Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Mar 2009 23:30 UTC, submitted by paolone
Amiga & AROS Some weeks ago the popular AROS distribution VmwAROS has changed name into Icaros Desktop, for two reasons: to avoid confusion with VMware-related products, and to better focus on the "Live" version, which runs on top of real hardware. This new release, Icaros Desktop 1.1, the first with the new name, has got many enhancements over the previous ones.
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How many people REALLY still care?
by Fennec_Fox on Fri 27th Mar 2009 23:59 UTC
Fennec_Fox
Member since:
2006-10-30

That's great news! (que dying echo and the sound of chirping cricket)

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Pro-Competition Member since:
2007-08-20

That's great news! (que dying echo and the sound of chirping cricket)

I still care. (But I did enjoy the sound effects. ;^) )

This really is great news, as far as I'm concerned!

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aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

That's great news! (que dying echo and the sound of chirping cricket)
Cricket? We Amiga users haven't been able to hear crickets for ages!

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Installation to HDD
by AbuHassan on Sat 28th Mar 2009 02:09 UTC
AbuHassan
Member since:
2008-08-26

Has the Installer/partitioner been fixed or is it still like an episode of the Krypton Factor to get AROS permanently installed?

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RE: Installation to HDD
by bert64 on Sun 29th Mar 2009 21:30 UTC in reply to "Installation to HDD"
bert64 Member since:
2007-04-23

Installing it is quite easy, worked first time for me... It does require you to reboot after you partition, and on the next boot it formats/installs but booting doesn't take very long.

What i would really like to see however, is a list of supported cards for the various drivers... I tried both the ATI and nVidia boot options on different machines and nothing worked.. I had a Radeon x1600, nVidia 8600 and Mobility Radeon in a Dell C610 laptop, none of which worked except with the generic (slow) vesa drivers.
Also the AC97 sound driver causes a noise (like binary catted to /dev/dsp) on the dell c610 followed by a crash.

I have a supported nic and a supported soundcard (emu10k is meant to be the best supported), would be good to get a machine running with everything working.

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RE[2]: Installation to HDD
by AbuHassan on Sun 29th Mar 2009 21:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Installation to HDD"
AbuHassan Member since:
2008-08-26

Cheers for that Bert. ;)

I have an old 300MHz K6, 128MB of RAM and an GeForce 2MX sitting in a box in the spare room which will do nicely methinks. ;)

I think I might still have a .11b Prism card knocking about somewhere too.

Reply Score: 1

excellent!
by 2501 on Sat 28th Mar 2009 03:05 UTC
2501
Member since:
2005-07-14

excellent...I wonder if it supports connection to wireless networks.

-2501

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WLAN Support
by johjeff on Sat 28th Mar 2009 03:58 UTC
johjeff
Member since:
2007-11-06

There is only support for Prism II chipset based devices. I really wish more of the fringe/alternative OS developers would focus on WIFI. Personally I think now-a-days wired Ethernet should be secondary. What good is a fast, small, portable OS without wireless?

I would love to put AROS or Haiku on my Aspire ONE, or on an older laptop. I do realize that wireless is fairly difficult to reverse engineer and develop (look how long it took for reliable Linux wifi), but surely someone could use the Linux code for these devices to port to another platform.

Jeff

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RE: WLAN Support
by jokkel on Sat 28th Mar 2009 16:13 UTC in reply to "WLAN Support"
jokkel Member since:
2008-07-07

Wireless networking support is essential for any desktop operating system.

For Haiku there is a bounty. http://www.haikuware.com/bounties/wireless-network-stack-bounty
Someone has started working on it. Using code from FreeBSD. Linux code probably isn't working, because of the incompatible to everything GPL license. http://dev.osdrawer.net/projects/activity/haiku-wifi

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RE: WLAN Support
by aliquis on Sat 28th Mar 2009 17:08 UTC in reply to "WLAN Support"
aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

but surely someone could use the Linux code for these devices to port to another platform.
Better use the *BSD code since the Linux code is GPL infected and the Linux code is probably ripped of the BSDs anyway.

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RE[2]: WLAN Support
by John Blink on Sun 29th Mar 2009 02:41 UTC in reply to "RE: WLAN Support"
John Blink Member since:
2005-10-11

Wouldn't it be nice that the GPL stated that "if you wish to use a driver that is commonly developed for Linux or <insert free OS>, you are allowed to borrow it".

BTW what license does Haiku and AROS have anyway?

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RE[3]: WLAN Support
by Tim Locke on Sun 29th Mar 2009 15:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: WLAN Support"
Tim Locke Member since:
2006-03-23

Haiku is under the MIT License

AROS is under the AROS Public License http://aros.sourceforge.net/license.html

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The wi-fi dream
by paolone on Sat 28th Mar 2009 09:39 UTC
paolone
Member since:
2007-09-24

Yes, I agree that AROS needs more wireless network drivers. On the ethernet side things are getting better, but on the wireless one we're stuck to 5 years ago. Unluckily we lack the manpower to develop everything, so if someone with proper competences would joint the project, it would be really great.

And, well, we already have an Atom platform supported, the iMica from CluterUK Developments. This should work as code-base for netbooks but, also here, we need someone that would code the necessary GMA950, sound and ethernet/wireless devices. Having Icaros running on a netbook would finally convince me to buy one =)

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wireless support
by 2501 on Sat 28th Mar 2009 14:10 UTC
2501
Member since:
2005-07-14

I agree...it needs somekind of wireless support specially if you want to see it running on laptops. I would love to run Icarus or Haiku too and all I ask is a good web browser and wireless support. I would take care of the rest...

-2501

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RE: wireless support
by madcrow on Sat 28th Mar 2009 23:21 UTC in reply to "wireless support"
madcrow Member since:
2006-03-13

I agree...it needs somekind of wireless support specially if you want to see it running on laptops. I would love to run Icarus or Haiku too and all I ask is a good web browser and wireless support. I would take care of the rest...

-2501

It's got the web browser. It just lacks meaningful wireless support (though ancient Prism II-based cards are supported)

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vmWare Fusion
by Andre4s on Mon 30th Mar 2009 09:52 UTC
Andre4s
Member since:
2006-02-10

Cant get it to work in vmWare Fusion on a macbook. Has anyone managed to get it working?

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Networking
by Andre4s on Mon 30th Mar 2009 09:53 UTC
Andre4s
Member since:
2006-02-10

Does it have a networking when using vmWare?

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RE: Networking
by paolone on Mon 30th Mar 2009 16:00 UTC in reply to "Networking"
paolone Member since:
2007-09-24

Yes, it should work flawlessly on Vmware fusion and yes, networking is supported as usual. Maybe your virtual net needs some tweaking.

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