Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, FlightGear is the most popular, open-source, flight simulator, running on Linux.
It is a realistic game, being played by both normal users and future airline pilots, because of its accurate details. It allows the user to fly aircrafts, helicopters, airliners or modern combat aircrafts on many tracks.
The latest version available is FlightGear 3.2, which has been recently released, coming with a lot of changes.
- A Failure Management Framework for FlightGear has been added
- The JSBSim flight dynamics model now has support for ground effects like bumpiness, solid-ground detection and adjusting of friction factors. Additionally, bogey type contact points sink in non-solid surfaces, making it no longer possible to ride on water.
- YASim now has versioning support. The YASim FDM now checks a version tag in it’s configuration file to allow improvements to the YASim FDM without risking breaking older aircraft.
- Additional aircraft have started adopting the Canvas navigation display that was introduced with FlightGear 3.0.
- Improved rendering of VASI, PAPI, runway and taxiway lights.
- Orbital rendering using textures from the NASA Visible Earth project.
- Additions to the Atmospheric Light Scattering (ALS) rendering include: an experimental framework to render cloud shadows on the ground (requires Advanced Weather), a substantial extension of cloud layer visibility using impostor techniques to 150 km, a new agriculture effect allowing to render fields without tiling artifacts, a new forest effect to simulate managed forest, varying tree size by patch, sparkle and fog effect on runway lights, much improved visual appearance of rock faces
For a full list of changes, see the changelog for yourself.
In this article I will show you how to install FlightGear 3.2 on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Elementary OS 0.2 Luna, Deepin 2014, Peppermint Five, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2.0 and other Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 12.04 derivative systems.
Because it will be soon available via PPA, installing FlightGear 3.2 on Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and derivative systems is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the flightgear package. Like this:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/flightgear
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install flightgear
Optional, to remove flightgear, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove flightgear