Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Icaros Desktop 2.2.8 now available for download

New version 2.2.8 of Icaros Desktop has been released, and it's now available for free download. There are goodies for everyone! You can play new accelerated games with your native installation, if your video card is supported, but you can also enjoy all the improvements we made to hosted modes. We got now VidentiumPicta, an image viewer heavily inspired from the pupular Windows program IrfanView, the Atari 800 emulator, the new 1.1 version of Polybios. But they aren't the only additions to the distribution: if you run the list below, you can see many new names like DisplayInfo, Sploiner and Bars'n'Pipes, the glorious music editor for Amiga, ported to AROS and re-released as freeware. But it's also time for gaming: we can now play Zaz, Shmupacabra, KrystalDrop, Powermanga, Africa and rRootage. Last but not least, Icaros Desktop 2.2.8 includes enhancements to the Magellan GUI and hosted mode, such as a better memory management and the chance to run AROS in full screen(*). We've also added a new hb command to HostBridge, to let people integrate host applications from the command line.

Gimp opening an image included with Icaros Desktop, after being called from the AROS command line.

New from Icaros Desktop 2.2.7

rRootage at the center of the screen
- added new hi-res CC-licensed images in Extras/Wallpapers
- fixed "browse for images" appearing not only for LH archives
- fixed traceroute in C
- updated x86 and M68K MCC_TextEditor to latest release
- added Atari800 to Extras/Emu
- updated InstallerLG to latest build
- updated ViewLHA to version 0.7
- added run_Lodepaint script by Salvatore Abbate to Extras/OpenGL/Utilities
- updated VIM to latest release
- deleted duplicated AmiTimeKeeper from Extras/Networking
- modified icaros hosted installation scripts for Linux and Windows
- modified icaros hosted launch scripts for Linux and Windows
- modified hosted prefs to attempt fullscreen (Linux only)
+ hosted preference program now acts differently on Linux and Windows
- modified hbadd and hbiconselect to fix some minor issues
- added the hb command to integrate host apps with the command line
- new variables defined in Envarc: for hosted fullscreen and memory prefs
- modified hosted prefs to manage reserved memory
- fixed: hosted installations won't ask about VMware driver anymore
- added Zaz to Extras/OpenGL/Games
- added Shmupacabra to Extras/OpenGL/Games
- added Bars'n'Pipes to Extras/MediaEditors
- added DisplayInfo to Extras/Misc
- added VindentiumPicta (image viewer) to Extras/Multimedia
- updated Koules to latest version
- added KrystalDrop to Extras/Games
- added Powermanga to Extras/Games
- updated ZuneBrot to latest version
- built Sploiner for AROS and added to C
- added a guide for gsar (enabled 'help gsar')
- added split and rebuild options to Magellan
- fixed a mistake in ZuneARC configuration file for LHA archives
- added rRootage to Extras/OpenGL/Games
- updated AmiCast Player to latest release
- added Africa (strategy game) to Extras/Games
- updated Polybios (HWP library for PDF files) to latest release
- updated SQLMan to latest release
- added documentation to Protrekkr
- updated manual: new chapter about hosted mode and HostBridge

Best of both worlds, when running Icaros Desktop 2.2.8 in hosted mode!

(*) AROS can run full screen on selected Linux distributions only. The right combination of architecture, drivers and window manager is mandatory. Icaros Desktop warmly recommends 32-bit Linux Mint 19 + Xfce, where the full screen mode works very well. Other distributions and window managers may give unpredictable results.