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Linux getting one step closer
24 February 2016
Posted in General

The last couple of days I've been experimenting with Linux a bit more. Or rather, I've been trying to get the Unity3D engine to work under Linux. Like I've said earlier, the Unity3D editor is one of the main features that must be working under Linux before I seriously will consider to run it in dualboot with my current Windows 7 Ultimate x64 configuration...

First I tried to get Unity3D to work under Wine, but to no avail The current version of the engine (5.3.2f1) requires full (native?) Windows 7 (and up) support and is just not installing itself under Wine. This was quite a bummer, but there are more ways to get something working, for instance an older version of Unity. For that experiment I tried version 5.2.4f1 and that one did install under Wine. Sadly though, starting Unity resuled in an error and I could not get it to work with Wine.
But browsing the Unity3D forums I found a topic with a pretty neat instruction manual on how to get Unity to work with Wine through PlayOnLinux. It looked very promising and I followed it with version 5.2.4f1 and it did install (again). Sadly though, starting Unity crashed it again with (seemingly) the same error
Now I could install Unity 4.7, which I think will work under Wine, but all my projects are already running under 5.3.2f1 and the projects are not downward compatible. That, and the jump Unity made from versions 4 to 5 in graphical performance are two reasons not to go back to Unity 4...

Then I remembered that blog post Unity made about a native Linux client. But this build is an expirimental one, and a previous experimental build (Unity for 2D only) was reserved to (professional) license owners only. But I figured to give it a try anyway and to my big surprise I was able to install and run Unity for Linux! Sadly though, it's only version 5.1...
Browsing the Unity forums once more, I found the Linux experimental subforum where a topic was made that'll contain the latest builds of the Linux version, which is compatible with Windows/Mac 5.3.2f1. I downloaded that one and it workslike a charm!

The only problem though, is getting used to Linux. I've been searching for the pull-down menus like crazy, only to find out that they can be found at the top of the screen (where the system time resides and other system info) instead on top of the current window I also want to know more about the Linux operating system itself. Where Windows (and OS/2) were clearly derived from the DOS operating system and used a similar directory structure, Linux is completely different. And while I've been playing a bit with Linux a bit yesterday and have already learned a lot on what and where, it's so different from the DOS structure...
With that, I also want to know more on how Linux itself works. It's not like Windows where you simply install something, or where a file has a clear .EXE to indicate it's an executable. You need to add flags (I already know a bit abut that thanks to scripting PHP and a lot of internet experience) and a lot of commands are running from the command prompt (so tempting to say DOS promt ) with the sudo commands.

That's all on my alt/test PC, of which I upgraded the GPU yesterday fromthe on-board one to a nVidia GTS240 1Gb (still not much, but a lot better than the on-board one ). I have also already purchased a 2nd hand CPU (Phenom II X4 955) to replace the current one (Athlon X2 250 ). I might even add an extra 4Gb RAM later on to get to 8Gb, because 4Gb and a 64-bit operating system is not the best combination, even though Linux runs very fine on 4Gb.

I'm slowly getting into Linux, but still have a long way to go. I'm so happy that I have a 2nd PC to test it all on...

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