Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Installing Google Chrome on Debian Jessie

Today I installed the latest unstable Debian Linux (Jessie) on one of our computers, in order to be able to use a particular flat-bed scanner (needed a newer version of something than Debian Wheezy ships). That part worked beautifully, but as this is a workstation, I needed to install Google Chrome - which didn't, because of a dependency problem: Jessie ships libudev1, Chrome depends on libudev0.

So far, it appears that Chrome will run just fine with libudev1, which means that this is all that's necessary to run Chrome on Jessie:
Section: misc
Priority: optional
Standards-Version: 3.9.2
Package: libudev0
Version: 147
Depends: libudev1
Description: libudev0 dummy for Google Chrome

Run that through equivs-build (from the 'equivs' package), then install the resulting package. Chrome will then install (you may need 'sudo apt-get -f install'), but not run. Then locate (in /lib somewhere - for me, /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ and symlink it to
sudo ln -s /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/{1,0}

Et voila! Chrome working with Jessie.

Friday, 3 January 2014

RosMud version 1.7.0 - and probably last

Now that Gypsum has launched (see previous post!), I don't feel bad about not having released a new RosMud for a while. Today's release marks seven years of the project, and picks up the changes done in the last 18 months - namely, not many. One small bugfix and one small feature enhancement to the TinyURL plugin, and that's it. RosMud++ is now a working, stable product, and I'll support it for as long as is practical in terms of technical assistance and maybe bug fixes, but I'm not going to add major new features to it. Gypsum is where it's at, now!

Gypsum: New MUD client!

For some time I've been working on the official successor to RosMud. Seven years after RosMud started (to the day), I can now proudly announce version 1.0 of Gypsum!

Gypsum is intended to "feel right" to RosMud and Gmud users, and like them, it runs on Windows. Unlike them, though, it also runs and is officially supported on Linux and Mac OS (note however that Mac support is dependent on Mac testers, so I can't currently guarantee that everything works). Gypsum is open source and easy to work on, so new features can be added efficiently.

Why use Gypsum?
* Infinite scrollback (like RosMud, and unlike Gmud)
* Idle killer (ditto) - maintains a connection even when your router would kick you off, but doesn't disrupt the server's notion of idle time
* Can be updated without disconnecting from the server
* Inbuilt URL shortener will intelligently handle a number of easily-shortened addresses, and pass the rest on to TinyURL
* Comes with a character sheet engine for Dungeons and Dragons
* Handles statistical analysis and party loot splitting automatically
* Can tune out annoying people on OOC channels (Threshold RPG specific)
* Includes a pop-up editor (needs some server-side support, ideally)
* Supports simple aliases; more complicated ones (eg regular expressions) may be implemented later if there's demand
* Inline calculator: put an expression into your commands and have it evaluated, eg "say Six times nine is $[6*9], not 42!"
* Auto-synchronizing clock showing Threshold game time

For RosMud users, this is mostly "RosMud for Linux/Mac", and doesn't offer a huge number of cool features yet. But that'll change!

Download Gypsum v1.0.0, or download the most current version, or clone the repository with git clone git:// - the latter is the easiest way to keep up-to-date, if you're familiar with git.

You will need a Pike interpreter. Try your package manager first, if you have one; otherwise try for your platform.

If you need help, find me on Threshold RPG - the trivia channel is perfect for this.