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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Eboard has a relatively simple interface, which comes packaged with a few alternatives graphical themes.

Eboard has a relatively simple interface, which comes packaged with a few alternatives graphical themes.

You can use this client to play against the computer, a remote server, or directly with another Eboard user on a remote computer. 

In the last two cases, you can chat with the other player using the text entry field in the left bottom corner.

Eboard also makes it easy to teach chess to somebody. You can replay a whole game and explain its strategy by moving back and forth, move by move, with the VCR-like buttons in the lower part of the window.

Eboard development services are hosted by SourceForge

An FTP mirror of eboard and related files is kindly hosted by the SEUL project.

You may also automate Eboard actions, or create custom ones, by writing scripts and binding them to extra buttons.


Eboard is distributed as source code. You will need a C++ compiler and the GTK 2.x libraries (any version above 2.4.0). You also need to have Perl 5 installed. Most Linux distributions fulfill the above requirements.

Current Release: 1.1.1

eboard 1.1.1 was released on Feb 22nd, 2008. It fixes text overlapping on the seek graph, adds non-ASCII character filtering, allows text timestamps, provides better text searching and fixes promotions in peer-to-peer games. See the ChangeLog for further details.
    Download Source eboard-1.1.1.tar.bz2 (462 KB) from Sourceforge (release date: Feb 22nd, 2008)
    Binary Packages Linux RPM for i386 (32-bit): eboard-1.1.1-1.i386.rpm (631 KB) from Sourceforge Linux RPM for x86_64 (64-bit): eboard-1.1.1-1.x86_64.rpm (644 KB) from Sourceforge Linux RPM packages built on CentOS 4.5. Requirements: glibc >=2.3.0, GTK+ >=2.4.0.
Next Release: 1.1.2 scheduled for no later than April, 2008 the next ice age (the actual one, not the next cartoon movie).


The eboard-extras packages are additional graphics and sounds for eboard. Unpack and install these after eboard has been installed. You can see examples of these graphics in the gallery section of the screenshots page.
    Extras Pack 1 (22 piece sets + 3 sounds) Download eboard-extras-1pl2.tar.gz (360 KB) from Sourceforge (release date: Sep 8th, 2001)
    Extras Pack 2 (12 piece sets + 10 sounds) Download eboard-extras-2.tar.gz (598 KB) from Sourceforge
    (release date: Jul 7th, 2003)

(old) eboard for GTK 1.2.x

eboard 0.9.5 was the last version of eboard based on GTK 1.2.x. On 32-bit systems it may be a bit more stable than the current 1.0 series. If you have problems with 1.0.0, try 0.9.5.
For all previous versions, please visit the Project Page.

Compilation Instructions

Unpack the source code with the command tar jxvf eboard-1.1.0.tar.bz2, and follow the instructions in the README and INSTALL files. 

To compile eboard with DGT board support you need to have dgtnix installed, version 1.7 or later. The file Documentation/DGTboard.txt in eboard's source distribution has detailed instructions for setting up dgtnix.


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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


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 login

(press enter when asked for a password)
cvs checkout slibo

Binary distributions

You will find some binary distributions here, kindly provided by


For the source package:


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

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


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. 

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Knights is a very nice KDE chess game.

Knights is my personal favourite. Unless installation issues (see what I write about Xboard below) or explicit user requests prevent it, this is the first Linux chess client I suggest these days. 

It has a pleasant look that is customizable by downloading new themes straight from the configuration panel. If you feel the need for it, you may also have animated moves. Selecting “Computer engine” for both players, you may even study chess by watching the computer play against itself. 

Knights comes with lots of functions, but the default user interface is very simple. The top bar only displays, in full view, the really important buttons: Offer Draw, Adjourn (that is save the game to resume it later), Pause, New game and Undo/Redo. The final reason why I like Knights is that, even if most users won’t need it at all, pressing F1 opens a complete user manual.


The latest stable version, along with packages for most popular linux distributions, can be downloaded from KDE-Apps.


The current stable version features:
    • Local play between two players on the same computer
    • Play against any computer program that supports the XBoard protocol
    • Play on the Free Internet Chess Server (FICS)
    • Wathing two computer engines play against each other
    • Legal move checking
    • Markers for possible moves, opponent's last move and sources of check
    • Board borders and site notations
    • Complete time control, with Plasma-styled clocks
    • Several themes, with the possibility of downloading new ones from within the program
    • Animated moves (configurable)
    • Convenience views for playing on a chess server, including a seek graph, and text console, and a chat widget.
    • Option to undo and redo moves
    • Graphic interface for making and receiving offers from remote players
    • Complete user documentation
The latest release announce is available here.


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Monday, February 20, 2012

XBoard is a very old chess interface, it's not very fancy, or flashy, but it has all the basic features of a modern chess program.

XBoard is a graphical user interface for chess in all its major forms, including international chess, xiangqi (Chinese chess), shogi (Japanese chess) and Makruk, in addition to many minor variants such as Losers Chess, Crazyhouse, Chess960 and Capablanca Chess.

