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  1. Warcraft fans and C&C gamers would enjoy this - the GPL RTS game Glest version 2.0 has been released recently. And now you have a Loki installer for the Linux version to test it out:


    Loki installer for the Linux version of Glest 2.0:



    More screenshots and information can be found here:





    PS: Btw, the game has won the "PlayStation ArtFutura Video Game Design Award" granted by SONY in Spain:


  2. Just found this in Wikipedia and search on Google: there is a new Firefox extension called ODFReader:







    The extension is still very early in development and needs more effort to further its progress.


    It will go a long way to help the spread of ODF if everybody can read it without downloading the 70-100MB+ OpenOffice.org main program (at least on Windows or Mac), when a 20-200kb+ Firefox extension can do the job.

  3. Very likely. The PS3 made use of a nVidia GPU and should SONY feel ok with it nVidia would provide Linux drivers for the graphics unit and such. In addition, I don't think the line between console and PC are clear anymore with such powerful configuration came with the latest console. Either Linux will come in the form of a Live! CD or with an add-on harddrive installation.

  4. Great job Lärs.

    This is the general software how-to I've been trying to work on.


    Do you know if there is any method to launch fluidsynth and load the soundfont (eg. 8MBGMSFX.sf2) with a single command? This will be handy for preloading soundfont when the system boots up.

  5. Your temporary solution is to add this line to your ~/.i18n file:



    But this doesn't solve every single problem involved.


    I am still looking at the cause of it.


    What sucks right now is LinuxSir is not accessible outside China because of a router misconfiguration by one of the China ISPs. So contacting suzhe is difficult except via email.

  6. Upgrading to Mandrake 10.1, the Linux desktop is getting better than ever.

    And I think it is time to update my now-over-complicated-Midi-tutorial written two years ago.


    If you own a SB Live! or Audigy, with Mandrake 10.x, there's no need to compile anything or looking for rpms over the internet anymore. The only file you need to provide yourself, in addition to your Mandrake Linux CD/DVD, is the soundfont file (*.sf2). Of course you'll need the MIDI files to play the music tracks of your choice.


    Ok, let's get started.

    The following tutorial has been verified to work with Mandrake 10.1:


    I. Install the MIDI playback relevant packages


    # urpmi awesfx kmid


    (Note to Debian users, the package names are the same so 'apt-get awesfx kmid' would serve the same purpose to your distro)


    II. Copy the soundfont file from your SB Liveware CD to your harddrive


    Insert the Liveware 3 CD into your CD/DVD-Rom drive.

    Suppose you have mounted the CD at this path: /mnt/cdrom


    This will copy the soundfont files to /opt/

    # cp /mnt/cdrom/AUDIO/COMMON/SFBANK/*.SF2 /opt/


    You can also download and use other free soundfonts from many internet sites.

    Do a Google search will help you on this matter.


    III. Load the soundfont into memory


    $ asfxload /opt/8MBGMSFX.SF2

    (Or sfxload /opt/8MBGMSFX.SF2 if 'asfxload' command is not available)


    Of course you can load any other soundfont (*.sf2 file) you like.



    In order to pre-load soundfont every time you login the system, you can add the following lines to the file ~/.bash_profile:


    asfxload -i
    asfxload /opt/8MBGMSFX.SF2


    The first line is needed for clearing any soundfont previously loaded into the memory, so that it won't waste another chunk of memory (with the same data) if you happen to restart X server or logout / login again.


    IV. Setup and use Kmid to play MIDI


    Before you start to play some MIDI files, you need to setup the ALSA MIDI port in order to make use of the Wavetable Synth from your soundcard:


    Launch Kmid by

    K > Multimedia > Sound > Kmid


    In Kmid, choose

    Settings > MIDI setup



    "Emu10k1 WaveTable Emu10k1 Port 0 - ALSA device"

    as your MIDI device, click OK to confirm.


    That's it! From now on you can use Kmid to play any MIDI files after loading soundfont into the memory (step III). Enjoy!


    PS. If you do not own a Creative SB Live!/Audigy soundcard, this discussion would help you more:




    1. http://alsa.opensrc.org/index.php?page=emu10k1

    2. http://www.mandrakeclub.com/article.php?sid=979

    3. https://mandrivausers.org/index.php?showtopic=26177

    4. http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=30963

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