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A better fnotify.pl for local irssi

For various reasons i run irssi locally on the box that use, i also use fnotify.pl in order to get pretty notifications when someone wants my attention, alas fnotify.pl is designed to be used remotly over ssh, great if you have a load of boxes and don’t run irssi on the box your using. but for people like me it was a bit clunky and annoying (had to run a seperate script to read the files it wrote, the script would often get caught up in gnome sessions without exiting causing lots of scripts to be loaded after several logons)

So i altered the fnotify.pl script to work entirely out of one script (thats loaded into irssi via the normal methods). this has the side effect of only working localy but for anyone else like me, its a rather usefull addition. you’ll need notify-send installed.

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Big games devloper (valve) porting huge game series (half-life 2 orange box) to linux possibly

title says it all folks, from #ubuntu-offtopic

17:06:25 -!- ValveSoft [i=kal@117.192.227.120] has joined #ubuntu-offtopic
17:06:35 < ValveSoft> we're recruiting programmers at valve software to port the orange box to linux, if anybody is interested please let me know
17:10:50 < ValveSoft> if you are interested in a linux games programming carrier with valve softwares please post your resume here: jobs@valvesoftware.com
17:06:50 < ValveSoft> http://www.valvesoftware.com/job-SenSoftEngineer.html
17:10:51 < ValveSoft> thanks.
17:10:54 -!- ValveSoft [i=kal@117.192.227.120] has quit []

on its own obviously not much but looking at the job description “Port Windows-based games to the Linux platform.” its starting to look legit, i doubt a troll would just advertise a valve email and leave as well. here’s hoping!

Sign a letter to make the world better

“During Monday’s “Wake Up Warner” call-in action, Warner Chairman Edgar Bronfman’s assistant suggested we send him a letter – that she would make sure he would see. We know how that worked out with Steve Jobs and Apple, so here it is, a letter to Edgar Bronfman, Jr. asking him to reconsider his current opposition to Digital Music free of Digital Restrictions.”

Normally I am not one for these kind of ‘sign somt’ things, but hopefully warner will got the way of apple with this one :)

http://www.defectivebydesign.org/actions/open_letter/warner_music

09F9 1102 9D74 E35B D841 56C5 6356 88C0

09F9 1102 9D74 E35B D841 56C5 6356 88C0

jumpin on a bandwagon, lalalalala

Why you arn’t missing out on games if you use Linux

Just really bigging up an article i read recently on linux gaming that i feel covers it nicely and serves as a great introduction to windows gamers

http://www.bit-tech.net/gaming/2007/04/09/Linux_has_game/1.html 

The best games you will find in the Ubuntu Feisty Repositories (in no particular order)

*Note although there are other games that are good, im only mentioning ones that have changed in some significant way from the version included with 6.10

  • Battle for Wesnoth
    Battle for Wesnoth is in my opinion the only truly professional quality free software game, whilst many games are of a high quality, non have yet seemed to go the extra mile that Battle for Wesnoth has. It is in essence a Turn Based Strategy game, you start off with control of one castle from which you can create units and you gain resources (money) by capturing villages which dot the map upon which the battles take place. Quite simple in its premise but that is one of the features that has let Battle for Wesnoth concentrate on the core game rather than adding every other crazy feature that you or your mum wants. Where it really shines though is its multiplayer, known for its sometimes extremely long games, you can often find yourself on the brink of extinction after 4 hours of fighting your friends over the Internet.The graphics in Battle for Wesnoth are of a high quality, although its created in 2d, the 2d graphics are the best 2d graphics I have personally seen in any 2d free software game, the graphics before now had a somewhat “anime” look (which can still be seen in the portraits of the units) but constant revision which is the core of free software has lead to some very nice looking graphics that get better every release. The sound is equally impressive with music that would not sound out of place in the stunning elder scrolls series of games.
  • XMoto
    XMoto is a simple 2d ‘motocross’ game that is really all about the balancing physics of the motorbike you control, before the Feisty release I would not of given it a mention but the version included in Feisty includes a feature that lets you download many many new maps automatically from the Internet (well over 600).
    The premise is rather simple, control your bike along a varying landscape, collecting the strawberry’s you encounter whist all the time making sure not to fall off. Sounds a lot easier than it actually is, in reality the bike is often very hard to control (which is not made easier by the courses which make you fit though small holes and perform tricks that would make evil knievel blush), the physics are always believable though so no matter how hard it is to accomplish your goal you keep coming back to try, try again.
  • FreeCiv
    FreeCiv is a recreation of the very popular Civilisation and Civilisation II games from days-gone-by. I personally was never very much into this type of game but even I can see that this is a very good game for those who are so inclined.
    Essentially you are the leader of a new civilisation, from the ancient Romans to the Egyptians. You start with a single settlers unit (which can found a city) and a number of scouting units and from that small beginning you create an empire towards one of the goals (Peace all over the world, domination over all the other civilisations, First to build a space-ship to fly to another world to start a civilisation there). You generally start at the beginning of civilisation where your people can barely bang two coconuts together and though funding research reach the pinnacle of technology (which of course lets you create bigger weapons upon which you can smite your enemy’s).
    With the version included with Feisty you can use the FreeLand tile-set which looks gorgeous
  • OpenArena
    Not so long ago John Carmak, coder extraordinaire and lead geek at ID Software (famous for its First Person Shooters that always have nice linux versions :)) released the source code for Quake3 Arena under the gpl, giving the free software world a fantastic free software game engine, which admittedly is no Unreal 3 killer graphically, it does the job well enough :) Once this happened some nice folks decided to get together and re-create the Quake 3 Arena game content, thus creating a completely Free Software version of Quake 3 Arena, which seems to be coming along swimmingly, with the version that is included in Feisty it includes 6-7 maps or so with several player models to choose from and full AI Bot support.
    For those not in the know the style of Quake 3 Arena is not like the other Quake games, instead of being a traditional single player First Person Shooter it instead just implements the on line ‘deathmatch’ aspect of First Person Shooters, it still gives you AI controlled Bots to play against if you don’t want to play against people on the Internet, but its primarily designed for online play. it features in its current implementation four game modes, Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Tournament and Capture the Flag.

Dell just paying lip-service to the linux crowd?

Apparently according to a recent slashdot post (always best to take them with a pinch of salt) Dell are defiantly going to offer Linux preinstalled laptops in the future, but is this really the big step forward most people would like it to be or is it merely paying lip service to the large amount of people demanding it.

The way I perceive this happening is Dell offering Linux preinstalled on a select few laptops. merely to stem the tide of complaints/Windows refunds. What I would prefer (and anything less is not going to get me excited) is a full roll out of Linux pre-install options on most if not all Dell laptops with Dell investing in the future of Linux by pressuring component manufacturer’s to make their chips and such Linux friendly, Not to mention the obvious support networks that are needed to support Linux in this sort of manner need to be put into place.

I fail to see personally how the former scenario is anything to get excited about at all. I suppose you could say that Dell getting ‘used’ to Linux is a plus and maybe in the future they will offer some sort of full roll out, but after so many baby steps towards a more popular Linux failing, I just don’t see it.