AisleRiot Solitaire

AisleRiot is one of the games that are pre-installed on a Ubuntu system. The name tells the game. It is solitaire.

This is not, what makes the game worth mentioning. I do not use the Menu too often while playing, therefore it took me sometime to recognize the menu entry »Game« → »Select Game«.

AisleRiot is not one game. It is 86 different games. As far as I was looking at the help files, all games were well documented. Therefore it is no problem to try all of them.

I have selected Freecell as the current game.

Gaming on Ubuntu

A common assumption is, gaming on linux is impossible. With many commercial games this is, unfortunately, still true. But this does not mean, that gaming on linux is impossible. I often play games to distract my mind a bit and think many others do so too. Therefore I start my article series “Gaming on Ubuntu”.

It will focus on free games, freeware games, which are not released under a free license, commercial games running on Ubuntu, ScummVM, Wine, …

Already planned articles are:

  • Pioneers
  • AisleRiot
  • Urban Terror
  • Battle for Wesnoth

I already started on some of them, for the others and some more there are enough thoughts in my mind.

If you know a game, running on Ubuntu or something related and want me to have a closer look, do not fear to contact me.


The programme PlayOnLinux accomplished, what I failed to do on my Ubuntu. Get Age of Empires III running with Wine. PlayOnLinux is using Scripts, describing how to install a game (or something else).

The installation of Age of Empires III was as following: An appropriate Wine version was dowloaded, installed and a fitting wineprefix created. Then all 3 CDs were copied to my computer and installed afterwards. Then (after asking) the latest patch was downloaded and installed automatically.

On a gaming PC this could be one of the most important programmes (next to Wine). But who want a clean system and to know exactly what is going on on his computer I would not reccomend it. Not only that the programme in the ppa is not signed, but it downloads different versions of Wine automatically. Where exactly they are installed is something I don’t know. A look at the source code could fix this, of course.

Packages for many Linux distributions are available here.


Last week i finished a first final version of my script CSong (Current Song). CSong is using the Ubuntu notification system, to show which song is currently played in Banshee.

Once in a while I want to check what is the title (or the artist / the album) of the song, that is currently played, without opening Banshee.

The actual version shows the title, artist and the album (with cover art). Of course only if the song tags are set correctly. If the song is changed, the bubble is updated as well.

You can easily install the program via my PPA, (the source code is available there as well):

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:phylu/csong
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install csong

The current song is now shows in a bubble if you use the command csong in a terminal. I have set a keyboard shortcut, to have good access to my song information all the time.

Where is my bandwith?

Somethimes I am wondering what is going on with my internet connection. Firefox is not loanding anything although I have a transfer rate of 7 kB/s (what is somehow fast here). But why? To track everything with programs like wireshark was too big for me figuring out, which program is using the bandwith.

But I finally found a simple program called nethogs in the package archive.

After installing the package nethogs

$ sudo apt-get install nethogs

you run the program from the terminal

$ sudo nethogs interface

wheras the interface is the network interface you want to monitor, such as eth0 (usually for the cable connection of your first network card), wlan0 (usually the first wlan interface) or in my case ppp0 as it is a mobile broadband connection. And you get a nice overview over the programs using the network interface.