Roadmap: ArcaOS

The following is a brief list of planned features and what has already been released for ArcaOS (Blue Lion).

ArcaOS 5.1 (planned)

  • Localized (NLS) versions, with German, Spanish, Dutch, French, Japanese, and Korean in build tree during 5.0.3-5.0.4 release cycles
  • Upgrade/migration facility to upgrade from ArcaOS 5.0.x or migrate from eCS or Warp 4.5
  • Replacement for ArcaMapper
  • Samba 4 server at same level as client
  • Selective installers to replace OS/2 Warp 4-era monolithic Selective Install; these will support (individually):
    • Multimedia
    • Video
    • PCMCIA
    • Keyboard (Locale switching is already available)
    • USB
    • I/O
  • Data Transfer Agent (DTA)
  • Credentials Manager (Kerberos ticket management GUI)
  • XDock (standalone XCenter widgets)
  • New Hardware Manager
  • Replacement Background desktop properties page
  • New printer management utility
  • CLI FTP replacement
  • Daniel Valot games & utilities
  • Desktop search (Recoll)
  • Optional online (live) update at the end of phase 2 installation
  • More installer enhancements

5.0.4 (in beta; fixes/features planned or in testing)

  • NEW: Updater facility to update existing 5.0 install in-place (no reformat/reinsall)
  • NEW: Additional printer driver packs (Brother, EpsonInk)
  • Update installation boot facility to handle more memory layouts
  • Installer improvements
  • Update installation and troubleshooting utilities
  • Update Samba 4 client to 4.9.4
  • Update Heimdal Kerberos to 7.5.0
  • Update Samba 4 plugin to 3.5
  • Update AHCI, SNAP, Panorama, GenGRADD, Uniaud, AMouse, MultiMac, USB (32-bit stack) drivers
  • Update several included application packages (ISOFS, ArcaOS Desktop, XWLAN, Lucide, Printer Manager, CUPSWIZ, NAPS, HiDisk, kLIBC Path Remapper GUI, TIMESET, etc.)
  • Update YUM/RPM bootstrap and on-disc RPM repository
  • Update Archive Tool, eCoRT
  • Update Web Sites folder to add new resellers
  • Update PNGIO module to improve PNG rendering in Workplace Shell (release memory)
  • update PSPRINT printer pack
  • Add help to Dynamic Icons
  • Add VirtualBox Guest Additions
  • Update loader (AOSLDR)

5.0.3 (released 2018-07-19)

  • NEW: Arca Noae FAT32 driver (replaces Netlabs FAT32 driver)
  • Installer improvements
  • Updated installation and troubleshooting utilities
  • Updated Samba 4 client to 4.7.7
  • Updated Samba 4 plugin to 3.3
  • Updated AHCI, SNAP, Panorama, Uniaud, MultiMac, USB drivers
  • Updated Samba plugin
  • Updated several included application packages (IFX, 4OS2, HiDisk, HiDisk, DAYTIME, TIMESET, ANPM, NAPS, ITHEME, DBCSMAP, FreeType/2 configuration GUI, etc.)
  • Updated YUM/RPM bootstrap and on-disc RPM repository
  • Updated CARDBUS (PC Card support)
  • Updated FreeType support

5.0.2 (released 2018-02-03)

  • NEW: AltBoot – Boot and install ArcaOS from USB flash drive; create medium natively under OS/2 or from image file for Windows, Linux, OSX
  • NEW: ISODrive – Mount ISO files as media from Workplace Shell
  • Installer improvements
  • Updated installation and troubleshooting utilities
  • Updated Selective Install for Networking
  • Updated ACPI, SNAP, Panorama, FAT32, AHCI, Uniaud, MultiMac, USB drivers
  • Updated Samba client to 4.4.13
  • Updated several included application packages (ArcaMapper, ANPM, Icon Themes, TOP, ArcaOS Desktop, etc.)
  • Updated certificate bundles
  • Updated YUM/RPM bootstrap and on-disc RPM repository
  • Corrected LAN books install
  • Improved validation of Mozilla applications install path
  • Updated AiR-Boot; added manual
  • Corrected IBM File and Print Client install image
  • Updated Source Serif Pro (now includes Cyrillic) and Source Code Pro font packs
  • Updated MPTS syslevel to WR_8709
  • Tweaked logon dialog resources
  • Updated MPTN protocol files to PJ30659 plus socketsk from ACPI package
  • Updated NAPS, LMSYNC, PrintMan, and CUPSWIZ
  • Updated DVD Tools, Archive Tool, eCoRT
  • Updated SMP retail kernel to 14.201
  • Updated SMP debug kernel to 14.104b

5.0.1 (released 2017-07-05)

  • Installer improvements
  • Updated installation and troubleshooting utilities
  • Disabled NetDrive volume persistence by default
  • Updated FAT32, AHCI, Uniaud, MultiMac, USB, IBM-shipped network drivers
  • Updated Samba plugin
  • Disabled IcedTea browser plugin
  • Refreshed several included application packages (Lucide, etc.)

5.0 (Blue Lion; released 2017-05-15)

  • English only
  • clean install (fresh partition or reformat)

Page last modified: 2019-01-03