sabato 15 dicembre 2012

Wine 1.5.19 released

The Wine development release 1.5.19 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - Performance improvements in the DIB engine.
  - More fleshed out XML-lite implementation.
  - Some more C++ runtime functions.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.19.tar.bz2
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.5/wine-1.5.19.tar.bz2
 
For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:
 
http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.19

martedì 27 novembre 2012

Wine 1.5.18 released

The Wine development release 1.5.18 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - Various Windows Codecs improvements.
  - Fixes for OLE database support.
  - Improvements to system parameters management.
  - Some fixes to the built-in Web browser.
  - Fixes for XML support.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.18.tar.bz2
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.5/wine-1.5.18.tar.bz2
 
For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:
 
http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.18

venerdì 16 novembre 2012

Humble Bundle for Android #4 adds 5 games

http://www.humblebundle.com

Great news! 5 games have been added to the Humble Bundle for Android #4!
Let's take a look at these five games!

- Canabalt: the sublime, indie parkour platformer by Adam Saltsman. It involves running through a city during an alien invasion and jumping from rooftop-to-rooftop.



- Cogs: a much-lauded 3D puzzle game that gives the player mechanical structures that need to be fixed in order to function properly.



- Swords & Soldiers HD: a vibrant, side-scrolling strategy game. It features tight, balanced gameplay and is perfect for gamers seeking a fun, casual, strategy experience.



- Zen Bound 2: a ground-breaking, meditative puzzler that defies convention. Players are given a wooden figurine, which must be wrapped in twine through a process of creative rotation.



And, if you pay more than the average price (now $6,40) you'll also get:

- Avadon: The Black Fortress: the RPG fantasy saga from Jeff Vogel's Spiderweb Software, an indie studio well-known for sprawling experiences and intricate plots.



So, what are you waiting for? This bundle now gives ELEVEN amazing games!!!! Don't be stupid and be quick, you still have 6 days!

giovedì 15 novembre 2012

Wine 1.5.17 released

The Wine development release 1.5.17 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - Sub-pixel font anti-aliasing in the DIB engine.
  - Support for automatic installation of ActiveX controls.
  - Automatic fallback to TLS 1.0 for secure connections.
  - Beginnings of the DirectWrite text analyzer.
  - Better handling of font outlines in OpenGL.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.17.tar.bz2
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.5/wine-1.5.17.tar.bz2
 
For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:
 
http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.17

Let's Play: Steam Linux Beta Client

http://store.steampowered.com/

About

06/11/2012. A historic day. Valve releases his first Steam Linux Client ever. 60.000 people filled the beta survey and asked for a beta pass, but only a few of them are now able to try it... Or not?
Yes, it doesn't care if you have been picked as beta tester or not, some Linux users have found a hack so you can open the client and you can also play a few games (only if you have already bought one of the Humble Indie Bundles).
As now, the client is only available for Ubuntu and Arch Linux users.
Download it here:

http://media.steampowered.com/client/installer/steam.deb (Ubuntu)
https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/steam/ (Arch Linux)

Now follow my installation video if you want to know how to run the client if you're not a beta tester.
As i said before, there are many games which can be already played, but the first thing to do (if you have not done it before) is to redeem all your HIB Steam keys.
This is a list of playable games:

- Aquaria
- Cogs
- Cubemen
- Darwinia
- Dungeons of Dredmor
- Frozen Synapse
- Space Pirates and Zombies
- Uplink
- World of Goo

Waiting for the beta client to be opened to everyone and for some games to be played, here are some screenshots and videos.

Screenshots



Installation



Running



That's all. Feel free to send me an email or leave a comment if you got some problems or if you just wanna ask me a question. I will always answer you!

venerdì 9 novembre 2012

Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal Quetzal" released

http://www.ubuntu.com

I know this news comes a bit late, but i've been pretty busy and i forgot to announce this new release...
The new Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal Quetzal" version of your favourite O.S. has been released!
These are some of the new features (thanks to OMG! Ubuntu! for this video):



Download it now!

The Humble Bundle for Android #4

http://www.humblebundle.com

Let's get ready to Humbleeeeeeee....
It's time for a new Humble Indie Bundle, and this time it's again a bundle for Android!



I know, most of these games have been already seen in other bundles, but it's the first time that these games can be also played on our Android device!
As always, pay what you want (but if you beat the average price you get another game), help charity and get 6 games (also for Linux) and their amazing soundtracks!
Let's take a look at the games included:

- Splice: resequence, mutate, and splice in this experimental microbial puzzler by Cipher Prime.



- Eufloria HD: take to space, conquer asteroids, and grow an organic army of seedlings in this elegant and unique real-time strategy game by Omni Systems.



- Waking Mars: when a mission of first contact doesn't go as expected, astrobiologist Liang is trapped underneath the surface of Mars. With the help of his trusty jetpack and his allies on the surface, you must help Liang discover the secret ecosystem underground and bring a sleeping planet to life.



- Crayon Physics Deluxe: a physics-based puzzle game that won the Seumas McNally Grand Prize at the 2008 Independent Games Festival.



- Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP: delivers a completely fresh adventure gaming experience, defying conventions to develop a unique kind of storytelling.



...And if you beat the average price (now $6.02) you get also:

 - Machinarium: in the point-and-click adventure game Machinarium, players guide a heroic little robot on his quest to save his friends from a trio of bullies in a dilapidated machine city.



So, for just a few bucks you have the possibility to play 6 awesome games on your Android device and on Linux! What are you waiting for? You still have more than 13 days! Don't be stupid and be quick!

