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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Emulators

From: Matt Lee
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Emulators
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:19:17 -0500
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On 12/14/10 16:08, Sam Geeraerts wrote:

> I see. That seems to mostly involve either hex editing or disassembling.
> In any case, I haven't heard of ROMs with a free license.

Look into how Debian distributes games like "Flight of the Amazon Queen"
-- they're ScummVM games, being distributed under a free license I think
(I might be wrong) which are similar.

Not all emulators use 'ROMs' as such -- others use tape or disk images.
Some authors have allowed their games to be distributed, and even in
some cases modified, commercially.

>> There's even GUI tools to modify them. Plus, emulators often require a
>> copy of the BIOS, which is not usually licensed for distribution.
> I thought you could just do "$emulator game.rom" and start playing. If
> the emulators are broken even with the ROMs then that's an additional
> reason to get rid of them.

Some do, but many many emulators need a BIOS.

For example, MESS... which I believe is NC licensed. << all BIOS ROMS needed to play games.

I think the whole emulation scene is at best, a non-commercial mess, and
very proprietary and dubious legality in many cases.

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