March 2, 2011
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Adding Arachne to Download Central wasn’t all that easy.
The old website for the Arachne browser is long defunct and serves now as a preview of an upcoming massive multiplayer realtime strategy game, Archaic. Michael Polák abandoned the project around 2000, at least that’s the last Arachne Labs copyright date, and released it under the GPL. There’s a new Arachne homepage at glennmcc.org, with downloads for two versions 1.95 (for 386 and for older computers). These are zipped self-extracting archives which however threw an
unexpected end of archive error when I opened them. Finally I found an error-free download of 1.95a at RayeR’s homepage. 1.95a is only two weeks old. It supports resolutions up to 1600×1200.
In the end it depends. I found it can display my old website quite well. I could only test this offline, since I can’t connect to the Internet from DOSBox. Unfortunately, this is the only one of my websites with mostly DOS-compatible file names, but I guess it should be able to display Download Central quite well too, since it relies even less on style sheets.
And of course, it is quite a capable desktop and file browser.
Download Arachne 1.95a.