0.75.2 release notes¶
Release date: 2020-10-26
This is a maintenance release from the 0.75.x stable branch.
How to upgrade¶
Download and launch the latest version:
- Linux (or Steam on Linux)
Z:\> prompt, run
config -wc to write the new configuration file. Any
existing settings will be retained, however, extraneous comments will be
New features in detail¶
Select monochrome palette colour¶
When emulating monochrome displays (via
machine = hercules or
machine = cga_mono), the default colour palette can now be set to either
amber in the configuration file, as
Raw mouse input¶
You can enable this option to bypass the operating system’s mouse acceleration and sensitivity settings. This works in fullscreen or when the mouse is captured in windowed mode.
The option can be set in the
[sdl] section of the configuration file:
The feature is disabled by default, but some games (e.g. FPS titles, like DOOM or Dark Forces) work better with raw input enabled (especially when used with modern, very sensitive gaming mice).
Bundle C++ runtime libraries with Windows builds for users on Windows 7, 8.x, and those who disabled Windows 10 update mechanism. (#675)
Reimplement CLS command to prevent text mode reset. (#639)
Fix whitespace handling in modem ATD command. (#652)
Fix boot failure when using HDD image. (#522)
Notes for packagers¶
This release includes numerous fixes affecting our build system and other changes relevant for packaging (contributed by Gentoo packagers, and people preparing Debian, Fedora, and Flatpak packages)—prompt upgrade is recommended.
If you’re packaging DOSBox Staging for your OS, we have a few tips:
We strongly suggest keeping our default binary name:
dosbox. DOSBox Staging is a drop-in replacement for older DOSBox versions—some existing and popular programs, such as Wine and GUI frontends, depend on the
dosboxbinary name. It’s also the default name of our man page and appears in the documentation.
You don’t need to generate your own desktop entry, appstream metadata (
metainfo.xml), nor package description: please see the relevant files in the
We provide desktop icons in scalable or raster formats (optimized for small sizes). Find them in the
During the configuration step, remember to add
-DNDEBUGto preprocessor flags (it’s important!), as well as using
-O3in both C and C++ compiler flags, for example:
Our testing indicates that GCC generates faster binaries than Clang, but use whatever compiler is more appropriate for your OS.
The license is “GNU GPL version 2.0 or later” (SPDX:
GPL-2.0-or-later). GitHub does not show “or later”, but our packages should show the proper license info.
To all our package maintainers: thank you!
- Patryk Obara
- Bernard Cafarelli
- David Heidelberg
We are extremely grateful for all contributions, including the invaluable improvements merged in from the DOSBox project.