Originally Posted by Mikey_C
That depends, if you have no intention of trying to get any PPC/Amiga hardware then yes, if you do at some point in the future, then no. Athlon is a case in point, it was a very good Amiga Emulator for x86 but because of legal wranglings it means that the sale of this item was eventually pulled.
It was not Athlon
, but Amithlon. It's not really an emulator like Euae or Winuae.
Amithlon is a heavily modified Linux kernel, used as a HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer). This kernel initialises the hardware and starts a 68k emulator (this is the only process running on the Linux kernel) which then boots AmigaOS. In fact, Amithlon is more an “68k processor emulator” than an “Amiga emulator” because it doesn’t emulate the Amiga Custom Chips.
Amithlon is extremely fast due to the following reasons:
a very good JIT emulator written by Bernd Meyer (the author of the WinUAE-JIT patch).
the lack of Custom Chip emulation
there’s no host OS eating up ressources
Another advantage of Amithlon is the fact that the AmigaOS running on it has lowlevel access to all the resources of the computer. You can access CD writers, it could theoretically use AmigaOS’ 3D hardware support (Amithlon authors don’t have a license to use it) and it allowes proper use of a TCP/IP stack.
But Amithlon is not targeted at gamers. Its lack of Custom Chip emulation does not allow you to run old games.