Icaros Desktop is creating a crazy operating system for your PC
31

patrons

$93
per month
Did you love Amiga computers? They were revolutionary, user-friendly and very funny to use. Since 2007, Icaros Desktop is providing a modern Amiga-like operating environment to PC users. If you got sick of Windows or Linux... Try Icaros Desktop!



How can this be possible?
Icaros Desktop
is the most known AROS distribution. The AROS Research Operating System is a free, open source re-implementation of Amiga OS 3.1, written from scratch but improving on it in many areas. It's actively developed since 1995 and has now been ported to many architectures, including i386 (32 bit PCs), x64 (PCs with 64-bit capable processors), ARM, PPC and even Motorola 68K (original Amiga computers!). At every release, Icaros Desktop selects, tests and per-configures available AROS software, letting you use it without messing up with preference files and old, long-forgotten Amiga habits (like editing the startup-sequence, creating Assigns and so on). Many AROS complex tasks (like running Amiga software almost transparently, properly configuring the Amiga emulator and making the right scripts every time) are just "two clicks away" on Icaros Desktop.

Who are you and what do you do exactly?
My name is Paolo Besser and I am a long-standing editor of The Games Machine, the oldest, still running printed magazine about video games all over Europe. I started my career with my Commodore 16, 128 and Amigas back in the 80s. Since 2010, I've been working as Windows sysadmin and VMware technical expert for IBM Italy. Icaros Desktop is a project I work on my own, in my spare time, choosing the right AROS software and making it interact in a transparent and sometimes creative way. It seems an easy task, but it really isn't: creating a distribution can be trivial, but keeping it updated is a highly time-consuming effort. I have to download AROS system files on regular basis, check for software updates without any automatic tool, test everything to avoid regressions, keep everything up to date and stay in touch with app developers to submit bugs and keep sure everything still works properly. Icaros Desktop is now getting 10 years old. With countless nights working on it.

Wait... did you say "running Amiga software"?
Yes! With Icaros Desktop you can play your games (once converted to ADF files) or run your old Workbench applications: you just have to learn some basics written in the Icaros user manual. Because there is a PDF manual I keep updated too! :-) But the best of Icaros still has to come: AROS is source-level compatible with AmigaOS 3.x. This means that if you compile on i386 PC a old program written in C for AmigaOS 3.x, it will work natevely on the PC architecture, taking advantage of its faster and more powerful processor. So, Icaros provides i386 builds of historic Amiga software like DirectoryOpus, Audio Evolution, NoiseTracker and many others, along with ports from Linux (MPlayer, BigBand, Ghostscript) and other modern Amiga-like systems (OWB, ArosPDF and others). You can manage your file, play your video and music, browse the web, keep in touch with your friends in a modern, amazing Amiga environment.

Why should I help you?
Because all the contents of Icaros Desktop have been properly authorized for distribution, and you can download them for free! I am doing my best, and all I can do, to make the best of AROS and provide the most amazing Amiga-like experience, at unbeatable price ($0). I've always been an active donor to AROS related projects as well. But I just can't keep this going all by myself: monthly bills and expenses are rising, and the more I work to pay them, the less spare time I have for Icaros Desktop. With your help, I can keep this crazy, Amiga-devoted project alive and kickin'. So thank you very much for your pledges!

Tiers
Coffee, please!!!
$2 or more per month 13 patrons
  • Offer me a coffee at breakfast every month!
    Mantaining Icaros is an effort which can keep me busy until late night. A hot, good tasting espresso makes sure I will properly get up the day after! You'll get patron-only feeds as well. Remember: patrons are server first, so they will access exclusive contents before all the others. Some other contents, instead, will be exclusive forever.

    BTW, pledges start from $2 because of PayPal's and other commissions.
Get tutorials and other special contents
$5 or more per month 14 patrons
  • Be proud to help me keeping up this work. You will get access to more complex patrons-only contents, like video tutorials, eBooks and other goodies. 
Supporter WIP beta access
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Gain access to Icaros Desktop's beta as project supporter!

    Only 3rd party application coders and beta-testers are generally allowed. But you can try Icaros Desktop as soon as it evolves, step by step, while actively helping the project with some bucks!
Be a great supporter!
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Help me with the mortgage, with the bills, and with all that concerns me every month. You will get my gratitude and, hey, everything I said for $15 pledge... Moreover, you will get 30 minutes/month of support for issues with Icaros Desktop.
Thank you for hiring me! ;-)
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
  • My saviour! I can not build a statue in your honor because I can not carve, but a sum like this will help accelerating development of Icaros Desktop so dizzying. You will be mentioned among the credits in the user manual, in the website, and to us you will always be much more than just a supporter!

