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 2.0.3

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.

We're happy to announce that a new nice update for Icaros Desktop is now available for download. This version introduces all the enhancements that v2.0.2 should have added some days ago, but unluckily didn't (due to some changes in AROS I wasn't aware of - Paolo). Once again, system files have been brought to Jan 6 nightly build (with all the fixes introduced by Deadwood in AROS ABIv0), including changes to workbench themeing system and locale library. We've now fixed localization (which stopped working with update 2.0.2) and themes, whose structure has changed a little in the meanwhile (the 'revert' image that was originally included in a subdirectory, has been moved to its parent directory and renamed to 'DirUp', and this for every given theme in the distribution). Update 2.0.3 now reflects these changes and themes work again as expected. This means that Wanderer's "Parent" (or "go back", or "dir up" as you wish to call it) button is now working again, not only on X86 but even on 68K Wanderer, where it disappeared since v2.0.0. Italian users will be happy to find italian catalog files for DOpus 5: unluckily they are from 5.60 era and a little incomplete for current v 5.90 version, but they cover almost every menu option and button panel. Fans of YouTube.com won't be able to play videos from OWB yet, but with the inclusion of YouTube Center, at least, they will be able to download videos and play them with MPlayer. We've also fixed a couple of bugs which were reported by our users on AROS-EXEC: Magellan should now handle Windows Media files correctly (opening them with MPlayer) and BOCHS launch scripts for freedos and linux are now running again.

New from Icaros Desktop 2.0.1
- fixed missing locale from update 2.0.2
- fixed missing images in themes from update 2.0.2
+ this also fixes the parent button not showing in 68K Wanderer
- fixed BOCHS scripts for freedos and linux
- added italian locale for DOpus 5 Magellan
- AROS core system files from Jan 6, 2015
- Updated Protrekkr to latest version
- Updated HarmonyPlayer to latest version
- DOpus 5 can now open Windows Media Files with MPlayer
- Added YouTubeCenter to OWB scripts
+ enable it from Scripts option to download YouTube videos!
- removed offending themes that previously crashed AROS


Icaros Desktop 2.0.3 is available in all usual flavours: the whole Live! and Light ISO versions (for new installations) and as update package for pre-existing installations of Icaros Desktop 2.0.1 or 2.0.2.
To install it on Icaros Desktop 2.0, you will need to correctly update to v2.0.1 first (using LiveUpdater v1.8a).


To update Icaros Desktop 2.0.1 or 2.0.2 to 2.0.3 from a Internet-connected machine, please run LiveUpdater on your Icaros PC and choose the 'Internet' option. The package will be downloaded and installed automatically. Otherwise, you may choose to download the package from Icaros' downloads page and move the file onto your Icaros installation. In this case, please use LiveUpdater's 'File' option to locate the update package archive.

For new installations, on a blank hard drive, please use ISO files provided in Live! and Light editions. Live! edition includes a huge collection of 3rd party applications, games and demos, and provides the complete AROS SDK for software development. Light edition, on the other hand, includes bare system files with mandatory Icaros applications only.

Just a few words to thank italian magazine Linux Pro, for having covered Icaros Desktop on issue 149 (currently on the shelves) in a 4 pages review. The magazine, published by Sprea Editori, tested version 2.0 and explained how Icaros is the most affordable alternative for Amiga lovers, bringing AmigaOS habits to cheap and modern hardware, although with a minimal driver support. Linux Pro correctly handled these topics: Workbench/DOpus explained to Linux users, differences between Light and Live! editions, support to M68K applications thanks to AmiBridge, with a couple of boxes about the Amiga computer and our iconic RAM disk.

UPDATE! Update file for version 2.0.2 has been removed due to some problems reported by users. Please update your distribution to version 2.0.3 to fix all issues.

A new update for Icaros Desktop is now available from our website. This version is almost a bug-fix release and does not add new astounding functionalities to the system, although it should improve stability and reliability. Users of YouTube should be happy to find YouTubeCentral among OWB scripts: once enabled, they will be able to download videos from the famous media portal and play them with MPlayer.


In order to install it, you need Icaros Desktop 2.0.1 already installed on your system. Please use the LiveUpdater (LUPD) tool to install this update. Users of Icaros Desktop 2.0 should update their system to version 2.0.1 before applying this patch. Both updates are available on our download page.

