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    PlanetQuake | Features | Tech Tips | 4-22-2000
   

Tech Tips
by Love2Play



 

What's a GUI look like? Well, I run Enlightenment, but this should give you an idea. For all this good stuff, (like LICQ), it can usually be found linked to on http://www.freshmeat.net, I can't plug that site enough!

 

If you ever get into trouble in XWindows, and feel you cannot possibly recover, press CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE. This will kill XWindows, at the expense of all your unsaved work.

If you need any more help, try typing "man ", and repalace with what you want to know about.

So, you want to game eh?

Well, this is where it becomes a lot of black magic. Most of the Linux games I have seen are pretty straightforward as to how to install, but since this is Planet Quake, perhaps it would be wise to talk about Quake. ;)

NOTE: nVidia cards had problems on AMD systems with the older drivers. The current drivers are supposed to fix the issues with AMD based systems so you should be OK! Just make sure you are getting any driver better then 0.9-2! Drivers previous to this have problems with the ALi chipset. The other issue at stake is that the previous drivers violated the GPL. For more information, you can check out "http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=00/05/01/0047219&mode=thread". Everything was resolved nicely though. Linux geeks USUALLY don't rend flesh if you apolagize nicely.... Usually. (Special thanks to MacSlow, iCEBaLM, and phoenix of irc.openprojects.net #nvidia for walking me though it).

NOTE ON MESA: Mesa is software rendering for OpenGL. BUT, some drivers will ask you to install it and some things won't run without it, even if you've installed all your card's accelerated drivers. Therefore, it's a good idea to read your card's documentation on www. mesa3d.org and then see if it needs mesa. If it does, then by all means get mesa! If it doesn't, you might wanna skip mesa. And if you are a software only person with cycles to burn, get mesa. It won't run Quake3 but less intensive opengl apps it will be able to handle.

If you want to install mesa (people without video accelerators or no support), grab MESA from http://www.freshmeat.net! Download that sucker and compile it! Err...better teach you how! Since I can't predict what window manager (like KDE) you'll use, nor what helper apps are installed, we'll have to make due with some command line wranglin'! Lets assume you just downloaded MESA, and want to unpack and install it. Open up a term window (so you get a command prompt, most of which look something like "[RotTrout #]:"), and type this!

tar zxvf mesa3d.tar.gz (HINT: replace "mesa3d.tar.gz" with the file you downloaded!)

What did we just do? We invoked the almighty TARBALLer! We'll go over some basic flags. (Really basic tar flags, it's a little more complex then this, try "man tar" or "tar --help" to get a complete listing as to what's going on!)

z - process a gzip'd file! Anything *.gz is gzip'd!

x - eXtract
v - Verbose! Keep you posted as to what's going on.
f - use this File.

Now your screen will show all these files extracting, and return you to a command prompt shortly thereafter. Now lets enter that directory that just got created for us. It'll be the filename minus the .tar.gz part.

cd mesa3d (HINT: you can type the first three letters and then press TAB to use autocomplete. If there are more entries that could be autocompleted and Linux cannot decide, nothing will happen until you smack tab again, and Linux will dump a list of entries it thinks you might want to use).

Or, if you wanted to use literal paths, which is not required but good if you are in some directory and need to get to another quickly, you can use DOS style cd'ing. Just remember to use /'s instead of \'s! To give you an example, lets say my username is NekkedHellChick. To get to the "mesa3d" directory under my user directory, you would use....

cd/home/NekkedHellChick/mesa3d/




   


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