How to play Sony PSP games in Retro Arch on Linux

If you use Retro Arch on Linux and love the Sony PSP, you’ll be happy to know that it is possible to play PSP games on the Linux platform, thanks to the PSP Retro Arch core.

 Sony PSP games Retro Arch  Linux

In this guide, we’ll show you how to install Retro Arch, download the Sony PSP core, and use it to play your favorite PSP games. To get started, grab your favorite PSP ROM files and follow along.

Installing Retro Arch on Linux

To play Sony PSP games in Retro Arch, you must install the program. Retro Arch is available on a wide variety of Linux operating systems. To get it working, open up a terminal window and follow the instructions down below to get the app working.

Note: need a more in-depth guide on how to get Retro Arch working on your Linux PC? Follow our installation guide on how to set up Retro Arch on Linux.

Ubuntu

sudo apt install retroarch

Debian 

sudo apt-get install retroarch

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S retroarch

Fedora

sudo dnf install retroarch

OpenSUSE

sudo zypper install retroarch

Snap package

sudo snap install retroarch

Flatpak

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

sudo flatpak install org.libretro.RetroArch 

After installing Retro Arch on Linux, we highly recommend launching the application and going to “Online Updater.” Once in the Retro Arch online updater, use it to update the Retro Arch assets. 

If you do not update assets, Retro Arch may be missing fonts and various icons and will not look right. You may also run into black squares and other unpleasant UI issues.

Enable Core Downloader

By default, when you install Retro Arch on any Linux distribution, the “Core Downloader” is turned off. Having this feature shut off by default is annoying, but it can be re-enabled by doing the following steps.

Step 1: Delete existing Retro Arch configuration files on your computer via the terminal.

sudo rm /etc/retroarch.cfg

rm ~/.config/retroarch/retroarch.cfg

Step 2: Download the new configuration file with the Core Downloader enabled.

cd ~/Downloads
wget https://archive.org/download/retroarch_202104/retroarch.cfg

Step 3: Place the configuration file on your Linux PC. 

cd ~/Downloads

sudo cp retroarch.cfg /etc/

cp retroarch.cfg ~/.config/retroarch/

If the Core Downloader still doesn’t work, try the Flatpak or Snap release of Retro Arch instead.

Installing the Sony PSP core in Retro Arch

Emulation in Retro Arch is possible thanks to “cores.” Cores are library files that provide all of the functionality needed to play games on various systems. Before we can play PSP games in Retro Arch, you will need to download and install the Sony PSP core.

The Sony PSP core is installable through the online updater tool. To do it, launch the Retro Arch app and follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Go to the Retro Arch main menu in the app using the mouse or Arrow keys on the keyboard (with Enter to select). Once in the menu, find “Online Updater” and select it with the mouse to access the Retro Arch Online Updater.

Step 2: Find the “Core Downloader” section, and select it with the mouse or Arrow keys on the keyboard (and press Enter to access it).

Once you access the “Core Downloader” area, you’ll see a long list of available game consoles, as well as specialized video games (DOOM, QUAKE, etc.) Scroll through the list till you find “Sony – PlayStation Portable.”

Step 3: After hovering over “Sony – PlayStation Portable,” click or press Enter on the keyboard to access the core in Retro Arch. Then, click on (or select with the keyboard) and select “Sony – PlayStation Portable (PPSSPP)” to install the PSP core.

How to play Sony PSP games in Retro Arch on Linux

To play Sony PSP games in Retro Arch, do the following. First, find the “Import Content” button in Retro Arch, and click on it. By selecting this option, you can add your Sony PSP ROMs to the system. 

Adding your PSP ROMs to Retro Arch will make them show up in the app under the console name it was designed to play on. Your PSP ROMs should show up on the sidebar under “Sony PlayStation Portable,” “PSP,” or something similar.

Note: if your ROM files do not show up after a scan, do not worry! You can do a manual scan where you specify the system, the ROM file extension, etc. This feature is located under “Import Content.”

Go to the sidebar, select the Sony PlayStation Portable option, and click on the ROM you wish to play in Retro Arch. After selecting your ROM, look for “Set Core Association.”

Under “Core Association,” set it to “Sony – PlayStation Portable (PPSSPP).” Then, select the “Run” button to start up your PSP game in Retro Arch! 

