Utility:Lazy Newb Pack
|This utility page is about v0.40.09, the current version of DF.|
The first Lazy Newb Pack was a Windows-only package containing Dwarf Fortress, a launcher program, and a small collection of graphics packs and utilities; it was officially discontinued in November 2013 since it had not been updated in over a year.
It has been replaced by similar packs which are available on each platform, detailed below. These new packs generally include all the utilities that a veteran player might want on a new computer, while configuring everything in such a way that it is still easier for new players.
 General information
The updated starter packs are based on Dricus's new cross-platform LNP program, which is more configurable than the old windows-only version, and of course works on other platforms.
The packages are built around the idea that newbies will likely have more difficulty with the game than with a package of utilities - which will hopefully make the game a little easier - and that there are many players who are not new but would still prefer an option to get all the extras in one place with a minimum of fiddling. Most include just about everything that still works and could be useful.
It is also worth noting that most of the contents of each pack were created by the community and just collected, configured, and redistributed by the maintainer of each pack. Of course there are a few personal touches too, but the vast majority of each is thanks to others - not least Toady for Dwarf Fortress itself.
This pack is maintained by PeridexisErrant. Contents and a changelog are listed on the forum thread (linked above). It is based on Daveralph's updated GUI (as of r47), which recently overtook the cross-platform edition for Windows use.
This pack is an updated version of the old MacNewbie Cyan, based around Dricus's new cross-platform LNP program. It is maintained by Fricy.
Created by Andrewd18, the Linux installer "is a shell script that installs the Dwarf Fortress Lazy Newb Pack. It downloads and builds a DF installation from available source code and binaries" and also checks for the dependencies required by 64-bit systems. The home of this pack is on Github. Unfortunately, it is not maintained anymore since June 2014.
This package by Beautato is a more traditional package of compiled utilities. It is actively maintained, and tested on Ubuntu. It should work with Debian-derived (Ubuntu, Mint, etc.) distributions.