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Software News   Software News : Icaros Desktop 1.2.6 has been released
   posted by paolone on 3-Feb-2011 13:24:54 (5553 reads)
The latest update to the popular AROS distribution Icaros Desktop is now available for download. The new version introduce video cards autodetection for native drivers, screen scrolling and dragging on Intel GMA driver (which can now use also embedded display of laptops and netbooks), some new games and applications and, obviously, many bug fixes and feature enhancements, two of them being the ability to associate thumbnails to image files in Wanderer windows and to run other operating systems on a Bochs virtual machine.

New from Icaros Desktop 1.2.5

- updated AROS system files to january 26th, 2011 build
- pressing lAros+Esc will now call Scout in its own screen
- Icaros now chooses the best graphics driver when possible
- added MESA 7.10, EGL and OpenVG libraries from Deadwood
- added Bochs PC emulator with DLX Linux and FreeDos images
- added ThumbNailGun and dt2thumb to "iconify" images with thumbnails
- added latest release of GMA driver with screen dragging
- added Dega, a Sega Master System and Game Gear emulator
- added WaetherForecast, a Google weather client
- added Txt2Pdf, a text-to-adobe PDF conversion tool
- added dgen, a Genesis/Megadrive emulator
- added Hatari, an Atari ST emulator with free OS
- updated Janus-UAE to version 0.8
- added ability to setup amiga environment to AmiBridge
- updated standard config files for old amiga models in AmiBridge
- updated SimpleMail to v0.36 and made it default mail client
- updated Lunapaint
- updated NASM
- updated PortablE
- updated MAME
- updated FUSE Spectrum emulator
- updated AmiStart configuration files
- updated Nouveau driver
- updated Regina.library
- updated DirectoryOpus configuration
- updated AmiStart configuration files
- added Giana's Return (experimental)
- fixed a issue with drive informations
- fixed icons in Wanderer detailed file view
- fixed bugs from previous version
- incorporated Icaros 1.2.5 patch 01 Zune theme and fixes

for further informations, downloads and screenshots, please go to the project's website,

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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.2.6 has been released
Posted on 3-Feb-2011 15:24:19
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As usual a great job on this, sorry i did not help much with testing this time. Have had a look at last beta and it was pretty much brilliant so no comments needed.

As usual thanks again.

Last edited by clusteruk on 03-Feb-2011 at 03:24 PM.

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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.2.6 has been released
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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.2.6 has been released
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PCPlus latest top en alternative OS include

1. Haiku
2. ReactOS
4. OpenBSD

Given the alternatives, AROS is doing really well indeed.

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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.2.6 has been released
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Cool! And as usual, I shall download it and give it a whirl.


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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.2.6 has been released
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Thanks Paolone ! Icaros shines as ever before

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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.2.6 has been released
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Many thanks for this release =)
My computer really liked the GMA driver for sure!

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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.2.6 has been released
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Please, after downloading, try installing it if your hardware is supported, and use it for some times. I know we are still half of the road to a real every-day's operating enviroment, but we need testers, many testers and over all people able to fix issues and suggest solutions, to make this a viable alternative.

For instance, I am trying to install Reactos on Bochs provided with the distribution, but I haven't succeeded in yet. I can't do everything by myself and people already helping me already have their areas of interest to improve, a regular job and a family, just like me. So the more people help me, the better this distribution will get.

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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.2.6 has been released
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Thanks Paolo, looking forward to test it for OpenGL performance

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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.2.6 has been released
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Thanks Paolo... screen dragging too.


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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.2.6 has been released
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good work! i would like to see an usbstickimage for download. übercool for netbooks

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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.2.6 has been released
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I tried running it in native mode but ended up with a 640x480 4bitplane screen :/
My laptop is using Intel GMA X3100 chipset.

Vesa legacy mode seems ok though.

EDIT: crap, tried installing it on an USBdrive and of course it seems to have overwritten my bootpartition, well i was warned.. but annoying anyway.

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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.2.6 has been released
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I presume you mean the boot partition on your internal HD rather than one on your USB drive.

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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.2.6 has been released
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X3100 is not a GMA 950 chip. So it's not supported by Intel GMA 900 driver. You should use VESA modes instead.

What boot partition has been overwritten? on what device? are you sure you have choosen the USBSCSI device during installation?

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