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MAME with Linux (Solus)
« on: September 04, 2018, 01:38:54 pm »
Having said goodbye this week to Windows forever, I have been getting to know Linux and my distro of choice has been the wonderful Solus at https://solus-project.com/

The latest MAME is always available in Solus software center / Solus repository, just click install and thats it, Solus will install MAME automatically.

All I needed to do is add roms, they are not available in the repository.

Attract-mode is in the Solus software center as well, should you want to use it too.

So far I have only added roms and the latest cheatfile, configured a controller (Xbox 360) and its very smooth sailing now, all the games I have tried so far are working just perfect.

Loving it.

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Re: MAME with Linux (Solus)
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2018, 06:59:04 pm »
Hi, I'm also considering the switch to linux.  Do you know if linux mame can use hlsl effects?  I have some vector games that I'm reasonably emulating on my windows pc.  I'm wondering if you can do the same on linux.

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Re: MAME with Linux (Solus)
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2018, 09:39:32 pm »
As far as I know, it can't use hlsl, but can use glsl.  See https://docs.mamedev.org/advanced/glsl.html
I tried it out a while back.  I'm not sure how well glsl has kept up with hlsl.

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Re: MAME with Linux (Solus)
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2018, 04:12:24 pm »
Isn't it BGFX now?

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Re: MAME with Linux (Solus)
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2018, 07:25:22 am »
My arcade cab is running linux from day one. (that's some 6 years ago).
Currently running linux mint on a small ssd and hdd combo. (/home directory on the hdd).
Setting up mame is quite easy, other emulators are a bit more difficult, with Daphne being the hardest.
The original Daphne and Daphneloader are a pain to set up on modern systems, but there is a fork which you can compile on a 64 bit system.
I am thinking of switching to ssd only soon.
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Re: MAME with Linux (Solus)
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2018, 01:24:08 am »
The only real downside to Linux is that modern MAME for Linux uses SDL and Linux SDL doesn't yet support dual lightguns (multiple mice).

In the end though I feel I have more control over what is in it and how it works with Linux. Sure some native Windows support programs don't work (LEDBlinky, Aimtrack setup program) but there are other Linux analogs that perform the same tasks just as well, and at least I know it will boot if left alone and offline for 3 months and not decide it needs to talk to Microsoft before it can run again.