Basilisk II

Last Updated on: 31st December 2023, 11:20 am

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Category: Machine Emulators
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows, Amiga, BeOS, MorphOS, PlayStation, IRIX, Solaris
License: GNU GPL
Interface: GUI
Wikipedia: Basilisk II
First release: 1999

Basilisk II – an open source 68k Macintosh emulator. That is, it allows you to run 68k MacOS software on your computer, even if you are using a different operating system. However, you still need a copy of MacOS and a Macintosh ROM image to use Basilisk II. Basilisk II is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Basilisk II has been ported to the following systems:
– Unix with X11 (Linux i386/x86_64, Solaris 2.5, FreeBSD 3.x, IRIX 6.5)
– Mac OS X (PowerPC and Intel)
– Windows NT/2000/XP
– BeOS R4 (PowerPC and Intel)
– AmigaOS 3.x

Some features of Basilisk II:
– Emulates either a Mac Classic (which runs MacOS 0.x thru 7.5) or a Mac II series machine (which runs MacOS 7.x, 8.0 and 8.1), depending on the ROM being used
– Color video display
– CD quality sound output
– Floppy disk driver (only 1.44MB disks supported)
– Driver for HFS partitions and hardfiles
– CD-ROM driver with basic audio functions
– Easy file exchange with the host OS via a “Host Directory Tree” icon on the Mac desktop
– Ethernet driver
– Serial drivers
– SCSI Manager (old-style) emulation
– Emulates extended ADB keyboard and 3-button mouse
– Uses UAE 68k emulation or (under AmigaOS and NetBSD/m68k) real 68k processor

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