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    Old Linux game

    I have a question. I have a game that is designed for Ubuntu 8.0 that I would REALLY LOVE to run called "OpenFracas", but I'm currently running the 20.04.1 Ubuntu MATE LTS. It's telling me I need libgtk2-ruby. Is there a workaround to this or am I just out of luck?

    Here is the website: https://www.opendesktop.org/s/Apps/p/1109708/

    The website also includes the following note... (not sure it will help, but here goes)

    To run from source

    OpenFracas is written in Ruby. To run the game, type `ruby ./Main.rb` from the top-level directory for the source.

    OpenFracas requires ruby >= 1.8, ruby/gtk, sdl-ruby (with mixer support) and libglade2-ruby >= 0.16 in order to run. Exact package names may vary depending on your distribution.
    Last edited by heroquestelf; November 15th, 2020 at 07:15 AM.

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    Re: Old Linux game

    Well, it's been abandoned. The last update about it was in 2009.

    You might be lucky and be able to simply edit the .deb file's dependencies so that they're looking for modern versions of the libraries it uses, and have it still work if there weren't any breaking changes in those libraries between then and now.

    Otherwise, the source is on Launchpad, so you could amend the program so that it uses the modern functions from the modern libraries. You might find the process enjoyable, and want to take over as maintainer of the project.
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    Re: Old Linux game

    or run a vm (e.g. virtualbox) with ubuntu 8 in it
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