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New and simple desktop for Linux

Based on ancient Rox and Window Manager fluxbox . Zappwm is a desktop that consumes only 39MB and offers an environment with drag'n drop very simple and practical .

Currently in version 4.2 , includes the addition of 10 wallpapers, screen corners rounded , links to cloud computing and three main inputs for applications that resemble the interfaces for smartphones :

Social Life - Shortcuts to social networks and cloud computing .
All Apps- shortcuts for all graphics applications .
Home- Personal Folder .

The desktop configuration is very simple , though limited to wallpaper . Just click with the right mouse button and choose Backdrop > Show. Then drag your wallpaper it will be assigned .

This is just a feature of ROX : Drag shortcuts to the panel , desktop and between windows . It is also possible to use " composite " application with xcompmgr , but this sacrifices the environment and lightness .

The system requirements are: rox-filer , fluxbox , pcmanfm and xdg - utils . For those who download the application on Debian format ( compatible with ubuntu 12.x, Debian, Mint etc. ) You can install via gdebi , or with the command in terminal mode, with root,  "dpkg -i zappwm" followed by " apt -get - f install" to correct dependencies.

zappwm 42 shortcuts

 

Ryan 'Icculus' Gordon explains game development for Linux

The following presentation video of Ryan 'Icculus' Gordon's talk is a must for those, who are interested in the modern game development, want to learn more about the technology behind it, or even going to port or develop a game to Linux. In his talk at the conference Flouish 2012 in Chicago Icculus presented some of the leading open source technologies that are used for the development of modern games like Crysis or World of Warcraft, and which he has used porting games to Linux and Mac OS X. Among other things, he talks about SDL, OpenAL, SQLite, LUA and many others.


Read more at www.SteamForLinux.com

 

Carmageddon: Reincarnation coming to Linux

Today is the last day of the crowdfunding campaign Carmageddon: Reincarnation on KickStarter. Although there are still a few hours until completion of the project financing and the goal of $600k set for the Linux and Mac versions of the game has not been reached yet, the indi games studio Stainless Games has confirmed the release of the Linux version today.


Read more at www.SteamForLinux.com

 

Humble Indie Bundle V breaks all records

On Thursday a new Humble Indie Bundle presenting 5 new great games for Linux was released. Now, not even 2 days after the start of the sales, a new record of over 2.4 million dollars was set up.


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www.SteamForLinux.com

 

EA hunting crowd-funding, bringing Origin for Linux?

Recently Electronic Arts published a press release about its new program with benefits for the development studios funding games with the help of crowdfunding platforms such as KickStarter. Accordingly to the program these game studios don't have to pay distribution fees for the first 90 days of using the digital gaming platform Origin. One of the first KickStarter game projects, which is going to be sold on Origin and also to be available for Linux, will be Wasteland 2 from inXile Entertainment.


Read more at

www.SteamForLinux.com

 

Latest Games for Linux

While other big publishers, such as Blizzard and Ubisoft, ignore Linux as a gaming platform Electronic Arts pushes its first Linux games into Ubuntu Software Center: Command and Conquer Tiberium Alliances and Lord of Ultima. Although these games are only a couple of browser games, among Ubuntu users they came to very positive reviews.


Read more at

www.SteamForLinux.com

 

Electronic Arts talks at Ubuntu Developer Summit

In this phenomenal times for Linux Gaming there are even more great things to come for Linux soon. As some of you know, Ubuntu Developer Summit is going to take place in California on 7–11 May this year.

Read more at www.SteamForLinux.com

 

Phenomenal times for Linux Gaming

Although the Linux gamers are experiencing a phenomenal time nowadays, even better times are waiting for them. While Steam for Linux is being developed by Valve at the moment, more Linux games than ever before are being published now.

The latest HumbleIndieBundle introduced again a great new game for Linux a few day ago - Botanicula:


Read more at

www.SteamForLinux.com

 

GuitarPro6 on Fedora 64 bit

 

Guitar Pro 6 on Fedora x64

GuitarPro6

 

After I've had a lot of trouble to get this working, I will show you the step by step guidance to run Guitar Pro 6 on a 64 bit version of Fedora (it should be almost the same on  all 64 bit versions of Linux though -> Notice, if you're using a x64 Debian based distribution, it's easier by using getlibs)

 

 

 

1.) First download the guitar pro 6 installer for linux from the website www.guitar-pro.com.

2.) The downloaded file is in .deb container format (for Debian distributions). Simple extract the deb file, and open the extracted folder.

3.) You can find two tar.gz files inside of it: control.tar.gz and data.tar.gz as well as debian-binary. The only file which we need is data.tar.gz, so delete the other two files.

