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PlayOnLinux is in Packman

Saturday 2 February 2008 at 18:35


You were thinking only Ubuntu and other Debian-like distros were important to our eyes? It is false now!
Indeed, thanks to Anubis, PlayOnLinux is present (since some days yet) in the Packman repository for the openSUSE distribution.

You can verify it HERE.
You will find there latest versions of PlayOnLinux and PlayOnLinux-DosBox-Support packages for openSUSE 10.3, 10.2 and also SuSE 10.1 and 10.0.

To add Packman to your repository list, you can:
- Either run YaST -> Software -> Community Repositories, tick the case in front of "Packman Repository", click on "Finish" and ... that's its
- Or open a terminal, obtain the super user's rights and type the following command zypper sa <URL> <alias> adapting the URL depending on the nearest mirror from your country (the mirror's list is HERE) and the alias depending on the display name you want for Packman.

Example : $ su
(type your root password)
# zypper sa Packman

To install PlayOnLinux, you can also use the "OneClickInstall" technology (only if you use openSUSE 10.3 or later). This technology is in charge of activating the required repository and choosing package(s) to be installed for you. To do it, just click on the following button:

(Your root password will be necessary)

PlayOnLinux 2.0.9 is out

Saturday 2 February 2008 at 15:40

Hello all,

Yesterday, in the late night, PlayOnLinux's 2.0.9 version was released.

A more variate program for this release's highlights this time:

* creer_prefixe now runs automatically fonts_to_prefixe
* Some messages previously in French by default are now in English
* Improved Microsoft fonts' support


Packages used to be available in your apt update manager if you correctly added POL's repository (cf. precious release news)

Good game all.

By Zoloom

Tens of games in only one script

Saturday 2 February 2008 at 11:12

Good evening all,

This evening I offer you great present because this is more than several tens of games which are now available with this script.

Indeed, I propose you to stroll on the impressive list of Reflexive Arcade games.

Some points to clarify:
-There is A LOT of games to test, I will need your help
-You just need to run the script once again to install an other game WITHOUT erasing those already presents.

For more details, check the forum HERE.

By GNU_Raziel

A repository for PlayOnLinux! With 2.0.8 version release in addition

Thursday 31 January 2008 at 21:46


A great news today in the PlayOnLinux's world (No, it's not too much )
I owe this news to tyn0r who kindly propose us to lend us a space on his server to host an ubuntu repository!

A repository?

Yes! A repository! It will allow you to automatically update your computer after a new PlayOnLinux version's release.

Here is the adress:

Tyn0r even adapted it to the PlayOnLinux's design. Cool, isn't it?

This repository will have an other useful feature: it will update itself automatically after the release of a PlayOnLinux's version. Which means: when I will add a new version in the download page, it will be in the repository 10 minutes later, thanks to an automated script.

To add this repository, you can use the following commands:
sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
sudo apt-get update

Or simply add the following line in /etc/apt/sources.list
deb gutsy main

Available packages are playonlinux and playonlinux-dosbox-support
A huge thank to you tyn0r for this great gift you made us.

PlayOnLinux 2.0.8

Available in the new repository, we won't forget it! Here are the changes brought.
- Fixed a lamentable orthography mistake (isn't it GNU_Raziel?) in the name of a function.
- Added Spanish language (Thank to the translator, I've got his e-mail adress but I don't know his nickname on PlayOnLinux)

Sorry I didn't have time to add proxy http support. It's a pity

I wish you a good evening.

By Tinou

Nokia acquires Trolltech

Monday 28 January 2008 at 22:25

This is with a common agreement that societies Nokia and Trolltech validated today the buyout of the second one by the first's. The world leader of mobile phones sells bought the multi-platform development frameworks specialized company, creator of Qt, in order to accelerate the development of his cross-platform software deployment strategy.

Okay but this buyout will not it threaten KDE (Qt based)?

Happyly, it doesn't seem to be the case because we can read in the official announce on the TRolltech's web site that Nokia embraces this open source technology culture founded by Trolltech and they will keep it. They will keep the licensing Trolltech technology under both commercial and open source licenses.

