Friday, 25 June 2010

How to Manage WBFS Partitions in Ubuntu Linux

A previous post of mine, How To Play Nintendo Wii Games from a USB HD, deals only with the Windows OS.  Suppose you'd like to load Wii games from a USB HD, but you're using, say, Ubuntu Linux?  Well then you would need an alternative WBFS partition manager.

Enter Wiithon.

Wiithon is python-based GUI linux application for managing WBFS partitions.  It's clean, simple to use, and even supports remote updates of game info, pictures, etc.  If your external HD doesn't already have a WBFS partition, Wiithon can create one.  The application can even copy wii games from one partition to another...

The current stable version is 1.1 and I believe development might be at a standstill (the latest repo is Karmic), but it works great on Lucid.  To install, simply run the following commands from Terminal:

grep "deb karmic main" /etc/apt/sources.list || echo deb karmic main | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list && sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 1F882273 && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install wiithon && sudo gpasswd -a $USER disk

This will add the Wiithon repository to your /etc/apt/source.list, and download and install the program.  Once installed, you can launch from the Applications > Games > Wiithon menu, but you must be in sudo mode to do so!

If you'd like to give the current user permission to launch (recommended), simply run

sudo gpasswd -a $USER disk

You can now launch Wiithon from the Applications menu using your current user profile!


Anonymous said...

I just got the new deb version and installed that.

Anonymous said...

i get " Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead." and it doesn't show up in Applications>Games either as my user or as root

andrew said...

Sounds like you may have experienced a bad download... try again or maybe grab the new karmic-approved version from:

Jan said...

Dear Andrew

I downloaded through the PPA repo and have the same problem. Problem is running for almost a year now, I've seen...

Alex Danielsson said...
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