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!
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.
This video will show you how images can be shown, rotated, edited and cropped using Icaros Desktop's powerful tools.
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, in fact, a brand new Core i5-based notebook with 16 GB of RAM, so I installed onto it SoftPerfect RAM Disk, a software which allows creating on Windows one or more RAM drives. I copied one of my Icaros virtual machine on a newly-created volatile volume and I started it. You can see how it behaves in the following video.
The experiment, for now, is obviously self-contained. But AROS has a built-in RAM drive which has always been used to store environment settings and variables, just think how fast might become a 64-bit version, if a larger RAM partition could be created: most if not all files from the core system might run straight from the hard drive (with a fairly fast copy operation at startup, which would happen almost instantly with a SSD unit), finally making all those GBs of RAM effectively useful for something with an Amiga-like OS.
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 why we didn't wait for this and release it straight into Icaros 2.1.1, the answer is always the same: because we have to test it first. For now, enjoy this screenshot:
|Icaros flies on the cloud|
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
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.
UPDATING ICAROS FROM VERSION 2.1 TO 2.1.1
Icaros Desktop 2.1, although not mandatorily, should be upgraded to version 2.1.1 using the improved LiveUpdater released yesterday. This should make sure that some little modification to startup files will be handled correctly when upgrading to the latest release.
Once LiveUpdater has been updated, please complete the following steps:
1. download IcarosUpdate210-211.zip from our download page
2. run LiveUpdater on your current installation, set the job for next reboot or reboot immediately
3. choose File option and locate the IcarosUpdate210-201.zip file
4. wait for the updating job to finish
5. proceed with reboot
6. enjoy Icaros Desktop 2.1.1!
Update Pack for Icaros 2.1.1 will not work on Icaros 2.0.3. Icaros Desktop 2.0.x users should update their systems to Icaros 2.1 before upgrading to v2.1.1.
|HDToolBox is correctly running again|
NEW IN OWB 1.25
This is a list of modifications introduced by Krzysztof Smiechowicz from v1.23:
- Updated to WebKit r187682 (July 2015).
- Ported Odyssey directly on top of WebKit repository.
- Enable HTML5 video feature.
- Bookmarks management panel has been made functional (needs updated MUI components).
- Cookies management panel has been made functional (needs updated MUI components).
- Fixed "second download crash".
- Updated to ffmpeg 2.6.2.
- Fixed problem with Odyssey not remembering window width after closing.
- Fixed problem with pressing enter not being handled in search window.
- Added a "graceful exit" option on crash of Odyssey allowing to close the application and free memory.
- WebKit codes revision is now presented in AboutBox.
- Browser spoofing agents are updated for Firefox and Chrome.
- Added option to disable/enable MP4 support (enabled by default).
- Fixed crash when closing bookmarks panel (needs updated MUI components).
- Double-clicking on bookmarks opens it in current tab.
- Fixed list-related code that was trashing memory.
- Lists (download, mime settings, history) now have a scroll bar (needs updated MUI components).
- Fixed "division by zero" error in Quick Links handling
- Synchronized display of checkboxes and radioboxes
- Updated Russian and Italian catalog
- Provided HTML documentation
- Messages console is enabled
- Fixed continuous allocations of memory when browsing
- Made memory freeing more aggressive
- Enabled disk cache by default
- Fixed setting proxy users/password
- Fixed cookie handling on numerous sites
1. be a Icaros Desktop 2.1 user (but it may work on Icaros 2.0.3 as well: try this at your risk, it's not officially supported)
2. download new LiveUpdater here and save LUPD211.zip files somewhere
3. run your current LiveUpdater and choose the "File" option
4. locate LUPD211.zip
5. ...and wait for LiveUpdater updating itself.
Why is it called "LiveUpdater 211"? Because it may be needed to upload Icaros Desktop 2.1 to the incoming version 2.1.1 (which will bring final OWB 1.25 and correctly-exiting VICE 2.4).
