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.

I'm really, really happy to announce that another very exciting, important piece of the puzzle has been placed: thanks to the efforts of Stephen Jones, who paid for it, and Davy Wentzler, who actually coded it, AROS is getting an AHI driver for Intel's HD Audio. This basically means that many systems using compatible chipsets should get sound too. The driver is still in development, so you won't be able to download it yet, but soon it will be available on ClusterUK's website. It won't be free, though, because Stephen wishes to recoup the money he spent in the development (and, frankly, he has all the rights and the motivation to do so). The good news, anyway, is that sound already works on Steve's iMica systems and on Acer Aspire One A150s, and it should do the same on many other nettops and netbooks out there. The hdaudio AHI driver will be included in iMicas, but it will also be available for download to anyone else for £10.

PS: Davy Wentzler is a professional programmer and he is working on many projects for different vendors. But he also works on the multi-track audio and MIDI recording software Audio Evolution. Wouldn't it be a wonderful audio editing solution for AROS?