Still running a critical application on OS/2? Still have some old, musty Pentium III workstations humming along, and hoping that a power supply doesn’t fail or that the noisy 20GB IDE disk doesn’t develop a bad spot because the workstation can’t recognize anything bigger? Afraid to power it off for fear it won’t start again?
Perhaps it’s time to look at new – yes brand new – hardware for that application. Let’s face it, that app has been around this long because it works. It’s worked all these years just fine. The fact that the hardware is showing its age and the application continues to be useful (critical, in many cases) is a testament to the quality of the software. Why do away with a perfectly good application, just because the moving parts are wearing out?
ArcaOS 5.0 runs all of those great OS/2 applications just like OS/2. Why? Because at its core, ArcaOS 5.0 is OS/2. No emulation. No compatibility mode. Pure OS/2 Warp 4.52 – with updates, fixes, and modifications to be compatible with the latest multi-core and multi-processor hardware available. Replace that old Pentium III with an i5 or i7 or AMD multi-core system, 16 or 32GB of memory, and a 240GB SSD, or move an existing Pentium 4 with 1GB of memory, and a 250GB SATA 3 hard drive from something else. ArcaOS 5.0 has lean hardware requirements, but can take advantage of some of the latest technologies.
Why replace an entire PBX system because the OS/2 workstation which has been storing voicemail all these years is in need of replacement? (We’d call that an often forgotten, yet critical, application.) Move that software onto a new system running ArcaOS 5.0. Need help? Let our team of engineers have a look. We don’t just develop and license software, we design, implement, and manage it, as well.
We’ve added some screenshots of ArcaOS 5.0, and we’ll be adding more. For those who haven’t seen OS/2 in a long time, you may be surprised to see just how modern ArcaOS 5.0 looks. The familiar object-oriented Workplace Shell provides the framework for the ArcaOS desktop. Everything is an object, not just an icon. Different types of objects – classes – behave differently, and may be manipulated in different ways.
Preemptive multitasking, pioneered by OS/2, remains a cornerstone of ArcaOS, allowing the user to run many applications simultaneously, with each running its own processes in the background when another application is switched to foreground view for data entry or viewing rich media content. Thus, it is entirely possible to watch an HTML5 video in Firefox over the web, generate a large report in OpenOffice, and burn a DVD all at the same time, without missing a beat on today’s hardware.
Personal computers have come a long way since the 1990’s, and today, it seems like everything wants to connect to everything else – even when we don’t want that to happen. Worse yet, it seems that device manufacturers and software publishers aren’t satisfied with a simple product purchase or licensing fee; instead, they seem to want to harvest your personal information and either use it market more stuff to you or even sell it to unknown third parties.
Arca Noae understands this, and we respect your privacy. ArcaOS evolved from roots which predate this overly-connected ecosystem in which we find ourselves today. While there are some trade-offs for the insulation which that affords the user, we believe that these trade-offs are well worth the effort.
Here are some of the things which ArcaOS 5.0 either doesn’t have or doesn’t do. See if you don’t agree that when compared to some other operating system choices you have, ArcaOS looks like a much safer bet:
No Adobe Flash Player. Over the years, Flash has become a major attack vector for compromising not only the browser (when run as a plugin), but the entire system, planting many spyware elements on the system to beacon the user’s actions elsewhere or serve as a path for infecting other systems – regardless the antivirus or antispyware software in use on the system. We made a decision early in the development cycle that as the internet is moving to HTML5 for more native playback of rich media, we would not include such a weakly-secured component in ArcaOS.
No centralized address book. A central address book is a common vulnerability, exposing all of your contacts to discovery (and spamming). There are methods for securing an address book in Thunderbird and SeaMonkey, however. Be sure that if you use anything which stores addresses you keep it password protected with a strong cipher to ward against theft.
No centralized password manager. There is nothing wrong with having a password manager installed, and there are, in fact, several very nice ones which run quite well under ArcaOS. However, why should everyone know which password manager you use? Known exploits could leave you vulnerable even without divulging such information. Because there is no single password manager bundled with ArcaOS, would-be thieves will have to try to determine which application actually holds your valuable information.
