NVIDIA Display Driver 173.14.12

July 30th, 2008 by TimeDoctor

NVIDIA has released a new Linux display driver build, version 173.14.12, for 32-bit and 64-bit x86 Linux systems that utilize their graphics hardware. Here’s what’s new:

  • Added support for GeForce 8600 GS.
  • Fixed a problem with missing rendering in OpenGL Workstation Overlays.
  • Fixed a problem with running some SDL applications and virtual terminal switching.
  • Fixed a potential crash in nvidia-settings when saving to the X configuration file.
  • Improved error recovery paths in the case of corruption of the commands sent to the GPU.

The README has more info on installation and configuration.

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Jack Keane shipping to Linux users

July 29th, 2008 by thomassteiding

Jack Keane shipping for Linux

Runesoft has started shipping the Linux version of Jack Keane today.

Just drop a secret agent off on a mysterious island? Sounds good, thought Jack. After all, no-one said
anything about fighting a mad scientist and other horrifying dangers! Just Jack’s bad luck when his
ship shatters on that mysterious island’s cliffs, ushering in a sudden turn of fate…

The latest point and click adventure by the ANKH developers Deck 13 is now ready to set sail to Linux equipped computers. Runesoft has started shipping the Linux version of 10Tacle Studios highly decorated adventure game.

About Jack Keane

Colonial England. Under a certain amount of… duress… Jack takes on a job which will not only cause him a great deal of trouble, but also bring to light the answer to a mystery out of his distant past. A lack of money leads Jack to accept a charter to take a British secret agent to mysterious “Tooth Island”. When Jack’s ship shatters on the mysterious island’s cliffs on arrival and the secret agent quickly becomes a meal for a monster in the jungle, Jack is soon left to cope with the situation on his own.

“Tooth Island” is ruled by the strange Doctor T, who is cultivating man-eating plants and has his own dastardly plans for the British Empire. And why does he seem to know Jack, who can’t remember ever having been on Tooth Island? What are Doctor T’s plans? And what does he know about Jack’s past?

And then there’s the young and naive Amanda, who is filled by an almost fanatical drive to prove her worth. In the beginning the young lady is employed by Doctor T, and part of her task is to track Jack down and take him prisoner. It doesn’t take long before she begins to wonder if she is really on the right side, or if she shouldn’t join her opponent, the charming Captain Jack, instead.

A hair-raising hunt across the length and breadth of the dangerous island finally airs the mystery surrounding Jack’s past and leads to a spectacular showdown with a dark and deadly enemy and his nefarious henchmen.

Key Features

* The Funniest adventure game in the footsteps of Monkey Island
* Enthralling story including many allusions to famous movies, videos and computer games
* More than 40 funny characters
* An abundance of cinematic movies and cut-scenes
* Countless locations stuffed with interactions
* Suited for both beginners and, due to increasing difficulty levels, advance players
* Two playable characters: The very ironic, slightly clumsy daredevil Jack Keane, plus the
attractive and adventuresome lady, Amanda
* 3-D levels presented in a classic adventure atmosphere
* Plenty of diverse locations such as London, the high seas, Cape Town and the Indian jungle

This post was submitted by thomassteiding.

Wine 1.1.2

July 27th, 2008 by Marv

The latest development release of Wine, the Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix, has been released. This release has the following new items:

  • Control panel improvements and new appwiz panel.
  • Restructurations of state handling in Direct3D.
  • Support for timer queue functions.
  • Many MSXML improvements.
  • Several fixes to Solaris support.
  • Various bug fixes.

Download: [ Wine 1.1.2 ]

ATI Catalyst Display Driver 8.7

July 23rd, 2008 by TimeDoctor

AMD has released their monthly Linux ATI Catalyst display driver package for their graphics cards; the requisite release notes include these changes:

  • Product support for Ubuntu 8.04 and SLED 10 sp2.
  • “Early look” support for Open Suse 11 and Redflag DT 7.0
  • The display no longer fails to display an image after the installation of the Linux graphics driver. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35929
  • Corruption is no longer noticed when switching from the laptop’s display to the external CRT display device. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35953
  • SECAM, NTSC or PAL signal changes when using aticonfig or Catalyst Control Center and now gets applied to the TV display output. Further details can be found in topic number 737-34297
  • An X segmentation fault no longer occurs when launching SUZI/textured video. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35214
  • Ubuntu 7.04: aticonfig –enable-monitor no longer results in X restarting. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35957
  • Creating two successive connections no longer results in direct GL context to fail. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35215