Crossover XI 11.3.0 released

Crossover XI 11.3.0 has been released.

Here's the announcement:

http://www.codeweavers.com/support/forums/announce/?t=24;mhl=133338;msg=133338#msg133338

And this is the changelog:

Mac OS X:
 
    - Complete translations for:
      - Czech,
      - Spanish,
      - Japanese,
      - Polish,
      - Portuguese (Brazil), and
      - Chinese (China).
    - Fix for font rendering in CivIV.


  Linux:
    - Complete translations for:
      - Czech,
      - Spanish,
      - Japanese,
      - Lithuanian,
      - Polish,
      - Portuguese (Brazil),
      - Swedish, and
      - Chinese (China).
    - Fix a bug on Ubuntu 12.04 where Excel files would fail to launch.
   
   Note to Red Hat Enterprise 5 Users: CrossOver 11.3 is the
   last version of CrossOver which will work with RHEL5.  The X11 libraries
   in RHEL5 are sufficiently old that future versions of CrossOver
   will not work in RHEL5.  An upgrade to RHEL6 or newer will be necessary
   to use future versions of CrossOver.

If you are an existing CrossOver customer with an active support entitlement, you can visit this web site to download this latest version:  

http://www.codeweavers.com

sabato 3 novembre 2012

Wine 1.5.16 released

The Wine development release 1.5.16 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - New version of the Mono package.
  - Many improvements to the CMD command-line parser.
  - More stream classes in the C++ runtime.
  - Support for managing services in WMI.
  - Improved CPU detection.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.16.tar.bz2
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.5/wine-1.5.16.tar.bz2
 
For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:
 
http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.16

martedì 16 ottobre 2012

Wine 1.5.15 released

The Wine development release 1.5.15 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - Full support for layered windows.
  - New version of the Gecko engine based on Firefox 16.
  - Support for broadcast sockets used by networked games.
  - Downloaded add-ons installers are now cached.
  - Support for persistent Internet cookies.
  - String optimizations in JavaScript.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.15.tar.bz2
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.5/wine-1.5.15.tar.bz2
 
For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:
 
http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.15 

sabato 29 settembre 2012

Wine 1.5.14 released

The Wine development release 1.5.14 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - Much better behavior of the URL cache.
  - Improved GIF image support.
  - More parser features in the shader compiler.
  - Optimizations in JavaScript.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.14.tar.bz2
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.5/wine-1.5.14.tar.bz2
 
For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:
 
http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.14

giovedì 27 settembre 2012

4 games added to the Humble Indie Bundle 6

http://www.humblebundle.com

Hey! Great news! 4 games have been added to the Humble Indie Bundle 6! As always, if you already bought the bundle, you can download those new games immediately! Some of those games have already been included into previous bundles. Let's take a look at these "new" games!

- BIT.TRIP RUNNER: radiates charm and challenge with retro-styled, music-platformer gameplay.



- Gratuitous Space Battles: players outfit a complete fleet -- from bulkhead-to-munitions -- to clash mightily with opponents from across the galaxy.



- Jamestown: a beautiful shmup that brings neo-classical flavor to the grand tradition of scrolling arcade shooters.



- Wizorb: take on the role of Cyrus, a wizard well-versed in the secret magic art known as Wizorb.



And you will also get all the soundtracks!
What are you waiting for? Buy the bundle, beat the average, get 10 awesome indie games (and their soundtracks)! Don't be stupid and be quick!

domenica 23 settembre 2012

giovedì 20 settembre 2012

The Humble Indie Bundle 6

http://www.humblebundle.com

Say hello to the new Humble Indie Bundle!



6th "official" bundle of the series, this brand new bundle comes with 5 NEW Linux games never seen before in previous bundles (plus 1 game if you beat the average)! We were just enjoying the 5th bundle, and it's time for the 6th already! So, let's take a look these new games:

- Dustforce: in this frenetic, award-winning platformer by Hitbox Team, sweep your way through over fifty levels of wall rebounding, double jumping endurance runs where finesse matters as much as dust destruction.



- Rochard: in this critically acclaimed side-scrolling sci-fi platformer, John Rochard must master the use of gravity, weight, and matter to overcome various obstacles and puzzles in his quest against an intergalactic archaeological conspiracy.



- Shatter: a fresh take on brick-breakers, adding new physics-based concepts to alter the trajectory of every ball in play.



- Space Pirates And Zombies: explore the stars, outfit your own ships, and engage in intense combat in this top down space shooter by MinMax Games.



- Torchlight: in this addicting fantasy action RPG, take on the role of a lone hero who uses brawn and magic to hack and slash their way through intense crowds of baddies while collecting awesome gear, loot, and skills.



And... If you beat the average price (now $5,77), you get also:

- Vessel: in this liquid-manipulating puzzle platformer by Strange Loop Games, take on the role of Arkwright, the inventor of liquid-comprised automatons called Fluros, originally used throughout the world to make life easier for all.



