Linked by paolone on Fri 4th Jan 2013 20:56 UTC
Amiga & AROS Icaros Desktop, the popular distribution of the AROS Research Operating System, has recently released its version 1.5, a new milestone since it finally allows to run classic Amiga software and games on full screen or perfectly integrating them into the host AROS desktop.
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High expectations from users
by dsuden on Mon 7th Jan 2013 01:24 UTC
dsuden
Member since:
2010-01-28

Guess this is to be expected with a hobby OS like this, but I was disappointed to see how, shall we say, "nerdy," the distro of this seems to be. The instructions for creating a disk or USB stick of it are pretty vague. I did DL the distro, unarchived it, created a burned DVD of it in Toast, but it wouldn't boot under Mac or Windows hardware. I always loved the Amiga and would have enjoyed taking this for a ride, but the admission fee is a level of knowledge that will leave out a lot of potential enthiasts.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I was able to boot from the ISO image in VirtualBox, install it there and managed to visit this site.

The screen is too big for my iMac, but when I told it to use a lower resolution graphics became corrupted or went missing. There is also some sort of dock, but it was hidden behind the main window. Maybe there is a "stay on top" setting somewhere.

It needs some work, but it does have a nice Amiga feeling.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

It needs some work, but it does have a nice Amiga feeling.

So it brings both nice and bad things WRT Amiga feeling... ;)

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ncafferkey Member since:
2006-09-15

While the manual gives detailed steps to deal with edge cases, in most cases you just need to run the InstallAROS utility found on the desktop and keep clicking (and follow some simple on-screen instructions). It's surely easier to install than early Linux distros.

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