Author Topic: [RELEASE] fs2_open#Launcher (Linux, Windows, with installers and debs)  (Read 4519 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

[RELEASE] fs2_open#Launcher (Linux, Windows, with installers and debs)
I know there's supposed to be an official cross-platform launcher somewhere down the line, but I wanted a launcher now. I'm impatient. So far it works on Windows and Linux (tested on Ubuntu anyway). The Linux build technically might work on OS X, but I have no way of verifying it. I've created packages:

Windows (now using NSIS, but still requires .NET and includes Gtk# for .Net)
http://sourceforge.net/projects/fs2openlauncher/files/v.0.2/fs2open-sharp-launcher-0.2-1.exe/download
Note: If you installed 0.1 or 0.2, you should uninstall them before installing this, just so you don't have two different uninstallers pointing to the same place.

Ubuntu Jaunty (requires Mono and Gtk# for Mono)
http://sourceforge.net/projects/fs2openlauncher/files/v.0.2/fs2open-sharp-launcher_0.2_all.deb/download

Other Linux (ditto)
http://sourceforge.net/projects/fs2openlauncher/files/v.0.2/fs2open-sharp-launcher-0.2.tar.gz/download

It supports all the switches listed in the wiki as well as providing a spot for custom switches, and can change resolution and colour depth on both Windows and Linux. It mimics how the Windows launcher records Antialiasing and Anistropic filtering settings, so when fs2_open finally rolls out it's support for those settings it should be ready. And probably most importantly, it detects mods in the install folder and gives you a convenient drop-down list to pick from, respecting all the mod.ini settings. Also featured is an Output tab with two text boxes, one that displays errors outputted by fs2_open, and the other non-error output. Quite helpful while running release candidates on Windows, where a console isn't quite as convenient as other platforms.

[0.2 Changes]

* To make The E's life easier I added 1440x900 to the resolution list. I know manually adding resolutions is not a long-term solution, but it's all I got right now.
* Made the unix mouse grabbing switch not appear on Windows. Were there any other that didn't apply to Windows? I didn't notice any...
* Added a sound device picker, but it doesn't populate yet, so it's just Generic Software
* Added controls for the Speech Synthesis, but the voice picker doesn't populate yet so just Default Voice
* Added General Graphic Settings. Not sure if it really does anything anymore, but it's there
* Added Joystick settings, but (again) the joystick list doesn't populate, so it's None or first detected joystick.
* Added Network options
* Added a text box to the Done! tab showing the resulting command line arguments
* Bundled the Gtk libraries with the installer, so as long as you at least have .NET you're good to go
* Various bug fixes and behind the scenes cleanup

Some screens:


The Start Tab

The Video Tab

The Mods Tab
« Last Edit: October 02, 2009, 09:32:43 pm by sanmadjack »
Ever lost a saved game? Help me stop such tragedies!
Contribute save game locations for the MASGAU Automatic Save Game Archive Utility!
http://masga.sourceforge.net/
You have nothing to lose but your lost progress!

 

Offline The E

  • He's Ebeneezer Goode
  • Global Moderator
  • 213
  • Nothing personal, just tech support.
    • Skype
    • Steam
    • Twitter
Re: [RELEASE] fs2_open#Launcher
Hey, good one.

Here are some notes:
1. During the install process, I get this message:

I would appreciate it if you would tell the user where link is leading him or her before I say yea or nay.
Second, external framework dependency is bad.
Third, compared to the old installer's "Download, unzip, drop in FS2 directory" install method, this is slightly unwieldy.
2. The Launcher itself: Good job on the design, I really like the layout. Now, the bad:

Why can't I choose my native resolution? 1440x900, in this case?
Why do I get options that are not applicable for my OS?
Why doesn't it use the polling mechanism the standard Launcher uses to get the flags supported by this build?
Could you please remove the emoticons from the sound page? Sometimes, disabling the sound is a necessity, and although I'm not happy about it, I don't need the Launcher to tell me that this is not awesome.
Also, please remove your personal opinions from the flag descriptions.
Why don't I get to see the command line the Launcher generates? I would like to see what this thing does? On the same note, why doesn't it read the cmdline_fso.cfg file?
Why is it missing several options present in .11 builds?

So, all in all, a good start. But it needs refinement in a few critical areas before I would consider it a full replacement for the standard Launcher.
**** every cause that ends in murder and children crying. ― Iain Banks
Join the fun at the HLP IRC channel. Get the latest spam and gossip as long as it's fresh!

 
Re: [RELEASE] fs2_open#Launcher
Many good points, thank you for the prompt feedback.

The external dependency probably isn't going anywhere. I'm primarily writing this for Linux, specifically Ubuntu, and using the GTK framework is the more convenient option for users there. Plus I enjoy working with it more than WinForms. As I'm writing this I'm realizing that I could just bundle the required libraries. Hmm.

Resolution detection is one of the goals I would like to meet, but documentation in that area has so far eluded me short of including OpenGL and asking the adapter. So, I made a list of common resolutions, and allowed users to enter a resolution in the tragic case that theirs is not among the list. If you know of any resources that could help me detect resolutions, I would be quite happy to implement it.

