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!
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.
People who, for any reason, still run Icaros Desktop 1.4.5, do not forget to apply this patch! It brings many little and big enhancements here and there...
|Icaros Desktop running on the new QEMU VM|
|OWB 1.23 kindly brought to AROS by Deadwood|
|Pascal's application store. Find it in Extras/Demos|
Icaros Desktop 2.0 should be installed from scratch. Please backup all data of your existing Icaros 1.x installation and clean your partition. If you wish to try the distribution before installing it, we suggest a virtual environment like VMware, VirtualBox or, if you can't install anything on your computer, the QEMU virtual machine bundled with the distribution.
|New version of LunaPaint running in full-HD|
|For the first time on Icaros... ScalOS for AROS x86!|
|How to mount a virtual floppy in Icaros. Easy! Isn't it?|
We've tried to speed up operations which had been a little painful in the past. A new (and finally working good!) version of DiskImage GUI allows to mount and unmount ADF and ISO files with ease, both with Wanderer and Magellan. In a few clicks you'll be able to transparently access these files as virtual volumes (IDF0, IDF1, ICD0, ICD1), and virtually eject them from the system a minute later. Images management and little re-touching has turned to a very simple matter with the addition of programs like PictureAlbum, ZuneView and ViewBox, but we've added many other gems for music as well.
A more polished 68K environment
|Can you spot the 68K applications, here?|
The usual (incomplete) list of "what's new"
- Brand new AROS core system files from ABIv0-on-trunk
- Kernel and system files updated to XX XX nightly build
- Added DirectoryOpus 5 Magellan as desktop replacement
- Added ScalOS to file managers (Live! only)
- Added Wastebasket function (smart recycle bin)
+ Files can now be recovered from deletion
- new "Icaros Settings" application in Prefs for environment and services
- Configured Magellan to replace Wanderer in all its functions
+ configured action bar (graphical and textual)
+ configured FTP bar (graphical and textual)
+ configured lister toolbar
+ configured many filetypes
+ configured keyboard shortcuts
+ added options to create zip and lha archives on the fly
+ added options to create selective/directory thumbnails
+ added option to speech-read text files
+ added options for wave/mp3 conversion
+ added options for image managing
+ changed default behavior to a more modern one
+ added the M68K version too
- Enhanced M68K Support
+ newer AROS ROMs and system files from Oct 7th, 2014
+ reorganized AmiBridge preset loading
+ fullscreen AROS now default behavior
+ fixed issues with right-click menus in integration mode
+ fixed issues with inherited (host->guest) screen resolution
+ emulation should now be more stable
+ added the ability to create shortcuts to "sandboxed" applications
+ added a 20 MB FFS tempdrive to help old apps installation
+ added 68K version of DirectoryOpus 4
+ AmiBridge advanced options now included in "Icaros Settings"
- fixed LiveUpdater to actually update needed files only
- updated FreePascal to the latest version
- updated AntyriadIDE to the latest version
- updated ZuneFIG and LunaPaint to latest versions
- added ZuneView and promoted as default image editor under Magellan
- updated ArosPDF to the latest version
- updated Dega and other emulators to latest versions
- updated ZUNE for better MUI compatibility (still work in progress)
- Intel GMA driver should now support more chipsets
- HD Audio driver should now support more codecs
- updated SATA and AHCI support
- some drawers have been overhauled and reorganized
- updated OWB to version 1.23
- added ArTorr Torrent client
- added MUI-AYlet sound player to MultiMedia
- added cabextract and other command line archive managers
- updated DiskImage device to latest version
+ mounting of ISO and ADF files is now much easier!
