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How to build Quake2World from source in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS/Linux Mint 13


“Quake2World is a Free, standalone first person shooter video game based on id Tech2. Our goal is to bring the fun of oldschool deathmatch to a more contemporary platform, and perhaps to a new generation of gamers. Quake2World is multiplayer-only. There is no single-player or offline gameplay mode. If you have no Internet and no friends, Quake2World might not be for you. Some of Quake2World’s features include:

Deathmatch, Capture, Instagib, and Rocket Arena gameplay modes right out of the box.
Teams Play and Match Mode support, with Warmup and Ready functionality.
High quality original levels and remakes of Quake series classics.
Original sounds and game music by Roland Shaw.
100% free to download, play and modify. See our licensing page.”

The prebuilt binaries from do not work in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, to get it working you have to compile it yourself:

Type the following commands in your favourite terminal app:

mkdir ~/source
cd ~/source
mkdir q2w
cd q2w/
git clone
git clone
sudo ln -s ~/source/q2w/quake2world-data/target /usr/local/share/quake2world
cd ~/source/q2w/quake2world
sudo apt-get install autoconf automake libtool libcurl4-openssl-dev libphysfs-dev libsdl-image1.2-dev libsdl-mixer1.2-dev check checkinstall
autoreconf -i
make -j3
sudo checkinstall

and then run the game:


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Crossover overview – Install Windows applications on Linux with ease

Crossover is a Linux application (also for Mac OS X) that lets you install Windows programs and games on Linux.

The program itself is based off of Wine, and Codeweavers, maker of Crossover, are the top contributors to the Wine Project.

Crossover items in the Unity Dash
Search “cross” in the Unity Dash and you will find the Crossover menu items.

By clicking “Install Windows Software”, you will be able to install various Windows applications with ease.

Installing Half Life 2 in Linux with this handy tool

In the “Install Windows Software” window, you can install a ton of Crossover-supported applications and games, such as Half Life 2.
These applications can be installed in separate Wine bottles, stand-alone configurations for each app you install to avoid conflicts.

You can also install applications into existing wine-bottles.
There are also community supported applications which you can install.
Note: Some of these applications require you to provide the installer yourself.

“What if I want to install software that Crossover doesn’t support?”

If you have Windows software that you want to install, that is not on the list, just right-click the EXE, and hover over “Open with”.

You will be presented with two options.
Crossover (Install), and Crossover (Run).

Installing an unsupported application with Crossover

If you click Crossover (Install), you will be presented with the familiar “Install Windows Software” dialog, except if you scroll down, and click “Other Application“, you will be able to install it if it is not supported by Crossover.

You will be able to install the software into a new Wine bottle, or an existing one, for example, addons for a game you have already installed.

Once your software is installed, just search for the software in the Unity dash, or in  whatever application menu you are using.

While Wine is great, some will prefer Crossover because of its ease of use.

You can purchase Crossover at the link below.


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How to install XBMC Nightly on Ubuntu 12.04


XBMC is an open source media center and media player application that you can use to view your TV shows/Movies, especially if you have a big screen monitor, or TV.

It will automatically download movie/show information for your content if you set it up to do so.

This tutorial will focus on installing XBMC Nightly.


XBMC Nightly is unstable.

I have tested this in Ubuntu 12.04, but there are builds for other Ubuntu versions listed on the launchpad page.

You need to add the PPA for XBMC Nightly.
This is a software source containing the package that is not available in the default Ubuntu repos.

Open a terminal and type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nathan-renniewaldock/xbmc-nightly

Enter your administrative password and press enter.
You will then see the PPA’s description, just press enter.

Once that is done, enter this command to update your software sources:

sudo apt-get update

And finally, enter this to install XBMC:

sudo apt-get install xbmc

Now you are done, just open XBMC from the Unity dash, or whatever menu you have installed.
Alternatively, you can type “xbmc” in the terminal and press enter, and XBMC will launch.

If, after upgrading XBMC, it freezes at the first logo, try this:

Open the file manager, press Ctrl + H to show hidden files, and rename the .xbmc folder to something else.

I renamed it to “.xbmc2”

You WILL lose all your settings if you rename it, but it might fix the freezing on startup.

It is a good idea that once you have XBMC installed, disable or remove the PPA to prevent update breakage.

To remove the PPA, open the terminal and type:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:nathan-renniewaldock/xbmc-nightly

Then press enter to confirm.

To disable the PPA, open the dash, type software sources, and open it.

Then type in your administrative password, click on the “Other Software” tab, locate the XBMC PPA and uncheck it.

I hope you have found this tutorial useful.
If you have any questions, leave them in the comment section below.

YouTube user Quidsup has made a wonderful tutorial on adding your TV Shows and Movies to the XBMC library.
I have embedded the tutorial video below.

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Download podcasts automatically with a cronjob for podget

“Podget” is a command-line app for downloading podcasts in Linux.

This tutorial will show you the steps to make podget run every X amount of hours,so that it will download podcasts automatically as it finds them.

Enter these commands in the Terminal:

If you use Ubuntu, you can install podget with this command:

sudo apt-get install podget

Enter your password and then press enter.

Configure podget with these commands:

cd ~/.podget

To configure podget you must edit these files: podgetrc and serverlist

You can edit these with your favorite text editor, I use “nano” but you might want to use gedit.

gedit podgetrc

For reference, here is my podgetrc file:

Now you need to set up the podcasts to be used with podget

gedit serverlist

You need to enter the podcasts rss feed and then the category of the podcasts, followed by the name:

For example: linux Coder Radio

That line grabs the podcast from the coderradiomp3 feed on feedburner, and puts the podcast in a self-titled folder in the “linux” category.

Categories can not have spaces, titles can.

Once you are done your serverlist should look something like this:

That’s it for setting up podget, but now we need to make it download our podcasts automatically:

Type this in the command line:

crontab -e

Navigate to the bottom of the file using your arrow keys and press enter to create a new line:

Put the following command at the end of the file:

0 */2 * * * /usr/bin/podget > ~/logs/podgetlog

You can change the “2” to how many hours you would like the command to run, for now it every is 2 hours.

That is all! Your computer will now check for podcasts every X hours.

I hope you have found this useful.

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I am new to wordpress, and I am learning more and more about it.

I have connected my wordpress account to twitter.

If you want to follow me on twitter, my handle is @pizza_dude

Sounds familiar, eh? Thought so.


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My first post

As you may know, has been down for several days, while I waited until I was able to transfer the domain and hosting to a new provider. The registrar/hosting provider is Namecheap.
The cost of running the website is now way cheaper, and I can do more things with the site.
One neat thing that Namecheap offers is an automated installer for web applications such as PHPbb, SMF, and WordPress.
I used this to my advantage, and since I can install WordPress, why not start a new blog!?
So I did.
This blog is dedicated to technology and linux related topics.
It might contain linux tips/tricks.
It might even go a little off-topic sometimes. Who knows.
I plan to update this more often than my regular news page.
If there’s anyone out there, I have one message for you.

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