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Name Description
DOSBox DOSBox is a DOS-emulator that uses the SDL-library which makes DOSBox very easy to port to different platforms. DOSBox has already been ported to many different platforms, such as Windows, BeOS, Linux, MacOS X...

DOSBox also emulates CPU:286/386 realmode/protected mode, Directory FileSystem/XMS/EMS, Tandy/Hercules/CGA/EGA/VGA/VESA graphics, a SoundBlaster/Gravis Ultra Sound card for excellent sound compatibility with older games.
PCem As of v17, PCem emulates various 8088-, 8086-, 286-, 386-, 486-, Pentium-, and Super Socket 7-based systems; various Basic, Unaccelerated (S)VGA, 2D accelerated SVGA, 3D accelerated SVGA, and 3D only graphics cards; and various Sound, HDD Controller, and Miscellaneous cards.

Other Emulators

Name Description
Aeon Aeon is an application that allows you to run old 16-bit DOS applications in modern versions of Windows. It emulates much of the hardware of a PC with a 386 processor, including a VGA card, SoundBlaster card, General MIDI music device, and keyboard/mouse input. It also provides an implementation of most of the commonly-used DOS functions, mouse driver, and an expanded memory manager.

Last update: 2009-08-28
Bochs Bochs is a highly portable open source IA-32 (x86) PC emulator written in C++, that runs on most popular platforms. It includes emulation of the Intel x86 CPU, common I/O devices, and a custom BIOS. Bochs can be compiled to emulate many different x86 CPUs, from early 386 to the most recent x86-64 Intel and AMD processors which may even not reached the market yet.

Bochs is capable of running most Operating Systems inside the emulation including Linux, DOS or Microsoft Windows. Bochs was originally written by Kevin Lawton and is currently maintained by this project.

Bochs can be compiled and usd in a variety of modes, some which are still in development. The 'typical' use of bochs is to provide complete x86 PC emulation, including the x86 processor, hardware devices, and memory. This allows you to run OS's and software within the emulator on your workstation, much like you have a machine inside of a machine. For instance, let's say your workstation is a Unix/X11 workstation, but you want to run Win'95 applications. Bochs will allow you to run Win 95 and associated software on your Unix/X11 workstation, displaying a window on your workstation, simulating a monitor on a PC.
DodGE This is an emulator to emulate old DOS games, like Elite. It is currently not being worked on,
but it supports several types of games, including CGA modes 4-6, text modes 0-3, full x86 (real-mode)
emulation, Full keyboard availability, runs DOS EXE,COM, and BAT programs, will run bootable
floppy images, some DOS emulation, speed throttling, PC speaker -&gt; MIDI sound support, and the
PC timer chip.
Fake86 Fake86 is an 8086 PC emulator written in C. It is written from scratch, including the CPU core and has been under development since October 2010. It was originally written in FreeBASIC, however I have since re-written it in C for greater speed and portability.
MS-DOS Player This is a MS-DOS emulator running on Win32-x64 command prompt.
16bit MS-DOS compatible commands can be executed on Win32-x64 environment.

Last update: 2009-12-18
PCE/libmpc PCE is an IBM PC 5150 emulator. It emulates most of the hardware of an IBM PC 5150. The emulation is complete enough to boot DOS and run most DOS applications.

PCE was written in ANSI-C and is licensed under the GNU General Public License, Version 2.
QTemu QtEmu is an application that uses Qemu and KVM to run virtual machines. It is written in Qt4, and integrates well into the KDE desktop (though there is also a Linux version). It is meant to be a replacement for software such as VMware.

It has the ability to run any operating system on your computer without the need for rebooting or even disturbing the operating system you already have installed. This allows you to easily test a new operating system or try a Live CD on your system without any danger to your computer.
Script PC Emulates 8/16/32-bit architecture of home computers. You could use this to run old PC programs.

Last update 2009-06-08

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