Minetest 0.4.8 Added drowning & weather support [Ubuntu PPA]

November 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

minetest 0.4.8

Minetest, the open-source Minecraft-like game, has reached v0.4.8 with many new features and bug fixes. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Linux Mint and their derivatives.

Minetest is designed to be simple, stable and portable. It is lightweight enough to run on fairly old hardware. It currently runs playably on a laptop with Intel 945GM graphics. Though, as for the CPU, dualcore is recommended.

What’s New in Minetest 0.4.8:

Big gameplay changes:

  • Added drowning (PilzAdam, RealBadAngel, BlockMen)
  • Added weather support (proller)

Smaller gameplay tweaks:

  • Added new sounds (someone who can’t decide if he wants to be called mitori or mito551)
  • Don’t predict placing and removing nodes if interact privilege is missing (PilzAdam)

Logistic changes:

  • Clean up rendering code a bit (increases FPS by 5 to 10) (Exio)
  • Added support for IPv6 (matttpt)
  • Don’t write player files all the time if they are not modified (PilzAdam)
  • Made the main menu Lua based (sapier, kahrl)
  • Change static ContentFeatures array into a vector (rathgit, kahrl)
  • Allow multiple singleplayer games at the same time (PilzAdam)
  • Added texture pack selection to main menu (Novatux)
  • Don’t write files directly but rather write to a temporary file that gets renamed after succesfully written; fixes many causes of corrupted files (PilzAdam)
  • Adjust the Lua API structure and improve header inclusion to decrease compile time (kahrl)
  • Database abstraction, LevelDB support (sfan5, wieszak, xyz)

Visual changes:

  • Added support for bumpmapping (RealBadAngel)
  • Added diagonal liquid animation (kahrl)
  • Damage updates and effects are now sent to other players (PilzAdam)

Other things

  • Play player_damage.ogg when recieving damage and player_falling_damage.ogg on falling damage (PilzAdam)
  • Added basic unicode support to the console in Linux (Exio)
  • Added a setting for max loop count per step in liquid update (PilzAdam)
  • Added math mapgen with fractal based worlds (proller)
  • Disallow the name ‘singleplayer’ in a multiplayer server (PilzAdam)
  • Added max_objects_per_block to minetest.conf to control the maximum number of static objects per block (Novatux)
  • Removed broken farmesh (kahrl)
  • Added language setting to minetest.conf which forces Minetest to use specified translation (xyz)

Bug fixes as well as other changes can be found at minetest changelog

Install Minetest

The latest stable version of Minetest is available in launchpad PPA for Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04 and their derivatives. include Linux Mint 13/14/15/16, Pear OS 8/7, Elementary OS Luna.

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:minetestdevs/stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install minetestc55

Once installed, open the game from Dash or menu:

install minetest 0.4.8 ubuntu 13.10

Ji m

I'm a freelance blogger who started using Ubuntu 5+ years ago and who wishes to share my experiences and some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers. Please notify me if you find any typo/grammar/language mistakes. English is not my native language. Contact me on Google Plus or email to ubuntuhandbook1@gmail.com

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