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How to upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04

Ubuntu 21.04 is here! With it comes exciting new updates to the Ubuntu desktop, the Ubuntu Linux kernel, as well as many new features that users are sure to love. In this guide, we’ll go over how you can upgrade your system to 21.04.

upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04

Upgrade to 21.04 – GUI

If you’re planning on upgrading from Ubuntu 20.10 to 21.04 Hirsuite Hippo, the best way to go about it is through the GUI. The GUI is very hands-off and doesn’t require too much compared to the terminal.

To start the upgrade, press the Win key on the keyboard. This action will bring up the Ubuntu Gnome search window. Using the search box, type in “Software Updater,” and click on the icon with the name “Software Updater.”

By selecting this icon, the Ubuntu Software Updater will open and search Ubuntu.com for the latest updates. This search will take some time. After a bit, you’ll be prompted to update your Ubuntu PC if you haven’t already.

Following the update, reboot your PC. Then, log back in and re-launch the Ubuntu Software Updater. Once it is open, you’ll see, “The software on this computer is up to date. However, Ubuntu 21.04 is now available (You Have 20.10).”

Click on the “Upgrade” button to start the upgrade. If you do not see this notification, you need to force it. To force it, open up a terminal window and enter the command below.

Note: you can open up a terminal window on Ubuntu by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or by searching for “Terminal” in the app menu.

update-manager -d

After clicking on the “Upgrade” button, you’ll be asked to enter your password. Do so, and select the “Authenticate” button to continue. Once you enter your password, you’ll see the “Release Notes” page for 21.04. Read through these notes. When done, click on the “Upgrade” button.

Upon clicking on the “Upgrade” button on the release notes page, Ubuntu will begin configuring your Ubuntu system for Ubuntu 21.04 (downloading new packages, setting up new software channels, etc.)

Once Ubuntu is done configuring your system for the upgrade, you will see a window. This window says, “Do you want to start the upgrade?” Click on the “Start Upgrade” button to continue.

Upon clicking the upgrade button, Ubuntu will begin transitioning your existing system to Ubuntu 21.04. This process will take quite a long time, depending on your network connection. Sit back, and allow the “Distribution Upgrade” window to complete.

When the “Distribution Upgrade” window finishes, it will restart your Ubuntu PC. Upon logging back into your Ubuntu system, you will be using Ubuntu 21.04! Enjoy!

Upgrade to 21.04 – Terminal

If you prefer to upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 from 20.10 from the terminal, you can. To start, open up a terminal window on the Ubuntu Linux desktop. To open up a terminal window on Ubuntu, press Ctrl + Alt + T on the desktop. Or, search for “Terminal” in the app menu and launch it that way.

Once the terminal window is open, you’ll need to update your existing Ubuntu system. 20.10 must be up to date before attempting to upgrade to a new release, as breakages could occur. 

To upgrade Ubuntu 20.10 to the latest packages, execute the following apt update command. Then, use the apt upgrade command to finish everything up. Keep in mind that this upgrade could take a few minutes.

sudo apt update

sudo apt upgrade 

After Ubuntu 20.10 is up to date, you’ll need to do a dist-upgrade. This command will install any packages to Ubuntu 20.10 that may have been held back for one reason or another. 

sudo apt dist-upgrade

Allow the dist-upgrade command to run its course. If there’s nothing to install, no big deal. Running this command on Ubuntu 20.10 is just a precaution but a necessary one.

From here, you’ll need to change your software sources from Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy to Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute. To do this, execute the following sed command below.

sudo sed -i 's/groovy/hirsute/g' /etc/apt/sources.list

Once software sources have been changed over, execute the apt update command once again. Running this will allow Ubuntu to refresh software sources and change over repos from 20.10 to 21.04.

sudo apt update

Following the update command, re-run the apt upgrade command. This command will install Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute packages over 20.10 Groovy ones. 

sudo apt upgrade

Next, re-run the dist-upgrade command. This command will install all available Ubuntu 21.04 packages, including ones held back by the upgrade command. 

sudo apt dist-upgrade

Reboot your Linux PC. When you log back in, launch a terminal window. Then, execute the apt autoremove command to remove obsolete packages.

sudo apt autoremove 

Once all obsolete packages have been removed, you’ll be ready to use Ubuntu 21.04! Enjoy!

