Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Apr 2017 21:12 UTC

After offering in-browser emulation of console games, arcade machines, and a range of other home computers, the Internet Archive can now emulate the early models of the Apple Macintosh, the black-and-white, mouse driven computer that radically shifted the future of home computing in 1984.

I'm not entirely sure on the legalities of what the Internet Archive is doing - since I don't see any confirmation Apple is participating in this - but I'm obviously very happy they're doing this.

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We emulated the Apple Macintosh on our Amigas using A-MAX. It wasn't really an emulator since both the Amiga and the Macintosh used the same processor and MMU package. We bought a copy of the Apple Macintosh operating system so it was technically legal.

Some of us even ran it on Floptical drives for higher-than-native performance on an Amiga. We also bought third-party, Macintosh-compatible floppy drives with their special motorized ejection feature to load that legal copy of MacOS on our A-MAX systems.

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Yeah, Mac "emulators" on the Amiga were more properly virtual machines/virtual environments, not emulators. You had host-specific drivers for things like the SCSI and serial and video. You only had actual emulation for things that didn't have a proper driver, like the ADB system. That was usually patched over with an emulation of the ADB devices.

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