You will also get all the soundtracks, you will help charity and you can pay what you want. Same good Humble Indie Bundle then! So, what are you waiting for? You have still 13 days! Don't be stupid and be quick!

domenica 16 settembre 2012

sabato 15 settembre 2012

Wine 1.5.13 released

The Wine development release 1.5.13 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - Client-side window rendering using the DIB engine.
  - Raw input support for keyboard and mouse.
  - Support for transparent window areas using color keying.
  - Proper C++ RTTI support on 64-bit.
  - Implementation of logical processor information.
  - Support for fonts with localized names.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.13.tar.bz2
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.5/wine-1.5.13.tar.bz2
 
For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:
 
http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.13

mercoledì 12 settembre 2012

Let's Play: Runaway - A Road Adventure


Ahoy captain! Ask me about Loom... Ahem, that was the wrong videogame. This is one of the best adventure games ever created since the golden era of the point-and-click adventure games (early 90's). Great graphics, deep plot, a beautiful woman, a smart guy, some crazy people and a group of dancing transexuals.. Ladies and gentlemen, this is "Runaway: A Road Adventure"!!!!

A hard choice...

Runaway - A Road Adventure on Crossover XI (11.2.0 engine):

The game installs and works perfectly!

Runaway - A Road Adventure on PlayOnLinux (Wine 1.5.12 version):

The game installs and works perfectly!

Well, this is a 2001 videogame, so it is supposed to work with both Crossover XI and PlayOnLinux/Wine. In fact, the game works good with both programs so the question is: are you a Crossover customer? If not, just use Wine and you'll be satisfied. As Crossover customer, i use Crossover to support it.

Talking about performances?

First of all my hardware:

agp_aperture_size: 256
cpu: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor
cpu_ghz: 0.80
distro: Ubuntu 12.04 precise
kernel: 3.2.0-31-generic
machine_bitness: 64
memory: 3953
soundcard: HDA ATI SB at 0xfbcf4000 irq 16
soundcard_driver: ALSA Version 1.0.24
videocard_direct: True
videocard_driver_version: 4.2.0 NVIDIA 304.43
videocard_manufacturer: NVIDIA Corporation
videocard_ram: 1024
videocard_type: GeForce GTX 550 Ti/PCIe/SSE2
x_version: X.Org X Server 1.11.3

Unfortunately, i had some troubles in showing FPS, so i couldn't make a comparison between Ubuntu and Windows. BUT, since this is an old game, and it does not require any powerful machine, it works really good, without any FPS drop or any stuttering.

Conclusion: use whatever you want, Crossover XI or PlayOnLinux/Wine.

Installation



This is the DVD installation from the DVD contained into "Runaway 2: The Dream of the Turtle".
The process takes about 3 minutes.
If you do the complete installation, you won't need any noDVD crack, so i suggest it.

Running



That's all. Feel free to send me an email or leave a comment if you got some problems or if you just wanna ask me a question. I will always answer you!

sabato 1 settembre 2012

Wine 1.5.12 released

The Wine development release 1.5.12 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - Support for disabling individual joysticks.
  - Better support for D3DX9 constant tables.
  - Some XRandR improvements.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.12.tar.bz2
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.5/wine-1.5.12.tar.bz2
 
For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:
 
http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.12

domenica 26 agosto 2012

sabato 25 agosto 2012

Added 4 games to the Humble Bundle for Android #3

http://www.humblebundle.com

Great news! The Humble Bundle team has added 4 other games to the Humble Bundle for Android #3. We've already seen this games in other bundles, but now you have the opportunity to get them without paying more than you paid for the original bundle! For those of you who did not get the bundle yet, if you do it now you get 9 (NINE) games!
Let's take a look at these 4 new games:

- World of Goo: this critically acclaimed puzzler challenges you to build dramatic and innovative structures using goo balls.



- Osmos: you play an amoeba-esque creature (called a "mote") in a world with a few basic rules: you absorb smaller things, and bigger things absorb you.



- Anomaly - Warzone Earth: an intense reversal of the tower defense formula, with players managing a convoy’s path through various war torn environments.



- EDGE: a casual puzzle-platformer that challenges you to roll your cube through over 100 levels.



So, if you pay more than the average price (now $6,64). you get NINE awesome games for PC and Android (tablets and mobile devices). What are you waiting for? You have still 4 days! Don't be stupid and be quick!!!

domenica 19 agosto 2012

sabato 18 agosto 2012

Let's Play: Darwinia


Welcome again to a new Let's Play! Do you wanna know what's one of the greatest things in this life? Native Linux games! This time i wanna talk about a game called... Darwinia! Many of you already know that game, because it is simply one of the best indie games ever created. In a virtual world, you control some people called Darwinians, and the aim of the game is to destroy some viruses created by the evil Dr. Sepulveda.

A matter of choice?

Since this is a native Linux game, and you are a Linux user (YOU ARE A LINUX USER, ARE YOU?!??), take a deep breath and play the game under your distro.

Talking about performances...

First of all, my hardware:

agp_aperture_size: 256
cpu: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor
cpu_ghz: 0.80
distro: Ubuntu 12.04 precise
kernel: 3.2.0-29-generic
machine_bitness: 64
memory: 3953
soundcard: HDA ATI SB at 0xfbcf4000 irq 16
soundcard_driver: ALSA Version 1.0.24
videocard_direct: True
videocard_driver_version: 4.2.0 NVIDIA 304.37
videocard_manufacturer: NVIDIA Corporation
videocard_ram: 1024
videocard_type: GeForce GTX 550 Ti/PCIe/SSE2
x_version: X.Org X Server 1.11.3

This is a native Linux game, so you MUST expect great performances. Let's see in detail:


Well, the game runs great on Ubuntu, almost like Windows. So enjoy your game at full details without frameskips! Remember, Compiz effects must be disabled while playing.

Installation



The game is available on Desura if you bought the Humble Introversion Bundle. If don't, you have the .deb package.
The installation process takes about a minute.

