It's been FAR too long since I've posted..... Sorry!
I've long been interested in the Commodore Amiga and in emulating it. WinUAE does a great job on Windows machines in emulating an Amiga and I've tinkered before with Amithlon, which is a Linux kernel that takes over the machine and basically turns it into an x86 Amiga. Well, there are other options I've not explored before and the one today is AROS.
AROS is a recursive acronym - it stands for AROS Research Operating System - a bit like MINT on the Atari ST ("Mint is not TOS"). It's a new implementation of an Amiga OS and runs on x86 CPUs. It's not an emulator. It's been around for some years but recently seems to have got to a very usable state and runs on a large amount of PC hardware. I did however discover that it didnt like to work on very large HDDs. I only have 1.5Tb drives and that's too big. Luckily there is a "Nightly" build of AROS that now can cope with larger HDDs.
I have a motherboard that I think is ideal for this purpose, as well as for Amithlon, OSX (Mac) and Ubuntu (Linux). Hopefully I'll be quintuple booting shortly. I've also been on a pre-Xmas splurge to get some different kit - now I have two mATX boards and one ATX board suitable for all the above OS. For the record, Gigabyte GA-EP31-DS3L (ATX), Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L (rev1, mATX), MSI G31M-F (1600FSB rev, mATX). The key things to look for are Realtek gigabit ethernet (RTL8111B/C ideally) and Realtek audio (ALC662 or ALC888 for example) plus Intel ICH7 (found in 945GC, P31/G31 and G41 chipsets). I went for the G31 as it overclocks much better than the G41, according to reports.
Anyway, as a taster for Icaros, have a look at these YouTube videos from ClusterUK who sells the iMica systems which are designed for Icaros.