ArcaOS: OS/2 Modernized
ArcaOS is a more recent (2017) version of OS/2 that includes a brand-new installer and better support for modern hardware.
ArcaOS is not just a repackaged, re-branded OS/2 Warp distribution.
ArcaOS has undergone significant enhancements to address long-outstanding issues with prior OS/2 distributions, as well as to ensure its compatibility with the widest range of modern hardware available. Many portions of the OS have been completely rewritten to more fully leverage the power and performance of modern PCs.
— Arca Noae
Watch a video review of ArcaOS from Bryan Lunduke on YouTube (2017).
While it may not capture the hearts of Windows and Mac users, it will allow people wanting to run OS/2 software to continue to do so and provides an alterative to running specialized Windows programs.
Replacing eComStation and OS/2 Warp
ArcaOS is a recommended update to both eComStation and OS/2 Warp.There is no trial or demonstration version available. Check the system requirements or contact Arca Noae to discuss your hardware's suitability.
ArcaOS 5.0 will not migrate an existing OS/2 or eComStation installation. However, if you have a spare partition you can install ArcaOS 5.0 next to the current OS/2 installation.
The ArcaOS 5.0.2 bootable USB stick image allows you to create a bootable USB ArcaOS 5.0.2 installation stick without a running OS/2 system.
Let Arca Noae show you what OS/2 looks like in the 21st Century. Stable. Secure. Lean. Hardware-Compatible.
Arca Noae brings OS/2 into the 21st Century. ArcaOS provides a modernized OS/2 interface with ongoing support.
Personal & Commercial Editions
ArcaOS comes in:
No Demo Available
There is no demo available for ArcaOS, so please be sure to confirm your hardware and software requirements with the vendor before purchasing the product.
As well, the personal edition is shipped as a user-specific ISO. Once you're downloaded the ISO, you've “broken the shrink wrap” and it is not returnable.
Check the ArcaOS FAQ and Wiki (see ArcaOS Resources) for help regarding hardware and software support.
The personal edition includes 6 months of support; the commercial edition 12 months. Both offer discounts if you renew prior to support expiration.
The support subscription options include:
- ArcaOS 5.0 Support & Maintenance (personal and commercial editions)
- OS/2 & eCS Drivers & Software Subscription — personal edition
- OS/2 & eCS Drivers & Software Subscription — commercial edition
Compare the subscription entitlements to see what is provided in each situation and the pricing.
The Personal Edison comes with six months of support after which you can purchase a support subscription.
ArcaOS 5.0 — personal edition brings you OS/2 power and performance like never before. With support for a full range of existing and new OS/2 software, running on modern multi-core and multi-processor systems, take your OS/2 experience to the next level for the 21st century. The ArcaOS Personal Edition is for individual users who will not be using it for business.
The Commercial Edison comes with twelve months of support after which you can purchase a support subscription. It includes prioritized support and a longer term of included maintenance and updates.
ArcaOS 5.0 — commercial edition brings you OS/2 power and performance like never before. With support for a full range of existing and new OS/2 software, running on modern multi-core and multi-processor systems, take your OS/2 experience to the next level for the 21st century. The ArcaOS Commercial Edition is for business users and commercial enterprises.