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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Slibo aims to be a comfortable chess interface for KDE.

Slibo is a OpenGL 3D chess interface for KDE which could have turned out to be the coolest Chess engine in the universe. 

 It doesn't compile against KDE 3.5, and this won't be fixed since the project is dead and unmaintained. 

Again, the source code is there, it's likely interesting and has value to programmers, but it's not a choice if just want to play some chess. 

You can:
  • Play against different engines, or watch them playing.
  • Use multiple engines at the same time, for instance to analyze a game with different engines.
  • Analyze your PGN files.
  • Customize the look of the pieces and the board.

What's New in This Release:
  • fixed bug in newGameSwap() 
  • removed some bugs in Game::updatePieces, board should now display correctly even after clicking around in the movelist window 
  • changed textures to jpeg 
  • added mimetypes for epd and fen
  • added help option, rewritten benchmark

Download

Source tarball

Slibo sourcecode can be downloaded from Sourceforge here. You need to have succesfully installed KDE 3 or higher and need a gcc 3 or higher to build it. I also recommend hardware accelerated OpenGL.

Anonymous cvs access

You can obtain slibo via cvs with
cvs -d:pserver:anonymous@cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/slibo login

(press enter when asked for a password)
cvs -d:pserver:anonymous@cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/slibo checkout slibo

Binary distributions

You will find some binary distributions here, kindly provided by KDE.com.

Installation

For the source package:

Type

bunzip2 -c slibo/slibo-0.4.4-tar.bz2 | tar x
cd slibo-0.4.4
 
to unpack the source tarball and to change to the directory containing source code. Type
./configure

to configure the package for your system. If configure stops with an error, you are usually missing a library or your gcc is to old. Type

make

to compile the package. Optionally it is possible to build a processor optimized, profiled version of the engine, this yields about 5-10% speed gain. To do so, type

cd src/sliboengine 
make processor type

cd ../.. 

where processor type may be athlon, athlon-xp or pentium4. As root type
make install

to install the programs and the data files. This step is mandatory, else slibo won't find its textures. 


Screenshots.
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