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  1. If Icecast keeps crashing I suggest you do a svn update and recompile, a lot of bug fixes (including a severe memory leak) was fixed recently. Also you can use this script set to a crontab job to keep an eye on the Icecast server: #!/bin/sh ICECAST='/path/to/icecast -c /path/to/configfile.xml' SERVICE='icecast' EMAIL='your@email.com' if [ "$(pidof $SERVICE)" ] then echo "$SERVICE service running, everything is fine" else echo "$SERVICE is not running! Attempting to restart." | mail -s "$SERVICE down" $EMAIL $ICECAST fi This method has worked well for me on my Icecast servers.
  2. Happy Birthday voice!! :D

  3. Thought I'd pop back in for a small update: As of Wine 1.7 Sonic Generations works 99%, the only flaws are some frame drops here and there but as I recall it was noted that the PC port was poorly optimized to begin with. Oh well.
  4. People told me I should post the Sonic pumpkin I did, so here: and dark shot I did not come up with the design, it came from this person's dA page if you want to get in on next year.
  5. Guess whos baaaaack! Just thought I'd give an update since I can't while at work. There are current developments in progress right now to make gaming on Linux just as capable as it is on Windows: Simple Screen Recorder - Think FRAPS but free and for Linux. OBS Studio (Redux) - I'm sure most of you are aware of the OBS Project by now. For those who do not, OBS is a free open-source piece of software to allow recording and streaming of desktop/webcam/video game content to service providers like Livestream and Twitch, its the free alternative to XSplit. After quite a bit of development it appears the guy writting the bulk of the code realized that he locked it down to Windows via the APIs. Theres other reasons too, like sloppy code....so hes re-writting it from scratch, this time with multi-platform compatability in mind and well as cleaner code. You can read more details here. By the way folks, if you know of other resources to make Linux gaming more fun / interesting please feel free to post them here.
  6. I use Linux as my primary, both on my desktop and my laptop (and of course my servers), the only reason I kick over to Windows is for games at the moment. As for Ubuntu nixing Synaptic as included app, Synaptic is a UI front end to the Apt package manager, Ubuntu's Software Center is the same, albeit Software Center has a prettier look. They probably got rid of Synaptic to cut back on redundant applications, not too hard to use Software Center to install Synaptic though Remember, one of the perks to using Linux is less disk space used, iirc Windows 7 Ultimate ends up using 20GB after installation to Ubuntu's 8GB. For comparison sake and to back up my previous statement I did do a quick lookup on installation sizes: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 requires 20GB, 16GB for x86. This is required disk space AVAILABLE, not recommended. I did not get a clear answer on the Ubuntu size and I'm too lazy to install a VM to check, so I just did a quick check on my laptop which has been running Mint 15 the past few months: 7.2GB excluding /home which is where user files reside.
  7. We'll certainly have to see what happens in 2014 <Insert generic Year of the Linux Desktop joke here>. As I stated in my opening post, there are developers (including SEGA developers) taking an interest in SteamOS. If SEGA starts telling their studios to begin developing on the platform that will be a big boost seeing as at the moment Valve is the only AAA studio actively developing and releasing on the platform. John Carmack (id Software) has also taken an interest and although I lost quite a bit of respect for him over the RAGE incident it would be awesome to see him and id take on the platform as well. As for everything else Windows does, I honestly only ever use Windows nowadays for games like GTA IV or Generations (though Generations will work in Wine.) All major web browsers, except for IE, and who really willingly uses IE nowadays, work on Linux. All major sites will work on Linux, and if they don't they're actively working on it via the transition to HTML5. Libreoffice, to me, is an effective replacement for Word. I have a Android phone so I don't have to put up with that iTunes crap, which doesn't matter anyways because there is no Linux version of iTunes There are some flaws though, because most guides will tell you to enter commands in the terminal and Linux doesn't hand-hold like Windows does it is fairly easy to corrupt your install, thats why I said only enter commands you trust. There is also some hardware that does not work on Linux at the moment because the company that produces the hardware has not released a Linux driver, this was the case for my Hercules webcam for about three years until someone wrote a driver themselves.
