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Sunday 18 May 2008 at 13:42

What's it? (that's what you thought when you read the title, isn't it?)

It's a script generating statistics about PlayOnLinux's use, but wait a minute, that's not all ;)

I was writing a piece of software which gathers and sorts the statistics about PlayOnLinux's use for a while. Among these statistics we find the downloads, the launches and the updates numbers.
And since some days, these statistics are now publicly available thanks to Polistats.

What does Polistats do exactly?

It gets a file from the PlayOnLinux's website, analyzes it then generates a html page.
Thus, each evening at 23 h 50, the day's statistics are created and published.

Don't wait anymore, see the wonderful generated reports

I knew that you wanted to see which application is the most installed by PlayOnLinux.

By MulX

Script Creator 0.3 available

Sunday 18 May 2008 at 13:19

Hello everybody,

After many adventures (exams ) I have just re-write a big part of the POLSC's code in order to compile it correctly in Unicode.

What is the use of it? A POLSC respectful of the Unicode doesn't need anymore external libraries to work. Only the wxWidgets' official package (yet installed as a dependency of POL) is necessary. So the piece of software is now lighter and faster (the .pol package only weight about 150 ko).

Some functions have been re-coded for a better respect of the encodings.

Except the implementation of 3 new POL functions, sadly there isn't a lot of news in this version.

But now I will have more time to code. By the way, I start today to rebuild and complete the assistant in order to finally be able to make a script without typing anything.

The plugin is available in the download section.

See you soon for a new version.

By Zoloom

Capture 0.7 available

Saturday 17 May 2008 at 21:56

Hello everybody,

A new version of Capture is available. What's new:
- bug fixes
- A time-stamping system for the files name was added. Example:
- A menu to set the capture's conversion parameters was also added.

Have a good capture

By GNU_Raziel

A newcomer !

Tuesday 13 May 2008 at 23:12


Tonight, we have a new scripter for our staff: Toumeno.

He is a member of the community for a while, you maybe met him on the forum or on the IRC channel. He is also yet the author of the following scripts: Caesar III, GTA 2, GTA 3, Pharaoh, RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 and Microsoft Office 2000.

Let's wish him a warm welcome and good luck for the future.

Video On Demand for PlayOnLinux

Tuesday 13 May 2008 at 0:41

Hello everyone,

It's been a long time I was thinking that PlayOnLinux had to have a native capture system, like the famous FRAPS for Windows. It's now done with Capture, a plugin which will allow you to record your exploits in your favorite game!!!

You can see the result HERE
Note: This video spoils the final boss of Portal (French version), if you want to keep the surprise, don't watch it

Here is how to proceed:

1-Once the plugin is installed and activated, run it

2-Select the game you want to Capture and a personalized launcher will be added to your menu

3-When you will use this launcher, the following message, indicating that the capture will start or will stop with <SHIFT>+F8, will be prompted.

Note: You MUST stop the capture before leaving the game else the capture's file will risk to be corrupted!!

4-Once your capture finished, you can either visualize it, or convert it to avi (Video x264 - Audio mp3), the capture and the converted video are stored in the POL_Capture folder, situated in your home directory.

5-To finish, if you want to, you can remove the special launcher

You will find this plugin HERE and in the website's download section, of course

Have a good capture

By GNU_Raziel

PlayOnLinux 2.7.2 is here

Monday 12 May 2008 at 21:32

PlayOnLinux 2.7.2 is available today.

Here are the new features:

A new function: message_one

The command:
message_one "Your message" "Your title" A_Unique_ID"

And you get:

If the user tick the box, PlayOnLinux will remember "A_Unique_ID" and won't display any message for this ID
So I used it for the 3D acceleration

Improved IRC

- A little message indicating the allowed languages on the channel.
- More commands are supported
- nick-pol replace nick-playonlinux as default nickname.

Wine version manager fixed

- It supports now versions >= 0.9.60. Indeed, since this version, the packages' algorithm has changed to lzma.
So PlayOnLinux now needs one more dependency: lzma which allows to extract the last .deb packages (because the Wine version manager uses the Ubuntu's packages)

The manque function

(means lack in French, the function will be translated later) It is designed to be used after check_depend. It displays the error message if check_depend didn't succeed.
check_depend "dosbox" "dosbox"
check_depend "playonlinux" "playonlinux"

Tools menu improved

To prevent non-wine launchers (dosbox, cedega) from accessng to the wine functions

A new plugin: TransgamingCedega

This plugin allows to import your cedega launchers in PlayOnLinux and to use the cedega engines. Cedega's scripts aren't yet supported.

By Tinou

The Valve's Source engine soon Linux native?

Saturday 10 May 2008 at 23:59

It's been several months that we don't know anymore if we can hope or not. In September 2007, the Valve editor was publishing a « Senior Software Engineer » job offer with the responsibility of porting Windows-based games to the GNU/Linux platform. But once this offer announcement done, we never heard about it anymore and it wouldn't have been the first disappointment about a game's port to GNU/Linux.

It's the excellent website which just went back over that story. In an article by Michael Larabel, the website's administrators claim they have informations from Valve, confirming that the Source engine's port was effectively started. Knowing this site's serious, we can trust in those words. But can we do the same with Valve's word?

But what is this « Source engine »?
It's simply a software rendering layer created by Valve for their games. The Source's particularity is to used by numerous and sometimes famous games! Nothing less than Half Life², Counter Strike : Source, Team Fortress and Portal! To put it plainty, all Valve's great games (Source is also used by other editors' games but they are less famous).
Source originally used DirectX, the 3D library from Microsoft, so this port requires a big modification to use OpenGL too (such as Quake's engines).
Source is a little bit old (2004) but it is regularly updated to sensibly limit the obsolescence of the technology.

Thus, the Source's port would be strategic, it would give access to a number of games -and by the way, excellent games- made in Steam.

Info? Intox? Nothing isn't yet done. When reading this, we can feel either totally overexcited as well as totally septic.
But Phoronix used to finish their articles with a positive note. So they remind us that they predicted, one year ago, a new AMD/ATI driver generation and their video cards' specs release.

Before leaving, a message of Linux users from Ravenholm:

"Fear me! I want games!
Else I'll eat you!"

- article:
- The Valve's job offer:

By Asimov

New games available

Friday 9 May 2008 at 22:50

Hello everybody,

What's on tonight at PlayOnLinux? We have new games available!!

DosBox games:

-Redneck Rampage
-Wolfenstein 3D

Wine games:

-Grand Theft Auto : Vice City
-Hitman 2
-Sam and Max Season1

Thanks to puk007, parox, The_Mystery_Machine, djabal and THAiSi for their contributions

By GNU_Raziel

Halo or the art of massacring aliens stylishly

Friday 9 May 2008 at 16:32

Hello everybody,

An urgent desire to massacre naughty and ugly E.Ts with an arsenal worthy of a Rambo from the future? So fell on Halo Combat Evolved

You incarnate the humanity's last hope against the Covenants, an interplanetary sect which gathers together several alien races that are game for anything to defend Halo, a huge ring wandering in the space and containing an horrible secret that will endanger the whole universe ... it's your turn to take up the challenge!!

For more details, see the forum HERE

Good game

By GNU_Raziel

A high resolution mod for Half-Life 2

Monday 5 May 2008 at 13:42

Hello everybody,

Bored of Half-Life 2's old graphics? Want to rediscover an incredible trilogy, enriched by the unused game's content? So this mod is for you!!

Plunge back into a game with a darker and more oppressive atmosphere as well as increased textures and models.

For more details, see the forum HERE

Good game all

By GNU_Raziel