One of my first experiences with #FlightGear was trying to get a P-51 into the air after getting comfortable with the Cessna. There is no special reason for this beside that it simply was one of my first plane models I got as a child. It’s not like I did know anything about this plane or avionics at all. It simply looked good so I went with it.
And I failed miserable on my first try. The P-51 was build for war and has like nothing in common with the set of controls I started to get comfortable with. Not that I know much about avionics to begin with, I mean. Anyway, YouTube to my aid: There is a wonderful channel named “Kermit Weeks” that I stumbled over when looking for answers and I found em here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z1Z-WEZZGM
After watching all three parts I finally managed to get one off the ground in #FlightGear – felt really good about it and… forgot about it again.
Until the YouTube algorithm decided to come back at me today and showed me https://animagraffs.com/how-a-p-51-mustang-works/ where it is explained in great detail how the P-51 Mustang actually works. There is a list of errata on the pinned comment on YouTube but after all this is a really high quality animated description of the plane and it’s workings.
I highly recommend to watch both pieces if you’ve only the slightest interest in planes or wartime history.
I sure am playing a lot of space pew pew over the last months. Took a lot of screenshots too and it’s kinda hard not to drown my timeline with screenshots every day. Today I sifted through the pile and found a bunch I’d like to share (some again) so here is a little gallery of (mostly) space simulation games I play on my Linux PC. And I’ll keep making that point until I can browse the web without getting daily reminders by random strangers claiming that gaming on Linux PC is not possible. Cuz it is.
Added on 5th January 2022 and played with whatever Lutris thinks best. I really was going to hold out on Star Citizen a little longer but I got it as a gift to my birthday. My GPU is definitely at it’s limit here. Will probably have to give it some more time. I mean it’s Alpha and all but hey, it _does_ work.
This I play mostly under Proton with the Primary Buffer Panel whenever possible. It’s just the most fun this way (kids love it too).
The more recent X series have native Linux builds but work also perfectly fine with Wine.
Both run via Lutris and with Proton-GE and usually with my DIY Headtracker.
FlightGear runs native on Linux and Fly Dangerous does have a native Linux build but due to an issue with terrain generation being single threaded I use Proton for this one too until this is solved. No Man’s Sky runs perfectly with Proton.
I play all of the above with my X52 Pro H.O.T.A.S. and some with my DIY headtracker stretched over three displays in a so called multihead setup. Let me know if you’ve any questions how this can be set up.
Remembering complicated keyboard commands whilst playing a game is a real pain, especially when there are lots of controls like in FlightGear’s Spitfire,Remembering complicated keyboard commands whilst playing a game is a real pain, especially when there are lots of controls like in FlightGear’s Spitfire simulator. That’s why we built a custom control panel with real switches and buttons to make the in-flight experience much more realistic. Although this control panel was built specifically for this Spitfire