On Wed, Dec 21, 2005 at 10:08:31PM -0500, Zach wrote:
> On 12/21/05, James Cameron <quozl at us.netrek.org> wrote:
> > http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-scrnsave/ ... this
> > article describes how to embed a Linux application as a screen saver on
> > Windows.
> G'day James,
> Would it be easier to use an existing Windows client to make the
> Windows screensaver?

The answer would depend on the skills of the person doing it.  I'm sure
I could not do it without many days of research in a field I've been
avoiding for years.

> Is the assumption that people will download the screensaver because it
> looks cool and then this will lead to people trying out netrek?

I don't know.  I don't understand why screensaver was even mentioned,
but I presume it is because it is easier to package that way.  Seems
silly.  You'd have to ask the author of the article, or someone who
knows more than I do about it.

> I think if the Vanilla server was ported to Windows this could lead to
> many new public servers and may see resurgence of Paradise netrek as
> well as Windows client development in general.

Porting to Windows is a different task.  Running it in emulation inside
a screensaver that runs QEMU to run the Linux kernel ... is a far
simpler task, based on the techniques described by that article.

> Seems to major work has been done on a Linux client in years, aside
> from revisions to existing Linux clients. Anyone interesting in making
> a Next Generation Linux client?

There are people working on a next generation client.  Saw someone on
#netrek just the other day give a screen shot.  It had a 3D feel to it
by nature of an isometric view.

James Cameron    mailto:quozl at us.netrek.org     http://quozl.netrek.org/