The only changes directly caused by this operation is the arrival of Nokia as a "Patron" (Companies or persons financing KDE) of KDE e.V. (the legal organization of the KDE project)


Some news about the web site's internationalization

Sunday 27 January 2008 at 21:23

Hello all,

As the title indicate it, the PlayOnLinux's web site moves about a lot since the week end begins. As you can note it, we did a lot of changes in order to be able to translate the web site in other languages.

What are these changes?

Dates in the database

Goku and me, when we had created the web site, didn't think even one second that we will do an english version some day. Consequently, we had directly stocked "Le mardi 13 octobre à 13:15" into the database. Not very intelligent, you will tell me ... so I passed the evening to make scripts to standardize dates with a "universal" format. Dates are now translated.

The web site's default language is English

As you could note, the web site is now in English by default. It will be simpler for everybody I think.

Various additional translations

Such as private messages, forums' bottom

Forums' URLs have been modified

It's possible that you encounter 404 errors, thank you to report them

Some fixed javascript

In the same time, why going without?

All these stuffs to say ...

Firstly we will translate the web site in various other languages. We did a poll to know in which languages it should be translated first.

Our demands

- We are looking for a motivated translator to do, for the moment, German, Italian or Spanish web sites using the French or the English translation.
- We are looking for a team for each web site i.e, German, Italian, Spanish and Engslish moderators, newsers.

If you're interested in, thank you to send me a private message.

By Tinou

PlayOnLinux 2.0.7 released

Sunday 27 January 2008 at 20:26


PlayOnLinux 2.0.7 is out with some minor changes again.

What's new:

- Polish translation. Thanks to Lachu
- Russian translation. Thanks to chain2k
- Italian language fixed, thanks to Anubis
- Problem with the --run command fixed. Thanks again to hasi for reporting this bug.



By Tinou

Open source is progressing

Sunday 27 January 2008 at 20:04

Windows still represents nearly 95% of visits, and despite the release of Vista, the cumulative shares of Windows decrease slowly. It fell below 95% in October 2007 to achieve at the end of 2007 94.96%, while the share was near 95.7% at the end of 2006. This small part lost has been recovered by Mac OS and Linux, the shares of linux rose from 0.76% to 0.88% and Mac OS from 3.12 to 3.72. At this rate it is necessary to wait a hundred years before that linux does represent a sizable portion to push developers to take a look to our favorite penguin.

The growth of Firefox is even more pronounced and alarming for the Microsoft Web browser, adding new features such as tabs and anti-phishing on IE7 have not reversed the tide. The first 6 months of the year 2007, shares in Europe browser increased from 23% to 27%. The shares have remained stable and then made a small leap and reach 28% in December 2007.
Let me remind you that these statistics do not reflect the actual market share because they come from the Web survey institute Xiti, the computers that do not surf on the web are not counted.
That is the end of my first news, please feel free to let me know your comments and criticisms in PM.

Wine version 0.9.54

Friday 25 January 2008 at 19:07

Available since January 25, 2008, here is the 0.9.54 Wine's release, a free implementation of Windows on Unix.

This new release brings:

- Photoshop CS/CS2 should now work, please help us testing it.
See for details.
- A number of RPC fixes.
- Various improvements to the debugger support.
- Lots of bug fixes.

To see detailed release's note, go to the official announce's page.

To downlaod binary packages for several systems and distributions, see HERE.

POL featured in Wine Weekly News Issue 340

Saturday 26 January 2008 at 6:12

Play on Linux was recently featured in the Wine Project's Weekly Newsletter!
It focuses on a favorable review on the Wine Review blog. The review is pretty brief and contains a few screenshots, but mainly serves to introduce POL to a wider audience and outline its featureset.

To sum it up, POL is a promising frontend installer for Windows and Dos programs. Although there are some scripts that are outdated (POL uses Wine 0.9.37 to run MSOffice 2003, and the IE6 installation script - which uses the IE4Linux script - doesn't work properly on the current 0.9.53), the advantage of POL online repositories (and consequently an active community contributing) gives it the upper end in updating installation scripts for supported programs.


It's great to see such positive feedback from the Wine community, and hopefully this will help spur the development along. See the post below if you're interested in helping out.