o1i's Planet AROS

October 19, 2018

Icaros Desktop

Another Icaros 2.2.4 Light preview for supporters available on Patreon

The beta I published two days ago was a little too raw... but you know: they're called beta and not final releases for a reason ;-) Anyway, in the latest two days I completed integration of UHCTools (which needed proper execution attributes on the older beta) and introduced a new interesting option which lets user choose the default GUI philosophy right after installation: either a classic,

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at October 19, 2018 09:00 AM

October 18, 2018

Icaros Desktop

This is for classic Amiga lovers

Main goal of Icaros Desktop, you know, is "providing the best and most modern Amiga environment on the PC platform" and this clearly begins with the GUI. I have made the best I could to provide a good Workbench replacemente using Magellan, however after so many years many people still find it distracting to use and (someone even said) "unnatural". I will spare you from my thoughts about the need

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at October 18, 2018 06:20 PM

October 17, 2018

Icaros Desktop

First preview of Icaros 2.2.4 for supporters on Patreon

A glimpse of the next version of Icaros Desktop is now available to supporters on Patreon (supporters are those who are pledging 15+ euros/month). They can download and install it into a virtual machine, (please don't use it in your production environment, because it is not polished and finished yet). There's also a list of what I have done so far from Icaros 2.2.3, but since this is the Light

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at October 17, 2018 06:21 PM

October 16, 2018

Icaros Desktop

New community forum and donation policy

Beginning with today, our old forum on AROS-EXEC will not be available anymore. The AROS community has a new home at ae.amigalife.org and so has Icaros. The old messages are still available in read-only mode: topics which would still need answers must be re-opened on the new platform. For now, I have already set up a welcome message with few mandatory links. Icaros website has been modified

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at October 16, 2018 09:26 PM

First screenshot from Icaros Desktop 2.2.4

Still a work in progress, just to make clear that works on Icaros continue...

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at October 16, 2018 01:02 PM

Another Icaros 2.2.4 screen, presenting VIM and SMW

Some little more information about Icaros Desktop 2.2.4. I just downloaded from Aminet the latest version of InstallerLG for AROS. InstallerLG is a new replacement for the original Commodore installer, which can parse and execute installation scripts of Amiga (and AROS) applications. The lack of a proper installation utility in AROS had been a critical miss for so much time, but luckily Ola Söder

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at October 16, 2018 01:01 PM

October 15, 2018

Icaros Desktop

Old bug found on icaros-sequence preventing updates

There is a nasty bug in S:icaros-sequence which may prevent LiveUpdater from working correctly. Icaros Desktop 2.2.1 and maybe former releases are affected by the issue, so please take this corrective action to fix it.  We've already covered this before, however it can be useful to remind. Open S:icaros-sequence using the AROS editor and find this section: ; RunMe if proper settings are made --

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at October 15, 2018 03:07 PM

August 23, 2018

Icaros Desktop

Step-by-step guide to installing Icaros on Fusion

Many people asked me how to set up Icaros Desktop on Mac computers. Unluckily, I don't own any of these machines (little lie: to be honest, I have a very old G3 500 iBook at home, but it's not really suitable anymore for Icaros purposes...), but there is always the virtualization option that will surely work. If you own a Intel-based Macintosh, you can download VMware Fusion and install Icaros

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at August 23, 2018 05:57 PM

August 20, 2018

Icaros Desktop

Icaros Desktop 2.2.3 public release

A new update to Icaros Desktop is now available for download. It includes many updates to 3rd party applications and the new picture datatypes (mostly vector and old-age bitmap formats) which were missing on AROS. We have fixed many bugs in hosted mode and polished the distribution here and there. As usual, the updated version will be available to patrons only for a while, then it will be

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at August 20, 2018 04:52 PM

June 11, 2018

Icaros Desktop

HostBridge and permissions headaches on Linux (solved!)

I've been informed on AROS-EXEC that with current Icaros releases, Hostbridge doesn't work as expected on Linux. Adding a host program ends up in this Lua error: lua:amilua: S:Replacer.lua:161: attempt to index global 'filehdl' (a nil value) stack traceback:              S:Replacer.lua:161: in main chunk              [C]:  in ? This is not, obviously, the expected behavior. After some tests

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at June 11, 2018 04:52 PM

May 22, 2018

Icaros Desktop

MiniMount for The C64 Mini

MiniMount is a little utility, for AROS and Windows, that helps mounting the right disk image file into your The C64 Mini through a USB pendrive. The AROS version should be compatibile also with other Amiga and Amiga-like operating systems. MiniMount now has it's own page. Get it here!

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at May 22, 2018 05:03 PM

May 18, 2018

Icaros Desktop

Icaros 2.2.2 now available for download

Icaros Desktop 2.2.2 has been releasead! It took a long time, but a new milestone has been reached. This version includes a preliminary version of Janus-UAE2, Oliver's port of WinUAE to AROS, compiled for ABIv0. There are many features still missing, including support to some ROMs and all the coherency stuff, but fans of emulation should be really curious about this new Amiga emulator, which is

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at May 18, 2018 04:38 PM

April 24, 2018

Icaros Desktop

How to add an useful option to Icaros' GUI

Adding a new function to Icaros Desktop's GUI can be straightforward. In this short lesson Mr. Besser will teach you how to add an useful "Browse with ZuneView" context-menu option for your drawers, to let you do exactly what the name of this new option suggests. First of all, be sure you're running Magellan as main GUI, otherwise this tutorial wouldn't be of any use to you. Left-click on an

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at April 24, 2018 03:49 PM

March 19, 2018

Icaros Desktop

Icaros 2.2.2 release candidate available to supporters and beta testers

A new release of Icaros Desktop is now available to beta testers and project supporters on Patreon (a supporter is a patron who's pledging 15 dollars/month or more). Since it's still a "beta" version, only the Live! edition ISO file is currently available for testing. This new version includes these enhancements: - added FolderSync2 - added Appbuilder to demo programs

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at March 19, 2018 02:55 PM

March 12, 2018

Icaros Desktop

Fixed issue with Ghostscript

Some days ago, I wrote that Icaros' new PDF to PNG option would have worked only if paths and file names had no spaces, and this was due to a precise Ghostscript 8.50 limitation (no spacing allowed; and it does not accept paths surrounded by commas, neither for the input file name, nor for the output one). My initial approach was setting up a Dopus5 action with a command like this: gs -sDEVICE=

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at March 12, 2018 02:12 PM