Running



That's all. Feel free to send me an email or leave a comment if you got some problems or if you just wanna ask me a question. I will always answer you!

The Humble Bundle for Android #3

http://www.humblebundle.com

Ay fellas! After a little parenthesis about music, the Humble Bundle team goes on to another REAL bundle with videogames! This is the third package involving the open source OS called Android for mobile phones and tablets. So you can play those videogames on your phones or tablets, but remember, this bundle contains native Linux clients, so you can also enjoy them on your Linux distro!
Let's see in detail which games you can find inside the package:

- Fieldrunners: Take your towers on the offensive against an endless sprawl of baddies in this tower defense classic.



- BIT.TRIP BEAT: a charming, retro-inspired music rhythm game. Players must deflect an onslaught of projectiles, each successful deflection resulting in a musical sound.



- SpaceChem: players take on the role of a Reactor Engineer, designing complex reactors that transform raw atoms into the complex chemicals needed to survive sinister threats on the frontier colonies of space.



- UpLink: Break into computer systems and nab valuable, secret information as you take on the role of a hacker for-hire in Uplink.



And... If you pay more than the average price (now about $6), you will also get:

- Spirits: In this beautiful puzzle-platformer, autumn has arrived and you must help the spirits of fallen leaves find their way home.



That's not all! You will also get all the soundtracks, in FLAC or MP3 high quality format. You can also redeem these games on Steam (which is going to arrive on Linux too, NR).
So, what are you waiting for? Pay what you want, help charity, don't be stupid and be quick! You still have 11 days!!

Wine 1.5.11 released

The Wine development release 1.5.11 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - Multi-channel support in the ALSA driver.
  - Removal of the big X11 lock.
  - Support for pair positioning adjustments in Uniscribe.
  - More I/O stream implementations in the C++ runtime.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.11.tar.bz2
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.5/wine-1.5.11.tar.bz2
 
For the complete list of bug fixes, follow this link:
 
http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.11

domenica 12 agosto 2012

The Humble Music Bundle

http://www.humblebundle.com

Hi everybody. Well, this comes too late. This bundle is already over... I'm sorry for that. Anyway, i'd like to introduce to you a new bundle concept by the Humble Bundle team. This time, there were not games, but music albums from some famous internet's musicians. These albums also came all in FLAC and MP3 high quality files!
Let's take a look in detail:

- OK Go - Twelve remixes of four songs: Twelve Remixes of Four Songs — a collection of remixes of some of the best songs from 2010's Of the Blue Colour of the Sky along with studio versions of those tracks



- MC Frontalot - Favoritism: A digital box set of Frontalot's choicest cuts, curated by the MC himself. Thrill along to top hits and unearthed treasures! Devour 6,000 words of wildly revelatory and/or self-indulgent liner notes! Spanning seven years and five albums, Favoritism is the first true document of the risen era of nerdcore hip-hop.



- They Might Be Giants - Album raises new and troubling questions: A rarities collection of songs recorded during the band's sessions for their most recent full length album Join Us.


- Christopher Tin - Calling all downs: Christopher Tin's debut album Calling All Dawns redefines the phrase "epic musical journey". It won two GRAMMY awards, including the only GRAMMY ever to be given for a video game song (for Baba Yetu, the theme from Civilization IV). Sung in 12 different languages, the album explores the cycle of life, death, and rebirth as told through the poems and prayers of different cultures around the world.


- Hitoshi Sakamoto - Best of the Valkyria Chronicles: Rediscover your memories from the acclaimed Valkyria Chronicles series with this compilation featuring the best music from all 3 games. From composer Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy XII, Tactics Ogre, Final Fantasy Tactics), experience the orchestrated melodies of the main themes, the adrenaline-pumping battle pieces and reminisce on the adventures from all the characters in Gallia.


- Jonathan Coulton - Jonathan Coulton's greatest hit (plus 13 other songs): It's hard to pick the 14 best songs from Jonathan Coulton's catalog because, really, they are all the best. But this collection has many of the favorites you know, along with a few you probably don't, including tracks from his latest album, Artificial Heart, and three brand new live tracks from his recent Artificial Heart tour. Which is his greatest hit? Only you can decide!


And.... If you paid more that the average price ($8.37) you already got 9 extra songs from these artists, plus downloadable sheet music of the Valkyria main theme!
So... Were you stupid or were you quick?

martedì 31 luglio 2012

Wine 1.5.10 released

The Wine development release 1.5.10 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - New version of the Gecko engine based on Firefox 14.
  - Support for OpenGL in the DIB engine using libOSMesa.
  - Off-screen rendering is now the default in Direct3D.
  - Some more WMI infrastructure.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.10.tar.bz2
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.5/wine-1.5.10.tar.bz2
 
For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:
 
http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.10

domenica 29 luglio 2012

Let's Play: Mednafen

http://mednafen.sourceforge.net
Welcome to a new Let's Play! I'm sorry for the big delay, i had some exams and a lot of troubles in my real life so i couldn't dedicate much time to UGP. But now i'm here with a new tutorial.
So, what's Mednafen? This unproneunceable program is none other than a powerful multisystem terminal-based emulator for Linux! And this time i used it to play some old Nintendo 8-Bit (NES) games! Now you're thinking "why should i use a terminal-based emulator when there are two alternatives with a front-end?". The answer is simple: the other 2 emulators don't work for me. I'm talking about GFCEU (a front-end for FCEU emulator) which seems to have issues with sound, and FCEUX, which crashes after 30 seconds of playing (and apparently there's no workaround). Anyway, this emulator is easy to install and to set-up. Let's see how!

