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March 26, 2008

FreeTrain on Mac OS X

Filed under: Devblog — charlie @ 4:27 pm

It is now possible to compile and run FreeTrain on Mac OS X.  There are still problems so at the moment it’s only for the brave and to be found in our SVN repository.

March 24, 2008

FreeTrain on Linux/Mono/SDL

Filed under: Devblog — charlie @ 12:26 am

There has been good progress over the last few weeks especially by Dave, and now there are instructions for setting up FreeTrain from SVN so that it ‘runs’ on Linux/Mono/SDL.  The caveat is that it still has problems, but the situation is improving almost every day so if you feel brave - or even better if you think you could help out - have a go and see how far you get.

Also there has been some development, for the first time in a long time, in the Japanese version under the moniker ‘FreeTrain Railways’ which we will hopefully be able to pull into our version - or ideally bring the two development worlds together.  Work has already begun on internationalizing the game (this project was originally an English-only translation) so soon we should be running in both English and Japanese so there is scope for consolidating development.

March 15, 2008

New Forum

Filed under: News — charlie @ 12:48 pm

We have moved forums to here:

Unfortunately it was not possible to carry over the contents of the old forum due to the host charging for it.  However we now have an total control over an ad free forum on Sourceforge.  It’s phpBB3 and avatars and attachments work fine.  I hope to see the old forum posters rejoining the new forum soon.

We are still looking for somebody to design a new logo and even skin the website / forum.  We will probably install a wiki in the next few days as well in order to provide decent online documentation for FreeTrain.

March 12, 2008

Status Update

Filed under: Devblog — charlie @ 11:15 pm

Well after the timely intervention by Atsushi Eno, there’s even better news.  The author of Tao.SDL and SdlDotNet, Dave Hudson, has stepped forward to help with getting FreeTrain up to speed on Mono and SDL.  I could not think of a more appropriately qualified person and it bodes for an exciting future for FreeTrain.

If there is anybody who wants to help but can’t program, we also sorely need somebody to help with the administrative side of things, especially a webmaster.  It looks like we may move away from Free Forums for several reasons, and the favoured path is to install a forum (phpBB or otherwise) here on our Sourceforge website, and possibly a wiki too for documentation.  Also our Wordpress installation needs a bit of love.  If you think you are up to the task then please either stop by in the forums or contact us on the developers mailing list.