  8. Once you have Ubuntu installed its not too hard to change out the desktop environment, you can do the following: MATE Desktop: http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/download#ubuntu_raring_ringtail_1304_repository Cinnamon Desktop: https://launchpad.net/~gwendal-lebihan-dev/+archive/cinnamon-stable - sudo touch /etc/apt/cinnamon.d/cinnamon.list - sudo echo deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable/ubuntu raring main > /etc/apt/cinnamon.d/cinnamon.list - sudo echo deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable/ubuntu raring main > /etc/apt/cinnamon.d/cinnamon.list - sudo apt-get update - sudo apt-get install cinnamon GNOME: sudo apt-get install gnome-desktop-environment KDE: sudo apt-get install kde-plasma-desktop XFCE: sudo apt-get install xfce4 Keep in mind this is all going off of if you're on Ubuntu, and even Linux Mint.
  9. Don't get me wrong, theres hundreds of distros out there to choose from, some good, some not so good, go on down to http://distrowatch.com/ and take your pick! The reason I chose Ubuntu, though, is like as I said in my initial post that the developers seem to be using Ubuntu as their base development platform, meaning their games will be built to the libraries and system setups that Ubuntu provides.
  10. You can probably get away with a i5 for audio production, its certainly not as resource hungry as video production, same with the video card, then again if you want to do gaming on it as well, why the hell not. Your PSU is a bit beefy, my desktop is running a Core i7 930 @ 3.2GHz, 16 GB RAM, GTX 680, and a 740 watt power supply. I do some high end gaming and I have not hit power issues yet. Bonus points in that the HDMI on my GTX680 also pushes audio. If you want a good soundcard and money is no issue just go to Newegg or Amazon and search by rating, also research the cards on google, what with reviews sometimes being bought. Just to give you an idea, this is my Laptop while doing my podcast, this is while the laptop is encoding and sending to four seperate streams and recording to flac while playing MP3s, note the CPU load, the laptop is a i5.
  11. So with the announcement of Valve's upcoming SteamOS theres no doubt that some here are curious about it and how to get in on it. First off its important to know that technically speaking SteamOS is already publicly available as at it's core as it will just be the Steam client running in Big Picture Mode on a specialized version of Linux (most probably modified from the Ubuntu distribution.) The final SteamOS will probably contain even more optimizations towards gaming as Ubuntu is generally geared toward the casual PC user. BTW, some SEGA developers are showing interest in / have released their games on the Linux platform. Opening FAQ “Isn't Linux all command line?!” No. There are a number of desktop environments available: KDE, Unity, GNOME, Cinnamon, MATE, XFCE for example. “But some of the instructions mention command line commands!” Yup, and if you follow them you should be ok, that said make sure you absolutely trust the site before performing commands in the command line, sudo apt-get install is usually pretty safe, sudo rm -rf / not so safe. Look at it this way, unlike Windows if you corrupt / mess up your Linux install you can just reinstall the entire OS, no licensing hassles! A typical Linux install takes about 20 minutes anyways on a modern computer with a decent internet connection, compared to the three hours it took me to install Windows 7 last time. “Linux users are mean when I ask for help!!!” There is a long standing mentality of RTFM (Read the f'ing manual!) however this is because if you spend five minutes on google you can typically find a solution to your problem. It also helps if you ask the right questions, just saying your sound isn't working doesn't give anyone a good idea of whats up, for all we know you unplugged your headphones. Critical thinking, it helps! “Can I keep Windows?” See the installation section below. "Keyboard and mouse only?" Nope, XBOX360 and Playstation 3 as well as other game pads are able to be used on Linux as well and at least I know Euro Turck Simulator 2 supports it right out of the box. Installing Linux to install Steam First things first in this section, obtain a installer for a Linux distribution (a distribution is more or less a selection of applications and special configurations around the Linux kernel itself.) Seeing as most of the developers are using Ubuntu as their base platform for development / porting I would go with that until SteamOS is released, you can obtain Ubuntu over at http://www.ubuntu.com/ and I would personally recommend using the USB method of installing the Ubuntu installer to a thumb drive if your computer can boot from USB http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows, otherwise do the DVD method. Ubuntu's site has instructions on how to install at http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/install-desktop-latest