0 A.D

O A.D is a free, open source, cross platform, Real-time Strategy (RTS) game. Its about the ancient warfare and is the open source clone of Age Of Empires!

From the Wildfire games official site we can find that its a historical-based war/economy game that allows the players to relive or rewrite the western civilizations between 500BC to 500AD. 

A group of enthusiastic game developers have developed this game. High detailed artwork, state of art 3D graphics, good sound quality and flexibility are some of its features. It has multi player option too.

System requirements : 1GHz CPU, modern graphics card (GeForce 3 at minimum), 512 MB RAM
It has support for Windows 2000 and above, Linux and Mac OS X.


In Ubuntu or any other Linux distro you can install 0AD just by running the following command

sudo apt-get install 0ad

Are you a programmer and want to get involved in game development then you have the oppurtunity here Get Involved

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How to improve your Ubuntu Lucid Lynx boot speed

Yes, even with a faster boot speed in the new Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 people are finding new methods to further speed it up! :) I tried the following tip and it does prove to speed up Lucid.

Its a very simple tip and uses profiling i.e use a profile during boot. OK let me brief the method in 4 simple steps.

1. Open console/terminal. First you have to open the grub file. You do it by     typing.
sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

Enter the password  and proceed to open the file.

2. You will find the some commands like these.

    GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=" vga=792"

 In the 6th line i.e GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" add profile.
 So it will become GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash profile"
 In some cases splash might not be there. Just make it "quite profile". Save and close.

3. After that come back to back to your terminal and execute a grub update. Then reboot system.

sudo update-grub2
sudo reboot

4. Now again goto the grub file and remove the profile keyword which you had inserted previously.
    Update your grub using the above command and reboot.

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How To remove unwanted Kernel entries from the Grub

Ubuntu Lucid Lynx now comes with version 2 of the grub. One of the annoying things with Ubuntu's update is the frequent Kernel update's. And every time there is a kernel update there appears a bunch of entries in your grub. So this post is basically going to help you get rid unwanted entries in the grub in a simple way.

Not much to do actually. Its a very simple 2 step process. There are many grub menu edit methods using which you can just edit the grub. But what i have here is completely deleting the older kernel from your system. 

So if you consider the above image, kernel 2.6.32-22 is the latest version in the system. If there are only 2 version of kernel in your system then you might want to keep the previous version as a backup. 

Basically if your deleting then you start by typing the command

 sudo apt-get purge linux-image-2.6.32-21-generic

If you have multiple kernels to be deleted then repeat the above step.
Next you have to update your grub. This is done by the simple command..

sudo apt-get upgrade grub

Now restart and you see your grub is all cleaned up! :)

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Nexuiz is a open-source first person shooting game! Now isn't that exciting? An action game for free :P. Usually open-source games are not up to the the gamers expectations. They usually lack in the graphics quality due to the lack of proper support. But Nexuiz proves it wrong!

 Check the official video of the Nexuiz.

This game is something similar to Unreal tournament, a 3D death match game. Gameplay is interesting and challenging. Graphics details are handled pretty well. There are different game modes which could be chosen by the player; CTF deathmatch, domination and of course, single player campaigns  which will lead player to survive 20 levels of chaos! It actly takes nothing to try this game! Its around 800MB. Just download and play! :)

Nexuiz runs in almost all platforms: Windows, Linux and OSX. Requirements are pretty basic. You got 512MB RAM and an OS above Win 2000 (In case of Windows) it will work.


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Lego'd it!

IPad and IPhone Lego's
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Code::Blocks is a free and open source cross platform IDE. Its very simple and is best suited for beginners. Currently code blocks is being developed for Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. If you are a windows 7 user, code blocks is the best way to run your c/c++ programs! Turbo C (using the DOSBOX) and Dev C++ are some of the alternatives, but Code blocks beats both of them with its good looking interface and simplicity.

Some of the other features of Code Blocks are
  • It can be extended using a plug-in i.e any kind of functionality can be added just by installing/coding a plug-in. For mode info on plug-in's click here
  • Although Code Blocks is designed for C++ language, there is some support for compilers of other languages also. GCC (MingW / GNU GCC), MSVC++, Digital Mars. Borland C++ 5.5, Open Watcom and more.


Setting up Code::Block for your First C/C++ program setup : Tutorial by Cprogramming.com
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