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.

The online magazine PCLinuxOS has published a (little complicated but) functional guide to install Icaros on VirtualBox, which can be read on line here. We'd really wish to thank Darrel Johnston for his article, which has been so kind to spend part of his time evaluating our distribution and talking about it on his magazine. And this is only "Part 1", so there will be more to come. Darrel explains how to span the Icaros installation onto two virtual and physical drives, demonstrating that creating partitions by hand is actually possible with our - often underextimated - HDToolBox utility. This may be handful for people wishing to separate system and work partitions even at the drive level, making the upgrade or the substitution of a single one far easier.