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Old 12-22-2007, 12:43 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Project64 for GNU/Linux


Well, actually this post is about much more. Project64 has not been ported to GNU/Linux, but I'm hoping that this will change very soon. I know there are a lot of people out there (perhaps on this forum) who don't run Windows, but would like to run Project64. I created a petition that I hope will persuade the developers to release the emulator under a Free Software ("open source") license, such as the GPL (hopefully version 3), but it needs signatures.

You can sign the petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/freepj64/petition.html
Please spread the word!
 
Old 12-22-2007, 05:45 PM   #2
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Have you read the following faq's on the project homepage?
About porting to Linux
About releasing the source code

Judging by the FAQ it seems that they have thought about it, but still decided against it. Yet from the faq it appears that maybe if experienced professional developers showed a very serious interest in helping out the project with a port to Linux, they might provide the code to get the job done. Maybe if someone began by using the 1.4 code to create a port for Linux? That would would probably get their attention. Or perhaps focus on improving Mupen64?

Fortunately PJ64 runs quite well in Wine on my system, but your mileage may vary.

(PS: I signed the petition, don't worry )

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Old 12-22-2007, 08:14 PM   #3
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Unfortunately, the source code for version 1.4 is NOT under a Free Software license:
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Permission to use, copy, modify and distribute Project64 in both binary and source form, for non-commercial purposes, is hereby granted without fee, providing that this license information and copyright notice appear with all copies and any derived work.

This software is provided 'as-is', without any express or implied warranty. In no event shall the authors be held liable for any damages arising from the use of this software.

Project64 is freeware for PERSONAL USE only. Commercial users should seek permission of the copyright holders first. Commercial use includes charging money for Project64 or software derived from Project64.

The copyright holders request that bug fixes and improvements to the code should be forwarded to them so if they want them.
...and I get a 404 error for ALL SOURCES! The fact that it's not GPL would explain why "The authors do not feel very much positive of interest has been achieved from the v1.4 source release several years ago." Apparently Mupen64 is still kinda alive, but it might be awhile before any updates on the site.

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Old 02-23-2008, 09:22 AM   #4
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Unfortunately, the source code for version 1.4 is NOT under a Free Software license:

...and I get a 404 error for ALL SOURCES! The fact that it's not GPL would explain why "The authors do not feel very much positive of interest has been achieved from the v1.4 source release several years ago." Apparently Mupen64 is still kinda alive, but it might be awhile before any updates on the site.
Just thought I should point out that you didn't dig deep enough to get the 1.4 source...

http://www.vtemulation.net/emulators...64-1.4-src.zip

That's the complete source package, including the RSP sources, whose links are broken on PJ64's site. Hopefully, you know someone who can do more with it than I can. I think that the above poster is on the right track, that once you get a working 1.4 Linux build you're likely to get the support for a 1.7 build.

I'll be staying on top of this subject, too, and I hope to see a well-performing N64 emulator on the horizon. I've got some back-up images from my favorite Zelda cartridge I'm itching to play.

Good luck,
James
 
  


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