It displays a chessboard on the screen, accepts moves made with the mouse, and loads and saves games in Portable Game Notation (PGN). It serves as a front-end for many different chess services, including:

Chess engines that will run on your machine and play a game against you or help you analyze, such as GNU Chess, Crafty, or many others.

Chess servers on the Internet, where you can connect to play chess with people from all over the world, watch other users play, or just hang out and chat.

Correspondence chess played by electronic mail. The CMail program automates the tasks of parsing email from your opponent, playing his moves out on your board, and mailing your reply move after you've chosen it.

XBoard runs on Unix and Unix-like systems that use the X Window System.


The current stable version is: 4.5.3a

  •  Precompiled versions are available for openSUSE and debian-squeeze (if you know of other distribution that package it, please let us know).


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Friday, February 17, 2012

DreamChess features 3D OpenGL graphics and provides various chess board sets.

DreamChess is an open source chess game. 

DreamChess features 3D OpenGL graphics and provides various chess board sets, ranging from classic wooden to flat figurines.

A moderately strong chess engine is included: Dreamer. However, should this engine be too weak for you, then you can use any other XBoard-compatible chess engine, including the popular Crafty and GNU Chess.

Other features include music, sound effects, on-screen move lists using SAN notation, undo functionality, and savegames in PGN format.

The DreamChess team currently consists of only a handful of people. We could use help in many areas, such as programming, graphics, sound and testing. If you're interested in helping out, please send an email to feedback at


Current release:

DreamChess 0.2.0

Linux (source code)
Mac OS X

DreamChess Music Pack 1.0


Previous releases:

DreamChess 0.1.0

Linux (source code) dreamchess-0.1.0.tar.gz


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Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Tribal Trouble is a real-time strategy video game for Linux.

Tribal Trouble is a real-time strategy video game for Linux.
The game pits natives of tropical islands against invading Vikings.

The game was developed by independent studio Oddlabs, and has won several awards, including four top 5 positions in indie game review site GameTunnel's 2005 awards in the categories of best multiplayer game, best graphics, best strategy game and best game overall.

The game also spawned a sequel, Tribal Trouble 2.
Tribal Trouble for Linux
Download Tribal Trouble for Linux
Linux installation instructions:
Run "" from a shell to unpack the game:
Start the game by running "tribaltrouble" from the "tribaltrouble" directory:
cd tribaltrouble
Tribal Trouble buildings and units

Although tiny of stature, the peons are the only real workforce of your tribe. With their patented Multi Tool they can cut down trees, mine rocks, construct, repair and demolish buildings, slaughter innocent-looking tropical chickens and produce a variety of weapons. In lack of a real armed force, peons can also attack enemy warriors, but don't expect them to survive that unless the enemy is greatly outnumbered. 

Where the peons do all the hard work, the warriors get all the fun of hacking down the enemies and wrecking their buildings. Warriors generally come in three flavors: The basic rock warrior with his inferior stone weapon, the iron warrior with his sharp-edged iron weapon and finally the mighty chicken warrior who, despite what his name might imply, is the toughest of them all because of his tropical-chicken-enhanced weapon. 

Only the most maniacal individuals of a tribe can be turned into chieftains, the game's true weapons of mass destruction. Using his mighty lur, the Viking chieftain can stun enemies with his lack of musical abilities, or simply create a shockwave that will leave neither units or buildings standing. His nemesis, the native chieftain, excels in his deadly cooking skills. From his bubbling cauldron, he can cook up poisonous fumes that will kill off most lifeforms equipped with a nose, or summon forth angry clouds that strike down enemy units and buildings with lightning. 

The quarters are where you create new units. Every now and then a new peon will turn up, and the more peons you have stuffed in the quarters, the faster new ones will appear. Exactly how a population consisting of males only manage to procreate is something we would rather not discuss here. 

These buildings serve as resource storage, weapons workshop and training barracks for your tribesmen. From here, resource harvesting operations are managed, peons are put to work in the smithy and new warriors are trained with the produced weapons. 

Towers are great for defending your buildings and hard working peons. A few towers with warriors in them can stop an army of even slightly determined attackers.

Trees, rocks and iron ore.
These are the naturally occurring resources from which your tribesmen construct their buildings and weapons. If the amount of a resource goes below a certain level, more will automatically spawn. That's simply nature's way of encouraging the tribes to keep producing weapons and fighting wars.

Tropical chickens.
The tropical chicken (Turpiculus Exoticus Pullus) can be found in small groups scattered around on the islands, where they spend most of their time clucking and running around in circles to demonstrate their (apparent lack of) intelligence. What's more important, it has been discovered that their beaks have magical powers that can give throwing weapons the ability to bounce off the victim and hit other hostile targets. The origin of the tropical chicken has not yet been established, although native legends suggest that they "just fell down from the trees" one particularly windy day.


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