Porting the NES emulator from DOS to Linux

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    Hey guys! I've got a major development plan in mind.

    Linux has really only a few good games available so I was thinking of porting the NES emulator to it. It's mainly available for DOS but I haven't seen one for Linux.

    Problem is, I don't have even have a little speck of info about the emulator algorithm. Anyone here knows where I can get such stuff?
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    I think I do somewhere. You may want to just look it up on the web though. The specs are out there too. As I recall the nes had a 6502-3 cpu (i think it was clocked at like 1.7mhz) and only had 32k of ram. I don't know how making an NES emulator (which isn't exactly legal) creates good games for linux. I enjoy NES games as much as the next guy, but why not emulate the SNES? I think snes9x is already ported to linux, but if it isn't it is open source. That is just my 2 cents.

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    Oh no! I just did a Google search a while ago and *poof!* lots of them came out. Looks like some other people are already one million steps ahead of me hehehe.

    Thanx for the infos about NES I'll see if I can port it my way.
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    Emulators are perfectly legal.

    Roms that you download are normaly ilegal, though some are legal.

    Roms that you dump your self of your own games are legal.
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    Yep! If they're illegal, then WE will make it legal hehehe.
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    Emulators are legal. Think about are Programs like WINE illegal?
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    They're legal because we want them to be!
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    ROMs are only illegal if you have them for >24 hours without purchusing the retail game.
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    No, sorry that's a lie. Downloading non-public roms are illegal. The only way a rom that is not in public doman can be legal is if you created it your self.
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    So why the hell did they ever allow their roms to be downloaded if that's illegal. They should have hidden them behind credit card security systems. That way, if someone manages to download they with out paying up, it would be easier to prosecute them.

    And since they maintain it for free download, who can stop some other people from pirating them? Allowing free download and declaring them illegal is a very nice example of hypocrisy.

    I'm a pro-commercial person, but I can't see why companies keep insisting on that.
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    The companies didn't put the ROMs up, people extracted them from the game cartrages
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    Oh I see! Anyway, those kinds of games can be considered obsolete, so they might as well allow it to become freeware. Compiler vendors do that too --- Turbo C++ 1.01 was already donated by Borland to the world.
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    I didn't say that an emulator is illegal I said "it isn't exactly legal" and the reason I said that is because an emulator contributes to the circulation of illegal roms. Don't get me wrong, I have every game I own for SNES and NES on my PC. Who cares? The important question still remains, billholm, how is the project moving along?

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    I found some code for a NES emulator somewhere on the net. Somehow, I can't compile it properly because I lack some library and stuff. After I compile it, I'm goin to dig in the code and find out what makes it tick.

    I thought those emulators were quite easy to make. I guess I was wrong hehehe. Anyway, I'll post my updates about it.
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