In all its glory, behold the 880k-wonderfulness of a blank Amiga (.adf) floppy disk image. Why, you might ask, do I link to this image? Simple. Having used the e-uae Amiga emulator on Linux a few times, each time I’ve stumbled with save-games because euae doesn’t provide the ability to format a save-game disk when you don’t have a regular Amiga disk image. Well, not stumbled – I’ve not saved, gotten fed-up and then moved on.
This time I decided to venture into the unknown…I used an old copy of Workbench 1.3, then copied the workbench .adf image and formatted it (right-click on the disk icon, Initialize). If you need one for save-games, just download the above copy.
Apparently the default build of UAE uses OSS for sound, since I run using ALSA I wasn’t getting any sound. The solution is explain here, I had to install aoss and then run:
so now I get full sound – yay!
To get it installed I went via the fabulous morgoth, I tried the suggested:
wget -O - http://morgoth.free.fr/files/morgoth-signkey.gpg.asc | sudo apt-key add -
but it didn’t work so I downloaded morgoth-signkey.gpg.asc and ran
sudo apt-key add morgoth-signkey.gpg.asc
Then I added the following to Synaptic:
deb http://morgoth.free.fr/ubuntu jaunty-backports main
and searched on ‘e-uae’, installed it and the installed version is ‘0.8.29-WIP4-6ubuntu1.1~jaunty~9.04mlk as ‘uae-e’. Now I can play old Amiga games at my leisure (I recommend Deuteros). Top tip – for full screen use ‘F12 + s’ (where ‘s’ is the ‘s’ key, not Shift!).
Ian is a Chief Interim Data Scientist via his Mor Consulting. Sign-up for Data Science tutorials in London and to hear about his data science thoughts and jobs. He lives in London, is walked by his high energy Springer Spaniel and is a consumer of fine coffees.