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FOSS RTS Game Glest Gets Revival — Enter Mega-Glest

Softhaus Re:Bothered by executable installer, give me a deb (103 comments)

There is a deb on playdeb.net for an older release.. perhaps bug the guys over there to update it to 3.3.6. Sorry, as the build miester for Mega-Glest (MG) I don't have tones of Linux experience so making native packages for every distro is a bit of a challenge.

about 4 years ago
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FOSS RTS Game Glest Gets Revival — Enter Mega-Glest

Softhaus Re:Any Mac version? (103 comments)

We need someone to compile this on Mac. the source SHOULD compile fine on Mac!

about 4 years ago
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FOSS RTS Game Glest Gets Revival — Enter Mega-Glest

Softhaus Re:Again no x64 Windows build - why? (103 comments)

As the build person for Mega-Glest... I would say no 64 bit build for windows because it isn't needed at the moment, the 32 bit version runs fine in 64 bit windows. Linux on the other hand has different solutions for 32 bit emulation for different linux distro's.. the easiest thing was to build 32 and 64 bit versions under nix.

about 4 years ago

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MegaGlest 3.6.0 Released

Softhaus Softhaus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Softhaus writes "Most people are likely familiar with the popular RTS game Glest. MegaGlest continues the love with this latest release by offering a host of new features including:
- Headless servers
- Mac OSX support
- improved font system and full internationalization (Chinese, Japanese, Greek etc)
- Excellent modding system allows modders to take control of the game-play, AI behaviour and look and feel of the engine.
- Multitudes of community requested features

MegaGlest is a Free software, cross platform RTS game that is sure to induce gamer addiction. See the many reviews around the web regarding this up coming opensource project.

http://www.freegamealliance.com/megaglest.html#projects
http://www.tuxarena.com/2011/12/megaglest-3-6-0-released-overview-installation-screenshots/
http://www.penguspy.com/megaglest/
http://tuxga.me/2011/06/megaglest-a-review/"

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FOSS RTS Game Glest gets revival, enter Mega-Glest

Softhaus Softhaus writes  |  about 4 years ago

Softhaus (1451127) writes "Many readers here are likely familiar with the popular open source RTS game Glest (glest.org) which comes packaged with nearly every Linux distro. Unfortunately all development had ceased on the original game back in 2008 creating friction around the world due to a great loss felt worldwide (sets the stage for his shamless marketing pitch). During the past year a new fork (called Mega-Glest) has endeavoured to take this great game and bring it to the masses! This new fork will prove hours of fun at your next LAN party as it sports up to 8 players realtime (with or without CPU AI players) and the newly released v3.3.5 offers Internet play via a master server lobby. Cross platform network play is now a reality which could conceptually create world peace as angry gamers return to "real strategy" and walk away from their mindless fps's, finally bridging the gap between Linux and Windows users in a co-hesive manner. One of the best features of Mega-Glest (and indeed Glest itself) is the ease of which new "factions" and mod's may be produced via a Map editor, model viewer, Blender plugins, xml files which describe your units traits, particles, weapons etc. and to top it off LUA scripting for scenarios and AI.

Where can i get it? Full installers for windows, Linux 32 and 64 bit are waiting on sourceforge for you, promising hours of fun. But one warning, the game can become highly addictive.

Drop by the sourceforge.net download page:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/megaglest/files/current_release/

or visit the forums to tell us what your think:
http://glest.org/glest_board/index.php?board=20.0""
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FOSS RTS game Glest gets multi-player make-over

Softhaus Softhaus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Softhaus (1451127) writes "Many readers here are likely familiar with the popular open source RTS game Glest (glest.org). Unfortunately all development had ceased on the original game back in 2008 creating friction around the world as a great loss created worldwide chaos (sets the stage for his shamless marketing pitch). During the past year a new fork (called Mega-Glest) has endeavoured to take this great game and bring it to the masses! This new fork will prove hours of fun at your next LAN party as it sports up to 8 players (with or without CPU AI players) and the newly released v3.3.5 offers Internet play via master server lobby. Cross platform network play is now a reality which could conceptually create world peace as angry gamers return to "real strategy" and walk away from their mindless fps's, finally bridging the gap between Linux and Windows users in a co-hesive manner. One of the best features of Mega-Glest (and indeed Glest itself) is the ease of which new "factions" and mod's may be produced via a Map editor, model viewer, Blender plugins, xml files which describe your units traits, particles, weapons etc. and to top it off LUA scripting for scenarios and AI.

Where can i get it? Full installers for windows, Linux 32 and 64 bit are waiting on sourceforge for you, promising hours of fun. But one warning, the game can become highly addictive.

Drop by the sourceforge.net download page:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/megaglest/files/current_release/

or visit the forums to tell us what your think:
http://glest.org/glest_board/index.php?board=20.0"
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New Open Source FPS shows promise

Softhaus Softhaus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Softhaus writes "The guys at Blood Frontier have been busy for the last two years working on a new FPS called (surprise) Blood Frontier. This game is an enhanced Cube 2 engine with original artwork and great new gameplay (including a kidmode which optionally turns off the blood which is a nice option for a change). Add the new paintball mode and you have a real "game community" here. The code is all there (complete for you to play with), the team listens to feedback from the community, and the game is great!

Its nice to see these talented guys showing a true free software attitude.

They mentioned the first actual release is schedule for next Friday (but I couldn't wait so I built the latest dev snapshot from SVN and made an installation available here (sorry only a windows build for now))

Does anyone know of other great open source projects where they are truly "open"?"
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Free Software and the the future of Sourceforge

Softhaus Softhaus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Softhaus writes "I have been a steady reader of Slashdot for the past 8 years, although never having contributed anything. This past year I watched revolution-os with my family and it changed us all! Richard Stallman and company has started something that no-one could have dreamed, resulting in the great communities that we have today in the open source / free software communities. I have been a professional coder for the past 15+ years and always appreciate innovation and people who share that innovation. That is the good news...

The bad news...

Part 1:

(I'll try to make it brief) The terms "Free Software" and some projects on Sourceforge.net are changing the original definitions of these communities as we have known them. Change isn't bad if the type of change leads to more freedom as opposed to less. There is a project hosted on sourceforge.net (and I'm sure there are plenty more) that displays the license type: GPL and uses the benefits and infrastructure of sourceforge.net. Unfortunately this is simply a guise for a one man show controlling the project via a "closed source" module that essentially makes it useless to work with the part this is open sourced. My question is: "is that legal, or acceptable"? If so you can see that sourceforge.net will become a dumping ground for people to host their money / power making schemes under the pretense of "open" or "free". What does "Free" mean anymore?

Part 2:

That is one problem, but the next is related to my experience trying to create a new "free software" project on the net (I blogged about it at: http://soft-haus.com/blog/2009/01/02/time-tracker-ready-for-first-peek/). I had written my program and was ready to post it with sourcecode on http://savannah.gnu.org/ but found that I could not because of one key requirement of new projects on that site:

My project runs primarily on a completely free OS Please recheck your project

Next I thought I'd use sourceforge.net (since I already have a project hosted there from years back). Alas I found I could no longer use sourceforge due to:

1. Free Redistribution

The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the software as a component of an aggregate software distribution containing programs from several different sources. The license shall not require a royalty or other fee for such sale.

Sorry folks but free software is free software! I can't give it away free and then turn around and allow someone else to sell it! What is happening to "free" and "open" source? Believe it or not I ended up using code.google.com of all places! It was easiest to use and appeared to give the most flexibility. With these kinds of things going on in the "free" and "open" source community, what kind of future should we expect? Is Richard Stallman's vision just a pie in the sky?"

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