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DOS/x86 PC emulator focusing on ease of use

The DOSBox Staging project attempts to modernize DOSBox.

DOSBox emulates an Intel x86 personal computer running an IBM PC compatible disk operating system (DOS) in both real and protected modes. It was primarily designed to run old DOS games, but aims to be fully compatible with all DOS programs and replicate the experience as accurately as possible.

This fork fixes some perceived issues with DOSBox and adds new features such as Wayland support, PowerPC/POWER dynamic recompilation, and FluidSynth MIDI. Other features may be removed: for example, physical CDs can no longer be played, only emulated media.

Graphical emulation includes contemporary text mode, Hercules, CGA, EGA, VGA, VESA, S3 Trio 64, and Tandy hardware.

Emulated legacy sound devices range from a rudimentary `PC speaker' buzzer to the once state-of-the-art Gravis Utrasound sampling sound card. The default is a SoundBlaster 16 providing 16-bit stereo sound. MIDI is forwarded to the host through an emulated MPU-401.

An emulated hardware modem is also included, letting one host or dial a BBS across the Internet, network over IPX, and emulate a serial nullmodem over TCP/IP.


Install the latest version of dosbox-staging as follows:

guix install dosbox-staging

Or install a particular version:

guix install dosbox-staging@0.80.1

You can also install packages in augmented, pure or containerized environments for development or simply to try them out without polluting your user profile. See the guix shell documentation for more information.