What is AROS ? - a portable, improved open source reimplementation of Amiga OS 3.1. Currently available for: i386, x86_64bit, Amiga m68k, ARM (RaspberryPi) and Efika CHRP / SAM440 PPC hardware, running natively, and/or hosted inside Linux (i386, x86_64bit, PPC), Windows (i386), MacOS (i386), Android (ARM). (Nice, eh?)

What is AROS alive ? - a series of videos exploring various aspects of AROS, and this website with articles about AROS related subjects.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Icaros Desktop 2.2.4 released

Icaros Desktop, probably AROS' most popular and comprehensive distro, got updated to version 2.2.4.

Here's a list of changes since 2.2.3:

- fixed OpenURL preferences to correctly forward URLs to OWB
- added GlJewels to OpenGL/Games
- added AmiTimeKeeper (Internet time NTP client) to Prefs
- updated AmicastPlayer
- updated AMath
- updated FIG datatype
- added INFO (Amiga icons) datatype
- added ModExplorer to MultiMedia
- added Open Gladiators to OpenGL/Games
- updated OpusTools
- added sox utilities to MediaEditors
- added sfxr sound generator to MediaEditors
- added Targa (TGA) datatype
- added ZuneBrot to Misc
- updated Vim to version 8.1 (now with graphical interface)
- replaced AROS installer with InstallerLG on both i386 and 68K
- added Super Mario War to Games
- added Stunt Car Remake to OpenGL/Games
- added UHCTools
- updated ZuneView
- updated ZunePaint
- added WHD_Menu to FileSystem
- added ICO (Windows icons) datatype
- added vic script: shows current Icaros Desktop release
- replaced SysMon with SysMon-XPT, which shows CPU-time too
- updated VICE to version 3.1 and optimized for speed and sound
- added icon to music and video examples in MyWorkspace
- fixed (increased) default stack size for some file types
- added RNOeffects to Design

Go to Icaros Desktop's homepage to download the latest release:


Monday, October 22, 2018

AROS Exec: new website

New website, still rocking: "AROS Exec", the community's main forum website has moved to a new address:

This is a "reboot" of AROS Exec, meaning you have to register a new user account even if you had one on the previous website. All previous threads and posts are gone from the new website - but have been read-only archived to https://ae.amigalife.org/old/

Make sure you update your bookmarks, and visit AROS Exec every once in a while!


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

AROS alive web directory - links to AROS-related websites

Just in case you haven't seen it yet:
Here's our collection of links to AROS-related websites - food for your webbrowser!


Do you have an AROS related website that's not listed? Or are you aware of AROS websites that are missing from the directory? Please leave a comment, corrections and additions welcome!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Gaming: "Tower 57" is out!

Kickstarter-founded, massive arcade shoot'em up dual player co-op action game for AROS released.

After the initial success of the Kickstarter project, the second phase - or "floor" as it's fittingly called - has been completed by releasing the AmigaNG-ports of the game. Congratulations, Pixwerk!


"Tower 57" by Pixwerk (Marco "Benitosub" Pappalardo and Thomas "Cyangmou" Feichtmeir, Amiga ports by "Daytona-Daniel" Muessener) looks like a mixture of The Chaos Engine, Metal Slug, and Maniac Mansion.


It has some interesting gameplay features, like swarms, spreading fire, and electricity. The environment is destructible, and destruction as well as debris and empty gun shell casings will remain permanently. Players can shoot in any direction while moving, and there's an emphasis on dual player cooperation.


Reviews for "Tower 57" are very positive, it has a metacritic rating of 72, and was nominated for a "Worth Playing" award at the E3 2017.

For only 11.99 US Dollar (or more, if you like) you can get this colorful, dieselpunk-style, fast-paced, 16-bit-pixel-art top-down shooter for AROS/MorphOS/AmigaOS4 at:


Also available for AmigaOS4, MorphOS, Windows, Mac (see link).
Linux and console versions under development.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

AROS / Amiga Workshops at Duisburg, Germany!

Pascal Papara of ARES-Computer-, AEROS-, AmiCloud-, and more fame, is starting a series of AROS workshops in his hometown of Duisburg, Germany.

Some of the planned subjects include:

- different flavours or AROS, and how to install them
- AROS hardware support
- software-"gems": what's possible, and how
- AmiCloud tutorial
- JanusUAE and Classic Amiga software

Additionally, Mr. Papara plans to present his new ARESOne computer, indieGO machines, latest previews of AROS Broadway and AEROS, some more projects and games, and there might be a gaming tournament.

Ticket prices range from 0EUR (free) to different "flatrate" prices including food, beverage, and a copy of AmiCloud. Parking and toilets are available, and the place is barrier-free. Visitors may also present their own material, for which they may purchase a "flat 1" ticket, which includes half of an exhibition table (or more, if required - please ask).

The first workshop is scheduled for Sat., March 17th, at 11:00 (doors), with follow-ups on April 21st, May 19th, and many more dates (see link below).

The location is:

ARES Computer
Baldusstr. 13
47138 Duisburg

Read more (in German) about his workshops and get tickets at:


(See also "Sources", below) 

Great stuff!

Make sure you also visit ARES Computer online shop at:


ARES ONE / ARES Computer


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Distro: AspireOS - alive!

Nikolaos Tomatsidis' AROS distribution "AspireOS" V2.0 "Titan" is out!

After years of silence, AspireOS got another update. Nikolaos says that AspireOS "...feels much like the legacy AmigaOS in the way it opens windows etc. I want Amiga people to feel at home once they try it." The latest release is based on AROS nightly build of Feb. 5th 2018.

Some of the new applications included in the release are:

- 4klive (software synthesizer)
- ArModPlugPlayer (modplayer)
- Protracker, Protrekkr (tracker programs)
- Directory Opus 5.91 Magellan II (filemanager)
- GianasReturn, LBreakout2, Sqrxz4, Voxel Bird (games)
- ZunePaint (painting / image manipulation)


Also included, just like in the previous release, are Odyssey (webbrower), Audio Evolution (DAW), Janus-UAE (Amiga 68k emulation), MAME (arcade emulation), GrafX2 (pixel painting), AROSPDF (PDF viewer), mplayer (audio/video player), and many more.

(full list: https://sites.google.com/site/arosaspireone/AspireOS )

Head over to...


...and grab your copy!




Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Bars'n'Pipes AROS - alive!

After some years of silence, aros-exec.org user "hitchhikr" has released another update of his Bars'n'Pipes port for AROS!

Bars'n'Pipes was and is still one of the best audio/MIDI sequencers for the Amiga computer. In 2001 the source code was handed over to Alfred Faust, who continued development on the Amiga platform until 2009. In 2010 a first port to AROS surfaced on aros-exec.org, and after some updates and then a long time of silence "hitchhikr" seems to have started to work on it again, and has published his latest efforts only yesterday. Great stuff!

You can currently download the latest version here:


And the sources here:


By the way, if you want to use Bars'n'Pipes on your classic Amiga you can grab it from Alfred Faust's homepage: http://bnp.hansfaust.de

And there's also a port to AmigaOS4: http://www.os4depot.net/index.php?function=showfile&file=audio/misc/barsnpipes.lha

You may want to take a look at the manual in order to use Bars'n'Pipes properly:
http://bnp.hansfaust.de/bp/MAIN.html (german)
http://www.fromwithin.com/liquidmidi/docs/barsandpipes/index.html (english)

Bars'n'Pipes even has it's own page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bars-Pipes-107980942577318/

Bars'n'Pipes main screen (original Amiga version 2.5b)