Fuse 0.9.0 Released..

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Fuse, which stands for Free Unix Spectrum Emulator, was originally, and somewhat unsurprisingly, a ZX Spectrum emulator for Unix according to it’s homepage. Fuse is awesome for many old school people out there who want to go back to the good ol’ days. This program is a must-have for anybody that owned a ZX Spectrum.

Changelog (with thanks to Linux Game Tome):

  • +D disk interface support
  • Improved Beta disk interface support
  • Pentagon 512 and Pentagon 1024 support
  • Hi-Fi beeper emulation
  • Improved Windows support
  • ALSA sound driver
  • AmigaOS support
  • MorphOS support

You can visit the Linux Game Tome page here, or go directly to the homepage of Fuse for instructions and downloads.

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Loemu 0.3.0 Released Today

Loemu is a free front end application that can be used for a variety of emulators. According to Loemu’s main homepage, it features;

  • Game emulation with xmame, sdlmame, snes9x and zsnes is supported.
  • Game browsing using dynamic list. This allows tracking in a parcial list generated with several categories.
  • Fast game finding. Specific filtering tool speeds up the search.
  • Game lists by played and favorite games.
  • Localization support.
  • Developed in PyGTK + Glade basis.
  • Released under GNU General Public License

All of these features makes me feel like a little kid inside because I an an avid SNES fan. 🙂

You can visit Loemu’s homepage here for more information and downloads.

O.H.R.RPG.C.E Update Release [Codename: Voxhumana]

O.H.R.RPG.C.E stands for, Official Hamster Republic Role Playing game Construction Engine, which is probably one of the most original names I have ever heard for an RPG engine. It is one of my favourite cross-platform RPG engines and it is definitely worth checking out at least once.

If you are an RPG fan and always wanted to create that adventure of your own, be prepared to be addicted.. very, addicted.

[Download the latest release]
[Visit the homepage]

Display Home, Computer, & Trash Icons on Desktop in Gnome

So you find yourself with a desktop with no icons on it from reasons unknown. You either deleted the desktop icons or they were not there to begin with. Well do not fret, displaying the home folder, computer folder, and trash icon onto the desktop in gnome is very simple.
This tutorial may come in handy from time to time and is a very simple procedure, especially if you are like me and do not like having icons on the desktop on some days and then do like having the icons on others and the process goes as follows;Open the Configuration Editor by typing the following command in Terminal.

gconf-editor

On the side will be a list of drop-down folders. Go through to the following.

apps->nautilus->desktop

From here, it is very self-explanatory. Check of the boxes located next to the icons you would like to display on your desktop. (computer_icon_visible, home_icon_visible, and trash_icon_visible) These changes will take place as soon as you check the boxes.

Install and Use USB-Based Gamepads in Ubuntu

Game Pad Stock Image

Have you ever wanted to use your gamepad or controller to play your favorite classic console games in linux? I know I have, and I purchased a cheap Gravis GamePad Pro (USB) just so that I could play all my classics on my computer… Of course, to my demise, I had trouble installing the usb controller and I could not find much information over the internet. Most of the information had been scattered about so I decided to combine it all and write a quick installation and usage guide.You should begin by entering the following command into terminal:

sudo apt-get update

Followed by:

sudo apt-get install joystick

Make sure to set joystick to load at boot time. Now I left my controller plugged in 24/7 and it works without setting joystick to load at boot but I still recommend doing so.This last section is easy so if you are lazy, you can simply copy and paste the next set of commands. First we must install jscalibrator:

sudo apt-get install jscalibrator

Once that is completed, plug in your USB-based gamepad and wait a few moments. We must set up gamepad one by entering the following code into terminal:

sudo chmod 666 /dev/input/js0

If you have any other gamepads, just repeat this last step but incrementing the variable [js] by intervals of one, ie:

sudo chmod 666 /dev/input/js1

And you are now done, try out your controller with an emulator of a classic console or use it on one of your favourite linux-based games! And be sure to leave comments and suggestions, if something could be fixed or it does not work, leave a comment and I will respond as soon as I get it. 🙂

(Disclaimer: This information was compiled from multiple sources and from various comments on multiple blogs and message boards.)

Easily Install Nvidia Drivers Using Envy in Ubuntu

Installing Nvidia drivers may be a pain in the butt at first for some. Here I will provide a quick and alternative way to installing Nvidia drivers using a well-known tool Envy.To start off, let us download Envy from the following webpage.

http://albertomilone.com/nvidia_scripts1.html

If you want to get done with this quickly and you have a fairly new GeForce card, just download the following file (latest release as of 1/24/08).

http://albertomilone.com/ubuntu/nvidia/scripts/ubuntu/envy_0.9.10-0ubuntu2_all.deb

Now simple run the program using the Debian package installer, GDebi. Once installation is done, go to the following folder found in your main menu.

Applications > System Tools > Envy

Finally click on ‘Install Nvidia Drivers’ and you are good to go. To finish things off, when it asks to configure the xorg.conf file, let it.Reboot your system and everything should be good to go. You should see an Nvidia logo when your system reboots.If not and you had corrupted the xorg.conf file, run the following command in shell:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

*BE SURE TO SELECT THE VESA DRIVER then repeat the steps mentioned above and you should be all set.

And there you go, the drivers are installed and you are ready to play your top 3D games in linux. If you are having performance issues, try to overclock the card!