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How to download files on Linux with Curl

Curl is one of the most used Linux utilities ever. It’s built-in so many GUI tools and used on pretty much everything. As a result, it is very reliable and one of the best tools users can use to download files.

download files on Linux with Curl

In this guide, we’ll show you how the Curl program works and how to use it to download files with it. We’ll even go over a neat GUI Curl app!

Need to use Curl on Windows 10? Check out this guide.

Installing Curl

Although Curl is arguably one of the most used programs on all of Linux, it doesn’t always come pre-installed. As a result, we must walk you through how to install Curl before demonstrating how it works.

To install Curl on your Linux PC, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T . After that, follow the installation instructions outlined below that corresponds with the operating system you currently use.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, install Curl with the Apt command.

sudo apt install curl

Debian

On Debian, get Curl working with Apt-get.

sudo apt-get install curl

Arch Linux

Those on Arch Linux can install Curl with Pacman.

sudo pacman -S curl

Fedora

If you’re on Fedora, you can install Curl with Dnf.

sudo dnf install curl

OpenSUSE

On OpenSUSE, install Curl with the Zypper command.

sudo zypper install curl

Download with Curl – command-line 

If you’re new to Curl, start by opening up the terminal. You can open up a terminal window on the Linux desktop by pressing the Ctrl + Alt + T keyboard combination. Alternatively, search for “Terminal” in the app menu.

With the terminal window open, use the man curl command to view the Curl manual. Please read it, and familiarize yourself with the app. After that, follow along with the sections below to learn how to download files with Curl in the terminal.

Downloading a single file

Downloading a single file with Curl is very straightforward. To start, you must specify the URL of the file. For example, to download a Ubuntu 20.04 LTS ISO, you’d specify the URL like so.

curl https://mirror.math.princeton.edu/pub/ubuntu-iso/20.04/ubuntu-20.04.2.0-desktop-amd64.iso

After specifying the remote URL of the file you wish to download, you must select a download location. To set the download location, add a symbol, followed by the path where the file should go.

For example, to tell your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS ISO file to download to the “Downloads” directory, you’d add in > ~/Downloads/ubuntu-20.04.2.0-desktop-amd64.iso.

curl https://mirror.math.princeton.edu/pub/ubuntu-iso/20.04/ubuntu-20.04.2.0-desktop-amd64.iso > ~/Downloads/ubuntu-20.04.2.0-desktop-amd64.iso

Once the command has the remote file’s URL and where to save it, press the Enter key to execute the download. Soon after, you’ll see download progress, as well as your file downloading. When it is complete, open up the Linux file manager to access your file.

Downloading multiple files from a list

It is possible to download multiple files from a list in Curl just like Wget. To do it, start by creating your list. First, use the touch command to create a blank text file with the name “curl_downloads.txt.”

touch ~/curl_downloads.txt

Next, open up the “curl_downloads.txt” text file (located in your Home folder) using your favorite text editor. After that, paste in links to each file you wish to download. 

For example, to download an Ubuntu ISO, a Fedora ISO, and a Debian ISO, my “curl_downloads.txt” list should have the following code.

https://mirror.math.princeton.edu/pub/ubuntu-iso/20.04/ubuntu-20.04.2.0-desktop-amd64.iso

https://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/33/Workstation/x86_64/iso/Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-33-1.2.iso

https://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/amd64/iso-cd/debian-10.9.0-amd64-netinst.iso

Save the edits to your “curl_downloads.txt” file using your text editor’s save function. Then, feed it into the Curl command to download everything on the list. Please note that we’re using xargs in combination with curl to make it possible to download multiple files.

xargs -n 1 curl -O < ~/curl_downloads.txt

Press the Enter key to begin the download process. Please understand that while using the xargs command to download multiple files, specifying a download location isn’t possible. Your downloads will appear in the Home directory (/home/USERNAME/).

Downloading with Curl – GUI

If you like the idea of Curl but would prefer a GUI to download files, you can use the Curl GUI application. It is a beta app from way back in 2007, but it still works on modern Linux OSes and adds a friendly GUI to Curl.

To start, you must install the program. The program is a Perl script, and it requires the “perl-tk” package to run. To install it, open up a terminal window and enter the command below that corresponds with your OS.

