: Warpstock 2021 September 18
SW: Weasel version 2.77 released
Drivers: [Arca Noae] Updated Uniaud Driver Package (20210731) Released
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ArcaOS 5.0.6 Now Available

ArcaOS 5.0.6 is now available

Arca Noae is pleased to announce the general availability of ArcaOS 5.0.6, the sixth maintenance release of ArcaOS 5.0 (Blue Lion).

ArcaOS 5.0.6 includes refreshed content and fixes since 5.0.5 was released. If you have experienced difficulty installing previous releases of ArcaOS on your hardware, 5.0.6 may address your issue(s). If installing from USB stick, the image may be created using any major operating system at hand (Windows, Linux, MacOS, and of course, OS/2, eComStation, and ArcaOS). Once built, the USB stick can be inserted into any USB port in the target system to boot into the ArcaOS installer/updater.

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.

This update is included with your valid ArcaOS Support & Maintenance subscription at no additional charge. 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.

Updated 2021/09/03
Updated 2021/09/14

Warpstock 2021 Announced.

The Warpstock Board of Directors is pleased to announce Warpstock 2021. The annual conference for ArcaOS, OS/2, and eComStation users, administrators, and developers, will be held on-line.

Registration will not be required for this virtual conference. Attendance will be via YouTube stream, and questions may be posed via YouTube Chat as well as IRC. YouTube and IRC access details to be posted at a later date.

This year's event will be held on Saturday, September 18. Watch Warpstock org for the event pages to go live in the coming days, including the schedule and list of this year's presenters.

The date for Warpstock 2021 is Saturday, September 18, 2021. The live stream will be from 12pm - 5pm EDT, which is 9am - 2pm PDT, and 16:00 - 21:00 UTC.

The full conference registration fee for this year's event is FREE. There is no need to register for this year's event. Simply show up from your living room, and enjoy.

Instructions for watching Warpstock are here.

Connecting to Warpstock

Warpstock 2021 sessions will be presented in one time block, which should be accessible from the US and most of Europe. Live and recorded presentations are planned and, presenters may be available to answer questions in real time.

Visit the WarpEvents channel on YouTube prior to the event session you would like to attend linked here.

Questions and commentary may be posted either in YouTube's chat or via IRC, on the Libera.Chat network. You may connect to Libera.Chat using either a standard IRC client at on ports 6665-6667 or 8000-8002 for plain-text connections, or ports 6697, 7000, or 7070 for TLS connections. Alternatively, you may use Libera.Chat's web interface with a supported browser. Either way, the channel for discussion is #warpstock.

More information concerning Libera.Chat is available in their guides.

This year's WarpStock event will be held Saturday, September 18, 2021, from 9 AM to 2 PM PDT (12 PM to 5 PM EDT | 4PM to 9PM GMT 45-50-minute slots, with sessions scheduled on the hour.
Registration will not be required for this virtual conference. Attendance will be via YouTube stream, and questions may be posed via YouTube Chat as well as IRC.

Instructions to watch the Warpstock live stream:


We will be using YouTube Live as our streaming server. Go to the WarpEvents page at YouTube.

Once there, locate the WarpStock 2021 Live Stream URL.
Users with OS/2 can watch the stream in two ways.
1) Option 1: Firefox pointing to the WarpEvents site:
2) Option 2: Grab the YouTube URL and put it on VLC to view the Live Stream.


To ask questions as we go, you may use IRC. The URL for the #warpstock channel is

ircs:// (TLS encrypted)


irc:// (plain text)


(web interface, type #warpstock into Channel field).

A link to the schedule is shown here calender.

The Warpstock 2021 conference will be offered via streaming video. If you enjoy the conference in this way, please feel free to send us a donation to help cover the costs of presenting Warpstock. Go to the main page: On the left side find Support Warpstock and click the yellow PayPal Donate button.


PMMail for OS/2 version 3.25 has been released.

For more information, release notes and a free download of the demonstration version of the program, please visit our website here.

The filename of the released version is pmmail-3-25-00-1993.wpi

PMMail/2 allows limited usage until it is registered. The limitations are:

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 now requires libcx

Starting with version 3.24, PMMail is built with GCC 4.9.2 and requires libcx. To satisfy this requirement, you can use Arca Noae Package Manager (ANPM) or yum. The package to install is named libcx.

In addition, PMMail now requires aspell, and aspell can also be installed by ANPM or yum. The PMMail Utility requires DrCtl. At the command line the additional requirements can be installed by:

yum install libcx aspell-en DrCtl

The following language dictionaries can be specified instead of aspell-en

Warpstock Europe 2020 went virtual

Warpstock Europe 2020 in Frankfurt was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Instead a virtual conference was streamed live over YouTube. To view the recording go here:

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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2021/09/15 POV Quantiser Utils 1.6 (1992-11-01)228.6 KB
2021/09/15 POV-Panel/2 1.1 (1995-09-01)778.08 KB
2021/09/15 POV-Ray 3 Manual (1997-11-12)1.58 MB
2021/09/15 DBW-Render 1.02 (1995-02-22)251.76 KB
2021/09/15 NeoN Graphix 3D 2.14 demo (1996-08-26)3.17 MB
2021/09/16 NConvert_6-88-1.wpi NConvert 6.88.1 (2016-05-01)924.75 KB
2021/09/16 EAs I do! 1.2 (2001-04-08)24.98 KB
2021/09/16 UniMaint 5.10.32 (2011-06-27)2.26 MB
2021/09/16 Captain Nemo 1.0 (1996-02-06)185.58 KB
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