This must be the choice!

Mednafen has its own Linux client, so there's no choice.

Talking about performances...

First of all, my hardware:

agp_aperture_size: 256
cpu: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor
cpu_ghz: 0.80
distro: Ubuntu 12.04 precise
kernel: 3.2.0-27-generic
machine_bitness: 64
memory: 3953
soundcard: HDA ATI SB at 0xfbcf4000 irq 16
soundcard_driver: ALSA Version 1.0.24
videocard_direct: True
videocard_driver_version: 4.2.0 NVIDIA 302.17
videocard_manufacturer: NVIDIA Corporation
videocard_ram: 1024
videocard_type: GeForce GTX 550 Ti/PCIe/SSE2
x_version: X.Org X Server 1.11.3

Sound and graphics work like a charm on Ubuntu 12.04 64-Bit!

Installation



The process takes about 1 minute.

Running



Feel free to send me an email or leave a comment if you got some problems or if you just wanna ask me a question. I will always answer you!

sabato 28 luglio 2012

Wine 1.5.9 released

The Wine development release 1.5.9 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - Support for GPOS font tables in Uniscribe.
  - Support for XRandr 1.2 and 1.3.
  - Parser improvements for the HLSL compiler.
  - More key exchange algorithms supported on Mac OS.
  - Relay tracing on ARM.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.9.tar.bz2
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.5/wine-1.5.9.tar.bz2
 
For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:
 
http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.9

lunedì 9 luglio 2012

mercoledì 4 luglio 2012

Wine 1.5.8 released


The Wine development release 1.5.8 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - More stream functionality in the C++ runtime.
  - A number of Windows Codecs improvements.
  - More WBEM classes and properties.
  - Some HTML Help fixes.
  - Support for printing fake italic fonts.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.8.tar.bz2
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.5/wine-1.5.8.tar.bz2

For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:

http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.8

domenica 1 luglio 2012

sabato 23 giugno 2012

Wine 1.5.7 released


The Wine development release 1.5.7 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - New version of the Gecko engine based on Firefox 13.
  - Dynamic device support with UDisks2.
  - More stream classes implemented in the C++ runtime.
  - Support for metadata in TIFF files.
  - Fleshed out WBEM implementation.
  - Improved support for printer paper sizes.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.7.tar.bz2
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.5/wine-1.5.7.tar.bz2

For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:

http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.7

domenica 17 giugno 2012

sabato 16 giugno 2012

Wine 1.4.1 released


The Wine maintenance release 1.4.1 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - Translation updates.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.4.1.tar.bz2
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.4/wine-1.4.1.tar.bz2

For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:

http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.4.1

sabato 9 giugno 2012

Wine 1.5.6 released


The Wine development release 1.5.6 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - Automatic installation of the Mono add-on package.
  - Control panel applet for joysticks.
  - Device bitmap rendering now done through the DIB engine.
  - Support for video rendering through DirectX (VMR-9).
  - First steps towards a D3D shader compiler.
  - Build fixes for DragonFly BSD.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.6.tar.bz2
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.5/wine-1.5.6.tar.bz2

For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:

http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.6

venerdì 8 giugno 2012

Update: added 3 games to The Humble Indie Bundle V

http://www.humblebundle.com

Yes, you got it! Other 3 great games have been added to The Humble Indie Bundle V!
IMHO, this makes this bundle the best bundle ever created, because now, if you beat the average price (about $8), you have 8 games!!!
And we're talking about some of the best indie games of all time! But let's take a look at the new 3 games added yesterday:

- Braid: does this game need an introduction? It's simply one of the most beautiful puzzle platform games of all time!



- Lone Survivor: a psychological survival adventure created by the one-man studio, Superflat Games!



- Super Meat Boy: again, a game which doesn't need an introduction. You'll surely recognize the game when you'll see the video!



You know, each time a new bundle comes out, i say the catchphrase "don't be stupid and be quick".
Well, this time, and i'm serious, with a few dollars (or euros), you will get 8 awesome games, and i assure you that they are worth it. Come on, don't be stupid. Don't be a fool. Be quick!

martedì 5 giugno 2012

Let's Play: Metro 2033




Oh yeah! After months of "Let's Play" inactivity (due to sickness and university), here i am again to tell you how to play a great game which now is only $10 on Steam, an awesome FPS with incredible graphics and deep plot. Ladies and gentlemen... Metro 2033!

A superhard choice!

Let's say that either Crossover XI and PlayOnLinux work the same, the only difference is a little performance difference. Let's take a look!

Metro 2033 on GameTree Linux:

Oh come on, this program has never been updated for years, you can't even think about running this game on GameTree Linux.

Metro 2033 on Crossover XI (11.0.3 version):

Well, Crossover is being updated frequently, and it is now based on Wine 1.4, so i can tell you that Steam works perfectly. Installing the game from Steam means only to download over 7 GB and some runtime packages (which Steam downloads by itself). Of course it doesn't even need a noDVD crack. So i should say it works perfect. No way. Unfortunately, Metro 2033 is a great game, but it needs a big hardware, and the lack of compatibility of some Windows libraries makes the game very slow at high details. Also, remember that on Linux (it doesn't care if you use Crossover or Wine), Directx 11 are not supported, so you can only play the game with Directx 9. Anyway, at low details, you can play the game and enjoy it. So:

- Installs perfectly.
- It doesn't need any noDVD crack.
- Low performances.

