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Hi all These days I downloaded the Mame emulator just to remember the good times of the arcades. After the installation, I've got some ROMs and then started playing. It ...
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    Linux version tailored for gaming


    Hi all

    These days I downloaded the Mame emulator just to remember the good times of the arcades. After the installation, I've got some ROMs and then started playing. It was really nice to play those old great games again, except for the latency!!!

    WTF! I was playing very old games on a much faster processor, and I was experiencing latency.. a latency that I did not experienced with those 20-years-old arcades!

    In one hand, current processors are much, much faster than the old ones. On the other, current OSs are composed by layers and layers of software.. and tons of buffers.. that certainly impact their performance, but allow them to successfully manage virtually any kind of underneath hardware.

    Is anyone aware about a Linux version tailored for gaming? I mean... I know that games developed for Linux can run on almost any standard Linux distribution. However, my question is about the existence of a stripped out Linux version, where all stuff that is nor relevant for gaming was removed. I know that such a Linux version would never be as thin as the OS that is found on a actual game console. However, I am quite sure that a lot of stuff could be removed from within Linux, reducing its latency, while still keeping it as general as possible to be run on, at least, pop processors such as AMD and Intel's.

    I think that it would be a great project/initiative if it does not exist yet.

    I made a quick search on the internet about that, but could not find anything.
    Do you know if is there such a Linux version, or an ongoing project on this line?


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    LinuxLite is most likely about as close to what is described as is available just now.
    Or one could install a Base version and install Wine and such oneself. The option is available if the willingness to do a little work is there.
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    hi,

    i love MAME! haven't messed w/it in a while. i'm sure you are experiencing simple MAME settings issues. but instead of trying to figure them out, maybe first try this Linux distro that was configured expressly for MAME - Puppy Arcade.

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    Thank you zenwalker and atreyu!

    atreyu: the project at the link you've sent is closer to what I've pointed out in my first post... and it is totally insane Certainly I will give it a try!

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    i misspoke - i think Puppy Arcade was created for the purpose of retro-gaming in general, as opposed to specifically for MAME...anyway, let us know if the issues are resolved!

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