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.

Someone in the forum asked me what are the minimum specs to run VmwAROS 0.5 beta. It may appear strange, but I frankly don't know exactly what they can be. For sure, you need a VMware (or competitors) product capable of running VMware Workstation 5's virtual machines. So any current version of VMware Server, Player and Fusion should work OK. VMware Workstation 5.5 and 6 are fine, too, however I got reports that VMware Workstation 5.0 has problems running VMware beta 0.5 (surprisingly, 0.1 worked fine).

VmwAROS experience will change depending on the host operating system: VmwAROS allocates a minimum of 128 MB of RAM, plus the amount needed by VMware to work. A computer with 1 GB of RAM will be dramatically faster than one with 256 MB. A 1,5 GHz+ Pentium4-class computer is warmly recommended, due to emulation times. Please don't forget VmwAROS isn't running directly on your PC, but on a emulated one on top of it.

Any antivirus, firewall and generally anti-malware software preloaded in memory, running on the host operating system may slow-down VMware: if you're using VmwAROS only on that machine, please close temporarily such kind of programs. Using eMule will decrease networking performances.