Joe Schmoe
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FastDosBox? IndieCity?

Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:46 am

1) When I installed the latest Raspbian (via the latest NOOBS), I noticed a directory and a user and maybe one or two other references scattered around the system, named "indiecity". I've been curious about that for some time. What is that???

2) A day or two ago, I installed "dosbox" on my Pi, to check out how it compares to running dosbox on other OSes. As it turns out, dosbox has always worked flawlessly for me on Windows and on Mac, but the one OS that it seems not to work quite so well on is Linux. So, there were some adventures of an unsavory nature running dosbox on the Pi, which I may detail in another post.

In particular, one of the problems I had running my game under dosbox on the Pi, was speed. Since the Pi isn't as powerful CPU-wise as the x86 chips powering Windows and Mac, the game is understandably rather slow running on the Pi.

3) Hoping to improve upon this situation, I remembered that there is something called "fastdosbox" out there. I was saddened to find that I could not "apt-get" it, so I tried a Google search. What I found is that it seems "fastdosbox" is "sold" by "indiecity" (see? That's how this thread ties together...) via their "Store", and is, alas, not free (free as in beer, as they say...)

Have I got this all right? Is there a work-around?
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Re: FastDosBox? IndieCity?

Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:38 am

Does this thread help?

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Re: FastDosBox? IndieCity?

Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:46 am

Does this thread help?
Maybe, but I'd prefer the RDCV version.

Where do I get it? How do I download it? Is it free?

(Note: I found something in my searching that said it had to be paid for - about the price of a cup of coffee)
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Re: FastDosBox? IndieCity?

Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:20 pm

Joe Schmoe wrote:I noticed a directory and a user and maybe one or two other references scattered around the system, named "indiecity". I've been curious about that for some time. What is that???
IndieCity is the company that runs the infrastructure for the Pi Store.

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Re: FastDosBox? IndieCity?

Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:46 pm

Irony :)

There is a DOSBox port for the ARMv6/7 called FastDOSBox and it runs greate on the RPi. The rub for you is that it is for RISC OS.

It will run almost any of the 486 and early pentium period games at full speed.

SEE:
http://www.norisc-nofun.co.uk/Software.html
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Re: FastDosBox? IndieCity?

Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:49 pm

Oops.

I just looked at that page again. Aparently he has added a Raspbian port of FastDOSBox. So you should be good to go.
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Re: FastDosBox? IndieCity?

Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:55 pm

Or maybe not. It seems that the reports are showing it to be quite a bit slower on Raspbian than on RISC OS :( . Sorry
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Re: FastDosBox? IndieCity?

Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:10 pm

Good posts, DavidS.

Yeah, I saw that there is a clear path to the RiscOS version of FastDosBox. But, as you've noted, the path on other OSes (i.e., Raspbian) is not so clear-cut.

Maybe worth getting a RiscOS SD card going, to try it out...
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Re: FastDosBox? IndieCity?

Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:07 pm

Hi,

You may want to read this article : http://www.codingepiphany.com/2013/06/2 ... astdosbox/

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Re: FastDosBox? IndieCity?

Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:15 pm

Not free - that's the problem. I thought that was clear from the outset in this thread.

Something about a cup of coffee.
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Re: FastDosBox? IndieCity?

Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:39 pm

How is this for an idea:
[*] Include a proper link to the source code you used to compile the binary with
[*] Call the version on the Pi Store a Donate version.
"Here's the source but if you hit buy you are supporting my work"
That would certainly convince me of hitting the Buy Now button. If you don't want to comply with GPL licensing terms why use GPL software?

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