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.

Yes, it's true: after some testing of work-in-progress releases from our beloved community, Icaros Desktop 2.1 has been released. This brand new "point release" (which means "with increased first decimal in the version number") is based on the same codebase of version 2.0.x, so you won't have to format your drive and reinstall Icaros from scratch. Just delete your old OWB drawer and preferences, and you'll be fine. However, since some programs and files have changed location, you may prefer to install it from scratch to get a pefectly clean system on reboot. Icaros Desktop 2.1 might be named "the handlers release", but also "the YouTube one", since the best enhancement over the previous versions are the addition of new NTFS and EX-FAT filesystem handlers and the free, read-only version of GoogleDrive handler, a "driver" which allows to mount your Google Drive handler onto AROS as if it was a normal USB stick or a CD-ROM. But that's not the only good news: we've talked bout YouTube because Deadwood did the miracle again, and we can now enjoy HTML5 video as well, playing your favourite contents from YouTube and other sites. But there have been lots of little/big additions, fixed and enhancements. Here's the list (but - as usual - it may not be exactly complete).

OWB playing YouTube videos on AROS
New from Icaros 2.0.3

Writing to a NTFS partition
- Updated OWB to version 1.25, build from march 2016
  + Youtube, Vimeo and other similar sites are now supported (HTML5 video)
- Updated DirectoryOpus 5 "Magellan" to latest release
- Updated FPC and PortablE to latest release
- Added a lot of development libraries
- Added GoogleDrive Handler (allows read only access)
- Added configuration tool for GoogleDrive handler
- Added Filesysbox library
- Added NTFS-3G handler (supports Windows NTFS partitions up to Windows 10/2016)
- Added EX-FAT handler (for larger, modern VFAT volumes)
- Improved help pictures for Magellan interface
- Added SNUG HTTP server to network startup daemons
  + you can now access MyWokspace files with a browser
- Enhanced AmiBridge's "Amiga as a service"
Ignition M68K running on x86 desktop
- Updated PortablE to latest release
- Updated FPC to latest release
- Updated ZuneView to latest release
- Cleaned up GRUB2 boot menu
- Restored "complete" user manual and updated to v2.1
- Applications: updated Amath, EdiSyn, metaDiary, RPNScientific
- Benchmarks: added Water, updated GLMark
- New Demoscene folder in Extras with Fract and Timeless
- Design: fixed GrafX2, updated ThemeEdit
- Filesystem: updated Scalos, Unarc
- Games: updated/fixed Ri-Li, added RotateGear, Skunks (OpenGL)
- Media editors: added FFMPEG, ImageMagick
- Misc: added meteData, RFT-Riddle
- Networking: added toram
- Updated AROS system files to Jan 6th, 2016

Ri-Li working again out of the box


As usual, Icaros Desktop 2.1 comes into two different sizes. Icaros Desktop Light is tailored for a single CD-ROM or a 1 GB sized pendrive. It includes the core system files and mandatory software. Icaros Desktop Live! includes everything from the Light version, and adds all the best applications for AROS, with ton of games, emulators, editors, players and artistry.

Current Icaros Desktop 2.0.3 users may follow these steps to perform a reliable upgrade to 2.1. Please notice some features might not be available to "updaters": as usual, for instance, GRUB boot menu won't be modified by LiveUpdater.

Snug HTTP server may run at startup as a service. You can access files from MyWorkspace
with any browser on the local network.
GoogleDrive handler with Icaros' own configuration tool. You won't find it anywhere else!
GrafX2 version 2.4 working again on Icaros Desktop.

"Timeless" demo (included) working in its own screen (now in the background)

Please donate!
Icaros Desktop is free but donations are very welcome! The mantainer urgently needs a new monitor since the one of the main development system has broken. With your help, he will buy a new, larger one, which will significantly improve his coding skills!
(well, no, it won't improve his coding skills, but at least he will see what's doing, thank you).