When I saw the Elite Kickstarter I knew about the old Elite games which I never played but I knew had an amazing reputation. I looked around the page watched some video's and decided to back it. Since then I have read all the news releases and watched all the video's Frontier have put out and I'm really getting quite excited by now!
Due to my pledge level I should be able to play the beta however because I am a Linux user I am probably going to have to wait a bit longer than most to be able to play it :-( For the time being I have decided to download one of the older Elite games to see what all the fuss was about.
This page documents the process of getting glFrontier Elite 2 working on a modern Ubuntu 14.04 system, I expect that this process is what will also work for Mac's however I am guessing it's a bit tougher to get the development libraries etc installed.
- Install the required development libraries with
apt-get install build-essential libvorbis-dev
- Download "source code (OpenGL, SD:: unix, mingw)" from http://tom.noflag.org.uk/glfrontier.html
- Extract it with
tar -jxf frontvm2-20060623.tar.bz2
- Enter the newly extracted directory
make -f Makefile-Cto compile the code, it does print out quite a few warnings, but did work (at least for me)
- At this point typing
./frontiershould launch the game, though it won't yet have any sound and will print lots of warnings about those missing sound files, so...
- We now need to download and install the sound files, these are hosted on the same http://tom.noflag.org.uk/glfrontier.html page under thane mame "Sound effects and music (optional with the above). Download it.
- While still in the extracted game directory untar the sound file, for me it was
tar -jxf ../frontvm-audio-20060222.tar.bz2which rather annoyingly created a sub directory, so I had to
mv frontvm-audio-20060222/* .; rm -rf frontvm-audio-20060222to clean that up.
./frontierand you have a fully working version of Frontier Elite 2!
- http://tenleftfingers.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/playing-tom-mortons-glfrontier-on.html was really helpful in getting the compile steps working.
- I used http://www.frontierastro.co.uk/Hires/hiresfe2.html for how to setup the sound
- The main downloads are stored on http://tom.noflag.org.uk/glfrontier.html