Status of My Amiga 4000 Emulator Project

My plan with this blog was not to talk about “the blockchain”, so here’s a post about an open source project that I started working on but then put aside to study IBM Z and cryptomania.

There’s an excellent open source emulation toolkit called QEMU, which is used by Google for the Android device emulator, and by everyone who uses Linux’s KVM feature to run virtual machines.

I will have to write a separate post about my explorations with QEMU before the Amiga project, but this post is about my attempt to write an Amiga 4000 chipset emulator to use with QEMU’s m68k CPU emulation. There are some other machine types, but none that interest me, while the Amiga was my computer of choice in the early 1990s, and it’s historically interesting as well.

Since I don’t have time to write more than this introduction, here’s a list of Twitter threads that I’ve written about the project, along with the link to my fork of QEMU with the amiga-dev branch where I’ve checked in my work in progress. Enjoy!

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