Icaros Desktop is a pre-configured AROS desktop environment for the PC platform, distributed on a bootable live media. The AROS Research Operating System is a open source lightweight, efficient and flexible desktop operating system, aiming at being compatible with AmigaOS 3.1 at the API level, while improving on it in many areas.

Icaros Desktop 2.1.1

The best AROS experience you've ever had. Grab it while it's hot!

Enhanced integration of 68K applications

Would you believe they are old Amiga 68K applications running on a common PC? Well, they are! Discover the new AmiBridge integration mode which does not need original Amiga ROMs and OS anymore!

Play Hurrican and other classics

Linux format said "Icaros Desktop is the best OS to frag productivity". Why? Because you can play thousands of old classics and dozens of great remakes. And every game Amiga had.

Image editing with Icaros Desktop 2.0

This video will show you how images can be shown, rotated, edited and cropped using Icaros Desktop's powerful tools.

Hello, this will probably be the last post on this site for this year. So, first of all, I would like to thank everyone who followed us up to the end of 2016 and wish a happy happy happy 2017 to whoever is reading. Then, I need to apologize. Before building the X-mas preview of Icaros 2.2 I missed a little mistake in S:Icaros-Sequence, which makes a missing Libs error appear during startup, in these conditions: 1) you have installed Icaros Desktop Live! AND 2) you have kept the "Filesystem" utilities package selected (full, default installation). You can easily fix the issue by yourself, modifying an ASSIGN command in the file, this one:

If EXISTS extras:Filesystem
  ASSIGN Libs: sys:Utilities/FryingPan/Libs ADD
  PATH extras:FileSystem/PoorARC ADD

just modify the bold line to:

  ASSIGN Libs: extras:Filesystem/FryingPan/Libs ADD

and save. Things that happen when you decide to move a program from a location and put it to another one, but that a wise mantainer should have noticed before the release. Since the X-Mas Preview is, well, just a preview, I won't update the packages with the fix already applied. 

The good news, in any case, is that I finally managed to find some time to address another issue of the preview: the lack of a proper decoration theme. You may have noticed that X-Mas edition came with AROS' default "Ice" theme, while the last Icaros releases always had some original theme. Well, today I fired up Photoshop and started creating something new. I decided to listen to people saying that windows title bars were too thick and occupied a large amount of pixels on small screens, so I went back to Icaros 1.4.x gadget sizes and painted a new one, inspired by today's tastes. It's still a work in progress, but it's coming fairly well:

A modern flat-style theme for Icaros!
Problem is that the default wallpaper included with Icaros preview must now change as well, since it does not really fit very well with the colors of windows. I will also check for Zune settings, but only if I have the needed time.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! Icaros Desktop is proud to announce the immediate availability of Icaros Desktop 2.2 X-Mas Special Edition, a brand new version of your favourite AROS distribution, based on the latest AROS core files. Although this isn't the final 2.2 release of Icaros Desktop, it already brings most of its new features, including the ability to run native (as usual), hosted on Linux (which has been already anticipated) and... even on Windows (surprise!). Yes, you don't need to complicate your life with virtual machines anymore: if you wish to test Icaros on your PC, you just need to run the installer script compatible with your current OS (no, Android and MacOS X aren't supported. Nor FreeBSD and Haiku, I'm sorry...), follow some very basic configuration steps, and your hosted Icaros environment will be ready to run like any other application! Obviously, there are some shortcomings here and there (Windows hosted version of AROS is highly experimental, you're warned), but people that still wish to make the most of Icaros Desktop can still install it on real hardware or a suitable virtual machine. And that's not the only Christmas gift: in the Utilities drawer you will find an amazing demo version of Final Writer, brought to x86 AROS by T. Deters, Kalamatee and Deadwood. This demo is fully functional, except for saving: you can open and edit documents, but you can't save them. So... what are you waiting for? Head to our download page and grab your brand new special edition of Icaros Desktop, while it's hot.

(and, btw, if you wish to help making our Xmas happier... don't forget to donate!)

Icaros Desktop 2.2 running hosted on Linux Mint 64 bit

Icaros Desktop 2.2 running hosted on Windows 10

Final Writer demo running native on Icaros Desktop (native as well)

 Two weeks after announcing the "hybridation" of Icaros Desktop (meaning that you will be able to run it either natively, as usual, OR hosted on Linux, with the same installation medium), works on this process continues. I've enhanced many steps of the "hosted-install.sh" script that you'll find in the root directory of the installation CD (or DVD, for the Live! edition) and I've started placing the basics for activating/deactivating some cosy features "√† la Icaros way", for the simple reason I don't want to force anyone using Linux in a different way they are accustomed to. "Hosted-install.sh" will perform some tasks for you: it will create a script to enable the virtual tap network interface between AROS and Linux, it will copy all needed Icaros files in a chosen directory and will perform all needed modifications to AROS files to let the hosted flavour work. It will also add a nice "disk.info" icon to your home directory and create a proper ./icaros start script for the distribution. In the best case scenario (which means running on a recent Ubuntu/based distribution, like for instance Linux Mint), you will end up with a Icaros installation already being able to play sound and browse the Internet.

