Cockatrice RPM Packages updated

Hello everybody,

long time ago since I written a post here …

Well, today I updated the Cockatrice RPM packages to version 2014-06-25 (latest Release from woogerworks) so I think it’s time for a new post! Everybody who needs a One-Click-Installer for openSUSE, here you go:

openSUSE 12.3:
1-Click-Installer openSUSE 12.3

openSUSE 13.1:
1-Click-Installer openSUSE 13.1

openSUSE Factory:
1-Click-Installer openSUSE Factory

Actually I’m also involved in the Cinnamon Desktop for openSUSE. Because of this I actually can’t say if I also will update the cockatrice packages for Ubuntu, but if I update them, I will move the whole thing from the PPA System to the Open Build Service. For me, OBS makes it much easier for maintaining the packages.


Cockatrice RPM Packages are online!

Hello out there,

well, some of you already know, that I’m useing openSUSE beside Debian and Ubuntu, too.
At the beginning of this year, I’ve added a Ubuntu PPA for easily installing Cockatrice under Ubuntu, but today, there also exists a RPM for openSUSE users out there.

For building this RPM file I’ve used the openSUSE Build Service (which is just an awesome part of software). I like the way how packages are built this way much more than the way Debian (or Ubuntu) is doing this. Also the Build Service is much better in handling for me than PPA is (I just say “Webclient”). :)
But well, both, PPA and Build Service, helping me a lot to build my packages and I’m happy to use both to get my packages distributed ;)

Long story short, every openSUSE Tumbleweed, Factory, 12.2 and 12.3 (RC) user is now possible to use the “One-Click-Installer” to get cockatrice installed. Just goto and search for the “cockatrice” package or use the “One-Click-Installer” Button below to install the package for your openSUSE version:

openSUSE 12.2:
1-Click-Installer openSUSE 12.2

openSUSE 12.3:
1-Click-Installer openSUSE 12.3

openSUSE Tumbleweed:
1-Click-Installer openSUSE 12.3

At least I have to say: Have Fun with MTG and Cockatrice on openSUSE ;)


PS: I would glad about a commentary if you use this Repo … just for my self statistics ;)

Cockatrice, a MTG client

Greetings everbody,

do you know about the small program Cockatrice? Well, you can play the good old “Magic The Gathering” with it … for free.

It supports Network play and you’ll also be able to create you own decks with the latest editions which are available on the market. There is no AI or automatic rule management (like in the original MTGO Client) available, but it’s more than enough if you want to try new decks or if you just want to play some games with your friends.

Actually there is know Linux binary and, or DEB / RPM package to download, so you have to build it from the source. But if you use Linux Mint or Ubuntu (or the derivates) you’ll be able to use the following PPA:

This PPA is mainted by myself and you’re welcome to use it. To easily install Cockatrice under Ubuntu or Linux Mint, do the following in a terminal session:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:s-elser/cockatrice
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cockatrice

Than you have to wait a little bit and you’re ready to start cockatrice.

Even if the version number (20120702) looks “old” it isn’t at all. This version is the latest stable version released from the Cockatrice devs. If there is gonna be a new version out there, I will be uploading it into the PPA as fast as possible :)


VMWare Workstation 9 is out … and it doesn’t work for me!

Greetings everbody,
if you are a more frequent visitor of my blog, you will have read, that I’ve tested VMWare Workstation 8 with some games and posted the results here. Well, recently after the release of VMWare Workstation 9, I upgraded my licence downloaded this version and tried to get this new bunch of software running at my Ubuntu 12.04 installation.

Somebody of you will know, that I have a newer machine, an ASUS N56VZ to be exact. Well, this machine has NVidia Optimus support and some other stuff (for e. g. LED backlight), which only works with an 3.5 kernel version for me. Because of this, I’ve downloaded the kernel packages for the latest Ubuntu 12.10 development release and installed it.
Well, now I’m able to use my Fn keys and even my NVidia graphic card without any problems. But now, while I’m useing a 3.5 kernel, VMWare Workstation 9 refuses to starting up. I’m able to install, compile the modules and enter the licence key, but shortly after trying to work or to start a VM, I get a “stack trace flood” which causes my X Server to freeze.

