Icaros Desktop Review – Open Source Realization of AmigaOS

Icaros Desktop is distribution of the AROS desktop operating system. You can download a bootable live DVD-ROM and runs Icaros Desktop directly on your computer. It can be installed on your hard drive together with the currently Operation Systemd in a separate partition (please check supported hardware before the installation). Manuals in PDF sormat are included in LiveCD. Latest versions also works nice on Qemu/KVM VM.

System Requirements: a x86-based computer with ~500 MHz CPU; 256 MB system RAM; any PCI or AGP video card; DVD-ROM drive; 1 GB to 124 GB of free space on a EIDE hard drive (SATA support is limited); PS/2 mouse and keyboards is recommend.
Recommended: a powerful processor, 512 MB of system RAM, an AROS compatible network and audio card. Please read the quick guide for references before installing.

You can download the Icaros Desktop here.

Some information about AROS OS. Remember, Icaros Desktop is distribution of Aros OS, like a Ubuntu is Linux Distro. AROS – free and open source multimedia imlementation of the AmigaOS 3.1.
AROS Research Operating System (AROS – pronounced “AR-OS”) is a free and open source multimedia implementation of the AmigaOS 3.1 APIs. AROS currently support x86-based and PowerPC-based CPU and was also ported to the m68k-based Amiga 1200 and Raspberry Pi.

Currently status of software: AROS source-compatible with AmigaOS and have the TCP/IP support, Web-browser, native graphics drivers for video cards(NVidia GForce series), USB-keyboards support, Motorola 68000 CPU support, E-UAE – 68k AmigaOS applications emulator). You can check the other AROS distributions: AROS Broadway, AspireOS, AROS Vision
Native m68k distribution.

See also:

MenuetOS 1.0 in Action – 1.5 MB OS written entirely in Assembly
KolibriOS in Action – Free 1.4 MB drive/8MB RAM Assembly OS
ReactOS in Action – Free and Open Source Windows for All
Haiku OS Action – From BeOS to Desktop: 128MB RAM/400 MHz CPU, written in C++