For a particular subset of our visitors, mentioning IBM’s OS/2 is probable to provide forth a pang of nostalgia, though for others it’s additional probable to bring to thoughts meme photographs of rebooting ATM shows. Although OS/2 didn’t turn out to be the desktop large that IBM experienced intended it to turn into, reports of its demise are very considerably untimely. As [Michael MJD] handles in a current online video, ArcaOS is effectively the most up-to-date variation of OS/2, beneath formal license from IBM.
The initial release of ArcaOS was in 2017, and the most modern release was version 5..7 in December of 2021. What this will get you is an evolution of OS/2 Warp 4.52 that updates the functioning procedure for fashionable day components, despite the fact that [Michael]’s activities with employing USB and installing WordPerfect 5.2 conclusion up remaining relatively mixed. With IBM not intending to open up source the OS any time before long, ArcaOS appears to be largely aimed at businesses and individuals who desire to retain managing their aged (OS/2) computer software on newer components, for every the FAQ.
This is also reflected in the license expense should you wish to attain a copy of ArcaOS, with a particular edition license costing $129. What this does get 1 about OS/2 Warp is SMP aid, enhanced USB, audio and video clip assistance, along with an real package deal manager (ANPM, based on RPM & Yum).
Would you splurge on an up-to-date OS/2 OS like this, or is tinkering with a totally open resource OS like Haiku (BeOS reborn) a lot more your issue?