Wine 1.1.5 Released

A nice little update from Wine from 1.1.4 to 1.1.5. A few new things in this release.

  • Substantial JavaScript implementation.
  • Partial support for layered windows.
  • Support for Unicode file export in Regedit.
  • Proper exception handling in widl-generated code.
  • Asynchronous requests and cookies support in WinHTTP.

The source is available and I do believe all of the packages are now up. Enjoy 🙂


How to Install Emulators on Ubuntu (NES Edition)


   Time to bring back the oldschool with the classic, Famicon.  The Famicon or the Nintendo Entertainment System, as it was known in the states, was a console of epic proportions.  It was the beginning of the never-ending journey of Final Fantasy and the addiction to saving everyones favorite princess, Zelda.  And now you can play all your favorite classics on linux.

There are multiple ways to installing an NES Emulator onto Ubuntu.  I am going to show you the quickest and easiest way to install my personal favorite, FCE Ultra.  If you are using an up-to-date version of Ubuntu this will be a painless install. First you will have to do is go to “Applications >> Add/Remove.”


iDeaS Nintendo Dual Screen Emulator Final Release


iDeaS is as the title says, is a Nintendo Dual Screen Emulator (Nintendo DS) and it works quite well in linux. Here is the changelog for Final Release;

  • Fixed a bug in creation Accellerators Table.
  • Fixed a bug in Texture Coordinates Transformation.
  • Fixed a bug in Import Saves.
  • Fixed a bug in cycles S and N (Jump Super Star Demo).
  • Fixed a bug in Plugins management.
  • Add support for DLDI Plugins.
  • A lot of speed up, added Optimize CPUs PipeLine and Optimize Loops.

Visit the website here or go directly to the download page.

How to Install Emulators on Ubuntu (SNES Edition)

Install and Use USB-Based Gamepads in Ubuntu

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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.)