Intro :

What a fantastic work from Paolo and AROS community. Now, the icaros desktop environement is available for everyone who likes to use it in hosted mode WITH the hostbridge option to allow host programs to be launched from inside icaros !

This is a FAAAST tuto for ubuntu 17.04 64 bits users : some 32 bits libraries and packages are missing by default.

Get icaros :

Download Light version

download the light version :

follow the manual : unzip the iso and mount it

mount -o loop -t iso9660 ~Téléchargements/Light/icaros-pc-i386.iso /mnt

mounting icaros light iso in /mnt

prepare the environement :

Icaros hosted needs 32 bits libs. As many, i’m under ubuntu 17.04 64 bits. No problem : install 32 bits libraries and some other libraries. So, if in the icaros launch step you get an error like :

“./AROSBootstrap : No such file or directory”

(en français “./AROSBoostrap Aucun fichier ou dossier de ce type”)

we must install 32bits libs :

sudo apt-get install lib32ncurses5 lib32z1

32 bits libraries installing smoothly and gently

if you get those errors when launching ./icaros : “failed to open “” error, “failed to open”, and/or ALSA error with libasound   :

like this error on

So install the required libraries :

sudo apt-get install libxxf86vm1:i386

sudo apt-get install libxcursor1:i386

sudo apt-get install libasound2:i386 libasound2-plugins:i386

icaros also requires ifconfig command (which is in “net-tools” package), that is not installed by default on ubuntu 17.04 (you get the error “ifconfig no such file or directory”) :

sudo apt-get install net-tools

Know the name of your network interface :


you will need to know the name of your network interface, just type “ifconfig” and write down the name. For me it is “enp0s3”.

output of “ifconfig” command, where we can read the interface name, here it is enp0s3


configure AROS :

cd /mnt

sh hosted-install

launching icaros install script

this is what you get

choose 2 : configure linux network

when settings network environement, icaros install some packages like uml-utilities to allow routing

follow the instructions. When asked for the name of the network interface, type the name of the interface you got the step before.

choose 3 : Install Icaros

icaros files are being copied

I think you should give only 1Gb to AROS, as it is quite enough for it to run smoothly. You will be able to change this in the future.

First launch :

cd ~/IcarosDesktop

change of directory and launch icaros command

normally, everything has been done to make icaros run smoothly.

you should answer yes, seems better to have a network under icaros

on the first start, configure icaros and unzip extras

as you always do : configure icaros on first start

when it comes to X11 configuration, i would prefer to just “save”, don’t modify anything, cause it hangs if you do


   You are now under icaros desktop. tadaaa

wonderfull 🙂


Exit icaros :

I’ve found only one way :

sudo killall AROSBootstrap

This answer of ncafferkey tells me that the shutdown command in icaros makes the job, it’s smarter :

External informations/planning :

Follow this thread on AROS EXEC :

I’ll make this tutorial better when i have time.

Planned : make the window “full screen”, and some personalisation. Tuto on how to use hostbridge.