Questions about playing this game on non-Windows OSes

Jarek Noschese

Sun Tzu's War Academician
May 5, 2019
Hancock Point, Maine
My new MacBook (OS 10.14) just came in the mail this afternoon. It's the only other way that I know of to get this game working, although I haven't actually tried to do so (yet). If I wanted to play this game on a Linux OS instead, what's the highest Linux operating system that would be able to run the game? I only know that Mac OS X 10.14 is the highest for running SMAC/X. (Good thing too, because I now prefer anything other than Microsoft Windows [for now, that is] after realizing just how insecure the infamous Win32 protocol truly is.)

Specs of the MacBook, in question...

Obtainment Method: purchased from eBay (cost me $136)
Screen Size: 13 inches, Aluminum-coated
Year: late 2008 (I would've been in 4th grade, so 10 years old, then.)
Hard Drive Space: 160 GB
RAM: 4 GB, 1067 MHz DDR3
CPU: 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Graphics: 256 MB Video RAM, NVIDIA Geforce 9400M
Condition: Refurbished/Useable
Supported Removable Media Formats: CDs, DVDs and USB Drives
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Update: Just got the game installed, but with an issue. Every time I make a selection, my cursor disappears. If I press a unit-related hotkey however, it shows up again. On the other hand, this only works if I'm focusing on the map exclusively. The cursor will disappear again as soon as I bring up any of the menus. Therefore, I can't tell what I'm trying to select unless it's highlighted. This makes navigating the menus aggravating; forcing me to use the old way of Command+Q in order to exit the game. Trust me. There's no way that I'm actually going to start a game with this problem. I was merely trying to disable and enable the preferences the way that I liked it. It's totally impossible now (or at least close to it) for me to navigate preferences with a ton of options for them. For example, I can neither adjust the sound volumes; nor the warning preferences due to this bug. However, I can (technically) goof around with the other preferences; even though it's much more difficult: and I refuse to revert back to playing this game on Microsoft Windows regardless. Help, please?!
Update: never mind. I just included "DirectDraw=0" in the .ini file for the game ["Alpha Centauri" section]. Once the game registered the change, the issue subsided.
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