Hi all. For people who don’t know yet. CrystalBlend is a port of GameBlender to the Crystal Space engine. Check http://www.crystalspace3d.org/tikiwiki/tiki-index.php?page=CrystalBlend for more information. I just finished a big redesign to make CrystalBlend more modular. This redesign will allow me to plug in the game logic module in other programs (like Blender in the future) and it also allows other people to easily use the game logic module in their own game projects.
However, during developing this I’m hampered by the fact that I have to work on Windows using mingw. Mingw is fine but debugging is very annoying as mingw/gdb doesn’t work very well. I would really like to go back to development on Linux (I’m missing valgrind!) but I can’t install Linux on my computer (laptop from work) and my real Linux computer is breaking down. So I’m gently asking to consider sending a donation to the Crystal Space project if you think this is a worthwhile goal. To donate you can go to the http://www.crystalspace3d.org/tikiwiki/tiki-index.php?page=Project+Donations (donation page at CS site) or directly to the https://sourceforge.net/donate/index.php?group_id=649 (Crystal Space donation page at SourceForge).
Hmm that’s an idea but I have a few problems. First will such a linux distribution allow me to install nVidia drivers? I need the latest nVidia drivers for my card (to do 3D work) and the nVidia driver may want to install stuff in read-only (CD-ROM) space. Can that work?
The other problem is that my laptop is VERY short on disk space so I wouldn’t have room for another Crystal Space built
You can do anything with a Live CD that you can do with a normal distribution, and you don’t have to worry about the CD being read-only because its all stored on a RAMdisk it your PC’s memory. Ofcourse once you reboot all your changes are lost. :-?
Q U I C K A D V E R T * * * * * * *
Still trying to survive with windows? Getting tired
of all those crashes? Afraid of installing a second
operating system? No Prob… take a Linux Live CD
out for a spin. Get one free off a Linux PC Mag,
pop it in your CD drive and reboot.
It only stores the the differences between your virtual installation and the CD in the ramdisk, so it doesn’t take up much memory. Just try it and see if it works, its not as if a live CD costs anything. (cost of PC Mag maybe, but Live CD’s are bloody useful for recovering data if your installed OS isn’t working anyway, so you might as well buy one.)
Well it doesn’t sound like an option for serious development use. If I have to reinstall the video drivers and other things I need everytime I boot into linux then that’s really not an option at all. I can hardly reinstall the system two times a day (this is how much I would boot up the laptop in linux).
I just investigated a bit and it will not work Knoppix and similar can’t write to NTFS filesystems and my harddisk on this laptop is NTFS. I also can’t repartition it as it is my work laptop and I am not allowed to change that.
So I guess a real linux computer is the only option.
I’ve got a 40G USB 2.5" hard drive ands it has just one USB cable, no power cable. You could probably get one for <$150 aus (I don’t know about what that would be in Euro’s or US $), allowing $50 for the anclosure (probable alot cheaper) and $100 for the HDD (maybe more).
I suppose if you get a USB HD you could probably just install to that (although I don’t know how much trouble it would be).