[Linux Games] Now that's a flight simulator! X-Plane!
X-Plane is not a game Open Source. E 'useful from this data and add another: runs on linux beautifully. Recently I decided to review it because this game flight simulator version was published in 9:00. Unlike many other simulators, even by the very famous names, this is the only FAA-approved (American aviation federation) and has completely revolutionized the way we think the simulated flight. In addition, you can play online using the system IVAO (International Virtual Avaition Organization) and the system VATSIM (Virtual Air Traffic Flight Simulation Network) thanks to two add-on. These last two, allow you to simulate a very real flight, with a lot of weather conditions in the area where we are going to fly, flight controllers, etc. .. X-Plane also has a large Italian community that you find here and, as I am not a pilot, I have to say that is worth at least try the demo and then decide if you want to buy the full game which currently costs $ 59.00 in offer launch. What we're going to do will be exactly the demo install on a debian unstable (but applies to any distributions, including Ubuntu). First you must make sure you have all the requirements required by the game. First 3d graphics acceleration for your video card and a set of libraries, including those of the most boring openal. However do not worry if you do not have all the libraries, because the binary installer will tell you what the problem is found and what is missing will be much guessed. A special note, before proceeding with the actual installation, the installation must be paid on distributions with kernel for 64bit processor architecture. In fact, when starting up for the first time the installer well find an error that says it can not be open libraries libopenal.so.0. This occurs because X-Plane has been created for 32-bit platforms and default openal libraries do not exist in the directory / usr/lib32 of our beloved linux. Do not worry. Let's see soon what to do!
First, we proceed with the download of the installer of X-Plane demo version from the official website. After you have finished downloading the file unzip the. Zip file into a directory of our choice and then, through the use of a terminal, let's move into the dir where we unzipped the executable X-Plane and execute this command:
$. / X-Plane \ Demo \ Installer \ Linux
If we find no errors, it will start il'interfaccia installation. On the contrary, as I said before, we could verify the presence of an error like this:
error while loading shared libraries: libopenal.so.0: can not open shared object file: No such file or directory
In this case, if we are on a 32bit kernel version we just need to download the appropriate package with the use of apt-get (apt-get install libopenal0a). Otherwise, if we are on a 64bit kernel version we have to proceed in this way (valid operation for debian unstable but also for ubuntu). First we have to access the repositories of debian in the search box where we have to insert the keyword libopenal0a. Then choose to download the version of the package for debian 32-bit. After you have finished downloading, move the. Deb file in a folder at will (possibly in your home). Assuming you have downloaded the file. Deb in / home / user let us go there with a terminal and type the following command:
$ Dpkg-extract libopenal_versione.deb
The consequence of the commands mentioned is the creation of a folder / usr / lib / dir in where we are (in the example / home / user /) with 2 within libraries. We have to do that link (as root) these 2 files in the dir / usr/lib32 with the following command:
Libopenal.so.0 # ln-s / usr/lib32 /
We can now proceed to the installation of X-Plane. Let us try, then, to make restart the installer, and if everything went the right way, we will end up with this screen:
After the language is selected, pressing the "Accept" will open the screen the actual installation:
The procedure is very immediate and very easy to understand so I will not dwell oltre.Basta just say you need an internet connection (broadband) and at least 1.4 gigabytes of disk space to install the game. Personally I preferred to install X-Plane in a folder in the home directory, you can do the same too.
We carry, though, a picture of what happens during the download of the game:
When it is completed you can start the long download the demo of X-Plane that allows us to use the plane for 10 minutes. A very important aspect of the game is the amount of free add-ons to download. In fact, there is a very dense community of people that produce air and more for X-Plane download on their own!
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