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 shooting them. Otherwise, that nice "GoogleDrive" icon would not have been on the workbench. So, here's explained how to write to your GoogleDrive account from Icaros Desktop
WAY #1 - REGISTERING GDRIVE HANDLER
First way to get write access to Google Drive space is registering your legitimate copy of the handler from its author, Norbert Kett. Doing that is very simple: just send him an email to the address anchor(at)rocketmail(dot)com, as explained even in the GDrive Prefs program:
|Open GDrive preference program in Prefs to obtain info about write access to Google Drive|
Currently, registration fee is only 10 euros and, trust me, they are absolutely well-spent money! You will have to provide Norbert also your current username and, some hours/days (depending on his time) later, you will receive an activation key that must be placed in devs:Google/. When you're done, your Google Drive space will become writable from Icaros desktop as any other mounted volume on your system. Please save your activation key somewhere and keep it carefully, so you won't have to repeat the same steps for further installations of Icaros Desktop.
WAY #2 ACCESS SPACE WITH A BROWSER
Your Google Drive account can always be accessed with any browser. Uluckily, the ones provided with Icaros 2.1 don't work very well with that. Even pretending you're using Firefox with OWB's browser spoofing option would not work, with uploads interrupting at 50%. The good news about this is that Deadwood has fixed this in his latest builds of OWB 1.25 for AROS, so the next Icaros Desktop update 2.1.1 will enable this option as well. If you can't wait, please download the latest version from AROS-EXEC and extract it somewhere, then replace your current browser with the new one...
when done, just run OWB and go straight to your Google Drive account. Enter your credentials...
...and ignore the "unsupported browser" advice. Click on the NEW file or folder button as you would do on whatever browser/platform. Select the files you'd like to upload, and you're done. Sorry for screenshots in Italian but well... it happens to be my own language.
New -> Upload File -> choose from file requester
upload of file completed
CHANGING VIEW ON GOOGLE DRIVE
Now that we learned how to upload files to Google Drive, here's the little how-to for the icon. If you browse contents of the DEVS:Google/.data (pay attention to initial dot in subdrawer name), you will find a Disk.info file which already provides a Ken Lester icon for your Google Drive account, already set to show all files in detail (name) mode, both for Wanderer and Magellan. Just put this file in the root of your Google Drive space and refresh your desktop (or restart Icaros if it isn't enough).
You will notice, though, that your change of behavior won't be saved. For instance, if you'll select to show icons only and snapshot lister/all, your selection won't be kept at reboot. Why? Because Google Drive does not allow direct saving of your files: you always have to download them, modify them, send them back to Google Drive. The workaround for this is creating a drawer somewhere on your drive and call it "Disk" (don't do that in the root, but in a subfolder, for instance in MyWorkspace), then copy Disk.info in its parent dir. Do all this with a shell:
copy devs:google/.data/Disk.info MyWorkspace:
now open your Disk drawer and select the view you prefer. Snapshot window/lister, snapshot all. Turn back to your shell and
copy Disk.info Google:
refresh/restart and you'll be done. Yes, I know it might be annoying, however it's a Google Drive "issue", not an Icaros Desktop or Norbert's handler one.
|OWB playing YouTube videos on AROS|
|Writing to a NTFS partition|
+ 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 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
|Ri-Li working again out of the box|
As usual, Icaros Desktop 2.1 comes into two different sizes. Icaros Desktop Light is tailored for a single CD-ROM or a 1 GB sized pendrive. It includes the core system files and mandatory software. Icaros Desktop Live! includes everything from the Light version, and adds all the best applications for AROS, with ton of games, emulators, editors, players and artistry.
Current Icaros Desktop 2.0.3 users may follow these steps to perform a reliable upgrade to 2.1. Please notice some features might not be available to "updaters": as usual, for instance, GRUB boot menu won't be modified by LiveUpdater.
|Snug HTTP server may run at startup as a service. You can access files from MyWorkspace|
with any browser on the local network.
|GoogleDrive handler with Icaros' own configuration tool. You won't find it anywhere else!|
|GrafX2 version 2.4 working again on Icaros Desktop.|
|"Timeless" demo (included) working in its own screen (now in the background)|
Icaros Desktop is free but donations are very welcome! The mantainer urgently needs a new monitor since the one of the main development system has broken. With your help, he will buy a new, larger one, which will significantly improve his coding skills!
(well, no, it won't improve his coding skills, but at least he will see what's doing, thank you).