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Unreal Tournament GOTY/UT99 for Modern Linux

Released on November 16, 1999, Unreal Tournament (also known as UT99) is an arena first-person shooter for Multiplayer on-line competition or you cam play against bots off-line. It features several game types, with more details provided at Wikipedia. The game was re-released on February 25, 2000 as Unreal Tournament Game of the Year Edition (GOTY) which included the three bonus packs released previously and additional mods, or game modifiers that had become popular. It is the GOTY version that is available from STEAM of GOG.com.

The GOG version for Windows installs in Linux and plays well using WINE, PlayOnLinux or Codeweaver's Crossover.

There is a Linux binary available in two versions, one for the original game and one for the GOTY edition. Also provided at that site is the Official Bonus Pack with a Linux installer. All these Linux installers are created with makeself.

There are some issues using such a crusty old Linux binary. Let's see why getting a Linux binary up and …

Recover Deleted files from a FAT12 Floppy Disk

While cleaning and re-arranging a closet, I came across several boxes of ancient 1.44MB floppy disks, some of which were labeled indicating they contained pictures I had taken using a now-ancient Sony Mavica digital camera (which I still have). I also have a Mitsumi D353FUE USB floppy drive I purchased years ago when floppy drives became old-fashioned.

I wanted to save all the images to my hard drive, but what a labor-intensive task that started to be. The Mitsumi drive was showing a /dev/sdk (there are no partitions on a FAT12-formatted floppy disk), so I wrote a simple script.

#!/bin/sh
#~/fpc
# copy jpeg files from floppy disks

sudo mount /dev/sdk /home/hoyt/floppy

ls /home/hoyt/floppy && echo "NOW COPYING FILES"

sudo cp -p /home/hoyt/floppy/* 
/home/hoyt/OLD_PICTURES &&

sudo chmod +rw /home/hoyt/OLD_PICTURES/*
echo DONE COPYING

sudo umount /dev/sdk

rm -f /home/hoyt/OLD_PICTURES/*.411 && rm -f /home/hoyt/OLD_PICTURES/*.HTM

echo "NEXT DISK"

One featur…

Using Clonezilla to Back Up a Windows Drive

I was asked by my daughter to build a MS Windows computer that she could use for her work-from-home job. Normally, I would have provided a Linux workstation, but her job required software that was Windows-only. I put together an Shuttle XS35 computer that included two hard drives, one for Windows and one for Linux on which I installed Windows7 and Mageia6 respectively.

No matter how much I warn her and no matter how much anti-virus software is installed, she will install some application or browse some webpage that will install some manner of malware. Rather than spend hours trying to remove it, I figured it would be easier to simply restore it from a backup image of her hard drive.

Clonezilla is a partition and disk imaging/cloning program similar to Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image and is available as FOSS. Supporting a variety of file systems, Clonezilla can archive Linux, MS Windows, Mac OS and the BSDs. It is also part of DRBL, Diskless Remote Boot in Linux, a server that provi…