Wednesday, September 15, 2010

*nix Amiga emulation reboot

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Ubiquitous Amiga Emulator, aka WinUAE's neglected big brother, has been stagnant for over three years now, shutting Linux and Mac users out in the cold where new features, stability and compatibility advances are concerned.

Thankfully all that is about to change with the release of PUAE; GnoStiC's attempt to pick up the reigns from E-UAE, itself a UAE resuscitation.

With the original source code gathering dust, PUAE takes its inspiration from the lovingly nurtured Windows incarnation. While it's still in beta mode with plenty of bugs to iron out, it already sports a primitive, integrated GUI and is receiving a warm reception from the Amiga community.

The emulator can be configured manually by editing the default.uaerc file, or by tweaking it via the Hi-Toro frontend, before running the standalone application. Technical support and pre-compiled binaries are available from the English Amiga Board's 'other UAE' forum.



I've used UAE on Ubuntu and while the results were acceptable I found the interface very clunky and it was a tad unstable.

Not that the original 500 was all that stable itself though.

Never tried WinUAE.


I know exactly what you mean. When you switch from, say, SNES emulation to Amiga, the experience is just so disjointed and tedious because every little tweak you make requires a reboot to take effect. Seeing as most of the enjoyment of owning an Amiga came from gaming you don't want to deal with all the boring 'nuts and bolts' when you take your trip down memory lane.

The 'Guru Meditation' was a design feature I'll have you know! ;)

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