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The emulator 'Dolphin' is now available as a libretro core

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For the emulation fans amongst our readership, you might be pleased to know that libretro [Official Site] now supports the Wii/GameCube emulator Dolphin.

From the news post on it:
QuoteDolphin is now available as a libretro core! Dolphin is a popular Gamecube/Wii emulator. Keep in mind that the current version of this libretro core is considered an alpha release. Lots of work still remains but we intend to get it done, and hopefully receive some help along the way as well.


What is libretro anyway?
QuoteLibretro is a simple API that allows for the creation of games and emulators. It is very simple in nature, yet very powerful. The simplicity of it all requires some explanation in order to truly grasp how useful it can be to your own projects.


You can use it with projects like RetroArch [Official Site], which serves as a front-end with a fancy Playstation 3-like interface.

I highly recommend reading the guide if you're new to it, it's not exactly straight forward to begin with.

You can read more about the news here. I do suggest reading it thoroughly if you wish to try the Dolphin emulator, as there's a few required steps. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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7 comments

brandleesee 19 Jul, 2017
That guide needs updating! It's from 2015. Still relevant though.
Swiftpaw 19 Jul, 2017
Flatpak instructions for all distros:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
flatpak install flathub org.libretro.RetroArch


Then either use the added launcher, or from the command line run
flatpak run org.libretro.RetroArch


Last edited by Swiftpaw on 19 July 2017 at 4:00 pm UTC
slaapliedje 19 Jul, 2017
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Nice, this is a great use for flatpak!
Swiftpaw 19 Jul, 2017
Quoting: slaapliedjeNice, this is a great use for flatpak!

Yes, now if they could make that a recognized browser call so you could click a button to add/download/run flatpaks from your browser, and/or if they'd provide files in the normal download section that would also accomplish the same thing but also give you a package you can save to deploy to other computers, that would be even better. I'm sure we'll get there though!
TingPing 19 Jul, 2017
Quoting: Swiftpawnow if they could make that a recognized browser call so you could click a button to add/download/run flatpaks from your browser, and/or if they'd provide files in the normal download section that would also accomplish the same thing

Flathub packager here, it is possible to make a `.flatpakref` file that can install a package in one command/file-opening but these are not auto-generated or exposed for flathub yet but that will probably come eventually.
slaapliedje 21 Jul, 2017
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Personally I never really liked the ones that did like an apt:// uri, never seemed to work quite right. Though since flatpak should be a universal thing, that might be pretty nice.

Something like Mame would be a good one on there too. Anything that tends to be outside of standard distros, or gets updated quite rapidly have a decent place there.

Would be even cool to maybe do full on gnome from there, though purging out all the packaged stuff in a distro could be fairly problematic. That and you may as well use something like Arch at that point :P
Swiftpaw 23 Jul, 2017
Quoting: TingPing
Quoting: Swiftpawnow if they could make that a recognized browser call so you could click a button to add/download/run flatpaks from your browser, and/or if they'd provide files in the normal download section that would also accomplish the same thing

Flathub packager here, it is possible to make a `.flatpakref` file that can install a package in one command/file-opening but these are not auto-generated or exposed for flathub yet but that will probably come eventually.

Thanks for the info, I didn't know about those, that's great! Not sure if there are container files yet that contain the ref to the repo as well as the packages themselves but that could also be useful for distributing/installing apps out-of-repo and is really necessary for making apps more viral.
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