This article describes the steps that you must take to get Sid Meier’s Civilisation running on Ubuntu (Hard Heron). So now I have to clear some things up:
- I know that Ubuntu is not Linux, but the process for other distros should be similar enough.
- We are talking about the Sid Meier’s civilisation game from 1991
First you have to have the game installed somewhere on your machine. Since I use dual boot I have it installed under windows. The directory is mounted and accessible under /media/WinXP/Programme/CIV. Under Windows XP I have the game running in a DOS emulator. So we can do the same under Linux. I choose DOSBox Emulator. The following line installs it on a debian based distro (as long the package is found in repository listed in /etc/apt/sources.list):
sudo apt-get install dosbox
DOSBox uses the american keyboard layout which may have some quirks if your hardware does not match up 😉 Fortunately you need the special keys only in the set up. So let’s start DOSBox up:
With Ctrl+F1 you can see the keymapping:
What we have now to do is mounting the drive. You must do this every time you start up DOSBox:
mount c /media/WinXP/Programme/CIV
Now you can change with
c: to the mounted virtual drive. The command
dirlists everything that is in the directory same as on a DOS system. Finally make yourself accustomed with the special keys: Alt+Enter to toggle full screen and Ctrl+F9 to exist.
Now you can start civilisation by typing
civ. To grab the mouse you have to move it into the window and click a button.