Debian is a software libre operating system for personal computers.
The new Debian Stretch (9) distribution of GNU/Linux is the first Debian release to include the new KDE Plasma 5 desktop.
Download the ISO image from the non-free section of the Debian file server.
The non-free installation medium contains proprietary firmware and drivers for WiFi adapters and graphics cards where the manufacturer has not released a free software driver.
Write the big ISO file to a USB stick using a tool for creating bootable USB sticks and boot from it.
You might have to enable booting from USB in the BIOS settings before booting.
Install Debian with KDE Plasma as desktop and reboot. Make sure that software updates are working.
Install required proprietary firmware and drivers to get WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3D graphics working.
In my case I had to install firmware for the Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter and drivers for the AMD/ATI Kabini Radeon HD 8330 graphics card.
Note that I currently have unsolved connectivity and low signal issues with the Qualcomm Atheros WiFi adapter.
Instead I am accessing WiFi using USB tethering with an Android phone.
Rally Trophy by BugBear Entertainment and JoWooD Productions is the best rally driving simulation I have ever played.
These days it is available as a free download on oldpcgaming.net. You can run the game in Windows XP compatibility mode.
There is a code to unlock all cars, tracks, and modes. Just enter KALJAKOPPA as your name in the game menu. It will clear the name and then you can enter your normal player name.
I didn't manage to get it to work under GNU/Linux using Wine. Also I haven't looked into the modifications available for it.
One can get the modifications running using the RTBZFManager.exe tool.
Note that you need to configure the program to run in Windows XP compatibility mode otherwise it will silently fail to install game modifications. Also you need to change the settings so that it will export modifications to the data folder. For example:
Now if you for example install the VW Käfer RTP file, it should create a folder named car_3 next to the car_3.bzf file in the Data\Cars folder.
The Internet Archive hosts among other vintage PC games a copy of Star Wars TIE Fighter.
I got the game to run under GNU/Linux using DOSBox. I only got it to run using a Joystick.
The mouse controls didn't seem to work properly.
Download TIE Fighter from here and place the files SWTieCD/cd/SWTIECD.cue and SWTieCD/cd/SWTIECD.BIN in a directory of your choice.
Also rename them to lower case (i.e. swtiecd.cue and swtiecd.bin).
Here is an example on how to encode a DVD using MEncoder.
You can get hints for the audio id, supported languages, aspect ratio, and other values by playing the DVD with mplayer dvd://1 and inspecting the resulting console output.
dvd://1: read the main track of the DVD. Sometimes the main video is on another track (e.g. dvd://3, dvd://5, dvd://81, ...).
-o test.avi: selects the output file and AVI as container format. You could also specify an MP4 file here.
-ss 120 -endpos 10: this tells the encoder to skip the first 120 seconds and then stop after encoding 10 seconds of video. This is used initially to test on a small representative part of the video that the encoding options are correct. Afterwards you can drop these options.
-alang en: choose the English audio track.
-slang en: add the English subtitles to the video.
-aid 130: choose the audio track with id 130. Specifying this is not necessary in most cases.
-psprobe 1000000: use this option to force MEncoder to extend the search for the audio stream. Only necessary if MEncoder says no audio stream found.
-vf crop=720:446:0:66: you can use this to crop of black borders.
-aspect 1.78: often it is necessary to set the pixel aspect ratio of the output video.
-af volume=15: with many DVDs it is necessary to boost the audio volume.
-ovc x264 -x264encopts crf=21:threads=2: this selects the H.264 video encoder and configures it.
-oac mp3lame -lameopts q=2: this selects the MP3 audio encoder and configures it. You can also use -oac faac -faacopts quality=300 if you prefer to use the AAC codec.
Once you have found the right options, rerun the command without the -ss and -endpos option to encode the full video.