Web site: github.com/ctm/executor
Category: Machine Emulators
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
First release: 1990
Executor – a Macintosh emulator that is able to run many ancient Mac OS 680×0 binaries (System 6 era, early System 7) without using any intellectual property from Apple Computer.
It’s not a true emulator – and so doesn’t require a ROM image or a copy of Mac OS. It resembles an emulator, however, as programs are run via a GUI designed to mimic Mac OS.
Executor has not been actively worked on for many years. It is more of a curiousity than anything practical; it does not run PowerPC binaries, nor did it even run most System 7 applications. Unless you have a particular application that you know works with Executor, or just like emulation a lot, you probably don’t want to spend any time with Executor.
Included are a bunch of auxiliarly files and miscellaneous front-ends.
The DOS port required various other libraries that we had permission to use, but that we did not necessarily have the permission to publish the source for, so the source to some of the packages that the DOS port requires is not present in the github repository.
Clifford Matthews, the ARDI’s founder, stopped working on Executor in 2002.