Installing Second Life Takes Seconds In Linux

What a refreshing concept. Installing a software package from a third-party developer who doesn’t have anything sitting in a repository or pre-made installable package makes it stupid easy to install.

Download from here: http://secondlife.com/community/linux-alpha.php

After that file is downloaded, open up the tar.bz2 file by double clicking on it.

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Press the Extract button, then Extract (again) down at the bottom of the window that pops up.

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When it’s done, you should have a folder where the original file was downloaded.

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Open up that folder and double click on the secondlife icon:

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Then click run.

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The game opens up, and everything here would be fairly intuitive for an experienced Windows user who is using Linux, since it’s so close to what would happen when installing a program from a zip file on Windows.

Color me impressed! What does NOT impress me is the fact that it takes just as many steps to get an ICON in the Gnome deskbar. Watch.

Drag and drop the secondlife icon to the deskbar.

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Type in the name of the app.

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Click the spring, which is not very intuitive!

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Click Browse.

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Find the folder you were just working in, and press Open on that folder that may or may not be what you are looking for, since you can’t really see anything in the dialog box.

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Now we get to select the icon:

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Press OK, and everything should look like this:

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Press OK again, and check to make sure you have an icon:

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Yay, we have an icon!

Can anyone tell me why this is so difficult, and why there can’t be some usability improvements made into creating an icon? If an alpha version of a video game “installs” easier than actually creating an icon for it, there is something VERY WRONG with the way Gnome does things like this.

/Rant off

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  • Iván

    It’s a shame no one cares about SL anymore :P

  • http://happylinuxthoughts.blogspot.com happylinuxguy

    Is it really the way GIMP does stuff? Shouldn’t it be on the installer to do this? It would be a quick check to see if it’s running GIMP or KDE, and then install the icon. Plenty of programs do it just fine. For example, nomachine. Not only is the install easy, it already has the icon when you’re done. It’s an oversight of the programmer, if you ask me. I tried second life, and thought it was lame anyway.

  • http://www.mobilemoko.net Alex Hortin

    Its a shame my graphics drivers (ATI) are so shitty I get the worst performance ever.

    I really wanted to get into coding some gambling application or something

  • Amin

    Hi. Thanks for your article. I have just a problem in SL in Ubuntu 7.10. I couldn’t use my microphone and talk to others in SL ,but I test my mic and it works in ubuntu. Do you have any idea?? I had the same problem with SL in Ubuntu 7.04.
    Please if you have any clue let me know.
    Thanks
    “I use ubuntu 7.10 on Dell Inspiron 6000″

  • chris

    UI did everything your guide says, running ubuntu 7.10 and all, but When I open the program, it opens to the log on screen, and then promptly crashes and go to the log-on screen of ubuntu. I don’t know whats going on at all. help!

  • http://lokilistens.wordpress.com Jack

    I’m having the same problem as Amin. My headset works perfectly in everything BUT Second Life. SL just can’t seem to find it in the devices, and there aren’t any helpful articles to fix this. I’ve been googling like crazy.

  • Angelo

    Hey, just switched from windows to Ubuntu 7.10, and well, when it comes to running the SL app after unpacking it, Ubuntu does nothing… window pops-up, I click run, window goes away… and NOTHING! can anyone help with this issue?

  • hardy

    For setting the icon in gnome, you can shorten the time and number of steps by simply dragging the icon to the springboard in the Create Launcher dialog!

  • james
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  • yupj

    I dont have this second life “exe” i know there is no exes in linux :D … but i dont have it what i have to put on deskbar

  • anna

    I can not do the drag & drop … I didn’t find the diamond SL icon, only paper icon, but when I click it, there’s “run” come up. I click it and log in into SL :-)
    Still can not do the drag drop…so the SL icon hasn’t been created.

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