SuperGamer

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SuperGamer
SuperGamer-Supreme-2.5.png
SuperGamer Supreme 2.5
OS family Unix-like
Working state Discontinued
Source model Open source
Latest release SuperGamer Supreme 2.5 / March 15, 2011
Kernel type Monolithic
Default user interface Xfce
License Various

SuperGamer is a Linux distribution for the x86 platform originally based on the PCLinuxOS distribution,[1] and is currently based on VectorLinux.[2] Focusing on gaming, it is designed to be run directly from a Live DVD.[3]

Features[edit]

Available in several different flavours, SuperGamer claims to be the "world’s first Dual Layer Live DVD".[4] The most recent version, SuperGamer Supreme 2.5, can be downloaded as a 7.9 gigabyte iso file, while some older versions can also be downloaded in smaller sizes.[5] As well as offering a wide selection of Linux native free games and shareware versions of commercial games, it also includes a wide selection of video card drivers, including proprietary binary blob drivers from NVIDIA and ATI as well as a wide array of free software alternatives.[6]

As well as online downloads which are offered as a freely available torrent or a direct download available for a $5.00 dollar fee,[7] SuperGamer can also be purchased from On-Disk.[8] Though primarily intended for use as a Live DVD system only, SuperGamer can be installed onto a hard-drive using an included installer. There must already be a properly formatted partition on the drive and the user must be aware of the system's root password, which by default is set to "root".

Included Games[edit]

The most recent release of the distribution, SuperGamer Supreme 2.5, contains Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Unreal Tournament 2004, Doom 3, Prey, Quake 4, Savage 2: A Tortured Soul, Postal 2, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, Penumbra: Black Plague, Sauerbraten, Urban Terror, IconquerU, TORCS, Tremulous, CodeRED: Alien Arena, TrueCombat:Elite, America's Army, Nexuiz, OpenArena, PlaneShift, Drop Team, Frets On Fire, Chromium B.S.U., Mad Bomber, X-Moto, BZFlag, Mega Mario, Glaxium, GL-117, Neverball, Neverputt, Super Tux, PlanetPenguin Racer, and X2: The Threat.[9][10][11] Commercial games are included as shareware while free software and freeware ones are included in their entirety.

Competition[edit]

Doom 3 running from SuperGamer

Although very few distributions target the same niche as SuperGamer, it does have competition from the Linux-Gamers project, which offers a similar Live gaming distribution. The two projects however do have slightly different goals and diverge in the games that they package.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Get your game on with SuperGamer-1 TuxMachines, April 8, 2006
  2. ^ With new code base, Supergamer is fun again Linux.com, July 18, 2007
  3. ^ SuperGamer Live DVD Desktop Linux Reviews, August 3, 2009
  4. ^ SuperGamer: World’s first Dual Layer Live DVD Techie Buzz, January 14, 2010
  5. ^ SuperGamer - Dedicated live Linux gaming DVD - BOOM! Dedoimedo, December 3, 2010 (Article by Igor Ljubunci)
  6. ^ Review: Supreme Super Gamer LiveDVD Raiden's Realm, August 31, 2009
  7. ^ Direct Downloads SuperGamr Forums, July 18, 2010
  8. ^ Supreme SuperGamer packs tons of Linux gaming onto a dual-layer DVD Download Squad, July 24, 2009
  9. ^ Supreme SuperGamer 2 SuperGamer Forums, July 16, 2010
  10. ^ SuperGamer, 8GB of Linux-Only Gameplay Linux Journal, January 14, 2010
  11. ^ Supreme SuperGamer : A super Linux distro for gamers Techno 360, July 26, 2009
  12. ^ How-to Become a Linux Gamer Linux Journal, April 29, 2010

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