Icaros Desktop running hosted (with sound) on a very old Ubuntu release (32 bit).

But that's not over. Although this feature will be most probably disabled in the first 2.2 release, I've already found a cheap but convenient way to run Linux programs and scripts from AROS (using Icaros as a sort of remote command), and this should work on any Linux distribution without requiring further efforts or installing exotic packages. What I still need to do, to make it very easy for user, is creating a engine like AmiBridge which would allow running them with icons and so on, and I am afraid I won't have the required time to do this before releasing Icaros Desktop 2.2. The structure, however, is already in place (now disabled) and allows to do things like these ones (see the following video):

I've been asked many times for a Linux-hosted version of Icaros Desktop but, for many motivations, I've always declined. First of all, I've always thought that one of the main goals of Icaros Desktop would have been motivating coders and users to use and improve the native flavours of AROS: why spending so many time and efforts to make AROS work on the bare metal, if anyone else would have hosted it on a more mainstream operating system? Flight of Icaros started almost ten years ago, in winter of 2007, and many, many incredible things happened in the meanwhile: piece after piece, Icaros Desktop (and AROS itself) became a fairly usable operating system, maybe with a old-style look, but with a incredibly powerful and highly customizable graphic interface (thanks to Magellan). AROS can now do almost everything on its own. So, it's time for Icaros Desktop to 'relax' a bit, and pay attention to all those people who would like a hosted version as well. Why you should run Icaros on Linux? Because it's blazing fast (in some cases, even faster than natively), it's reliable and, most of all, if you need the Icaros environment to test your own programs, without setting up a whole machine - either physical or virtual, nothing would be better. Really. So I've started following this thread on AROS-EXEC (many people there had been source of inspiration and great hints)  with more and more attention, until I could set up a hosted version in a truly Icaros way. Version 2.2 of Icaros Desktop will be hybrid, meaning that you will be able either to run its ISO files or CD/DVDs in native mode (as usual) OR, without downloading anything else, to install the distribution to Linux. Setup and configuration process will be handled by a bash script that runs from the installation media and, once files are correctly placed on the hard drive, Icaros will unpack its packages and create all necessary scripts. In a nutshell, all needed process to transform a native installation into a hosted one have been automatized. Stay tuned...

Icaros Desktop means attention to detail: have you spotted the nice volume icon already associated
to your Linux home directory?

I didn't write anything fancy for a while, so it's time to add some news here. This time, I will talk about next Icaros' installation. As you may know, this procedure is based on two souls: AROS' InstallAROS tool and Icaros' own Post-Install-Script. The former creates partitions, copies all AROS and Icaros stuff onto the hard drive and install boot loader. The latter unpacks Icaros Extras and Development stuff, creates needed environment variables and MyWorkspace drawers. Starting with v2.0, Icaros Desktop allowed two kinds of installation, the full one and the custom one, with the second allowing users to choose what 'packages' install or not. Well, this procedure will be improved a little bit in the next release, since a new "Default Installation" option will be added to the existing ones. This new option will let you save some time, skipping very optional packages like Ken Lester's icons repository, AISS (a new addition), additional wallpapers and others. Moreover, some procedures will be automated. For instance, people not installing SYS:Development stuff won't get Extras:Development too by default, unless they decide to install it anyway with the custom installation option.

Three months after v2.1.2 release, we've built a little update which fixes some of the issues found with applications and introduces some new ones as well. Almost no system file has been updated, but with this release you'll find a brand new version of Mapparium (which now allows to compute routes), a new, more secure build of OWB with upgraded openssl to 1.0.1t, the latest version of SimpleMail and PortablE (which was unluckily left-out by mistake in version 2.1.2). But this is not just a "refresh" update, it also includes some new applications like the FinalBurnAlpha emulator, meteMP3 player and, why not, the ColorCLI scripts, which will help customizing your system a little more.

Icaros Desktop 2.1.3 is available in two formats: the usual Live! distribution, and the update pack for LiveUpdater. There's no Icaros Light release for 2.1.3. Users of the Light distribution should download the update pack and let LiveUpdater install it.

New version of OWB handles better encryption

New from Icaros Desktop 2.1.2

- Updated PortablE to latest release
- Updated Mapparium to v0.6
 + route computation, images now available. And many other fixes
- Updated OWB to August 28th 2016 build
 + openssl upgraded to 1.0.1t fixing some security issues
- Updated SimpleMail to latest release
- Added FinalBurnAlpha to emulators
- Added ColorCLI scripts
- Added meteMP3 player to MultiMedia programs

No clues to your next destination? Mapparium 0.6 provides all the information you need.