From GNU/Linux to Warhammer & back again!
Hot off the press for Saturday 4th December is Puppy Arcade 10, which was kindly announced to me by Scott Jarvis its creator. Openbytes and Puppy Arcade have a history. It’s a distro that I have been following and reporting on for a long while and during that time I have watched it mature into a solid, stable, unique distro which still manages to improve and build upon every release.
Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of interviewing Scott and its hoped that sometime in the future he will be appearing on the TechBytes audiocast as a guest.
So on to Puppy Arcade 10. For those that are interested in looking at the progression this distro has made, you should check back on the previous reviews/features.
For version 10, emulation includes (from the site):
Plays Amiga (500, 1000, 2000), Apple (68k, 128k, 512k, SE, MacOS, Plus), Atari (ST, 800, 800XL, 130XE, 5200), Amstrad (CPC, Plus, VEB), Arcades, Colecovision, Commodore (64, 128, VIC20, PET), Doom, GameBoys (GB, GBC, GBA), GameGear, Genesis/MegaDrive, MasterSystem, MS DOS, MSX, N64, NDS, NeoGeo, NeoGeo CD, NES/Famicom, PC Engine/TurboGrafix, PSX, ScummVM, SNES and ZX Spectrum (16k, 48k, 128k, +2, +2A, +3) and more!
And if that isn’t enough, theres new features added to version 10. Probably the one that I think most notable is support for joystick/pad support for the ROM loader. The potential of this could be exploited by those who are considering making their own cabinet to hold this emulating distro. Its a welcome new feature.
From looking at the improvements/updates from version 9 (which can be seen here) it appears Scott has been very busy, as I’ve said countless times before Puppy Arcade appears to be a labour of love for Scott and that shows in the results.
The wealth of software that Puppy Arcade opens up to you is staggering. There are thousands of titles that you will be able to run on the multiple platforms, many of which will not only bring back fond memories but are damn fine titles in their own right. For many younger users, the idea of an 8bit CPU running on 48k will seem as alien as the tape recorder required to load the software and in this respect Puppy Arcade acts like a history lesson with the included software emulating the systems/software that were the pioneers for today’s software/hardware. Credit also needs to be given to the hundreds of developers who created the emulators that are packaged with this distro.
Puppy Arcade is derived from Puppy Linux, which deservedly has a strong following due to it being a great solid distro. Although designed to run quite happily as a LiveCD, Puppy Arcade can also be installed to your harddisk or USB stick and coming in at just over 100mb download, it’s not going to take you long to be emulating systems of yesteryear!
Whether you are after bringing life/purpose to an old rig, or merely just keen on emulation, Puppy Arcade 10 comes highly recommended! and you should also keep in mind (since its derived from Puppy) that Puppy Arcade can quite happily sit as a distro in its own right (not just as an emulation platform). I hope people will support Scott and his project.
Visit: http://scottjarvis.com/page105.htm and download your copy.
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