Unsplash image, not representative of the Thinkpad C13 Yoga

Hello there again! Long time no see!

Recently, I’ve been getting to using ChromeOS a bit more, with the Thinkpad C13 Yoga that was on sale recently in the USA

This trusty old sidekick was a free grab from a prior coworker, when I lived and worked back across the country.

I had prior experience running Debian on it, but perhaps now I’ll see if it can run Void or other lightweight Linux distros. Distributions of Linux, “distros,” could be considered different flavors of the kernel, with different looks and feels. I’m sure something as complicated as the Gentoo flavor would be an option, but I’d rather not do something as intensive as installing that from scratch.

Time for a little tale.

When I was growing up, I didn’t have the money for a computer. My mom and I shared a super chunky Gateway laptop until our little family had enough money to buy a dedicated desktop for the family. Though I was born in the early 90s and didn’t get to lay claim to experiencing the cool days of learning to program BASIC etc, I did get to eventually learn Linux later on via awesome communities. More on that later.

When you don’t have hardware to learn computing on, what do you do? It was once said that necessity is the…

Thousands of retro and PC games at your fingertips.

PS4 image by Norbert Levajsics on Unsplash

My original Wii, that “OG” Nintendo DS, my original PSP and my prior Xbox 360 were all given the same “homebrew” treatment in the past, so why not the PS4 I no longer use? The upside to the PS4 is that it has the guts of a PC compared to the custom chipsets of the past. Now, the adventure begins….

Note: for this guide I will be using the original 2013 CUH100C1 PS4 model on firmware 7.00, and I will be connected to the internet via a wired Ethernet cable. Your…

Here we go again, lads and lassies!

After a fresh install of Pi OS (with recommended software) I give it a go again! I had to burn a flash drive using Etcher, but they have various options on the site to easily burn Pi OS to a drive for ya. Using the SD Card Copier tool, under Accessories on the Pi OS top left menu, I overwrote the SSD I was booting the Pi 4 from, so we could start fresh.

That lovely Pi 4 metal case

After updating and the like, we have a fresh Pi OS install.

But will games be playable?

Having seen LowSpecGamer’s videos in 2020 on playing steam games, as well as natively-compiled games such as Doom 3, I decided to try my hand at seeing what runs!

Credit to Quentin Schulz of Unsplash for his image

EDIT: Part 2 here.

Welcome to my scatterbrained attempt at documenting the beginning of this journey! The first game I wanted to try was something I had grown fond of at the end of 2020, a small game by a one-man studio. This is Littlewood.

Having used various Linux distros on and off since around Fedora Core 2, I started using Linux daily around Q4 2018. 2020 man, what a year for Linux gaming!

I remember back when Valve first worked with various community members to get Proton (SteamPlay) up and running to the point that you could play Windows games on Linux with a fairly button-press solution…then came the GloriousEggroll community releases in years to come, following Valve’s official releases (5.13) with big changes to how containerizing games are handled etc. …

Alex Seibz

I love Linux and tinkering with all things fun

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