Download: [ ]

A variety of known issues are included after the break:

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Post-E3 id Deluge

July 22nd, 2008 by Crusader

The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo has concluded, and staunch Linux supporter id Software had a few announcements:

  • Wolfenstein, previously known to be in development by Raven Software, was formally unveiled (trailer):

    Set within a near-fictional, historical WWII setting, players take on the role of the heroic OSA agent BJ Blazkowicz as they are thrust into the unknown and unexpected to battle against combat troops, otherworldly forces, and the dark science created by a supernatural Nazi force hell-bent on world domination. Wolfenstein offers players an action-packed experience as they investigate the powers of a dark parallel dimension, join with resistance forces, and employ an arsenal of conventional and otherworldly weapons in attempts to annihilate the Nazi war machine.

    Also, the latest issue of Game Informer has a cover story on the game, revealing that the game is set in an open city (think Grand Theft Auto).

  • id’s next internally developed title, Quake Live, has a new trailer showing the Quake III: Arena-derived action and web-based features. Quake Live will be a free-as-in-beer (in-game ad-supported) browser-based game.
  • id’s other game project, Rage, had its own press release:

    E3 Expo, Los Angeles – July 14, 2008 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced that it has signed an agreement with id Software, award-winning creators of iconic gaming brands and industry defining innovations, to publish RAGE(tm), the studio’s next blockbuster franchise. Built on id Software’s newest game engine, id Tech5, RAGE is an all-new take on the first person shooter being developed for release on the PLAYSTATION(r)3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360(tm) system from Microsoft, PC and Mac.”RAGE represents a new direction for our games,” said Todd Hollenshead, CEO of id Software. “RAGE is a shooter unlike any other, developed on our cutting edge new technology, and built to the exacting standards id is famous for. We’re excited to have the support of EA Partners to launch RAGE on the world.”

    There’s also the requisite video trailer for Rage from the expo, although it’s a camera feed and not direct. It has been previously stated by id lead programmer John Carmack that a Rage Linux port was “very likely”.

  • There were also scores of interviews with id staff conducted by various outlets:
    • Maximum PC – on Rage and id Tech 5 (it’s noted that Doom 4 will look significantly better than even Rage due to a lower target framerate)
    • IGN – on Quake Live
    • GameSpy – on Quake Live
    • Shacknews – on Quake Live

    There’s lots there on the technology and advertising models, but I thought the most interesting bit was this exchange on Quake Live’s impact to existing Q3A-based projects (Q3A was open-sourced several years ago, spawning efforts like ioQuake3, World of Padman, Tremulous, and Urban Terror):

    John Carmack: But it’s worth remembering that Quake Arena is not going away. It’s still there, and I can very much see millions of people making Quake Live as their entry into that, and then the mod community will probably have a huge boost from all of this. The people that want to do something different that’s not [supported] in Quake Live, well they’ve still got Quake Arena. It’s open sourced and they can do anything want in there, and build whatever new mods they want, and I would expect this to have a positive effect on that entire community on a lot of different levels.

    Marty Stratton: And because the fundamental engine and really the game hasn’t changed, we can actually take Quake III content, a Quake III map–not so much a full mod–but a Quake III map, and it basically comes into the game in a matter of minutes. It’s very easy, so, you know, it could be something where it just reinvigorates the Quake III mod scene, and we can continue to take a look at that and bring stuff to market that makes sense.

QuakeCon 2008 starts next week, where there will be even more information about all of these titles, and I’ll be there once again to provide hands-on coverage.

Dell Ubuntu PCs

July 21st, 2008 by Crusader

Dell’s consumer blog has announced that the PC manufacturer is now shipping systems with the Ubuntu 8.04 Linux distribution pre-installed (thanks Gizmodo):

Hardy Heron has landed on select Dell consumer PCs! As of today consumers can purchase the XPS M1330N and Inspiron 1525N laptops and Inspiron 530N desktop with Ubuntu 8.04 pre-installed at

So is there anything special about Ubuntu 8.04 on Dell PCs beyond a higher number? You bet! Dell spent months in development and testing to deliver more peripheral support – like ATI Video Graphics, Dell Wireless, Fingerprint Readers, HDMI, Bluetooth and MP3/WMA/WMV – which coincidentally were some of the more popular suggestions on Dell’s IdeaStorm. And of course DVD playback is still there, too.

As these Dell PCs with Ubuntu 8.04 pre-installed are available in a variety of countries, including U.S., Canada, select Latin America (like Mexico and Colombia), France, Germany, Spain and the U.K., we added another feature: the ability to select language during the first boot process. Just a few more steps toward making Linux more accessible by helping to ensure it “just works” right out of the box!

