How to play Geometry Dash on Linux

Geometry Dash is a music platformer game developed by Robert Topala. The game is available to play on iOS, Android, as well as Microsoft Windows via Steam. In the game, players control a character’s movement and navigate through a series of music-based levels while avoiding obstacles and hazards.

Geometry Dash on Linux

While Geometry Dash isn’t officially ported to Linux, it can run on the platform with a few tweaks. In this guide, we’ll show you how to play Geometry Dash on Linux.

Geometry Dash on Linux

The Geometry Dash game works great on Linux, but only with Proton’s power, which is built into Steam for Linux.  For this reason, we’ll need to demonstrate how to set up the Steam client.

Install Steam

To start installing Steam on Linux, start by opening up a terminal window on the Linux desktop. To open up a terminal window on your Linux desktop, press Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Or, open up the app menu, search for “Terminal,” and do it that way.

Once the terminal window is open and ready to use, follow the command-line installation instructions that correspond with the Linux OS you currently use to get the Steam app up and running.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, get the Steam application up and running by using the Apt command.

sudo apt install steam

Debian

To get Steam working on Debian, you’ll need to download the latest Steam DEB package to your computer manually. To do that, use the wget downloader command below.

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

After the Steam DEB package’s download is complete, the installation of Steam on Debian can begin. Using the dpkg command below, install the latest release of Steam on your computer.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

Once Debian has Steam installed, fix the dependency issues that may have arisen during the installation process by entering the command below.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, users can install the Steam application by making use of the Pacman command below.

sudo pacman -S steam

Fedora/OpenSUSE

On both Fedora Linux as well as OpenSUSE, users can install the Steam application through their included software sources. However, the Flatpak version of Steam works much better on these two operating systems, so we recommend installing that instead.

Flatpak

To get Steam working via Flatpak, you must first enable the Flatpak runtime. To enable the runtime on your Linux PC, follow our in-depth guide on the subject.

Now that the Flatpak runtime is configured on your Linux PC, the next step is to set up the Flathub app store. To set up the Flathub app store on your computer, enter the following command below.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

With the Flathub app store set up, it is time to install Steam on your Linux PC. To do that, use the following command below. 

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Install Geometry Dash on Linux

Once Steam is installed on your computer, open it up and log in with your user credentials. When the app is open, follow along with the step-by-step instructions below to get Geometry Dash working.

Step 1: First, open up the Steam menu by clicking on “Steam.” From there, find the “Settings” button and select it to open up the Steam settings area. In the Steam settings area, check “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” and “Enable Steam Play for all other titles.” 

Click the “OK” button to save the changes.

Step 2: Find the “STORE” button and click on it with the mouse to access the Steam store. Inside the Steam store, select the search box, and type out “Geometry Dash.” 

Press the Enter key to view the search results. Select “Geometry Dash” to access the game’s Steam page.

Step 3: On the Geometry Dash Steam page, find the green “Add to cart” button, and click on it to add the game to your account. Once you’ve purchased it, select the “Library” button to access your Steam games library.

Step 4: Inside your Steam games library, select Geometry Dash, and find the blue “INSTALL” button to download and install the game to your computer. The game will not take long to install. 

Step 5: Geometry Dash doesn’t require anything to configure. Just select the green “PLAY” button to start up the game. Please note that Geometry Dash may take a bit to start up, as Steam must configure it to run on Linux.

When Geometry Dash starts up, you’ll be ready to play! Enjoy!

Troubleshooting

Geometry Dash is rated highly on ProtonDB, so there shouldn’t be any issues playing the game. That said, if you run into any problems, feel free to check out the Geometry Dash ProtonDB page.

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How to play Space Engineers on Linux

Space Engineers is a voxel-based sandbox game that takes place in space. In it, the player can mine for resources, create bases, explore, etc. In this guide, we’ll show you how you can play the game on Linux.

