Tried getting Mame up on my EEE Pc so that I can have some games to play. Turns out to be not so simple.

Tried sdlmame, xmame-svga, didn't work out too well. sdlmame was slow, no idea why and xmame-svga always pops up with a can't open /dev/tty error.

Finally tried xmame-x works like a charm. Just type sudo apt-get install xmame-x

To run the games create a roms directory and put your roms there. To start xmame just type xmame -rp

If the screen is too small you can add a -s to make the screen bigger.