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[Linux Games] Now that's a flight simulator! X-Plane!

X-Plane is not a game Open Source. E 'useful from this, and add another: runs on linux so egregious. 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 (Federation of American aviation) and has completely revolutionized the way we conceive of 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 toss. What we're going to do is just install the demo on a debian unstable (but applies to any distribution, including ubuntu). First you must make sure you have all the requirements required by the game. First of 3d graphics acceleration of your video card and a set of libraries, including those of the most boring openal. Anyway do not worry in case you do not have all the libraries, because the binary installer will tell you what the problem is and what you are missing will be found very understandable. 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 open the libraries libopenal.so.0. This occurs because X-Plane has been created for 32-bit platforms and there is no default openal libraries in / 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 for X-Plane version demo from the official site. After you have finished downloading 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 the command:

$ ./X-Plane \ Demo \ Installer \ Linux

If we find no error, we will launch 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 using apt-get (apt-get install libopenal0a). Otherwise, if we are on a 64bit version of the kernel we have to proceed in this way (this is valid for debian unstable but also for ubuntu). First we have to access the repositories of debian where in the search box we enter the keyword libopenal0a. Then choose to download the latest version of the debian package for 32-bit. After the download is complete, move the deb files in a folder at will (possibly in your home). Assuming you have downloaded the deb file in / home / user let us go there with a terminal and type the following command:

$ Dpkg -extract libopenal_versione.deb

The result of the command that is mentioned is the creation of a folder / usr / lib / dir to where we are (in the case of 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:

# Ln -s libopenal.so.0 / usr / lib32 /

We can now proceed to the installation of X-Plane. Let us, therefore, to restart the installer, and if everything went the right way, we will end up with this screen:

x-plane installation language choice

After choosing the language, pressing the "Accept" screen will open the actual installation:

x-plane setup wizard

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, the picture of what happens during the download of the game:

x-plane download install

When it is finished 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 thick community of people that produce air and more for X-Plane download autonomously!

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  1. c
    July 7th, 2008 at 12:18 | # 1

    you are the best :) kisses!

  2. stefano
    July 9th, 2008 at 1:13 | # 2

    @ C:
    :) Kisses to you :)

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