Saturday, November 24, 2007

Here we go...

Welcome to Icaros Desktop official website, a pre-configured operating environment aimed to be a complete distribution of the open source AROS operating system: a indipendent, free and multi-platform re-implementation of AmigaOS 3.1 API. Icaros Desktop brings back all the fun of computing with a lightweight, fast and efficient operating system, providing all necessary utilities and many free games. "Icaros Desktop" name is inspired by Icarus (Ἴκαρος, Íkaros), a mythologic character that tried to fly but fell to his death, joined with the AROS name and followed by the "Desktop" word (which is our main target). Please notice that 'Icarus' has much in common with the japanese word Hikaru, which means ray of sun.

Do you remember the good old Amiga times? Computing was funny and almost never a pain. AmigaOS was really easy to understand and, thanks to its elegance and optimisation, could run excellent applications on low-spec machines, without wasting hardware resources. But it was ages ago. The AROS Research Operating System tries to port al the good things of AmigaOS on other platforms, being an open-source re-implementation (rewritten from scratch) of Amiga API and environment.