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.

Thanks to all the people that tested Poseidon in the latest days, Chris Hodges fixed many issues encountered during the AROS port and now our USB stack should be enough stable for most configurations. Anyway, today Poseidon entered its official test week and, if everything is fine, it will be released under the terms of the AROS Public License. On our mirror there is a NEW ISO from July 25th, 2009. Please download it and follow our instructions to enter this important beta-testing phase. You can boot it as like as any AROS nightly build, but you'll find some difference from them:

- Icaros Desktop look & feel (but no AmiStart)
- pciusb.device compiled with debug level 5 enabled
- more programs inside (but minus than in Icaros Desktop Live!)
- all you need to communicate over the Internet, including OWB, SimpleMail and WookieChat
- some debug logs created at startup

Please remember this version of AROS is intended for bug report and mantainance only. You can install it onto your hard drive if you wish, but don't expect it to be a good Icaros Desktop replacement.




ICAROS USERS WARNING!
This isn't a Icaros update disc, but a standalone gadget. Do NOT use this release with LiveUpdater, or you'll mess up your current Icaros 1.1.x installation! Icaros users that already got the Poseidon Test update 1 should just download pciusb.device and unzip it into SYS:Devs/USBhardware.

DOWNLOAD


> Download Poseidon Test build ISO #3 from Mirror 1 (100 MB, 7z file format)
if you have problems downloading this, try with right click -> save target as...

> Download 7-zip for your operating system


HOW IT WORKS

1. At startup you'll find a shell. Please press enter and, when you'll notice it has apparently frozen, just minimize it and forget about it. You'll need it later.

2. Connect something to your computer. Trident will be already in execution and you'll see some popups regarding them. Connect whatever you like, but please try to remember what you have connnected.

3. When you're finished testing, activate the initial shell and press Ctrl+C

4. Open your RAM Drive icon, you'll notice a DEBUG drawer with a pair of files into it. If you find only one, you've done something wrong in point 1 or 3.

5. Open Trident in Prefs and save all messages (Errors.log) in RAM:DEBUG as well.

6. Open a shell and give these commands. They will help us understand what devices are attached to your system.

cd RAM:DEBUG
PsdDevLister >psddevlist.txt

7. Open OWB and connect to AROS-EXEC. Look for this thread and reply.

8. Write in your exact configuration: computer model, motherboard used, USB controller name. This last information can be found using AROS' PCI Tool. Tell us what kind of device you have tested.

9. Copy and past the contents of the 4 files. Please use the [quote] [/quote] tag for each of them, in order to have them visually separed and to avoid confusion.

NOTE: since the sashimi log might be REALLY HUGE (many megabytes), you need to follow the alternate method, if you can, to submit it. Read further.

10. If you have more than a single issue, please make a different report for each of them.


ALTERNATE METHOD

If you can access a USB mass storage device, please copy the DEBUG drawer onto it. It will take much time: due to actual issues in fat.handler, writing to a FAT device might require from 30 to 60 minutes to complete! You can speed up time this way

a1. Open a shell

a2. Type in:

cd RAM:
tar cvfz usbtest.tgz DEBUG

a3. Choose CANCEL when prompted for PROC: drive.

a4. copy the usbtest.tgz file to the USB device, or maybe send it on some free-space file sharing services on the web, like wikifortio or megaupload.


PLEASE NOTICE

If you have installed this custom build of AROS on the hard drive, remember you have the same file sharing capabilities of Icaros Desktop. So you can move all files to pub: and use a ftp client from any other machine to get them from tour AROS computer. In order to read correctly the files on Windows, you must open them with the Wordpad. Notepad won't work for you and you'll mess up all line breaks.