Fs2 open on Linux/Acquiring the Game Data

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This tutorial deals primarily with providing you with an executable, but in order to play the game you also need the game data. FreeSpace 2 game data is available from a number of sources, see this thread, or use the installer.

Note that if you use the retail CD, you'll need to extract the files and to copy them on your drive, reproducing the same layout as in a working win32 installation (just make sure every file is lowercase). All that really means is that you need the retail *.vp game data files in the same folder as the binary fs2_open_(r|d).

There are three ways of doing this,

  • Copy the files over from an existing FS2 Windows install (by mounting the Win partition), or
  • Use Wine to install the game in the right directory, using the Setup.exe found on the first CD, or,
  • Extract the files manually from the CD.

The third method is detailed in the next page. The wine one is straightforward and you shouldn't need any specific instruction as it behaves like a Windows install, but you'll have to fix permissions and lowercase the filename as well, so keep reading.