Knights 2.4 Released

A new stable version of Knights is now ready for public use. There are relatively few user-visible changes, especially considering the long time it took from the last release. However, there are a few behind-the-scenes improvements, which prompted me to bump the version number.

Playing on freechess.org with Knights version 2.4.0

Features

One is the ability to speak opponents’ moves using Jovie. Another, with less immediate advantages but with more effect in the future, is the ability to control Knights via a D-Bus interface. It has no current uses, except with an unreleased version of Simon, enabling voice-only interaction. It could also lead to other interfaces reusing the code of Knights, for example a Plasma widget.As you can see from the screenshots, the feature of turning around the board when the local player changes is now optional, making it possible to use Knights on a tablet as a chess board replacement. I also made use of some recent developments in the KDE libraries, like the nice KMessageWidget as a replacement for the existing offer display.

Finally, some bugs with both the computer and server interfaces were fixed since the last version. The most notable is probably better handling of moves undoing. The XmlGui is also cleaned up, fixing some behavior issues.

Download

As usual, the latest version can be downloaded from KDE-Apps with the help of OpenSuse Build Service.

Alternatively, you can get source from the git repository (tag v2.4.0) or from Dropbox (direct link). Binary packages for most popular Linux distributions are available at the OBS site here.

Bugs and wishes

Please report and bugs (I’m sure there are some) and wishes to http://bugs.kde.org.

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11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by tsven on 21. October 2011 at 12:17

    Thank you for this wonderful program!
    Ever thought about writing a go client for KDE? 😉

    Reply

  2. Posted by Jun on 21. October 2011 at 15:33

    Thank You!!! Nice features

    Reply

  3. Posted by labatts on 21. October 2011 at 15:37

    Nice work. Simple and elegant.

    Reply

  4. Posted by damipereira on 21. October 2011 at 18:41

    NIce! great work!

    Reply

  5. Posted by fasd on 21. October 2011 at 21:14

    Great! Thanks!

    Reply

  6. Posted by Knight on 23. October 2011 at 15:00

    Please add support for choosing cpu strenght!

    Reply

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