How to install SWTOR in (x)ubuntu

If you’re a MMO lover like me you’ve got to check out Star Wars – The Old Republic (SWTOR)

The game takes place about 3000 years befor Star Wars IV A New Hope and you can play as Jedi, Sith, Soldier, Sniper and so on.  I’ll post a review of it a little later on.

If you haven’t installed Lutris allready, follow these steps. If you allready have Lutris on your system, skip to the bottom of the page.

I recommend you start with updating your system: 
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
After that I recommend installing wine:
sudo apt-get install wine1.6
Next it's time for Lutris:
ver=$(lsb_release -sr); if [ $ver != "18.04" -a $ver != "17.10" -a $ver != "17.04" -a $ver != "16.04" ]; then ver=18.04; fi
echo "deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/strycore/xUbuntu_$ver/ ./" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/lutris.list
wget -q http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/strycore/xUbuntu_$ver/Release.key -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install lutris

Next go to: https://lutris.net/games/star-wars-the-old-republic/ and choose to install the game.
Note that it’s an about 40GB download so it might take some time to download, depending on  the speed of your internet connection.

Streams to come…

I’ve been going through my Steam library, picking out games for future streams and here are a few of them

  • Star Wars: KOTOR
  • Star Wars: KOTOR 2 – The Sith Lords
  • Star Wars: TFU Ultimate Sith Edition
  • Star Wars: TFU 2
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • FEZ
  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
  • Tesla Effect
  • Trine
  • Trine 2

More games are likely to follow.

So why these games and not just WoW? Well, simpy put I don’t want to get burnt out with WoW. So some change in gaming will hopefully keep me from getting tired of WoW

Starting from Scratch

So, the stream coming in May will be me starting a new character in World of Warcraft  or SWTOR and then play the game from start until I can’t take it any more or I max out in leveling.

The reason for this is that most WoW streams on for instance Twitch are raids and quests being played with characters with a level around 100 or above. So I thought why not start at the beginning and show people who might be intrested in the game what it’s like to start playing it. And the same goes for SWTOR.

I’m not sure about faction, race and profession yet in either game, so feel free to drop suggestions in the comment box.

 

Getting a new Graphics Card

So, before I start my live-streaming project of taking a completely new character in SWTOR and level up from one until I get sick of it and stop playing, I figured I need a new graphics card.

Since SWTOR  and the majority of games I play aren’t graphically intense a budget card will be enough. And also I’m on a budget, so budget card it is. Then there’s the choice beteween Team Green and Team Red.

The system I’m running has a socket FM2+ A8-7650K APU and 16 GB of RAM.

I’m considering continuing using Team Red hardware and get a RX550 based card. But then there’s the GTX 1050 based Team Green cards that are a bit priceier than the Team Red but have better performance.

If you have any suggestions on which way I should go, feel free to drop a comment in the box below.

[UPDATE 2018-05-04]

I got myself a Team Green card, a MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GB

Good stuffs to check out

There are a couple of great and entertaining Linux channels out there. So I’ve listed a few that I recommend.

This list will quite possibly be added to in the near and distant future

how to install wow in ubuntu

How to install WoW in Ubuntu

Well, you can’t install WoW as a native application, but there is an awesome piece of software called Lutris that’ll help you run it.

First off, this guide is for Ubuntu 17.10, as for other distros there are guides and forums that will help you out

If you haven’t installed Lutris allready, follow these steps. If you allready have Lutris on your system, skip no 6.

Make sure you have the Partner repo active. Do this by editing /etc/apt/sources.list and removing the # in front of the partner repo

  • Make sure your system is up to date by running the following in terminal: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
  • Install some extra packages using: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras wine1.6
  • Install some packages needed for WoW (these may already be installed): sudo apt-get install libgnutls30:i386 libldap-2.4.2:i386 libgpg-error0:i386 libsqlite3-0:i386
  • Go to https://lutris.net/downloads/ and follow the instructions for Ubuntu
  • Go to https://lutris.net/games/world-of-warcraft/ and click install.
  • Follow the on screen instructions as the installer works.

Enjoy the game!

(for support visit: https://forums.lutris.net)

Why I use Linux

So, let’s begin the ravings and rants with why I choose to use Linux as my daily driver.

We’ll have to go back a few years, back to the time when Mandrake Linux existed. I was fed up with Windows XP and a friend of mine pointed me in Mandrakes general direction, he had used it in school (he was studying computer science or some such)

So I tried out Mandrake and I fell in love with it.

After using Mandrake for a while I did some distro hopping.
Then a few years later, I lost my way and started using Windows 10 and getting more and more frustrated with stuff like not being able to install my printer and that scanning my system with the anti-virus software causes a BSOD.
Why windows? Simply put, WoW and SWTOR worked better under Windows with my current configuration than under Linux.

But then, I saw the light and installed OpenSUSE and I’m now running it daily running SWTOR via Lutris (settings at high) with that new Nvidia card that I got. It’s no  super card, but one based on the 1050 chip, that’s what I could afford at the moment.

Anyhow, I got fed up with Windows not working for me, so I went back to Linux. And that’s the short version.

So, why do I use Linux?

Well, like I stated earlier I got fed up with how Windows worked for me. In Linux I can do just about everything I did in Windows  (except get the BSOD) and I do it effortless (well, more so when I get a new graphic card). I use Libre Office to edit my old MS Office documents and to create new ones. My printer was a breeze to install and it works great under Linux using hplip. Spotify works, Steam has a ton of games, it’s secure and safe (yes, I know that there are viruses that are targeted at Linux systems) and I’m part of a awesome community of users, creators and just people in general.

 

For online stalkers

Who am I?

My name is Fredric, and I am a PC gamer . I’m closer to 40 than I am to 30 years of age and I live in Sweden.

When it comes to games I’m a sucker for RPGs and MMOs so, there’s alot of WoW playing going on.
I also have a Steam account, OhDung, as well as a TWITCH and a YouTube channel. Both the TWITCH and the YouTube channel will start getting content in the near future.