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo wrote something at his blog to that problem which you can read here:
He actually is describeing the same problem. He already found out how to fix that “stack trace flood” with a Workstation 8, but the (nearly) same procedure does not work with Workstation 9 as it seems. I’ve tested the new submitted patch for kernel 3.5 and Workstation 9 on myself, but it doesn’t help for me, too. I always get the “stack trace flood” recently, after I started a virtual machine.

Well, Willy Raharjo has the same problems and he will post it on his blog as soon as their a new informations due to that error out there (VMWare itself knows about the problem (listed at the release notes from Workstation 9 under “Known Issues”)).

At the end, I have to say, that I just read some informations from VMWare to this new version which are something like “amazingly new 3D graphics and performances, especially for CAD and games” and I said to myself “Ok, I have to test this”, especially after I have seen some screens from VMWare, running Skyrim at a Windows 7 VM! But well, looks like I have to wait until I can test this and can tell more about this here …

Unity, KDE, GNOME-Shell and the other DEs

Greetings readers,

I’m actually torn between the Desktop Enviroments at my Ubuntu 12.04 installation. I’ve tried KDE, Unity, GNOME Shell, GNOME Panel and at least Xfce.

At my first steps with Linux I was very familiar with KDE. The easy reason: it’s more Windows like. So I started at this time with SUSE 9.x and KDE 3.x, and it was just awesome!
Well, KDE 4 at the beginning was … let us say “a giant grizzling kid”. But since the latest versions it actually has grown up and I’ve tested it so many times so that I can say “Yes, it’s useable again!”. Anyway, I don’t want to roll back to KDE. Don’t get my wrong, I love Qt and C++ (for the development), but I actually don’t want to tune my desktop as much as I can, just to get a useable and good looking DE for me. People who just came from Windows and want to work on nearly the same way as they did under this OS, they can just go with KDE and I’m sure they will be happy. Also, people who want to configure every howsoever small thing at their DE are doing nothing wrong with useing KDE.
For myself, I have actually clear things, which I wanna do with my desktop. Compiling with GCC, bash access, the possibility to get onto my servers via SSH, surfing and checking my mails and at least, playing some games, but anyway the last point I have to do under Windows or my PS3 …
Over time of useing Linux and their DEs I found out, that I don’t need a high customizable desktop, I just need one who helps me to get my things done. Unity and even GNOME Shell are both desktops who gave me this possibility. And both aren’t that bad looking, which is a very nice side effect. Sure, you have to learn how to deal with some new features and ways to work but if you one time know, who to deal with this both new DEs, you will profit from it.
For example, even at the time I was useing KDE, I started to get programs running with the help of “ALT+F2″ (KRunner). So, the SUPER key useage at Unity and GNOME Shell is the best way for me to start my programs.
Yes, I have to say, I like both desktops GNOME Shell and Unity. But if I would get forced to just pick one of those, I would go with GNOME Shell. But you know what, I’m useing Linux, so I didn’t get forced to anything ;)

I also looking sometimes to the GNOME Panel, better known as “GNOME Fallback”. For me it is also useable. It brings me the GNOME 2 feeling back and with the combination of ALT+Right click I’m also able to add new stuff to my panels. Well, I read always that there isn’t the whole stuff available for the GNOME 3 Panel, which was available for GNOME 2, but I personally just used the “Process Monitor” applet as additional stuff on GNOME 2, which is also available under GNOME 3 Panel.

That said, I’m actually useing some “hybrid modes” for myself. At work, I have an instance of Ubuntu 12.04 with GNOME Panel and an instance of openSUSE Tumbleweed with GNOME Shell running. I’m also thinking about to install GNOME Shell under Ubuntu, too.
At home my notebook is running Ubuntu with Unity and GNOME Panel. I like to use Unity when it comes to mobility and I like to use the classic GNOME Panel when it comes to “workstation replacement” (this means the notebook connected to a monitor for me).

Anyway, use what you want or better, use what’s fits best for you. You want have new (eventually smarter) ways to work and you don’t need a high customizable DE? Try GNOME Shell or Unity. You want the possibility to configure everything at your DE? Try KDE! You want a high customizable DE with lower consumption of RAM? Try Xfce.