Metro 2033 on PlayOnLinux (1.5.5 wine version):

Same as Crossover XI, but there's a little FPS boost (a couple of frames, nothing more). So:

- Installs perfectly.
- It doesn't need any noDVD crack.
- Low performances (slightly better than Crossover XI).

Talking about performances...

First of all, my hardware:

agp_aperture_size: 256
cpu: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor
cpu_ghz: 0.80
distro: Ubuntu 12.04 precise
kernel: 3.2.0-25-generic
machine_bitness: 64
memory: 3953
soundcard: HDA ATI SB at 0xfbcf4000 irq 16
soundcard_driver: ALSA Version 1.0.24
videocard_direct: True
videocard_driver_version: 4.2.0 NVIDIA 295.53
videocard_manufacturer: NVIDIA Corporation
videocard_ram: 1024
videocard_type: GeForce GTX 550 Ti/PCIe/SSE2
x_version: X.Org X Server 1.11.3

I already said that PlayOnLinux (1.5.5 wine version) gives a little FPS boost. Let's take a look at the graphs:





As you can see, even on Windows i have "only" 27 FPS (average) at very high details. That means the game is heavy. If you want to play the game, i suggest you to choose Wine/PlayOnLinux.

Conclusion: use PlayOnLinux.

Installation



The process depends on your speed connection. For me (600 KB/s), it took me about 3 hours.
At the end of the installation process, and when clicking on "play" Steam will download some other runtime packages (other 2 or 3 minutes).

Running


Sorry if the video stutters, but the game is pretty heavy and it ran while FFMpeg was recording, so there was a FPS drop.



That's all. Feel free to send me an email or leave a comment if you got some problems or if you just wanna ask me a question. I will always answer you!

sabato 2 giugno 2012

The Humble Indie Bundle V

http://www.humblebundle.com

Boys and girls, grandfathers and grandmothers, sons and daughters, the brand new Humble Indie Bundle is here!!!!



And many people says that this one is the best of all!
As always, pay what you want for 4 of the greatest indie games of all time, get all the soundtracks, and if you pay more than the average price (now 7,80$) you get another fantastic game!
With more than 1$ you can also redeem all those games on Steam!!
Let's take a look at the 5 games contained into the bundle:

- Amnesia: The Dark Descent: a Survival Horror masterpiece from Frictional Games!



- Psychonauts: acclaimed action-platformer from Tim Schafer's Double Fine team!



- Limbo: captivating puzzle platformer game with great graphics!



- Superbrothers: Swords & Sworcery EP: solve puzzles and combat challenges!



...And, as i said before, if you pay more than the average price, you get also:

- Bastion: Action-RPG with awesome graphics and deep plot!



What are you waiting for? You still have more than 12 days! Don't waste your time playing expensive crappy games, play awesome indie games for a very little price! Don't be stupid and be quick!!!!!

mercoledì 30 maggio 2012

Wine 1.5.5 released


The Wine development release 1.5.5 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):


- Support for installing Mono as a Wine add-on package.
- Dithering of pattern brushes in the DIB engine.
- Support for installing the .NET 4.0 runtime.
- DDS files supported in D3DX9.
- Various bug fixes.


The source is available from the following locations:


http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.5.tar.bz2 http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.5/wine-1.5.5.tar.bz2


For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:


http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.5

giovedì 24 maggio 2012

Because We May

http://www.becausewemay.com/index.html

For one week, and one week only, "Because We May" project gives you the chance to get around 400 games on sale for iOS, Android, Mac, Steam and.... Linux!!!
Any example?

- Darwinia: 66% discount, from 15$ to 5$!
- Braid: 75% discount, from 20$ to 5$!
- Frozen Synapse: 50% discount: from 25$ to 12,5$!

..And many, many more!

Don't waste this chance! You have a week to get a bunch of awesome games for a very little price!

http://www.becausewemay.com/index.html

PlayOnLinux 4.1 released

Sorry for the lack of news about it!
PlayOnLinux 4.1 has been released.
Here's the changelog:


PlayOnLinux can open documents, and manage extensions
A new debugger
A new configure window
Optirun support
- System check on startup
- Lot of bug fixed (proxy settings, cdrom problems, wget, ...)
- UTF-8 problems fixed
Install window : you can see the screenshots in big size by clicking on it
A bug for Ubuntu 12.04 users that prevented PlayOnLinux from running is fixed
- Bugfix : POL prevented wine from running when the .exe was installed in a bad filesystem (instead of just alerting)
- Wine architectures problem should be fixed
- Ability to run custom commands before starting a program or a game
- Bugs fixed : 72, 561
- 64bits prefixes creation support


Download it from:


http://www.playonlinux.com/en/download.html

martedì 22 maggio 2012

Screenshot of the week #10

"Shut the f**k up! I'm watching my favourite tv show!" - Max Payne 2 - 1920x1080 - Max details

venerdì 18 maggio 2012

Screenshot of the week #9

"Cinematic point-of-view of Max Payne" - Max Payne - 1920x1080 - Max details

domenica 13 maggio 2012

Wine 1.5.4 released


The Wine development release 1.5.4 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - A new DirectSound resampler.
  - A Negotiate authentication provider.
  - OpenGL support in the DIB engine.
  - Beginnings of support for .NET mixed assemblies.
  - Support routines for Internationalized Domain Names.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/system/emulators/wine/wine-1.5.4.tar.bz2
  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.4.tar.bz2

