This installation method is the one where you download everything yourself and then put things where they should go. It may sound scary, but it really isn't.These instructions are for Linux only.
If you use Windows or Mac OS X, please see the other installation methods:
QUICK STARTIf you don't have FreeSpace 2, get it from Good Old Games (GOG).The instructions in orange are required. Everything else is optional.Step 1) Install FS2
Since FreeSpace 2 is a Windows game, you'll need to install it in a Windows or Windows-like environment. If you have access to a Windows machine or to a virtual machine (VM) running Windows, you can use that.
If you don't have either of those things, or if the thought of using Windows makes you violently ill, you can install FS2 using Wine. Either use whatever version of Wine is in your distro's repository or get something from the WineHQ download page.
In all cases, I recommend installing FS2 to the directory C:\Games\FreeSpace2\. After you've installed FS2, copy the entire FreeSpace2 folder to your location of choice. If you're using Wine, the FreeSpace2 folder will be at ~/.wine/drive_c/Games/FreeSpace2/ . I strongly recommend copying it to your home directory, resulting in the path ~/FreeSpace2/. Be sure to uninstall FS2 from Windows or Wine (case depending) after you've copied the folder.Step 2) Get OpenAL
Use your distro's package management tool to search the repository for "openal" and install it if it isn't already installed. For example, the necessary package is called libopenal1 on Debian and Debian-based distros (such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint) and openal-soft on Red Hat-based distros (such as Fedora).Step 3) Get the latest official FSO build and a launcher
Although the release thread has an official Linux build, getting it to work can be difficult. Most Linux users build FSO from source.
See the FreeSpace Wiki's Linux guide for instructions. Make sure that the file name of your FSO build starts with fs2_open.For a launcher, get wxLauncher. You should build it from source; see the readme for instructions.
In general, the FSO builds are the only
things that should ever
be added to the "root" FS2 folder unless otherwise mentioned.Step 4) Move the cutscenes to /FreeSpace2/data/movies/
If you have the GOG version of FS2, move the .mve files (which are the cutscenes) from /FreeSpace2/data2/ and /FreeSpace2/data3/ to /FreeSpace2/data/movies/ . After doing that, delete the /FreeSpace2/data2/ and /FreeSpace2/data3/ folders and any files left in them.
The non-.mve files in those two folders are unnecessary and can even cause problems.
Want to save a little disk space with the cutscenes? See the notes at the end.Step 5) Set things up
1. Open wxLauncher.
2. Open the Basic Settings page and select the location of your FreeSpace2 folder (~/FreeSpace2/).
3. Select your FSO executable (or build), either one that you downloaded or that you built. Make sure that you're using a release build, meaning that if you downloaded the build, the build name should not have the word "debug", or if you built it yourself, that you didn't use the --enable-debug option when you ran autogen.sh.
If you want to know what "debug" means, see the notes at the end.4. Make sure that the sound device is correct. It should probably be PulseAudio, but if the sound doesn't work when you start FSO, then try a different device.5. Change any other settings on the Basic Settings page if you like.
If you want to use the checkboxes (list of flags) on the Advanced Settings page, this page
describes what they mean.If you don't want to download another 500 MB for the graphical enhancements right now, then just go and play using the retail assets and effects. Otherwise, continue to Step 6.Step 6) Get the MediaVPs (recommended)
If you want FS2 to look its prettiest, download the MediaVPs, which are a compilation of graphical enhancements, including high-poly models, improved textures, and new effects.
Most mods require the 3.6.12 MediaVPs
, but some older mods might only work with the 3.6.10 MediaVPs
. The launcher flags (or features) can be found on the launcher's Advanced Settings page.
After you're done following the MediaVPs' instructions, you might want to look at some sample lighting settings
. If you've built wxLauncher from source, then they're available as presets on the Advanced Settings page.Hurray! You have now successfully installed FreeSpace Open.NOW GO AND PLAY! You can read the rest later if you want.