Have a nice day :)

OpenSource projects and their donations

Today I checked out a video, which was recorded at the LFNW 2011 and presented by Bryan Lunduke.
Most of you people will know about Bryan from “The Linux Action Show”, but he also is presenting the “Why Linux sucks” at the LFNW every year.
So, I don’t want to repeat the whole video now, but I want to go further with some (in my point of view) very important things, which the video has brought to me to think about:

1. Programmers have to eat: Well, this is just true. Bryan comes here to the point, that the OpenSource developers also have families and just want to have a roof over their head. I’m totally agree to that!

2. We as Linux users have to understand that makeing software costs money: Also just true. If we look only at the time which the development is devours the costs getting really high for some projects (e. g. GNOME). At least, there are more points which are comeing with that, for e. g. the planning and design, test phases and so on.

3. We should buy propietary software for Linux or donate money to OpenSource projects (or both) which comes nearly to the licence costs of a proprietary software for another platform: Well, this is a little bit tricky. Bryan says in the presentation that he doesn’t mean with that, that the people now should go out and donate 5000$ to LibreOffice, but he just want that the people honour the work, even if it’s free and OpenSource. Additionally, buying software on this way or makeing donations, shows other developers and companies, that there is a market for Linux and at least, there is a reason to develop for it!

After the video, here the link: , I started to think a short time about his words. Also, I made a little conclusion for me, which “donations” I made for openSource projects in the last time:

- I bought the openSUSE boxes from OpenSource Press
– I bought the Ubuntu boxes from OpenSource Press
– I made a “one time” donation to WINE
– I have a CrossOver subscription, which I’m also renew every time, after the subscription isn’t valid anymore

Also, I bought a software which is called “moneyplex” which allows me to handle my HBCI online banking on a easier way on Linux. This software is propietary, but it works just nice, fast and it’s stable!
Well, overall, that isn’t that much. Because of this situation, I started to check, how much money I can donate for now and which projects I want to donate.
My first donations will go to the GNOME project and to LibreOffice. This two peacies of software are just awesome, and I want, that they will never stop there work! So, I have to donate :)
Also, I want to donate a few bucks to the VLC Player. Also, just a awesome piece of software which never should be missed at a new fresh OS installation ;)

My recommendation for you is, watch the video. Bryan is right in many cases. Think about the words and if it’s possible (or if you want) donate to your favourite projects at the OpenSource scene. Even if you just have 5 bucks available for a donation … donate it! :)

League of Legends back on WINE

Since several patches, League of Legends does not work with WINE anymore or better I say, League of Legends does not work acceptable with WINE anymore. If you look at the FPS while playing you will see a maximum of 15 FPS at all.

Since yesterday I have a solutions found for that. I am a active board member of the ACE Client and a disscussion someone wrote, that we just have to set the WINE version to “Windows 7″ and make some overrides for some DLLs.
Well, the DLLs always crashing the game for me, but the “WINE Windows 7 Version” hint gave me an awesome FPS boost from 15 to 40 FPS at all! In Teamfights it can drop down to 20-30 FPS.

So, what do you have to do now, to get League of Legends working with WINE again? Here are the steps you have to take:
1. Just simply install the game (best option here is to make fresh installation).
2. Install with winetricks the following requirements: d3dx9, vcrun2005
3. Navigate in a terminal to your League of Legends install directory and then switch to the subdirectorys rads/system (for example /home/$USER/.wine/drive_c/Riot Games/League of Legends/rads/system/).
4. Now, just use the following command to start the League of Legends launcher (please don’t forget to set the WINEPREFIX for League of Legends if you have one): wine “rads_user_kernel.exe” run lol_launcher $(ls ../projects/lol_launcher/releases/) LoLLauncher.exe

That’s it! The game should be working now, with an acceptable framerate! Tested under openSUSE 12.1 with WINE 1.3.35 and 1.3.36!

I’m actually thinking about to make a script for PlayOnLinux to bring you the easiest possible install and usage for League of Legends with WINE, but actually I have to learn their syntax :)



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