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Free and open source flight sim 'FlightGear' has a brand new release

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FlightGear is a rather advanced free, open source flight simulator that's very much alive and kicking with a big new release now available.

This new build with FlightGear 2020.3 is what they're calling a "Long Term Support" release, as they nowadays offer a full stable build and much more regular content updates. Developed by volunteers, they're trying to make the most advanced flight sim that's entirely free to use. Most people interested probably don't stick to the LTS versions, as the in between releases always have the exciting stuff.

Since the last release there's various launcher improvements, tidal movement is in for the littoral areas close to shore, there's new AI models, updates to a lot of existing aircraft, updated translations, a thread-safe particle manager to reduce crash bugs and lots of other optimizations.

FlightGear - Fly Free! Picture ours.

What's impressive is that it's been going in some form since all the way back in 1997, and they just keep on improving all the tech behind the scenes. At times there has been companies coming along trying to rip it off entirely too, like VirtualPilot3D, ProFlightSimulator and others trying to sell copies of it under a different name. Nice to see they kept fighting them off and working to improve FlightGear freely for everyone.

Want to see everything that's new? The full changelog can be found here, and you can download here.

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Jollt Nov 10, 2020
Quoting: Cyba.Cowboy
Quoting: JolltI just wish we had a driving car simulator too (not racing)

Do you not have a (Real World) car? Or do you just want to "explore" far off lands / "drive" cars you don't own?

I don't have a real world car or know how to drive hahaha. I would love to drive normal cars or even racing cars but on regular roads with scenery and regular transit rules.
Cyba.Cowboy Nov 10, 2020
Quoting: JolltI would love to drive normal cars or even racing cars but on regular roads with scenery and regular transit rules.

Wait, what?

I wanna drive racing cars on regular roads, too... Gold Coast Indy here I come!
deragon Nov 14, 2020
Bug report #2418 - Appimage does not work on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and many other distributions. opened. Description:


When pressing the "Download" button on the "Setup required data file" dialog of the AppImage for 2020.3.2, nothing happens, except the error message shown in bold below.

$ ./FlightGear-2020.3.2-x86_64.AppImage
/usr/bin/google-chrome-stable: symbol lookup error: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ undefined symbol: atk_component_scroll_to_point

And thus, my adventure with FlightGear ends here. :(
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