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FlightGear 2.4.0 Brings Many Changes

Gaming

Published on 18 August 2011 11:46 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming
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FlightGear, the leading open-source flight simulator, is out with a new major release. FlightGear 2.4.0 brings many changes in an overhaul of this free software application over the past year and a half.

FlightGear 2.4 presents a brand new weather module, many graphical enhancements (support for drawing full 3D images), new cockpit systems, an experimental HLA interface layer, support for downloading new scenery "on the fly", and many other changes. There's support for more than 500 different aircraft.

The new weather module in FlightGear 2.4 sounds quite interesting and is even capable of downloading local METAR weather data to use for the weather conditions.

As a pilot myself, I prefer X-Plane from Laminar Research, but I'll be sure to give FlightGear 2.4.0 a shot when time allows. X-Plane also allows automated benchmarking in a rather nice manner.

The FlightGear 2.4.0 release announcement with download links can be found at FlightGear.org.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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