December news in briefPublished: 21st Dec 2007, 17:14:24 | Permalink | Printable
Games, file sharing and moreHere's a round-up of RISC OS news from this month to fill you with some Christmas cheer.
Built to last: Alan Buckley has unveiled a new website that automatically produces the latest versions of several RISC OS ports of programs and games. The Autobuilder takes the source code from open source packages originally written for Unix-like platforms, and compiles them into RISC OS applications, ready for download by punters.
Alan says the Autobuilder has freshly baked a new release of TuxMath, a maths game for youngsters, DosBox, an Iyonix-only MS-DOS emulator, and Wesnorth, a turn-based fantasy combat game. The Autobuilder can also churn out libraries including a new version of the libSDL package.
Peer-to-pear shaped: Rebecca Shalfield has unleashed upon us all a web-based service that allows punters to share their RISC OS programs with each other. Using a peer-to-peer networking model, users running her new RiscOsNet software can search their own hard discs and others' computers for applications. Programs that are being shared can then be downloaded, either from another punter or direct from an official website, and run.
Rebecca told us: "RiscOsNet comes into its own when you don't know the vendor's website or even if such software exists for the task you are trying to achieve. RiscOsNet will inform you when a piece of software you have installed is older than one available on your Intranet or the Internet."
You can take a look at the program here or read its manual here. Incidentally, Rebecca is selling a web server for RISC OS written in Python.
In brief: Paul Vigay has updated his data encryption tool FakeFiles that tries to befuddle the world's top spooks, the RISC OS allocations service will be closed until the new year, Ray Favre has updated his calender app Calibre and programming library DrWimp, and ID3TagEd, a utility that allows users to store track titles and other information in MP3 files, is up to version 0.24.
And finally, Simon Wilson says he has managed to almost double the speed of his OpenGL-based 3D graphics engine. IyonixMesa built using the recent GCCSDK 4.1.1 pre-release runs "much quicker", according to Simon.
Also, we're throwing together this year's Best of 2008 Drobe awards. If you want to nominate your favourite commercial product, freeware/shareware/open source program, RISC OS person of the year and best project of the year, drop us an email. Voting on the shortlist will open over the weekend.
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