What version of Windows is best for running emulators, assemblers etc?

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What version of Windows is best for running emulators, assemblers etc?

Postby occularis » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:34 pm

I'm going to install a Windows virtual machine in order to do bbc emulation and running of some of the Windows only assemblers, disassemblers, maybe Swift, etc.

Is there any particular version of Windows that is recommend or not recommend? I was thinking of using either Windows 7 or 10, probably going to go for 7.
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Re: What version of Windows is best for running emulators, assemblers etc?

Postby tricky » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:50 pm

I use 7 for my stuff (see my sig), but the main local emulators (beebem and b-em) are both available for linux (I guess that's what your using) as is beebasm, which is the cross-assembler that quite a few of us use for making beeb projects.

I have only tried SWIFT briefly, and don't let me put you off windows, I'm just thinking that less faffing, means you are more likely to do more beeb stuff (at least that is what it is like for me ;))

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Re: What version of Windows is best for running emulators, assemblers etc?

Postby occularis » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:53 pm

Thanks for that, tricky.

I'm actually a Mac user, so "kind of" Linux.
I'll have a look and see what state beebasm is in currently for Mac.

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Re: What version of Windows is best for running emulators, assemblers etc?

Postby Coeus » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:03 pm

occularis wrote:Thanks for that, tricky.

I'm actually a Mac user, so "kind of" Linux.
I'll have a look and see what state beebasm is in currently for Mac.


I have not used a modern Mac but AFAIK it is Unix-like enough for many purposes. I'd be surprised if BeebAsm doesn't just compile and work as I don't think it does any fancy OS-specific stuff anyway.

I have Windows 10 installed as a guest under VirtualBox on a Linux host. It has generally not been much trouble and seems to boot reasonably quickly too. I don't do that much under it, though, mainly compile B-Em for Windows using MingW.

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Re: What version of Windows is best for running emulators, assemblers etc?

Postby Commie_User » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:27 pm

Windows 7 and 10 with machines at least 5-7 years old or less are about the best performance you get. That I saw, anyway.

But in the end, it's mix and match. A good pick-n-mix of operating systems, machines and emulator versions are worth dabbling in for the best compatibility. For example, on my Intel dual core 4Ghz laptop with 4 gig RAM and 64-bit Windows 10, I need a particular 32-bit version of the WinVice C64 emulator to get the MIDI properly working. And for all other jobs, that's as swift and nifty as I need anyway.

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Re: What version of Windows is best for running emulators, assemblers etc?

Postby sweh » Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:27 am

occularis wrote:Thanks for that, tricky.

I'm actually a Mac user, so "kind of" Linux.
I'll have a look and see what state beebasm is in currently for Mac.

I don't know if it's still needed, but a couple of years ago you needed to clear CXXFLAGS and LDFLAGS to compile it.

See http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewto ... 59#p123509 for details
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