ORIC 8-bit emulator Oricutron for Fedora Linux

My colleague had ORIC-1 back in the 1980s. It was a very rare computer in Finland. Commodore 64, MSX computers and Sinclair ZX Spectrum were much more popular. But ORIC 8-bit computers had some following in Europe, I guess especially in France and to a some extent in the UK.

I googled for ORIC emulators and found Oricutron sources from github.com. This emulator was written by Peter Gordon, with assistance from others.

Today (February 10th, 2018) I grabbed the source from GIT (9e31a7d) and packaged it for Fedora Linux 27. It was easy sailing apart from the fact that I could not find the ORIC system ROMs anywhere! They were not in the source tree, so the emulator would not start. After some insane googling I managed to find a LHA-compressed distribution for Commodore Amiga. That package contained the missing system ROMs, so I finally got the emulator up and running. I do not know much about ORIC machines, so I just tried a few games to verify that the emulator works.

Here are the RPMs for Fedora Linux. Make sure to get oric-system-roms RPM too, it is essential for the oricutron emulator to work!

For testing purposes and amusement you will probably want a game, so here is one for you:

Unfortunately this emulator does not know how to uncompress zipped or gzipped tape images, so you must uncompress Xenon 1 first:

gunzip /path/to/the/downloaded/xenon1.tap.gz

Then become superuser (root) to install the emulator and system ROMs:

dnf -y install /path/to/the/downloaded/oricutron-1.2.0-9e31a7d.kk7.x86_64.rpm

dnf -y install /path/to/the/downloaded/oric-system-roms-1.0.0-2.noarch.rpm

And finally test oricutron with Xenon 1 game. Wait for a while until it is loaded!

/opt/oricutron/bin/oricutron --tape /path/to/the/downloaded/xenon1.tap

For some reason my cursor keys work fine in ORIC Atmos BASIC when I boot the emulated machine. In other words, when I press UP, the cursor goes up, when I press RIGHT, the cursor goes right, when I press DOWN, the cursor goes down, etc. But when I tried to play Xenon 1, I had to use keys Z and X to move left and right, and SPACE worked as fire.

Have fun! I know I did. It was nice to see ORIC Atmos. Yes, I know, it has only eight colors and the overall look is that of teletext screens, but nevertheless, this was an important computer for those who had it back in the day. There are programmers out there who started their careers with ORIC. Let's preserve this machine too with the help of emulators and software dumps such as tape images.