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XFire

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 7:01 pm
by [Adm]Theon
It's an in-game instant messenger, and it's a program that allows you to keep track of your friends when they're online. Their roster supports BZflag. Does anyone have it?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:08 pm
by Saturos
Sadly it is Windows only, so it cant be considered well suited for the BZFlag-community.

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:09 pm
by blast
Saturos wrote:Sadly it is Windows only, so it cant be considered well suited for the BZFlag-community.
The majority of BZFlag users run Windows.

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:17 pm
by ducktape
Doesn't The IRC Channel do the same thing?

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:11 am
by blast
ducktape wrote:Doesn't The IRC Channel do the same thing?
No. XFire allows you to do stuff like bring up the chat window while playing the game, without minimizing the BZFlag client. I believe more support for XFire features has been added in either 2.0.10 or in the SVN trunk, but I'm not sure to what extent.

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:39 am
by DTRemenak
2.0.10 helps out the XFire client so future BZFlag upgrades won't break XFire's BZFlag support.

Trunk has additional stats and server info optionally relayed to your XFire friends (like many other games do).

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 8:21 am
by ducktape
Ok Cool thanks.

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:27 am
by Saturos
blast wrote:
Saturos wrote:Sadly it is Windows only, so it cant be considered well suited for the BZFlag-community.
The majority of BZFlag users run Windows.
Are there 'official' stats about that? Does the listserver keep track with which OS a user connects?

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:26 pm
by JeffM
Saturos
the list server does get the info, but we don't store it presently. Our info comes from scanning the server logs of servers run by various developers.

Just over 1/2 of our clients are windows, the rest are split between OSX and the various linuxes with OSX usually slightly more then the linuxes.

If anyone would like to work on the list server to have it provide better stats that work would be more then welcome.

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:35 pm
by DTRemenak
It's all logged on the list server, but I'm not aware of any stats generation from that data. It's been something I'd like to do for a long time, just haven't gotten around to it.

The last set of stats I had from my own servers were:
Windows 58% (99.5% Visual C++, 0.4% MingW32, 0.1% other)
MacOS 17%
*NIX 25% (98.9% Linux, 0.1% *BSD, marginal Commercial Unices)
Sample size 107053, Sample period 1-5-2005 to 10-21-2005