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Procrastibuntu – How to Install Mame on Ubuntu 8.10


Yes, I know this is not education related, but hey it’s something fun to do during spring break… instead of going to the beach I’m stuck here preparing for a conference this coming saturday.  Oh well.  I found this simple guide that helps a lot.  First you have to install the core program, then a frontend.  A front end is something that helps you access the program from a graphic interface.  Otherwise you would have to use the termina.  I found this simple as can be guide.  I simplified it down even more… it works great.  The only problem is the screen size.  I can’t get a true full screen.  Let me know if you figure this out.

  1. Open a terminal ( applications< accessories< terminal) and type in the following:

    sudo apt-get install xmame-x xmame-sdl

  2. download this file
  3. open a terminal (or use the same one if you kept it open) and type in

    cd Desktop

    assuming you downloaded the file to the desktop

  4. then type in

    sudo dpkg -i gxmame_0.35beta2-1_i386.deb

  5. It’s isntalled

Now let’s configure Mame

  1. Go to Option > Directories, and in “Gxmame Directories” set the path to “/usr/games/xmame.SDL“.
  2. Now lets add your roms folder.  so add it on the “ROMs path” (you can add as many paths as you want). After that click on the tab that reads  “xmame basic paths”we need to add a  games folder.
  3. Nowgo to Option > Rebuild Game List
  4. Go to available.. if you have roms in your folder and it doesn’t show up, try closing and opening the program again. Otherwise try installign over.
  5. Enjoy!

Thanks to Daniel Adnrade for the original guide!


How to Play Mp3,DVD and other media formats in Ubuntu

I thought I would provide this considering I just posted some free music. This is actually one of the first things you might want to run after installing Ubuntu.

Open your terminal. Applications < Accessories < Terminal . Then copy the following text and paste it in the Terminal. To paste right click and then pick paste (ctrl +v does not work in the Terminal).

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Thanks to jmszr on the ubntu forums for this tip

If for some reason you come across a big blue box, scroll to the bottom and you will see . To get past this step, press the TAB key on your keyboard, then ENTER on your keyboard. This may not happen to you, since I was doing other random things on my system at the time of this installation.

6 Gigs of Free Legal Music Downloads

As students we often find creative ways to get new music.  Luckily there is a new option. The SXSX ’09  a Music Festival in Austin, Texas has been recently been going on, the music portion ends on March 22.  The festival is splict to three categories: film, video, and music. Their goal as stated on their website is:

SXSW’s original goal was to create an event that would act as a tool for creative people and the companies they work with to develop their careers, to bring together people from a wide area to meet and share ideas. That continues to be the goal today whether it is music, film or the Internet. And Austin continues to be the perfect location

Throughout music festival artists were allowed to publicly (this means free to you and me) post music on the SXSW website.  Luckily Ben Stoit collected all the music and posted them as torrents here.   Thanks for keeping us out of trouble with the RIAA for now Ben! Support this initiative of free legal music downloads by seeding this torrent after downloading.

Make your Ubuntu pc look like a Mac (Mac4lin)

To be clear this is not my guide. I found this at and take no credit for this.  I just find this guide really useful.  I included the changes I maded as describe maktecheasie.  For the full guide click on the link.

apple linuxThis is an updated version of my previous post Turn Ubuntu Hardy into Mac OSX.

That post was written six months ago and many things have changed during this period of time: release of Ubuntu Intrepid, newer Mac4Lin theme, better globalmenu applet etc. As such, I have decided to rewrite this tutorial for the Intrepid platform.

Disclaimer: This tutorial was based on Ubuntu Intrepid and Mac4Lin RC1 themes. I don’t guarantee that it will work on other distro or other version of Ubuntu.

Download the Mac4Lin themes and extract it to your Home folder. You should see a Mac4Lin_v1.0_RC1 folder that contains all the configuration files in your Home directory.

Preparing the installation path

Next, in your Home directory, press Ctrl + H to reveal all the hidden files. Check if any of the three folders .themes, .fonts, .emerald exist. If not, create three folders and name them .themes, .fonts, .emerald. Create another folder within .emerald folder and name it themes.

Installing the Mac4Lin themes

Open a terminal, type in:

cd Mac4Lin_v1.0_RC1


This will install the Gnome themes (window border and icons), change the wallpaper and the panel background.

During the installation process, the installer will ask you for root access in order to install certain components (refer to the image below). Type y to continue.

Mac4Lin installer

After the installation, your desktop should look something like this:

mac4lin initial desktop

Installing the AWN dock

(The AWN dock may/may not work in all machine. If you find that it does not work after following the instructions below, you may want to try out Cairo dock that is less demanding on the machine.)

The AWN dock requires a compositing manager to work. If your system supports Compiz, it will be able to run AWN as well. if not, we have to install the X compositing manager.

Go to System -> Preferences -> Appearance, click on the Visual Effects tab.  Click on the Extra radio button. If you see the following image, then your computer does not support Compiz. (If you don’t see the image below, proceed directly to install AWN.)

compiz not supported

You have to install the alternative X composition manager

sudo apt-get install xcompmgr

Add it to your auto-start list. Go to System -> Preferences -> Session. Add the following:


Install AWN

The AWN dock is already included in the Intrepid repository, so you can easily install it by clicking this link. Alternatively, you can also type the following command in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator

Once the installation is done, go to Preferences -> AWN Manager. On the left pane, click on the Themes. On the right, click Add. Navigate to the Mac4Lin_v1.0_RC1 folder. Open up the AWN folder and select Mac4Lin_AWN_v1.0_RC.tar.gz. Click Open. The AWN theme should be installed now. Check the radio button beside the theme and click Apply. Click Close.

Applying Mac4lin AWN theme

Before we launch the AWN, we need to remove the bottom panel so that there won’t be an overlap. At the bottom panel, right-click the mouse and select Delete This Panel. Activate AWN by going to Applications -> Accessories -> Avant Window Navigator. You should see the AWN loading up in the bottom of the screen. To add applications to the dock, click on the Applications at the top panel and navigate to the particular application you want to add. Drag the application icon to the dock. That’s it. You should see something like the image below:

mac desktop with awn

To start AWN everytime you log in, go to System -> Preferences -> Sessions. Click Add. Fill up the following:

add AWN to startup

Click Add, follow by Close. AWN will now automatically load when you login to your computer.

Installing OSX font

Go to System -> Preferences -> Appearance. Click on the Fonts tab Change the following field to the same as the image below:

Mac4lin font setup

Make sure the Subpixel smoothing (LCDs) button is checked. Click Close.

Fixing up some small detail

Until now, your desktop should be very close to a Mac desktop, but there are still some small details such as the Gnome icon at the top panel, mouse cursor etc. Let’s fix them up now.

Changing mouse cursor

Go to System –> Preferences –> Appearance. Select Customize. Click on the Pointer tab. Select Mac4Lin_Cursors_v1.0_RC. Click Close.


If you want to change the theme back to the original setting, here is what you need to do:

1. Remove the globalmenu from the top panel

2. Remove all the installed files:

sudo apt-get autoremove splashy libsplashy1 gnome-globalmenu

3. Restore the usplash theme and remove the vga=792 from the GRUB file.

sudo apt-get install usplash

4. Uninstall the Mac4Lin themes

cd Mac4Lin_v1.0_RC



References: Ubuntu Forum, Splashy, Bauer-Power

Damien Oh is the owner and chief editor of Make Tech Easier