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DOSBox Staging 0.79.0 is out now

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DOSBox Staging is a fork of the original DOSBox aimed at getting new features in faster, along with a better overall experience for users.

A new release with version 0.79.0 is out adding in lots of audio improvements like the ultra-rare AdLib Gold surround sound daughterboard is now emulated, DOSBox Staging can now accurately emulate the low-pass filter (and sometimes a high-pass filter too) that most DOS-era sound cards feature, filtering for small-speaker audio systems (PC Speaker, PS/1 Audio, Tandy, and the various LPT DAC options) to give a better experience and a new crossfeed option to mix the channels for some audio that might only play on one ear. There's even more like a chorus effect, adding stereo movement and increases the perceived stereo width, which is especially noticeable on purely mono signals on headphones.

There's also various graphical improvements like a shader reload shortcut, it is possible to override the default, canonical interpretation of the 16-colour CGA/EGA RGBI palette, improved scaling, window transparency support, a new Constant Frame Rate (CFR) presentation mode, which presents a constant frame rate defined by the emulated DOS rate and more.

The ability to mount physical CDs is now (re-)implemented in DOSBox Staging for better compatibility with games like Under a Killing Moon, System Shock, and The Pandora Directive. There's a huge amount more to it that you can read about here.

For Linux users, Luxtorpeda also has support for this new release so you can easily use it with Steam games. You can install it via ProtonUp-Qt two tools I've covered numerous times now like here and here.

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Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: whizse
Quoting: Craggles086So the official DOSBox is version 0.74-3, and this Staging is version 0.79.

No one thinks we might be ready for a version 1 yet, after how many years of DOSBox?
Just to be clear, despite the name, this is a separate fork and project from the original DosBox:
https://dosbox-staging.github.io/about/

(Yes, it's a confusing name considering the Wine and Wine-staging relationship which is quite different.)

Both projects might reach 1.0 at some point, but they have different developers and different goals.
It's even sillier to think that DosBox-X is yet another project as well.

Curious; Luxtorpeda supports DosBox Staging? I thought Boxtron would be the one to support that
I seem to remember hearing that Boxtron kind of ran out of steam a little while ago. Maybe Luxtorpeda is sort of extending to fill the gap, or something.
slaapliedje 24 Sep
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Quoting: Whitewolfe80
Quoting: Craggles086So the official DOSBox is version 0.74-3, and this Staging is version 0.79.

No one thinks we might be ready for a version 1 yet, after how many years of DOSBox?

Yes but dos box is not in active development so never for 1.0 but dosbox staging may well do as it's actively in development
It seems to be in a very sure and slow development. Initial release was in 2002... latest was 2019. So it's still being worked on, just gets really slow releases, though some of that is because there are a lot of industrial uses for it, so it needs to stay stable.
slaapliedje 27 Sep
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Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: whizse
Quoting: Craggles086So the official DOSBox is version 0.74-3, and this Staging is version 0.79.

No one thinks we might be ready for a version 1 yet, after how many years of DOSBox?
Just to be clear, despite the name, this is a separate fork and project from the original DosBox:
https://dosbox-staging.github.io/about/

(Yes, it's a confusing name considering the Wine and Wine-staging relationship which is quite different.)

Both projects might reach 1.0 at some point, but they have different developers and different goals.
It's even sillier to think that DosBox-X is yet another project as well.

Curious; Luxtorpeda supports DosBox Staging? I thought Boxtron would be the one to support that
I seem to remember hearing that Boxtron kind of ran out of steam a little while ago. Maybe Luxtorpeda is sort of extending to fill the gap, or something.
Ah, that makes sense. Though I thought they were all developed by the same people? Maybe it merged? Guess I should try Dark Forces with it. Funny enough I have TRIED getting MIDI working with my Roland SC88 Pro with Windows and failed miserably. Boxtron works great under Linux.
Craggles086 28 Sep
Is there any way that Wine 32 bit might compete against DosBox some day?

Wine has no problems with the speed side of things while DosBox can sometimes struggle here.

If you stripped all the DirectX stuff out of Wine and created a version more focused on late Dos / Early windows (say 3.1 - 98)
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