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The Sims Complete Collection on WinXP

On February 2, 2000, Maxis Software released the first of a series of life simulation video games, The Sims. Microsoft XP was released on October 25, 2001. There were several expansion packs released for The Sims and several Service Packs released for Windows XP. My goal is to install the most current version of Windows XP on 32-bit hardware and install the DVD version of The Sims Complete Collection.

The motherboard used is a Microstar MS-7061 with an AMD Sempron 3000+ and 2GB of RAM. There were no IDE hard drives or CDROM drives available, so IDE to SATA adapters were used on SATA drives. The video card is an nVidia GeForce 6200 compliant with Microsoft DirectX 9.0c specification and OpenGL 2.0

Installation began with an on-hand copy of Windows XP SP2, but it turned out that the game would install but not run on that, so an update to SP3 was needed. I did find an unofficial "SP4" and installed that without issue.

Security on this system is not much of a concern since there…

Installing Zoom Videoconferencing for Mageia Linux.

Zoom is a popular, if somewhat insecure, videoconferencing application in wide use. It does offer Linux support, just not for Mageia7.

However, if you head over to the Zoom Linux download page, and access the Download center for Fedora 21+, you can install the appropriate 32- or 64-bit RPM package which will install all the correct dependencies and Zoom will work on your Mageia7 system!

Back on the overview page, there is adequate help to get you started with the app itself.

I'm using an older Logitech USB camera and had it working with cheese, a good way to test out your hardware. If you have video/audio issues, get them worked out before you install Zoom. That kind of hardware troubleshooting is beyond the scope of this short article. Remember that  Google Is Your Friend.

There are some FOSS alternatives to Zoom, but unless you're just videoconferencing with your Linux buddies, you'll probably be forced to use Zoom. Google Meet seems to be popular as well.

Configuring urpmi-proxy for Mageia7

Not much has been mentioned about urpmi-proxy for Mageia. Indeed, the somewhat cryptic documentation for it appears to have been written around the time of Mageia5 in a breezy, informal style. Once I get it working, I hope to flesh out the documentation here.

In theory, urpmi-proxy works as a local proxy for a Mageia repository. You set it as the source repository for all your machines and it downloads and distributes only what packages you need.

For the most part, little configuration is needed "out of the box". It is configured by default to use the existing repositories that are already configured on the host/server machine but as pointed out, this creates a recursive loop should you update the server itself.

There are other package management systems available from Mageia, notably dnf which will become the standard system only after the Mageia build system, dependent on urpmi, can be translated to dnf. Although untried at this point, it might be possible to update the se…