The base models use Intel integrated graphics, so you’ll probably want to opt for an ATI or NVIDIA GPU if you plan on using them for gaming.

Full Metal Soccer

July 21st, 2008 by Crusader

The Linux Game Tome mentioned Full Metal Soccer, another game from QuantiCode (developers of ZeroBallistics) which features tank teams battling on a football/soccer pitch. The demo version allows play for two days, after which you must pay to register.

Screenshots: [ View ] Demo Download: [ ]

FIFE 2008.1

July 18th, 2008 by Crusader

Speaking of open RPG projects, FIFE, a 2D game creation framework featuring an editor and scripting, has had a new milestone release:

We were able to replace the last parts of the problematic code today so now FIFE is officially LGPL’ed software. We’re glad that we were able to make this step after it took us so long and we think that the new license alone is worth a release. Therefore we’re proud to finally present the first FIFE release that is published under LGPL 2.1 or newer (your choice).

Engine and the editor tool made _huge_ steps forward since the last release about 5 months ago. Therefore we decided to release the current status as stable release although it offers not many new aspects on the content side and the content that is in place is very likely to change with the 2008.2 release.

The milestone itself seems to be a very important step into the right direction. You can build your own maps now with the help of the editor tool. Furthermore a basic application structure is in place that should give you an idea how can create your own FIFE-based game; this release is stable enough to start working on your game now :-)

Additional information can be found at the developer blog; there’s also documentation at the project wiki.


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OpenMW 0.3

July 18th, 2008 by Crusader

OpenMW, which aims to create an open source (D and OGRE-based) implementation of the RPG Morrowind (the original data files are required), had a new release recently:

  • you no longer have to download Monster separately
  • made an alternative for building without DSSS (but DSSS still works)
  • renamed main program from ‘morro’ to ‘openmw’
  • made the config system more robust
  • added -oc switch for showing Ogre config window on startup
  • removed some config files, these are auto-generated when missing. Separated plugins.cfg into linux and windows versions.
  • updated Makefile and sources for increased portability (thanks to Dmitry Marakasov)
  • confirmed to work against OIS 1.0.0 (Ubuntu repository package)

Download: [ ]

LordsAWar! 0.1.0

July 18th, 2008 by benasselstine

LordsAWar version 0.1.0, a clone of the turn-based strategy game Warlords II, has been released:

  • Improved artificial intelligence.
  • Improved the default terrain artwork.
  • Added a new scenario to play.
  • Added ability to drag and drop stacks for movement planning.
  • Improved the economic model.
  • Fixed many crashing bugs.

The authors also let us know that the project is now hosted on GNU Savannah.

Download: [ ]

Vendetta Online Sale

July 18th, 2008 by Crusader

Guild Software’s John Bergman let us know that MacUpdate will be having a sale on their massive multiplayer space combat game Vendetta Online this weekend (Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th), offering two months of play for roughly half-price. The game’s news page also has a development update regarding changes to the object-handling system.

Screenshots: [ View ] Download: [ Trial client ]

Multiwinia Site

July 17th, 2008 by Crusader

Introversion Software, the developers of Uplink and Defcon, have launched the official website for Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest, the multiplayer sequel to their real-time strategy game Darwinia. There’s no demo yet, but you can read the game’s backstory and view media for now.

Eternal Lands 1.7.0

July 16th, 2008 by nintenduh

Thanks to nintenduh for letting us know that Eternal Lands, a free massive multiplayer role-playing game, is now at version 1.7.0.

Client changes:

  • Sky/better 3rd person view.
  • Better minimap (alt+m).
  • Improved weather effects.
  • Context menu for many GUI elements (right click on windows, bars, etc.)
  • Many other smaller improvements and bug fixes.
  • New weapon and armor (not available in the game yet).
  • New eye candy effects.
  • Map bug fixes & a few new additions

Server changes:

  • Engineering god.
  • Fixed the knowledge list.

Screenshots: [ View ] Download: [ ]

Heroes of Newerth

July 16th, 2008 by Crusader

Thanks to Ferocious for pointing out that S2Games has launched a new website teasing their next project, Heroes of Newerth. There are currently few details as to what type of game HoN will be, but this forum post implies it’ll be a massive multiplayer title:

Trying to make a “WoW killer” is just insane. Nothing is going to strip away enough players to support something with the kind of budget that WoW has. I think though that an MMO that sets more realistic goals and could sustain itself with a smaller user base than over 10 million people could definitely be successful. It’s like people seem to think the only definition of “successful” is being the undisputed, competition crushing number 1 hit making billions of dollars and anything less is failure.

