Weekly Software News – March 18 to 23

Another week, another crazy series of updates and releases. And this time there are big news, with the official release of the openGL wrapper from Lunixbochs with several games taking advantage of it.

Anyway let’s review the updates first.

Software updates (5)

  • Qjoypad – this program makes it possible to map key bindings to joystick movements connected on the USB host. This can be useful once you have a TV cable to play with a regular controller on your Pandora connected to the TV screen. Another good news is that TV cables will be officially produced later this year, according to a recent post from ED.
  • Sparks – minor update for this polygonal shooter.
  • Brogue – updated to 1.7.2
  • EasyRPG Player – unclear what has changed…
  • PPSSPP – the latest version includes an option to switch off alpha blending in order to gain speed. It breaks some games but some others run significantly better. It also fixes some missing fonts issues in games, as well as provides sound support in OSS instead of ALSA to gain a little speed further.

New Releases (6)

  • Shunned survivor – a city building / economics / survival game from the pyweek archives.
  • Sudo science : from the pyweek archives. A mix of adventure and puzzle games. Some issues reported in the repo (save game crashes?)
  • Aquaria – you need the game data files from the desktop version to play this. It uses the OpenGL wrapper from lunixbochs. Note that it runs smoothly on 1Ghz units only, it seems.
  • Jumpman – another PND made possible thanks to lunixbochs’ OpenGL wrapper. Simple polygonal game where you have to lead your character to the exit while avoiding deadly obstacles. Very addictive.
  • Dillo – a very simple web browser without javascript support. Fast but do not expect most pages to render like they should.
  • SpaceFM – a two panels file manager with “with built-in VFS, udev- or HAL-based device manager, customizable menu system, and bash integration.” I tested it briefly and it works well so it may be another good alternative to manage your files.

That’s it for this time! Enjoy the week ahead !

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Really appreciate these summaries of the software releases/updates! Keep up the great work!


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