but as long as you know how to reach your computer's boot menu its simple and straight forward. When in doubt, default. I highly recommend you install Linux to a second hard drive. You can obtain a second hard drive fairly cheap these days, $68.99 for a 320GB drive complete with cabling. The whole process of installing multiple Operating Systems on the same physical computer is called Dual-Booting. If you're feeling frisky you can try installing Ubuntu on the same drive as Windows but I would not recommend this unless you know what the hell you are doing. Windows by itself cannot resize its disk partition to be smaller, for that you'll need a third party app, and even then if you make it too small you'll nuke some of your data and risk corrupting Windows. Linux will install and work on the same drive as Windows, however due to the way Windows installs itself extra care must be taken when installing to the same drive. How do you know a partition is Windows? Look for the key signs: NTFS or FAT32 will be it's partition type. Again, UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO INSTALL LINUX ON THE SAME DRIVE AS WINDOWS. A word on video drivers While AMD has a set of drivers readily available it tends to be agreed upon that their Catalyst drivers are fairly bad on Linux, a situation AMD is trying to fix! nVidia all Linux fanboys will know of because of Linus Torvalds giving them the finger during a presentation due to their failure to support Linux, it wasn't until this and Valve getting involved that nVidia started actually stepping up their game (haha I made a punny) and truly started supporting Linux, as of writing this the current version of nVidia's drivers available are at 331.13. Intel is trying, but they still have a long ways to go. I personally only have any real heavy experience on nVidia so I will leave this tidbit for you, once you have Ubuntu installed go ahead and navigate your way to http://www.ubuntuupdates.org/ppa/xorg-edgers for information on how to obtain the latest nVidia drivers. For Optimus users, it sucks but nVidia seems to have no intention of fixing this, which will make your lives all the more complicated and frustrating, go to http://bumblebee-project.org/install.html for more information. If you ever want to know what your driver is or if its loaded, open your terminal and type glxinfo | grep version you should see something like this: server glx version string: 1.4 client glx version string: 1.4 GLX version: 1.4 OpenGL version string: 3.0 Mesa 9.1.4 OpenGL shading language version string: 1.30 This was done on my laptop which runs optimus, if you have bumble bee installed add optirun before glxinfo you'll get this: server glx version string: 1.4 client glx version string: 1.4 GLX version: 1.4 OpenGL version string: 4.2.0 NVIDIA 304.88 OpenGL shading language version string: 4.20 NVIDIA via Cg compiler Installing Steam http://store.steampowered.com/about/ - Double-click on the .deb it downloads. Next! Helping the community (Help me to help you!) Thats right, theres a community within a community, check it out! http://steamcommunity.com/groups/steamlug We also have a IRC channel available at https://steamlug.org/irc or if you're feeling geeky: irc.freenode.net - #steamlug Feel free to ask any questions you have, most are quite willing to help out or at least listen in. Installed Steam and found a bug with the client or a game, in particular a Valve game? https://github.com/ValveSoftware/ Go ahead and submit a bug report! The developers can't fix a issue if they don't know about it. For other games you'll more than likely need to go to their communities to report issues, I'm sure Sonic Team does not monitor Valve's git hub Other Resources http://store.steampowered.com/browse/linux/ - Steam's Linux page, new games coming all the time. http://steamdb.info/linux/ - Steam DB is a less pretty list of games, more techy, but it also gives you updates on when a game may have been updated, is it supported, is it being worked on, etc. http://www.desura.com/ - Steam isn't the only kid on the block supporting Linux. http://www.reddit.com/r/linux_gaming - Even invaded Reddit. http://unigine.com/products/benchmarks/ - See how well your Linux setup handles OpenGL's advanced features as well as your CPU's physics handling abilities. Picture of Amy on fire, because why the hell not!
  12. Being a Linux user I have to respectfully disagree. Granted I run a nVidia GTX680 on my desktop I've read enough about AMD/ATi problems on both Linux and Windows to steer clear. nVidia seems to have a faster update cycle as well.
  13. Probably not official. I'd have to bug the hell out of SEGA about it for next year. Problem is finding a proper contact since they probably stopped reading anything I write on Twitter
  14. Honestly, it would be more awesome if maybe they let some of us podcasters do something. RSN Live @ Sonic Boom could have been amazing.
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