Monday, May 31, 2010

wisotool 20100530 has been released

Dan Kegel today released wisotool 20100530.

wisotool is a handy winetricks-like script for automatically installing games from .iso or .mds files copied from your own dvds (or, if the game is freely downloadable, it will download it). Just like winetricks, it is intended to make testing Wine easier, but might be useful for people who simply want to install games. Unlike winetricks, wisotool is quiet by default; it doesnt ask any questions (except, for now, it prompts for the root password so it can mount the .iso file; later it will use fuse instead).

Wisotool currently supports 60 games and/or benchmarks (see list below). Please consider contributing support for your favorite game, its not (too) hard. Im especially interested in recent or beta games; ideally wisotool would support (worthwhile) games on the day they are released.

Changelog :

Austin English :
  • Added new verb half_life_goty (Half Life: Game of the Year edition)
  • Add draft verb codmw2 (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2)
  • Add initial support for mounting .mds (Alchol 120%) images, use it for Bioshock
  • Remove helper macros from Morrowind, use button names instead of text to internationalize
  • Use download() to get winetricks if it's missing

Dan Kegel :
  • Added new verb lswcs (Lego Star Wars Complete Saga)
  • Added draft verbs orangebox, pro cycling mgr 08 demo
  • Cleanups on many verbs
  • Add env var to make it easier to point to a read-only .wisotool.
  • Relax read-only check for .wisotool.
  • Improve download error handling
  • Fix three little problems related to unmounting
  • Add error checking to abort if someone puts an apostrophe in a description
  • Moved hand-written postinstall scripts out of cache
  • Start adding uniform way to start apps (c:\run-VERB.bat)

Eleazar Galano :
  • Added new verbs
  • hon (Heroes of Newearth), masseffect2, popsot_demo (Prince of Persia Sands of Time Demo),
  • splitsecond, splitsecond_demo, sto (Star Trek Online), wowbc (World of Warcraft Battle Chest)
  • Added draft verb bfbc2 (Battlefield Bad Company 2)

Vincent Pelletier :
  • Add support for 40 games (!):
  • ebes_exoddus_gog (Abes Exoddus)
  • abes_oddysee_gog (Abes Oddysee)
  • battle_chess_gog (Battle Chess)
  • beyond_good_and_evil_gog (Beyond Good and Evil)
  • descent_1_2_gog (Descent and Descent 2)
  • descent_3_gog (Descent 3)
  • dukenukem3d_gog (Duke Nukem 3D)
  • dukenukemmp_gog (Duke Nukem Manhattan Project)
  • earth_2150_trilogy_gog (Earth 2150 trilogy)
  • earth_2160_gog (Earth 2160)
  • earthworm_jim_1_2_gog (Earthworm Jim 1 & 2)
  • earthworm_jim_3d_gog (Earthworm Jim 3D)
  • empire_earth_gold_gog (Empire Earth Gold)
  • evil_genius_gog (Evil Genius)
  • fallout_2_gog (Fallout 2)
  • fallout_gog (Fallout)
  • fallout_tactics_gog (Fallout Tactics)
  • far_cry_gog (Far Cry)
  • flatout_gog (FlatOut)
  • freespace_2_gog (Freespace 2)
  • freespace_gog (Freespace)
  • ghost_master_gog (Ghost Master)
  • ground_control_2_gog (Ground Control 2)
  • mdk2_gog (MDK 2)
  • mdk_gog (MDK)
  • neighbours_from_hell_
  • compilation_gog (Neighbours From Hell 1 & 2)
  • operation_flashpoint_goty_gog (Operation Flashpoint GOTY)
  • painkiller_black_gog (Painkiller Black)
  • perimeter_gog (Perimeter)
  • praetorians_gog (Praetorians)
  • psychonauts_gog (Psychonauts)
  • redneck_rampage_gog (Redneck Rampage)
  • robinson_requiem_collection_gog (Robinson Requiem & Deus)
  • settlers_2_gold_gog (The Settlers 2 Gold)
  • shogo_gog (Shogo Mobile Armor Division)
  • tex_murphy_1_and_2_gog (Tex Murphy 1 & 2)
  • unreal_2_se_gog (Unreal 2: The awakening Special Edition)
  • unreal_gold_gog (Unreal Gold Edition)
  • ut2004_gog (Unreal Tournament 2004)
  • ut_goty_gog (Unreal Tournament GOTY)

Here is its current help text:

Script to install games automatically.
Usage: wisotool [options] package [package] ...

