Word is out there that an individual is trying to develop Pentium III emulation as part of a fork of 86Box, regardless of how slow it is, in the name of “hardware preservation”. But why didn’t we do it in the first place? Why did we, developers of a PC emulator clearly aimed at the preservation of hardware and software, limit ourselves to the Pentium II and an underperforming competitor (the VIA Cyrix III), and why did we do these two knowing they’re already pretty slow to emulate? It’s story time.
When I started reading this article I had no idea there was going to be some classic open source/forking drama at the end, but even with that, it’s a good article and definitely worth a read.
It’s hard to imagine there are that many 86Box users who wouldn’t be better served by more modern software translation techniques (like that used by qemu & rosetta) or even plain virtualization. All these produce similar results and can emulate much newer CPUs while being significantly faster than emulating a CPU in software.
So my question is are there that many games & applications running under 86Box that won’t run under virtualization and faster types of emulation?