Icaros Desktop is a pre-configured AROS desktop environment for the PC platform, distributed on a bootable live media. The AROS Research Operating System is a open source lightweight, efficient and flexible desktop operating system, aiming at being compatible with AmigaOS 3.1 at the API level, while improving on it in many areas.

Icaros Desktop 1.5.2

A new, improved version of Icaros Desktop is now available for download.

Enhanced integration of 68K applications

Would you believe they are old Amiga 68K applications running on a common PC? Well, they are! Discover the new AmiBridge integration mode which does not need original Amiga ROMs and OS anymore!

Play Hurrican and other classics

Linux format said "Icaros Desktop is the best OS to frag productivity". Why? Because you can play thousands of old classics and dozens of great remakes. And every game Amiga had.

Patch 02 for Icaros Desktop 1.4.5

People who, for any reason, still run Icaros Desktop 1.4.5, do not forget to apply this patch! It brings many little and big enhancements here and there...

Icaros Desktop is traditionally packed into a self-executable 7z archive which includes QEMU for Windows and two different script for 32 and 64 bit releases of Microsoft's operating system. While Icaros changed a lot in the latest 5 years, almost nothing happened to this 'external box', which allows easy testing of Icaros Desktop under Windows, albeit quite slowly. With version 2.0 of our distribution, this will change: we've moved to a newer release of QEMU (2.1.50) and we already configured it to use SB128 emulation for sound and VMware SVGA for graphics, enabling many wide screen resolutions and enhancing a little the overall experience, which will still be, unluckily, considerably slower than a installation on real hardware or on a VMware/VirtualBOX virtual machine. There is, however, an interesting development in QEMU which didn't exist in previous version: QEMU's relatively new ability to mount a directory as a virtual FAT drive. We're adding a 'share' subdirectory in our file extraction path where you can easily place whatever file you want to share with your Icaros environment, and have it shown by Icaros Desktop among the virtual drives. This shared portion of Windows filesystem will be read only: you can copy things from Windows to Icaros using it as a temporary directory (just place your files there), but you won't be able to follow the other way around. In the "corner screenshot" you can see how it works. In the backward window you can see explorer showing the content of this 'share' subdirectory, while on the front one you can see QEMU output, with the same directory shown as a lister in Dopus 5. 

It's been a while since our last site update, so maybe it's time to share some news about latest developments. The good news are that our beta testers and developers already got two RC releases and, just a few minutes before writing this post, an important update for the integrated M68K environment. Please enlarge the screenshot on the corner and you'll notice some interesting facts about its contents. First of all, there's DirectoryOpus 5 open on the screen, and this shouldn't be a surprise. What's new, however, is that's running on AROS M68K, as the "about" window on the right suggests. We'll not replicate the whole file management stuff we made for x86, but at least you'll find the same toolbars also when running the Amiga environment. And, since we were at it, we've updated all AROS system files to oct. 7th nightly build, and added DirectoryOpus 4 for Amiga as well. Our goal, in a nutshell, was making life a little easier under the 68K side of Icaros, even if our main focus will always be the x86 one. Another little great improvement we made (well, Deadwood made...) has been fixing that damn old issue with AROS x86 crashing, or reporting ugly errors, when trying to run 68K software without starting Janus-UAE before. This bug has gone, hopefully, forever, and now AROS will just gracefully do nothing when no emulator is up.


We are pleased to announce that Icaros Desktop will be part of the incoming edition of Game Over, underground festival of indie developers, which will take place in Milano, Italy, on saturday 20th and sunday 21st. Icaros Desktop 2.0 will be presented on saturday afternoon only (beware: on sunday we will not be there!), with precise timings still TBA. Our location will be in the Green Area, under the YATTA! banner (Many thanks to YATTA! for hosting us). Address of Game Over is: Spazio Autogestito Leoncavallo - via Watteau, 7 - Milano, and the whole event will start at 2.30 PM. Please go to event's website for all necessary informations.


Now that you've seen a couple of screenshots, why don't we shot a short footage of common everyday's operations on Icaros Desktop? In this video, we will learn how to add thumbnail icons to images, crop pictures and set them as background using Magellan, ZuneView and ViewBox. Sorry for voice-over mistakes, but I'm talking while performing tasks and without any previously-written script. This video has been shot using Fraps for Windows, while Icaros Desktop was running on a VMware Player virtual machine. Please select 720p HD for better results.


Time for a couple of HD screenshots of the incoming distribution. Please don't ask for the wallpapers, since they've been randomly chosen from various websites that collect them. As usual, Icaros Desktop will come with its traditional collection of older official and authorized desktop images.

Vampires are sexy. Aren't they? And when you can set 'em as background with a single click, they're even sexier!

Problems understanding toolbars? Not a problem, really, thanks to Icaros' caption images. You can always access them using the help option in toolbars (the one with the lamp-headed man).


After 15 months of hard work, it's now time to announce the next "major release" of your beloved distribution. That's right! Icaros Desktop 2.0 is next to come on a PC near you, and it will change forever the way you look at AROS. Based on the brand new "ABI v0 on Trunk" backport effort from Krzysztof Smiechovicz and other brave AROS developers, Icaros Desktop 2.0 brings to mainstream the new AROS' TLSF memory manager by Michal Schulz, a completely renewed SDK, a superb support for M68K applications and a greatly improved user experience with DirectoryOpus 5 Magellan, which has been configured to offer a full power file managing GUI. Now you can voice-read text files, convert file formats, create thumbnails for images, copy and move files, pack and unpack compressed archives with the ease of a single mouse clic. In the next days we will progressively unveil all features of Icaros Desktop 2.0, but if you wish to read a full preview, please buy issue 110 of Amiga Future (available both in German and English). Icaros Desktop 2.0 release date is set for fall 2014: don't miss it!