I want to run SheepShaver PowerPC Mac emulator on my Ubuntu 16.04 LTS desktop.

How can I compile and run it?

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One should install build-dependencies and development packages:

sudo apt-get install build-essential git
sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-dev x11proto-xf86dga-dev \
libesd0-dev libxxf86dga-dev libxxf86dga1 libsdl1.2-dev 

Note: the libesd0-dev package is not available for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

Then clone official repository of the project and compile the application:

cd ~/Downloads
git clone https://github.com/cebix/macemu.git
cd macemu/SheepShaver
make links

cd src/Unix/
make -j3

Afterwards run it with ./SheepShaver, and you will get the following window:

SheepShaver under Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

  • Tried in Ubuntu 18.0.4, but does not work. One of the listed packages is not available "E: Unable to locate package libesd0-dev", and the program itself crashes: "SheepShaver V2.4 by Christian Bauer and Mar"c" Hellwig ERROR: Cannot map Low Memory Globals: Operation not permitted. X Error of failed request: BadValue (integer parameter out of range for operation) Major opcode of failed request: 105 (X_ChangePointerControl) Value in failed request: 0x0 Serial number of failed request: 9 Current serial number in output stream: 10"
    – wmakley
    Jan 7, 2019 at 14:14
  • Tried on clean 18.04 LTS - it compiles and runs successfully. I do not have ROMs, so I can't test further.
    – N0rbert
    Jan 7, 2019 at 15:00
  • For what it's worth: PowerPC Macs came in 2 series: OldWorld and NewWorld machines. Broadly, NewWorld Macs had USB, but did not include a ROM with the classic MacOS Toolbox, as OS X did not use or require this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_World_ROM PowerPC-only versions of classic (8.5 or greater) MacOS include a "NewWorld ROM" file as part of the OS installation files. This should work with SheepShaver. Aug 28, 2019 at 12:21

N.B. SheepShaver cannot run any version of MacOS later than 9.04 AFAIK. However this is long-obsolete and widely downloadable, e.g. https://winworldpc.com/product/mac-os-9/90

A pre-installed copy along with WordPerfect 3.5 for MacOS (the final version, made freeware by Corel when it discontinued Mac support) is included in this download: http://www.columbia.edu/~em36/wpdos/mac-intel.html

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