Unreal Tournament Server on Ubuntu Linux (10.04)

I’m putting together a server for some friends to play Unreal Tournament (yes, the original). I had heard this was doable on Linux, and I have a friend’s old laptop here to play with. I’ll be putting good links here that have helped me to get this working.

I got it all setup in a VirtualBox VM, but need it on the separate machine. This old laptop has a broken screen and no hard drive…no problem! It will be running headless anyway, and I’ve also got a 16GB flash drive. Ubuntu Lucid installs fine on a flash drive - the only recommendation being that you use ext2, as it’s not a journaling file system (it doesn’t write as much to the drive).

Helpful links:
Playing Unreal Tournament on Ubuntu Lucid
Unreal Tournament Server Setup for Linux
Loki Installers for Linux Gamers

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GIMP How to make fuzzy border transparent

  • Do not use the “Flatten Image” option. A new layer will be created containing only the border (this layer will be the active layer).
  • Perform “Layer->Transparency->Alpha to Selection”
  • Perform “Layer->Delete”. (you don’t need this layer any more)
  • Perform “Layer->Transparency->Add Alpha Channel” (if possible)
  • Perform “Edit->Clear”
  • Note: the “Layer” commands are also available on the context menu accessed by right-clicking on the layer’s thumbnail preview in the Layer Dialog.
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Anonymous users and aspx pages inside the _layouts folder

I ran smack into an issue that was looking to be a serious problem yesterday. One of my development projects (SharePoint) is an anonymous access public-facing website. This site using built-in SharePoint web services and the download.aspx page in the _layouts directory to facilitate lookup of related documents and provide download capability. The issue? Anonymous users can’t use any of the application pages in the _layouts folder.

Lots of head scratching and some creative Google searches led me to the “DotNetIdeas” blog, specifically this post. It details how the _layouts, _controltemplates, and _vti_bin directories are affected by allowing access to anonymous users. I recommend you go read their post, but the key excerpt is this:
<blockquote>Anonymous users can never load pages inheriting from Microsoft.SharePoint.WebContorls.LayoutsPageBase</blockquote>The answer to my issue is to create my own download.aspx page (not overwriting the original) without inheriting from this class. I’d still be hunting whatever setting was keeping anonymous users from these pages if not for that helpful post though.

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