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  • Box86 + Box64 Updated For Running Linux x86/x86_64 Programs On Other Architectures

    Phoronix: Box86 + Box64 Updated For Running Linux x86/x86_64 Programs On Other Architectures

    Box86 as the open-source project to run Linux x86 binaries on other CPU architectures like ARM is out with a new feature release along with the accompanying Box64 project for x86_64 treatment. With today's Box86 update is even expanded Vulkan support now good enough for handling DXVK...

    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa....4-Box64-0.1.6

  • #2
    This is great. It's surprising to see that in just one year it is able to run plenty of x86 apps already.

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    • #3
      Also worth noting is that the Box86 developer also made gl4es, which is pretty handy to run old game ports on OpenGL ES and WebGL.

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      • #4
        It'd be nice to have an easy way of installing it on 64-bit OSes, I can't get my head around chroot. If only there was a Ubuntu/Debian ppa.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Calinou View Post
          Also worth noting is that the Box86 developer also made gl4es, which is pretty handy to run old game ports on OpenGL ES and WebGL.
          Yeah. The community for the OpenPandora handheld attracted some insane geniuses. See also Notaz, who did the version of SDL it uses that offloads to the GPU's hardware overlay for 2D scaling and wrote a human-assisted static recompiler to port Starcraft.

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          • #6
            It's gonna be awesome once it's mature on all these architectures. QEMU is so flexible, but sooooo slooooow.

            This sort of thing is the last big piece before we can have ARM, and then RISC-V workstations without interrupting our workflows.

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            • #7
              Nice. I've been using Box64 (and before that, box86) to play FTL on my Pinephone and Raspberry Pi for a while. Having dxvk available when the Pinephone Pro ships will be nice, as the Pro should be able to do Vulkan.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by monkeynut View Post
                It'd be nice to have an easy way of installing it on 64-bit OSes, I can't get my head around chroot. If only there was a Ubuntu/Debian ppa.
                Play around with installing Arch in a VM or something. Installing Arch is a great intermediate bootcamp for learning more Linux. Just set aside an hour or three!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by monkeynut View Post
                  It'd be nice to have an easy way of installing it on 64-bit OSes, I can't get my head around chroot. If only there was a Ubuntu/Debian ppa.
                  You only need a chroot if you're trying to run Box86 on a 64-bit OS. Can't you just use Box64 instead?

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                  • #10
                    The problem is that box64 only works for 64-bit applications, so if you need to run 32-bit applications like through WINE, you need a box86 install.

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