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ArcaOS 5.0.5 now available

6 June, 2020

Arca Noae is proud to announce the general availability of ArcaOS 5.0.5, the fifth maintenance release of ArcaOS 5.0 (Blue Lion).

ArcaOS 5.0.5 introduces support for xHCI (USB3) controllers to install on a wider array of systems than ever before. What's more, for updaters, even if your USB controller was previously unsupported, and you had to install or update from DVD in the past, you may now boot into the installer from USB stick to perform the update. USB3-attached keyboards and mice should work, as well.

ArcaOS 5.0.5 includes over 100 updates, enhancements, and fixes since 5.0.4 was released. If you have experienced difficulty installing previous releases of ArcaOS on your hardware, the fixes and updates included in 5.0.5 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.

If your ArcaOS Support & Maintenance subscription has already expired, and you missed your window of opportunity to renew at regular rates, you may still renew at less than the cost of a new ArcaOS license.

PMMail for OS/2 version 3.24 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-3-24-01-1981.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 goes virtual

In contrast to earlier posts, Warpstock Europe 2020 in Frankfurt has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Instead a virtual conference will be organized, streamed live over YouTube. For more information, see

Warpstock 2019 - Orlando, Florida

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

Photos and and videos of the event are now available at the Warpstock website as well as the slides from the presentations.

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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