Extract the data.tar.gz file.

Corresponding Shell-Command: tar -xf data.tar.gz

 

4.) Open up the data folder - again you see two folders opt and usr. Open the opt folder and copy the GuitarPro6 folder inside of it to /opt/. (You need sudo rights to do this, so either you do it directly over the terminal, or you call nautilus with root privileges: sudo nautilus /opt)

 

Corresponding Shell-Command: sudo cp -R GuitarPro6 /opt/

 

 

Ok basically that's it, but Guitar Pro 6 doesn't start up yet. It needs some dependencies. So let's see which ones it needs. Open up a terminal and change the directory to /opt/GuitarPro6

Corresponding Shell-Command: cp /opt/GuitarPro6


6.) start the shell script gp-launcher.sh by typing: sh gp-launcher.sh. It should give you the following output:

./GuitarPro: error while loading shared libraries: libportaudio.so.2: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

 

So we need all these dependencies (and we need the 32 bit Libraries!!!) So instead of let you find out each dependency after another here are the needed packages you have to install:

 

libstdc++.i686
mesa-libGL.i686
alsa-lib.i686
portaudio.i686
pulseaudio-libs.i686
libXrender.i686
glib2.i686
freetype.i686
fontconfig.i686

libgnomeui.i686
gtk2-engines.i686

 

 

Corresponding Shell-command: sudo yum -y install libstdc++.i686 mesa-libGL.i686 alsa-lib.i686 portaudio.i686 pulseaudio-libs.i686 libXrender.i686 glib2.i686 freetype.i686 fontconfig.i686 libgnomeui.i686 gtk2-engines.i686

 

7.) We're almost done, there's one more problem: After installing these libs and trying to start guitarPro6 with sh gp-launcher.sh the following error will occur:

./GuitarPro: /opt/GuitarPro6/./libz.so.1: version `ZLIB_1.2.3.3' not found (required by /usr/lib/libxml2.so.2)

 

This means GuitarPro6 tries to use a wrong version of libz. The trick is to remove the libz lib in the GuitarPro6 folder and let GuitarPro use the libz version of the system.


Commands:

sudo rm libz.so.1

 

After that GuitarPro6 should be able to start.


8.) Soundbank-Installation:

For some reasons (which I didn't find out yet) the soundbank installation doesn't work. However there's a workaround for this:

 

 

 

  1. Download the file Soundbanks.gpbank directly from the website and copy it to your GuitarPro6 folder (again you need root privileges to do this)

  2. Run sudo /opt/GuitarPro6/GPBankInstaller /opt/GuitarPro6/Soundbanks.gpbank /opt/GuitarPro6/Data/Soundbanks/

     (notice the blanks after each directory argument)

  1. It should sucessfully import it, doing it this way.

 

 

I hope everything worked out fine. You can also add a Desktop link to GuitarPro6 by adding a file in /usr/share/applications.

 

 

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Enabling DVD playback in Ubuntu 9.10 to 11.04 - Updated Version.

How to enable DVD playback in Ubuntu 9.10 - 11.04

I like to keep things brief and to the point. Here is how to configure Ubuntu to play DVDs. Tried the procedures on Ubuntu 9.10 up to 11.04, once installed, you will be able to use any proprietary or open-source media player.
 
Using the Terminal
 
Install the libdvdread4 package (no need to add third party repositories) via command line:

# sudo apt-get install libdvdread4

libdvdread4 is the decryption mechanism that decodes DVD content. This must be installed or you will not be able to play DVDs.
Then run this program only once:

# sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

libdvdread4 and libdvdread4/install-css.sh must be installed first before you install your desired media player. Once the above packages has been installed then you are free to install any media player, for instance, vlc and banshee.
 
# sudo apt-get install vlc

Installing with the Synaptic Package Manager
 
To open Synaptic, go to System>Administration> and click on Synaptic Package Manager. Or you can use the shell and type:

# sudo synaptic

Within the synaptic package manager box, click on the "search" button and type: "ubuntu-restricted-extras". A list of possible packages will be displayed. Right-click "ubuntu-restricted-extras" and choose "Install". Search for VLC by typing "vlc" in the "search" bar. Once found, right-click and choose install.  
After the initial install, go to the terminal to download and install /usr/lib/libdvdcss.so with this command: "sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh". After all is complete, enjoy the entertainment.

 

How to download RSS feeds with a simple script

After a bit of studying and testing, I have found a  very simple way to download RSS feeds from the command line. It works very well, except (in some cases) with encoding. The whole script with explanations is here. Thank you in advance for any help with the encoding problem!

 
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