The first 'u' release of 0.108 is now available. Biggest change this time is a major NES PPU rewrite courtesy of Brad Oliver. Should improve the accuracy of the NES-based games; report anything odd or broken at MAMETesters.
MAME is a multi-purpose emulation framework.
MAME's purpose is to preserve decades of software history. As electronic technology continues to rush forward, MAME prevents this important "vintage" software from being lost and forgotten. This is achieved by documenting the hardware and how it functions. The source code to MAME serves as this documentation. The fact that the software is usable serves primarily to validate the accuracy of the documentation (how else can you prove that you have recreated the hardware faithfully?). Over time, MAME (originally stood for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) absorbed the sister-project MESS (Multi Emulator Super System), so MAME now documents a wide variety of (mostly vintage) computers, video game consoles and calculators, in addition to the arcade video games that were its initial focus.
A new full release of MAME is now available. Beginning with this release, an official debug binary is being posted so that folks who wish to use MAME for examining what's going on in the code can do so without needing to set up for compiling MAME itself.
The new release is finally here. This version adds proper Bubble Bobble MCU support, some impressive Virtua Racing improvements, a working Limenko driver, and other good stuff!
The MAME 0.107u2 update is now available. A few bug fixes, some nice Sega driver cleanups, and a WIP Zaxxon driver rewrite are all part of the fun.
The first post-0.107 update is now available. This should fix some of the biggest issues that were reported in 0.107, and cleans out a whole pile of code that is no longer needed.
At long last, a "final" MAME release. This is the first full release with the new renderer. If you're new to the way things work now, please read the newvideo.txt in the docs folder on the new release to get a sense for how you should configure your video.
If you rely heavily on a frontend, you might want to wait on updating this release until you are sure your frontend can handle configuring things with the new options.