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Chapter 31. Multibooting Windows XP with... > Emulating Other Computers

Emulating Other Computers

While emulation of today's Apple Macintosh computers is a shaky business at best, emulation of machines that are no longer manufactured or are no longer commercially viable is a bustling arena. Why? One word: Games. Well, actually there are two reasons: games, and historical interest.

Games are an obvious reason to emulate older computers. Many people have fond memories of computer games that ran on their old Ataris, Amigas, Apple IIs, game consoles, and other fun old machines. Today's powerful computers have no problem simulating the hardware and software behavior of these old boxes. Emulator programs such as Bochs, MAME, and others re-create the early days of PCs and video games. The software for these old machines often took less disk space than one graphics-intensive email does today. So, it's no problem having the software for hundreds of games, including old operating systems, on your own disk.


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