DosBox 0.1.4 – For ChromeOS!

Over the years I’ve looked at DosBox many times, I’ve covered it when it was included as part of the Puppy Arcade distro and I’ve covered it as a package in its own right. To say the package is impressive is to grossly understate this piece of software. But let me rewind a little as…

The Atari 2600, Stella 3.9.3 & What was wrong with us in the 80’s?

I was born in the mid 70’s and consider myself lucky to have enjoyed the 80’s with the introduction to our home of the Atari 2600.  Like many people reading this article, those will be fond memories of hours spent in-front of a TV playing Space Invader type clones.  It’s funny, just like when you…

VICE 2.3 – C64/128, Vic20, Pet, Plus4, CBM-II emulation!

On the 26th February version 2.3 of this popular emulation package was released over on Sourceforge. Since I am a keen Commodore user (and still own working original hardware) I thought I would take a look at the latest version to see how things have progressed. Providing emulation for the Commodore family of computers (C64/128,…

Puppy Arcade 10 released! – The emulation distro!

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…

Marvin v1.3.0 – Android app of the week!

Driving home from London on Friday at 8pm is not a chore for me.  It’s at this time the tech hour is broadcast on LBC 97.3 and no matter how bad the traffic, it’s always a great journey home hearing the producers mostly concentrate on proprietary software whilst trying to avoid any questions from the…

7 reasons to play retro titles – Puppy Arcade 7 is released!

Look to the end of this article for the 7 reasons to use Puppy Arcade, but before you do that lets consider this distro which is much loved here at Openbytes.  Previously I have spoken with the creator (Scott Jarvis) and one of the most impressive things about this distro (other than its excellent) is…

Retro gaming: Dosbox v ScummVM – Who is the champion?

Since the Puppy Arcade review gave me a little inspiration for a few emulation related articles, here is the “battle” which I mentioned on Twitter that has ScummVM and Dosbox going head to head with each other with the game Kings Quest III by Sierra. The idea that Linux users would want to play old…

Puppy Arcade 5 & Q&A with Scott Jarvis – The puppy goes retro!

What was your first computer?  For me I started my computing life with a ZX Spectrum.  A rubber keyed marvel with a massive 48k memory.   It makes me feel rather old to think that there are a generation of computer users who have never experienced loading software from tape. It was only fitting then…

NEW LINUX RELEASES – Into 2009 with some great updates!

Its been too long since we’ve had software highlighted here, so here is a small list of updates to excellent packages that have already been reviewed here and this month have had new versions released.  I saw no point in re-reviewing the original work, so the list merely intends to highlight the updates. PokerTH 0.6.3…

REVIEW: iDeaS v1.0.2.7 – Another option for DS emulation on Linux

iDeaS is another DS emulator for the Linux platform that I discovered recently.  Supporting the dual screen of the Nintendo DS and allowing I am sure I dont have to explain what a Nintendo DS is and if I do, then you probably would not have use for this software anyway. This particular Linux version…

REVIEW: GFCE v0.6.0 – NES Emulation!

Article by Goblin[RFD] With most people these days only interested in FPS’s and fast/furious games full of CGI and surround SFX, its easy to forget about the older consoles.  Emulation is a popular pastime for many, and on the Linux platform you are just as spoiled for choice as how to do it. Remember the…