Total Annihilation

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Total Annihilation
Full Title: Total Annihilation
Developer: Cavedog
Publisher: GT Interactive
Released: 1997
Operating System: Windows 95, 98, or NT 4.0
Genre(s): RTS
Multiplayer: Yes
System Requirements: ?
Recommended System Spec: N/A
Buy It Now: ?

Total Annihilation is a futuristic real-time strategy (RTS) computer game, created in 1997 by Chris Taylor and Cavedog Entertainment. It was the first RTS to feature 3D units and terrain. It was unparalleled for its time, and even today it is still one of the finest games in this genre, as true 3D is shown when units move onto rugged landscape and yet the game can run well on computers equipped with video cards that have low memory.


Wine Application Database

As of Jan 06 There are several entries for Total Annihilation

update Oct 09:

This Software is listed in the Official Wine Application Database

Winehq Main AppDB entry Total Annihilation:kingdoms.

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Regularly Submitting results for installing and running on the latest version of Wine makes a big difference for others considering using Wine. By looking at how well the software runs others can be encouraged to try it themselves and together you can make progress in finding workarounds. By testing the software you will also notice when something breaks and when you make a bug report, the bugzilla team will often point it out to the person who broke it. If you are slightly more technically minded, you are able to regularly compile wine and test it before each fortnightly release then you will catch breakages before each wine release.

  • Who can be a Maintainer? - anyone. no programming experience required.
  • What is required of a Maintainer? - not much, but you do make a real difference.

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Just by being there, you make a difference. A maintainer quickly tests each monthly release of wine, and adds to the application database a rating of how good it runs.. gold/silver/bronze or garbage. Wine is constantly being improved, and occasionally something breaks. When you do spot a breakage, file a bug in bugzilla and if you want to try and fix it you can then post to the wine-devel mailing list for advice. However, if you have a little spare time (usually about 2 hours, in between doing other things) regression testing allows you to identify which patch caused the break. By filling out a bugzilla report, posting the name of the software, and the patch which broke it to the wine-devel mailing list, the developer who broke it can have a look at fixing it.

  • This often results in very quick fixes.

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However, one advantage of Total Annihilation is the installation folder is self contained. If you perform a full install, apply patches, add maps and units, etc on a Windows machine, the resulting folder can be copied to any other computer, including Linux, and will run flawlessly. As an example, we'll take a dual-boot machine running both Windows and Linux.

1) In Windows, install Total Annihilation (default directory is C:\CAVEDOG)

2) Apply patches, add maps and units, etc

3) Reboot into Linux. We'll assume that you've mounted your C: drive as /windows

4) Copy the CAVEDOG folder to your local wine installation:

cp -r /windows/CAVEDOG ~/.wine/drive_c/

5) In a terminal, start TotalA.exe with wine:

cd ~/.wine/drive_c/CAVEDOG/TOTALA/

wine TotalA.exe

This will allow you to play single player Total Annihilation. Network games require getting the DirectPlay network stack to work, so info on that is coming once I figure it out.


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