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Re: [XBoard-devel] getting closer to a release: updated Changelog, AUTHO
Re: [XBoard-devel] getting closer to a release: updated Changelog, AUTHORS and copyright
Mon, 13 Jul 2009 10:46:40 +0200
At 19:23 12-7-2009 -0600, Eric Mullins wrote:
This I mostly agree with, except for one point. If the purpose is to
beta-test, then I would not recommend a "formal" release. We don't need
an elaborate installer for a beta test, so for beta purposes, a simple zip
True, but we somehow do have to attract beta testers. That especially holds
for XBoard testers. Perhaps we should put a link to the Debian package
I forged for 4.4.0 on the main GNU xboard page, inviting beta-testing of it?
I don't know the status on that either. I'm willing to throw something
together for this if required, but I know NOTHING about selective
installation from an online repository. I remember discussing that
possibility, but I don't know if that's still on the agenda or not.
If we drop PSWBTM from the install, it is quite feasible to have users download
everything in one archive (only ~50% larger than a bare minimum), and then only
unpack what they select (3 optional selections: Fruit, Variants, Xiangqi).
PSWBTM is only useful for engine testers, and they can be reached very
effectivey through CCC and WinBoard forums. So I can offer a zip file from
WinBoard forum including PSWBTM, like I offer the Gold Pack now.
2) The Desktop-Effects problem makes that XBoard will almost universally
not work when people try it.
This must be fixed before a formal release, otherwise 4.2.7 will be remain
the best bet for any distro. Speaking of xboard, there are a number of
things we can do:
* at least create ubuntu packages (such as using ppa launchpad)
* we could even write a script to act like the startup dialog, launching
xboard with various options the user selects when running it
* provide sample .Xdefaults and or FICS or ICS scripts, or at least a good
Are Ubuntu packages different from the Debian package I made?
( http://home.hccnet.nl/h.g.muller/xboard_4.4.0~hgm-2_i386.deb )
I think it's worth waiting until xboard works properly before formally
releasing. I have NO IDEA how to fix the focus problem we're seeing with
desktop effects. However, since I run linux with desktop effects, I'm a
good candidate to at least TRY. Heh.
Perhaps we could work on this together. I will send you a seperate e-mail
3) The jaws.rc is not yet merged with winboard.rc. This also means the
standard version does not support all the accelerator keys yet.
This was on my agenda today, but I didn't get to it because it seemed like
we were heavily pushing for a quick release and I wanted to make sure
anyone could compile the source first. I'm happy to look further into
this as well, but HGM indicated he wanted to as well, so we'll have to
Let's put this on my plate for now; Copying over the accelerators and dialog
boxes is trivial, and I will read the MS docs on menus to figure out how to
build the extra menu at run time from the jaws.c code.