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After a long period of silence, it seems a lot was going on behind the scenes for Unvanquished and it's now properly open source all the way through.

Originally forked off from another game, Tremulous, which has a lot in common with the Natural Selection game. Two opposing sides of Aliens vs Humans that mixes first-person action with a little strategy with some building. Unvanquished was an effort to continue Tremulous with more modern features and it appears to be close to a new release.

In a long round-up blog post, a lot of effort has been put into splitting up assets and tools needed for Unvanquished into their own respositories, making it easier to track down and properly sort out licensing. Lots didn't have a license, or one that was problematic for the project. Now though? They're announcing that Unvanquished is now "fully open source again, from engine to game code, from models to textures".

Part of their move to ensure it's open source comes from how many games are now on Linux or can be run unofficially, so they want to continue to show off free and open source gaming. So it's a cross-platform game across Linux, macOS and Windows that's also fully free and open source. It took a few years and lots of effort to do but I for one appreciate how far they went to ensure it.

The best news is that a new release, Unvanquished 0.52, is almost here. Sounds like it's going to be a big one too, as they mentioned it's going to need multiple blog posts to cover. Exciting times.

See more on the Unvanquished website.

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mZSq7Fq3qs 18 Sep
Quoting: TcheyHm, tried to install, but

Crashed with signal 11: Segmentation fault

Tried with auto-updater and universal zip, same.

Same for on arch linux. Tried updater and installed from aur.

Probably missing some libraries or something.
CFWhitman 18 Sep
Quoting: Pit
Quoting: Phlebiac
Quoting: Pittoothwheel symbol

Is that a common alternative for "gear" or "cog"? Not sure I've seen it used before.

Don't know if it's common. Just what came to the mind of a non-native speaker....

It was clear enough, anyway. Just for reference, "gear" is the common word. Technically, "cog" is just one tooth in a gear, especially when made of a different material than the wheel itself.
scaine 19 Sep
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I downloaded the torrent, got this:

Nemo window showing unzipped contents of the torrent, none of which look like a game

No idea what to do. Nothing in the wiki either, that I could find. Why is the torrent different from the universal updater? Why are good guy open source game designers so poor at making their games easily accessible? Weird.

I'll try the actual download button. I tend to avoid them if there's a torrent, a I don't like placing load on a free game resource.
Mnoleg 19 Sep
The updater works for me in Fedora 32 with no tweaks needed. It's a pity there aren't many players around, but I'm enjoying being slaughtered by bots anyway.
whizse 19 Sep
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Quoting: scaineI downloaded the torrent, got this:

Nemo window showing unzipped contents of the torrent, none of which look like a game

No idea what to do. Nothing in the wiki either, that I could find. Why is the torrent different from the universal updater? Why are good guy open source game designers so poor at making their games easily accessible? Weird.

I'll try the actual download button. I tend to avoid them if there's a torrent, a I don't like placing load on a free game resource.
The .zip will have the same file structure.

You're supposed to run the game using "./daemon -pakpath /path/to/pkg/" but the game version that's available to download is from 2018 and suffer from bitrot. It seems to depend on an outdated libstdc++.
illwieckz 20 Sep
Quoting: Faalhaas
Quoting: TcheyAh, good to know then. I’m on Manjaro.

You do the same, right ? I don’t miss a step ?
I had this same issue on Arch.

Hi, we are investigating that crash that looks specific to Arch:
https://github.com/Unvanquished/Unvanquished/issues/1215

Do you used our official build (using the updater or the universal zip archive)?
If yes, can you try this instead? https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/unvanquished/

-- illwieckz from Unvanquished
illwieckz 20 Sep
Quoting: scaineI downloaded the torrent, got this:

Nemo window showing unzipped contents of the torrent, none of which look like a game

No idea what to do. Nothing in the wiki either, that I could find. Why is the torrent different from the universal updater? Why are good guy open source game designers so poor at making their games easily accessible? Weird.

I'll try the actual download button. I tend to avoid them if there's a torrent, a I don't like placing load on a free game resource.

Move everything from the “linux-amd64” folder right to the “pkg” one (in fact the “linux-amd64” folder does not exist in the archive but was created by your unarchiver, we can't prevent this).

