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Posted on: May 14 2005, 06:54 PM


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Personally, I've always liked KDE, cause it always felt so integrated. When under Ubuntu, Gnome blows away your average KDE install IMO.
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Posted on: May 14 2005, 06:48 PM


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Me and my friend have been writing a multiplayer game (similar to MOAGG, but focused on multiplayer). I had finally written a fair portion of the networking code. I tested it running two copies on my computer. It worked, somewhat slowly. Then, I gave my friend an updated copy. He ran it. His client connected to the server, recieved the map to load, and then, while trying to send its coordinates got "Error 10,004", in a simple socket.sendto statement. This is a Winsock blocking error. If it makes any difference, part of the socket code is within a thread, while part of it is not. In any case, I am completely out of ideas. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Posted on: May 8 2005, 08:31 PM


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Not for games?! I once used VB. Although its not a great language, and its not super fast like C/C++, a mario game is well within its limits. It has full access to GDI and DirectX. If these aren't sufficient for game programming, I'm not sure what is. Speed shouldn't be a concern for a game such as Mario either. VB does have a Native compiler which is fast enough. My friend was playgin around with VB and GDI. He wrote a software based 3d engine in pure vb, and could handle thousands of polygons at decent frame rates. Designed for it or not, VB can make simple games. Using VB, you should be able to throw together a semi decent Mario engine within a week (this doesn't include stuff like art, levels, etc.).
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Posted on: Jan 5 2005, 07:19 PM


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I don't quite get what bobaryan means. For just about any distro, the download is free. Maybe in some rare cases you are required to pay for the ISO image, but I think even Suse has an FTP install ISO you can download. Not sure, but Fedora Core might work for learning Linux as opposed to using it on the actual server.
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Posted on: Jan 1 2005, 11:02 AM


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I got a new comp, AMD Athlon 64 3000!
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Posted on: Dec 14 2004, 07:58 PM


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In my game (hoverdemolition), I've been wanting to have an auto update system. Its written in python, so only small modules of code would be changed at a time, resulting in downloads of a few kilobytes for a major update. I was thinking of writing an update system, and having it launch at the beginning of the game, update all the modules, and then run the program. I was fooling around with CVS, to put my code, and I watched as it properly updates out of date files but not up to date files, etc. in a module checkout. I realized this was just the system I needed, as with python you are running from the source code anyway with a quick startup compile. Can anyone think of any reasons against using CVS as the update system?

Also, can anyone throw together a quick python script which would checkout a module off of a CVS system? You can probably assume the CVS is installed on the system. I can work out any details. I was thinking of simply executing CVS (in the background while the auto update window displays), yet I noticed that even in anonymous mode you must hit enter for a blank password. Does anyone have any solution for this?
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Posted on: Dec 11 2004, 06:57 PM


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I was thinking about that HTTP idea. I do something similar for the Master server (lists all the servers), but the clients would need to refresh more like every second or two, because if not, dead hovercrafts would hang around for a while, just standing there (if the computer crashed or reset). And if you do it too often, it becomes a strain on sourceforge's server.
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Posted on: Dec 11 2004, 12:05 PM


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I've been working on a game in which you fly hovercrafts around and blow eachother up. Its a pretty cool game, and I think I will probably have a release by the end of the month. Because its GPL, i've got it on sourceforge and they do support python(what i'm writing everything in), but i've read that you cannot use outbound sockets on a sourceforge account. The metaserver works, because it simply keeps track of a list of IP addresses and never actually needs to send data to clients in realtime, simply when they request it. Does anywhere free I could host a script which listens on a UDP port, and if a client connects sends all the other clients its IP Address? It is a relatively low traffic script, because it simply transmits the IP addresses of clients as they join and leave. The clients then talk between eachother. I would host it myself, yet I have a dynamic IP address. Also, Charter says not to host things in there EULA.
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Posted on: Nov 8 2004, 03:04 PM