Ubuntu

sudo apt install perl-tk

Debian

sudo apt-get install perl-tk

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S perl-tk

Fedora

sudo dnf install perl-Tk

OpenSUSE

sudo zypper install perl-Tk

Next, create a new directory in the /opt/ folder using mkdir.

sudo mkdir -p /opt/curl-gui/

Use the CD command to move into the new folder. Then use wget to download the script file.

cd /opt/curl-gui/
wget https://archive.org/download/curl-gui/curl-gui.pl

Then, download the shortcut file and mark it executable. 

cd /usr/share/applications/
wget https://archive.org/download/curl-gui_202104/curl-gui.desktop
sudo chmod +x curl-gui.desktop

Once the app is installed, search for “cURL GUI” in your app menu and click on it to launch the app. Then, inside the app, locate the text box at the top and paste your download link into it.

After pasting your download link, find “Output file” and check the box. Then, write in the name of the output file. For example, if you’re downloading an Ubuntu ISO, add “/home/USERNAME/Downloads/ubuntu-20.04.2.0-desktop-amd64.iso” after “Output.”

Click “START curl” to start your download. When the download is complete, close the app and open up the Linux file manager to access your downloaded file.

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How to play Dead Rising on Linux

Dead Rising is an action/adventure open-world game. The game focuses on Frank, the photographer, just as the world descends into a zombie apocalypse. The player controls Frank as he fights to survive at an abandoned mall.

play Dead Rising on Linux

Dead Rising on Linux

Dead Rising has been ported to several different platforms over the years but strangely never made it to Linux. Thankfully though, it is possible to play this game on any Linux system with a few tweaks. 

Install Steam

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu Linux, Steam is easily installable via the Apt command below.

sudo apt install steam

Debian

If you’re using Debian Linux, you can get Steam working quite quickly by downloading the DEB package directly from Valve’s Steam website. To start the download process, use the following wget command down below.

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

After downloading Steam to your Debian Linux PC, you can install the software using the dpkg command.

 sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

With the Steam DEB package installed on Debian, you must correct any dependency issues during the installation process. To correct the dependencies on your PC, execute the following apt-get install -f command below.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

To install Steam on Arch Linux, ensure that the “multilib” software repository is enabled in /etc/pacman.conf. Once it is enabled, use the Pacman -Syy command to re-sync your servers with Arch. Doing this command will also set up “multilib.”

After getting “multilib working, use the command below to install the latest release of Steam. 

sudo pacman -S steam

Fedora/OpenSUSE

On both Fedora Linux as well as OpenSUSE Linux, Steam is easily installable through a software repository. That said, these versions of the app aren’t as good, so we don’t recommend going this route. Instead, we suggest installing Steam via Flatpak.

Flatpak

Steam is available as a Flatpak package in the Flathub app store. If you’d like to use the Flatpak release of Steam, you’ll need first to enable the Flatpak runtime. To turn on the runtime, install the “flatpak” package using your Linux PC’s package manager.

Can’t figure out how to set up Flatpak on your Linux PC? Be sure to check out our in-depth guide on Flatpak. It walks you through how to install and set up the runtime.

Once the Flatpak runtime is up and running, it is time to enable the Flathub app store. To enable Flathub, use the following flatpak remote-add command below. 

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

With the Flathub app store set up in Flatpak on Linux, you’ll be able to install Steam on your computer. To install, enter the following flatpak install command down below.

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Play Dead Rising on Linux

Now that Steam is installed and ready to use, open it up and log in using your user credentials. After that, follow the step-by-step instructions down below to play Dead Rising on Linux!

Step 1: Inside Steam, find the “Steam” menu and click on it to reveal its options. Once inside, select the “Settings” menu entry to open up the Steam settings area. From there, locate “Steam Play” and click on it to access the Steam Play area.

Inside the “Steam Play” area, you must check two boxes. These boxes are “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” and “Enable Steam Play for all other titles.”

Step 2: Locate the “Store” button at the top of Steam and click on it to access the Steam Store. From there, click on the search box, and type in “Dead Rising.” Press the Enter key to view the search results.

Look through the search for “Dead Rising” and click on it to go to the game’s Steam Storefront page.

Step 3: Once on the Dead Rising Steam Storefront page, and look for the green “Add to cart” button. Select it with your mouse to purchase and add the game to your Steam account.

When you’ve purchased the game, move on to your Steam Library by clicking on “Library.”

Step 4: In your Steam library, locate “Dead Rising” and right-click on it. Select “Properties,” followed by “Set launch options.”

Paste the following code into the launch options text box. This code is required to get the game to run right.