Space Engineers on Linux

Space Engineers on Linux 

Space Engineers works on Linux, and you’ll be able to play it. However, it only works with the power of Proton, included in the Linux release of Steam. For this reason, we’ll need to go over how to install the Steam application beforehand.

Install Steam

To start the installation of Steam on your Linux PC, open up a terminal window. To open up a terminal window, press Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Or, search for “Terminal” in the app menu and open it up that way.

Once the terminal window is open and ready to use, follow along with the installation instructions down below that correspond with the Linux operating system you currently use.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, you’ll be able to install the Steam application by using the Apt command below. 

sudo apt install steam

Debian

On Debian Linux, the Steam app is installable via a downloadable DEB package on your computer. To download the Steam DEB package on your computer, use the wget downloader tool to grab it.

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

After downloading the latest Steam DEB package to your Debian Linux PC, the installation of Steam can begin. Using the dpkg command below, you’ll be able to get the Steam app working.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

With the Steam DEB package installed on your computer, you’ll need to execute the apt-get install -f command below to correct any dependency issues that may have arisen during the installation.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, the Steam app is easily installable with the following Pacman command.

sudo pacman -S steam

Fedora/OpenSUSE

On both Fedora and OpenSUSE Linux, Steam can be installed through the official software sources. However, the Flatpak release of Steam works much better on these distributions, and for that reason, we recommend installing it instead. 

Flatpak

To get the Steam app working on Steam, the first thing you must do is enable the Flatpak runtime on your computer. To enable the Flatpak runtime on your computer, follow this guide on the subject.

After setting up the Flatpak runtime on your computer, you must set up the Flathub app store. To set up the Flathub app store, make use of the following remote-add command below. This step is critical, as, without it, Steam cannot be installed.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Now that the Flathub app store is set up, the Steam application can be installed. Using the command below, install Steam.

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Install Space Engineers on Linux

With Steam installed, open up the app and log into your account with your user credentials. After that, follow along with the step-by-step instructions below to get Space Engineers working on Linux.

Step 1: First, open up Steam and click on the “Steam” menu. From there, select the “Settings” option to access the Steam settings area. From there, find the “Steam Play” area. 

Inside of the Steam Play area, check both “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” and “Enable Steam Play for all other titles.” Then, click on the “OK” button to apply the changes to Steam.

Step 2: Find the “STORE” button and click on it with the mouse. Then, click on the search box with the mouse. Inside the search box, type out “Space Engineers” and press the Enter key to view the results.

Look through the search results for “Space Engineers” and click on it to view its store page. Then, find the green “Add to cart” button to purchase and add the game to your account. 

Step 3: Open up a terminal window. Once the terminal window is open, follow this guide to install Protontricks. You will need it to get Space Engineers working. 

After installing Space Engineers, do the following. First, click on the green “PLAY” button to start the game. Do not worry if it doesn’t launch correctly.

Once the game has launched, close it. Then, go to the terminal and execute the following command.

protontricks --gui 

Choose “Space Engineers” in the Protontricks GUI. Then, select “dotnet48” and install it. Then, reboot your PC.

Step 4: After rebooting your PC, re-launch Steam and click on the green “PLAY” button a second time. As Protontricks has installed dotnet48, it should run correctly! Enjoy!

Troubleshooting

Need help getting Space Engineers to work on your Linux PC? Check out the ProtonDB troubleshooting page for more information.

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How to play Total War: ROME II on Linux

Total War: ROME II is a strategy video game developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega. It focuses on historical Roman society at a time of war. In this guide, we’ll show you how you can get Total War: ROME II working on your system.

Total War: ROME II on Linux

Total War: ROME II working Linux

Total War: ROME II works on Linux, but only through the power of Proton, which is built into the Linux release of Steam. For this reason, we’ll need to go over how to install Steam on Linux before showing you how to get Total War: ROME II working.

