After a bit of effort, I managed to install Mac OS 8.1 on a freshly created 650 MB SCSI disk image using the recently released Gemulator 2008 test build #1.
Gemulator now makes the Quadra sound at bootup! (An easy software hack.) The GUI interface is a bit cleaned up, though pretty much the same since ~2000.
Setting Gemulator to a different screen size before booting will reset the color resolution to black & white, as was always the case with SoftMac.
Before rebooting into the Mac OS, I moved the INITs shown in the screenshot below out of the System Folder as they are known to cause earlier SoftMac builds to lock up and I didn't want to play the rapid shift-key game to try disabling extensions during the microsecond of opportunity at bootup. Especially as most Windows versions will assume you're trying to turn on Sticky Keys during the frantic pounding on the shift key.
http://people.delphiforums.com/jawiv/pi ... 8test1.jpg
After getting to the desktop, the Mac OS 8 Setup Assistant failed to launch due to the File Sharing extension not being in the System Folder (I forgot to move the Assistant shortcut out of the Startup Items folder).
After removing the shortcut, I launched the Monitors & Sounds control panel to switch from the black & white screen to a color one. Then I made the mistake of ... trying to move the volume control to create a sound. This locked up Gemulator 2008 (9, 08-08-07, Test 1, whatever) faster than you could say "Emac".
End of the usability test.
All I see is the old GUI with a new title and a little side-show of a startup sound. I would have thought Darek would have disected the Fusion PC source code to get half a clue on how to implement sound by interfacing Mac Toolbox calls with the Win32 API, or whatever non cache-backwards, non-rolled out, big\little endien, code algorithms he's had years to research to make a functioning retail product.
Unfortunately, there's no new story here. Yet at least. Let's see some PPC emulation that can run MS Office 98\2001 and I'll be impressed. Or just get sound, networking, or printing working on 68k emulation and there would be a story (shock).
Non-real world bench tests between Basilisk II builds, SoftMac XP, and the new Gemulator 2008 is next ...