Krita on Elementary OS

Krita is a stunning, open-source drawing and image editing application that works a lot like Photoshop. Til recently, it hasn’t been available out-of-the-box for Elementary OS. There were certain dependency requirements that couldn’t be met by default, but that’s now been addressed with AppImage!

Check out the bottom of this article for info: Krita 2.9.11 and the second 3.0 alpha build

Get Krita running on Elementary OS

All you need to do to run Krita on Elementary OS now is download the AppImage file (mentioned in the above article), set the properties so it’s executable, then run it. Dead simple!

Here’s a quick rundown:

  1. Download kkrita3-prealpha2-3c69a59-x86_64.appimage
  2. Right-click the file and select Properties.
  3. Click the More tab.
  4. Toggle Execute for Owner and Group.
  5. Click the Close button.
  6. Click on the file to run Krita (or right-click the file and select Run).

That’s all there is to it. Finally, Krita for the ultimate OS! 😉

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Krita on Elementary OS

Install and play Future Pinball on Linux

I’ve always loved Future Pinball, it picked up where Visual Pinball left off and added full 3D awesomeness while still keeping the same, core programming features intact. It’s not just another pinball game either, it’s a simulator and table designer as well, with an ardent fan-base continually churning out amazing work at PinSimDB.

The best part, everything about it is available for free!

The Problem

Sadly, just like Visual Pinball, Future Pinball is solely designed for use with Windows. Thus Mac and Linux users miss out on a key piece of free software.

The Solution

Fortunately, that ardent fan-base includes proficient technophiles like the helpful fella at r3dux.og. He’s provided a ton of information and a place for discussion on how to get Future Pinball running on Linux through WINE.

Here’s his article: http://r3dux.org/2012/02/how-to-configure-future-pinball-to-play-in-linux-through-wine/

And to help simplify the process, I’ve created this bash script for installing it through Linux with just a few commands in the terminal: https://gist.github.com/fa9551aa799218a2f508

Oh, and of course, a video walkthrough!

The Details

It’s totally possible to install this without going to the terminal. Just download the Gist file above (right-click Raw option and select “Save link as…“), right-click the downloaded file and select ‘Properties‘, then give it execute permissions. You can just click to run it from there.

However, it’s usually simpler to install it via the terminal. Here are all the commands you’ll need.

wget https://gist.githubusercontent.com/Ugotsta/fa9551aa799218a2f508/raw/a55de82dca3ddbd6d34f5b39cd93515b3af120cc/install_future_pinball.sh

chmod +x install_future_pinball.sh

./install_future_pinball.sh

You can simply copy and paste those into your terminal.

That will begin the script’s install process, which includes downloading and installing WINE version 1.7. This is currently a beta version but my system required it for Future Pinball to work so I’ve used that in the script.

If you’ve already got WINE 1.7 installed, no worries. It’ll continue right to installing Future Pinball.

And to make a long story short, just keep an eye on the prompts that WINE provides during the installation. At the end of the WINE install process, you should see an error message like so.

WINE error at end of installation

Simply click “Close” when/if you see the error. Everything should work just fine still.

The script will then proceed to install Stern’s 1977 Pinball, this version kindly provided by Martin Bunker here: http://www.martin-brunker.de/index.php/future-pinball/nachbauten.html

Once that’s installed, the process will be complete and you should see a new Future Pinball entry in your system menu.

Future Pinball menu item

Launch the program from there.

A quick cheat sheet

The following keys can be used to operate Future Pinball:

F5 – Play the currently loaded table.

During play

5 – Insert coin into table (the software emulates a real table).

1 – Begin play (will only work when sufficient coins have been inserted).

F1 through F12 – Switch to various 3D views of the table.

ESC – Exit the table and return to the main window.

Have fun!

I hope others will find this helpful, I’m terribly with following instructions myself so I was hoping to simplify the process for others like me.

Meanwhile, I’ll be working on posting more videos of gameplay. Feel free to comment, though please consider posting over at r3dux’s site: http://r3dux.org/2012/02/how-to-configure-future-pinball-to-play-in-linux-through-wine/

That’ll just help to keep further discussion centralized. Cheers!

Install and play Future Pinball on Linux