It's easy!, I used synaptic for installs various chess games.
I liked a game for my son, I installed Mango Paola.
I just switched to Linux Ubuntu and I was hoping I could have some recomendations for a good chess program to play against and store my games in that runs on linux.
It depends a little on whether you want to use it for something very specific, but in general XBoard is the most versatile user interface for Chess-like games on Linux. It can practically do anything, from connecting to Chess servers to searching positions in PGN databases, playing against engines from beatable (fairymax) to inhumanely strong (stockfish), to analyzing and annotating your games with those and edit comments into them. From Chess to Xiangqi and Shogi.
Best is to install it from source code, as Debian seems to package the ugly X-windows version:
sudo make install
It is usually not a good idea to direct new users to the terminal. They are not used to the term or the black screen. It has the high potential of freaking them out. Better to use "the ugly X-windows version" at this stage, I think.
Besides the official Debian/ Ubuntu repos, there is also an unofficial one, which packages the app (latest devel version) with gtk:
One just has to set the repo, and install the pgp key.
Do any of the Linux interfaces support bughouse/crazyhouse?
I think PyChess has a few variants already built in, but it has been a while since I switched from it. I don't know the specific case of bughouse, maybe you could try it.
XBoard supports about anything under the Sun:
Chess, Chess960, Xiangqi, Shogi, Makruk, Suicide/Giveaway, Losers, Crazyhouse, 3Check, Twokings, Atomic, Cylinder, Shatranj, Courier, Capablanca/Gothic/CRC, Seirawan, Janus, Falcon, Spartan, Berolina, Knightmate, Superchess, Grand Chess, Great Shatranj, Mighty Lion, Elven Chess, Chu Shogi. And as if that is not enough engines can now define their own variants and configure XBoard to know the rules. E.g. with the fairymax engine it also does King of the Hill, Charge of the Light Brigade, Bifurcator Chess, Team-Mate Chess, Ouk and Ai-Wok. And many flavors of Chess with different Armies (all playable as variant 'fairy' with an engine option to select the setup for that).
Bughouse is a 4-player game, and can only be played through an Internet Chess Server to connect two XBoards (as XBoard is a two-player interface). XBoard has an extra board window to show the partner game, though.
Excellent, thanks @HGMuller.
Is it somehow possible to get chessbase videos running under Linux?
If you have problems running them with any browser + flashplugin (since the flashplugin for Linux has been discontinued by Adobe, and may not work with some videos) you can use Chromium + Pepper plugin. Pepper is effectively the latest flashplugin version, and it works only in Chrome, Chromium and browsers which use the same plugin API.
Personally I never had a problem viewing them with Firefox and the obsolete Adobe flashplugin.
Just for (all of you) your information :
By coincidence yesterday I ran into this webpage, explaining how to use "Pepper Flash" in Firefox.
You can ***NOT*** use Pepper in Firefox. The plugin API is incompatible, and Fireefox developers do not care doing all the work to support another plugin api on top of the old npapi they are currently using. IMO their choice is correct.
The Pepper plugin is usable only in chromium and its derivatives.
By "chessbase videos" i meant the training DVDs that you open inside chessbase. I have installed chessbase under wine but videos don't run. I can of course open the video outside of chessbase but then there is no sync with the moves.
Did you look at the weblink I gave and tried that software ?
I personally have no need to use the "newer" Flash in Firefox (I actually do hope that Flash will die at some point in the future. It was cool that Google started to replace Flash by their bought video codec (webm?) in youtube.com a few years ago.)
I've posted the weblink for people who might want to stick with Firefox.
Yes. It's just an unofficial PPA for *buntu distros, since pepper is not distributed as a standalone plugin by Google/ Adobe, but only as a part of Chrome browser.
Pepper does not work, and will never work under Firefox, unless someone writes the necessary API. So far noone is interested, as a matter of fact everybody wishes that Flash will die soon, which will be good news for everyone: html5 is open, more versatile and implemented in any modern browser natively.