Monday, April 24, 2017

It's working!!!

by on Monday, April 24, 2017
Today a new piece of Icaros 2.2 has started shaping up. HostBridge (temporary name, I don't really like how it sounds) will allow running host applications from hosted Icaros and, best of all, it will allow handling of files. Just look at the following screenshot. I opened the AROS shell and entered this command:

gedit sys:S/Icaros-sequence

and, immediately after that, Linux program gedit popped up on the screen opening the requested file.

As like as AmiBridge does with 68K programs, this new set of scripts and programs will "incorporate" host apps to let the user run them from a shell, from AmiStart, from Magellan and Wanderer, even passing parameters and a file name to open it. Best of all, HostBridge will understand AROS paths and will convert them in either Linux or Windows paths:

I am quite optimist. Even though I never expected this to be ready for Icaros 2.2, I'm now quite confident that at least a really basic implementation of this technology might be included in the incoming release of Icaros Desktop. Stay tuned!

Monday, March 27, 2017

New pages added to the site

by on Monday, March 27, 2017
This is just a little service information. We've added to the site two missing pages: a more explaining page about Icaros Desktop itself (what is, how can run, what you should expect) which replaces the old "versions comparison" page, and a screenshots page. We sincerely hope you will appreciate these little additions to Icaros' home on the Internet.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

New ZunePaint in action

by on Thursday, March 23, 2017
ZunePaint is a fresh new image editing and 2D painting application from Yannick Erb. Due to its flexibility and size, we've decided to place it into both Icaros Desktop Live! and Light editions. Release after release, Yannick added many functions to his program, from gradient filling to text tool. The most recent one is the chance to copy a piece of an image, resize it on the fly with the mouse wheel or with a slider, and paste it wherever you like. I've made a little video starting Icaros Desktop hosted on a Linux virtual machine, showing some example operations on ZunePaint. Speed is considerable, but please remember it was running on a hosted environment, which was again running into a virtual machine (a para-emulated computer). Running it natively on real hardware would make it even faster. The video also shows MPlayer in action, still running on the same hosted+virtual environment, for reference. Not too bad, isn't it?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Support us on!

by on Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Icaros Desktop is now on Patreon! This means that if you really really like this distribution, and you would really really help us some way, but you haven't a clue about how to do that, you may at least help Icaros donating some money. You know that Icaros Desktop is, will be, and has always been free, but mantaining it is getting more and more difficult and time consuming. I am using my spare time (and this means "the time I am not spending at work") to do that, but I have to pay mortgage, bills and expenses which are raising every month, and the only way I know to get more money is... by working more (that is, sadly, why I almost stopped partecipating to bounties as well). But working more means less spare time, and less spare time means slower development for Icaros Desktop, and all related projects. Sad but true, I need to find a balance between working and development time, so helping me with my expenses will let me take more time for Icaros Desktop. The only community I know who may help is YOU. I've been considering to use some crowfunding platform for a while, but I didn't really like their classic "make a promise, get the money, disappoint people" routine. I'd prefer something which would allow you to just help generic Icaros development, and then let me manage my time and my efforts to get some real results. is exactly the kind of crowfunding platform I was looking for. It's the best way to make monthly payments and, the more the income, the faster/better I will be able to work on the distribution. I could also set some goals. Nothing prevents me to start working on the same subjects before reaching the sums I declared, but reaching those sums would be a great "I have to deliver" motivator to me.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Let's use that third button!

by on Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Just a little update to the new default settings for Magellan which, incidentally, will also be the default GUI for Icaros Desktop 2.2. I've decided to listen to some very helpful hints from Neil Cafferkey and the AROS community, and applied these little changes:

- removed the help button, it won't be useful anymore
- relableded all buttons using minuscule (and not capital) lecters
- added the middle mouse button for some operations

In particular, the greatest change impacted the "toggle select" button. Pressing it with the left key will toggle selection, which means that files that were selected become unselected and vice-versa (it selects ALL files if none is selected, btw); the right key will drop selection (select none) and the middle button will let you select files using a pattern (this was, before, the function of the right button). But something changes also for the COPY button, which will work as usual when clicked with the left mouse button, but will "copy as" with the right button (copy and rename), and rename only with the middle button.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Details make the difference

by on Thursday, February 23, 2017
There's a little thing which made me angry every time I tested a new build of Icaros Desktop: for obvious reasons, the default layout setting for keyboard is US (which is the most common one, and makes sense, since the default language for the system is English). I generally open shells and enter some commands and, every time, I make mistakes with paths due to different position of characters like /, : and so on in the italian layout. So I thought to add also Input prefs program to the desktop, when booting from DVD:

just choose a keyboard layout before installation...

That was good: I could finally set the keyboard with ease when quick testing ISOs. But once I put that, I immediately needed to make another step. Why not using the selected layout by default, when installing Icaros? Detto, fatto!, as we say in Italy: Icaros Desktop will also keep your favourite keyboard layout after installation. After all, why should you choose a national keyboard layout just before installation, and then revert to the US/international one?
...and Icaros will keep it afterwards!