Install. Steam 

To start the installation of Steam on Linux, open up a terminal window on the Linux desktop. To open up a terminal window, press Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Or, open up a terminal window by searching for “Terminal” in the app menu.

Once you’ve gotten the terminal app open, follow along with the command-line installation instructions outlined below to get the Steam application up and running on your computer.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, the Steam application is easily installable with the following Apt command.

sudo apt install steam

Debian

Those using Debian Linux need to manually download the Steam DEB package. To start the download process, open up a terminal window and use the wget downloader command below. 

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

After downloading the latest Steam DEB package to your Debian PC, the installation can begin. To install the package on your computer, use the following dpkg command below.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

Now that the Steam DEB package is fully installed on your Linux PC, make use of the Apt-get command below to correct any dependencies that may have appeared during the installation process. 

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

If you’re on Arch Linux, you’ll be able to get the Steam app working with the following Pacman command.

sudo pacman -S steam

Fedora/OpenSUSE

If you’re on Fedora or OpenSUSE Linux, you’ll be able to install Steam through the software sources included in these distributions. However, the Flatpak release of Steam works much better on those distributions, so we recommend installing it instead.

Flatpak

To get Steam working on Flatpak in Linux, you will need to set up the Flatpak runtime. To set up the Flatpak runtime on your computer, follow our guide on the subject.

After setting up the Flatpak runtime on your computer, make use of the remote-add command below to add the Flathub app store to your PC. This app store will make it possible to install Steam.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

With the Flathub app store set up, it is time to install Steam. Using the flatpak install command below, install the latest release of Steam on your computer.

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Install Total War: ROME II on Linux

Now that Steam is installed on your Linux PC, open up the app and log in using your user credentials. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below to get Total War: ROME II working on Linux.

Step 1: Find the “Steam” menu, and click on it in Steam. Then, find the “Settings” option, and select it to open up the Steam settings area. Once in Steam settings, locate “Steam Play,” and click on it.

Inside Steam Play, check “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” and “Enable Steam Play for all other titles.” Select the “OK” button to confirm the changes. 

Step 2: Find the “STORE” button and click on it to access the Steam store. Once on the Steam store, find the search box, and click on it. Then, type in “Total War: ROME II” and press the Enter key.

Look through the search results for Total War: ROME II and click on it to add it to your account. 

Step 3: Find the “LIBRARY” button, and locate “Total War: ROME II.” Once you’ve found it, select the blue “INSTALL” button to download and set up the game on Linux. 

When the installation is complete, right-click on Total War: ROME II in the sidebar and select the “Properties” button. From there, find “Compatibility”,  check “Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool,” and set it to “4.11”.

Step 4: Find the “Set launch options” button and click on it. Then, paste the following code into it.

PROTON_USE_WINED3D=1 %command%

Step 5: Find the green “PLAY” button and click on it to start up the game. When you click on it, Steam will attempt to configure the game for Linux. Sit back and be patient. When it is complete, Total War: ROME II will startup. Enjoy!

Troubleshooting

Are you having trouble playing Total War: ROME II on your Linux PC? Check out the Total War: ROME II ProtonDB page for help.

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How to install Cisco Packet Tracer on Linux

If you use Linux and take the Cisco “Introduction to Packet Tracer” course, you’ll need to install the Packet Tracer application on your computer. The trouble is, Cisco doesn’t do a great job teaching users how to get the app working. In this guide, we’ll show you how to set up How to install Cisco Packet Tracer on Linux.

Cisco Packet Tracer on Linux 

Enroll in the “Introduction to Packet Tracer” course

To download the Cisco Packet Tracer app on your Linux system, you’ll first need to enroll in the “Introduction to Packet Tracer” course. Sadly, there is no other way to make the download available. However, the good news is that the course is entirely free.

To enroll in the course, start by heading over to the “Introduction to Packet Tracer” course page. Once on the page, locate the “Sign up today!” button, and click on it with the mouse.

