Iris OS Onyx is an operating system made by iriSoft in 2019. It includes a tremendous amount of new features, such as a new interface - Aurora Shell which iriSoft claims it's a mix of Google's Material Design and iriSoft's design languages. Onyx got mostly positive reviews, with some saying about the new and exciting Aurora Shell including widgets. An watered down version of Iris OS Onyx is actually a new version of Iris OS Eco Edition, with a slimmed down Aurora Shell called PIXO.
Main article: Iris OS Onyx/Features
Iris OS includes a amount of new features:
- UltraSearch - searching engine for searching files and the web.
- Performance improvements, making the OS more intuitive. iriSoft says the OS is up to 38% faster than its predecessor.
- New Start screen - full-screen start screen with compatibility for web shortcuts.
- Widgets - similar to widgets in Windows Vista-7 and MacOS Big Sur.
- iriSoft System Care - PC optimizer program made by iriSoft themselves.
- SafeBrowser - web browser with built-in ad blocking.
- Mail - email client.
- Aurora UI - new interface.
- New Notes app.
- New File Manager which is more stable and has tabs.
- irisChat - video chatting program.
|8CSI||Iris OS Onyx||September 1, 2019||Initial release|
|8CJD||OS Onyx Bug Fixes Update||September 9, 2019||Fixes a issue with the clock, causing a error when the time is set to 2 AM.|
|8LDM||Iris OS Onyx 1.0.2||September 18, 2019||New features and bug fixes:
|3V5A||Iris OS Onyx 18.104.22.168||September 27, 2019||Fixes bug addressing start screen artifacts and stability problems on the Core i3 irisEco model. (Exclusive to the irisEco)|
|4DJS||Iris OS Onyx 1.0.3||October 8, 2019||New features and bug fixes:
|4SJD||Iris OS 22.214.171.124||November 30, 2019||Fixes issue with IrisChat calls failing|
|4CNS||Iris OS 126.96.36.199||December 9, 2019||Fixes issue in Notes where opening the to-do list template causes a blank screen and new shopping list template in said app.|
|6DJD||Iris OS 188.8.131.52||March 2, 2020||Fixes an issue in the SafeBrowser password generator in which throws out an error code instead of a password.|
|3GSG||Iris OS 184.108.40.206||April 19, 2020||Changes include:
|6DJD||Iris OS 220.127.116.11||April 29, 2020||Favorites bar improvements in SafeBrowser|
|6SGS||Iris OS 10.3.5||June 15, 2020||New features include:
|2HDH||Iris OS 10.4||July 19, 2020||
|2DFD||Iris OS 18.104.22.168||August 2, 2020||Bug fixes|
|2DFC||Iris OS 22.214.171.124||August 19, 2020||Fixes garbled text on the Start screen on some machines.|
|2JDH||Iris OS 126.96.36.199||September 19, 2020||Fixed bug where filling up the desktop with a maximum amount of items the monitor can display will cause the desktop environment to crash loop and security improvments.|
|5FDG||Iris OS 188.8.131.52||October 18, 2020||TBA|
|5SGS||Iris OS 1.1.0||November 10, 2020|
|6SDS||Iris OS 1.1.1||November 24, 2020||Addressed bug with acrylic windows flickering on occasion on some machines.|
|6VSF||Iris OS 1.1.2||December 19, 2020||TBA|
|4JSH||Iris OS 1.1.3||January 17, 2021|
|7GSG||Iris OS 1.1.4||February 2, 2021||Most areas now use the new Iris OS logo|
|1ODF||Iris OS 1.1.5||March 5, 2021||
|8HDH||Iris OS 1.2||April 24, 2021|
|3HDL||Iris OS 1.2.1||May 13, 2021|
|9FDB||Iris OS 1.2.2||June 15, 2021||New taskbar design|
|3KDH||Iris OS 1.2.3||July 8, 2021|
|7JDH||Iris OS 1.2.4||July 30, 2021|
|3JFH||iris OS 1.2.5||August 9, 2021|
|7KDF||Iris OS 1.2.6||August 24, 2021|
|1IDH||Iris OS 1.3.0||September 9, 2021||New features|
Onyx began development in November 2017, with the codename "Vertigo", and based on Iris OS '16. In 2018, a milestone 1 developer preview was released in July of that year. In the developer preview, the UI was called "NDE", an alpha version of Aurora UI. The version number calls itself "ecSoft Codename Vertigo Dev Preview". This build includes the new Start screen and lots of placeholders in the aforementioned feature, including the Search menu, which was removed in the final build.
Announcement and milestone 2 beta
In August 2018, a milestone 2 beta version was compiled, with the UI now calling itself just "Aurora" instead of Aurora UI. It was announced in August 2018 as "Onyx". Milestone 2 includes a beta version of the new Notes app, widgets, and a redesigned display properties panel. Another beta in the Milestone 2 was compiled on September 2018, and includes major changes to the Start screen to look similar to the RTM.
On launch, the OS received negative reviews regarding the amount of bugs the OS had on day one. iriSoft addressed an lot of the bugs users complained about, now making the OS having generally positive reviews.
- Processor: Intel/AMD processor with at least 2 cores
- RAM: At least 2GB RAM
- Storage: At least 10GB of storage