Earlier this year I started using Linux, and it was a steep learning curve.
I managed to get PCSX2, Gens, and Higan to work. The Linux version of ePSXe is a nonfunctional hot fucking mess, but fortunately the Windows version of ePSXe is WINE compatible.
I haven't been gaming (or ROM hacking) much because of my IRL job and stuff, so I haven't had much time to tinker with this.
Now I'm trying to get an N64 emulator to work, and it's quite a throbbing headache. Project64 is Windows only, and not WINE compatible. Mupen64Plus uses a command line interface, and it's front end M64Py doesn't even fucking work.
I've heard of this thing called "RetroArch". I installed it once upon a time, couldn't get it to work, and tried to remove it but traces of it still remain for some reason.
There's got to be a solution to emulation gaming on Linux that doesn't involve a wall of text of command lines.
Linux users, what is the easiest way to emulate on Linux?
I haven't used the Linux build of ePSXe in a long time, but even over a decade ago it was already out-dated and you had to jump through hoops to get it working on a modern system. pSX has been working pretty well for me, though it doesn't support plugins and it's closed-source, so there may be some annoyances depending on your distro. The PSX core in Mednafen is pretty great nowadays, as is its libretro fork called beetle-psx.
I can say much about the state of N64 emulation, as I've no need to emulate that particular platform, but AFAIR libretro seems to have at least one N64 core.
RetroArch is actually really neat once you set it up. I use it for most of my emulation needs nowadays. Before that I used to keep around a lot of different emulators: ZSNES, Snes9x, Gens, Kega Fusion, Mednafen etc. But emulating everything from a single launcher reminiscent of Sony's XMB, having unified settings for stuff like shaders, controllers etc. is pretty nice. It also gets bonus points for being able to run on a Raspberry Pi, though not all cores are available or perform as well as on PC. I do agree first setting it up might be tricky, especially if you don't have a controller that's supported out of the box, as the menus are controller-driven. A more traditional GUI has been added recently, though I haven't used it, so I can't say much about it. Anyway, what I'm saying is, if you take the time to configure it correctly, it's a pretty nice option covering most systems. If it doesn't work out for you, well, it's a shame.