Linux For Cynics One user's experiences with Linux

22May/140

KVM VGA-Passthrough

ArchLinux user nbhs's post on his KVM VGA passtrhough set up is probably the best single resource on the topic that I've seen recently. I won't replicated it here, so here's a link:
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=162768

27Feb/1312

How to Install and Play League of Legends on Ubuntu

These instructions should work for other versions of Ubuntu, as well as Ubuntu-based distros such as Mint.

1. Install p7zip. It's needed for PlayOnLinux.

sudo apt-get install p7zip-full

2. Install the latest version of PlayOnLinux.

Caution: At the time of writing, the version of PlayOnLinux in the Ubuntu repos is out of date. If you have that version, don't worry. Follow these installation instructions and your PlayOnLinux will be upgraded.

In Ubuntu 12.10, installation or updating is this easy:

Setup key with:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys E0F72778C4676186

To setup the repository and install playonlinx:

sudo wget http://deb.playonlinux.com/playonlinux_quantal.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install playonlinux

If you are using some other distro, just visit the PlayOnLinux download website and follow the instructions for your distro.

2. Run PlayOnLinux, click Install, and enable Testing (by clicking the Include: Testing checkbox next to the search field).

 

Screenshot from 2013-02-25 12:19:56

Start typing "League of Legends" in the search field. League Of Legends should appear in the list. Select it and click Install in the bottom right.

There might be a few message boxes that let you know that the program you are about to install is in testing, just say Ok to everything.

3. Select the "Download the program" option

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4. PlayOnLinux will download the LoL installer and run it. It'll take a while to download. Go through the install wizard and make sure to install LoL in the default location, and at the end, DO NOT have the "Launch League of Legends" checkbox ticked.

leagueoflegends_install_ubuntu_wine

5. Run LoL! A couple tips:

  • The default server was EU West for me. Make sure to change the server to yours, or you won't be able to log on.
  • I recommend playing a custom game alone before playing a real game with others players. This will give you a chance to fiddle with the Video options and get them right.

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I tested this with a ThinkPad X230 with an Intel HD Graphics 4000, and League of Legends worked well (about 30 fps) in full-screened mode and most graphics options turned to the lower end. Very playable. I also tested it with a ThinkPad X200 but found the fps too low to play well. Gl hf!

14Feb/130

Steam for Linux Sale

It's Tux...and things.

Valve is holding a Steam for Linux Celebration Sale! 50-80% off on all Linux games, till 21 Feb, 10 AM PST. Lots of games on that list. Not only that, but it's easier than ever to install Steam on Ubuntu, because Steam is now available in the Ubuntu repos! You can even install it from the Ubuntu Software Center. No scary terminal emulator to scare away new users.

I know what will attract many people to at least install Steam on Linux once is this little fella. That's right.  You get an in-game penguin item in Team Fortress 2 if you play it on Linux before the end of the month. It sounds silly, but TF2 players are silly people, and I know this will drive many of them to install Ubuntu just to get whatever this is.

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I'm glad Valve is pushing Steam for Linux aggressively. I think targeting Ubuntu is a smart choice as well. However, if they are successful (and I hope they are), this means many, many new and possibly computer illiterate users coming from Windows. I hope the community can accommodate them with patience.

Ubuntu Linux is a great desktop OS. One of the communities that hasn't adopted it is gamers. I'm glad Valve is reaching out to them. If you're one and you haven't given it a whirl, maybe it's time to install Ubuntu & Steam and consider reformatting your Windows partition.

I promise you everything will go better than expected:

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