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.

Well, I think you've already noticed by yourselves, but the name of this site has changed. It has been a suffered decision, since after a whole year of development and public relations, some important reviews on sites and magazines, the VmwAROS name has become really popular among the community, and a name change may confuse people. However, I finally had to agree that it was also a bit misleading. VmwAROS had born in november 2007 as a "complete AROS environment running on VMware" but, only 6 months later, has been released for the first time as a complete, live distribution for PC. I spent many and many hours of my life explaining this in Amiga-related forums but, after a whole year of so, there were still too much people that thought VmwAROS was simply "AROS for VMware", which is not anymore or, at least, it is only half true. From now on, there will be no more VmwAROS, but Icaros Desktop instead. And it will mainly be a complete AROS distribution (as like as VmwAROS LIVE! had been in the past) aiming to run on supported PC hardware, being it physical or virtualized. The name VmwAROS will be kept only for the underlying technology of the distribution: think about it as a "company name", even if there is no company behind it. Links to old VmwAROS version will be kept as long as the files will be still available, and this site will be always reachable using the address www.vmwaros.org for some time (until the domain name will expire). Old links will continue working, since the vmwaros.blogger/blogspot.com will be the same. Many VmwAROS occurrences in the distribution files will be kept for compatibility reasons. Starting from today, however, the new official URL for this distribution is www.icarosdesktop.org.

"Icaros Desktop" name is inspired by Icarus (Ἴκαρος, Íkaros), a mythologic character that tried to fly but fell to his death, joined with the AROS name and followed by the "Desktop" word (which is our main target). Please notice that 'Icarus' has much in common with the japanese word Hikaru, which means ray of sun. I have to thank Joao "Hardwired" Ralha for the inspiration and all the beta-testers that joined our private discussion about the new name.