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 Post subject: Thief
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:52 pm 
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Not far off 20 years ago (yikes is it really that long ago?) whilst I Linux was a pipe dream and windoze was the only option for a desktop pc OS. I got into a game which was so brilliantly atmospheric (especially with surround sound enabled) that it remains one of my favourite PC games of all time.
I am of course talking about Thief : The Dark Project.
Anyhow since then with one thing and another I finally fell out with Mr Gates & co and vowed never, ever to touch anything associated with Microsoft and use only Linux.
But the other day, I found this website:


As I'm still nervous / lazy about doing anything that doesn't have a GUI front-end (old windows bad habits die hard!) I install everything from Manjaro / Arch repositories (oolite being the only exception as I trust oolite.org).

What I wanted to ask is if any Linux users have installed or had any experience of thedarkmod and can advise whether it is safe or not?
As much as I really long to play this game again, I find it a huge leap of faith to trust an installer to download from an unknown source.

Any advice that anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated and if you are on a windows machine that is capable of running the Thief series of games (I played the first 2) then I heartily recommend giving them a try - albeit that you will have to take into account that the gfx are that of a 20 year old game and may appear jaded by todays standards.

O.C.T.D (Oolite Crash Test Dummy) Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm......

 Post subject: Re: Thief
PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:46 pm 
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Looks like the install process works without root rights in a "portable" way ? It installs into the directory they ask you to create ? So the OS itself should be safe at least.
I always look in the distro's repos first, if it's not there, there is usually a ppa, but I think they are ubuntu-only.
Anyway, looks pretty "safe" to me, they also provide the source code. What exactly are you afraid of ? A virus ? Not on Linux. I'd install it in a virtual machine if in doubt.
the gfx are that of a 20 year old game and may appear jaded by todays standards
Doesn't use as much system resources as shiny flashing tiles in one's start menu at least.

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