So, your folder must looks like this:

```
pkg/
crash_server
daemon
daemonded
illwieckz 20 Sep
Quoting: whizseYou're supposed to run the game using "./daemon -pakpath /path/to/pkg/" but the game version that's available to download is from 2018 and suffer from bitrot. It seems to depend on an outdated libstdc++.

You don't need to use any argument if you move the binaries right to the pkg/ folder, see my previous comment.

About bitrot, one problem we face is that we need to build the game on an old linux distribution to make sure people with old distros can also run it. So it's all about choosing a build platform that is not too much recent and not too much old at the same time. What is the distro name and version you use so we may check it for our upcoming release?
whizse 21 Sep
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Quoting: illwieckzWhat is the distro name and version you use so we may check it for our upcoming release?
I use Debian unstable, so I'm afraid I almost always run the latest versions.
Faalhaas 23 Sep
Quoting: illwieckzDo you used our official build (using the updater or the universal zip archive)?
If yes, can you try this instead? https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/unvanquished/

-- illwieckz from Unvanquished
Both the updater and universal zip contain an executable called daemon which gives the Segmentation fault.

So I tried the AUR:
[user@arch unvanquished]$ makepkg -sci
==> Making package: unvanquished 0.51.1-1 (Wed 23 Sep 2020 10:40:01 PM CEST)
==> Checking runtime dependencies...
==> Installing missing dependencies...
error: target not found: unvanquished-data>=0.51.1
==> ERROR: 'pacman' failed to install missing dependencies.
==> Missing dependencies:
  -> unvanquished-data>=0.51.1
==> Checking buildtime dependencies...
==> ERROR: Could not resolve all dependencies.


Okay... Then this:
[user@arch unvanquished-data]$ makepkg -sci
==> Making package: unvanquished-data 0.51.1-1 (Wed 23 Sep 2020 10:41:18 PM CEST)
==> Checking runtime dependencies...
==> Checking buildtime dependencies...
==> Installing missing dependencies...
resolving dependencies...
looking for conflicting packages...

Packages (2) c-ares-1.16.1-2  aria2-1.35.0-2

Total Download Size:   1.59 MiB
Total Installed Size:  5.74 MiB

:: Proceed with installation? [Y/n] Y
:: Retrieving packages...
 c-ares-1.16.1-2-...   117.6 KiB  1867 KiB/s 00:00 [######################] 100%
 aria2-1.35.0-2-x...  1507.3 KiB  8.18 MiB/s 00:00 [######################] 100%
(2/2) checking keys in keyring                     [######################] 100%
(2/2) checking package integrity                   [######################] 100%
(2/2) loading package files                        [######################] 100%
(2/2) checking for file conflicts                  [######################] 100%
(2/2) checking available disk space                [######################] 100%
:: Processing package changes...
(1/2) installing c-ares                            [######################] 100%
(2/2) installing aria2                             [######################] 100%
:: Running post-transaction hooks...
(1/1) Arming ConditionNeedsUpdate...
==> Retrieving sources...
  -> Downloading download-dpk-torrent.sh...
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100   168  100   168    0     0    569      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--   567
100  2615  100  2615    0     0   4402      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--  4402
==> Validating source files with md5sums...
    download-dpk-torrent.sh ... Passed
==> Extracting sources...
==> Starting build()...
==> Entering fakeroot environment...
==> Starting package()...
Downloading torrent...

09/23 22:41:22 [NOTICE] Downloading 1 item(s)

09/23 22:41:22 [ERROR] CUID#7 - Download aborted. URI=https://cdn.unvanquished.net/unvanquished_0.51.1.torrent
Exception: [AbstractCommand.cc:351] errorCode=19 URI=https://cdn.unvanquished.net/unvanquished_0.51.1.torrent
  -> [AbstractCommand.cc:789] errorCode=19 CUID#7 - Name resolution for cdn.unvanquished.net failed:Could not contact DNS servers

09/23 22:41:22 [NOTICE] Download GID#484b22c138f02411 not complete: 

Download Results:
gid   |stat|avg speed  |path/URI
======+====+===========+=======================================================
484b22|ERR |        n/a|https://cdn.unvanquished.net/unvanquished_0.51.1.torrent

Status Legend:
(ERR):error occurred.

aria2 will resume download if the transfer is restarted.
If there are any errors, then see the log file. See '-l' option in help/man page for details.
==> ERROR: A failure occurred in package().
    Aborting...
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