Thursday, November 23, 2006


Three little letters... Hopefully this will become 1.0! (Three more little characters). There are no new features I want to add so the only looking for major bugs and translations.

And about translations... I made a script to import the translations provided in the Gnome version. This was mostly done to stop duplicate work of people not knowing about the Gnome version. (Note to self: I need to get the translations pushed the other way so the Gnomers don't waste too much time too).

I guess a lot of them had been automatically done by some tool as they were completely junk! Then people pointed out they were "fuzzy" and thus are not actually used. Whoops...

There is now a good amount of translations for the following languages:

  • English

  • Finnish

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Lithuanian

  • Panjabi

  • Spanish

  • Swedish

  • Turkish

But I want more! Send me your translations! Now! OK, not right now but very soon!

The Gnome and codebases now match for .py and .glade files. This means after 1.0 I will only work on the Gnome version and periodically backport the changes.

Friday, November 10, 2006

RC2 Away!

OK I did release RC2 a while ago... Turns out my bug doesn't seem to be a problem anymore. Not sure what's going on there - I was probably just tired. So RC2 has the changes previously mentioned and also it now autodetects the Diablo (I've packaged this) and HoiChess. Note to self: Check if a package already exists before packaging it...

These changes are in the Gnome Games CVS repository (I think some made it into 2.17.1). So hopefully at 1.0 the Gnome and Sourceforge version will be synchronised. At that point I'll only be making changes to the Gnome version - I will consider backporting at milestones to make glChess 1.1, 1.2 etc if users want it.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Release Candidate 2

glChess release candidate 2 is all ready to go... Except there seems to be a bug in dpkg-dev. So you'll just have to wait. It fixes a 64 bit bug, a 3D bug and adds fullscreen mode.


2006-11-02 vers. 1.0 RC2
o Fix to lib/glchess/scene/opengl/ to fix CRC check on 64 bit
systems (Bug found by Michal Bentkowski).
o Fix to lib/glchess/scene/opengl/ to stop exception
selecting outside board in 3D mode (Bug found by Michal Bentkowski).

o Moved glade files to top-level directory.
o Make symbolic link so Glade can find the icon when not installed.

o Added fullscreen mode.

o Explicity kill the about dialog as Gtk+ 2.10 does not do it
o Got rid of bogus GtkWarning from GtkComboBox on startup.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

New open-source nVidia effort

There's a new project called Nouveau to make some open-source nVidia drivers for DRI. This sounds great as DRI seems to fit in well where nVidia just made up new architecture everywhere. From the Nouveau web-page it sounds like it's not too hard to write drivers - all you have to do is convert OpenGL calls to appropriate format for the hardware. All the OpenGL state machine work is done for you by Mesa (and is shared between all the DRI drivers so bugs get fixed once only).

Back in the day I used the Utah-GLX nVidia drivers which were quite buggy but then it was a bonus to have 3D support. The commercial ones were just that much more reliable that I eventually changed to them. I haven't bought a nVidia card since though. If these new ones turn out OK that would change :)

Go open-source!