Emulation on OS X
If you are interested in emulating other operating
systems on Mac OS X, there are a wealth of free and commercial emulators
An excellent start is to look at Emuscene,
which is a constantly updated archive of all emulators from A to Z.
not everything is OS X native yet, the shift to the new platform clearly
taking place. One by one, emulators are being carbonized or released
native Cocoa applications. Some emulators are easy to set up and use
right away, while others require a fair bit of tinkering.
Here is a list of some of my favorite free emulators
for Mac OS X. I've included instructions for getting some of the more
to use emulators up and running in half a jiffy.
- MaxUAE and
E-UAE: Run the Amiga in a Box distribution under OS X. See my installation
Slow but promising Intel emulator. See my installation
for setting up MacBochs to run Windows 98 SE.
- Darwine: Although still
in early development stage, I'd say this is one of the most exciting
emulation projects for OS X. By merging
with QEmu Intel
emulation, Darwine promises to run Windows applications on your OS
X desktop - without having to install Windows. Open source Windows
projects can even be compiled as PowerPC binaries against the Wine
libraries, so that emulation can be bypassed completely. Expect exciting
developments over the next couple of years!
- KEGS-OSX and
KEGS-Mac: Mac ports based
on Kent's Emulated GS, for emulatings the Apple //gs. The former is
an older Cocoa
build, while the latter is a frequently updated SDL build. Both include
Run your older Mac software inside this 68000 emulator. No sound support
yet, but full-screen mode is fast, even on my Blue and White G3 box.
- vMac: Run your
really, really old Mac software on this Motorola 68000 based Apple