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Sunday, June 11, 2006

DOS Classic Games in Ubuntu - Ancient Art of War and Lode Runner

One of my favorite game is Ancient Art of War. It was created in DOS/PC-XT times. It was amazing that the PC processing speed is so little compared to now, they managed to come out with a real-time strategy game (almost real-time) with some good AI. It even has a terrain/map editor. All under 560KB. I cannot imagine writing any real application under 1 MB.

I tried out dosbox and mount the drive as C: drive (mount c /home) and launch it:

$dosbox war.bat

It works perfectly, and even support the 'Beep' sound for the game!

Ancient Art of War

Another classics is Lode Runner. One of the most additive game during then!

Lode Runner


All along I am using Totem, Rhythmbox to manage my libraies of music files. Then I discover amaroK, the KDE music jukebox player.

It supports podcast, and also display lyrics based on the song being played, and display singer and album info based on wikipedia.



Upgrading to Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (aka Drake Dapper)

The upgrade steps are quite easy.

1. change the /etc/apt/sources.list such that all the word "breezy" to "dapper"
2. sudo apt-get update
3. sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

I left it to run overnight. Next morning, all the packages are downloaded. It has started modifying the system. Before some critical files are overwritten it politely asked for my decisions to keep the old one or create new one. I reply 'yes' to a few questions.

After that, I realized that X Windows cannot be started. I booted into command mode without X. And I have do the step 3 twice because the interdependecies of the different packages.

After the apt upgrade is done, I started to investigate the X windows problem. The problem is that I used Nvidia driver in Ubuntu 5.10. During the upgrade, the driver must be wiped out in the process, so X cannot be started. The solution is just one simple command to use the default X windows driver:

$sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver.xorg

After that, it uses the generic driver to start X, so issue solved.

There are a few things new in 6.06:
1. kernel upgraded to
2. Gnome upgraded to 2.14
3. Nautilus upgraded to 2.14
4. SCIM Chinese input is installed and working well. Tried Chinese input in MSN, works well
5. Open Office and Azureus are removed. No worry, launch Synaptic Package Manager and install them again.

I tested a few commonly-used s/w which previously working. And they continue to work.

So, everything seems to be okay. Also, added the PCI-USB card which uses VIA 6212 chipset. USB 2.0 finally works for my 300 G external harddisk.