For the complete bug fixes list follow this link:

http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.4

domenica 6 maggio 2012

Screenshot of the week #8

"Who the hell left a voodoo doll on the floor? Those kids..." - Metro 2033 - 1920x1080 - High details

lunedì 30 aprile 2012

Screenshot of the week #7

"Hmm.. Hawaii? It seems Texas here..." - Test Drive Unlimited - 1920x1080 - Max details

sabato 28 aprile 2012

Wine 1.5.3 released


The Wine development release 1.5.3 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - Support for graphics bounds tracking.
  - A number of fixes to the builtin Internet Explorer.
  - Support for displaying ARM code in the Wine debugger.
  - Various DirectMusic improvements.
  - Better namespace support in MSXML.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/system/emulators/wine/wine-1.5.3.tar.bz2
  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.3.tar.bz2

For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:

http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.3

giovedì 26 aprile 2012

Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin" released

http://www.ubuntu.com
The new release of Ubuntu is here!
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long Term Support) "Precise Pangolin" has been released this morning!
These are the new features (thanks to OMG! Ubuntu! for the video):



This is the new Long Term Support version after Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx", which means that it will be maintained and supported until 14.04 Ubuntu version in 2014.

Download it now!

domenica 22 aprile 2012

Screenshot of the week #5

The return of the screenshot of the week!

"Hmm... Monkey Island 2?" - Trine - 1920x1080 - Max details

venerdì 20 aprile 2012

The Humble Botanicula Debut

http://www.humblebundle.com

It's time for a new Humble Bundle! This one is called "The Humble Botanicula Debut", and it's aim is to spread the word about new Amanita Design game "Botanicula"!



As the previous Humble Bundles, this one does not contain only Botanicula (which is a point-and-click adventure game)...



...But also:

- Multi-awarded point-and-click adventure game "Machinarium"



- Platform adventure game and winner of the IGF award for the Best Web Browser game in 2007 "Samorost 2"



And, if you pay more than the average price of the bundle (now $8,76) you can get also:

- A full-length feature film with puppet animations called "Kooky" (english dubbed 720p version)



- Point-and-click puzzle game "Windosill"



That's not all. If you pay more than $5, you can redeem all these games on Steam, and whatever you will set the price, you will also get Botanicula, Machinarium and Samorost 2 soundtracks!!!
Pay what you want and help charity!
What are you waiting for? You have still 13 days! Don't be stupid and be quick!!

PlayOnLinux 4.0.17 released

PlayOnLinux 4.0.17 has been released!
Here's the changelog:

- Support for GoG games (www.gog.com)
- Support for MS-DOS games (with DosBox integration)
- PlayOnLinux checks that wine is run on a valid unix filesystem to avoid problems. 
- Translations updated
- When you click on cancel button during an installation process, all windows programs are closed; 
- Un bug corrigé au niveau de la sortie de wine qui causait des problèmes lors de la création de raccourcis 
playonlinux file.exe did not work with 4.0.16 on Linux. We've fixed it. 
- Searching for .exe file is faster 
- First use assistant can't be canceled 
- Bug fix in PlayOnLinux wineprefix's logfile, which reported that a wine version was patched when it was not the case.



Download it from:


http://www.playonlinux.com/en/download.html

sabato 14 aprile 2012

Wine 1.5.2 released


The Wine development release 1.5.2 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - Improved naming scheme for audio devices.
  - Better support for finding system fonts on Mac OS X.
  - Beginnings of support for JPEG encoding.
  - Several printing fixes.
  - Improvements to the URL cache.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/system/emulators/wine/wine-1.5.2.tar.bz2
  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.2.tar.bz2

Follow this link for the complete list of bug fixes:

http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.2

domenica 8 aprile 2012

domenica 1 aprile 2012

Screenshot of the week #4

Sorry for the last sunday...

"Are you tired? Well, let's rest for a moment..." - Metro 2033 - DX11 - High details - 1920x1080

sabato 31 marzo 2012

Wine 1.5.1 released


The Wine development release 1.5.1 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - Built-in JavaScript now preferred over Gecko in most cases.
  - Support for scalable font resources.
  - Fixes for audio and video playback.
  - Support for script decoding in JScript.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/system/emulators/wine/wine-1.5.1.tar.bz2
  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.1.tar.bz2

For more infos and the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:

http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.1

mercoledì 28 marzo 2012

Snuggle Truck added to the Humble Bundle for Android #2

http://www.humblebundle.com

Hey there! Good news! Trial racing game Snuggle Truck has been added to the Humble Bundle for Android 2!!!



If you already purchased the bundle, go and download it!
If you didn't purchase the bundle, what are you waiting for? You still have 5 days!

martedì 20 marzo 2012

Let's Play: Test Drive Unlimited



Today i tested for you a racing game, a great racing game, with wonderful landscapes and awesome cars... Ladies and gentlemen, Test Drive Unlimited!

A very hard choice!

That's true. This time the choice is very hard! Wanna know why? Please continue reading...

Test Drive Unlimited on GameTree Linux:

The game is not supported so i'm not gonna consider that.

