But you can emulate X11 on MS-windows with the help of cygwin.
EVEN BETTER, there is a windows client ready for beta testing: please try it out and report back to the mailing list or IRC channel your experiences and suggestions, they are more than welcome.
|Machine Type||Operating System|
|intel-based PC||BSDI 2.0 (*)|
|OS/2 Warp (*)|
|UnixWare 1.1 (*)|
|Windows (YES, now we have one finally!)|
|RS/6000||AIX 4.x (*)|
|Silicon Graphics||IRIX 4.0.x|
|Sun||SunOS 4.1.x (*)|
|Solaris >= 7|
If you've answered YES! to all 3 questions, then you can play! See the next section for how to obtain a trek program (called a 'client' or a 'binary' from here on in this document).
You've answered YES! to the above three questions! Great! You can get a client and play! But the next question is, of course, how on earth do you get a client?
First, you've got to know a little bit about the naming conventions us Paradise hackers use. It's a little convoluted, but it helps us keep track of what stage we're at while we're coding it.
The naming convention for binaries follows this form:
Now, the <type> is either
tedturner or paradise (dying out
since everything has grown into tedturner).
However, the other things you'll need to worry about:
<machine-OS>: Since we have (had ;) so many binaries for so many different machines, naming the clients with the machine or OS name in them is a logical solution to an otherwise difficult naming problem. Here is a table of translations:
|intel-Linux-X11R6, a.out or ELF|
|Sun, SunOS 4||Sparc-SunOS|
|Sun, Solaris 2||Sparc-Solaris|
[.dynamic]: For some operating systems that undergo many revisions, we post two versions of the client: a static and a dynamic version. Static versions of the client have the required libraries linked right into them and are usually bigger. Dynamic versions of the client don't have the required libraries linked into them and are usually smaller, but require that you have at least the library version of the developer. If you don't, a typical error message is 'Shared library <blah blah blah> is older than expected', but the client could still possibly run.
If you don't want to worry about all of this semi-arcane stuff, pick out the static client; it will work on every system, no matter what the library version is. The dynamic client will save you some disk space, but as of this writing, clients are typically less than 3MB in size.
Current systems that have two sets of binaries are Linux, FreeBSD, SunOS 4, and Solaris 2.
Alright, you've survived the THREE QUESTIONS and you've learned about the huge naming convention those wild'n'crazy Paradise hackers have created for you. Now you can get a client?
will let you use your Web browser to fetch a
blessed NON-MS-windows client.
blessed means it can connect to servers which allow
only authorized (== not cheating clients).
However, not all servers are so restrictive. You can get the source for both the client and the server to build your own binaries, and tweak the game to your preferences.
DOWNLOAD: client and server sourcesOR AT LAST you can try the MS-windows client NetrekXP2009!
To use the client, download it, then extract it to your programs or games directory. Either
OR open a DOS-prompt, then:
You can find related (or older stuff) in the parent dir, too.
There is a netrekrc.txt file to edit your configuration. When ready, connect to one of our Paradise servers directly, because they aren't listed in the meta-servers yet.The MS-windows binary based on NetrekXP is brought to you by William Balcerski, the maintainer of NetrekXP, a popular MS-windows client to connect to non-Paradise servers.
Q. When I type netrek, it tells me Command not found even
when I'm in the directory it is in. What's wrong?
A. It's probably not been made executable. At the command line type
chmod 755 netrek(netrek is the name of the client binary). This should make it executable. Also, some sites don't put . into the path. In this case, type
./netrekon the command line (again, netrek is the name of the client binary) to execute it.
Q. I got a binary, but it says something about lib*.so:
expected version x, found version y?
A. You need a static binary. Get the -static client. See the explanation on the difference between static and dynamic binaries.
Q. The client says 'Can't connect to metaserver.' What's
A. Either the metaserver is down, or your machine isn't doing name lookups right, or your machine isn't connected to the Internet, or you're behind a firewall that restricts outgoing packets. If the metaserver is down or your machine isn't doing name lookups right, there's still hope. If not, you're out of luck.
If there's still hope, try this command:
$ telnet metaserver.us.netrek.org 3521 | grep 'P$'
$ netrek.paradise -h paradise-lost.kulua.orgwill connect you to paradise-lost.
Q. I can play for awhile, but then the client unexpectedly
A. Well, barring a server or a client bug, odds are you failed the cluecheck. To get a clue, see the section on reading messages and the cluecheck in the Primer.
Q. There are soooo few Paradise players logged in, how can
I find some to play with ?
A. Either you wait a long time until somebody else joins you (bad, can take very long), or you join the Paradise games mailing-list and request a game to happen--best with time and place at which you like it to happen.
If you have a question that you want answered, send your question to Rado (users.sourceforge.net@rado). He'll answer your question and put it on the Frequently Asked Questions web page.