A brand new version of Icaros Desktop is now available to everyone. V2.2.4 of this Open Source AmigaOS distribution includes new brilliant features and applications.
Plain old AmigaOS 3.1 interface in Icaros Desktop V2.2.4
One of the nicest news with this version of Icaros Desktop is the possibility to choose a vintage GUI look that can be selected after installation.
The nice thing about this is that it gives you the possibility to use a plain old Amiga OS 3.1 interface look.
Also, this release needs to thank lots of developers for their dedication to help AROS moving forward.
RNO Effects mades it appearance for AROS
JPV ported RNO Effects to AROS (and for MorphOS and AmigaOS 4). He sent the Icaros developers v1.0 during last summer, and in order to make it work they had to fix a long standing mis-configuration of Icaros’ OpenURL settings. So now RNO Effects v1.2 is out for AROS and all other Nextgen AmigaOS Systems on Aminet.
RNO Effects is a image editing program which allows applying different special effects to image, one per image or in a programmed sequence. Moreover, it features a very useful batch conversion option which allows to convert many images (and to apply the same effects) to a different format, in a single passage. RNO Effects has been included in Extras/Design software, so it is availabe in Icaros Live! edition only.
NTP client gives Internet time
Icaros Desktop is filled with lot’s of nextgen AmigaOS love. The developers also released a working NTP client so, if you’re connected to the Internet and you wish to keep time correct without messing so much with the Date/Time preference program, you can use TimeKeeper instead (which has been placed in Prefs).
Then there is the Commodore 64 VICE emulator has been finally updated to version 3.1, and configured to keep a pleasant speed on most PC configurations, virtual machines included.
But this release also brings some new datatypes and command line tools. It also brings the exceptional UHC Tools, a collection of handy scripts that should make our AROS life easier.
Having fun is Included
It would be funny if the open sourced AmigaOS distribution didn’t bring some fun for the people also. So, Icaros Desktop let’s you play some new games in this release. These games are Stunt Car Remake (a remake of a little masterpiece by Geoff Crammond), Open Gladiators, Super Mario War and others.
So, you will have lot’s of fun with this release. A nice mix of serious apps, tools and games with AmigaOS 3.1 look delivers the authentic AmigaOS look to x86.
Detailed Updates from Icaros Desktop 2.2.3
– fixed OpenURL preferences to correctly forward URLs to OWB
– added GlJewels to OpenGL/Games
– added AmiTimeKeeper (Internet time NTP client) to Prefs
– updated AmicastPlayer
– updated AMath
– updated FIG datatype
– added INFO (Amiga icons) datatype
– added ModExplorer to MultiMedia
– added Open Gladiators to OpenGL/Games
– updated OpusTools
– added sox utilities to MediaEditors
– added sfxr sound generator to MediaEditors
– added Targa (TGA) datatype
– added ZuneBrot to Misc
– updated Vim to version 8.1 (now with graphical interface)
– replaced AROS installer with InstallerLG on both i386 and 68K
– added Super Mario War to Games
– added Stunt Car Remake to OpenGL/Games
– added UHCTools
– updated ZuneView
– updated ZunePaint
– added WHD_Menu to FileSystem
– added ICO (Windows icons) datatype
– added vic script: shows current Icaros Desktop release
– replaced SysMon with SysMon-XPT, which shows CPU-time too
– updated VICE to version 3.1 and optimized for speed and sound
– added icon to music and video examples in MyWorkspace
– fixed (increased) default stack size for some file types
– added RNOeffects to Design
So, there you go! AROS is still in development. Open Source AmigaOS lives on. So, if you really want to help out with it. You should goto #AROS channel on IRC. There people will guide you how to proceed. There is also a website that is dedicated to Icaros Desktop that you can visit here.
Are you using Icaros Desktop? Or any AROS distributions? What do you think of it?
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