Wow! A brand new release of Icaros Desktop is available for download. And I am downloading it just now…
I am truly amazed by dedication and craftsmanship of all the hackers involved in that project, including AROS team of course. This is not another GNU/Linux distro and they cannot rely on the shoulders of giants so much.
Sure, it is not an OS for everyone. It can not compete with leaders of the desktop world. Most likely it won’t be your desktop of choice either. But if you want to try something else, have a breath of fresh air, go for it.
Once I have it installed (running as a VM for now) I’ll share some impressions on how it feels and tastes.
I cannot say I follow all the things that have been happening in the Amiga and post-Amiga world in the last years. Time is the most limited resource we have, indeed. Thanks to the Old School Game Blog however, I learn about Icaros, an amazing AROS distribution.
Some time ago I installed Icaros v1.4.5 on top of the KVM emulation stack and was simply amazed. What the both AROS and Icaros guys did is a pure, wonderful hack in an old meaning of this word. Since I don’t have a spare machine (and neither money after my wife got her iPad this Christmass ;), I could not install it on a bare hardware. Whereas Icaros was barely usable on my Thinkpad T60 (single core :), T410 is enough to try stuff.
Today (after midnight actually) I found out that Icaros 1.5 has been released. List of enhancements is impressive. I decided to give it a try. On T60 first. This post is a proof that it works reasonable well! I write these words using OWB, on Icaros 1.5, hosted on VirtualBox this time (it looks like a better choice), launched on Linux Mint. An interesting stack for a single core, 3 GB RAM pretty rusty machine, isn’t it?
From time to time, things get frozen but I am not shocked with that. System looks great, Janus works out of the box (I tried only two sample games shipped with Icaros), the overall look&feel is better that in 1.4.5 I would say. The hours the dev team spent on the new release were a good investment. Great stuff. Bravo!
An alternative OS for masses? Maybe not now yet, but the direction is a right one. Time to get involved?
By the way, Happy New Year to all of you!
I don’t know if this is a bug in OWB or something wrong in the middle, but I cannot copy&paste the URL. It simply does not get copied to the buffer. Ah, also the OWB spell checking does not work for me.