When you select the “Sign up today!” button with the mouse, a form will appear on the screen. In this form, fill out your email, first and last name, communication preferences, etc. 

After filling out the form, scroll to the bottom of the page. On the bottom of the page, find the “Submit” button and click on it with the mouse to submit it to Cisco.

Create an account

So, you’ve signed up for the “Introduction to Packet Tracer” course. Next, you must create a Cisco account. To do this, fill out your email, first and last name, country or region, etc. You’ll also need to create a password.

Once you’ve filled out the account information into the page, you must solve the Captcha. Look at the image and fill out the Captcha.

After filling out the Captcha on the page, you’ll need to tell Cisco if you’d like to receive email updates. Select “yes” or “no” depending on your preferences. 

When all information on the account creation page is complete, select the “Register” button.

Verify your email

Now that you’ve created a Cisco account, you must verify your email account. To verify your email account, log into your email, locate the message and copy the verification code to your clipboard.

After copying the verification code to your clipboard, press Ctrl + V on the keyboard to paste it into the text box, then select the “Verify” button to confirm the code.

Configure your profile

You’ll need to configure your Cisco profile after creation. To configure your profile, fill out the forms on the Cisco welcome page. Filling out this page will not take long.

Once all of the forms on the profile page are filled out, press the Create Account button at the page’s bottom.

Downloading Packet Tracer

You must download Packet Tracer on your Linux PC before it can be installed. To download Packet Tracer on Linux, head to your Cisco “I’m Learning” page.

Once on the page, scroll to the bottom, locate “Packet Tracer” under the “Resources” section, and click on it. After selecting the “Packet Tracer” link, you’ll be taken to the download page.

On the “Packet Tracer” download page, scroll to the bottom and locate the “Download” section. Then, click on “64 Bit Download” under the “Linux Desktop Version 8.0 English” section.

When you click on the download link under “Linux Desktop Version 8.0 English,” a DEB package will download to your Linux PC. When it is complete, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard to open up a terminal window, then follow the installation instructions in the next section.

Installing Packet Tracer on Linux

Packet Tracer is installable on Ubuntu Linux, Debian Linux, and any operating system based on Ubuntu or Debian. Additionally, it is installable on Arch Linux and Manjaro Linux via the AUR. 

Ubuntu

To install Packet Tracer on Ubuntu, start by using the CD command and move into the “Downloads” directory where the DEB package was downloaded.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside the “Downloads” folder, you can install the Packet Tracer application on your Ubuntu Linux PC by using the apt command below.

sudo apt install ./PacketTracer_*_final.deb

Debian

On Debian Linux, you will be able to install Packet Tracer the same way Ubuntu users do. To start the installation, use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory where the DEB package is.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” directory, execute the dpkg command to install the Packet Tracer DEB package on Debian.

sudo dpkg -i PacketTracer_*_final.deb

After installing the Packet Tracer application, you may need to correct some dependency issues. To do that, enter the command below.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux/Manjaro

On Arch Linux as well as Manjaro, it is possible to install Packet Tracer using the AUR. To start, ensure you’ve downloaded the Packet Tracer DEB package. Then, use the commands below to install the “git” and “base-devel” packages.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

After installing the two packages, use the git clone command to manually download the Packet Tracer AUR package.

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/packettracer.git

Once the “packettracer” AUR package is done downloading, open up the Linux file manager, browse for the Packet Tracer DEB package and place it in the “packettracer” folder in your home directory. Then, use the commands below to install the app.

cd ~/packettracer

makepkg -sri

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How to format a USB device to Fat32 on Linux

Do you need to format a USB device to Fat32 on your Linux PC? Can’t figure out how to format a filesystem? We can help! Follow along as we show you how to How to format a USB device to Fat32 on Linux!

format a USB device to Fat32

Format a USB device to Fat32 – Gnome Disk Utility

The Gnome Disk Utility application is the quickest and simplest way a Linux user can format a USB device to Fat32. The reason? It’s got an easy-to-use UI, supports the Fat32 format, and supports things like “quick format.”

