Yeah I know. I keep talking about SuSE a lot. But heck this is cool stuff!
SuSE has been running very well and has proved to be extremely stable (so far). I have installed a bunch of apps, like gAIM (AOL Messenger for Linux) and so on. Everything has been running smooth. My only complaint is that some of the icons and other menus in the system are a bit too big, but I am figuring out how to customize stuff and am getting used to it.
It is simply amazing how far X-Windows has come in the Linux operating environment. It loads much faster than I remember years ago, and apps are WAY easier to install now too. I'm finding myself actually enjoying using Linux now. I still haven't figured out how to do Samba right (as in sharing files between Windows/Linux) but I'm sure that will come in time.
I'm hoping some other good stuph will happen in my life soon so I can stop talking about SuSE. :-)
The server has been up and running for a day now. After a few attempts with Condition Zero, the box just wasn't up to the task. There is something about CZ which for some reason uses more server process than CS does. So... I went with a CS mod instead of CZ. Works much much better. I saw 8 people on the server today. The ping rates were a little high, but, the server did not crash. As I type this right now, there are a few people on the CS server right now. It's running good for what the box and pipe allow which is all I could ask for. (grin)
In addition to the nerdy game server things I've been doing, I decided to give SuSE Linux another shot today on the blow-up box (2.4GHz P4 Dell Dimension) to see if I could get TightVNC to work on remote. As normal readers of this blog will know, my first attempt failed miserably. But guess what, I figured it out this time. IT WORKS. Kick... Ass. I will be posting screen shots in my next post so people can see what it looks like. The reason I can't post screen shots now is because I have to reinstall SuSE to get the partitioning of the hard drives correct. I did a Windows/Linux dual-boot thing just in case the SuSE failed again.
Some of you may be wondering why I was trying so hard to get SuSE working in the first place, and why I don't just stick with Windows. Here's a few good reasons why:
Windows crashes. Everyone knows this. Linux does not crash. Well, that's not entirely true, you can crash it - but - you'd have to be literally trying to crash it on purpose.
2. File integrity
Ever have a file that for some reason just got corrupted, like an MP3 that for some reason started to get little "glitches" in it? That's Windows doing that. I notice that over time Windows will eventually start corrupting files, even by having them just sit there and do nothing. I've never understood that... but that's just Windows for ya.
3. Virus free
The majority of viruses that exist on the internet are made for Windows because everyone uses Windows. I can safely say that Linux users never have this problem. Viruses are mainly gearned towards mainstream applications and operating systems.. like Windows.
So anyway, more info on that when I'm done with it.
Update: Done and online.
Had to go to bed last nite, was too tired to finish up the server (hehe). This morning I VNC'd back to the box and finished up the install, and now the server is up and running with Condition Zero. Kick... Ass...
I launched the server and put up 4 bots. On connection to it I get an average ping reply of 29 to 34. Good enough for me. Granted, I was the only player on the server with 4 bots.. so we'll see what happens when more human players get on there. But the end result is: It worked. Gameplay appeared to be smooth.
Now we'll see what happens when I start adding AMX and other plugins.
To those interested, the server IP is 18.104.22.168:27015