-q quieter
-v verbose
-V display Version
3dmark03 3D Mark 03 (Futuremark, 2003) [download]
3dmark05 3D Mark 05 (Futuremark, 2005) [download]
3dmark06 3D Mark 06 (Futuremark, 2006) [download]
3dmark2000 3DMark2000 (, 2000) [download]
3dmark2001 3DMark2001 (, 2001) [download]
abes_exoddus_gog Abes Exoddus (
abes_oddysee_gog Abes Oddysee (
assassinscreed Assassins Creed (Ubisoft, 2008)
baldursgate2 Baldurs Gate 2 - Shadows of Amn (Bioware, 2000)
battle_chess_gog Battle Chess (
beyond_good_and_evil_gog Beyond Good and Evil (
bfbc2 Battlefield Bad Company 2 (EA, 2010)
bioshock Bioshock (2K Games, 2007)
codmw2 Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (Activision, 2009) [broken]
descent_1_2_gog Descent and Descent 2 (
descent_3_gog Descent 3 (
dragonage Dragon Age: Origins (Bioware, 2009)
dukenukem3d_gog Duke Nukem 3D (
dukenukemmp_gog Duke Nukem Manhattan Project (
earth_2150_trilogy_gog Earth 2150 trilogy (
earth_2160_gog Earth 2160 (
earthworm_jim_1_2_gog Earthworm Jim 1 & 2 (
earthworm_jim_3d_gog Earthworm Jim 3D (
empire_earth_gold_gog Empire Earth Gold (
evil_genius_gog Evil Genius (
fallout_2_gog Fallout 2 (
fallout_gog Fallout (
fallout_tactics_gog Fallout Tactics (
far_cry_gog Far Cry (
flatout_gog FlatOut (
freespace_2_gog Freespace 2 (
freespace_gog Freespace (
ghost_master_gog Ghost Master (
ground_control_2_gog Ground Control 2 (
gta_vc Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Rockstar, 2003)
half_life_goty Half Life: Game of the Year Edition (Sierra, 2000)
help How to use this tool
hon Heroes of Newerth (S2 Games, 2010) [download]
lswcs Lego Star Wars Complete Saga (Lucasarts, 2009)
manhole The Manhole Masterpiece Edition (Cyan, 1994)
masseffect2 Mass Effect 2 (BioWare, 2010)
mdk2_gog MDK 2 (
mdk_gog MDK (
morrowind The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Bethesda, 2002)
neighbours_from_hell_compilation_gog Neighbours From Hell 1 & 2 (
operation_flashpoint_goty_gog Operation Flashpoint GOTY (
orangebox Orange Box (Valve, 2007)
painkiller_black_gog Painkiller Black (
pcmark04 PC Mark 04 (Futuremark, 2004) [download]
pcmark05 PC Mark 05 (Futuremark, 2005) [download]
perimeter_gog Perimeter (
plantsvszombies Plants vs. Zombies (PopCap Games, 2009) [download]
popsot_demo Prince of Persia Sands of Time Demo (Ubisoft, 2003)
praetorians_gog Praetorians (
procycling08_demo Pro Cycling Manager 2008 Demo (Cyanide, 2008) [download, broken in wine]
procycling09_nda Pro Cycling Manager 2009 (Cyanide, 2009)
psychonauts_gog Psychonauts (
quake3 Quake 3 (ID Software, 1999)
re5bench Resident Evil 5 Benchmark (Capcom, 2009) [download]
redneck_rampage_gog Redneck Rampage (
robinson_requiem_collection_gog Robinson Requiem & Deus (
settlers_2_gold_gog The Settlers 2 Gold (
shogo_gog Shogo Mobile Armor Division (
sims3 The Sims 3 (EA, 2009)
splitsecond Split Second (Black Rock Studios, 2010) [wine bug 22865]
splitsecond_demo Split Second Demo (Black Rock Studios, 2010) [wine bug 22865]
starcraft Starcraft Battle Chest (Blizzard, 1998)
starcraft2 Starcraft II beta (Blizzard, 2010)
stfu Starwars: The Force Unleashed (Aspyr, 2009)
sto Star Trek Online (Cryptic, 2010)
tex_murphy_1_and_2_gog Tex Murphy 1 & 2 (
unigine_heaven Unigen Heaven 2 Benchmark (Unigen, 2010) [download]
unreal_2_se_gog Unreal 2: The awakening Special Edition (
unreal_gold_gog Unreal Gold Edition (
ut2004_gog Unreal Tournament 2004 (
ut_goty_gog Unreal Tournament GOTY (
wog World of Goo demo (2D Boy, 2008) [download]
wowbc World of Warcraft: Battle Chest (Blizzard, 2008)
load Load a disc into the iso cache
load=KEY Load a disc with given key; only works from commandline at moment
If the game is not marked with {download} or {loaded} in the menu,
you have to insert its disc and give the 'load' command before you can
choose that game in the menu. If the game has multiple discs, you have
to do this for each disc.
If the game has an install key, you have to enter that when loading the
first disc. (You have to do that from the commandline, e.g. sh wisotool