To start the formatting process, you will need to install Gnome Disk Utility on your computer. Sadly, although Gnome Disk Utility comes with many Linux operating systems, it doesn’t ship with all of them.

Using the Ctrl + Alt + T keyboard combination, open up a terminal window on the Linux desktop. Alternatively, open up the app menu, search for “Terminal,” and launch the app that way.

Once the terminal window is open, follow along with the Gnome Disk Utility installation instructions that correspond with the Linux OS you currently use. 

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, install the Gnome Disk Utility application with the following Apt command below.

sudo apt install gnome-disk-utility

Debian

Those on Debian Linux will be able to install Gnome Disk Utility by making use of the Apt-get command.

sudo apt-get install gnome-disk-utility 

Arch Linux

If you’re an Arch Linux user, you’ll be able to install Gnome Disk Utility with the Pacman command quickly.

sudo pacman -S gnome-disk-utility

Fedora

On Fedora Linux, the Gnome Disk Utility app may already be installed. However, if it is not, you’ll be able to get it working with the following Dnf command.

sudo dnf install gnome-disk-utility

OpenSUSE 

If you’re using OpenSUSE Linux, you’ll be able to quickly install the Gnome Disk Utility app using the following Zypper command.

sudo zypper install gnome-disk-utility

Format USB device to Fat32

Now that Gnome Disk Utility is installed on your Linux PC search for “Disks” in the app menu. When the app is open, follow the step-by-step instructions below to learn how to format your USB device to Fat32.

Step 1: Plug your USB device into the USB port. Upon plugging it in, you should see it appear in the Gnome Disk Utility sidebar. Look through the sidebar for your device, and click on it with the mouse.

Step 2: After locating your device and clicking on it with the mouse, you’ll see an overview of the USB device. From here, find the Gnome Disk Utility menu, and click on it.

Can’t find the Gnome Disk Utility menu? It’s directly to the left of the minimize button.

Step 3: Inside the Gnome Disk Utility menu, click on the “Format Disk” button. Then, locate the “Erase” menu.

In the “Erase” menu, select either “Quick” or “Slow.” For best results, we recommend the “Slow” option, as it is safer.

Step 4: After choosing an option in the “Erase” menu, find the “Partitioning” menu, and select “Compatible with all systems and devices (MBR/DOS),” and click on it.

Step 5: Under “Volumes” for your device, find the “+” button, and click on it to create a new partition. Upon clicking this button, a “Create Partition” window will appear.

Using the pop-up window, select your partition size, free space, etc. Click on “Next” to move to the next page.

Step 6: On the next page, find the “Volume Name” section and name your volume. Or leave it blank if you so choose.

Locate the “Erase” button, and click on it if you would like to erase the device beforehand. Then, find “Type” and click on”For use with all systems and devices (FAT).

Click “Create” when done.

Step 7: After clicking on the “Create” button, Gnome Disk Utility, your USB device will be formatted to Fat32!

Format a USB device to Fat32 – Mkfs

Another quick way to format a USB device to Fat32 is with the mkfs command in a terminal. To start the process, press Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard to open up a terminal. Or, search for “terminal” in the app menu and launch it that way.

Once the terminal window is open, plug in the USB device. Then, execute lsblk in the terminal to view all attached storage devices.

lsblk

Look through lsblk and locate your USB device, and find the device label. In this example, the device label is /dev/sde1. Yours will differ! 

Note: can’t figure out how to read lsblk? Check out our guide on how to find hard drive info for help!

When you’ve located your USB device, unmount it if it isn’t already unmounted. You can do this by entering the umount command along with the device label.

sudo umount /dev/sde1

After unmounting the device, use the mkfs.vfat -F32 command to format it to Fat32.

sudo mkfs.vfat -F32 /dev/sde1

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