Started in 1993, VICE – Versatile Commodore Emulator – is a cross platform emulator covering Commodore's old school computers. The emulator brings back the eight bit experience on a plethora of operating systems, with Linux, Mac OS X, Win32 and MS-DOS being the most popular ones. Coming out under the GNU General Public License, VICE is free to download and use. It is worth noting that versions for specific operating systems come with different names – for example, WinVICE for Microsoft Windows. The support and updates for less known operating systems have been ceased, yet the program still works on them – no further developments though.
There is plenty of support behind VICE, as well as an active community. It is relatively small and easy to install, while the interface is easy to use. Developers also provide guidance on how to install it on various operating systems and fix common errors.