Mark Collins, co-author of Linux Game Programming,has written an editorial forSlashdot entitled “Promises And Pitfalls In Linux Game Development”,which looks at how Linux stands as a gaming platform today. Of note is Collins mentioning that a Microsoft developer is considering opening parts of DirectX tomake it cross-platform (I wouldn’t hold my breath for that).
turtleshadowhas posted a summary@ Kuro5hin.org ofLoki Software president Scott Draeker’s presentationat the Colorado Linux Info Quest yesterday. Based on his notes,it sounds like Draeker touched on Loki’s recent departures, their current business model,how Wine may be counter-productive in the long run (somethingI’m inclined to agree with), Indrema,and IP court battles. If anyone has more info on what was said, feel free to send it in or postit below. Thanks to Joe for the heads up.
Linux 4 Fun’sChristoph Hess forwarded the followingresponse from Radon Labs regarding a Linux port ofNOMADS (earlier this week the publisherof NOMADS, CDV,stated that they would not be publishingthe Linux version):
CDV publishes NOMADS for PC and XBOX. NOMADS runs under Linux, too,because of the cross-platform abilities of RadonLab’s engine THE NEBULADEVICE only for internal purposes. Publishing the Linux version is notdiscussed so far.
Q: What’s up with SDL 1.3? Can I help?
A: SDL 1.3 will be a near full rewrite of the SDL functionality, based on what we’ve learned over the past four years. The architecture design is partially done, and we’ll start prototyping the design soon. As soon as there’s a working framework, we’ll make it publicly available for comment and contributions. This new framework has about a year or a year and a half before we anticipate it being ready for stable release. We anticipate this framework being the next generation SDL 2.0 API.
Version 0.6.0 of the 3D table tennis sim Cannon Smashhas been released; changes include a new lobby server for finding opponents.
Cannon Smash 0.6.0 Source:
Today we’re releasing a package with linux native versions of all toolsrequired to build Quake 3 MODs (q3asm and lcc) and the required game sourcecode. We hope that this will help Linux enthusiasts to create gamemodifications under Linux, as has been common under Windows ever since theoriginal Quake release.
It’s currently unknown whether this release is actually meant for use with Q3 1.17 (the last stable Linux release) as the filename would indicate; the changes id Software made to Q3 during the 1.2x series broke SDK compatibility, which would require a new SDK whenever Q3A 1.27g beta is replaced.
Mike Sessions sent in the following:
I remember about a week or so back LinuxHardware.org posted somebenchmarks comparing the GeForce2 and the ATI Radeon. They seemed to havehad some problems with the Radeon in an Athlon/Linux/32bpp combo. No fancygraphs, but I have some numbers for those interested.
Sessions’ results can be found at
Version 0.37b13.1 of xmame has beenreleased; changes include:
- Everything from MAME 0.37b13
- Numerous updates to the OpenGL target
- Added Photon2 display support for the QNX target
- You can now run “make clean68k” before building with a different 68k core
- Applied a patch from StretchMAME that prevents a bunch of games from segfaulting on startup
- A fix for the sprites in CVS games
In the announcement, Lawrence Gold writes: Note that this contains onlyMAME, since MESS 0.37b13.1 has not yet been released.
xmame 0.37b13.1 source:
Version 0.8.1a of the RPG utility suite OpenRPG has been released; changes include:
- Adjustable Buffer Size
- Columns in Group nodes
- An improved grid node
- A dnd 2e character sheet
- A warhammer fantasy RPG character sheet
- Some Linux related code to help find wxPython
OpenRPG 0.8.1a source: openrpg-0.8.1a-src.tar.gz
Pierre Phaneuf wrote in to let us knowthat the Quadra master server isback online. It may, however, take a little while for the DNS to propagatesince the servers is on another machine now. The full message sent to thequadra-announce list can be found at
The Arkanaeteam wrote in to announce that they have released version 0.3 of their GPL’d 3DJava-based RPG ( Arkanae 0.3 download:
Arkanae 0.3 download:
A beta 1.2.4 version of the Java MD3 Model Viewer 1.2.4b download:
Java MD3 Model Viewer 1.2.4b download:
Gamespot has posted a