jan 15 2013

Full Steam Ahead

In November, the game-deployment-platform Steam, launched their closed Beta for Linux…

Just before Christmas the Beta was opened up to the Public…

And I must say, that I’m impressed.. It’s working great…

Right now “only” 57 games are available for Linux, see here, But more are arriving every week..

The only free game right now is Team Fortress 2, but a lot of the other games here are pretty cheap.. And I don’t mind spending a little money on games if they are worth it…

Steam can be downloaded here for Ubuntu, and should be convertable to other distros by just unpacking the file..

Happy gaming everyone…


nov 23 2012

Diablo 3 on Linux.. Second Edition

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Hi all

Just wanted to share some good experience, and I hope that this info will help some of you..

I just reinstalled my primary gaming machine from Windows 7 to Kubuntu.. Have had two seperate machines (1 windows and 1 linux) for years, but since the release of the Steam beta, I’m now convinced that I can use Linux on the primary one…

Primary computer:
Dell Precision 490
2x Quad 2.66 GHz Xeon processors
16 GB Ram
nVidia GTX 560 TI

I installed Diablo 3 by creating a wine bottle with:

WINEPREFIX=<bottle path> WINEARCH=win32 winecfg

then installed:

WINEPREFIX=<bottle path> WINEARCH=win32 winetricks vcrun2008

and Diablo:

WINEPREFIX=<bottle path> WINEARCH=win32 wine <diablo installer>

After waiting for the installer to download and install, the game started fine, but after entering a game, I noticed that the performance was horrible.. about 10 fps…

I fooled around with all kinds of wine and nvidia tweak settings, as well as taskset for locking the game to one physical CPU… this only gave me a few extra frames…

I then noticed that when disabling window effects in KDE (Shift+Alt+F12), I got a HUGE performance boost…

Now I’m running at about 40-70 fps, with all effects maxed…

On windows I have had alot of problems with microstuttering on Diablo, but I seems to have completely vanished on Kubuntu…

Happy gaming everyone…


aug 10 2012

MythBox and MythTV 0.25

I have been using XBMC and MythBox (http://code.google.com/p/mythbox/) as a frontend for MythTV Backend for quite a while now, and because MythBox doesn’t support MythTV 0.25, I have been stuck on the old 0.24 branch…

But now some of the guys over at the MythBox community has found a solution.. This requires some patching of XBMC, and a speciel version of MythBox.. all descriped here.

I have eased up this process a little by rebuilding the XBMC version bundled with Ubuntu 12.04 with the 0.25 changes.. this version is now available here:

https://launchpad.net/~mj-casalogic/+archive/xbmc-mythbox

Easy step-by-step guide on howto install:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mj-casalogic/xbmc-mythbox

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install xbmc

cd ~
git clone https://github.com/mitchcapper/mythbox.git

mv -f ~/.xbmc/addons/script.mythbox ~  # or just rm -rf
ln -s ~/mythbox ~/.xbmc/addons/script.mythbox

and that should be it... 

Happy TV watching...

jul 30 2012

Computer Philosophy

A friend wrote on facebook:

A computer is like air conditioning: it becomes useless when you open Windows.


jul 18 2012

Torvalds on nVidia among alot of other stuff

 


maj 18 2012

Diablo 3 – Blizzard still rules, also on Linux

For years and years I (as many others) have waited for Diablo 3. And now it’s finally here!!

For all gaming Linux people, one of the biggest excitements about new games is if they will run under Wine.

And Diablo 3 does.. Almost…

There are still some patching which haven’t (yet) been merged into standard wine, but besides of that it really runs well.

If you want to follow the way I run Diablo 3 on my Alienware X11M, here it goes:

Continue reading


apr 29 2012

CBS – Ready??

I now think I have gotten the last problems sorted out, and CBS is now running perfectly on my CentOS server..

Signing service is now also working..

