Thursday, April 30, 2009

Downloads of Icaros Desktop 1.1.1 restored

Icaros Desktop 1.1.1 is available again. I had to replace the original kernel with a former one, which doesn't include latest changes to our ata.device, since it was dangerous for data on computers equipeed with AMD SB600 or similar southbridge and, maybe, for other architectures too. People who downloaded yesterday's release are encouraged to download again this fixed version, and please don't install the former one. I'm really sorry for the troubles Icaros Desktop 1.1.1 might have caused, but evidences of the danger arose after public release. What happened, unluckily, is quite usual during development of an open source niche OS, since having few developers means also having few machines to test it on before releases. The problem, for me, is that I have started this project with the first aim to give people a stable AROS version they can trust on, and this time I failed the mission: luckily, it seems this didn't cause any real damage, but this will be a lesson to learn, and I will pay much more attention in the future, before releasing.

This doesn't mean at all that Neil did something wrong with his changes to ata.device: on the contrary, his work is absolutely going into the right direction. Some people that couldn't even boot AROS before, succeeded in installing and using AROS nightlies and Icaros Destkop 1.1.1 without any issues, so it's now only matter of waiting for his job to be completed, for his current code to be fixed to avoid troubles with some specific chipsets, and AROS/Icaros will be even more compatible, even more reliable, even more fast. In the meanwhile, however, I had to fix the issue in the most secure and speedy way, so I had to postpone Neil's changes in Icaros Desktop for some time: they will be added in Icaros 1.1.2, as soon as we are really sure they will not potentially harm data anymore. Good download, and good Icaros experience!