OpenAL: Interesting note about Apple at http://openal.org/ ... the latest openal.org CVS has 5.1 support on OSX. Sweet! Duke3D: Apparently jonof and Ken Silverman have an OpenGL renderer for Build...that's awesome work, guys! We're looking at integrating it with the icculus.org tree if possible, so the Linux and Mac people can take a looksie at it, too. UTPG: We're bringing in Steven Fuller ("relnev") to do some UTPG hacking. Beyond doing consistently quality work, I expect his mere presence will keep my ass in gear to get the Mac and Linux ports done. Unreal Tournament 2003: Mac patch 2225.1 is out: http://www.macgamefiles.com/detail.php?item=17882 2225.2 is looking very solid, just waiting for someone at MacSoft to approve its release. Unreal Tournament 2004: If Mac retail installer crashes on you, use this: http://icculus.org/~icculus/tmp/UT2004-mac-updated-installer.tar.bz2 If the installer just quits at startup without crashing, eject the disc and reinsert it after unmounting the disc image you made or pirated. Other people have noted that if your keyboard is set to Japanese input, the installer might give up without warning at startup. Don't know why yet, and I've only had one report of this. Switching to a US keyboard layout in System Preferences, just for the installer, definitely fixes this. If you're getting kicked for some invalid playerskins thing, update to 3186.1 or later. Linux/amd64 users should use this until there's an official patch: http://icculus.org/~icculus/tmp/ut2004-linux-amd64-utsecurefix.tar.bz2 Linux/x86 users should use this until there's an official patch: http://icculus.org/~icculus/tmp/ut2004-kintersect-fix-2-x86.tar.bz2 Call of Duty: 1.4 is out, now with PunkBuster support: http://www.callofduty.com/patch/ Postal 2: Share the Pain demo for Linux now available: http://icculus.org/news/news.php?id=1816 We are beta testing the retail Linux version right now. Don't email me asking to get in on the beta; I don't control it. I do run the Mac beta, though, and I got hundreds of applications for a test that didn't seem too well-publicized. Which is cool. I'm starting to dig through the applications, and I thought I'd put a few choice quotes here. If you recognize it as your email: thanks for the laughs. :) "But what it really comes down to is that I've mastered breakout, super breakout.. photoshop... I just really want to urinate on people before kicking them down flights of stairs. Is it so much to ask? really?" "Plus Gary Coleman needs his ass to be set on fire for the way he acted on the surreal Life 2. I owe it to him!!!!" "Hmmm, now where to begin? First I am a Brit. Need I say more?" "I also believe I would be a good beta-test candidate because I work part time for UPS." "I realize that you can only need so many testers, but keep in mind that if you don't select me that I will invade Utah with a sizable army of genetically engineered crabs and set forth my first stage in my plan for world Domination. Good day. And remember, the free world as you know it lies in your hands." This one was the best, without a doubt: "And this, undoubtedly, will get Vince to screech with glee: I'm an actual fucking candidate for state legislature in Pennsylvania, a Democrat no less, albeit one who once sent PETA a box of Omaha Steaks with note asking for an endorsement...I guess it doesn't stand for People Eating Tasty Animals. (Real website: ---edited out---). This is the last thing I should be doing right now. But I need to fry a marching band....or whatever evil this game offers. Therefore, I wish to do so." There were an alarming number of people quoting the Postal Dude. "Only my weapon understands me" and such. America's Army: The 2.0.0a patches for GNU/Linux and MacOSX are now available. Details are here: http://icculus.org/news/news.php?id=1829 Other stuff: I am totally in love with Subversion. i.o v2 will actually have Subversion support, for those that want to move their projects over to it (but CVS will be staying for the time being for those that want/need it). I'll be moving my projects over to Subversion (physfs, SDL_sound, etc), though. Eventually I'd like to stop offering CVS altogether. Subversion lets project admins add new developers with write access without me creating a full-blown shell account for them (which is good, since I really hate when people bring ten deadbeat devs with them...I end up creating accounts and they never actually contribute to the project once they show up). Plus, subversion's authentication is secure enough without a ssh tunnel (CRAM-MD5, specifically) so you don't need the whole encryption path to hide your password in an otherwise open source project transmission. I'd like to have a dummy CVS pserver that reads from the Subversion file system and only allows anonymous checkout and update so legacy clients aren't left out in the cold, but I haven't found anything I really approve of, honestly. Truth be told, if you're using CVS to update a source tree, you're probably smart enough to handle a migration to Subversion, but like most things, I think time will sort it out. --ryan.