Samba 4 file and printer sharing client, including Kerberos and NTLMv2 authentication. No old, weak password hashes for ArcaOS. Instead, Samba 4 utilizes the latest methods for securing authentication to servers and even encrypting data transport to and from servers so configured.
Updates via secure channels, keeping Arca Noae credentials safe. When accessing updates from Arca Noae servers, all transports are done using the HTTPS protocol, and when storing your login credentials in Arca Noae Package Manager, the credentials are actually tied to your local system. It is not possible for someone to steal your configuration and easily decrypt your username and password for your Arca Noae account on another machine.
Arca Noae stores no financial information on our own servers. Should your account credentials actually fall into the wrong hands (a stolen laptop or a careless reminder note), your account information stored on our servers does not include any of your credit card data. We simply do not retain this sensitive information.
ArcaOS doesn’t “phone home.” It’s true. If you ever find yourself stranded on a desert island with just your laptop and a solar panel for electricity, your ArcaOS-powered machine will never complain about not being able to “authorize” the installation for use, because it never looks to contact us. An ArcaOS installation is an island unto itself. It is even possible to retrieve software updates on a single machine and set that machine as a repository for all of the other ArcaOS stations on your network. None of the other systems would ever need to touch the internet to get the latest code.
ArcaOS does not include any trialware or junkware. Many of these applications contact their own publishers over the internet (aside from ceasing to function after a certain period of time). Every bundled application on the ArcaOS DVD is fully functional and fully licensed for use with ArcaOS – forever, with no further registration required, anywhere. None of these applications send information over the internet to anyone else, and are perfectly happy to just run in their own space under ArcaOS, unless you want them to make contact elsewhere. Shouldn’t that always be the case?
This is by no means an exhaustive list of how ArcaOS was designed to keep you safe in our overly-connected world, but merely a starting point for discussion and consideration. All that, and we managed to keep the introductory pricetag under a hundred bucks. How’s that?
Emails get lost. Emails get stuck in spam traps. Emails…well, let’s face it, you should never underestimate the power of an email not to arrive when you need it the most.
We understand this. In fact, the second email notification (the one advising that the ISO is ready for download) was supposed to only include a brief note that the ISO was ready for download and that the customer should log into his or her account page here and access the order to reach the download link. Adding the download link to the second email notification was a convenience feature.
So, in case you have ordered and it has taken more than ten or fifteen minutes for the email to arrive, here’s what to do:
Log into your ACCOUNT page from the main site menu. On the left, click on the Orders and Subscriptions link, which should be the second item from the top, just beneath Dashboard. In the list of orders, the top one should be the most recent. Click on the View button. Looking at the order details, you should see the following text beneath the product:
Your download is available here
Click the link and you should be greeted by a file to download.
Tip: ISO downloads are only kept available for a limited time, after which they must be rebuilt. Visit the link referenced above, and instead of a download, you should receive a notice that your ISO is being prepared. Follow the same procedure as when you initially ordered (or as outlined here) to retrieve the download within a few minutes.
We appreciate everyone’s patience as we continue to deal with excessive traffic on the server which is impacting our ordering and delivery process. Please know that we are doing everything we can to manage the situation, however, you may find it difficult to reach the site while the conditions persist.
Downloads of completed ISOs should be relatively unaffected, as these are served from a different server.
If you receive an email advising that there was an error building your ISO, please be patient and wait for a follow-up. Be assured that we are watching the process closely to ensure that all orders are filled.
Thanks so much for the truly overwhelming response to the release of ArcaOS 5.0!
ArcaOS 5.0, the long-awaited modern OS/2 distribution from Arca Noae, was released for general availability today.
ArcaOS 5.0 is available in personal and commercial editions, with the latter including prioritized support and a longer term of included maintenance and updates.
The personal edition is also offered at the discounted price of just $99 per license for the next 90 days, so take advantage of the savings during this introductory period.
Current Drivers & Software Subscription holders should watch the Arca Noae site for details on how to obtain a credit or rebate for the unused portion of their subscriptions when purchasing licenses for ArcaOS 5.0.
ArcaOS licensees should also check the wiki pages which should see a number of updates in the coming days to help get the most out of their software.