Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

This forum's FAQ

This topic is 5022 days old which is more than the 365 day threshold we allow for new replies. Please post a new topic.

If you intended to correct an error in the post then please contact us.

Recommended Posts

Well, it''s a bit outdated, and not very useful, anymore. I took a stab at putting something better together. Do the FAQ''s accept the TABLE tag? Null And Void, You link to your profile in the FAQ on how to contact you, but you''ve blocked access to your email address.
<table width="100%">
<tr valign="top">
<td width="50%">
<h3>Linux Distributions</h3>
<p>
<a href="http://www.suse.com/us/">SUSE</a><br />

<a href="http://www.debian.org/">Debian</a><br />

<a href="http://fedora.redhat.com/">Fedora</a><br />

<a href="http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en-us/">Mandrake</a><br />

<a href="http://www.gentoo.org/">Gentoo</a><br />

<a href="http://www.slackware.com/">Slackware</a><br />

</p>
<p>There are many more linux distributions than those, but those are generally regarded as the largest. Apologies in advance for everyone whose favorite distribution is not on the list.</p>
<p><b>Choosing a distribution</b></p>
<p><a href="http://lwn.net/Articles/79321/">LWN''s not-too-shabby run down of "the best" distributions.</a> LWN also has an <a href="http://lwn.net/Distributions/"> excellently detailed list of distributions.</a></p>

<p><a href="http://www.linuxiso.org/">Linux ISO</a> also has a large collection of distributions, and most importantly, <b>direct download links</b>.

</td>
<td width="50%"><h3>BSD "Distributions"</h3>
<p>
<a href="http://www.freebsd.org/">FreeBSD</a> - "The more desktopy one"<br />

<a href="http://www.openbsd.org/">OpenBSD</a> - "The more secure one"<br />

<a href="http://www.netbsd.org/">NetBSD</a> - "The more portable one"<br />

</p>
</td></tr><tr valign="top"><td>
<h3>USENET</h3>
<p><a href="http://groups.google.com/groups?group=comp.os.linux">comp.os.linux</a><br />

<a href="http://groups.google.com/groups?group=alt.os.linux">alt.os.linux</a><br />

<a href="http://groups.google.com/groups?group=alt.os.openbsd">alt.os.openbsd</a><br /></p>

</td><td>
<h3>Useful libraries</h3>
<a href="http://www.libsdl.org/">SDL</a> - Handles input events, audio, 2d graphics, and works with OpenGL. Cross platform.<br />

<a href="http://www.clanlib.org/">ClanLib</a> - More "complete" than SDL, and larger, too. Cross platform (but doesn''t support MacOS?)<br /><br />

<b>Non-gamedev specific libraries</b><br />
Toolkits (GUI widgets):<br />
<a href="http://www.trolltech.com/">QT (used by KDE) (C++)</a><br />

<a href="http://www.gtk.org/">GTK (used by GNOME) (C)</a><br />

<a href="http://www.gtkmm.org/">GTKmm (C++ version of GTK)</a><br />

</td></tr>
</table>

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Not bad, but I also think a few common questions should be answered.

Zorx (a Puzzle Bobble clone)
Discontinuity (an animation system for POV-Ray)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Well, it''s certainly an improvement on the current one...

Suggestions for Q&A''s?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Q: How do findout the time in Linux?
A: gettimeofday()

I don't know why that one's so popular but I've seen it asked countless times. I'll add more when I think of them.

Q: How should I partition my drive?
A: Lengthy answer

There should also be a section with what software should be used to do what with popular software like anjuta/kdevelop debate, mozilla, k3b, xmms, etc.

EDIT: Added more

Zorx (a Puzzle Bobble clone)
Discontinuity (an animation system for POV-Ray)


[edited by - clum on April 16, 2004 3:39:58 PM]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
quote:
Original post by C-Junkie
I took a stab at putting something better together. Do the FAQ''s accept the TABLE tag?

