Archive for April, 2008

New Linux OS on Ryan Orsers’ Laptop:

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Hello everyone. Yesterday something really strange happened. All of a sudden I could not get any internet on Ubuntu, even when I plugged it in with an ethernet cable. So I have switched to Fedora 8 (Werewolf) to see if it will happen here as well. I may miss a few more podcasts because of the trouble I am having with my laptop.

So until then, Happy reading.

How to create a wesnoth game server

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

These instructions are brought to you by: Ryan Orsers’ Networking class. As usual I take no responsibility for anything that may or may not go wrong. This is entirely up to you.

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How to install Battle For Wesnoth Server

These are the neccessary procedures on how to install ‘Battle for Wesnoth’ game server for a Linux operating system.

Step 1: Have a Debian-based Linux Distribution installed on the computer you will use as the server,

set up the internet and confirm it is functioning properly.

Step 2: Go to System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager.

Search “Wesnoth”, right click on Wesnoth when the search is completed, then left click on Install. After that, click Apply, and then Apply again, then wait for a few minutes until the installation of Battle for Wesnoth is complete.

Step 3: Play Battle for Wesnoth a couple times to understand the basics of the game. After, if you confirmed you like the game, continue reading on how to set up a game server if you are interested. If not, stop reading and leave.

Step 4: To install wesnoth server go to System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager.

Then go to Search “wesnoth-server”, right click on the “wesnoth-server”, left click Install,

click Apply and click Apply again. Now you have the application necessary for setting up an operating Wesnoth server installed.

Step 5: To start your wesnoth server: press alt+f2 to bring up the Run Application widnow. In the window, type in ‘gnome-terminal’, then click Run. In the gnome terminal, type in the commnand: sudo /etc/init.d/wesnoth-server start (sudo will ask you to input in your password. If you do not, this will not run successfully.)

Step 6: Test if the server is running properly by connecting to the server from another computer.

(Start Wesnoth -> Click Multiplayer -> Click Connect to Host/Server -> Type in the

IP address of the Wesnoth server in the Connect to Host box -> Click Ok.)

If you cannot connect to the server, confirm you have typed in the correct IP Address. If you still cannot connect, start over from step 4.

Step 7: The server is up and running. You may now give the IP address out to other people who are interested in or are already playing Battle for Wesnoth so that they can join your server.

How to install xChat

Monday, April 28th, 2008

This is a step by step how to on how to install xchat. I take no responsibility for anything that might or might not go wrong.

Step 1: Open Terminal
Step 2: Type in this command: sudo apt-get install xchat
Step 3: When it asks you if you want to continue type in y
Step 4: Now xchat will install.
Step 5: to run xchat, go to Applications>Internet>XChat IRC.

There you have it.

How to create a debian file from a binary

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

This is a simple walk through on how to create a debian file from a binary. I take no responsibility for anything that may or may not happen.

Step 1: Download this files: Debian Packaging tools FE

Step 2: Create a folder called DEBIAN and put the folder into the working folder.

Step 3: Create a file called control

Step 4: Type in these into control:


Step 5: Save the file in the DEBIAN folder.

Step 6: Go back to the working folder.

Step 7: Create folder usr, go into usr, create folders share, local, and bin.

Step 8: Put the binary file in the bin folder.

Step 9: Go to the share folder. Create application and icons folders.

Step 10 in the application folder create a file called yourprogramsnamegoeshere.desktop (with your program name before the .desktop)

Step 11: Type this in your .desktop file:

[Desktop Entry]

Step 12: Open the terminal: go to the folder holding your working folder. Then type in this command:

sudo dpkg -b workingfolder yourpackagesname.deb

When you get the .deb file you can install it by clicking on the yourpackagesnamehere.deb.

There you have it, now you can produce debian files.

Source: Full Circle Magazine #12 how to create debian files pages 8 to 10.

Lack Of Podcasts

Friday, April 25th, 2008

I am writing this as the podcasts that I have been doing for the last little while have to be put on hold for another week. I have had to do large amounts of work on a final project, working on accounting, and other things. I will be probably ready to do a podcast by this Monday though.

Ubuntu 8.04 has arrived…. yesterday.

Friday, April 25th, 2008

I did not have the chance to congratulate the Ubuntu and its main derivatives for yet another great release. So… Congratulations on the best Ubuntu release yet.

How to install Compizconfig-settings-manager

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Simple step by step walk through. As usual I take no responsibility what so ever. Compiz Config settings manager is a manager that lets you control what compiz fusion does with the key combos.

Step 1: Open Synaptic Package Manager
Step 2: Click the Search Icon
Step 3: Type in these keywords: compiz config
Step 4: Mark Package Compiz Configuation Settings Manager.
Step 5: When the list of dependencies comes up click mark all.
Step 6: Click apply
Step 7: Click apply again.

There you have it. It is now installed and ready to use. To use this application in Ubuntu 8.04 click ALT+F2 and type in ccsm.

How to install checkinstall

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

As usual I take no responsibility if something may go wrong and you followed this walk through, I cannot be held responsible for anything.

Step 1: Open Terminal
Step 2: type in this command: sudo apt-get install checkinstall
Step 3: When it asks to install without verification type in y
Step 4: Let the program install.

There you have it. You have installed checkinstall.

Podcast Season 1 Episode 8

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

In this podcast Ryan Orser talks about:

  • ROTE 9 ( Ryan Orsers’ Text Editor)
  • ROMTE (Ryan Orser’s Mini Text Editor)
  • How this program is open source

You can download the MP3 and OGG Vorbis.

You can download the source code and binaries at this site.

ROTE 9 Beta Released:

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

This is the release announcement for ROTE 9 Beta. Ryan Orser: ROTE (also known as: Ryan Orsers’ Text Editor) 9 Beta has been released to the public as of 9:30 AM on Tuesday April 22nd, 2008. In this beta, we have a new toolbar, GTK themed buttons, and we are also working on getting open document text files (.odt) to save and open.

To download any of these releases please go here