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Update Information: October 27, 2016 (Updates)

by Ron @, Thursday, October 27, 2016, 22:01

Engine Updates

Andscacs 0.872.15 (UCI)
mp (32 cores max); multi-PV; Syzygy ebtb support; Win
- this is an unofficial release
- lots of new silent updates, version number unchanged
- added Syzygy ebtb support
- "is maybe 20-25 Elo stronger in self play, without counting Syzygy"

Fianchetto(2) 0.1.4a (UCI)
new engine by Dylan Hunn
C source; Linux; horrible naming of engine: Fianchetto name is already taken
- not new, but new to me
- "very much a work in progress"

Giraffe 20161023 (XB)
Linux, Win; supports Gaviota egtbs
- "~200 Elo improvement in self-play through optimizing the training process. The only real difference is in eval." (older downloads) (direct link)

Gull LazyGull Alpha 0.3 BF (UCI)
this is an unofficial Gull fork by Basil Falcinelli adding Syzygy support & other changes

Horus (XB)
new source code only engine by Pranav Deshpande
C++ source

Jacksprat 1.0 r2 (XB)
new engine by Joshua Scholar
C++ source; TSCP derivative; Linux64, Win64 (empty blog page) (code) (direct link)

Jumbo 0.3.8 (XB)
Win; requires external dlls (not included with package)
- Win64 binary for the first time

Little Lelouch 01 (UCI)
new engine by Ibrahim Abdelrhman
C++ source; Win

Neurone XXV (XB)
multiPV; Win; requires .NET 2.0

newHC 2016.09.26 (UCI)
new engine by Ruturaj Zadbuke
Haskell source; Win
- not new, but new to me

Pedone 1.5 (UCI)
mp; multiPV; limit strength; Linux, Win; supports Syzygy egtbs & Polyglot opening books
- added multiPV mode
- "only about 20-30 Elo stronger than 1.4.1 but much more stable" (G-Sei) (homepage)

Pigeon 1.5.1 (UCI)
Linux, Win; requires external dlls (not included in package)
- Linux build is new

Rasher 0.1 Alpha (UCI)
new engine by Morten Lohne
Rust source

Seahorse 1.0 (UCI)
new source code only engine by Sam Cordes
C++ source
- I'm uncertain if this can successfully play chess or not, but the code looks complete

Michael Byrne builds for Mac
Stockfish for Mac (UCI)
- Michael has updated the latest build

Taltos rev 99 (XB)
new engine by Gábor Buella (Zochova)
C source; Linux64, Win64 (source) (direct link)

Chess News

Frank's Chess Page
- Frank's rating list has been updated

Lucas Chess 10.06
"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)

Natch 3.0.Beta2
Derives game history from given position (aka: proofing, see )

Scid vs. PC 4.17 Chess GUI (XB)
open source, cross-platform fork of Scid project enhanced for playing chess (homepage) (downloads)

Selective Search Magazine
computer chess magazine
- all back issues (166 in total) are now available
- magazine has been defunct since 2013

Chess Programming Blogs

Nothing new today

Updated Wiki Pages

Nothing new today

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 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.

Adblock Plus 1.12.4
free, open source browser plugin that blocks most web advertisements
- for Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari
- not related to AdBlocck

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

Alpine 3.4.5
independent Linux distro; XFCE desktop; #43 in popularity

Antergos 2016.10.23
Arch-based Linux distro; GNOME, Cinnamon, Razor-qt & Xfce desktops; #15 in popularity
- this is a monthly snapshot of a rolling-release distro

Blender 2.78a
free, open source, cross-platform 2D/3D video creation suite
model - shade - animate - render - composite - interactive 3D

Clonezilla Live 2.4.9-17 Stable
open source system image backup/restore (Live) or multicast new system images (SE)

Docker 1.12.3
open platform for distributing software application in containers
- it features operating system-level virtualization for process and full resource isolation
- Docker Engine is the application and environment packaging tool
- Docker Hub is a cloud service for sharing prepackaged containers

Jenkins 2.27
cross-platform, open source, continuous integration server for developers
- automates the building/testing process

KDE Neon 20161027
Ubuntu(LTS)-based Linux distro; KDE desktop; #33 in popularity

Debian-based Linux distro; desktops: LXDE (default), GNOME, KDE, Openbox; #63 in popularity

LibreOffice 5.1.6
cross platform open source fork of OpenOffice project; word processing, chart, spreadsheet, database, etc.
- new udate for an older version (homepage)

Netrunner 16.09
Linux distro based on Debian, Kubuntu, Arch, Manjaro; customized KDE desktop; #47 in popularity
- this is the Kubuntu-based LTS version
- also available is the Arch-based rolling release version

Nim Programming Language 0.15.2
cross-platform, statically typed, imperative/object-oriented, natively compiled programming language
with overloaded functions/operators, iterators, exceptions, generics, closures, templates, macros
GC support for multi-core programming
- language was formerly known as Nimrod
- syntax resembles Python or Ruby
- runtime efficiency of C
- single inheritance only
- can use type inference to deduce types (release notes)

Opera 41
somwhat popular web browser (homepage) (download)

PostgreSQL 9.6.1
open source SQL database for high performance and high availability applications
- new feature: Parallel Query
- synchronouse replication has added option
- more features, optimizations & bug fixes
- "PostgreSQL version 9.1 is now End-of-Life (EOL)" (release notes) (homepage)

Puppy Linux -- Quirky 8.1
Puppy is a popular (#21) and easy-to-learn, easy-to-use Linux distribution
Open source, boots from a CD (your Windows installation is unchanged) w/ simple instruction manual
old, slow computers run very well using Puppy's all-in-memory Linux kernel
There are many versions of Puppy available, each with a specific purpose
You don't necessarily use the latest release, you use the version with the software you want
You will need to know how to burn a disk from an ISO image
- Fatdog64 is a 64-bit Puppy distro; it is larger and more complete than most other Puppys
- Precise Puppy is binary-compatible with Ubuntu LTS
- Wary Puppy is intended to run on older hardware
- Racy Puppy is a mod of Wary Puppy, supporting the newest machines
- Slacko Puppy can use Puppy, Slackware, Salix, or Slacky software repositories; Slacko seems to be the flagship version
- Tahrpup is built from Ubuntu Trusty Tahr
- Quirky is built from Ubuntu and is intended for full installs
- Puppy is based on Slackware; available in 32- and 64-bit (news) (PuppyLinux homepage) (announcement)

Redis 3.2.5 Stable
free, popular, open source database; uses key-value store model
- new distributed implementation (clustering) w/ data sharding & fault tolerance
- experimental support for Windows64
- full support for Linux

Samba 4.5.1
standard Windows interoperability suite of programs for Linux and Unix

TightVNC 2.8.5
cross-platform (Java-based) open source remote control software package;
you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard

Meaning of Colors

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

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