New from Icaros Desktop 2.0.1

- AROS core system files from Jan 6, 2015
- Updated Protrekkr to latest version
- Updated HarmonyPlayer to latest version
- DOpus 5 can now open Windows Media File with MPlayer correctly
- Added YouTubeCenter to OWB scripts

It's Xmas again, and we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 2014 has been a year of hard work for Icaros Desktop, which ended up with the release of version 2.0 and first official update 2.0.1. We hope 2015 will bring joy to everyone and, why not, important updates and great news to AROS and AROS software.

Icaros Desktop Live! and Light 2.0.1 are now available in our download page. Grab them while they're hot. These new builds should work better on systems where Icaros 2.0 failed to boot: at least, trying to add the NOACPI parameter to kernel at boot time shouldn't exclude all PCI devices anymore. A complete list of new features and bug fixes has already been published earlier this morning. If you're planning to install Icaros Desktop 2 on your real hardware or on a virtual machine, please use 2.0.1 and do not install the former 2.0 version anymore: this updated version also includes LiveUpdater 1.8a, which is a mandatory tool to support future update packs of your beloved distribution.

First update for Icaros 2.0 is now available for download. This is mostly a bug-fix release, but it also brings a new exciting feature users accustomed to 68K applications will love: running AmiBridge as a service, which basically means you can now run at startup either AROS M68K or AmigaOS 3.X (once integrated from Amiga Forever), with Janus-UAE hiding in background and running the guest operating system in coherency mode. This, independently from any current settings already chosen by user, which are still working when "manually" running AmiBridge through its usual scripts. But we will explain this better another day. Icaros 2.0.1 brings also some little enhancements to user interface: ZuneView now works from Magellan's "Programs" menu and a link to Prefs drawer has been placed in "Icaros" menu. Theme selector has been fixed and improved, removing many little and bigger quirks. From the very technical side, issues with FAT handler and ACPI library have been resolved, so downloading files from OWB straight to USB pendrives is possible again. Excluding ACPI for not-compatible PCs should also work without messing up all PCI devices.

- ntfs.handler moved to Storage/L (for new installations only)
- AROS system files brought to Dec 6th, 2014 Nightly Build
- SVN executables brought back to Development:bin
- Updated AntiryadIDE with a working version (see screenshot above)
- HDToolBox now shows drives connected to AHCI device (fixed missing icon tooltype)
- removed offending duplicated Datatype.info file
- fixed noacpi issue
- fixed regression: running AmiBridge at startup will work again
- fixed regression: Icaros will try to fall back to VESA mode first when selecting Native option in grub, like older Icaros (for new installations only)
- fixed Theme preferences
- removed offending (not working and crashing aros) themes
- added AmigaOS 3.1 theme
- fixed a bug preventing AROS68K from running, if themes were disabled in host environment
- updated ZuneFig and ZuneView to latest releases
- added "Prefs" option to Icaros menu in Magellan
- fixed ZuneView option in Magellan's "Programs" menu
- added a new version of WeatherBar

Icaros Desktop Live! and Light 2.0.1 can be installed onto hard drive or USB pendrives as usual. Please follow instructions included in Icaros Desktop manual. If you're wondering wether installing Icaros 2.0 or 2.0.1, please go straigt for 2.0.1! It already includes LiveUpdater 1.8a, which will be mandatory for future Upgrade Packs.

To update your current installation of Icaros Desktop 2.0, you need the updated version 1.8a of LiveUpdater (LUPD). Please upgrade LiveUpdater to version 1.8a (and not 1.8) before trying to update Icaros Desktop, or you'll end up with a partial installation. LiveUpdater 1.7, coming with Icaros 2.0, is not able to perform needed operations on system startup files, so it needs upgrading.

1) once installed LiveUpdater 1.8a, run it from SYS:Tools/LUPD, either through your main file manager or through AmiStart (System disk -> Tools -> LUPD -> LiveUpdater)
2) choose either the Internet or File installation. The former will download the update pack from Icaros website first, the latter, instead, allows to locate the update pack on any device connected to your computer, once manually downloaded from another machine.
3) wait for the procedure to complete, and reboot when required.

The following video will show you the procedure. Even if it is based on a older combo of LUPD and beta update pack, very little changed in the meanwhile.

After upgrading, a backup file for your current S:user-startup files will be created in S:, and a safety zipped version of core boot files will be created in SYS:Arch/.