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.

Users of Icaros 1.2.3 really liked the fact they could remote-control other computers on the network using rDesktop or VNC client, but some complained it wasn't possible to do the opposite. Yannick Erb listened to their cries, and provided a great new VNC server for AROS that Icaros 1.2.5 will provide as a service, allowing users to remotely control their Icaros workbench using another computer running Windows, Linux, MacOS X or any other system (even smartphones!) providing a VNC client. Windows users may prefer to use UltraVNC or TightVNC. Most Linux distributions come with a VNC client as well.