Mini vMac is an open source, free and cross-platform graphical software implemented in C and designed from the offset to act as an emulator for the Macintosh Plus computer system that was created by Apple, running on Linux, BSD, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.
Being one of the earliest Macintosh machines designed by Apple, Macintosh Plus runs only old Mac software, which, of course, does not work on recent Macintosh computers. Therefore, the Mini vMac software helps to preserve history. It has been designed to be as easy-to-use, portable and simple as possible.
Getting started with Mini vMac
To use the Mini vMac application on your GNU/Linux system, make sure that you download the binary package that corresponds to your computer’s hardware architecture, save the archive somewhere on your computer, unpack it and double-click the executable.
The application will open, notifying you that a ROM image of the Macintosh Plus system canont be located. This means that you will also have to obtain a vMac.ROM file (more details can be found on the project’s homepage) and place it in the same folder as the Mini vMac executable.
After you have obtained the Macintosh Plus ROM image, you must close the program and reopen it. If the ROM file is valid, the system will automatically boot and allow you to use it like you would use any other virtualized operating system.
Runs on all mainstream operating systems
This software is actually a spin off of the vMac application, which has not been updated in many years. For your convenience, it is distributed as pre-built binary packages for the aforementioned operating systems, supporting both 64-bit (x86_64) and 32-bit (x86) instruction set architectures.
The application’s source code is also available for download, for those of you who want to optimize the software for a specific hardware platform or operating system.