o1i's Planet AROS

February 19, 2018

Icaros Desktop

Converting PDF files - the quick way

Some days ago I was at office and I needed to convert some PDF files into PNG images. Nothing really difficult, there are so many applications doing that, but the quickest I know was and still is Ghostscript. I really love the command line approach, moreover when I have to deal with multiple files, however every time I need to look for the right switches in the on-line help. Since I hadn't

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at February 19, 2018 06:30 PM

January 31, 2018

Icaros Desktop

AmiBridge now optional (well, almost)

One of the most debated aspects of Icaros Desktop is its system volume size. Although all current mainstream operating systems require many gigabytes of your hard drive to get installed with all their features, some Amigans complained about the fact that Icaros Desktop's SYS: partition weights almost 1 GB and includes many "third party applications" which are not part of the AROS bare system.

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at January 31, 2018 11:08 AM

January 29, 2018

Icaros Desktop

Checking size (and time) made easy

Today I wish to show you a simple, yet useful addition I'm releasing with version 2.2.2: showing directory size "made easy". Just enter listers name view, select one or more directory, and click on the second button ("New directory") with middle mouse key  - yes, you can actually push the roller... have you never noticed? ;-).  The new "Show Size" button lets you peek into directories weight

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at January 29, 2018 03:59 PM

December 01, 2017

Icaros Desktop

A book for Magellan

Books about Amiga software are quite rare, so when I saw this news on Amigaworld I could not stop myself to quote it here. I have not read this book so I can not evaluate it, nor I can sincerely tell you if it will meet your expectations, however, if you simply don't like reading the PDF manuals included in the distribution, or you wish to have something printed at your hands, this might fit

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at December 01, 2017 05:38 PM

November 23, 2017

Icaros Desktop

10 Years of Icaros Desktop!

It was a long, long time ago. A quite younger myself (Paolo Besser) presented AROS to some hundreds of people visiting Pianeta Amiga 2007, a still popular italian fair about Amiga products. While showing it at the event, I realized that the best way to advertise the open-source Amiga "clone" among the Amiga community was to prove it was already able to do things: AROS, in fact, was being

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at November 23, 2017 11:07 PM

November 16, 2017

Icaros Desktop

A plea: let's bring Folio to AROS!

Some advanced options of Folio being used. While thinking about new features to add to Icaros Desktop, I landed on Morphzone and stumbled upon a very interesting project by Andé Siegel, the Folio word processor. Feature wise, it is quite far from being like big office suite applications like LibreOffice Writer or Microsoft Word, but it is easily comparable to Windows Wordpad and many other

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at November 16, 2017 04:40 PM

September 25, 2017

Icaros Desktop

New AROS videos from Stephen Jones

[updated] Our old and dear friend Stephen Jones (you'll surely remember him for his iMica computer systems) has made two three amazing videos about setting up an AROS computer from scrap parts. They are very interesting, since include some tips and hints you should take into account, if you'd like to build the perfect Icaros-computer. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at September 25, 2017 12:32 PM

September 20, 2017



Not that it is really useful, but with some small icons the gui looks even more like WinUAE.
Other than that I am optimizing my build environment a bit at the moment, so that I can build for different AROS architectures from one source tree. Yes, I know, I could use the AROS build system. I just like to write Makefiles and use them, the way I want ;-).

by noreply@blogger.com (o1i) at September 20, 2017 06:40 AM

July 26, 2017


Janus-UAE2 Picasso96 working

Some many hours of debugging more, I managed to get the first Picasso96 / uaegfx screen to work:
Merging the WinUAE Windows render calls to the SDL render calls used in Janus-UAE2 was not so trivial as it seems. Finally I was just missing the call to update the display after drawing, so I saw a blank window for a long time. Luckily while debugging this, I cleaned up a lot of the code and fixed a bug or two. So after finally finding the right place to update the window contents, everything was working at once.

Bad weather outside is sometimes good for coding :-).

by noreply@blogger.com (o1i) at July 26, 2017 09:32 AM

July 05, 2017


Janus-UAE2 (WinUAE port)

After a long break (and a long silence here), I returned to my WinUAE port. It still had no Picasso96 support, something which annoyed me a long time now. Problem was, that even everything looked ok (to me), as soon as the uaegfx monitor was added, it crashed. As both uaegfx and rtg.library are closed source, debugging it was a nice lesson, but lead to no results.

So I compared all uae generated 68k library and modeinfo structs with the fs-uae structs and (for me) everything looked ok.

So after quite some debugging, I decided to annoy Toni with my problem .. and he pointed me to a zero clockrate in my modeinfo structure .. which really caused the above mentioned crash.

Problem was, that I added

int default_freq = 0; 

as a stub in aros.cpp and while merging newer WinUAE sources later obviously changed picasso96_win.cpp as a quick hack to make it compile to

#ifndef __AROS__ 
int default_freq = 50; 

which finally lead to a zero PixelClock..

Big thanks to Toni for pointing me in the right direction!

So now I can see all Picasso96 modes:

 When I use the screenmode, I only get a blank window, but in my debug output, I can see some chars rendered a least:

I hope, the path to some usable output will be shorter than the bugfixing of the screenmodes..

by noreply@blogger.com (o1i) at July 05, 2017 07:33 AM

June 26, 2017

Icaros Desktop

Icaros Desktop 2.2.1 is ready!

First update to Icaros Desktop is now available for download. This is a bugfix-only release, so no new features or programs are added to the distribution. People who haven't downloaded and installed Icaros Destkop 2.2 should choose this one instead, while users of Icaros Desktop 2.2 should update their installation using LiveUpdater. Icaros 2.2.1 fixes some italian translations as well. Not

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at June 26, 2017 11:06 PM

icaros-sequence bug blocking LiveUpdater

Today I found a mistake in icaros-sequence, preventing LiveUpdater to work as intended. Please download this patch to fix the issue (instructions about installation will follow). The bug is in this section: 01. ; RunMe if proper settings are made  02. if exists sys:dvdmode03.   execute s:dvd-startup04. endif  05. IF ${Icaros/1sttime} EQ "True"06.  execute S:1sttime-setup07. EndIf  08. IF ${

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at June 26, 2017 10:08 PM

June 03, 2017

Icaros Desktop

Networking with Icaros hosted on OpenSUSE Linux

Icaros Desktop should be usable in hosted mode under any Linux distribution, however startup and configuration scripts were written with Debian-based distros in mind (in practice: Icaros should work at its best with Ubuntu, Mint and derivatives). Unfortunately, we simply haven't the power, the time and the resources to support other Linux 'implementations', but luckily we have a very smart

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at June 03, 2017 05:06 PM

June 01, 2017

Icaros Desktop

Icaros Desktop 2.2 has been released

The brand new main release of Icaros Desktop is now available for download, and it brings many little and bigger enhancements over the last Xmas Preview, like a complete new look, which involves both Magellan toolbars and decoration theme, and a completely new feature called HostBridge, which allows people running Icaros Desktop in a hosted environment to launch host applications along with (or

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at June 01, 2017 06:07 PM

May 31, 2017

Icaros Desktop

First version of HostBridge is done

I'd like to tell you a story. There are no enchanted woods or castles, nor knights and dragons, but a very simple and clear request from many people on AROS-EXEC: "would you make a hosted version of Icaros Destkop?". A hosted Icaros. Why not? After all, drivers development for native AROS is quite slow and many developers would find a hosted Icaros environment extremely comfortable to test

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at May 31, 2017 06:02 PM