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software AROS   software AROS : Icaros Desktop 1.5
   posted by paolone on 3-Jan-2013 16:09:18 (3530 reads)
Version 1.5 of the popular AROS distribution Icaros Desktop is now available for download. The new release heavily reworks file structure, installation procedure and M68K environment, which can now run both games from ADF files and classic Workbench applications without the need for original Amiga KickStart and operating system.

Icaros Desktop 1.5 includes the new AROS kernel "backported from ABIv1" that should improve speed, compatibility and reliability. However, for people having compatibility issues there's now a "Legacy Kernel Edition" of Icaros Desktop Live! including the last kernel from the "old age". More informations about new features and screenshots are available on the Icaros Desktop webpace, which now includes also a "features comparison" between the different formats.


Here is a list of noticeable improvements over Icaros Desktop 1.4:

- System files from Dec 25th, 2012
- kernel from Jan 1st, 2013 with selectable boot device
- files layout completely overhauled
+ most important programs are now placed in tools and utilities drawers
+ other applications and games are now zipped into archives
+ system-functionality software is now placed in SYS:system
- faster installation procedure, with area-based macro-packages system
- new ABIv0 kernel, backported from ABIv1 by Krzysztof Smiechowicz
- new GRUB2 v2.0 with better compatibility
- improved AmiBrige, providing a reliable M68K environment for classic Amiga™ software
+ updated Janus-UAE to version 1.3
+ fixed tearing issue with some AROS M68K screenmodes
+ AROS M68K configured to run classic Workbench M68K applications
+ No need to manually set guest M68K screen resolution anymore
+ presets for full-screen, integration and partial integration
+ updated AROS KickStart replacement to run games from ADF files
+ Added AmiBridge preferences tool in Prefs to customize M68K environment
+ Improved environment for AmigaOS™ 3.X, once integrated from Amiga Forever
+ no more ugly "Z" icon for Janus-UAE when iconified
+ latest Amiga Forever releases finally supported by setup script
- added some classic M68K applications under kind permission
+ Real3D (last release for Amiga platform)
+ TVPaint (last release for Amiga platform)
- updated and improved user manual with clickable table of contents
- added a script to create USB installation pendrives
- new "Pixblue" default decoration theme by Drea
- updated XAMOS, AMOS interpreter for AROS, to latest release
- changed default applications in AmiStart to reflect new entries
- added HarmonyPlayer and uade to Multimedia
- added Candy Crisis to games
- added Cave Story to games
- added Neverball, Neverputt and Hurrican to Games-Gallium3D
- added many development libraries
+ libmng
+ libtiff
+ libjasper
+ physfs
+ libpng
+ libexif
+ ZLib
+ popt
+ ...and others!
- updated pforth, FlexCat and irrxml in development tools
- updated several custom Zune classes to latest version
- updated YAM to version 2.8
- removed useless 'USE' button from Theme preference
- added several CLI utilities for graphics, sound and file manipulation
- almost all CLI commands and programs are now located in C drawer.
- updated OpenURL to latest release
- updated DiskImage device to latest release
- updated Annotate to latest release
- updated fpc to latest release
- updated LiveUpdater
- fixed the "memory=debug" problem during boot
- fixed a bug which corrupted graphics when scrolling detail-view windows
- added Mupen64 to emulators
- added a new video from Josh Woodward
- fixed OWB's YouTube script

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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.5
Posted on 3-Jan-2013 21:41:39
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Congratulations and keep up the good work!!

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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.5
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Thanks. It's been a long, hard work this time...

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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.5
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Gratulation and thanx for your hard work... just downloading Icaros

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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.5
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No time to play with... but I try to participate in the torrent sharing...

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// Thing that I should find more time for: CC64 - 64bit Community Computer?

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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.5
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Downloaded will try on my little toshiba netbook to see how things go.

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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.5
Posted on 4-Jan-2013 22:09:15
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Must try this out, thanks for all your hard work guys.

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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.5
Posted on 5-Jan-2013 7:45:44
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Just downloaded the Light release, what a great little
package. Thanks for your hard work paolone.

Best regards,

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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.5
Posted on 5-Jan-2013 12:45:44
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AROS is getting better every day, and this version is very cool.

For those of you wanting to run this in VMWare Fusion on the Mac.

You can get the networking working in the virtual machine, by shutting down vmware fusion, going into Documents/Virtual Machines.localized/VirtualMachineName/VirtualMachineName.vmx and changing ethernet0.virtualDev = "e1000" to ethernet0.virtualDev = "vlance" which will make it match the driver that AROS has for the pcnet32 device.

The VESA driver will put you into a 2048 pixel wide resolution by default, you can fix that, by editing sys:boot/grub/grub.cfg inside iCaros, I replaced

multiboot /boot/bootstrap-pc.gz vesa=32bit ATA=32bit floppy=disabled enableusb


multiboot /boot/bootstrap-pc.gz vesa=1024x768@60 ATA=32bit floppy=disabled enableusb

You can obviously change it to 1280x1024, or 1440x900 or whatever you want...


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Re: Icaros Desktop 1.5
Posted on 5-Jan-2013 16:37:38
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Another trick to get a more suitable VESA mode by default is to reduce the amount of graphics memory in the VM to e.g. 4MB. This works in VirtualBox anyway.

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