I’m still missing a few RHEL dependencies, but I hope to get this sorted out soon…

Once again, the installation instructions:

First of all, remember to setup either DNS or /etc/hosts to match hostname of the server…

RHEL6:

wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/RHEL-CBS.repo http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/martin-juhl:/branches:/openSUSE:/Tools/RHEL_6/home:martin-juhl:branches:openSUSE:Tools.repo

or

CentOS6:

wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-CBS.repo http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/martin-juhl:/branches:/openSUSE:/Tools/CentOS_6/home:martin-juhl:branches:openSUSE:Tools.repo

For dependencies we also need the EPEL repository:

rpm -ivh http://ftp.crc.dk/fedora-epel/6/i386/epel-release-6-5.noarch.rpm

yum install obs-web-httpd obs-server obs-worker obs-api mysql-server

chkconfig obsworker on
chkconfig iptables off
chkconfig mysqld on
service mysqld start

Configure:
/etc/sysconfig/obs-server

Set:
OBS_API_AUTOSETUP=”no”
to:
OBS_API_AUTOSETUP=”yes”

and:
OBS_VM_TYPE=”auto”
to:
OBS_VM_TYPE=”none”

/etc/init.d/obsapisetup start

mv /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf.bak

chkconfig httpd on
chkconfig obssignd on

reboot

Now go the servers IP-adresse/Hostname for the web-interface…

Login: Admin

Pass: opensuse


apr 23 2012

CBS – Quick Update

Just a quick update on the CBS project:

Everything seems to be running now, except for the obssigner..

obssigner needs obs-signd installed, and right now I have some problems building some of the dependencies.. but we’re moving forward..

If you have any comments/bugs/experiences .. feel free to contact me on Twitter.


apr 21 2012

CBS – CentOS Build Service – Ready for Testing

Hi all

A quick howto, on installing CBS/OBS on CentOS 6/RHEL 6:

RHEL6:

wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/RHEL-CBS.repo http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/martin-juhl:/branches:/openSUSE:/Tools/RHEL_6/home:martin-juhl:branches:openSUSE:Tools.repo

or

CentOS6:

wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-CBS.repo http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/martin-juhl:/branches:/openSUSE:/Tools/CentOS_6/home:martin-juhl:branches:openSUSE:Tools.repo

yum install obs-web-httpd obs-server obs-worker obs-api mysql-server

chkconfig obsworker on
chkconfig mysqld on
service mysqld start

/etc/sysconfig/obs-server

OBS_API_AUTOSETUP=”no”
OBS_API_AUTOSETUP=”yes”

OBS_VM_TYPE=”auto”
OBS_VM_TYPE=”none”

/etc/init.d/obsapisetup start

mv /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf.bak

chkconfig httpd on

reboot

Now go the servers IP-adresse/Hostname for the web-interface…

Login: Admin

Pass: opensuse


apr 19 2012

New Project – OBS for CentOS/RHEL

Hi all

Time for YASP (Yet Another Sparetime Project)…

I have now for some time been using OBS (OpenSuSE Build Services) in my local home environment, as well as at several customers…

If you are using a packaged based distribution (RHEL/CentOS/SLES/OpenSuSE/Ubuntu/Debian and more) and in some way are creating your own packages, I will really suggest you to take a look into this project..

It’s basically a build server with a web interface. Packages are built in small environment and all dependencies are handled by the server (of caused speficied by the user)..

SuSE has been behind this project for some time now, and it’s generally working pretty good.. Either you can use SuSE’s own server to build your packages or get your own local installation..

This local installation is limited to a SuSE machine at the moment, and this is where I see a small problem..

In my work as a Consultant I see a lot of customers using Red Hat or CentOS, and some of these guys will not easily allow installation of a SuSE based distribution.

Therefore I have taken up the challenge to port the OBS server to CentOS/RHEL.

For now I have gotten the packages built (which wasn’t always easy), and have started modifying the startup scripts. In time I plan to start modifying the theme as well, and maybe come up with a name for this fork (Maybe CBS, CentOS Build Services)..

If anyone has an interest of following the progress, and maybe trying out the result, then to repository is available here and the source code here.