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Me and my friends are trying to throw together a simple little movie. I'm going to be using dv (from a digital camcorder), and AVI's rendered in Blender. I tried Kino, but it couldn't handle the AVI's that blender made (Raw uncompressed btw), and appears to only be able to handle dv files. Does anyone have any recommendations on good free software. I would prefer something close to Windows Movie Maker, possibly with special effects and the like. Also, is there any good free bluescreen type software? I tried searching google, but all I could come up with were things about how linux didn't get BSOD's. One of the most hopeless searches ever biggrin.gif
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Posted on: Aug 15 2004, 11:39 PM


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hmmm, I'm not sure. I downloaded the Debian 2.6.7 Kernel Image via Apt. Not the sourcecode. Any easy way to find out?
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Posted on: Aug 15 2004, 12:53 PM


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I'm using Debian Sarge RC1. Its updated to the 2.6.7-debian kernel (using apt-get). I run alsaconf. It comes up with my card (via82xx VIA Technologies, Inc, VT82C686 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 50)). It then comes up with "Configuring snd-via82xx: Do you want to modify /etc/modprobe.d/sound" I click yes. It says "snd-via82xx is configured. AlSA CONFIGURATOR will configure the sound card for playing now". I click OK. It then does its thing, and says "Restoring Alsa Mixer Settings ... Failed" and something to the effect of "run alsactl store for more information". I run alsactl store. It comes up with: "alsactl: save_state:1061: no sound cards found..." I did an "apt-get install alsa*" just incase I was missing somethign, but still the same problem. Any ideas?
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Posted on: Aug 12 2004, 11:08 PM


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My Goal:
I'm trying to make a ghost clone, in the form of a linx bootcd which boots into a shell script (which I write in either Tcl or Python). This prompts for a device name, for one hard drive. It then creates a second partition in the unpartitioned space in the hard drive. It DD's the origonal, into a disk image on the second hard drive, which it then compresses with either bzip or Bz2. I have a few question
1. How do I get a script to launch once Linux has booted? (A stupid question, but something I might as well ask while i'm at it)
2. I can format an existing partition, but how do I have automatically create a second partition to format (assume it will always be at the end of the drive...)
3. Most importantly, how do I gzip the archive as it is created? Basically, if you dd the disk to an image and then gzip, you need the second partition to be a good chunk larger than the first (to hold the full sized disk image and the compressed image). Considering the fact, that the compressed image will be smaller than the first partition so you don't need half the disk (its compressed, plus the user probably wasn't using 100% of their disk space...), how do I compress on the fly, without needing such a large partition?
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Posted on: Jul 15 2004, 10:36 PM


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libuulib.so.5 is a dependency that your newsreader needs to function. Welcome to RPM Hell wink.gif . Search google for it, until you find a suitable RPM which either is libuulib.so.5 or provides it. Keep doing this until you get all the dependencies needed.
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Posted on: Jul 3 2004, 11:25 AM


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I always missed Apt-get when I moved to slack. I found debian much slower though, so I stuck with slack. For those who like apt, but prefer a distro other then debian, its possible to get true apt-get to work under another distro. I think I'm going to write a little program that does it for slack. Is anyone willing to modify it for other distro's (once I put the program online)?
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Posted on: Jul 2 2004, 10:47 PM


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RESOLVED:
A quick restart of the comp, and Wine ran EV perfectly. I thought that wasn't supposed to work in linux wink.gif
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Posted on: Jul 1 2004, 08:23 PM


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The main page says that "Programming in Linux" has 8 topics, when in fact it only appears to have 3. Is this just me?
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Posted on: Jul 1 2004, 09:01 AM


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If your new to programming, a great way to start out is with Gambas. For any VB users, a lot of it is the same, and for anyone new, its easy. Its got a great IDE with a form designer, and it has tons of tutorials on the website. Give it a try and learn to program, its a great experience. http://gambas.sourceforge.net
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Posted on: Jun 30 2004, 12:31 PM


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QUOTE (Termina @ Mar 30 2004, 01:56 PM)
*hides a torch behind his back*

I think I can finally end this argument, for I have uncovered shocking and relevent information!

