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Fedora 19/20 RPMs for Linux Humble Bundle Games

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About Mumble RPMs for Fedora 19/20

Mumble RPMs are a set of Fedora RPM packages for Linux Games sold as part of the Humble Bundles. The Humble Bundles are an excellent idea, however the Linux versions of the games are generally not distributed in a "native" installation format. Installation varies from using 3rd party installers to having no installer at all and dependency tracking is largely absent. This leads to difficulty in getting the games to work.

Mumble RPMs try to solve this by producing easily installable RPM packages, complete with dependencies. This is achieved by using 'nosrc' RPMs (see the FAQ). The 'nosrc' RPM, in combination with your original software package is used to build a normal binary RPM which can be installed like any other. In order to make use of Mumble RPMs, you must own the original game. You should also be reasonably comfortable with the command line to build the RPMs.

Why use Mumble RPMs? Well, that's up to you, but here's some of my reasons:

  • You care about a sane system and good package management
  • RPM is the standard package format in Fedora and is familiar to most users. Install the games using the native package management system
  • The RPMs have dependency tracking. Installing the RPM (via yum), installs any dependencies the game needs and you know if you try to remove a required dependency
  • The RPMs can be easily uninstalled or upgraded
  • The game is installed system wide and is available for all users.
  • The game contains an entry, complete with icon, in the desktop menu
  • Where practical the Mumble RPMs use the native system libraries.
  • Mumble RPMs do not pollute the system library directories with bundled libraries
  • If the game needs a 'fix' to run and it can be integrated it into the RPM, it is.

Please understand, that whilst every effort is made to ensure the RPMs work correctly, it is impossible to test every single aspect of every game. Therefore we request that you DO NOT submit bug reports to the game developers or Humble Bundle, unless you can reproduce that bug with the original installer. If you cannot reproduce that bug with the original installer, let us know!

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