How to install Gridwars2 on Ubuntu Lucid 10.04

I enjoy playing Gridwars2 on Ubuntu Linux. It used to be available on for Ubuntu Jaunty, but since then, it has disappeared.  It can be downloaded from the authors’ site, but it will not run out of the box on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx.  Here are instructions to get it working on Ubuntu Lucid (and newer releases of Ubuntu).  It is quite easy once you figure out how.  This how to, assumes you know the basics of getting around in linux, and know how to work as administrator.

Get the file from

Click “lin” for the Linux version.

(*UPDATED* 10/11/10) Here is another source for  It can be found at:

Unzip all the files and folders into a directory of your choice.  I put mine in /home/myusername/games/gridwars.  If you have multiple users on your system, you might put it all under /usr/share/games/gridwars

Set permissions:  Locate the file gridwars in the …/gridwars folder.  Right click on it and select Properties.  Click on the Permissions tab and make sure “Allow executing file as program” is checked.

Gridwars2 requires two additional files to run.  They are and .

(*UPDATED* 12/11/10) The lib files are no longer available in the jaunty source as shown below.  Ryan, posted a reply with a helpful hint.  It worked for me in a new install.

Ryan says:
October 24th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

A simpler solution to the dependencies is to open a terminal and run this command

sudo apt-get install libstdc++5

Works on maverick as well.

They can be obtained from the jaunty package libstdc++5_3.3.6-17ubuntu1_i386.deb .

libstdc++5_3.3.6-17ubuntu1_i386.deb can be gotten from .

Pick a download location and save it on your computer somewhere convenient.  DO NOT INSTALL the deb package.  You will most likely get an error if you try.

As admin, open up libstdc++5_3.3.6-17ubuntu1_i386.deb with Archive Manager (not the GDebi Package Installer) and place files and into the /usr/lib32 folder .  These are 32 bit files but will work on 64 bit Lucid.

To use nautilus as admin for the above steps, type

$ sudo nautilus

in a terminal window.  You can then right click on libstdc++5_3.3.6-17ubuntu1_i386.deb and select “Open with Archive Manager.”  You then can drag and drop the files where you need them.

(*UPDATED* 06/26/11) If you can not get the sound working, try THIS!

That is it.  To run gridwars2, locate the file “gridwars” in the gridwars folder and double-click to start it.  You can use System -> Preferences -> Main Menu to add gridwars2 to the menu system. A nice icon can be located at …/gridwars/gfx/High/whiteplayer.png .

Enjoy playing gridwars2!

– John K7JM

(Please, read the comments, as they have some good updated information)

HELP, The Transistor Poles Are Exploding

Since I have a sick sense of humor, I find these kind of things entertaining.  A large area of Helena, MT lost its power yesterday because… “A TRANSISTOR POLE EXPLODED”.  I read it in the news paper, it HAS to be TRUE. 🙂  Here it is…

Click the article to got the the Helena Independent Record‘s web site.

Linux In The Ham Shack

New Logo, New URL

I am an avid user of the Linux operating system, and of course, a Ham Radio Operator. There happens to be a great podcast that combines these two endeavors into one.  Linux In The Ham Shack.  Recently, they have moved their web page and therefore have a new URL and here it is: Check out Russ’s and Richard’s Linux In The Ham Shack site and their podcast.  If you are a regular listener to the podcast, it might be worth mentioning that they also have a new feed, so if you have been missing episodes lately (like I have), try updating the podcast feed.

I’ve also updated their link on my Links page.  Check that page out for other places I visit often.

Keep up the great work guys!

John – K7JM