install dopus on regular IcAROS desktop

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Introduction :

  Yepa, that’s fantastic : DOpus 5.9 has finally been released, 15 years after the 5.89. That’s really fantastic, and I can hear the sounds of many people saying, I want it running on my IcAros ! There are two main ways to get DOpus running on IcAROS :

Install DOpus package on the official IcAROS, and update core files : this is what I do in this article

– or Install IcAROS 1.5.2 WIP5 : WIP5 tuto there.

Both ways have good and bad points :

– Install DOpus package over the official IcAROS : as we have to replace the core files, the result is that the guyz from AROS-EXEC won’t support anymore your config. DOpus will run quite fine, and you will keep the compatibility with most of your programs installed, but with some issues that are being resolved by the IcAROS team.

– Install IcAROS 1.5.2 WIP5 : it is more official, but still don’t supported. It is said on the main web page of IcAROS : “this is a work in progress, so don’t expect that everything will works fine”. Anyway, this is a more complex and more advanced version of IcAROS that you can test to see what can be the future release. (Find it here IcAros WIP5, which includes advanced work on DOpus and other stuffs read more there.)

In this article we will install DOpus over the IcAROS official release, and replace the core files of IcAROS with the latest ABI-v0 files (read the begining of this article for explanations). There is no problem with that, but, once again :

– noone in aros-exec will help you debug if you mess up your install, cause what is described in that article isn’t officially supported (see below for the BIG ADVICE)

– you will get some very cool enhancements, but you probably will also loose some other cool stuffs… the installation i propose can break compatibility with other programs (it should work ok, but we can never be sure)

Target system of this article :

– IcAros

– last abi-v0

– dOpus 5.9 stable (modified : finally, we’ll download the latest nightly build, because a lot of work is being done on it everyday to fix bugs)



Wait for the next IcAROS RELEASE for the best DOpus experience you can have on AROS. This article describes how to try DOpus if you can’t wait until that next release (no delay for the moment).

I’m following as I can the aros-exec posts regarding to DOpus and the core on which it is better to run it. You should follow this threads on aros-exec : is about the work that is being done on DOpus

Don’t forget AROS is 100% open source and will only grow if there is a community to make it grow. If you want you can get inside the beta testing program for IcAROS : Go on AROS-EXEC.ORG and ask.

First of all :

Save your files ! Be sure you are able to get back if something goes wrong.

How to get DOpus :

Get to that @ : Download : (modified : Download the latest nightly build. Today it is the 5.91 Extract it wherever you want. Personnally, I’ve put it inside SYS:Tools

make DOpus runs at startup :

add DirectoryOpus into startup sequence and comment “Wanderer:wanderer” ;WANDERER:Wanderer SYS:Tools/DOpus5/DirectoryOpus Launch DOpus (double click on its icon) before restarting then, with the option (right click on the background) : Settings/Environment

– change background (unset “use WBPattern Prefs” if you want to have access to the backgrounds options on the top)

– change gfx mode to “Workbench:use”

make the icon dragging work :

One bug : icon dragging don’t work with the AROS i386 core used in IcAros (May 2013 build). But it works with newer versions of the core, so we will replace the old AROS core with the new ones. download AROS i386 last build at (modified : you can also download the latest abi-v0-ot builds there : ).

– unzip the file and copy the iso to the drawer “AROS:Diskimages”

– follow this article to mount the iso

– we backup the original boot files :

cd AROS: mkdir boot_backups copy AROS:boot/* AROS:boot_backups ALL

– then, we copy the new ones

copy ISO:boot/* AROS/boot ALL Advice : if you want to get back to the original grub config, you must copy back the files boot_backups/grub/grub.cfg boot_backup/grub/splash.png copy AROS:boot_backups/grub/grub.cfg AROS:boot/grub copy AROS:boot_backups/grub/splash.png AROS:boot/grub – last step, because, icon dragging still don’t work. Amistart lock icon layers, so, we also have to stop amistart service using prefs/services GUI restart your comp’. Tadaaaa ! Enjoy your new DOpus experience ! But we have lost amistart. Personnally, I prefer having DOpus running instead of Wanderer, than having wanderer and amistart. I’m sure we will get some new version soon that will be compatible with DOpus. If you want to have amistart + DOpus running at the same time, please consider installing the IcAROS 1.5.2 WIP5 (read the tuto here).  

Some more advices :

  I must advice you : In this article, I’m saying about replacing the SYS:boot/ ONLY, but you may also update ALL your system’s files with the ones of the last abi-v0 build, but you have to take care not to replace :

– sys:boot/grub/grub.cfg

– sys:boot/grub/splash.png

– sys:prefs/env-archives

and you should also delete all the icons from the abi-v0 build you downloaded, before copying them to you sys:, in order to keep the original icaros feeling.  

Reinstall grub2 if stuffs go wrong :

  Follow this article to reinstall grub2 (i had a problem with dma option on my computer). You should also copy back your files from “AROS:boot_backups/” to their original position in “AROS:boot/” to get back the previous configuration. Use DOpus 4 to do this.

Author: jess

for a long time amiga, aros & demos lover and musician (linux musician, drummer, modules in protracker and octamed, recording and mastering in ardour)