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13 December 2012, 11:53

Open Recall: E17 Gamma, SuperTuxKart and Spacewar!

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Zoom A JavaScript and HTML5 based PDP-1 emulator running Spacewar!, one of the earliest known digital screen games
Open Recall is a space on The H for those things that are too small to package as news but are worth covering. In this edition: HTML5 Spacewar!, a new version of SuperTuxKart, E17 Gamma, siduction 12.2.0, Libdrizzle Redux, Bison 2.7, and the Python Software Foundation code of conduct.

  • HTML5 Spacewar! – Web design company mass:werk have taken an existing PDP-1 emulator written in JavaScript and HTML5 and styled it to very accurately resemble the look and feel of an actual PDP-1. The emulator runs the original binary for Spacewar!, one of the earliest known digital screen games, which is now in the public domain.

  • SuperTuxKart 0.8 – After over a year of development, the SuperTuxKart developers have announced version 0.8 of their open source racing game. They have added a new story mode, improroved the AIs, and added tracks and a reverse mode so players can get twice the fun from one track. SuperTuxKart is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

  • E17 Gamma – The Enlightenment E17 developers have released a "gamma" version of their desktop environment. Code-named "The Hulk", the new development release includes several bug fixes and improvements to its themes.

  • siduction 12.2.0 – As expected, the "Riders on the Storm" release of siduction, version 2012.2, has arrived. Siduction is built on a recent snapshot of Debian Sid and comes with KDE, XFCE, LXDE and Razor-qt. The distribution provides a live environment with integrated installer.

  • Libdrizzle Redux alpha – Andrew Hutchings has announced the first alpha version of Libdrizzle Redux, an overhauled version of the original Libdrizzle client. Librizzle Redux 5.0 alpha 1 is MySQL compatible and is supposed to be easier to use. It also includes several new features such as a binlog API.

  • Bison 2.7 – The developers of Bison, a general purpose parser generator, have released version 2.7 of their software. It includes many improvements, especially in the areas of diagnostics and graph representation. Experimental exception safety for the parse function has also been implemented.

  • PSF code of conduct – The Python Software Foundation has decided to implement a code of conduct for conferences it is involved in. Codes of Conduct are being adopted by many conferences in an attempt to eliminate harassment. The foundation has also decided that it will not fund events that do not confirm to this code of conduct, which is based on an existing CoC for the PyCon US event.


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