Friday, October 19, 2018

Another Icaros 2.2.4 Light preview for supporters available on Patreon

by on Friday, October 19, 2018
The beta I published two days ago was a little too raw... but you know: they're called beta and not final releases for a reason ;-)
Anyway, in the latest two days I completed integration of UHCTools (which needed proper execution attributes on the older beta) and introduced a new interesting option which lets user choose the default GUI philosophy right after installation: either a classic, AmigaOS 3.1-inspired old workbench based on Wanderer, or the default Icaros 2.2 modern interface, with all the bells and whistles made possible with Dopus5 Magellan.

In the above screenshot, you can see a 'mix': the classic Amiga interface with the additon of AmiStart. The classic GUI, in fact, really tries to be as much basic as possible, disabling the AROS decoration system and configuring Wanderer to open a new window for every drawer, showing only icons by default and avoiding to use any background image (you can obviously modify all these settings with the traditional Preferences programs, of course).

Here is the complete list of modifications so far from version 2.2.3. Since it is the Light edition, only these ones are available:

* fixed OpenURL preferences to correctly forward URLs to OWB
* updated FIG datatype
* added INFO (Amiga icons) datatype
* added Targa (TGA) datatype
* replaced AROS installer with InstallerLG on both i386 and 68K
* added UHCTools
* updated ZuneView
* updated ZunePaint
* added ICO (Windows icons) datatype
* replaced SysMon with SysMon-XPT, which shows CPU-time too

Supporters on Patreon can also see the complete list of new features being added.

> Download link on Patreon

Thursday, October 18, 2018

This is for classic Amiga lovers

by on Thursday, October 18, 2018
Main goal of Icaros Desktop, you know, is "providing the best and most modern Amiga environment on the PC platform" and this clearly begins with the GUI. I have made the best I could to provide a good Workbench replacemente using Magellan, however after so many years many people still find it distracting to use and (someone even said) "unnatural". I will spare you from my thoughts about the need for evolution, the good news here is that I finally listened to all the retro freaks faithful Amiga lovers and I added a new feature to Icaros they will surely fall in love with.

Right after installation, at first startup from the hard drive, Icaros Deskop will ask you what GUI to use: either the classic Amiga 3.1 one or the default, modern and far better Icaros Desktop one. The former option will disable decoration, place right click menus back to the top bar, use Wanderer as file manager and open a new window for every drawer you'll open. The other option... well, will keep things as they are now.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

First preview of Icaros 2.2.4 for supporters on Patreon

by on Wednesday, October 17, 2018
A glimpse of the next version of Icaros Desktop is now available to supporters on Patreon (supporters are those who are pledging 15+ euros/month). They can download and install it into a virtual machine, (please don't use it in your production environment, because it is not polished and finished yet). There's also a list of what I have done so far from Icaros 2.2.3, but since this is the Light edition, supporters will be able to test only the following new features:

* fixed OpenURL preferences to correctly forward URLs to OWB
* updated FIG datatype
* added INFO datatype
* added Targa (TGA) datatype
* replaced AROS installer with InstallerLG on both i386 and 68K
* added UHCTools

Other features will be available in a future beta and/or in the early-access release.

> Link to Patreon's post.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

New community forum and donation policy

by on Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Beginning with today, our old forum on AROS-EXEC will not be available anymore. The AROS community has a new home at and so has Icaros. The old messages are still available in read-only mode: topics which would still need answers must be re-opened on the new platform. For now, I have already set up a welcome message with few mandatory links. Icaros website has been modified accordingly: the "Community" link in the top-bar menu has been removed, and replaced by the new "Get help" section in the right side column.

I've also been informed that PayPal button for donations wasn't working anymore. Luckily, I have already been called back by a PayPal technician, and I could fix the issue. You can also give money recursively through Patreon as usual.

Another Icaros 2.2.4 screen, presenting VIM and SMW

by on Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Some little more information about Icaros Desktop 2.2.4. I just downloaded from Aminet the latest version of InstallerLG for AROS. InstallerLG is a new replacement for the original Commodore installer, which can parse and execute installation scripts of Amiga (and AROS) applications. The lack of a proper installation utility in AROS had been a critical miss for so much time, but luckily Ola Söder has taken the effort to create a new one. I've tried it with the recently released version 8.1 of Vim and it worked like a charm. I am now following InstallerLG developments, because it can be very helpful also in the M68K field, where replacing the original AROS installer with an "improved" one from Aminet is still somehow mandatory to enjoy a good experience under emulation.

In this screenshot you can see Super Mario War running as well. SMW is a "tribute" to Nintendo's most iconic character. It's a damn funny game for AROS and I am considering to include it in the distribution. Unluckily, I know how much protective Nintendo is with its own IPs, so maybe I'd better avoid to leave it in the final release.

Monday, October 15, 2018