As I stated, I supported every switch in the wiki, which looks to only be up to about .9 or .10. The wiki doesn't have a switch for listing supported switches, and I did not determine how the official launcher checks the available switches. Is there a reference I can consult, or can I know the magic trick to get them out of the executable?
« Last Edit: August 20, 2009, 05:37:16 pm by sanmadjack »
Ever lost a saved game? Help me stop such tragedies!
Contribute save game locations for the MASGAU Automatic Save Game Archive Utility!
http://masga.sourceforge.net/
You have nothing to lose but your lost progress!

 

Offline The E

  • He's Ebeneezer Goode
  • Global Moderator
  • 213
  • Nothing personal, just tech support.
    • Skype
    • Steam
    • Twitter
Re: [RELEASE] fs2_open#Launcher
Ask Goober or the other SCP people where you can find the Launcher's sourcecode? I would love to tell you how to do this, but unfortunately, I have no idea where to find it either.
All I know is that the Launcher reads the command line info from the executable. That's how you get differing feature lists for 3.6.9, 3.6.10 and 3.6.11 builds.
**** every cause that ends in murder and children crying. ― Iain Banks
Join the fun at the HLP IRC channel. Get the latest spam and gossip as long as it's fresh!

 

Offline Galemp

  • Actual father of Samus
  • 212
  • Currently modeling SG Rahu and FREDding for Scroll
    • Steam
    • User page on the FreeSpace Wiki
Re: [RELEASE] fs2_open#Launcher
NICE!!! I've been wanting a good FS2 Ubuntu launcher!!
"Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he's supposed to be doing at that moment." -- Robert Benchley

Members I've personally met: RedStreblo, Goober5000, Sandwich, Splinter, Su-tehp, Hippo, CP5670, Terran Emperor, Karajorma, Dekker, McCall, Admiral Wolf, mxlm, RedSniper, Stealth, Black Wolf...

 

Offline chief1983

  • Still lacks a custom title
  • Moderator
  • 212
  • ⬇️⬆️⬅️⬅️À➡️⬇️
    • Minecraft
    • Skype
    • Steam
    • Twitter
    • Fate of the Galaxy
Re: [RELEASE] fs2_open#Launcher
Windows launcher source is in the main SVN repo.  Also, YAL has worked for some time I think.  It's also open source, if you know where to look.  Qt instead of GTK based though.  My only complaint is that cross platform really needs to mean all three platforms, otherwise it's not much better than 3 different launchers.
Fate of the Galaxy - Now Hiring!  Apply within | Diaspora | SCP Home | Collada Importer for PCS2
Karajorma's 'How to report bugs' | Mantis
#freespace | #scp-swc | #diaspora | #SCP | #hard-light on EsperNet

"You may not sell or otherwise commercially exploit the source or things you created based on the source." -- Excerpt from FSO license, for reference

Nuclear1:  Jesus Christ zack you're a little too hamyurger for HLP right now...
iamzack:  i dont have hamynerge i just want ptatoc hips D:
redsniper:  Platonic hips?!
iamzack:  lays

 
Re: [RELEASE] fs2_open#Launcher
OS X support is something I will work toward, there's a Mac at work I can use in the off hours to work on it. I spent the afternoon working on improving the windows support, adding a bunch of windows-specific (right now, anyways) options. I updated the first post with the information on 0.2. I'll do more work on this after I've hammered out some outstanding bugs in my other project, MASGAU, but that'll probably be some time next week.
Ever lost a saved game? Help me stop such tragedies!
Contribute save game locations for the MASGAU Automatic Save Game Archive Utility!
http://masga.sourceforge.net/
You have nothing to lose but your lost progress!

 
Re: [RELEASE] fs2_open#Launcher
I really like the UI on this one - it's down the same track I was thinking, but significantly more refined.
Keep up the good work.
STRONGTEA. Why can't the x86 be sane?

 

Offline Talon 1024

  • 29
  • How do you turn this on?
    • Mods, Games, and Stuff
Re: [RELEASE] fs2_open#Launcher
It doesn't seem to work for me on Windows XP...
To understand religion, you need to understand morality first. | WCSaga website | WCSaga Forum | 158th website | 158th forum | Project Leader: WC: Hostile Frontier | WCHF Thread at CIC | Wing Blender | Twist of Fate | Multipart turrets on angled surfaces, tutorial included. | My Google Drive stuff | To convert speeds from WC to WCS, multiply both the cruise speed and the Afterburner speed by 0.15625 (5/32)

FS2 Mods I'm waiting on: Inferno 10th Anniversary
Current Project: Contestant Android app, Learn4Life iOS app, Blender Commander (importer).
The FreeSpace Font Foundry is back in action!

 
Re: [RELEASE] fs2_open#Launcher
It doesn't seem to work for me on Windows XP...

I've identified the problem, and am working on a fix for it. Should be done within the hour.
Ever lost a saved game? Help me stop such tragedies!
Contribute save game locations for the MASGAU Automatic Save Game Archive Utility!
http://masga.sourceforge.net/
You have nothing to lose but your lost progress!

 
Re: [RELEASE] fs2_open#Launcher
All fixed, and tested in an XP VM. I switched from MSI to NSIS for the installer, something I am much more comfortable with. As such, anyone with any previous versions should uninstall the MSI installed version before installing the NSIS installed version. I will be using NSIS from now on (and I'm probably going to start using it for MASGAU as well), so this should not be an  issue in the future.
Ever lost a saved game? Help me stop such tragedies!
Contribute save game locations for the MASGAU Automatic Save Game Archive Utility!
http://masga.sourceforge.net/
You have nothing to lose but your lost progress!