WINEDLLOVERRIDES="xaudio2_7=n,b" %command%

Step 5: Close the properties window. After that, select the blue “INSTALL” button to download and install the game onto your computer. When the game is finished installing, the blue “INSTALL” button will become a green “PLAY” button.

Click on the green “PLAY” button to enjoy Dead Rising on Linux!

Troubleshooting

Are you having issues playing Dead Rising? If so, check out the game’s ProtonDB page for help!

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Linux: How to export and import VMs in VMware Workstation

If you use VMware Workstation 16 on Linux and want to know how to export and import VMs, you’ll need to take advantage of the OVF file format. In this guide, we’ll show you how to use VMware to export and import VMs in the OVF format on Linux. 

VMs in VMware Workstation

Before we begin

In this guide, we focus on both the export and import feature in VMware Workstation 16. For this reason, you’ll need to have the latest VMware Workstation to follow along with this guide.

If you’re using a later release of VMware on your PC, it’s a good idea to uninstall it and download the latest release. If you’re using Ubuntu Linux as your Host OS for VMware, we’ve got an in-depth guide on how to install VMware Workstation 16 on Ubuntu that you can follow to get the app working.

Exporting VMware Workstation VM as OVF

Exporting VMware VMs to OVF is an excellent feature, as most virtualization tools work with this format. Thanks to the OVF file format (open virtualization format), you can export a VM from your VMware Workstation as a quick backup, or share with colleges and friends, or even upload online.

In the latest VMware Workstation 16, exporting any Virtual Machine is as easy as ever. To start, open up VMware Workstation on your host OS. In this guide, Linux will be the host OS, but this method works on any OS that runs VMware Workstation 16.

With VMWare Workstation 16 open and ready to use, follow the step-by-step instructions below to learn how to export your VMs as OVF files.

Step 1: Look in the “Library” sidebar for the VM you wish to export, and select it with the mouse.

If you do not see a VM in the “Library” sidebar, you’ll need to create a VM first before you attempt to export it. You cannot export a VM to OVF from VMware 16 without having a VM!

Step 2: After selecting your VM in VMware Workstation 16 with the mouse, find the “File” button in the UI, and click on it. When you click on the “File” button, you’ll see a few options to choose from.

In the “File” menu, select the “Export as OVF” button with the mouse.

Step 3: Once you’ve opened up the “Export as OVF” window, use the file browser to browse for where you’d like to save the OVF file. For best results, save it to a place with no other files, so everything is easy to find.

Also, keep in mind that the OVF export saves more than just an OVF file. It’ll also export the VMDK hard disk file (if you use VMDK), as well as an MF file and anything else attached to the VM.

Step 4: The exporting isn’t instantaneous. It will take time. When the export is complete, open up your file manager and save your OVF file, MF file, and VMDK file somewhere safe, such as Dropbox, and external hard drive, etc.

Importing an OVF VMware VM into VMware

If you’re trying to import a previously exported Vmware VM into VMware Workstation 16 with an OVF, you’ll need to use the “Open” feature.

The “Open” feature, when used with an OVF, will cause VMware Workstation to import your exported OVF VM automatically. To do this on your system, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Launch VMWare Workstation 16 on the desktop. Once it is open, find the “File” menu, and click on it to reveal all of its options inside.

In the “File” menu, find the “Open” button, and click on it to open up the “Open” file browser window.

Step 2: Browse for your VM OVF file using the file browser, and select it. When you choose it, the “Import Virtual Machine” window will appear. Select the “Import” button.

Keep in mind, the VMDK file, MF file, and other related VM files must be in the same directory, as VMWare uses the OVF file as an instruction set to create a new VM.

Step 3: Upon selecting the “Import” button, VMware will slowly import your VM to VMware Workstation 16. This process will take some time, especially if your VM has a large hard drive and many files to deal with.

When the process is complete, your imported VM will appear in the sidebar. From here, select your VM in the sidebar. After selecting your VM in the sidebar, VMware will reveal a few options to you.

Among the various options available in Vmware Workstation, locate and click on “Start up this guest operating system” to start using your newly imported VM! It should boot up instantly and be ready to use for all of your virtualization needs!

Import to VirtualBox

If you’ve exported a VM to OVF from VMWare and want to use it in VirtualBox on Linux, you can. To do it, open up the Linux file manager and right-click on the OVF file. Then, select “Open With,” followed by “Oracle VM VirtualBox” to import the VM!

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