Wisotool is available at
You can read more about it at
Please report bugs via

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Wine 1.2-rc2 Released

The Wine development release 1.2-rc2 is now available.
There are no new features in this release, only bug fixes, since we are in code freeze. If you find a new feature thats a bug.

The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.

Putty for Mac
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bordeaux on PC-BSD Screenshot tour

This is a Bordeaux on PC-BSD 8 Screenshot tour. This tour will show you how easy it is to install Bordeaux on PC-BSD and start installing Windows Applications and Games. Bordeaux has a single dependency on Zenity once Zenity is installed Bordeaux will install and run on your PC-BSD system.

After your purchase of Bordeaux download the installer to your Desktop or Downloads directory. Then install Zenity from the ports collection. Once this is done the install process is ready to begin.

This Screenshot tour is of the upcoming Bordeaux 2.0.6 release. In this release we will start installing the IrfanView Plugins by default. Irfanview has also been upgraded from the 4.25 release to the newest 4.27 release. 2.0.6 will also come with a new Wine release and the newest winetricks and DIB engine releases. Their will also be many more fixes in the forthcoming release then the ones listed here. So if you would like to help support the next release please consider purchasing Bordeaux for Linux, Mac OS X, FreeBSD, PC-BSD or OpenSolaris.

Bordeaux downloaded to my Downloads directory.
Right click on the Bordeaux .pbi installer and launch it with the PBI Launcher.
The PBI Launcher will ask for your password at this stage.
Enter your password and the Install will begin.
Follow the steps to install Bordeaux.

Bordeaux is now installed on PC-BSD 8!
Bordeaux will now be listed in your installed software.
Double click the Bordeaux Desktop icon to start Bordeaux.
Select a app then select "Install" and then wait for the install to begin. Bordeaux might need to download fonts and other libs so be patient while this takes place.
Bordeaux will download the Irfanview 4.27 installer and start the install automatically for you.
Follow the Irfanview installer instructions and proceed with the install.
Dont install the Google Toolbar.
Select the Irfanview folder for the Irfanview INI file.
Select Yes and procced with the install.
Irfanview 4.27 is now installed on PC-BSD
After the install is complete Irfanview will open your default browser and take you to their FAQ. You can bookmark the FAQ at this time or close the page.
After you close or minimize your browser the Irfanview plugins install will start. Give this stage a couple minutes depending on your internet speed... Once the plugins installer is downloaded it will begin.
The Irfanview plugins are now installed.
The install is now complete, and at this stage Bordeaux will clean up the .lnk files on your desktop. Select OK to close the progress dialog and then exit Bordeaux.
Double click the Irfanviw Desktop icon to start Irfanviw. The Warning below is normal, select Continue and Irfanview should start up.
You can now start using Irfanview. :)
About Irfanview and a image of a local Volcano.
Bordeaux will also be added to your Applications Menu.

Here is the link to the Bordeaux on Mac 10.6 Screenshot tour.

Bordeaux also runs on Linux, Mac OS X, FreeBSD, PC-BSD and OpenSolaris. The cost of Bordeaux at this time is only $25.00 for Mac and OpenSolaris and $20.00 for Linux and BSD.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Moving from Windows 7 to Mac OS Snow Leopard

