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OpenDUNE v0.5 released
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MrFlibble
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:35 pm    Post subject:  OpenDUNE v0.5 released Reply with quote

OpenDUNE v0.5 has been released yesterday. This is what the dev team member TrueBrain has to say on this:
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Today we are proud to announce the release of OpenDUNE 0.5

This is the fourth release in a set of releases which concentrate in understanding and rewriting all functions of the original code, making enhancements on the way, without really changing the game in any way. A complete list of enhancements can be found here.

This release finally has all functions converted to 'real C', and we are now cleaning up stuff. A lot of functions have been named, variables have been identified, and the stability has increased a lot. Many small (and odd) bugs have been fixed and addressed.

A big welcome goes to Alberth, which joined our development team for this release. He is partly the reason we are much further along than I expected to be.

For the next release we will try to remove the libemu dependency, making that release the first 'stand alone' release.

As per usual, a changelog has been made, and can be viewed http://binaries.opendune.org/releases/0.5/changelog.txt.

Please keep in mind that until we understand more of the game, you still need to manually put the Dune2 data files in the proper directory; if you do not, the game will not start.

You can download the release http://binaries.opendune.org/releases/0.5/, and here you can discuss the release on our forum.

We strongly recommend that you download an updated scenario.pak (tnx to MrFlibble): http://forum.opendune.org/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=23

Special thanks:

This release wouldn't have been here if it wasn't for the following people (alphabetic order):

- MrFlibble (for his scenario.pak updates, and his endless questions and suggestions)
- tneo (for, singlehandedly, continuing finding more bugs than the entire team could solve)

The development team (alphabetic order):

Albert Hofkamp (Alberth)
Loic Guilloux (glx)
Patric Stout (TrueBrain)
Steven Noorbergen (Xaroth)

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Deformat
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting...

Sadly the links don't work (except the forum.).

EDIT: Also, shouldn't this be in the other games modding forum, just like OpenRA?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Deformat wrote:
Sadly the links don't work (except the forum.).

Ah, that's because forums software incorrectly parsed the links in the quote, adding punctuation marks to them. Fixed that now. The link to the OpenDUNE Homepage in the beginning of the post was functional from the start anyway.

Deformat wrote:
EDIT: Also, shouldn't this be in the other games modding forum, just like OpenRA?

Hmm, you may be right, I sort of didn't think of that. If a moderator decides to move this topic there, that'd be nice I guess Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if this had multiple selection and inteligent cursor like in td, this would be pure pr0nflakes =)
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Closely following the previous release, the OpenDUNE team gives us v0.6. TrueBrain says:
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Just over 10 days ago we made our last release. And today again, we present you with proud the next release of OpenDUNE: 0.6.

A day after our last release it became clear to us that there was a critical bug in it, which under certain circumstances (bad-luck situations) could make the game unplayable. Of course this bug got quickly addressed, but right after the release of 0.5 we drifted off too far already with our main development trunk. Within a day we made some critical process, which made us hold a fix-release. Instead, today we release a new version which will be much more stable in many ways.

First off, we removed the last bits of the 16bit world, and removed LibEMU from our project. LibEMU is the library that gave us access to the 16bit world. This is a big milestone for this project, as we are now fully native for which ever system you compile, and we only depend on SDL (and asound under Linux).

The second thing we addressed, is that OpenDUNE always used 100% CPU on one core. This is because it contained many many infinite loops waiting for some time to pass. We located most of them, and made them less CPU intense. The game now uses between 4% and 20%, depending where in the game you are. It is still a lot for such a game, but we are working on it!

The other thing is sound support. Although voices and music were supported in older versions, it was often reported as buggy and often the case for deadlocks ('hanging'). We sat down and fixed all the problems related to voices and music**. So you can now all fully enjoy the beauty of the intro (remember it was made in 1991!), and play the game with all the sounds and pieces on it.

The last major milestone in this release is that we improved the speed of the video-interrupt, from several milliseconds to a few microseconds. This means that many parts of the game are much more smooth, even on slower machines.

We also spent several hours playing the game, detecting and fixing errors when we found them. We fixed issues with 1.07hs and 1.07us datafiles, and they are now fully supported. Many more fixes were made, with over 300 commits made.

And for the people who enjoy those things, OpenDUNE now also compiles with TinyC Compiler, and with that is very much ANSI-C.

So as you can understand, with proud we present you OpenDUNE 0.6. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.


As usual, a complete list of enhancements can be found here and a changelog has been made, and can be viewed http://binaries.opendune.org/releases/0.6/changelog.txt.

You can download the release http://binaries.opendune.org/releases/0.6/, and here you can discuss the release on our forum. If you notice any bugs, please report them at our bugtracker at http://bugs.opendune.org/

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is pretty cool. I've only played a couple of games of it, but I'll investigate it further later.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

does sd2 work with it?
just tried it and seems to be not recognized
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