This is something I should’ve blogged about some time ago, but we wanted to make it a part of a bigger announcement, which did not happen so … here goes.
One of the ideas how to help with Open Build Service adoption was to create some kind of download widget that would be possible to embed into upstream projects’ download pages. After a few days of work I ended up with the page that is now available from this URL:
It contains instructions for all distributions (like adding repo and installing the package), provides direct link to packages (which I recommend using only as a last resort solution), and for SUSE/openSUSE there are One-Click-Install buttons. The page also automatically preselects your distribution (if it’s possible to guess from user agent).
If you want to modify the default color theme just use the following GET attributes (acolor - link color, bcolor - background color, fcolor - foreground color, hcolor - headers color). They accept standard HTML color values like 123 or 112233 (without the #).
PS: Some projects (like for example Geogebra) are already using this, although it was not yet properly announced. Feel free to join them if you think it’s a good idea!
Last weekend I attended Global Game Jam, more particularly its Prague chapter called Game Jam Prague. The original plan was to join my friends from Hyperbolic Magnetism like the last year, but they managed to grow their team to 7 people, at which point I decided to split and form my own team. :-)
The theme selected for this year’s edition was Ouroboros.
At first I created one concept, but later I realized it’s just a toy and it would be very hard to turn it into a playable game, so I decided to scratch it. Then I got the idea to create a puzzle game played on similar board like Hexxagon, but instead of individual stones you have 2-6 snakes and your objective is to move and/or rotate them in order to create one big cycle consisting of all of them.
This is how the game looked immediately after the contest (YouTube video).
I was very surprised that I won the second place with this game in the local competition, because all entries were great and to be honest I did not expect it. Thanks for your support!
If you want to try the game for yourself you can either checkout the source code or download a ZIP or TAR archives. After that make sure you have the latest LÖVE engine installed and run start.bat (Windows) or start.sh (Linux/MacOSX).
If you want to help me with the levels, just create the level file in levels folder (for example 14.lvl) and select level 14 in the level chooser. For level definition see file format.txt in the same folder. Thank you!
You might know a web tool call Wordle. It’s a simple way how to create nice word clouds from texts. It has one disadvantage though. It runs as a web service, so you cannot run it offline. I tried to find the source but the only thing I found was this FAQ answer, where Jonathan (the author) mentioned working for IBM. After few search queries I found Word-Cloud Generator, which seems like the Wordle predecessor from IBM that can be run offline. After some fiddling with the tool I present you these (word clouds from 3 big openSUSE IRC channels I am on, #opensuse-buildservice, #opensuse-factory, #opensuse-project):
Come on, join our IRC channels and have a lot of fun!