Monday, October 7, 2013

For brave eyes only

There is a public work-in-progress version of Icaros Desktop that will be available for download. It will be available just for a while, then it will be deleted, since work is steadily going on and it wouldn't reflect the actual state of the distribution. Applications are not updated, nor new applications are added except one: Directory Opus 5 "Magellan" for AROS x86. Why have I told "for brave eyes only"? Because this version of the distribution is not based on mainstream AROS nightlies like the ones you're accustomend to, but instead on a more advanced (in many areas) custom version by Deadwood, who's backporting from ABIv1 everything which won't hurt (so much) binary compatibility with current software. This means, in a nutshell, that this work-in-progress version of Icaros Desktop is formally NOT compatible with the mainstream one, and you should NOT mix its files with the ones on your hard drive, NOR try to update your current setup with this one. Why? Because 1) it won't work and 2) I won't help you fixing the mess, since you've been warned. Please dowload it and install on a spare computer, on a new virtual machine, and test it, test it, test it! This version of Icaros Desktop is a benchmark for me, for Deadwood, for BSzili and for everyone involved in the "next Icaros revolution" program which in a few words means: new AROS, new GUI, new Experience. We need to catch and fix bugs, compatibility issues, and everything which might bring problems to users. Remember, it's just a TEST, not something we consider suitable for your daily Icaros fun.

By downloading this, you AGREE you have read all above, and you'll also expected to help us. How? Simple!
> You can download Icaros Desktop 1.5.2 Experimental WIP here.

If you find a bug, please test it again on your regolar installation and, if you spot differences, don't forget to tell us. Where? Easy.
> You can report bugs and other issues in our little on line bug tracker here.

Have you got hints and suggestions? (I mean clever ones, like: please set this option like this or like that, move this thing from here to there, and NOT "make Icaros run on my iPhone", thanks). Please follow this thread on AROS-EXEC!

DO NOT, under ANY circumstance, mix executabiles and other binaries of this version with your regular Icaros 1.5.2 installation, or you'll mess it. Keep the testing environment separed from your "production" one.