Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Icaros Desktop Update 2.0.1 now available

First update for Icaros 2.0 is now available for download. This is mostly a bug-fix release, but it also brings a new exciting feature users accustomed to 68K applications will love: running AmiBridge as a service, which basically means you can now run at startup either AROS M68K or AmigaOS 3.X (once integrated from Amiga Forever), with Janus-UAE hiding in background and running the guest operating system in coherency mode. This, independently from any current settings already chosen by user, which are still working when "manually" running AmiBridge through its usual scripts. But we will explain this better another day. Icaros 2.0.1 brings also some little enhancements to user interface: ZuneView now works from Magellan's "Programs" menu and a link to Prefs drawer has been placed in "Icaros" menu. Theme selector has been fixed and improved, removing many little and bigger quirks. From the very technical side, issues with FAT handler and ACPI library have been resolved, so downloading files from OWB straight to USB pendrives is possible again. Excluding ACPI for not-compatible PCs should also work without messing up all PCI devices.

- ntfs.handler moved to Storage/L (for new installations only)
- AROS system files brought to Dec 6th, 2014 Nightly Build
- SVN executables brought back to Development:bin
- Updated AntiryadIDE with a working version (see screenshot above)
- HDToolBox now shows drives connected to AHCI device (fixed missing icon tooltype)
- removed offending duplicated file
- fixed noacpi issue
- fixed regression: running AmiBridge at startup will work again
- fixed regression: Icaros will try to fall back to VESA mode first when selecting Native option in grub, like older Icaros (for new installations only)
- fixed Theme preferences
- removed offending (not working and crashing aros) themes
- added AmigaOS 3.1 theme
- fixed a bug preventing AROS68K from running, if themes were disabled in host environment
- updated ZuneFig and ZuneView to latest releases
- added "Prefs" option to Icaros menu in Magellan
- fixed ZuneView option in Magellan's "Programs" menu
- added a new version of WeatherBar

Icaros Desktop Live! and Light 2.0.1 can be installed onto hard drive or USB pendrives as usual. Please follow instructions included in Icaros Desktop manual. If you're wondering wether installing Icaros 2.0 or 2.0.1, please go straigt for 2.0.1! It already includes LiveUpdater 1.8a, which will be mandatory for future Upgrade Packs.

To update your current installation of Icaros Desktop 2.0, you need the updated version 1.8a of LiveUpdater (LUPD). Please upgrade LiveUpdater to version 1.8a (and not 1.8) before trying to update Icaros Desktop, or you'll end up with a partial installation. LiveUpdater 1.7, coming with Icaros 2.0, is not able to perform needed operations on system startup files, so it needs upgrading.

1) once installed LiveUpdater 1.8a, run it from SYS:Tools/LUPD, either through your main file manager or through AmiStart (System disk -> Tools -> LUPD -> LiveUpdater)
2) choose either the Internet or File installation. The former will download the update pack from Icaros website first, the latter, instead, allows to locate the update pack on any device connected to your computer, once manually downloaded from another machine.
3) wait for the procedure to complete, and reboot when required.

The following video will show you the procedure. Even if it is based on a older combo of LUPD and beta update pack, very little changed in the meanwhile.

After upgrading, a backup file for your current S:user-startup files will be created in S:, and a safety zipped version of core boot files will be created in SYS:Arch/.