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Re: [Bug-gnubg] Tutorial: Some comments

From: Achim
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] Tutorial: Some comments
Date: 06 Jul 2003 23:59:38 +0200

Am Son, 2003-07-06 um 23.31 schrieb Holger:

> I don't know the timely order of the bots, only that TD-Gammon was first.
> Thus, the references to only Snowie and Jellyfish aren't appropriate. I
> also don't know where the inspiration for gnubg came from and how big a
> role Snowie played then. It would be interesting what Gary had to say
> about the subject.

Backgammon Base (with a small race/bearoff rollout feature)
Expert Backgammon (DOS and MAC)

and a few other free or shareware programs

> Your experience with GNU Chess is anecdotal, but might not leave a good
> impression of GNU Chess. I guess it was a very early version and likely
> has improved a lot by now. You'll often find this with open source
> projects.

The development of gnuchess has stopped a few years ago. But there are a
lot of other free and also opensource chess engines. 

> <excerpt>The official site of GNU Backgammon is either
> http://www.gnu.org/software/gnubg/ or the new site at
> http://www.gnubg.org
> though you should be warned that this is not where you will want to get
> the program. To get the fully functional version you want to go to the
> site of one of the authors:
> </excerpt><<<<<<<<
> You not only get the software at the official sites, you get much more -
> the source. A "warning" and "fully functional version" seem to overdo it.

There are still a lot of people not knowing anything about the sense of
opensource software. It might be an option to add two links to it:
www.gnu.org and www.opensource.org.

> This is no typical Windows crippleware. If I'm not badly mistaken gnubg
> started on Unix/Linux and the MS platform was only later supported.

Yep. Though I think that most of the people using gnubg are working on



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