Saturday, October 15, 2011

Icaros Desktop 1.3.2 has been released

Version 1.3.2 of your distribution is ready for download. Great news for this release is support for Fermi-based GeForce graphic cards and many USB wireless network adapters based on the RTL8187B chipset. This means that GeForce GT/GTX 400 and 500 cards are now fully supported, both in 2D and 3D modes. And, obviously, that everyone can now connect their AROS machines to a wireless network using cheap and easy-to-buy adapters. But there is also a great improvement for VMware users, since sound is now supported (that's something I really wanted so hard, since the first days of Icaros Desktop, when it was still called VmwAROS and ran "hosted" on VMware only). We've added a funny Sudoku game and updated many applications, but they main goal of this update was fixing little and bigger bugs that plagued the older versions of the distribution. One of them was the nasty "commas bug" which prevented updating installations of Icaros Desktop on USB pendrives and cards, this means that - from now on - users can safely install Icaros on a pendrive, and be sure they won't (hopefully) have issues anymore when adding our update packs.


- added support for Fermi-based GeForce graphic cards (2D and 3D)
- added support for sound in VMware and SB128 cards
- added support for RTL8187B-based USB Wi-Fi adapters
- added support for CMI8738 sound cards
- added NetworkSnoop tool
- updated Janus-UAE to official version 1.1
- fixed a bug in timer.device which broke compatibility with some configurations
- added Aquario screen saver
- updated system files to october 13 nightly build
- fixed LiveUpdater, it now works correctly with USB pendrives
- fixed a lot of bugs here and there
- recompiled MilkyTracker with newest SDL libraries (no more sound glitches)
- added many missing icons
- added Sudoku to games

UPDATING FROM 1.3.1 TO 1.3.2
Icaros Desktop 1.3.2 is now available in the whole, Live! distribution and as update pack for current Icaros 1.3.1 users. To upload a pre-existing installation, Icaros 1.3.1 must be already installed on the hard drive. Just run LiveUpdater from tools/LUPD drawer and choose "Internet" to download and install the update file. If you can't still connect AROS directly to the Internet, just download the update pack and choose the "File" option.

LiveUpdater from Icaros 1.3.1 had a nasty little bug which made impossible updating Icaros, when installed onto USB pendrives or memory cards. The best way to get rid of the issue is installing the new 1.3.2 version from scratch, but on this website we recently explained how to fix the issue. It may be a tricky procedure, but not so hard to do.