Test Drive Unlimited on Crossover XI (11.0.0 version):

Alright, the game installs fine, and with a couple of tweaks it runs great (apart from a little water textures issue)! You need a noDVD crack (see below for more infos), you need to set "Windows Vista" as OS into wine configuration to make mouse work, and you have to do a little trick to set your joypad. So:

- Needs a noDVD crack (this one http://dl.gamecopyworld.com/?c=725495341&d=2007&f=vty-tdu!rar)
- Set "Windows Vista" into Wine Configuration to make mouse work.
- If you want to play with a joypad, you can't bind the keys running the original executable. You have to click on "run command...", set "/pathtoinstalldirectory/TestDriveUnlimited.exe 2>&1 | grep joydev_enum_device" as executable, click on "Debug Options", then "Create log file" and put the line "+dinput" into "Other:". Then run. Now you can bind your joypad buttons. You have to do it the first time only, then it's no more necessary.
- Water textures displays over the other textures (a minor issue, anyway).

Test Drive Unlimited on PlayOnLinux 4.0.15 (1.4-rc4 wine version):

The game installs fine and runs great with the same tweaks as Crossover XI. The only difference is how you set the joypad. So:

- Needs a noDVD crack (this one http://dl.gamecopyworld.com/?c=725495341&d=2007&f=vty-tdu!rar)
- Set "Windows Vista" into Wine Configuration to make mouse work.
- If you want to play with a joypad, you can't bind the keys running the original executable. You have to go click on your Test Drive Unlimited shortcut, then "Configure", then go into "miscellaneous" tab and "Open a shell". Now navigate into TDU's directory and run "WINEDEBUG=+dinput wine TestDriveUnlimited.exe 2>&1 | grep joydev_enum_device". Now you can bind your joypad buttons. You have to do it the first time only, then it's no more necessary.
- Water textures displays over the other textures (a minor issue, anyway).

Performances... Performances....

First of all, my hardware:

agp_aperture_size: 256
cpu: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor
cpu_ghz: 0.80
distro: Ubuntu 11.10 oneiric
kernel: 3.0.0-17-generic
machine_bitness: 64
memory: 3960
soundcard: HDA ATI SB at 0xfbcf4000 irq 16
soundcard_driver: ALSA Version 1.0.24
videocard_direct: True
videocard_driver_version: 4.2.0 NVIDIA 295.20
videocard_manufacturer: NVIDIA Corporation
videocard_ram: 1024
videocard_type: GeForce GTX 550 Ti/PCIe/SSE2
x_version: X.Org X Server 1.10.4

Test Drive Unlimited had some performance issues with older wine versions (1.1.xx specifically), but Wine and Crossover teams have done a great job, so now it is possible to play the game with good performances! Let's see...

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As you can see, i tested the game in 2 different ways: enabling HDR/disabling AA and enabling AA/disabling HDR. It is just a choice (i prefer using HDR which provides awesome natural light effects). Analyzing these tests i found out that Crossover works better than Wine, providing about a 20-30% more FPS. Anyway, the game is fully playable and enjoyable, and the average FPS guarantee a smooth gameplay.

Conclusion: use Crossover XI.

Installation



This process takes about 8 minutes.
The site at the beginning is "www.gamecopyworld.com".
At the end of the installation:

- Download a noDVD crack (this one http://dl.gamecopyworld.com/?c=725495341&d=2007&f=vty-tdu!rar)
- Set "Windows Vista" into Wine Configuration.
- If you use a joypad, use the method explained above to set the keys.

Running



P.S. I'm sorry but i couldn't take a fullscreen gameplay (i don't know why my screencasting applications crashed everytime i started the game on fullscreen mode), but i tell you: the game WORKS on fullscreen!!

That's all. Feel free to send me an email or leave a comment if you got some problems or if you just wanna ask me a question. I will always answer you!

lunedì 19 marzo 2012

The Humble Bundle for Android #2

http://www.humblebundle.com
Hi everybody! It's time for a new Humble Bundle! This is the second bundle for Android too, and as the slogan says "pay what you want for awesome games, Mac, Windows, Linux AND Android"!!!!



You already now the quality of these bundles, but i want to repeat it.
Pay what you want for a bunch of spectacular indie games, in this case:

- Indie parkour platformer "Canabalt"



- Meditative puzzle game "Zen Bound 2"



- 3D puzzle game "Cogs"



- RPG fantasy game "Avadon: the Black Fortress"



And, if you pay more than the average price (now $5,67), you get also:

- Side-scrolling strategy game "Swords & Soldiers"



You can also redeem all of these games on Steam!
You have 14 days to get this bundle. C'mon, you can't miss it!!! Don't be stupid and be quick!!

domenica 18 marzo 2012

Screenshot of the week #3

"Honeeeeeeey, i'm baaaaaaaaaack!!" - Test Drive Unlimited - 1920x1080 - High details

sabato 17 marzo 2012

Wine 1.5.0 released


The Wine development release 1.5.0 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - New version of the Gecko engine.
  - Partial support for using the Trash on Mac OS X.
  - Support for path gradients in GdiPlus.
  - Various MSXML improvements.
  - Fixes to 64-bit exception handling.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

http://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/system/emulators/wine/wine-1.5.0.tar.bz2
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.0.tar.bz2

For more details and the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:
http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.0

mercoledì 7 marzo 2012

Wine 1.4 released

The stable release Wine 1.4 is now available.
This release represents 20 months of development effort and over 16,000 individual changes. The main highlights are the new DIB graphics engine, a redesigned audio stack, and full support for bidirectional text and character shaping.
It also contains a lot of improvements across the board, as well as support for many new applications, notably Microsoft Office 2010. See the release notes below for a summary of the major changes.


The source is available from the following location:


http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.4.tar.bz2


For more details follow this link:


http://www.winehq.org/news/2012030701