MAME is a multi-purpose emulation framework For Linux

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MAME's purpose is to preserve decades of software history. As electronic technology continues to rush forward, MAME prevents this important "vintage" software from being lost and forgotten. This is achieved by documenting the hardware and how it functions.

The source code to MAME serves as this documentation. The fact that the software is usable serves primarily to validate the accuracy of the documentation (how else can you prove that you have recreated the hardware faithfully?).

Over time, MAME (originally stood for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) absorbed the sister-project MESS (Multi Emulator Super System), so MAME now documents a wide variety of (mostly vintage) computers, video game consoles and calculators, in addition to the arcade video games that were its initial focus.

The project’s main goal is to preserve ancient games from disappearing forever just because the hardware that were designed to run on is no longer manufactured. In no way this application should be used for pirating games and other copyright infringement purposes.

It has been designed from the ground up to support a wide range of ROMs, as well as CD or hard disk images with some of the most popular games of all times, especially classic arcade games from the late ‘70s era.

Key features include support for both vector and raster displays, a wide range of sound chips and processors, a flexible timer system, and dynamic recompilation. It is targeted at 32-bit and 64-bit instruction set architectures.

The MAME project as a whole is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License, 2 (GPL-2.0), since it contains code made available under multiple GPL-compatible licenses.

A great majority of files (over 90% including core files) are under the BSD-3-Clause License and they encourage new contributors to distribute files under this license.

Latest version: 0.206

How to install via a terminal window:

sudo apt-get install mame

Press Enter,

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