VirtualRiscPC spotted on LinuxPublished: 19th Mar 2008, 20:15:27 | Permalink | Printable
That's the spiritThis is the remarkable screenshot of VirtualRiscPC running on a Linux desktop - a sight longed for by many open sauce types who wish to use the emulator on their computers. Theo Markettos was able to get VRPC running on his Ubuntu GNU/Linux system with the help of Wine, a nifty piece of kit that tricks Windows applications into thinking they are running on Microsoft's operating system when really they are on top of Linux or some other Unix.
Published by VirtualAcorn, the commercially priced VirtualRiscPC is only available publicly for computers running Windows and Mac OS X, although Linux builds have been distributed exclusively to select beta testers.
However, Theo has been able to prove that anyone can run the software on Linux, bringing RISC OS Adjust to the penguin realm. His screenshot here shows the RISC OS Firefox port running on a ROS desktop while the game Twin World can be seen running here.
Theo said: "There are a few bits of display corruption where Wine doesn't draw the top and bottom of the window correctly but they don't affect RISC OS usage too much. Audio kind of works, but is a bit distorted."
For the gory details on how he got it to work, and some crude comparisons between VRPC and the free emulator RPCEmu on Linux, see the link below.
VRPC on Linux with Wine
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