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Last Update: 2022-05-28 14:45 UTC

Batocera.linux is a minimal distribution dedicated to running retrogaming software. The distribution is able to run on most desktop computers, laptops and several single-board computers, including the Raspberry Pi. batocera.linux can be run from a USB thumb drive or SD card, allowing it to be transferred between computers. batocera.linux is based on RecalboxOS.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 195 (44), 6 months: 190 (43), 3 months: 173 (44), 4 weeks: 151 (47), 1 week: 124 (54)

Average visitor rating: 9.67/10 from 3 review(s).

batocera.linux Summary
Distribution batocera.linux
Home Page https://batocera.org/
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User Forums https://forum.batocera.org/
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Documentation https://wiki.batocera.org/
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Download Mirrors https://batocera.org/download
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Feature 34 32 29 5.24 5.18
Release Date 2022-05-28 2021-09-20 2020-12-16 2019-11-09 2018-10-02
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Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1100-2200 1000-1900 500-1200 500-1200 500-600
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Processor Architecture arm64, armhf, i686, x86_64 armhf, i686, x86_64 armhf, i686, x86_64 armhf, i686, x86_64 armhf, i686, x86_64
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Version: 34
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-05-03
Votes: 0

Batocera v36, primary use as media-center, additional file-server, and gaming system.
Experienced user, Linux, BSD, Mac, Windows (Unix, DOS, CPM), I rate Batocera easy to use and very stable.

Highly recommend for use when mixed user skills require easy interface, under the hood (ssh) its very manageable to admin remotely,
As example, the TV Media Center system has 32TB raid-one setup (supports mdadm & smartctl) and sufficient maintenance tools .
The operating system is rock solid, has been indestructible through many storms & brownouts, about the only time the system reboots, very good up-time (no UPS). The well integrated Kodi, Emulation Station, and emulation works smoothly, easy for inexperienced casual users.

I transfer files thru SSHFS, mounted in Linux, but FTP and SMB (windows) shares works as well. Built in scraping is awesome.

Very compatible with old & new systems, currently using on TV for games & movies, Raspberry pi in multiple bedrooms & kitchen, a few old laptops, plus an older mac mini throughout the house. Use inexpensive remotes, Bluetooth game pads, light guns, etc.

I have used for years, look forward to every release with new features and improved compatibility with both hardware and games. Support, wiki & forum very helpful.

Tried many comparable systems, although I can deal with more complicated systems, guests, family, and grandchildren find the seamless use of emulation station as the front end easier than a phone, anyone can just walk up and start playing.

I honestly can't provide a negative, like asking for more porridge.

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Version: 32
Rating: 9
Date: 2022-01-13
Votes: 2

I have been using Batocera for a few years now and I absolutely love it! It makes old and low spec computers useful again and keeps them out of the trash! It is great on Raspberry Pi as well. I love that they have an easy way to update to the latest version and to install onto a new device from a configured USB drive.

The only drawbacks I can think of is that it isn't easy to add ROMs to the drive. You either need to use a separate USB drive with ROMs on it (on PC) or transfer via FTP. Also, deleting files can stay in your trash can if you don't look and will sometimes fill up your storage. At least they added a function to look in your trash can now so you can empty it.

Overall, easy to use, cool customized UI with nice theme and music, great tweaking tools to make your experience tailored to your use case.

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Version: 29
Rating: 10
Date: 2021-08-28
Votes: 9

Batocera is simply AMAZING! It's by far the best Linux gaming distribution. Trust me, I tried them all from Retropie, Recalbox to GamerOS. None comes close to Batocera. They support emulators for every old gaming console you can imagine (Atari, Nintendo, Amiga, Genesis, GameBoy DS, PlaySation, Gamecube)... but they also give you PS2, Xbox, Wii, PS3 and WiiU!!

And if that was not enough, you can also play all your PC games: from MSDOS to Windows 95/2000. But that's not all: they embed the wine emulator, so that you can play also some of your current Windows10 games on Linux. I tried to use wine on Ubuntu, and never figured out how to configure it. Batocera made it dead simple for me.

I donated a few bucks, so they can keep up the good work.

Also, versions 30 and 31 are already out by the time of this review. Can't wait for the next release.

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