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IA32 (x86) PC emulator

'Bochs' is a portable free software IA-32 (x86) PC emulator that runs on most popular platforms. It includes emulation of the Intel x86 CPU, common I/O devices, and a custom BIOSk and can currently be compiled to emulate a 386, 486, Pentium, Pentium Pro or AMD64 CPU, including optional MMX, SSE, SSE2 and 3DNow instructions. 'Bochs' can be compiled and used in a variety of modes, some which are still in development. The 'typical' use of bochs is to provide complete x86 PC emulation, including the x86 processor, hardware devices, and memory. This lets you run OS's and software within the emulator on your workstation, much like you have a machine inside of a machine.

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version 2.6.8 (stable)
released on 23 May 2016

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
License:LGPLJanet Casey19 November 2002

Leaders and contributors

The Bochs project Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
HelpMailing List Info/Archive
Bug Tracking,DeveloperMailing List Info/Archive
Debian (Ref)
DeveloperVCS Repository Webview
Bug TrackingVCS Repository Webview

Software prerequisites

Weak prerequisitebximage
Required to usevgabios
Required to buildxfree86 *or* libncurses

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 7 February 2018.


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