Classic Mac emulation (was Re: Microkernels (WAS RE: New to the list.))
ray at arachelian.com
Sun Aug 6 09:42:04 CDT 2006
Zane H. Healy wrote:
> I'm actually looking to be able to talk classic Appletalk via an
> emulator rather than TCP/IP. Mac OS X handles TCP/IP just fine, so
> unless I'm trying to run my rather antiquated version of eXodus
> (X-Windows) I personally don't have a need, though I could probably
> find one :^)
You could either get an AppleTalk to EtherTalk bridge. I think Faralon
made those. Actually, I have one of those that I have never been able
to get working, if you want it contact me offlist and I'll try to locate
Or, you could get an old IIsi with an ethernet card and run the
LocalTalk to Ethertalk bridge program. I don't have much use for
AppleTalk anymore. There aren't that many devices that I own that
use'em that don't have ethernet. I used LocalTalk back when I used an
old TI microlaser printer that had the option. It was perfect for that.
I even used a PC LocalTalk port to network to this printer. I think it
had DOS drivers, so 8.3 file names for file sharing were the thing, and
it connected on the parallel port.
I suppose I could use LocalTalk to talk to my old Mac SE or Lisa's, but
I usually don't run MacWorks on the Lisa's, and anything I transfer from
these usually works well enough over sneakernet with floppies. :-)
Besides, I'd rather fire up Basilisk or vMac instead of the SE since
it's less trouble and runs a lot faster.
May I ask, what do you want to do with LocalTalk?
> Keep in mind that it's been about 10 years since I touched it,
> however, wasn't it emulating both the 68k and System 6? Or was it
> System 7? It didn't actually run
Executor does seem to emulate system 7. However, that's not its
strength. It's strength is the speedy 68040/68020 emulation and also
the rewritten Mac OS system calls. This is equivalent to the WINE
projects rewrite of the win32 API calls.
It might not be such a big deal since Basilisk II does a much better job
at emulating Mac OS, and it's likely that its JIT is better written.
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