Web site: www.rcdrummond.net/uae/
Category: Machine Emulators
Platform: Unix-like, Linux, OS X, BeOS, AmigaOS, MorphOS, AROS
License: GNU GPL
First release: 2003
E-UAE – an Amiga emulator, a program that allows you to run software designed for Amiga computers on other platforms, such as Linux or Mac OS. It is based on UAE, the original Ubiquitous Amiga Emulator, and WinUAE, the Windows version of UAE. While it owes a huge debt to these two great projects, E-UAE diverges from both, aiming to improve performance and features on a variety of host platforms.
The name E-UAE stemmed from the fact that this project needed a name, and, since it was an ‘experimental’ version of UAE, everybody was calling it ‘Experimental’ UAE. While I have long since accepted that moniker, I still don’t intend the ‘E’ to mean anything it particular. Although the project is currently ‘experimental’ – that is, it is a long way from being anything close to finished – it should still be robust enough to use.
E-UAE currently builds and runs – with varying degrees of supported features – on Unix and Unix-like platforms (including Linux, Solaris and Mac OS X), BeOS, AmigaOS and clones (including AmigaOS 3.x, AmigaOS 4.0, MorphOS and AROS), and Windows (with Cygwin or MinGW32).
E-UAE is open-source software and is made available under the terms of the GPL. See the COPYING file included with the E-UAE archive for details.
E-UAE is based on the work of dozens of contributors including Bernd Schmidt (the original author and maintainer of UAE), Bernie Meyer (the author of the x86 JIT compiler), Toni Wilen (the current maintainer of WinUAE), and many more.
Note that to make full use of E-UAE you will need access to an image of some version of the Amiga Kickstart ROM (although E-UAE does include a ROM emulation which may work with some old games). The Amiga Kickstart ROMs are copyrighted material and may not be freely distributed (so don’t ask me for a copy). If you don’t have an Amiga from which you can legally make a ROM image, a selection of ROM images are available for purchase online from Cloanto (publishers of the Amiga Forever distribution).