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So we reached the end of possibilities on the pandora
Uhm, no, not exactly. Wesnoth was always known as a real monster regarding the amount of memory used. Don't forget that the current port is *only* a case of "lets compile it for arm/linux", no additional optimizations, no lowmem mode, nothing. All the functionality and the likes that the Desktop version comes with. The main problem regarding speed is that all rendering is done in software. No hardware acceleration for animations *at all*. So if/once we switch to OpenGL for rendering it should be a whole lot better regarding CPU usage for animation stuff. Yes, CPU load is also a problem on Desktop boxes if they got a slower CPU and use a larger resolution since a whole lot of stuff has to be redrawn.Bosbeetle said:So we reached the end of possibilities on the pandora
Wesnoth 1.9.1 is out now!Ivanovic said:Got some news regarding the 1.9.x development series of Wesnoth:
The bad news:
There won't be a build of 1.9.0. In this version Wesnoth simply uses too much memory, it is not possible to even start the easiest (WML wise) campaign, because too much RAM is required to create the cache.
The good news:
It looks like trunk got a whole lot better regarding memory usage, so 1.9.1 will most likely get a pnd. For this one I will change several default preferences:
* set sound buffer to 2048 to reduce crackling; still happens every now and then but not this often
* turn off animated map; was no problem in 1.8, but in 1.9 too much is animated which makes the game crawl when eg looking at some watery area, scrolling over it is (currently) hell (can of course be reactivated via the preferences)
* turn on "local time of the day"; this feature is new in 1.9 and by default turned off since the memory impact is not known, looks nice though so it will be active in the pandora build
Regarding those warnings: they are basically valid...Ivanovic said:Some advance warning already:
* It will not be possible to use the 1.8.x savegames with 1.9.x, they are simply not compatible (aka "a whole lot changed and better safe than sorry", you could copy them over by hand, but they might not work).
* Initial gamestart is a whole lot faster, but starting a match/campaign will still take a little while, especially when there is no cache available yet (first time starting a campaign on a specific difficulty level or after downloading an add-on).
* The download will get even bigger...
Yes, 1.8.x is the "old but stable" series. Each 1.8.x is compatible with each other. It is meant to be rather stable and just working. Though no really new stuff will be added in the minor releases, those just fix bugs, update translations and that's basically it. You can use your 1.8.0 savegames with 1.8.5 and whatnot, this is easily possible and meant to work.Bosbeetle said:So correct me if I'm wrong the 1.8.x and 1.9.x series are complete different branches?
Ivanovic said:Wesnoth 1.9.3 is out now!
This is a development release, so it is likely to have some issues you would not expect in a stable series. Things are still in motion, many changes are happening and especially translations are incomplete since barely any translation team has started working on this new line. This is intentional since their work would be wasted otherwise if the stuff does still change further. So if you are using a translation of Wesnoth and see some English strings: this is no bug.
If you find any issues with this release, please report them at http://bugs.wesnoth.org.
Some things for you to keep in mind:
* 1.8.x saves are likely not to be compatible with 1.9.x games. This is no bug and you can install both, 1.8.x and 1.9.x in parallel to play them. Eg you will have by far more players on the multiplayer server for 1.8.x than you will find for 1.9.x. On the other hand 1.9.x does feature many great changes, especially seeing all the new terrain graphics in action is really lovely.
* The new download has more than 300MB.
In general Wesnoth is identical on your Pandora and on your normal desktop system. That means that you can of course move savegames between the two and stuff like this. The same applies for multiplayer games with Windows, OSX and Linux users. I hope that you will enjoy this new release.
Download Wesnoth 1.9.3-1
fusion_power said:Cool, can't wait to get my Pandora, Wesnoth will be one of the first things I plan to put on the Handheld.
I've heared that the last Version of Wesnoth has improved graphics and Animations that could make the Pandora sweat. Is the performance of the Port increased or do we have to disable some effects to have a smooth Game experience (assuming we keep the 500MHz standard clocking)?
fusion_power said:THX again.
is there a date when the 1.9.x branch will be turn from development state to official stable release state?
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