    You will obviously get all the support I can give you on Icaros related issues.
Goals
$93 of $500 per month
Updates will be released faster than today. I will be able to pay for bounties and help other AROS/Amiga developers with their own projects like I did in the past.


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Did you love Amiga computers? They were revolutionary, user-friendly and very funny to use. Since 2007, Icaros Desktop is providing a modern Amiga-like operating environment to PC users. If you got sick of Windows or Linux... Try Icaros Desktop!



How can this be possible?
Icaros Desktop
is the most known AROS distribution. The AROS Research Operating System is a free, open source re-implementation of Amiga OS 3.1, written from scratch but improving on it in many areas. It's actively developed since 1995 and has now been ported to many architectures, including i386 (32 bit PCs), x64 (PCs with 64-bit capable processors), ARM, PPC and even Motorola 68K (original Amiga computers!). At every release, Icaros Desktop selects, tests and per-configures available AROS software, letting you use it without messing up with preference files and old, long-forgotten Amiga habits (like editing the startup-sequence, creating Assigns and so on). Many AROS complex tasks (like running Amiga software almost transparently, properly configuring the Amiga emulator and making the right scripts every time) are just "two clicks away" on Icaros Desktop.

Who are you and what do you do exactly?
My name is Paolo Besser and I am a long-standing editor of The Games Machine, the oldest, still running printed magazine about video games all over Europe. I started my career with my Commodore 16, 128 and Amigas back in the 80s. Since 2010, I've been working as Windows sysadmin and VMware technical expert for IBM Italy. Icaros Desktop is a project I work on my own, in my spare time, choosing the right AROS software and making it interact in a transparent and sometimes creative way. It seems an easy task, but it really isn't: creating a distribution can be trivial, but keeping it updated is a highly time-consuming effort. I have to download AROS system files on regular basis, check for software updates without any automatic tool, test everything to avoid regressions, keep everything up to date and stay in touch with app developers to submit bugs and keep sure everything still works properly. Icaros Desktop is now getting 10 years old. With countless nights working on it.

Wait... did you say "running Amiga software"?
Yes! With Icaros Desktop you can play your games (once converted to ADF files) or run your old Workbench applications: you just have to learn some basics written in the Icaros user manual. Because there is a PDF manual I keep updated too! :-) But the best of Icaros still has to come: AROS is source-level compatible with AmigaOS 3.x. This means that if you compile on i386 PC a old program written in C for AmigaOS 3.x, it will work natevely on the PC architecture, taking advantage of its faster and more powerful processor. So, Icaros provides i386 builds of historic Amiga software like DirectoryOpus, Audio Evolution, NoiseTracker and many others, along with ports from Linux (MPlayer, BigBand, Ghostscript) and other modern Amiga-like systems (OWB, ArosPDF and others). You can manage your file, play your video and music, browse the web, keep in touch with your friends in a modern, amazing Amiga environment.

Why should I help you?
Because all the contents of Icaros Desktop have been properly authorized for distribution, and you can download them for free! I am doing my best, and all I can do, to make the best of AROS and provide the most amazing Amiga-like experience, at unbeatable price ($0). I've always been an active donor to AROS related projects as well. But I just can't keep this going all by myself: monthly bills and expenses are rising, and the more I work to pay them, the less spare time I have for Icaros Desktop. With your help, I can keep this crazy, Amiga-devoted project alive and kickin'. So thank you very much for your pledges!

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Tiers
Coffee, please!!!
$2 or more per month 13 patrons
  • Offer me a coffee at breakfast every month!
    Mantaining Icaros is an effort which can keep me busy until late night. A hot, good tasting espresso makes sure I will properly get up the day after! You'll get patron-only feeds as well. Remember: patrons are server first, so they will access exclusive contents before all the others. Some other contents, instead, will be exclusive forever.

    BTW, pledges start from $2 because of PayPal's and other commissions.
Get tutorials and other special contents
$5 or more per month 14 patrons
  • Be proud to help me keeping up this work. You will get access to more complex patrons-only contents, like video tutorials, eBooks and other goodies. 
Supporter WIP beta access
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Gain access to Icaros Desktop's beta as project supporter!

    Only 3rd party application coders and beta-testers are generally allowed. But you can try Icaros Desktop as soon as it evolves, step by step, while actively helping the project with some bucks!
Be a great supporter!
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Help me with the mortgage, with the bills, and with all that concerns me every month. You will get my gratitude and, hey, everything I said for $15 pledge... Moreover, you will get 30 minutes/month of support for issues with Icaros Desktop.
Thank you for hiring me! ;-)
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
  • My saviour! I can not build a statue in your honor because I can not carve, but a sum like this will help accelerating development of Icaros Desktop so dizzying. You will be mentioned among the credits in the user manual, in the website, and to us you will always be much more than just a supporter!

    You will obviously get all the support I can give you on Icaros related issues.