Claude is my Hero! He has just brought the A500 board I was using with PiStorm back to live. This is absolutely fantastic news because it means I can continue working on Emu68, hunting for bugs and improving it wherever possible. Please, let us say a big THANK YOU to Claude!
I have used the time of PiStorm inactivity to rework my development machine. I have switched to a setup suggested by Marlon some time ago - my main operating system is not running natively anymore. It is now in a virtual machine with passthrough access to GPU, NVME, sound and USB3. It works just as good as before but this setup has many advantages given by underlying Ubuntu Server OS - very good mainboard support by the kernel (the firmware of my MSI X570 A Pro needs to be considered a beta quality for most of time :-D). Besides, I have an Ubuntu desktop working in parallel all the time. There, I can test the Emu68 builds in the very same form as they appear in the nightly builds. It is right now critical since I have had reports that nightly builds are working much worse than my local ones, even if they come from the very same sources. Finally, both machines are pushing the build results to a common NFS share which is finally used by raspberry to boot from. Quite complex but very useful setup!
So, even if there were almost no commits recently, my friends on PiStorm Discord were testing Emu68 with tons of different software. I am aware that there is still something that trashes the memory of SysBase and because of that booting to Workbench is not working, but nevertheless they have many successful tests. How about North&South?
Or maybe Dread?
Or some other fancy games?
There was of course much more, but best is if you join the #emu68 on PiStorm Discord and see for yourself.
Many of these games still have some glitches, of course, but some of they are already playable. I told you, having Emu68 on PiStorm gives me a huge database of code which I can use to test it and fix all the bugs.
Ok, when I will write next post, the A500 will be in front of me again with Emu68 and PiStorm running :) Stay tuned!