How to Play Restricted Formats (MP3, MPEG, Etc.) in Ubuntu


Proprietary software helps you maximize your Internet experience, but is not open source. The software available includes Multimedia Codecs, Java Runtime Environment, and plug-ins for Firefox.

The Ubuntu Restricted Extras will install Adobe Flash Player, Java Runtime Environment with Firefox plug-ins, a set of Microsoft Fonts (msttcorefonts), multimedia codecs (w32codecs or w64codecs), mp3-compatible encoding (lame), FFMpeg, extra Gstreamer codecs, the package for DVD decoding (libdvdread3), and the unrar archiver.

To install, open a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

And that’s it, with that one simple command you can now listen to MP3s, play DVDs, and much more.

Top 10 Linux Games (FPS)

Being an avid Linux user I hear lots of people complain that there are no good games for our operating system, so I have put together a top 10 list of the best FPS games in the spirit of proving them wrong. Most of these wonderful games are even free, so without further delay…

#10 Sauerbraten - Price: Free


Sauerbraten (a.k.a. Cube 2) is a free multiplayer/singleplayer first person shooter, built as a major redesign of the Cube FPS.

Much like the original Cube, the aim of this game is not necessarily to produce the most features & eyecandy possible, but rather to allow map/geometry editing to be done dynamically in-game, to create fun gameplay and an elegant engine.

#9 Nexuiz - Price: Free


Nexuiz is a free open-source first person shooter that runs on Windows, Linux and OSX.

Nexuiz is a fast paced 3d deathmatch game project created online by a team of developers called Alientrap. It is available for download for Windows, Mac, and Linux (all the same archive).

The first version was released May 31st 2005, released entirely GPL and free over the net, a first for a project of its kind. Since then it has been downloaded over 1.5 million times, and the game is still being updated and developed, currently at version 2.4 and new releases being developed.

#8 Tremulous - Price: Free


Tremulous is a free, open source game that blends a team based FPS with elements of an RTS. Players can choose from 2 unique races, aliens and humans. Players on both teams are able to build working structures in-game like an RTS. These structures provide many functions, the most important being spawning. The designated builders must ensure there are spawn structures or other players will not be able to rejoin the game after death. Other structures provide automated base defense (to some degree), healing functions and much more…

Player advancement is different depending on which team you are on. As a human, players are rewarded with credits for each alien kill. These credits may be used to purchase new weapons and upgrades from the “Armoury”. The alien team advances quite differently. Upon killing a human foe, the alien is able to evolve into a new class. The more kills gained the more powerful the classes available.

The overall objective behind Tremulous is to eliminate the opposing team. This is achieved by not only killing the opposing players but also removing their ability to respawn by destroying their spawn structures.

#7 Urban Terror - Price: Free


Urban Terror started as a realism based “total conversion” mod for Quake III Arena. Nowadays, Urban Terror is played using the free, stand-alone, ioquake3 engine modified, which doesn’t require Quake III Arena, in addition to being an add-on to id Software’s Quake III Arena.

#6 True Combat: Elite - Price: Free


TC:E, Truecombat Elite, TCElite is a modern world total conversion modification of the free, popular, stand-alone FPS (first-person shooter) Wolfenstein Enemy Territory. Meaning, Truecombat Elite is an entirely free game, made by gamers, for gamers.

TC:E is currently being developed by GrooveSix Studios and TeamTerminator.

#5 Warsow - Price: Free


Warsow is a free standalone first person shooter game for Windows and Linux. It is based on the Qfusion 3D engine (a modification of the Quake 2 GPL engine), and aimed on the competitive scene, or the e-sports community.

The base gameplay is focussed around the art of movement, meaning moving, speed and tricks play a big part in the gameplay. Besides this, mapcontrol, aim, teamplay and fragging skills play their role too. For the movement we’ve basicly looked at four games: Quakeworld (legendary for it’s speed), Quake3 CPMA, Jet Set Radio and Speedball.

