[NTLK] [OT][ANN] basiliskiivm: A VM management utility for the BasiliskII 68k Mac emulator

Akasaka Ryuunosuke vladkorotnev at gmail.com
Fri Dec 9 13:12:32 EST 2016

It would also be awesome to have an option to emulate PowerPC through PearPC and SheepShaver ― that would make it purely awesome, a real universal Mac VM :-)

// Ak.R.

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> On 09 Dec 2016, at 22:14, Morgan Aldridge <morgant at makkintosshu.com> wrote:
> I've got some data I'm trying to get off my Newton and writing a bit of
> Newton code to bridge some gaps seems like my best bet at this point, so I
> found myself setting up a Newton dev environment... again. An old Mac still
> seems like the best dev environment after all these years (with the most
> documentation, examples, and other resources, anyway). I have literal piles
> of old Macs, but neither the time nor space to set one up for such a task
> right now. The quickest route was to re-install & configure BasiliskII (a
> great 68k Mac emulator), incl. installing MacOS 7.x and the Newton dev
> tools (innumerable thanks to everyone who contributed to the excellent
> "NewtonDev" <http://www.unna.org/view.php?/development/NewtonDev> disk
> image).
> After doing so, then moving all the files around & symlinking the
> preferences to their default location, I wished that BasiliskII data &
> configs were all just packaged nicely into VMs like
> VirtualBox/VMware/Parallels/etc. So, I made a utility to create, run, and
> manage exactly such BasiliskII "VMs":
>  <http://github.com/morgant/basiliskiivm>
> While it's still pre-release and incomplete, I expect to have v0.1 out in a
> week or two. It currently supports running (creating, coming soon) and
> snapshots (so I can always have a fresh state to go back to, if I screw up
> my install) of ".BasiliskIIVM" VMs. I've written & tested it on OS X, but
> it's just Bash and written pretty platform-agnostically, so it should work
> well on other UNIX-like OSes with little-to-no modification. Hopefully the
> few of you out there who still use BasiliskII will find it useful and that
> it makes managing BasiliskII VMs easier (it should also make sharing Newton
> dev environments a piece of cake... er, sip of soup?).
> This utility also means that if it turns out that this attempt at
> developing some Newton software doesn't work out and my BasiliskII data
> sits around for a long time, I won't have lost track of all the bits &
> pieces again and can just pick up where I left off.
> Let me know if you end up trying it.
> Signed,
> Desperately Trying to Optimize my Newton Use in Business Processes So I Can
> Get Back to UNNA.org Improvements
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