NS1 Server Closed
Sorry for the bad news, but I shutdown the NS1 server tonight, potentially forever. The server ran for many years and I will always have fond memories of the NS1 game play. However, the main reason my interest dropped off was because at this time NS1 does not run natively in Linux, which is my primary OS these days. So, even though the server ran on Linux, this did not help me in terms of playing it on my Linux PC.
If the Unknown Worlds developers ever open up the source code to NS1, I would assume somebody would be able to build a native Linux version, since all of the standard Half-Life 1 & 2 games (by Valve) have been converted and run just fine (as I have tested them). However, it is nice that NS2 runs in Linux, so there may yet be hope that NS1 will eventually become ported. If you care like I do, please send the Unknown Worlds folks a message on their forum/Facebook/Twitter to help suggest that they need to work on getting NS1 on Linux!
I definitely want to say THANK YOU for everyone's support throughout the years on our NS1 server, which of course includes anyone who liked playing here. Also, I say "our server" as we've had lots of great admins and regulars in the past helping to build our gaming community, which made the server run well.
Note: I do not plan to shutdown this website, as I have other plans in mind as I have been re-orienting myself to support Linux and the free/libre and open-source communities. So, many changes should be expected as my vision comes alive. Long live FOSS!
Geeky IT Advice: Fixing Ubuntu Linux 13.04 with Odd Blank Screens
In this geeky tip, I tell you how you can fix your Ubuntu system to not boot/reboot into a blank black screen, and also how to get rid of the pointless but fancy start-up 'dots' for the actual status of what the computer is doing while booting up.
NS v1 - Updates
So, the NS v1 server has still been running all the while. Recently there has been some movement occurring and I hope to get more players onboard. I may or may not get an NS v2 server online, but for the time being, we'll try to shake up the existing NS v1 community and see what happens.
I'm alive! And so are the Forums!
Well, like the title suggests, I finally fixed the broken Forums. The site was hacked into a while back, and it messed up a lot of my functionality on my main home page (junktext.net) and also killed out the Forums. But, with lots of tedious effort, I was able to hand-stitch everything back together again.
Also, I would have tried to work on this sooner, but I switched jobs around the time I noticed the intrusion and unfortunately didn't have much opportunity to work on the site. But, I'm back and I hope to stay that way for the foreseeable future!
New NS Administrator!
I just wanted to announce that we have a new administrator on-board of our Natural Selection (NS) game server! His name is TREX and he is currently residing in Canada. As you can guess from the previous post, he has been running a few Half-Life game servers himself, so he knows a thing or two about what we're all about.
If you happen to see him on the NS server sometime, make sure to say "Hello" as I'm sure he'd be glad to speak with you!