- updated HFinder and many other programs to reflect changes in AROS
- added DaySleeper to system files
+ turn off or reboot AROS at scheduled time
- added subversion (SVN) client to development tools
- added Viewbox and PictureAlbum to image viewers
- added zunzip and arzip (graphical zip managers)
+ no more "frozen installation" screens during package expasion
- added AROS Debug View to system tools
+ debug output can be transmitted to a Linux or Windows client through the local network
- updated QEMU to version 2.1 with executables for 32 and 64 bit Windows
+ Serial and parallel consoles are now accessible in QEMU
+ A read-only "VFAT" directory has been set to easily trasfer files from host
So... What are you waiting for? Download Icaros Desktop 2.0 right now in the download section of our site. You can choose, as usual, the whole Live! package, with all AROS software already configured and a comfortable QEMU virtual machine to run everything in a Windows session without a physical hard disk installation, or the tiny Light version targeted for CD-ROMs and small (1 GB) USB pendrives. And if you enjoy our hard work, please make us a donation to keep this dream alive.
Some days ago I wanted to mount some ADF files to try installing a old classic application on the AROS M68K environment of Icaros Desktop. Nothing can be easier - I thought - I just needed to switch screen, enter Janus-UAE GUI and change floppies as I needed. I soon realized this operation is fast and reliable only if you have a few disk changes to do, but very borig for complex software that required 5, 7 or more disks. Having the ability to mount ADF files from the guest side of emulation would have been faster. So I thought to use the 68K version of DiskImageGUI, just to discover that it would kill AROS and nothing else (Icaros crashed as soon as I tried that). Whoever met me at least once, already knows how stubborn I can be, when I try to accomplish futile goals. I then figured that Amiga Forever used a great little tool called UAE-Control, which allows exactly to do what I wanted. I took it from my AF installation and ran it on AROS: it worked quite well, but had a limitation I felt really hard to accept. It required me to insert path and file name for every ADF file I needed to enter, a real pain. So I asked Michele Battilana from Cloanto for its sources and, once he very kindly sent them to me, I forwarded them to our beta testers, asking if someone would have been so kind to add a simple "Select" button near the field for path and filenames. Oliver Brunner informed me that the lack of browseability was there for a reason: selected path should have been converted from the guest side to the host's point of view to correctly work. For instance, a path like Work:Download/ADF should have been converted to something else, like SYS:UAE/MyFiles/Dowload/ADF to let Janus-UAE use it as required. Luckily enough, Icaros Desktop has a "MyWorkspace:" assign which is globally set on both x86 and m68k sides, pointing exactly at the same drawer, so the problem would have been easily fixed. Just place your ADF files in a subdirectory of MyWorkspace, for instance MyWorkspace/Downloads, and mounting would have run fine. In the end, Oliver has been very kind and once again he made the modifications I needed. Now Icaros Settings allows to change AmiBridge's welcome message with UAE-Control (see the top corner screenshot): just keep it somewhere on the screen and, every time you need to mount an ADF, reset or close the emulator, you won't have to switch screens anymore.
|UAE-Control, customized for Icaros Desktop, running inside Janus-UAE on AROS M68K|
We are pleased to announce that Icaros Desktop will be part of the incoming edition of Game Over, underground festival of indie developers, which will take place in Milano, Italy, on saturday 20th and sunday 21st. Icaros Desktop 2.0 will be presented on saturday afternoon only (beware: on sunday we will not be there!), with precise timings still TBA. Our location will be in the Green Area, under the YATTA! banner (Many thanks to YATTA! for hosting us). Address of Game Over is: Spazio Autogestito Leoncavallo - via Watteau, 7 - Milano, and the whole event will start at 2.30 PM. Please go to event's website for all necessary informations.
Now that you've seen a couple of screenshots, why don't we shot a short footage of common everyday's operations on Icaros Desktop? In this video, we will learn how to add thumbnail icons to images, crop pictures and set them as background using Magellan, ZuneView and ViewBox. Sorry for voice-over mistakes, but I'm talking while performing tasks and without any previously-written script. This video has been shot using Fraps for Windows, while Icaros Desktop was running on a VMware Player virtual machine. Please select 720p HD for better results.