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Update Information: October 22, 2016 (Updates)

by Ron @, Saturday, October 22, 2016, 18:51

Engine Updates

Andscacs 0.872.15 (UCI)
mp (32 cores max); multi-PV; Syzygy ebtb support; Win
- this is an unofficial release
- added Syzygy ebtb support
- "is maybe 20-25 Elo stronger in self play, without counting Syzygy"
http://www.andscacs.com/
http://www.andscacs.com/andscacs087215.zip (direct link)

Booot 6.1 (UCI)
Pascal source (Russian language comments); mp; Win
- "my quick self-test shows >50+ Elo points improvement on single core"
- smp added
http://www.sdchess.ru/download_engines.htm (SDChess)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/xbdxof191y2j91c/booot6_1_release.rar?dl=0 (direct link)

Peter Österlund builds
Crafty 25.1 PO (XB)
C++ source; mp; limit strength; Linux, Mac, Win
- supports Linux 32/64-bit and win
http://www.craftychess.com/downloads/source/ (source)
http://craftychess.com/
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v16dye7ww33x7oe/AAAnVK4s3EIaUay1ihcsBCu3a

SDChess builds for Linux
Crafty 25.1 SD (XB)
C++ source; mp; limit strength; Linux, Mac, Win
- a new Linux build of current version, probably 64-bit
http://www.craftychess.com/downloads/source/ (source)
http://www.sdchess.ru/download_engines.htm (SDChess download)

Embla 0.9.5 (UCI)
mp (INT_MAX cores); supports Polyglot opening books & Syzygy ebtbs; Linux, Mac, Win
- added support for Polyglot opening books
http://www.vanheusden.com/Embla/

Ghost 3 Beta 2016.10.15 (XB)
Linux, Win
- the Beta 3 version has been updated
- the Beta 3 vesion adds smp as a feature
- this is a slow 3MB download
- "Ghost 3 should be a stronger engine than Ghost 2"
http://www.ghostchess.de/ghost3-beta/index.html

SDChess builds for Linux and Mac
GnuChess6 6.2.3 (XB/UCI)
C++ source; Linux, Mac, Win; directly based on Fruit 2.1 code
- new builds of current version for Linux and Mac
http://www.sdchess.ru/download_engines.htm (SDChess)

K2 0.87 (XB/UCI)
C++ source; Linux, Mac, Win & Android
http://github.com/serg-meus/k2 (source + downloads)
http://www.sdchess.ru/download_engines.htm (SDChess download)

Skiull 0.1 (UCI)
new engine by Tony Soares
Linux & Win
- "the name Skiull comes from putting together Skill and Skull"
- written in C, no source code provided
- there have been several changes to the download package, but the version number remains unchanged
http://skiull.blogspot.com/2016/10/skiull-01-chess-engine-download.html (announcement)

Peter Österlund builds
Texel 1.07 Alpha 6 PO (UCI)
C++ source; mp; multiPV; supports Syzygy egtbs; Linux, Mac, Win
- this is an unofficial alpha build
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v16dye7ww33x7oe/AAAnVK4s3EIaUay1ihcsBCu3a

WyldChess 2016.10.22 (XB)
C source; Linux, Win
https://github.com/Mk-Chan/WyldChess/tree/master/binaries (Win exe files)
https://github.com/Mk-Chan/WyldChess (homepage)

Chess News

Chess Artist 0.1.0
Python script PGN annotator
- can use Stockfish or Brainfish engines
https://github.com/fsmosca/chess-artist/releases

Cinnamon Perft 0.0.1
by Giuseppe Cannella
Cinnamon perft code in C++ ported to Rust programming language
https://github.com/gekomad/cinnamon_perft

Fishbook Opening Books
- Book names: Neutral, Active, Dynamic
http://chessowl.blogspot.com/2016/10/fishbook-official-opening-books-released.html

Noomen Chess Opening book
by Jerome Noomen
- in ctg format
- updated version
http://blogchess2016.blogspot.nl/2016/10/update-noomenctg-opening-book-october_15.html

Norm Pollock site
PGN, EPD & TXT Utility Suites and Opening Book PGN Databases
- modified PGN program: resultList (outres3 bug fixed)
- modified & renamed TXT programs: txtNoRep (formerly txtNoRepeat)
http://www.hoflink.com/~npollock/40H.html

ProTools 1.6a
Ed Schröder's command-line tool for improving engines
- added new features
- this is a silent update, version number unchanged
http://rebel13.nl/misc/ebf/protools.html

SmallFish 10.0.3 Chess GUI (UCI)
free GUI with latest Stockfish engine for iOS
https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/smallfish-chess-for-iphone/id675049147?mt=8

Chess Programming Blogs

Nothing new today

Updated Wiki Pages

Gull3/Hawkeye Test
update by Gerhard
- results after 14,000 test games
http://computer-chess.org/forum/index.php?mode=thread&id=3137#p3154

updates by Norbert Raimund Leisner:

GUI Protocol List
http://computer-chess.org/doku.php?id=computer_chess:wiki:lists:gui_protocol_support_list

Linux Engine List
http://computer-chess.org/doku.php?id=computer_chess:wiki:lists:linux_engine_list

PGN Reader/Viewer/Writer List
http://computer-chess.org/doku.php?id=computer_chess:wiki:lists:pgn_reader_viewer_writer_list

Variants Engine List
http://computer-chess.org/doku.php?id=computer_chess:wiki:lists:variants_engine_list

Bonus Notifications (recent releases of free stuff)

Advisory:

- 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 the battle by cheating: they clobbered my sys admin settings. Microsoft 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.

