This is a guest post by PtitSeb from the Open Pandora/Pyra community. Box86 is a new Linux Usermode X86 Emulator. While still young (read full of bugs) and missing a JIT (read slow), it’s already able to run a few games, and even some full speed, even on a slow device like the Pandora (more games runs perfectly on powerful devices like the ODroid XU4).Read More
A couple of weeks ago, Notaz released a surprise update for the Pandora firmware. After all, the 1.73 one was supposed to be the very final firmware update for the Pandora, yet Notaz is a perfectionist and does not easily leave things unfinished. This new firmware comes with a number of changes worth mentioning in a whole post.
We seem to be back to a more normal month now, with a few dozen updates and less than 10 new releases. But there’s a lot of gems there: the new Kodi Media Center, version 16.0, updated versions of Xash3D, Daikatana and RCTW which should all be a little faster. Among the new releases, Call to Power 2 stands out as an excellent Civilization game that can run on the Pandora. Definitely better than, let’s say, FreeCiv.
After last month’s crazy run of updates and releases, this past month looked quiet instead! But do not kid yourself there was still a lot to talk about, such as the release of OpenFodder, a remake of the engine behind Canon Fodder on the Amiga back in the days! Oh and by the way, It’s been 3 years that Pandoralive.info launched !
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.
While I have not been as active as I’d wish on Pandoralive in the past few months, it’s very clear we have had another blissful year for the Pandora. Who could have imagined one year ago that we would be running some of the stuff we are now using ? Here’s a quick review of the top releases in 2015.
I hope you guys had a good break for Christmas, if you celebrated it, and that you are now looking forward to celebrating New Year very soon. The Pandora is not getting any younger, but there’s still a bunch of software that came our way in November/December, including notable releases such as Diablo II from Notaz, and Wing Commander Saga from PtitSeb. Yup. that’s right.
A little late update again. There were actually a bunch of updates in the past month on the repo, while not too many new releases. Note that Codeblocks has seen a major update recently – this is a great toolchain if you are interested to port things to the Pandora.
As you know the pre-pre-order campaign for the Pyra has begun and most of the conversations now on the boards seem to revolve around the Pyra, but let’s not forget that the Pandora is still very much alive and getting a lot of updates and new releases. This past month has been another exciting one.
I was pretty much away from the Pandora scene in the past month (family obligations) and paradoxically it was one of the busiest months ever in terms of new releases. You can see by yourself, 21 new PNDs! There were a large bunch of updates as well, and it also means I have a lot to catch up in order to test what interests me the most… 🙂