o1i's Planet AROS

July 06, 2016


EmuLa v1.4 available for download!

Hello all,
I'm glad to announce that the first public release of EmuLa is available for AROS i386.

EmuLa features an unique approach to roms recognition based on the file crc: this method allows EmuLa to be extremely precise in rom recognition, this way the user is never asked to resolve ambiguities.

July 06, 2016 06:12 PM

June 28, 2016


Breaking the silence

I did some smaller things in WinUAE, but I was quite lacking motivation and time the last few months..

So today I decided to do something just for fun:

Who wants ssh on AROS?

Disclaimer: As always, this is just a first and quick port of plink, which is part of the putty package. Not meant for real life usage. But quite stable, as it seems already.

by noreply@blogger.com (o1i) at June 28, 2016 02:58 PM

June 20, 2016

Icaros Desktop

Say 'hello' to Icaros Desktop v2.1.2!

The second update pack for Icaros Desktop 2.1 has been released. This time, we focused on enhancements of current features, rather than adding new ones, but we feel that new changes/additions worth the wait. First of all, we added support to Windows 7 (Vista and upwards) shared folders through SMB handler, so exchanging files between your networked computers (or, even better, from your Windows/

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at June 20, 2016 06:44 PM

April 28, 2016


PortablE r6 beta released

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PortablE is a recreation of the AmigaE programming language, along with all the improvements I wanted.

This is a small update, which makes any generated MUI code human-readable, and fixes a few bugs.

Previous versions of PortablE were aimed at existing AmigaE users, but PortablE now aims to be attractive for new users too. Although it's still "beta", it should work well, and further incompatible changes seem unlikely.

See the main manual for everything that has changed since r5. There have been the following big changes since the last beta:
* Built-in procedures can now support unlimited parameters (although only some have been updated to use this ability).
* Improved MUI modules to use procedures with unlimited parameters (instead of immedate tag lists). So the C/C++ code generated for GUIs is now human-readable!
* Added the NoListOptim switch, so that the code generated for Immediate Lists can be more human-readable.
* When a bug exception was thrown during compilation, it could give the wrong message. Now fixed.
* Fixed a few module bugs.

You can download it from here:

PortablE comes with documentation, but you can find on-line documentation, examples & the latest version of PortablE from it's homepage:

April 28, 2016 06:09 PM

April 18, 2016

Icaros Desktop

Running Icaros at light... ehm, RAM speed

Some times I like to make silly experiments, for the pure curiosity about their possible results. One of the questions I always wanted to give an answer was: "how fast would Icaros be, if it only could run straight on RAM, without hard drives or SSD involved?". The answer is, of course, in the middle between "amazingly" and "blazingly" fast, and I could prove that quite easily. I've been given,

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at April 18, 2016 03:54 PM

April 11, 2016

Icaros Desktop

The new kids on the... box

There's no doubt about this: Norbert Kett is definitely one of our latest heroes. After many weeks of development and internal testing, he just released his brand new filesystem handler for DropBox, and he released it for all Amiga flavours, including x86 AROS. We obviously downloaded it from Aminet immediately, and started extending the "GDrive" preference program to support it. If you wonder

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at April 11, 2016 01:06 AM

April 07, 2016


Icaros 2.1.1 has been released

Update 2.1.1 for Icaros Desktop has been released. Mainly a bug-fix release, this new version includes OWB 1.25, fixes VICE crashes on exit and restores HDToolBox missing text. It also includes some updated AROS system components which were erroneously left outside Icaros Desktop 2.1.

Icaros Desktop 2.1.1 comes in the usual flavours: Icaros Desktop Live!, tailored for DVD-ROM media and provided with an already configured QEMU virtual machine for Windows; Icaros Desktop Light, the "core system" which can easily fit on a CD-ROM and a small pendrive; and a Update Pack for current Icaros 2.1 users.

New from Icaros 2.1
- Updated OWB to final release 1.25
- Updated VICE ermulators to version 2.4 (n/a on Light version)
+ Fixed crashing on exit
- Fixed HDToolBox right panel text
- Updated LiveUpdater
+ fixed bug with user-startup being moved to RAM: without motivation
+ Updates are now performed at startup, when no program is running

For screenshot and more information, including the list of new OWB features, please visit

http://vmwaros.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04 ... de-to-icaros-desktop.html

April 07, 2016 01:13 AM

April 05, 2016

Icaros Desktop

It's time to upgrade to Icaros Desktop 2.1.1

Nearly a month after Icaros 2.1 release, it's already time for an update. Icaros Desktop 2.1.1 does not introduce new features, but updates OWB 1.25 to its final version and fixes a couple of nasty bugs: VICE does not crash anymore on exit, and HDToolBox will now show text on the right panel again. Newer OWB improves stability and compatibility over the beta version published with Icaros 2.1,

