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Offline SirKnightly

  • George or Keira?
  • 211
Another year, another release!

Change log: (chronologically ordered)
  • More OpenGL optimizations
  • Full type information output for Lua documentation. Very useful for writing Lua scripts.
  • Improved ship lookup behavior in SEXPs for improved performance.
  • Refactoring and new features for the ship lab.
  • Missile multi-lock. It's finally in an official build!
  • IPv6 support for multiplayer
  • A lot of general fixes for multiplayer.
  • Dropped support for Windows XP

Deprecations:
  • Scripting:
    • ba.getFrametime(): The parameter value was used incorrectly inside the implementation. To avoid breaking existing scripts and to improve readability this has been split into ba.getMissionFrametime() and ba.getRealFrametime().
    • gr.drawMonochromeImage(): gr.drawImage() got a new parameter for drawing monochrome images and is more flexible in general so the monochrome variant is no longer needed.

Deprecations are a mechanism in FSO where a certain feature or aspect of the engine has changed or is no longer supported. Since this would normally break existing mods we have the mod table feature "$Target Version:" with which a mod can specify what version of FSO it was developed with. The features listed above will be removed or changed when the target version of a mod is at least the version released in this post.

Previous 19.0 Release Thread

Launchers, if you don't have one already:
All platforms: For every day use, we recommend Knossos, an integrated solution for downloading and launching mods.

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Cross-platform: wxLauncher 0.12.x Test Build (ongoing project for a unified launcher, you should upgrade to the latest RC/test build if you have not yet)
Important: For best compatibility with FSO 3.8 and later you should use at least wxLauncher 0.12.

Windows:  Launcher 5.5g (Mirror) (Mirror) Not compatible with Windows 8+, use wxLauncher above
OS X:  Soulstorm's OS X Launcher 3.0
Linux:  YAL or by hand or whatever you can figure out.

Windows (32/64-bit)
Compiled using GitHub Actions on Windows Server 2019 (10.0.17763), Visual Studio Enterprise 2019

64-bit: fs2_open_21_0_0_RC5-builds-x64-SSE2.zip

32-bit: fs2_open_21_0_0_RC5-builds-Win32-SSE2.zip
This one is based on the SSE2 Optimizations from the MSVC Compiler.

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64-bit AVX: fs2_open_21_0_0_RC5-builds-x64-AVX.zip
This one is based on the AVX Optimizations from the MSVC Compiler (fastest build if your CPU supports AVX instructions).


32-bit AVX: fs2_open_21_0_0_RC5-builds-Win32-AVX.zip
This one is based on the AVX Optimizations from the MSVC Compiler.

What are those SSE, SSE2 and AVX builds I keep seeing everywhere?
Your answer is in this topic.
Don't want to deal with that? Use Knossos and it will download the best build specifically for your PC!

Linux 64-bit
Compiled with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bit, GCC 5
fs2_open_21_0_0_RC5-builds-Linux.tar.gz

These builds use a mechanism called AppImage which should allow these builds to run on most Linux distributions. However, we recommend that you compile your own builds which will result in less issues.
Alternatively, if there is a package in your software repository then you should use that. If you are the maintainer of such a package for a distribution then let us know and we will include that here.


OS X
Not available We recently lost access to our Mac CI environment which we usually used for compiling these builds so for the time being, there will be no builds for this OS.

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Important!!
An external DLL is required for FSO to use TrackIR functions.  The following DLL is simply unpacked in to your main FreeSpace2 root dir.
TrackIR is only supported on Windows.
TrackIR SCP DLL (Mirror) (Mirror)

Known issues:

 

Offline Antares

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  • Author of The Shivan Manifesto
Is there a changelog between various RCs, Knighty?
We have returned to continue our purification of this galaxy. It is again your turn to be crushed beneath the great force that is the Antaran army. All your petty squabbling with the other beings in this galaxy is meaningless. The Antaran fleet will destroy you all, one by one. You may not surrender. You cannot win. Your only option is death.

  

Offline Cyborg17

  • 29
  • Bawsh: i HAz Shivun frend buttons
SirKnightly is an automated account.  The only change from 4 to 5 is two crash fixes.