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  • Jedi Academy Thrives As Open-Source Software

    Phoronix: Jedi Academy Thrives As Open-Source Software

    It was one month ago that Activison and Raven Software open-sourced two of their games. While Star Wars Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy are old titles, they are now thriving as open-source software...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTM2OTU

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    Within 10 days they had ported JKA to Linux and OS X with SDL2.
    This is messed up.
    Really no excuse the game wasn't ported to those platforms to begin with then.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by peppercats View Post
      This is messed up.
      Really no excuse the game wasn't ported to those platforms to begin with then.
      If the game was done using SDL or some other crossplatform audio/video library and they just chose not to make it available...I agree. If the game was done using windows libraries for audio/video though, then its more understandable. Maybe it WAS done in windows-specific ways and the openjk devs just ripped all that out and dropped in SDL2.

      SDL2 though...is an issue in and of itself though because I dont THINK its packaged in most repos except Arch and Gentoo, because its not released yet.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ericg View Post
        If the game was done using SDL or some other crossplatform audio/video library and they just chose not to make it available...I agree. If the game was done using windows libraries for audio/video though, then its more understandable. Maybe it WAS done in windows-specific ways and the openjk devs just ripped all that out and dropped in SDL2.

        SDL2 though...is an issue in and of itself though because I dont THINK its packaged in most repos except Arch and Gentoo, because its not released yet.
        The SDL2 bit is Larabel BS. Afaik it is using SDL for input on Linux/Mac. The game itself seems to run on a (modified?) quake3 engine. This might explain why the porting didn't take that long.

        Btw NWN1/2, Kotor1/2 are OpenGL games too, wish they would also open source their code. I bet Linux ports would be available within a few weeks.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by log0 View Post
          The SDL2 bit is Larabel BS. Afaik it is using SDL for input on Linux/Mac. The game itself seems to run on a (modified?) quake3 engine. This might explain why the porting didn't take that long.

          Btw NWN1/2, Kotor1/2 are OpenGL games too, wish they would also open source their code. I bet Linux ports would be available within a few weeks.
          NWN1 is already on Linux, the official install CD's included a bash script to do linux installs.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ericg View Post
            NWN1 is already on Linux, the official install CD's included a bash script to do linux installs.
            You are correct, thanks. And they seem to have used SDL too.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by peppercats View Post
              This is messed up.
              Really no excuse the game wasn't ported to those platforms to begin with then.
              You assholes don't pay for shit. If it weren't for one or two twits throwing lots of money to charity, the linux average for the humble bundle would be $1.00.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by yogi_berra View Post
                You assholes don't pay for shit. If it weren't for one or two twits throwing lots of money to charity, the linux average for the humble bundle would be $1.00.

                speak for yourself, not the rest of us

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by yogi_berra View Post
                  You assholes don't pay for shit. If it weren't for one or two twits throwing lots of money to charity, the linux average for the humble bundle would be $1.00.
                  Ooh, I smell a butthurt windows user. Basic math proves you wrong, btw.

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                  • #10
                    Get away troll, I've paid more on Linux stuff recenty than I have on Windows in years.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by yogi_berra View Post
                      You assholes don't pay for shit. If it weren't for one or two twits throwing lots of money to charity, the linux average for the humble bundle would be $1.00.
                      Care to show us your numbers? Otherwise your statement is worthless.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by log0 View Post
                        The SDL2 bit is Larabel BS. Afaik it is using SDL for input on Linux/Mac.
                        Actually, Larabel is right about that one. Because SDL2 is going to be released as stable this month, they saw no reason to make it support SDL 1.5.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Hamish Wilson View Post
                          Actually, Larabel is right about that one. Because SDL2 is going to be released as stable this month, they saw no reason to make it support SDL 1.5.
                          You and Michael are right, my apologies. I did a quick peek at the code on github and it looked like sdl1.2 to me, should have looked more carefully.

                          And regarding the SDL2 release this month, I'll only believe it when I see it.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by log0 View Post
                            You and Michael are right, my apologies. I did a quick peek at the code on github and it looked like sdl1.2 to me, should have looked more carefully.

                            And regarding the SDL2 release this month, I'll only believe it when I see it.
                            Lol yeah me too. I have been using it for a while, it's been a long time coming.

                            As for Yogi's post I'm floored didn't expect that.... Actually wtf was that lol.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Ericg View Post
                              SDL2 though...is an issue in and of itself though because I dont THINK its packaged in most repos except Arch and Gentoo, because its not released yet.
                              Actually you can find it already packaged for most major distros. Fedora and openSUSE has had them for a while at least.

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