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UnReal World RPG and propiertary applications in linux ecosystem part SDL2

November 14th, 2014 by

So last time I was on top of Curl and what problems can come out when you are using it through out different distributions. After that struggle UnReal World RPG have been ported to SDL2. It’s used by Steam so it should we available every distribution you can dream of. How wrong I can be and how correct I am!

openSUSE situation

openSUSE 12.3 or 13.1 doesn’t have SDL2 from basic installation. openSUSE 13.2 and tubleweed are ok . So how to solve this without some ugly static compile hacks? One solutions is to make user fetch it from OBS and Games repository that have SDL2 for openSUSE 12.3 and 13.1.

zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/games/openSUSE_12.3/games.repo
zypper ref
zypper install libSDL2

Or make them do it YaST. It’s rather easy and most of the people can do (if they have skills to install openSUSE).

Ubuntu situation

There is SDL2 for Ubuntu 13.10 and above. Problem is that Ubuntu policy is that two LTS should be supported. So in this time they are 12.04 and 14.04. Last one is no problem. SDL2 is installable with no hustle but Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10 or 13.04 are more problematic. Again problem solve by asking people to fetch stuff from other place that normal repository. Michael Imamura packs debs for 12.04 till 14.04 so you can make them get them there.

Debian situation

In Upcoming Debian 8 there is SDL2 packages but with Debian stable 7 you must use Wheezy-backports to achieve these.

Fedora situation

Fedora should be ok.

Arch situation

Arch is up-to-date distribution so you just start using.

I’m still wondering this static linking stuff. It has some good points. Time will tell when new release forms up!

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