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Old 02-02-2008, 04:58 AM
John Richard Moser
 
Default Nexuiz etc LiveCD -- how far can hardware detection go?

How far can Ubuntu's hardware autoconfiguration go? How far does 3D
support work in Linux now? Joysticks/mice/etc?

One fascinating idea I've had for a while was to turn a PC into a gaming
console. I hear a lot of "Windows runs my games" and "I have a high-end
gaming PC" these days. Why not burn a game onto a DVD or CD, with
Ubuntu, with the configuration set up so it boots and finds a USB drive
or hard drive and lets you pick where to save config/games to?

This is just an off-the-cuff thought, but what about a release LiveCD
that really does boot up Nexuiz or something on boot, and shut it down
when you exit? Fast shutdown: remount all r/w drives as read-only, run
sync, wait 3 seconds, then flat out halt the system. What about a boot
menu that picks the game (read /proc/cmdline) for you? No Gnome, no
Fluxbox, no stripped UI. Just load up X, have it use the game as the WM.

During boot, list drives found (list "initialized drives" with a
specific config file on them first) that may have configuration data
(i.e. wireless networks, save games, hardware settings...). Allow
reconfiguration, including picking a wifi network, or such. Aside from
that, pretty much "Pick profile. Configure? [No] Launching game..."

Feasible? Interesting? Challenging? Likely to expose new and
interesting design considerations for general desktop OSes? Any
thoughts or comments at all?


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Old 02-02-2008, 04:58 AM
John Richard Moser
 
Default Nexuiz etc LiveCD -- how far can hardware detection go?

How far can Ubuntu's hardware autoconfiguration go? How far does 3D
support work in Linux now? Joysticks/mice/etc?

One fascinating idea I've had for a while was to turn a PC into a gaming
console. I hear a lot of "Windows runs my games" and "I have a high-end
gaming PC" these days. Why not burn a game onto a DVD or CD, with
Ubuntu, with the configuration set up so it boots and finds a USB drive
or hard drive and lets you pick where to save config/games to?

This is just an off-the-cuff thought, but what about a release LiveCD
that really does boot up Nexuiz or something on boot, and shut it down
when you exit? Fast shutdown: remount all r/w drives as read-only, run
sync, wait 3 seconds, then flat out halt the system. What about a boot
menu that picks the game (read /proc/cmdline) for you? No Gnome, no
Fluxbox, no stripped UI. Just load up X, have it use the game as the WM.

During boot, list drives found (list "initialized drives" with a
specific config file on them first) that may have configuration data
(i.e. wireless networks, save games, hardware settings...). Allow
reconfiguration, including picking a wifi network, or such. Aside from
that, pretty much "Pick profile. Configure? [No] Launching game..."

Feasible? Interesting? Challenging? Likely to expose new and
interesting design considerations for general desktop OSes? Any
thoughts or comments at all?


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Old 02-02-2008, 05:10 AM
"Vadim Peretokin"
 
Default Nexuiz etc LiveCD -- how far can hardware detection go?

Sounds great.

(but a lot of ideas do these days.. :|)

On Feb 2, 2008 12:58 AM, John Richard Moser <nigelenki@comcast.net> wrote:

How far can Ubuntu's hardware autoconfiguration go? *How far does 3D
support work in Linux now? *Joysticks/mice/etc?

One fascinating idea I've had for a while was to turn a PC into a gaming
console. *I hear a lot of "Windows runs my games" and "I have a high-end

gaming PC" these days. *Why not burn a game onto a DVD or CD, with
Ubuntu, with the configuration set up so it boots and finds a USB drive
or hard drive and lets you pick where to save config/games to?

This is just an off-the-cuff thought, but what about a release LiveCD

that really does boot up Nexuiz or something on boot, and shut it down
when you exit? *Fast shutdown: *remount all r/w drives as read-only, run
sync, wait 3 seconds, then flat out halt the system. *What about a boot

menu that picks the game (read /proc/cmdline) for you? *No Gnome, no
Fluxbox, no stripped UI. *Just load up X, have it use the game as the WM.

