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.

We're really happy to announce that a new version of Icaros Desktop is already available for download. Version 1.2.3 is what 1.2.2 should have been, if only my hard drive didn't crash so hard a month ago. This new release adds two really interesting features: a more advanced support for 3D and 2D graphic acceleration with Nvidia cards, covering most GeForce GPUs from the old FX models up to the recent GTX 200 series, and the ability to play YouTube videos combining OWB with MPlayer. But, obviously, these are not the only good news: after two "mantainance" updates, which basically updated system files only and didn't add a lot more to the user experience, three new great applications have been added to the distribution: the audio editor BigBand, ported by Yannick Erb from the Linuxland, the glorious vector drawing app AmiFig and the very useful Screencorder, which basically allows users to grab video from AROS desktop (good to record video-tutorials and so on). Older applications like Lunapaint and MuiBase have been updated to the latest versions, and developers will find - as usual - a collection of updated libraries to code with. Icaros Desktop 1.2.3 includes also the latest improvements to the AROS system, like the Intel GMA driver (which allows to accelerate 2D functions on GMA-9x0 based systems with external SVGA monitor only, for now), or the ability to install the whole distribution on a USB pendrive, and so on. Some little rework has been done on the interface too (Scout, a real swiss knife for monitoring and managing tasks, windows and more, is now immediately accessible from AmiStart docking bar), and Icaros boot quicker than before (YAFS ftp server has been disactivated by default, since USB support allows now easier ways to share files with other systems - but you can always activate it from Services prefs as usual). So,what are you waiting for? Just go to the download center and grab your update of Icaros Desktop!



New from Icaros Desktop 1.2.2

- upgraded AROS system files to July 4th, 2010
- added driver for Intel GMA 9x0 graphic processors
- added Nouveau 2D and 3D driver for most GeForce GPUs
- updated MESA libraries to better handle HW 3D acceleration
- updated OpenAL libraries
- added support for playing YouTube contents
- moved SimpleMail and WookieChat from the main taskbar to networking stuff
- added YAM 2.6 and Scout to the main taskbar
- added BigBand audio editing application
- added AmiFig vector drawing application
- updated LunaPaint to latest sources (assign not needed anymore)
- updated MuiBase to latest release
- ProTrekker and SMB now run correctly
- placed icons for the Icaros manual and InstallAROS on the desktop
- added eaudio.device to AHI
- file sharing with YAFS now disabled by default
- fixed many minor, annoying bugs
- updated user manual
- Icaros Desktop Live! can now be installed on USB drives
- updated AmiStart's Games menu with latest additions



Icaros Desktop 1.2.3 is available in two formats: the complete Live! distribution (1.7 GB, so a DVD±R/RW is required) and the UpdateCD, which must be installed on a pre-existing Icaros Desktop 1.2.2 installation using Icaros' LiveUpdater. The Update CD is packed in less than 80 MB. Please follow Icaros Desktop's updated user manual to understand how to install or update your distribution. A light CD version may follow in future, while a special, updated "Icaros Stick" download is available to donors, who already got a Icaros Pendrive in the past.