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at April 05, 2016 02:12 PM

April 04, 2016

Icaros Desktop

New LiveUpdater available for download

It's time to add LiveUpdater a very old requested feature which, for a reason or another, I always forwarded to better days: update on reboot. What happens, currently, when you perform a system update with LUPD? Basically, every file gets updated no matter if it is in use or not. Just think about big programs like OWB, Magellan, or Janus-UAE: they might be updated when you're using them, and

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at April 04, 2016 05:23 PM

April 01, 2016


Odyssey Web Browser 1.25 Released

Odyssey 1.25 for AROS is now available for download from http://download.aros3d.org/releases/owb-1.25.i386-aros.zip

Top features of this release are:
- Updated to WebKit r187682 (July 2015). (AROS)
- Ported Odyssey directly on top of WebKit repository. (Common)
- Enable HTML5 video feature. (AROS)

This version of Odyssey requires Icaros 2.1 or newer to work correctly.

April 01, 2016 10:00 PM

March 29, 2016

Icaros Desktop

Writing to your Google Drive from Icaros

You have downloaded Icaros Desktop and - hopefully - installed it onto your hard drive. You learnt from the manual (or from our site) how to access in read-only mode your Google Drive stuff but... well, it would be awesome to write it too! There are at least two ways to do it, and if you carefully looked to our screenshots, you would have noticed that we actually did that before

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at March 29, 2016 06:13 PM

March 13, 2016

Icaros Desktop

Welcome to Icaros Desktop 2.1 era

Yes, it's true: after some testing of work-in-progress releases from our beloved community, Icaros Desktop 2.1 has been released. This brand new "point release" (which means "with increased first decimal in the version number") is based on the same codebase of version 2.0.x, so you won't have to format your drive and reinstall Icaros from scratch. Just delete your old OWB drawer and preferences

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at March 13, 2016 11:14 PM

Updating Icaros from version 2.0.3 to 2.1

Icaros Desktop 2.0.3 can be updated to version 2.1 through LUPD (LiveUpdater), however, you should delete everything related to OWB before updating. This is important: otherwise, Icaros will surely work after updating, but OWB will behave in umpredictable ways. So, this is the correct procedure. First of all, close all running programs. Best of all, open Prefs/Icaros Settings and disable

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at March 13, 2016 06:07 PM


Icaros Desktop 2.1 now available

The latest version of AROS distribution Icaros Desktop has been released. V2.1 consolidates the 2.0.x codebase with many bugfixes and additions, above all a new version of OWB supporting HTML5 videos (YouTube.com and others). This release also includes handlers for NTFS-3G and exFAT partitions, and can now access (in read-only mode) your Google Drive account, simplifying its configuration with a dedicated Prefs tool (coded in LUA by Icaros team).
For more screenshot and info: icarosdesktop.org

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New from Icaros 2.0.3

Writing to a NTFS partition
- Updated OWB to version 1.25, build from march 2016
+ Youtube, Vimeo and other similar sites are now supported (HTML5 video)
- Updated DirectoryOpus 5 "Magellan" to latest release
- Updated FPC and PortablE to latest release
- Added a lot of development libraries
- Added GoogleDrive Handler (allows read only access)
- Added configuration tool for GoogleDrive handler
- Added Filesysbox library
- Added NTFS-3G handler (supports Windows NTFS partitions up to Windows 10/2016)
- Added EX-FAT handler (for larger, modern VFAT volumes)
- Improved help pictures for Magellan interface
- Added SNUG HTTP server to network startup daemons
+ you can now access MyWokspace files with a browser
- Enhanced AmiBridge's "Amiga as a service"
Ignition M68K running on x86 desktop
- Updated PortablE to latest release
- Updated FPC to latest release
- Updated ZuneView to latest release
- Cleaned up GRUB2 boot menu
- Restored "complete" user manual and updated to v2.1
- Applications: updated Amath, EdiSyn, metaDiary, RPNScientific
- Benchmarks: added Water, updated GLMark
- New Demoscene folder in Extras with Fract and Timeless
- Design: fixed GrafX2, updated ThemeEdit
- Filesystem: updated Scalos, Unarc
- Games: updated/fixed Ri-Li, added RotateGear, Skunks (OpenGL)
- Media editors: added FFMPEG, ImageMagick
- Misc: added meteData, RFT-Riddle
- Networking: added toram
- Updated AROS system files to Jan 6th, 2016

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March 13, 2016 05:19 PM

March 03, 2016

Icaros Desktop

More about GoogleDrive handler integration

As you may know, adding to your AROS experience all the latest achievements our beloved operating system has got is, simply, not enough to Icaros Desktop. We would always like to do even more. Please let me introduce another example of it. From our latest posts you may have learnt that Norbert Kett is writing an amazing filesystem handler for Google Drive, and that a beta version is already

by Paolo Besser (noreply@blogger.com) at March 03, 2016 05:11 PM