o1i's Planet AROS

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 03:00 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

February 23, 2018

Icaros Desktop

Step-by-step guide to hosted Icaros on 64bit Ubuntu

Are you still trying to host Icaros Desktop on your 64-bit Ubuntu-based computer, without success? Well, that's a pity: it seems that some new Linux distros can give unexpected problems with our beloved AROS environment. But don't worry! Jess Suau has written a GREAT post about it on his blog. What are you doing still here? Follow this link a read it immediately! > Jess Suau's guide to hosted

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at February 23, 2018 05:28 PM

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 07:12 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