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Arca Noae at Warpstock Europe 2016

Arca Noae principals David Azarewicz and Lewis Rosenthal will be on hand at this year’s Warpstock Europe event to discuss some of the great offerings from Arca Noae, including latest driver development and the upcoming Blue Lion release.

Expect more details in the coming days, and be sure to visit the event page for general information and the Arca Noae store to register and purchase your tickets.

Arca Noae Package Manager: German language pack refreshed

The German language pack for Arca Noae Package Manager has been refreshed to clarify a few terms in the message file. Note that this pack does not yet include a translated help file.

Thanks to Andreas Schnellbacher and Andreas Kohl for the update.

Arca Noae Package Manager is available in English with Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Swedish language packs (more languages to be added).

This open source utility is available to everyone, free of charge, regardless whether you have an Arca Noae software subscription.

Please review the wiki for important first-time installation notes and other tips.

Arca Noae Package Manager: Dutch language pack refreshed

The Dutch language pack for Arca Noae Package Manager has been refreshed to address a minor typographical error in the message file.

Arca Noae Package Manager is available in English with Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Swedish language packs (more languages to be added).

This open source utility is available to everyone, free of charge, regardless whether you have an Arca Noae software subscription.

Please review the wiki for important first-time installation notes and other tips.

Arca Noae Package Manager: Dutch language pack now available

Arca Noae Package Manager has been refreshed to include support for the Dutch language pack (thanks to Jacques van Leeuwen for the translation).

The package is now available in English with Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Swedish language packs (more languages coming soon). Dutch includes a fully translated help file, as well.

This open source utility is available to everyone, free of charge, regardless whether you have an Arca Noae software subscription.

Please review the wiki for important first-time installation notes and other tips.

Arca Noae Package Manager: language packs refreshed

All language packs for Arca Noae Package Manager have been refreshed, and a complete French help file has been added (thanks to Guillaume Gay for the translation). The other help files saw minor updates, mainly to correct compilation errors.

The package is available in English with French, German, Italian, and Swedish language packs (more languages to be added). Dutch is coming soon.

This open source utility is available to everyone, free of charge, regardless whether you have an Arca Noae software subscription.

Please review the wiki for important first-time installation notes and other tips.

Arca Noae Package Manager: Italian language pack now available

Arca Noae Package Manager has been refreshed to include support for the Italian language pack (thanks to Gabriele Gamba for the translation).

The package is now available in English with French, German, Italian, and Swedish language packs (more languages coming soon). Italian includes a fully translated help file, as well.

This open source utility is available to everyone, free of charge, regardless whether you have an Arca Noae software subscription.

Please review the wiki for important first-time installation notes and other tips.

Arca Noae Package Manager: Swedish language pack now available

Arca Noae Package Manager has been refreshed to include support for the Swedish language pack (thanks to Jan-Erik Lärka for the translation).

The package is now available in English with French, German, and Swedish language packs (more languages coming soon). Swedish includes a fully translated help file, as well.

This open source utility is available to everyone, free of charge, regardless whether you have an Arca Noae software subscription.

Please review the wiki for important first-time installation notes and other tips.

Arca Noae Package Manager has landed

After over a year in the making, and after extensive testing and refinement, Arca Noae is proud to announce the release of Arca Noae Package Manager, a graphical tool to help keep OS/2 and eComStation systems up to date with the latest software and fixes.

The package is available in English with French and German language packs (more languages coming soon).

This open source utility is available to everyone, free of charge, regardless whether you have an Arca Noae software subscription.

Please review the wiki for important first-time installation notes and other tips.

Still running mature software? Arca Noae can help

There was some news made recently when Orly Airport in Paris, France suffered some apparent downtime of its Windows 3.1-based DECOR system which provides Runway Visual Range (RVR) information to pilots. Tech news media was abuzz with ridicule for any enterprise still running what it termed as such “antiquated” systems (referring to both DECOR and Windows 3.1, and in several instances, referring to Windows XP and “UNIX” as similarly antiquated (see here, here, and here for examples).

Unfortunately, what many of these news outlets don’t understand is that after all of the years in service, it simply may not make economic sense to replace a working system simply because there’s a new OS or application version available (likely with new and unknown flaws and potential pitfalls). Perhaps a newer version of a critical application did away with what is to that customer a must-have feature, or perhaps the application has been orphaned altogether, and nothing else currently available seems to be able to do as efficient a job as what is already in place.

Arca Noae understands the value of these systems. OS/2 still provides “a better DOS than DOS and a better [16-bit] Windows than Windows” due to its preemptive multitasking capabilities and crash protection, so multiple Windows 3.1 and/or DOS sessions may be started and run independently of one another, where a critical application is less likely to be brought down simply because some other application crashed in a different session.

If you have a need to run mature applications on OS/2, Windows 3.1, or DOS, Arca Noae can help extend the life of your investment in those platforms and those applications. Our OS/2 & eCS Drivers and Software package subscription – available now – can assist in running OS/2 or eComStation on newer hardware. Our upcoming OS/2 release, codenamed Blue Lion, is being designed to provide an installable solution to deploy new systems with an updated OS/2, fully capable of handling those mature DOS and Windows 3.1 applications, as well as native OS/2 applications and ported Linux applications on modern hardware or in a virtualized environment.

Perhaps you need expertise in handling such a transition or in maintaining your mature infrastructure. Arca Noae’s experienced engineers and consultants can provide those services, as well, practically anywhere in the world. Need us? Contact us.

Blue Lion, by Arca Noae - Developer Interest

Calling all OS/2 developers!

If you have had experience coding for OS/2, we want to hear from you. Arca Noae is actively seeking new devs for various phases of Blue Lion and related development. All positions are for independent contractors (no employees), some are volunteer, and some (for more detailed, technical work) will be compensated.

Please send an email of inquiry to dev-info AT arcanoae DOT com, and we will respond with a brief questionnaire including a request for references. If accepted, you will be asked to execute a standard non-disclosure agreement.

If there is something which you’d like to see in Blue Lion, whether as a desktop enhancement, an included application, or a device driver, and you feel competent to provide it, please let us know!