During boot, list drives found (list "initialized drives" with a

specific config file on them first) that may have configuration data
(i.e. wireless networks, save games, hardware settings...). *Allow
reconfiguration, including picking a wifi network, or such. *Aside from
that, pretty much "Pick profile. *Configure? [No] *Launching game..."


Feasible? *Interesting? *Challenging? *Likely to expose new and
interesting design considerations for general desktop OSes? *Any
thoughts or comments at all?


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Old 02-02-2008, 05:10 AM
"Vadim Peretokin"
 
Default Nexuiz etc LiveCD -- how far can hardware detection go?

Sounds great.

(but a lot of ideas do these days.. :|)

On Feb 2, 2008 12:58 AM, John Richard Moser <nigelenki@comcast.net> wrote:

How far can Ubuntu's hardware autoconfiguration go? *How far does 3D
support work in Linux now? *Joysticks/mice/etc?

One fascinating idea I've had for a while was to turn a PC into a gaming
console. *I hear a lot of "Windows runs my games" and "I have a high-end

gaming PC" these days. *Why not burn a game onto a DVD or CD, with
Ubuntu, with the configuration set up so it boots and finds a USB drive
or hard drive and lets you pick where to save config/games to?

This is just an off-the-cuff thought, but what about a release LiveCD

that really does boot up Nexuiz or something on boot, and shut it down
when you exit? *Fast shutdown: *remount all r/w drives as read-only, run
sync, wait 3 seconds, then flat out halt the system. *What about a boot

menu that picks the game (read /proc/cmdline) for you? *No Gnome, no
Fluxbox, no stripped UI. *Just load up X, have it use the game as the WM.

During boot, list drives found (list "initialized drives" with a

specific config file on them first) that may have configuration data
(i.e. wireless networks, save games, hardware settings...). *Allow
reconfiguration, including picking a wifi network, or such. *Aside from
that, pretty much "Pick profile. *Configure? [No] *Launching game..."


Feasible? *Interesting? *Challenging? *Likely to expose new and
interesting design considerations for general desktop OSes? *Any
thoughts or comments at all?


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Old 02-02-2008, 12:07 PM
"Cory K."
 
Default Nexuiz etc LiveCD -- how far can hardware detection go?

John Richard Moser wrote:
> How far can Ubuntu's hardware autoconfiguration go? How far does 3D
> support work in Linux now? Joysticks/mice/etc?
>
> One fascinating idea I've had for a while was to turn a PC into a gaming
> console. I hear a lot of "Windows runs my games" and "I have a high-end
> gaming PC" these days. Why not burn a game onto a DVD or CD, with
> Ubuntu, with the configuration set up so it boots and finds a USB drive
> or hard drive and lets you pick where to save config/games to?
>
> This is just an off-the-cuff thought, but what about a release LiveCD
> that really does boot up Nexuiz or something on boot, and shut it down
> when you exit? Fast shutdown: remount all r/w drives as read-only, run
> sync, wait 3 seconds, then flat out halt the system. What about a boot
> menu that picks the game (read /proc/cmdline) for you? No Gnome, no
> Fluxbox, no stripped UI. Just load up X, have it use the game as the WM.
>
> During boot, list drives found (list "initialized drives" with a
> specific config file on them first) that may have configuration data
> (i.e. wireless networks, save games, hardware settings...). Allow
> reconfiguration, including picking a wifi network, or such. Aside from
> that, pretty much "Pick profile. Configure? [No] Launching game..."
>
> Feasible? Interesting? Challenging? Likely to expose new and
> interesting design considerations for general desktop OSes? Any
> thoughts or comments at all?

I've actually done this before with Tremulous and Feisty. A little more
manual than what you described but it worked.

There's also already: http://live.linux-gamers.net

-Cory m/

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