#4 America’s Army - Price: Free


America’s Army has ranked among the top ten online PC action games with almost 9.5 million registered players who have completed over 380 million missions from basic training to operations in the War on Terrorism. A editor asserts “nothing beats going in and seeing what the Army really does…without actually having to do it”.

#3 Enemy Territory: Quake Wars - Price: $29.99


Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is a first-person shooter video game, and is the follow-up to Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. However, it is set in the same science fiction universe as Quake II and Quake 4, with a minimal back-story serving as a prequel to Quake II. It is the second multiplayer-focused game in the Quake series (after Quake III Arena). Quake Wars features similar gameplay to Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, but with the addition of controllable vehicles and aircraft as well as multiple AI deployables, asymmetric teams, much larger maps and the option of computer-controlled bots. Unlike the previous Enemy Territory game, Quake Wars is a commercial release rather than a free download.

#2 Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory - Price: Free


Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory (also referred to as simply Enemy Territory or ET) is a free multiplayer FPS set during World War II. It was originally planned to be released as a commercial expansion pack to the popular FPS Return to Castle Wolfenstein and later as a standalone game. However, due to problems with the single-player aspect, the multiplayer portion was released on May 29, 2003 as a freeware standalone game. In early 2004 the source codemodding community. The game uses a modified RTCW engine, itself being a modified Quake III: Team Arena engine (which has been open-source since 2005). for the game logic (not the game engine) was released to the benefit of its of its modding community. The game uses a modified RTCW engine, itself being a modified Quake III: Team Arena engine (which has been open-source since 2005).

The majority of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory servers run various mods, such as Jaymod, No Quarter, and ETpro.

#1 Unreal Tournament 2004 Editors’ Choice Edition - Price: $9.99


Unreal Tournament 2004 is a multiplayer first person shooter that combines the kill-or-be-killed experience of gladiatorial combat with cutting-edge technology. Ten game modes - both team-based and “every man for himself” — provide even the most hardcore gamer with palm-sweating challenges through unbelievably detailed indoor arenas and vast outdoor environments. As the ultimate techno-gladiator of the future, players will take their fates into their hands, battling against up to 32 other players online in action-packed, frag-filled arenas. Now, in addition to the original game and a bonus DVD with hours of Unreal Editor tutorials, the Editors’ Choice Edition gives first-person-shooter fans even more: new maps, vehicles and characters, ten modules created by Unreal players and footage from the NVIDIA Make Something Unreal Contest. For the definitive gladiator sport of the future, it’s the most powerful edition ever created.

What do you think of the list? Is there something I left out or maybe even if you believe I should have listed them in a different order, feel free to leave a comment. I want to know what you Linux gamers out there think of them. :)



Well, after my last post, most of you were probably expecting more of the great posts that you receive fairly often, but alas shortly after I submitted my last post, my old ISP went down, this was normal, but after around 3 days I began to wonder. Long story short, I’ve had it with them and their consistent shortcomings and I am now with a new ISP which offers double the speed for around $10 less.


…And a Happy New Year

giftsWell, I have now officially returned from the holidays. I had a decent time over the break, and as far as Christmas goes I got a new 8GB Zune (Microsoft…I know…) an Acer 19” Widescreen LCD (Best present ever, by far. My website is beautiful in wide screen ;) ) and a few other small, but useful gifts. I hope everyone else’s Christmas went as well as mine did and I would like to wish everyone a late Happy New Year.

Here’s to hoping that 2009 brings lots of joy,  happiness, and better ATI Linux drivers. :P


Merry Christmas to Everyone


I want  to take the time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. For me, this year seems as if it is over faster than ever. I’m so thankful for all the good times (and the bad), that the lord has given me this year. I hope everyone remembers to take time and think about the real meaning of Christmas.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

-LUKE 2:8-14

Take care everyone! :)

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