The Free Unix Spectrum Emulator (Fuse) 0.10.0.1
Fuse (the Free Unix Spectrum Emulator) was originally, and somewhat
unsurprisingly, an emulator of the ZX Spectrum (a popular 1980s home
computer, especially in the UK) for Unix. However, it has now also
been ported to Mac OS X, which may or may not count as a Unix variant
depending on your advocacy position and Windows which definitely isn't
a Unix variant. Fuse also emulates some of the better-known ZX Spectrum
clones as well.
What Fuse does have:
* Accurate Spectrum 16K/48K/128K/+2/+2A/+3 emulation.
* Working Spectrum +3e and SE, Timex TC2048, TC2068 and TS2068,
Pentagon 128, "512" (Pentagon 128 with extra memory) and 1024 and
Scorpion ZS 256 emulation.
* Runs at true Speccy speed on any computer you're likely to try it on.
* Support for loading from .tzx files, including accelerated loading.
* Sound (on systems supporting the Open Sound System, SDL, or OpenBSD/
* Emulation of most of the common joysticks used on the Spectrum
(including Kempston, Sinclair and Cursor joysticks).
* Emulation of some of the printers you could attach to a Spectrum.
* Support for the RZX input recording file format, including
rollback and 'competition mode'.
* Emulation of the DivIDE, Interface I, Kempston mouse, Spectrum +3e,
ZXATASP, ZXCF, Beta 128 and +D interfaces.
Help! <xyz> doesn't work
If you're having a problem using/running/building Fuse, the two places
you're most likely to get help are the development mailing list
<firstname.lastname@example.org> or the official forums at
What you'll need to run Fuse
Unix, Linux, BSD, etc.
* X, SDL, svgalib or framebuffer support. If you have GTK+, you'll get
a (much) nicer user interface under X.
* libspectrum: this is available from
* Other libraries will give you some extended functionality:
* libgcrypt: the ability to digitally sign input recordings (note that
Fuse requires version 1.1.42 or later).
* libpng: the ability to save screenshots
* libxml2: the ability to load and save Fuse's current configuration
* zlib: support for compressed RZX files
* samplerate: support for better beeper sound quality; get it from
If you've used Fuse prior to version 0.5.0, note that the external
utilities (tzxlist, etc) are now available separately from Fuse
itself. See http://fuse-emulator.sourceforge.net/ for details.
Mac OS X
* Either the native port by Fredrick Meunier, or the original version
will compile on OS X 10.3 (Panther) or later.
* The Win32 and SDL UIs can be used under Windows, but the Win32 UI is
To compile Fuse (see below for instructions for the OS X native port):
There are now some options you can give to configure; `configure
--help' will list them all, but the most important are:
--with-fb Use the framebuffer interface, rather than GTK+.
--with-sdl Use the SDL interface, rather than GTK+.
--with-svgalib Use the SVGAlib interface.
--without-gtk Use the plain Xlib interface.
If glib is installed on your system, Fuse will use this for a couple
of things; however, it isn't necessary as libspectrum provides
replacements for all the routines used by Fuse.
If you specify the `--prefix' option to tell Fuse to install itself
somewhere other than in /usr/local, that directory will automatically
be searched for the libraries needed by Fuse as well.
$ make install
if you want to place Fuse into the main directories on your system
(under /usr/local by default, although you can change this with the
--prefix argument to 'configure'). You'll probably need to be root to
do this bit.
Once you've got Fuse configured and built, read the man page :-)
Note that if you're using version of Fuse from CVS rather than one of
the released tarballs, you'll need to run `autogen.sh' before running
'configure' for the first time.
Building the OS X version of Fuse
The native Cocoa port by Fredrick Meunier <email@example.com> comes as
a set of Xcode projects for libgcrypt, libspectrum and Fuse itself.
Fuse has its own home page, which you can find at:
and contains much of the information listed here.
News of new versions of Fuse (and other important Fuse-related
announcements) are distributed via the fuse-emulator-announce mailing
list on SourceForge; see
for details on how to subscribe and the like.
If you've got any bug reports, suggestions or the like for Fuse, or
just want to get involved in the development, this is coordinated via
the fuse-emulator-devel mailing list,
and the Fuse project page on SourceForge,
If you're interested in more general Speccy related discussions, visit
the Usenet group 'comp.sys.sinclair', but do read the FAQ
( http://www.worldofspectrum.org/faq/index.html ) first!
Philip Kendall <firstname.lastname@example.org>
10 December 2008
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