LGP Has A New Linux Game Installer
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 26 February 2008. Page 1 of 1. 27 Comments

Linux Game Publishing, the company behind porting such games to Linux as Cold War and X2: The Threat, has prepared a new Linux GUI installer for its forthcoming titles. While this new installer doesn't feature any overwhelming additions, it has been written finally to use GTK2 and other new functionality for this setup utility.

Linux Game Publishing announced this new installer on their closed beta mailing list yesterday for their X3: Reunion port. This new LGP setup utility will also be used in their future titles, and we imagine even Bandits: Phoenix Rising.

This new LGP installer is written to (finally) use the GTK2 toolkit, if it's available on the target system, but there is fallback support for GTK1 and ncurses. With that said, this installer does look better than earlier builds. In past LGP installers there has been no percentage (or other analytical information) displayed on the progress bars during the installation process, but with this new version there is now this simple yet informative support. This installer also supports being used with larger-sized games, since X3: Reunion hadn't worked elegantly with the old installer due to its large size. Another addition to this installer is support for using XDG menus. It's a bit unfortunate though that they just didn't throw their weight behind the Linux Mojo installer.

Above is a screenshot of the new installer for X3: Reunion (currently in closed beta).

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