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posted on Dec, 28 2009 @ 07:14 PM
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reply to post by ArMaP
 


I checked for flash player. Apparently, I have not installed it. When I try to download it, there are multiple options. Which one should I download?

YUM fof linux
tar.gz for linux
.rpm for linux
.deb for ubuntu 8.04+
.APT for ubuntu 9.04+





posted on Dec, 28 2009 @ 07:35 PM
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reply to post by peacejet
 


I recommend some of the vintage video game emulators, like snes9x and MAME. That's the whole reason I installed Ubuntu on my PS3


I don't really use my computer for gaming, so I can't make any suggestions about what newer computer games are available for Ubuntu, but I love the old school console games, personally.


TA



posted on Dec, 28 2009 @ 07:38 PM
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reply to post by TheAssociate
 


Mario. Is mario available in linux?



posted on Dec, 28 2009 @ 07:39 PM
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reply to post by peacejet
 


Yes, yes he is.

psubuntu.com...





TA



posted on Dec, 28 2009 @ 07:46 PM
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reply to post by TheAssociate
 


Actually, I dont have any gaming console. I want it to run on my computer.



posted on Dec, 28 2009 @ 07:52 PM
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reply to post by peacejet
 


You can.

Just download the emulator:

Open a terminal window and type



sudo apt-get install snes9x


(for the super nintendo emulator)

or look for it in the package manager.

Find the rom for the game (which of course you already own, right?
), and load the rom into the emulator. You should also be able to use a generic game controller in Ubuntu.

Everything at psubuntu.com works anywhere you have ubuntu installed.

Enjoy Mario.



TA



posted on Dec, 28 2009 @ 07:55 PM
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reply to post by TheAssociate
 


Well, the sad fact is that I gave away the cassettes and the gaming device a long time back.



posted on Dec, 28 2009 @ 08:02 PM
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reply to post by peacejet
 


No, you don't need the physical game. Roms are available to download, just do a google search (ex: 'super mario brothers all stars rom'). There are some copyright issues, like you're supposed to delete the rom after a certain period of time if you don't own the physical copy of the game, but I'm not a lawyer, nor am I advising any illegal activities, just suggesting a hypothetical situation in which one might be able to play vintage video games in Ubuntu.



TA



posted on Dec, 28 2009 @ 08:03 PM
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reply to post by TheAssociate
 


Thats great, I will try it out. Thanks.



posted on Dec, 29 2009 @ 05:37 PM
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just a heads up for people who want to use ubuntu but don't want to go through the hassle of setting up partitions and dual-booting, etc...

Portable Ubuntu for Windows



What is Portable Ubuntu Remix?
Portable Ubuntu Remix is an Ubuntu system running as a Windows application.



posted on Dec, 29 2009 @ 07:08 PM
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Ok. Everyone another problem. Today, as I started up ubuntu. I clicked on ubuntu on the dual boot screen, the ubuntu logo came and loaded for some time, and after that instead of getting the brown login screen, the monitor just switched off because it didnt get signal from the cpu. I restarted again, the same thing happened, and I managed to get in the third time. What could be the problem?



posted on Dec, 29 2009 @ 07:38 PM
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reply to post by peacejet
 

Did you made any change to the screen definitions, like resolution and number of colours? That may give some bad results.

As for Flash, I used the ".deb for ubuntu 8.04+" option.



posted on Dec, 29 2009 @ 10:28 PM
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I know that you all are mainly talking about Ubuntu, but have you tried Mint?

I tried Ubuntu on several PCs and found it a little difficult to navigate for an Old Windows guy.

I was then trying out different "Live CD's" and ran across Linux Mint.

I was so immediately impressed with the look and feel I installed it on an old XP machine I had laying around. WOW

It is so very like Windows and everything works immediately. Lots of easy downloads also as well as games and other add ons.

If I did not pay what I did for Vista, I would put it on my XPS Machine.

Anyone else have any experience with Mint?

Semper



posted on Dec, 29 2009 @ 11:48 PM
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here's an ubuntu distro that looks very much like the Windows XP we've all grown to love/hate so much.

YImF OS



Infamous Chinese software pirates were not much happy with just copying Windows XP, so they moved their interests to hacking Ubuntu to look like Windows XP. With a Windows XP look-alike we do not mean just a theme or a shell replacement, going by what we experienced, Ylmf OS is a pixel-perfect copycat of Windows XP, but based on Ubuntu Linux.



posted on Dec, 30 2009 @ 12:19 AM
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Cute example, saw it on /. a few days ago. All in Chinese, though. And besides, XP is so Fisher-Price clumsy and annoyingly undeterminable.

Glad to see people picking up Linux; I've used Linux on my primary boxes for several years now. Currently using Gentoo + Compiz + Emerald + Clearlooks, which results in a very fast, productive, robust and clean working environment.



posted on Dec, 30 2009 @ 01:13 AM
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I'm currently (as I type) downloading Mint 8. Laptop is Vista and I plan to run dual mode, for now. I know NOTHING about Linux so I am looking forward to it, but I need the Windows cushion in case I fall on my face (metaphorically speaking.)



posted on Dec, 30 2009 @ 01:19 AM
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I'm betting you will love it..

I've been on it a few days now so if you need any help and if I can, just ask..

Semper



posted on Dec, 30 2009 @ 02:35 AM
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Thanks! Though you may be sorry you offered. Geez, what a pain trying to burn that to CD! Up and running though, at the moment off of the CD, but it works! Woot. Too late to play on it though, I'm done... We'll see how it goes tomorrow. Cheers.
S~



posted on Dec, 30 2009 @ 06:21 AM
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Hello Ladyskadi, here is a link to another disk that is very useful if you should ever lose capability to boot your your computer in your conquest to install linux.

Its called Super Grub Disk.It will restore the Windows boot sector or the linux boot sector. All you have to do is burn the image to a cd, boot it and discover its useful tools. Linux boots with Grub the worlds best boot loader.

www.supergrubdisk.org...

Just remember grub sees your 1 hard drive as (hd0,0) if you split that in half with gparted to make two hard drives the second will be (hd0,1) the third would be (hd0,2)

Once the system is booted the drives will be /dev/sda1, /dev/sda2, /dev/sda3

you can wee them in your terminal by typing sudo fdisk -l

This is mine:


sudo fdisk -l
[sudo] password for billybobthornton:

Disk /dev/sda: 400.1 GB, 400088457216 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 48641 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00047e91

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 1912 15358108 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 * 1913 3128 9767520 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 3129 20096 136295460 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 3129 19714 133227013+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 19715 20096 3068383+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdb: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000ca3f6

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 1 3831 30772476 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sdb2 3832 29343 204925140 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sdb3 29344 52469 185759595 5 Extended
/dev/sdb5 29344 31904 20571201 83 Linux
/dev/sdb6 31905 49789 143661231 83 Linux
/dev/sdb7 49790 49916 1020096 83 Linux
/dev/sdb8 49917 50553 5116671 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sdb9 50554 52469 15390238+ 83 Linux
billybobthornton~$



this site also has a wealth of information on it about linux

members.iinet.net.au...

If you need any help I will be more than happy to assist. Even if your spouse leaves you, can still have linux. Its addicting.



posted on Dec, 30 2009 @ 12:22 PM
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reply to post by Voyager1
 

Thank you! That is great help. I will have more time this afternoon to experiment and look around. I appreciate it.





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