Java port of DOSBox + WINE

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Java port of DOSBox + WINE

Postby Collector » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:13 pm

The JAVA port of DOSBox developer danoon has been experimenting with incorporating parts of WINE into his jDOSBox. He has managed to get some Win32 games to run in jDOSBox. Here is Caesar III running in a browser.

http://jdosbox.sourceforge.net/beta/c3.html

And Full Tilt! Pinball:

http://jdosbox.sourceforge.net/beta/FullTilt2.html

DOSBox perfectly fills the need for the vast majority of the DOS games, but there is not yet a reasonable solution for the old Win games that refuse to run on modern Windows. It is easy to install Win3x in DOSBox and works fairly well for the old Win16 games and there is VM software that you can install Win9x in. You can even install 9x in DOSBox, but there are drawbacks, such as no CD drive access and it is not officially supported. One of the biggest drawbacks to any of these is you cannot distribute anything with an earlier version of Windows installed in it. I can't use it in one of my installers nor can anyone distribute a pre-configured VM for those without an earlier version of Windows or who find setting up a VM a daunting task.

DOSBox with WINE incorporated into it could be a great cross platform answer for the old Win games. It would be great to see someone take on this task with regular DOSBox. Perhaps it would be best as a fork, as I certainly would not want to see any compromises to the high compatibility that DOSBox now has with the vast majority of DOS games.
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Re: Java port of DOSBox + WINE

Postby BBP » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:28 pm

Just tried Full Tilt 2, which I used to play back in the day. It's pretty annoying. On most DOSBox pinball simulators I end up tweeking the settings to at least 6000 cycles, so the ball doesn't disappear and re-appear quite a bit further.

But I'm excited to hear a good future for the ol' Windows games! Am looking forward to playing stuff like Blown Away with decent controls and a screen recorder.
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