AbiWord 3.0.2
free word processor similar to Microsoft Word
http://www.abisource.com/

AdBlock 3.4.0
Google Chrome extension to block ads, thereby preventing malware infections
- not related to AdBlock Plus
http://www.getadblock.com/

Amanda Network Backup 3.4.0
open source, cross-platform admin tool for network backup
http://www.amanda.org/

Austrumi 3.5.2
Linux distro based on Slackware; FVWM desktop; #83 in popularity
- OS & all applications run in RAM, making it fast
http://cyti.latgola.lv/ruuni/

CoreOS 1122.3.0
Linux rolling-release server distro based on Gentoo; command-line interface; #71 in popularity
https://coreos.com/

DragonFly BSD 4.6.1
a cutting-edge distribution based on FreeBSD 4, enhanced with a high performance
HAMMER journaling filesystem; virtual kernels that are inherently deadlock-free;
desktops: Awesome, Fluxbox, JWM, KDE, Openbox, WMaker, Xfce; #74 in popularity
http://www.dragonflybsd.org/ (homepage)
http://www.dragonflybsd.org/features/ (unique features)
http://mirror-master.dragonflybsd.org/iso-images/ (iso download)

Firefox 49.0.2
popular, free, open source browser
http://www.mozilla.com/ (homepage)

Go Programming Language 1.7.3
statically-typed, compiled, simple C-like language with type inference and more
http://golang.org/

Google Chrome 54.0.2840.71
Google Chromium 54.0.2840.71
popular cross-platform web browser
- Chromium is fully open-source, Chrome has propietary extensions to enhance Google profits
https://www.chromium.org/getting-involved/download-chromium (Chromium)
https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/? (Chrome)

GParted Live 0.27.0-1 Stable
open source Gnome Partition Editor - resize, move, copy, check, label your hard drive's partitions
understands most file systems including all for Windows and Linux
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/ (homepage)
http://sourceforge.net/projects/gparted/ (project page)

HHVM-3.15.2
Facebook's open-source replacement/improvement of the PHP programming language
- HHVM programs run much faster than PHP programs
- package includes the Hack programming language, version 3.15.0
https://github.com/facebook/hhvm/releases

Java 8, Update 112
update of Java runtime environment and development kit (JRE or JDK)
- it is important to disable the Java plugin in your browser, or bad things may happen to you!
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html

Jenkins 2.26
cross-platform, open source, continuous integration server for developers
- automates the building/testing process
http://jenkins-ci.org/

KDevelop 5.0.2
cross-platform IDE primarily supporting C++, PHP, Python and QML/JS
- now uses Clang compiler for C/C++ parsing & error messages
- supports new Qt5 libraries
https://www.kdevelop.org/ (homepage)
https://www.kdevelop.org/news/kdevelop-502-released (announcement)

Linux Kernel 4.8.4
- the Linux kernel has been updated
http://www.kernel.org/

MariaDB 5.5.53 Stable
open source fork of MySQL; completely compatible w/MySQL; w/extra DB engines & extra features
"MariaDB is a binary drop-in replacement for MySQL"
MariaDB restores several significant features that Oracle has dropped from MySQL
- gaining popularity from MySQL, a work-alike competitor with fewer features
- 5.x version stays in sync with MySQL 5.x; version 10 is an improved version of it
http://kb.askmonty.org/ (homepage)
http://kb.askmonty.org/v/mariadb-versus-mysql-features (extra features vs MySQL)
http://kb.askmonty.org/en/what-is-mariadb-100 (What is MariaDB 10?)

Parrot Security OS 3.2
Linux distro based on Debian(testing); MATE desktop; #63 in popularity
http://www.parrotsec.org/

Solus 1.2.1
Independent Linux distro; Budgie desktop; #24 in popularity
https://solus-project.com/

Vim 8.0.0045
open-source, cross-platform configuarable text editor and lightweight IDE
http://www.vim.org/

VirtualBox 5.1.8
open source, general-purpose, full virtualizer for x86 and AMD64/Intel64 hardware
runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris as host
install one or more guest operating systems onto the same computer
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Guest_OSes (list of guest operating systems)
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog (changelog)
http://www.virtualbox.org/ (homepage)

Whiley 0.4.3
open-source, cross-platform, general-purpose programming language for the jvm
http://whiley.org/

Meaning of Colors

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

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