I was in the market for a new Laptop, given that mine is at least 3 years old and starting to show its age with non-working USB ports, one blown power supply, and failing batteries. My requirements are slightly above the average:
Any laptop must be able to run the following at the same time within a hosted virtualization solution such as VMware Workstation or Fusion.
  • VMware vSphere ESX 4
  • VMware vSphere ESX 4i
  • VMware vCenter Server on Windows 2008
  • Virtual Storage Appliance (I use OpenFiler at the moment)
  • Firewall
  • Development Environment for my security script
Now I have all this running on my older Duo Core laptop within 8GBs of memory and multiple USB disks and let me tell you, it runs SLOWLY but it will run. I was in the market for something much faster and perhaps with more memory.
So I was in essence looking at a 16GB i7 laptop, but I settled for an 8GB i7 laptop with a 512GB SSD that “Just Works.” I was all set to plunk down cash on a Windows 7 based laptop when I went on the Gestalt IT Tech Field Day and found out that my camera would not stream video and required me to reboot several times in the midst of the briefings. This was just too many reboots during a critical time. I do not believe that ‘fixing’ a problem should require a reboot. A reboot just covers up the problems. My First attempt at a fix was to purchase a Microsoft HD Life Camera, but the video quality was worse than my Logitech HD camera all in all not very satisfactory.
I really agonized over this decision, I had to make sure my applications were all available on the Mac. Most if not all were, and after talking to my friend who was a long-time Mac owner, I switched back to a Mac (actually my first every computer purchase was a Mac IIsi followed soon by the MacBook Duo and up until last year I owned a Mac G4). I knew my VMs would run within 8GBs as they already did, so extra memory was not a huge issue. The big issue was to invest in SSD over standard drives. Now that was a great decision. So soon I was the proud owner of a 15″ MackBook Pro i7 with 8GBs of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
Now what did I install on this MacBook Pro?
Paid Applications:
  • VMware Fusion 3.0 which now runs in Unity mode my two applications I already owned for Microsoft Windows and use quite often: Visio 2007 and QuickBooks 2010.
  • Codeweavers CrossOver Office (in which I could run Visio 2007 but choose not to do so). I do run IE6 within CrossOver office however, only way to talk to my very old Tape Library.
  • Codeweavers CrossOver Games (still need to install those games but that should not be difficult seeing as I have already done this for Linux.)
  • Microsoft Office Mac (I already owned a copy)
  • Final Cut Express (Pre-installed)
  • Belkin F5L009 – (USB over Ethernet) to access my Printer
  • Livescribe Desktop – I already owned the Pulse Smart Pen
  • FlipShare – I need access to my Flip Videos
  • Little Snitch – An application based port filtering firewall as I really wanted to know what was going on. Thanks to Scott Lowe for pointing me to this little gem.
  • Trillian – I own an professional account on this service for all my IM Needs
  • Emailchemy – I had to switch my mail from Outlook to my Mac mail application, first I tried Entourage but that was a bust so I now use the Mac even with its quirks
  • Transmit – So I can upload those book files easier (I have not paid for this yet, I may switch to Cyberduck, but I still need to test with the file server.)
Now for the Free Applications
  • Skype – gotta keep in touch. I actually can use the Windows Beta with multiple video streams inside Fusion but it has a few issues with echos
  • Remote Desktop Connection – Still the best way to reach Windows boxes necessary for VMware management
  • FireFox – I prefer this to Safari and Chrome actually, but use all to test websites.
  • SnagIt Beta – I use SnagIt on Windows and wish to continue to use SnagIt on Mac to capture images. It is what I know and has a powerful image editor.
  • Tweetie – for all those tweets. I tried twhirl but my friend said it drains battery being an Air App
  • DropBox – For File sharing
  • Chicken of the VNC – So that I can access all those Linux desktops not using XRDP
  • Tunnelblick – For my OpenVPN connection
  • Xcode and X11 – I do develop code so why not!
  • Adobe Air – while it does drain battery, I have need for this for an upcoming product from a friend of mine for whom I do some beta work
  • Windows Media Components for QuickTime – Gotta view those WMVs everyone posts.
Now for the Extras as in Hardware
  • Speck Clear Hard Case (While at EMC World I noticed quite a few of these on MacBooks and I liked the look and feel of the case. The MBP needs a little extra protection).
  • 85w MagSafe Power Supply (I picked up a second one so I could have one for travel.)
  • USB to PS/2 connector (My laptop hooks to my PS/2 KVMs and the second one I bought works on Linux but not the MBP. The one I bought YEARS ago for the Mac G4 works great with the MBP.)
  • Griffen iMic (I have a very good wand Mic that is best for using Skype, etc. as it is unidirectional and it is not amplified so need a tool that would do that for me.)
There you go. Now I have a laptop that “Just Works”, boots quickly, and plays all my music with no major issues.

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