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Cedega 4.2.1 Review - Part 3
LinuxLinks Review
(3/10/05)
By Kevin E. Glosser

Installation

TransGaming provided us with an account. I believe it is identical to any a TransGamer would get by purchasing a subscription. Just click on "TransGamer Login", log in to their website and you will be automatically directed to the page with the files you need to download.

You have three choices of file formats for each file you need. RedHat, Fedora, and other rpm capable distro's may choose the rpm available. Debian based distro's are also supported via their own native package management protocol. For the rest, there are tarred gzip files(.tgz).

The first decision you will want to make, is whether to use Point2Play or not. I highly recommend doing the former. If you choose to install Point2Play, you can install Cedega with the click of a mouse inside the program. I decided to choose this method due to Cedega's requirement of running X Windows. I can think of no reason to avoid using Point2Play. This is the method explained below, however you should be aware there is an alternative.

Only one file is required to start your Cedega gaming experience. Download Point2Play, install it, set it up, and then you can run the Windows installers for your favorite games. In addition to this, however, you might want to grab the Active X control available, as this may be necessary for some games. My understanding is that certain titles use Active X in HTML composed mandatory legal agreements, the type we have all become accustomed to clicking "I agree" on without actually reading.

I have to admit, that the name "Active X" is a very negative one to me. My dislike has nothing to do with it being from Microsoft. Rather, it's from the quality of technology itself. Active X is rightly credited for many of the exploits that allow malicious software to install itself automatically via Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Many web surfers use Firefox for Windows purely to avoid these vunerabilities. Installing the Active X controller was not something I wanted to do. My fears are, by all logical reasoning, unfounded in Linux. Yet, they still existed. Unfortunately, I did end up having to install it.

Using sudo, I installed the rpm for Point2Play with the flags "ivh". I was pleasantly surprised to see a GNOME menu entry appear for P2P. I used it to launch the program and accepted the Cedega licensing agreement. P2P started up and informed me that before I could play I had to setup my account and install a version of Cedega. Fortunately, both of these things are very quick and easy to accomplish.

I clicked on "Setup TransGamer Account" on the already open "Versions" tab. I was then prompted for my username and password. And that was it, I had successfully set up my TransGaming account.

Next up was installing Cedega itself. I clicked on the "Get Latest Version" button and just like that, Point2Play downloaded the most recent version of Cedega and installed it with no interaction required by myself. The download window contained a status bar with an estimated time left for completion. My broadband connection barely gave me enough time to take a screenshot of the process.

After receiving a notification the process ended, Cedega was installed. Yes, it's that simple when using P2P. I noticed another button labeled "Download Microsoft Core Fonts" which was begging to be pressed. After accepting Microsoft's licensing agreement that too was installed.

It should be noted that it is possible to install multiple versions of Cedega. Let's say for instance if an older version plays a particular game better, you can use it instead of the latest greatest. This also appears to be a nice way to not have to commit to a newer version that might keep you from enjoying the games you already have installed. Although this feature may be necessary, I appreciated the fact it existed, as well as how easy it is to use.

I decided to try my luck with the included system tests that come with P2P. I clicked on the "System Tests" tab to find four tests available. The first test examines if POSIX threads(pthreads) are required. The second tested for sound. The third test examined my setup for 3D hardware acceleration. The last test examined my DVD drive to see if it could be accessed. All tests passed and now it was time to install a game.

To install a game via Point2Play, you simply need to put the CD or DVD in your drive containing the Windows installer executable, and click on "Install" from the "Main" tab. This kicks off a dialog box asking you to specify where the setup file is, in addition to asking you to provide a name for the game. The name will be what is displayed in the P2P game list. Clicking on it, after the install, will show all of the icons the game installer added. Once this info is supplied, Cedega runs the games installer just as if it was running in Windows.

Running a game consists of starting Point2Play, clicking on the appropriate entry in the list and hitting the "play" button.

Let's install World of Warcraft...

World of Warcraft

Read ahead

1. Introduction
2. Test Environment
3. Installation
4. World of Warcraft
5. Half-Life 2
6. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
7. BlitzIn
8. Conclusion
9. Known Issues
10. Fixes
11. Glossary



Last Updated Wednesday, March 09 2005 @ 03:45 PM EST


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