Mini vMac

Version: 3.2.3 || Release Date: 2011-12-20 || License: GPL App Owner: xcgr

Mini vMac emulates a Macintosh Plus, one of the earliest of Macintosh computers, sold between 1986 and 1990. It can run old Macintosh software that otherwise couldn't be used on recent machines.

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Using miniVmac 3.2.1 but under Linux, not OSX.

Due to the way the intervening time has passed, there is a difficulty using older diskette images in miniVmac. A stock miniVmac will emulate a Macintosh Plus, provided YOU can extract a ROM file from a living Macintosh Plus that YOU own.

Problem is, so many modern Mac users started on or continue to use newer Macintosh models, and aren't SUFFICIENTLY familiar with older hardware. Why is this important? MANY floppy disk 'images' don't work with the emulated Macintosh Plus because the most popular disk images are 1.4 meg floppy images, which are created by and created for a system that has a 1.4 meg floppy drive (a 'Superdrive').

Why is that important? Because a Macintosh Plus NEVER had a 1.4 meg floppy drive, and never could support them using the ROM found in the real Macintosh Plus. The available disk images leaves a gap in what you can install into an emulated Mac Plus - some unique disks images just aren't what a Plus can read.

somewhat ironically i use mini vmac on a windows machine, getting older software to run within mini vmac through system 7 is a little bit tricky, but once you get the hang of it, it works like a charm.

There is also a emulator-tag in use. IMO this should use it also.