Install Vice Commodore emulator in Ubuntu

The Commodore 64 was an amazing computer. It was revolutionary computer and it is still one of my favourites.

I still enjoy playing games that I played as a kid, so many fond memories. Games such as Ghost-busters, Beach head, Impossible mission (my all time favourite) and Blue max.

So to get the Vice Commodore emulator working on Ubuntu follow this guide and you’ll be playing your treasured games once more.

You can find all kinds of games on the Internet but here’s a couple of links to get your started.

First we need to install vice, so open a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install vice

Then we need to change to the newly installed applications’ directory:

cd /usr/lib/vice/C64

and create a temp file for our package we are about to download:

sudo mkdir temp

then cd into the new directory

cd temp

Now we download the Vice source code:

sudo wget

and now we extract the tar file: (don’t forget to change to your downloaded file directory)

sudo tar vzxf vice-2.2.tar.gz

change into the vice directory:

cd vice-2.2

Now time to change ownership of all the files in here: (insert your username)

sudo chown username *

change into the c64 data directory:

cd ../vice-2.2/data/C64

change the permissions of these 3 files:

sudo chmod a+rw basic kernal chargen

Then copy these files to the vice directory:

sudo cp basic kernal chargen /usr/lib/vice/C64

We can safely remove the temp files because we have the binaries that we need:

sudo rm -rf /usr/lib/vice/temp/

We can now start our Commodore 64 emulator, other emulators are included such as C128 etc.

And voilà… we have a working Commodore 64 Emulator


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