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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