S2Games released Savage 2: A Tortured Soul for Linux earlier this year, which will also be having a free play (i.e., demo clients will be unlocked) week running from July 21st through the 28th.

Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup 0.4

July 14th, 2008 by Crusader

The developers of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup, a roguelike game where players seek the Orb of Zot, notified us that the Linley’s Dungeon Crawl variant has reached version 0.4. New features:

  • Many interface improvements.
  • Greatly improved Tiles.
  • Allow all sensible species/class combinations.
  • Added Vampire species.
  • Overhaul of the good gods.
  • Smarter monsters.

Download: [ ]

Wine 1.1.1

July 13th, 2008 by Marv

The latest and greatest version of Wine has been announced. In this version of the Open Source implementation of the Windows API, the following new items have been announced.

  • Fixes for Photoshop CS3 and Office 2007 installers.
  • More progress on gdiplus.
  • Support for Unicode files in regedit
  • Improved video playback.
  • Many Richedit fixes and improvements.
  • Various bug fixes.

Download: [ Wine 1.1.1. ]

Celetania: The weapons of the S.E.C.C.T.S.

July 11th, 2008 by Crusader

Vulcando Games sent in a new update regarding their upcoming massive multiplayer game Celetania:

We presented you the ship chassis of S.E.C.C.T.S. two weeks ago. To add the “feared” factor to these ships, you will need the weapon systems to go with.

Information about these were released today. In the special you will be able to find videos and descriptions for the weapons: From Laser to Structural Accelerator we will be explaining all weapons in detail. The players that were wondering how the weapons of the S.E.C.C.T.S. differ from the weapons of the Grogg should definitely take a look at this page.

As an additional note, Vulcando Games has set a date for the publishing of the first in-game screenshots: The beginning of August 2008 will be the so far most anticipated date which will yield pictures directly from within the game. This means that you will get a first impression of Celetania and its innovative 24/7 game play!

Unreal Tournament III Update

July 11th, 2008 by Crusader

Phoronix has been investigating the continued absence of the Unreal Tournament 3 Linux client, pointing out forum posts from Epic’s Jeff Morris stating that the port is ongoing:

Hi guys. Work on the UT3 linux client most defintely is progressing, albeit a lot slower than we anticipated. We don’t discuss the status of patches until we know they’re ready to be released. No conspiracy, just challenging work.

Hedgewars 0.9.5

July 11th, 2008 by Crusader

Hedgewars, an open source turn-based strategy game like Worms but with hedgehogs, is at version 0.9.5  with a new taunt system, new explosion effects, maps, and a sudden death mode (thanks Linux Game Tome).

Screenshots: [ View ] Download: [ ]

Rage Interview, QuakeCon Tourneys

July 11th, 2008 by Crusader

Kikizo recently interviewed id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead and designer Matt Hooper about the studio’s next game engine iteration, id Tech 5 (Doom 3 was id Tech 4), and its showcase title: Rage. Engine licensing, framerate, the significance of the name, and racing mechanics are discussed.

Also, id has announced the tournaments slated for their QuakeCon 2008 event:

The Intel QUAKE LIVE Championships
QuakeCon 2008 will mark the debut of the first-ever Intel QUAKE LIVE Championships pro tournament.  QUAKE LIVE is id Software’s new game created to deliver the excitement and energy of a first-person multiplayer  game to a broader audience through a free and easily accessible browser-based experience.  The Intel QUAKE LIVE Championships will feature a classic $12,500 One Versus One tournament along with a $12,500 Capture the Flag Team Tournament.

The Activision Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Team Championships
Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars™ makes its second annual tournament appearance with the Activision Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Team Championships.  Featuring competitions on both PC and for the first time on Xbox 360, the tournament contests will enlist six-person teams to battle it out in double-elimination bracket-style competitive play, in which each squad will have the chance to attack and defend.  On the Windows PC side, 16 teams will compete for $15,000 in prize money and in the Xbox 360 competition, eight teams will vie for $10,000 in prizes.

The Alienware Quick-Draw Challenge
For anyone who’s dreamed of competing for prize money on the QuakeCon main stage, the Alienware Quick-Draw Challenge offers $10,000 in prize money to randomly selected attendees competing in special QUAKE LIVE competitions throughout the course of the event.

QuakeCon will be held July 31st through August 3rd at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX.

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