Monthly Software News Dec 15th 2015 to Jan. 14th 2016

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What a month! Maybe it was because of Christmas, or the New Year. But look at the quantity of the Releases and Updates. Awesome. Brand new port of Div studio games, older games only available on the old repo now uploaded and so accessible via PNDManager. More than 100 news & updated packages. And many quality ones. Don’t miss the updated LibreOffice, The Tube, Xash3D or Giana’s Return at least. And on the new releases side, take a look at Bart the Barbarian, DBGL, Flying Saucer Attack, Witchblast or one of the Ginge packages.

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How I Optimized F-1 Spirit for Mobile Processors

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A while ago I had found that the old MSX (and Gameboy) racing game F-1 Spirit had been recreated in open source (since 2004) for modern systems, using OpenGL. I thought I would try to do a port. It was easy. At least it was what I thought in the first place. After some quick conversion of GL calls to GLES (since the Open Pandora’s PowerVR chip only supports OpenGLES), it was up and running a couple of hours after I started. I was ready to test it. The intro screen went fine, and I was jumping in the game… Everything seemed to be for the best, except for a minor issue. It was way too slow in-game to even play it. I could only get a couple of frames per second, which is hardly ideal when you play a racing game. That’s when I decided to look at the code and see where it could be optimized.

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Weekly Software News Nov 18th to 24th

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So, while Ekianjo take a short blog vacation (he has been working on it non stop for many months), I take the wheel of the Weekly Software News. Hopefully for me, it was a quiet week, but still an interesting one, with new entries for the Crap Game Competition (you have to try all those short little games!), and some bigger games too, retro-driving oriented this week, with F-1 Spirit remake and the original GTA; plus some tools (like a new IRC client or an updated Pandora Image Viewer). And let’s not forget a new release of DosBox that can handle all mouse driven softwares and games you want.

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