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Gaming in Linux

Gone are the days when Linux was only used by Geeks. Now a days many people are using Linux as their primary operating system. Another reason is that many Computer Manufacturers now ship their machines with pre-installed Linux Distributions. It reduces the cost to the customers significantly.

Linux can be easily used as the primary system and all kind of day to day softwares like Music Player, Video Player, Word Processing etc can easily be installed on it but some people still complain that installing games is still not possible on linux as most gaming companies either make their games for PS2, Xbox or windows. Linux is usually ignored. What a pitty.

Though this is not true for all the games. Games like Quake can be easily be played on linux. There is a separate package of this game for linux. Apart from that party poker has also become very popular these days. Many of my friends are really hooked to it.

Using Wine linux users can play the windows based games. Though it doesnt work for all the games but if the game is not very graphic intensive then it should surely work with wine and you can enjoy it on your linux system.

Now a days many games can only be played online, which is not really a concern for linux users because they are usually flash based games and works perfectly on linux machine. A Java plugin may also be required for playing such games. so how do you start finding about these games. Well I will leave it up to you. Yes, just go to google.com and typing in online flash games and you will get many sites where you can start playing the games.

In case you can to install the windows based games in linux then you can try to install Wine: www.winehq.org/

Have fun playing!

HOWTO create an ISO Image

Today I am testing Sun Virtual Box. I want to install windows xp on Fedora but I don't like installing Operating Systems from DVDs or CDs. I thought I should create an ISO Image from the Windows CD. Here is the simple command to create an ISO from the CD ROM.

[ravi@localhost e]$ dd if=/dev/cdrom of=/home/ravi/windows/e/windowss.iso


Project Management Open Source Softwares

Yesterday I was searching for Open Source Project Management softwares and found OpenProj.

To my surprise it is very much like Microsoft Project. I don't know how good it is, I will try it. In the mean time I have to try other Open Source PM Tools.

KDE - Do not show windows from all the Desktops

By default the Windows from all the Desktops are displayed in all the KDE Desktops. You can disable this feature by following the below mentioned step.

1. Go to Control Center > Desktop > Taskbar
2. Under Taskbar section uncheck the checkbox "Show windows from all desktops"

IP Tables - Secure your Linux computer

Secure your computer using IP Tables. Click on the link below. It has a nice tutorial on IP Tables.


Re-Mount /etc/fstab without Restarting

You have added new entry in your /etc/fstab file to mount a drive or partition. To mount those new partitions you would normally reboot your PC. There is a simple way which will Re-Mount the drives in your /etc/fstab file. Run as root.
mount -a

BASH - Display date/time, hostname and current directory

To display date/time, hostname and current directory use the following command in your BASH prompt and press enter.
PS1="[\d \t \[email protected]\h:\w ] $ "
After pressing enter your BASH prompt will look like this.
[Mon Apr 28 14:04:48 [email protected]:/cygdrive/e/myfiles/] $
I used this command on Cygwin running on Window XP. The hostname and current directory will be different in your case.

Current working directory in BASH

For all those newbies in the world of Linux here is a very useful linux command.

[[email protected] practice]# pwd

pwd will print the current working directory in the konsole.

fdisk in fedora 8

I installed Fedora 8 last week on my computer. After installation I wanted to mount one windows FAT32 partition, before mounting the partition I fired fdisk command to check the partition letters. To my surprise fdisk command was not there!

But there was nothing to worry about. I found this tool icommand /sbin/ folder

So if you are using fedora 8 and want to use fdisk then use....


uname - print system information

If you want the know your system information like the Kernel name, Kernel Release, Kernel Version etc then you can issue uname command.

Here is the details of the command along with the arguments. This information is fetched from manual pages.

       uname - print system information

       uname [OPTION]...

       Print certain system information.  With no OPTION, same as -s.

       -a, --all
              print all information, in the following order, 
              except omit -p and -i if unknown:

       -s, --kernel-name
              print the kernel name

       -n, --nodename
              print the network node hostname

       -r, --kernel-release
              print the kernel release

       -v, --kernel-version
              print the kernel version

       -m, --machine
              print the machine hardware name

       -p, --processor
              print the processor type or "unknown"

       -i, --hardware-platform
              print the hardware platform or "unknown"

       -o, --operating-system
              print the operating system

       --help display this help and exit

              output version information and exit

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