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    Quote Originally Posted by DonAmiga View Post
    great review I have a spare P4 would be nice to setup and have some fun

    give us an update when you do, it will be interesting to see other peoples expiriences
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    Well Icarus desktop AROS has had an update so it is only fair this review has an update as well.

    boy has Icarus come a long way!!!

    1st of all it was a joy to install, straight from the DVD to hard drive, graphics, sound and network all installed automatically.

    there is a lot of stuff on the AROS side that is very NGAmiga, a decent web browser, email, instant messaging, Quake, Doom, Duke3d, a whole array of emulators from Speccy to Playstation. you can actually use this as a day to day machine.

    but the real joy? go to the end tab and select workbench and.... yep you guessed it workbench loads up i installed my games/demos, the WHDLoad and Kickstarts and lo and behold seamless 68k Amiga action.

    so in short NGAmiga/OS4.X style OS that works out of the box and fully integrated classic Amiga gaming fun and the best part? yep it is free

    i shall continue to watch AROS closely as i truly believe this is the real future of the Amiga, modern, cheap hardware and backwards compatibility all in one, well done Paolo Besser and the AROS team for this truly amazing piece of software

    you can download Icarus Desktop here http://www.icarosdesktop.org/


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    pahh imposter

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjnurney View Post
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    lol you are just jealous cos this is free and better
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    only genuine commodore software for me ! oh wait hang on...

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    Cheers Justin, nice ones

    Also got to try AROS out a couple of days ago, though I didn't go too deep using it.
    Installed Icaros desktop (native x86 install) on the following hardware:

    Motherboard: MSI K7N2 Delta-L
    (nForce2 chipset, onboard nForce2 AC'97 audio, onboard nForce2 100 Mbps LAN)
    CPU: Athlon XP 2800+
    RAM: 1 x 1 GB DDR400 (single channel)
    Graphics: GF 5200FX
    Storage: 13 GB ATA33 HD, DVD-RW, 1.44 MB floppy
    Case: Desktop PC case circa 1996 (gotta keep it desktop style!)
    Input: Pretty boring standard PS/2 KB & mouse

    No fancy stuff there, installation was pretty straightforward after booting the Live CD (I used the Light version - CD instead of DVD) so maybe some software was missing, will check the DVD version later on too.

    Onboard LAN worked fine after selecting the proper driver, the GF 5200FX is well supported too. Onboard sound was supported via the AC'97 driver but (as already commented in the wiki pages) got audio-out only. Fair enough, if the need for recording ever arises there's the apparently fully supported SB Live!. USB worked fine too (Trident) trying out a pendrive.

    AROS boots fast and feels very snappy. Well, it ought to, given the heritage . An isolated OWB crash could have been CPU overheating (initially used a different PC case with apparently horrible airflow properties for an Athlon XP. Lesson learned).

    The Amiga feel is there, and the nicest touch is the quite smooth mouse pointer movement. Funny as it may sound, this is what I had missed the most after beginning to use Windows 95! It's 2012 and it still ain't moving smoothly on my WinXP PC!

    Well that's all for now, far from a review of course, just a short account of a first acquaintance. I'll agree with Justin, kudos to the AROS/Icarus guys for a job well done and may the future see AROS completed and fully fledged as an alternative OS

    PS: Last time I was this excited running something on the PC was about 13 years ago, with BeOS 4.5.2

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    yeah, it really is getting better and better
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin View Post
    yeah, it really is getting better and better
    I agree it's improving and impressive. I could argue about linux, but you can't boot it as fast as aros on the same hardware. I like it for quick boot os for simple forum usage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLTCON0 View Post
    Cheers Justin, nice ones

    Also got to try AROS out a couple of days ago, though I didn't go too deep using it.
    Installed Icaros desktop (native x86 install) on the following hardware:

    Motherboard: MSI K7N2 Delta-L
    (nForce2 chipset, onboard nForce2 AC'97 audio, onboard nForce2 100 Mbps LAN)
    CPU: Athlon XP 2800+
    RAM: 1 x 1 GB DDR400 (single channel)
    Graphics: GF 5200FX
    Storage: 13 GB ATA33 HD, DVD-RW, 1.44 MB floppy
    Case: Desktop PC case circa 1996 (gotta keep it desktop style!)
    Input: Pretty boring standard PS/2 KB & mouse

    No fancy stuff there, installation was pretty straightforward after booting the Live CD (I used the Light version - CD instead of DVD) so maybe some software was missing, will check the DVD version later on too.

    Onboard LAN worked fine after selecting the proper driver, the GF 5200FX is well supported too. Onboard sound was supported via the AC'97 driver but (as already commented in the wiki pages) got audio-out only. Fair enough, if the need for recording ever arises there's the apparently fully supported SB Live!. USB worked fine too (Trident) trying out a pendrive.

    AROS boots fast and feels very snappy. Well, it ought to, given the heritage . An isolated OWB crash could have been CPU overheating (initially used a different PC case with apparently horrible airflow properties for an Athlon XP. Lesson learned).

    The Amiga feel is there, and the nicest touch is the quite smooth mouse pointer movement. Funny as it may sound, this is what I had missed the most after beginning to use Windows 95! It's 2012 and it still ain't moving smoothly on my WinXP PC!

    Well that's all for now, far from a review of course, just a short account of a first acquaintance. I'll agree with Justin, kudos to the AROS/Icarus guys for a job well done and may the future see AROS completed and fully fledged as an alternative OS

    PS: Last time I was this excited running something on the PC was about 13 years ago, with BeOS 4.5.2
    Same mobo as me, everything is supported lovely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FOL View Post
    Same mobo as me, everything is supported lovely.
    Yup, works great
    know of any way, by any chance, to enable audio input as well?

    (hackintosh setups commonly had this problem - audio out ok but not audio-in - with most ALC codecs, wonder if there's something in common here )

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