Vi(m): Cures cancer, stops comets from hitting earth, heals the sick

Emacs: Cause of the Ebloa virus, eats kittens


Source: http://www.encyclopedia.com
          http://nasa.gov
          http://fbi.gov
          http://www.bcbs.com

Come on, Vi(m) and EMacs are just lame. Nano kicks ear!
Nano: Kills microsoft biggrin.gif
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Posted on: Jun 30 2004, 11:56 AM


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Hopefully this works on mandrake. It works on most distro's i've used. Do the following:
# su
# cd /etc/X11/xinit
# ls
You should now see a list of files that look like the following:
#init
#xinitrc.kde
#xinitrc.fvwm
#xinitrc.gnome
There could be a few others. Now, choose the Window manager (GUI) you want to use. If you wat gnome, do the following:
#cp xinitrc.gnome xinitrc
This copies gnome's xinitrc to the xinitrc that is read when xserver starts. Hopefully this works under mandrake. If you have a graphical login (KDM, XDM), which I remember mandrake booting into, just use that. Choose a user. Then there is a menu somewhere where you can choose the window manager you want to use. Then just log in. If you wish to do it from the command line though, the above should work.

(I edited it to fix Su. It should be "su", not "Su")
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Posted on: Jun 28 2004, 09:22 PM


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I went on IRC. Lots of people were confused, as no one else had had this problem. The first idea was that I hadn't copied resolv.conf, and I said I had, so that person had no idea what could be wrong. Suddenly, I saw what appeared to be the stupidest suggest ever, but after checking I realized the person was correct. I feel like an idiot. I spelt resolv.conf resolve.conf. I think I should get some sort of award for that mistake.
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Posted on: Jun 28 2004, 08:25 PM


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I decided to give gentoo a go. I booted up a minimal live cd. I then downloaded a stage 1 tarball via links. I did what it said (created the file system, extracted the tarball). I copied the resolve.conf file, and chrooted in. The internet works perfectly from the live cd, but in the console I chrooted in, it doesn't. I can't get the chrooted environment to connect, as none of the commands are there (stage 1 :-( ). I can't use portage either to compile the commands because the internet isn't up. modprobe doesn't exist, ifconfig doesn't exist, etc. within that environment. I have the internet in the other consoles. What should I do to make it work?
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Posted on: Jun 28 2004, 09:41 AM


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kde on mandrake I had found slow. If I remember, the Win95 clone is fvwm95.
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Posted on: Jun 27 2004, 05:59 PM


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Being a former VB programmer, I use Gambas (http://www.gambas.sf.net). Its a great Visual Basic environment (not MS VB, but their on breed of Basic). Its great, with a form designer and everything. They've done some things even Mono hasn't (great Form Designer, awesome integrated IDE way beyond MonoDevelop), but then again, they don't have a standard they need to follow.
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Posted on: Jun 27 2004, 05:51 PM


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From my experience with Mandrake 9.2 (it can't have gotten much faster since), Mandrake is a slow distro. Its nice and all, but I can imagine Win2K being faster than it. Unfortunetly, must of the fast Linux distro's are harder (Slackware, Debian, Gentoo come to mind). Try downloading VectorLinux SOHO (www.vectorlinux.com). Its slackware based, and blazing fast. It also takes away the hard part of setting up your system (as opposed to just using slackware). Although a text/text menu based install, its not much more complicated than Mandrake install, although you do lack the graphical install environment, and you need to use cfdisk. If you read up on it a little, you should find the install a breeze, and have a system a lot faster than Windows. Its not as easy as Mandrake, but you should be able to figure most of it out with a little help. Good luck! (You'll love it once you get past the install). One warning, you may need to type "Startx" to start the graphical environment, but I think the install gives you the option of a graphical boot up.
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