ID Software’s Doomsday Engine was released for most computer platforms. You can use it to play a number of legacy games in Ubuntu like Doom, Heretic and Hexen, all kickass games whose commercial sell-by-date was probably around the turn of the century. Nevertheless some relatively free fun is still to be had, especially with Russian hacks and customisations which arose in the cold vacuum of cyberspace and in an age when RAM and graphics cards were relatively scarce. Believe it or not, people still hand over cash to play Doom on high-end iPhones and it amazes me that proprietary behaviour is relegating the platform to a quaint oddity. Let’s free the iWad then?
This tutorial, based upon this one, is still a work in progress. Using it, I managed to get a game of Ultimate Doom going, minus sound.
1. First install deng
Add the closest or most recent deng repo for your distribution, in my case luckily, karmic. Check here for repo updates and campaign for more releases.
deb http://debian.keesmeijs.nl/ karmic-kees main deb-src http://debian.keesmeijs.nl/ karmic-kees main
sudo apt-get update && install deng
2. Install the Snowberry launcher
First make sure you have snowberry’s dependencies: python and a recent wxpython (available here at wxpython.org)
To get the latest wxpython add this key
Add the following to your sources list
deb http://apt.wxwidgets.org/ [distro]-wx main deb-src http://apt.wxwidgets.org/ [distro]-wx main
Where [distro] is your distro i.e lucid-wx main
Update then install python-wxgtk2.8
sudo apt-get update && install python-wxgtk2.8 (more…)