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Glad it helped!
And I am bummed about I7, too; I know it runs ok under WINE, but who wants to do that? It doesn't look like there's going to be a port anytime soon. I'm continually amazed that the IF community has so completely embraced windows, which seems antithetical to everything IF is about.
Have you heard about esclinux? I've been having a bit of a dialog with the developer; it is a small linux distro created specifically for the purpose of text adventures. It's based on debian, and apparently runs well with about 300megs of ram. I6 is integrated into the distro.
Sounds interesting enough that I think I'll play with it a bit when I get the time. But I would still prefer a linux distro that is more general-purpose, so I don't think I'd go over to it completely.
I tried running inform 7 in Wine but it didn't work for me. I had read about ies4linux but inform couldn't find it.
I looked at that esclinux. 600 megs for the current distro, and 200 for the old one. It looks like it's based on Knoppix with KDE and xfce included. I don't know that you really need them for text based games. I see that they include Zag for playing glulx files. That runs in DSL if you load the jre_1_5_0.uci extension for java. The jif editor looked nice too. It was also a java app but I haven't tried it in dsl yet.
Well...wow...yeah, no text adventure needs that. It was a neat idea, and if it were smaller than dsl, I'd be *really* interested (since you could, conceivably, distribute it with the game and all, have your own environment for interactions outside the game...yeah, megalomaniac...gotta work on that).
There do seem to be some wine tweaks--if you google rec.arts.int-fiction, there's a long thread on this. But I am always suspicious of emulation, and generally avoid it.
Ok, dsl onward!!!
Just fyi: WINE Is Not an Emulator :P
I was wrong before, esclinux is based on Slax (not Knoppix). It includes not only KDE but also enlightenment, fluxbox, window maker, the gimp, and Wine. It had some errors in the bootup screen and it was really slow, but it includes a version of Inform 7 working in linux inside Wine as part of the 600 meg iso. Not all of the window managers had complete menus, I couldn't get my wireless to work, and there were lots of little nit things I saw, but using inform 7 on that old machine was nice (even if it was dog slow compared to dsl).