Weblog:   Linux Brings Frustration
Subject:   Appologize
Date:   2004-02-09 22:20:17
From:   sopwithcamel
That's what I believe we should all do. The comments were disheartening for me to read, I just hope Jeff hasn't read any.

The plugin that Jeff needs to play the game is Shockwave Player, not flash. Macromedia has released a flash player for Linux but no Shockwave player. I suppose that's because not many developers visit lego.com, but they do need the occasional joecartoon.com fix.

The only solution for Linux kids is to have mom or dad shell out $30 for Codeweavers Crossover Plugin. http://www.codeweavers.com/ or buy a distro that packages the Crossover Plugin.

I hope Jeff gets to play his game and enjoy his computer time again, whether it's with Linux or Windows. Kids need to be happy, otherwise they grow up to be miserable and post irrationally to a simple problem.


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  • Hmmm
    2004-02-09 22:35:50  sopwithcamel [View]

    Perhaps I too "spoke" too soon.
    The game does call for Flash.

    I appologize for that.
    • Hmmm
      2004-02-09 22:53:20  sopwithcamel [View]

      After being frustrated myself. I got the games to work.
      Using Mozilla 1.6 I downloaded the latest flash plugin, untarred the archive and ran the installer (from the command line).
      I went back to the page but no dice. Turns out there is either a cookie issue or a browser cache issue. I came in the long way from lego.com's front page and voila it worked. fun game too.
      • Jonathan Gennick photo Hmmm
        2004-02-10 05:20:39  Jonathan Gennick | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

        Thanks for taking the time to look at this. I am going to upgrade Mozilla, but just haven't had the time yet. We're running a rather old and slow, 466mhz Celeron box, and the issue with the game seems to largely be one of performance. On the same box, the game performed better under Windows. Perhaps upgrading Mozilla will help. Perhaps Opera will perform better. Perhaps I should just buy a new box! I just need to find the time to sit down and work through some of these options.

        Last night I took some time to hunt down some other games suggested by John Helms in an email he sent me. I managed to latch on to Pingus. I started it, the music played, Jeff took one look, and then he shoved me aside so he could play the game for the rest of the evening<grin>.

        I may eventually try a different Linux distribution. I went with Sun's because I was curious to see what it was all about, and I'm actually favorably impressed with it, but in the long term I'm beginning to think some other distribution might be better for us.
        • Hmmm
          2004-02-10 12:18:32  sopwithcamel [View]

          If you do try another distro. Give Mandrake a try. I run it on a 333Mhz with no problem. Reccommend adding RAM before junking the 466 box.
          My girls(7 & 11) love Frozen Bubble (frozen-bubble.org) which comes with Mandrake.

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