Fellow (emulator)

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Fellow is an emulator designed to run software written for the Amiga computer platform. Released under the GNU General Public License, Fellow is free software.

Fellow was released shortly after the first usable release of the Unix Amiga Emulator (UAE). The competition between the two projects proved to be mutually beneficial. Originally, Fellow ran under DOS, but was ported to Microsoft Windows and Linux. Development on WinFellow ceased in 2005, but was revived with a new release in 2010 to improve compatibility with Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Development on XFellow has apparently halted after a release in 2003 (based on timestamps inside the archive).[1]

According to its author, Petter Schau, one of the main objectives in writing Fellow was to create an Amiga emulator that could run demos from the 1980s Amiga demoscene at full speed.[2] Schau believed that Fellow and UAE belonged to a class of first-generation Amiga emulators, and that more accurate, real-time emulators would be available in the future. As computing power increased, real-time performance became achievable.[3] Once more powerful computers were available, UAE became preferable due to its more accurate emulation, whereas Fellow remains popular for older hardware.[4][5]

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  1. ^ "XFellow downloads page". XFellow. 2003. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
  2. ^ "Interview with Peter Schau: Author of the Amiga500 emulator FELLOW". Emulatronia. 1997. Retrieved 2011-10-15. Being able to run those old demos is reason enough to emulate the Amiga.
  3. ^ "Introduction to Amiga Emulators". Cloanto. Retrieved 2011-10-15. Considering even maximum use of CPU and custom chip resources, a GHz-class PC makes it possible to run an Amiga 1000 in real time, whereby the custom chips run in real time (as required), and the emulated CPU may run faster (if so desired).
  4. ^ "Emulator Selection - Fellow". AMI Sector One. Retrieved 2011-10-15. Fellow is faster than UAE since it has been written in Assembler. It is also worth mentioning that some games work in Fellow that do not work in UAE.
  5. ^ "What Amiga Emulators are available?". Amiga FAQ. Retrieved 2011-10-15. WinFellow is an alternative emulator, especially suitable for older PCs.

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