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December 10, 2014

Icaros Desktop

Icaros Desktop Update 2.0.1 now available

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

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at December 10, 2014 06:09 PM

Icaros Desktop 2.0.1 ISO versions have been released

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

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at December 10, 2014 06:04 PM

December 09, 2014

Icaros Desktop

LiveUpdater 1.8a "re-release"

Unluckily, version 1.8 of LiveUpdater released yesterday has an unpleasant bug(*). The new 1.8a version is now available for download. People who will download and install Icaros Desktop 2.0.1 from scratch will find it already installed into the distribution, but people willing to update their current installation of Icaros 2.0 to the incoming update 2.0.1 should download and install this

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at December 09, 2014 11:33 PM

December 02, 2014


More GUI details

Not that anybody has ever used that function, but I like it. And the GUI should really be the same, compared to WinUAE:

and on AROS:

The windows font seems to be easier to read, but AROS is more optimized for 16:9 screens ;).

by noreply@blogger.com (o1i) at December 02, 2014 09:59 AM

November 28, 2014

Icaros Desktop

Running the Amiga as a service

My work to improve AmiBridge before Icaros update 2.0.1 continues. I've found many little and bigger quirks in almost every place (in S:icaros-sequence.m68k for both AROS68K and AmigaOS 3.X, in AmiBridge's launch scripts, even Prefs/Icaros Settings wasn't saving some environment variables correctly) but, luckily, this revision effort is proceeding very well. On this post's top left corner there

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at November 28, 2014 02:38 PM



So one thing is for sure, if I ever release a working WinUAE port for AROS, it will have a GUI ;).

In the last post, the GUI contained just some useless gadgets, without content and actions.

Current state:
  • Most gadgets show real values, read from the config files (no sliders, no listviews so far)
  • Added winuae.ini handling, so that last floppy selections and rom selections survive restarts. Still buggy, but promising. Did you know, that WinUAE writes these things to winuae.ini and not to the registry, if you create an empty winuae.ini file in the directory of winuae.exe ;)?
  • List on the left side activates the correct pages on the right
  • Reset/Quit/Start/Cancel buttons work
  • After a Zune Bugfix you can now insert floppies and change roms (still some smaller bugs, but in overall, it works). So some buttons work, should not be too hard, to expand this to many more buttons.
  • Still a lot of work remaining..
See here:

And btw, this is all ABI v1 now. I guess, you all need some motivation to test ABI v1. So once I will release alpha versions, you will have to use and test ABI v1, which will never get completed, if nobody tries to use it ;).

by noreply@blogger.com (o1i) at November 28, 2014 09:11 AM

November 18, 2014

Icaros Desktop

Something about AmiBridge on v2.0.1

Almost three weeks after v2.0 went on-line, it's now time to work on the first update which will be, of course, mainly a bug-fix release. We've already addressed many of the problems reported by users on AROS-EXEC and other Amiga related forums, but obviouly there will be also some little enhancements to existing features. The first one getting some love is AmiBridge, as shown in the following

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at November 18, 2014 06:28 PM

November 13, 2014


Demo reel...

I have just discovered that hostcove compiled a nice video of lots of demos running on Amiga X1000.

I was too lazy for a power demonstration like this one, so I kindly borrow his work... Enjoy!
(No, it is not Rickrolling, I promise! ;))

Big thanks to hostcove for his efforts!

by noreply@blogger.com (Álmos Rajnai) at November 13, 2014 06:55 AM

November 12, 2014

Icaros Desktop

Skinning windows made better

Some times, it does not matter how much time you spend testing things and trying to fix all issues before a release. Something embarassingly big always eludes controls. This time it happened with Icaros' Theme selector in Prefs. We noticed long ago it wasn't working very well with newer AROS files, but we put it in the 'to-do' list and then we completely forgot about it. Result is that people who

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at November 12, 2014 02:48 PM

November 08, 2014

Icaros Desktop

Before asking for support...

Our friend and talented developer Neil Cafferkey posted to AROS-EXEC a nice guide to most common issues people met with Icaros Desktop 2.0 in the first days after release. If you have issues, before sending a help request to our support forum, please try these hints: The native SATA/AHCI driver doesn't always work. If you get errors related to ahci.device, try disabling it. Press E when your

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at November 08, 2014 04:38 PM

November 06, 2014

Icaros Desktop

Wanderer & Magellan video

Hello. Since some users on forum seem to be a little confused by Icaros Desktop 2.0 defaulting to Magellan, I've set up a short video placing both file managers side to side, and explaining the most basic concepts about them. I hope you'll appreciate. Sorry for speaking Paulish™ again, but I'm really tired and my damn headache doesn't help my English to well express itself.

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at November 06, 2014 11:55 PM

Missing Subversion

As reported by AROS-EXEC.org's user Chain-Q, while still working on the distribution, we left out svn client executables by mistake. Here's our official answer: Something really wrong happened with subversion. It was added to Development directory (so it should have been available in Live! distribution only), and even the Subversion: assign is set by default... but lately the development dir

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at November 06, 2014 12:57 PM

Trick or treat? Icaros Desktop 2.0 is here!

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 It took 18 months of work. Very hard work. But the new major release of your favourite AROS distribution is finally available for download! We needed all this time to provide a completely new Icaros Desktop, which could be considered an effective

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at November 06, 2014 12:49 PM

A Polish installation/troubleshooting guide

While monitoring the general acceptance of Icaros Desktop from various websites all over the world, our attention stumbled upon this polish page (LINK). It covers most urgent topics like Icaros installation, polish language/font localization and setting up of AmiBridge (with complete integration of Amiga Forever). We would like to thank author Radzik for his useful guide (Icaros manual does

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at November 06, 2014 11:24 AM

November 04, 2014

Icaros Desktop

Installing Icaros from a USB pendrive

Hello. We've already covered this topic here long ago, but one of the most common questions that we could see on forums, after Icaros 2.0 release, was: "how can I install it from a USB pendrive?". Creating a installation pendrive for Icaros Desktop is quite different from creating one for Linux and Windows. You can't simply use uNetBootin for that, but you need to follow a quite simple procedure

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at November 04, 2014 03:58 PM