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RE: [Bug-gnubg] Re: exe file

From: Albert Silver
Subject: RE: [Bug-gnubg] Re: exe file
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2003 10:37:02 -0300

As a rule, you never want to split install packages unless there is a
very compelling reason to do so. New users who come to the page will
have no idea what option to choose, certainly knowing nothing about
Python and the "no-gui" option, and will either get everything or block
and start asking for help from the mailing list. When I first began
working at Convekta, they actually had the Demos split into 8(!)
different 500 kb files listed for example as Strategy.r00, Strategy.r01
etc. Oddly enough the page was a desert and less than 10% of the people
who visited the download page actually downloaded anything... I had to
explain that their process of providing shrunken parts to ease download
was far from the easy solution for users. :-)

First allow me to profoundly thank Jon for his amazing work with the 3D
board. It looks absolutely fantastic! It really is the best 3D board
I've seen to date for backgammon, and I've seen few. A couple of small
comments if you don't mind:

- The performance on my machine is lethargic. I have an nVIDIA 3D card
installed with 32 MB Ram and all the right drivers, yet even so the 3
second "test performance" says I am getting 0 or 1 image a second. 

- The dice are way too big. I realize they are greatly visible which is
nice, but they take up so much space on the board that I find them very

Once more, way to go. I made a board design without textures as I wasn't
able to get that to work (will try again today) last night and am
including it here. It should look very close to the Wood I 2D color
scheme. I'm going for textures today though... :-)


> -----Original Message-----
> From: address@hidden [mailto:bug-gnubg-
> address@hidden On Behalf Of Øystein O Johansen
> Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 9:27 AM
> To: address@hidden
> Cc: GNU Backgammon
> Subject: [Bug-gnubg] Re: exe file
> > Most computers should be able to render the board
> > (most won't be able to show the shadows).
> > Any pc with a graphics card should work fine.
> Good!
> I was thinking of splitting the installation package into different
> packages.
> - Base package
>   A package with the gtk executable and the dlls + etc
> - A bearoff database add on package.
> - A "no gui" add on package with Python support.
> - A 3D board add on package.
> Is this a good idea?
> -Øystein
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