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Update Information: October 14, 2016 (Updates)

by Ron @, Friday, October 14, 2016, 19:42

Engine Updates

Dann Corbit Win builds
CFish 2016.10.13 DC (UCI)
- this is an unofficial build of the CFish project, which is an unofficial C port of Stockfish (direct link)

'linuxchess' Linux & Win Builds
GopherCheck 0.10 rev 192 LC (UCI)
Go source; mp(8 cores max); Win; only fixed-time per move is supported (direct link)

Hermann Krause Builds
Octochess r5506 HK (XB/UCI)
C++ source; mp; FRC; multiPV; Linux, Mac, Win (source) (direct link)

Sayuri 2016.10.07 (UCI)
C++ source (Japanese comments); mp (up to 64 threads); Linux, Mac, Win

Stockfish for Mac (UCI)
new Michael Byrne site containing the latest Mac builds
- thank you Michael, I will monitor this site for changes

WyldChess 2016.10.13 (XB)
engine by Manik Charan
C source; Linux, Win (Win exe files) (homepage)

Chess News

Chess Clock
new H G Muller program (explanation & photos) (download)

Kvetka 3.29 Chess GUI (UCI)
designed for game viewing and analysis; several plug-ins available; available in a portable version

Lucas Chess 10.04
"play chess against the computer with increasing levels of difficulty and with a limited number of hints that are given by a chess tutor"
Python source; Win32
- contains 36 engines
- also available as a portable build (homepage)

'Myrad v2 8 moves' Sharp Chess Opening Book
by Joel Martus
- in PGN format (direct link)

Noomen Chess Opening book
by Jerome Noomen
- in ctg format
- updated version

Norm Pollock site
PGN, EPD & TXT Utility Suites and Opening Book PGN Databases
- modified PGN programs: tagNull, tagRemove, summary
- modified TXT programs; txtLines, txtNarrow

Tarrasch Chess GUI v3 Beta 2016-10-12 (UCI)
C++ source; open source Chess GUI by Bill Forster
- cross-platform: Linux, Mac, & Win (homepage) (code repository) (download)

Chess Programming Blogs

Tarrasch Chess GUI blog:

Updated Wiki Pages

updates by Norbert Raimund Leisner:

Engine GUI List

GUI Protocol List


Linux Engine List

Macintosh Engine List

SMP Engine List

Variants Engine List

Bonus Notifications (recent releases of free stuff)


- alpha releases have new features; crashes and bugs are to be expected
- beta releases have new features; they may contain bugs or crash
- release candidate software may contain minor bugs; crashes are rare

NOTE: I had an argument with Microsoft. I thought I owned my computer, they thought they did. Microsoft won by cheating: they clobbered my sys admin settings. Microsoft won the battle, but lost the war. If I can't trust a company to do an update, how can I trust it at all? All future updates of Windows-only software will no longer be listed here.

AdBlock 3.3.2
Google Chrome extension to block ads, thereby preventing malware infections
- not related to AdBlock Plus

Adobe Flash Player
free cross-platform flash video player for browsers
- Flash is in undisputed first-place as the most common avenue of infection :-(
- Adobe bundles unwanted 3rd party crapware, beware! :-(
- this release fixes a dangerous zero-day vulnerability

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3
free cross-platform office suite
- it was once the premiere open-source office suite, but no more
- due to Oracle management incompetence, it has been displaced by LibreOffice

Atom 1.11.1
open source web-based programming editor/IDE runs as a desktop app
- lots of plugins and extensions, and language bindings

Calibre 2.70.0
cross-platform open source ebook manager supporting all popular ebook readers
with format conversion, news feeds, and integrated e-book viewer

Drupal 8.2.1
open source PHP-based content management platform for easy website creation

ExTiX 16.5
Ubuntu-based Linux distro; KDE & LXQt desktops; #79 in popularity

FreeBSD 11.0
independent Linux distro; supports most popular desktops; #22 in popularity

GDB 7.12
GNU Debugger supports many programming languages
- supports Ada, C, C++, Objective-C, Free Pascal, Python, Fortran, Java, Rust, and others
- supports local and remote debugging

GnuPlot 5.0.5
open source, cross platform, command-line driven, 2D/3D graphing/plotting (homepage)

Google Chrome 54.0.2840.59
Google Chromium 54.0.2840.59
popular cross-platform web browser
- Chromium is fully open-source, Chrome has propietary extensions to enhance Google profits (Chromium) (Chrome)

ImageMagick 7.0.3-4
cross-platform, open-source program to manipulate images
- create, edit, compose, or convert images files (200+ formats)
- bmp, png, jpg, gif, tiff, svg, etc.
- resize, flip, mirror, rotate, distort, shear and transform
- adjust image, apply special effects,
- draw text, lines, polygons, ellipses & B├ęzier curves

Jenkins 2.25
cross-platform, open source, continuous integration server for developers
- automates the building/testing process

Linux Kernel 4.8.1
- the Linux kernel has been updated

MySQL Community Server 5.7.16
free (Community Server Edition only!), cross-platform, very popular open source SQL database
- slowly losing popularity to MariaDB, a fully open-source, work-alike, drop-in competitor with more features (download)

PHP 7.0.12
PHP 5.6.27
PHP is a very popular and practical general-purpose open source scripting language; it is primarily used for web applications
- security fix
- latest version is PHP 7.0.12

PyPy3.3 5.5-alpha
cross-platform, open source Python implementation; choose JIT (default), no JIT, stackless, or sandboxed;
also available: back ends for .NET and Java (see: 'Features' page);
other languages that run in the JIT: Prolog (incomplete), Smalltalk, JavaScript, Io, Scheme and Gameboy
for Win32, Linux 32/64, Mac64, & ARM
- syntax-compatible with Python 3.3.5
- not well supported compared to the PyPy2 version (homepage)

SQLite 3.15.0
open source SQL database for programmers; small and fast
- "this is a regularly scheduled maintenance release"
- "key feature in this release is the added support for row values"
- performance enhancements, new features & bug fixes
- "the 3.15.0 release uses about 7% fewer CPU cycles than 3.14.2" (homepage) (update info) (changelog)

Ubuntu 16.10
Debian-based Linux distro; Unity desktop; #3 in popularity
- this is the LTS version with updates for 5 years
- Ubuntu MATE (Ubuntu with MATE desktop); #12 in popularity
- Lubuntu (Ubuntu with LXDE desktop); #20 in popularity
- Xubuntu (Ubuntu with XFCE desktop); #27 in popularity
- Kubuntu (Ubuntu with KDE desktop); #37 in popularity
- Ubuntu GNOME (Ubuntu with GNOME desktop); #49 in popularity
- Ubuntu Studio (Ubuntu with Xfce desktop and audio/visual/multimedia extras); #55 in popularity (Ubuntu MATE) (Ubuntu Studio) (Ubuntu GNOME) (Kubuntu) (Xubuntu) (Lubuntu) (Ubuntu)

Wine 1.9.21 Development
Wine 1.8.5 Stable
a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems
such as Linux, Mac OSX, & BSD (homepage) (announcement)

Meaning of Colors

Red = New or Warning
Green = Updated
Gray = Info Only

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