I don''t see why not but I also don''t see how it''d be more suited to listing data than ordered/unordered lists are.
quote:
Original post by C-Junkie
Null And Void, You link to your profile in the FAQ on how to contact you, but you''ve blocked access to your email address.

It was unblocked until recently (a couple weeks ago) for whatever reason. I suppose I should unblock it or give it directly or something...

I took a look at updating the forum FAQ a while ago and concluded I''d have to rewrite the whole thing in the process and put it off. I''ll put some more effort into it .

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Put a first draft up. No less information than before, but not a whole lot added yet. Apparently GameDev is convinced it should help me out by putting a "<BR>" everywhere I had a newline (I didn''t use a single "real" break in the document), like it would with a forum post. So, I''ll run in through sed and strip out the newlines or something in a bit.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Not a bad start. There''s more to add, but I can''t think of anything on the spot.

Just curious, why isn''t "What can I discuss here?" a frequently asked question?

Zorx (a Puzzle Bobble clone)
Discontinuity (an animation system for POV-Ray)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
You should have links to more than just Linux and BSD, they aren''t the only Unices. This is the "Unix forum" after all. There''s also MacOSX, Solaris, etc.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
quote:
Original post by Doc
You should have links to more than just Linux and BSD, they aren''t the only Unices. This is the "Unix forum" after all. There''s also MacOSX, Solaris, etc.

In fact, those two are the only non-Linux and non-BSD unixes that I had listed to which I had given links (AIX and HP-UX are listed without links because I was lazy). The FAQ is missing Mac OS X and Solaris community, documentation, news, and related links. If you have such sites to suggest, I''ll add them; I don''t really know what sites Mac OS X and Solaris users find helpful . I suppose I could just list what Google returns though (I''ll get around to that tomorrow if no one has anything specific to suggest, I guess)...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
looks wonderful.

but under the libraries, section, could you add another paragraph with links to gtk, gtkmm, and qt? (or did I miss these somewhere?)

quote:
Just curious, why isn''t "What can I discuss here?" a frequently asked question?


Hmmm, who''s ever come in here and asked that question?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
quote:
Original post by C-Junkie
but under the libraries, section, could you add another paragraph with links to gtk, gtkmm, and qt?

Sure, I''ll add an applicable section.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
quote:
Original post by Null and Void
In fact, those two are the only non-Linux and non-BSD unixes that I had listed to which I had given links (AIX and HP-UX are listed without links because I was lazy). The FAQ is missing Mac OS X and Solaris community, documentation, news, and related links. If you have such sites to suggest, I''ll add them; I don''t really know what sites Mac OS X and Solaris users find helpful . I suppose I could just list what Google returns though (I''ll get around to that tomorrow if no one has anything specific to suggest, I guess)...



My point is mostly that the FAQ should clearly state that it''s wrong to suggest Unix == Linux (and/or BSD), but that "Unix" is quite a wide family of operating systems from lots of different vendors for differnt purposes. Whether you provide "useful" links for each of them individually doesn''t really matter. If anyone does have a problem they''re all reasonably similar anyway, and chances are that a portion of any good information for a particular distro or OS applies generally.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Why? Are you writing a game for HP-UX/AIX/Solaris?

Maybe solaris isn''t out of the question, but compatibility on solaris is usually just a side effect of running on linux.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
quote:
Original post by C-Junkie
Why? Are you writing a game for HP-UX/AIX/Solaris?

Maybe solaris isn''t out of the question, but compatibility on solaris is usually just a side effect of running on linux.
I think Solaris is still used almost as much as linux. I think the only reason we are more familiar with linux is that its much cheaper (actually, I heard that Solaris is free for personal and programming use). But many companies/universities use Solaris because its much more stable than linux. Of course, this is GameDev, and I don''t think system administrators are the target of our games, but we don''t discuss game programming too much in this forum anyway. But then again, system administrators aren''t too likely to be looking into Gamedev anyway.

Zorx (a Puzzle Bobble clone)
Discontinuity (an animation system for POV-Ray)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites