[SDL] SDL 1.3 status ?

William Dyce wilbefast at gmail.com
Wed Jul 27 20:19:05 PDT 2011

Totally agree: the 1.2/1.3 confusion was a serious stumbling block for me
during Android development. I think the two need to be more clearly defined:
I had no idea there even was a compatibility mode at first. I just kept
using the library as I always had, and wondered why it wasn't working. Even
some sort of little warning that compatibility mode is being used would be
very helpful.

As for Linux: as I recall SDL was originally developed by Loki for gaming on
Linux. Dropping Linux support would be... odd. I for one use Ubuntu on my
little laptop... but I do have working OpenGL drivers so generally use


On 28 July 2011 13:06, Jeff Post <j_post at pacbell.net> wrote:

> On Wednesday 27 July 2011 19:29, Gato wrote:
> >
> > Now, about desktop Linux. Probably you don't use it, but that doesn't
> > make it irrelevant. The support for OpenGL on Linux is much better than
> > it was a few years ago, and will very likely only improve in the future,
> > so I see no point in crippling SDL by not supporting Linux.
> >
> > Please remember SDL isn't only for the hardcore gamer. Many applications
> > have been written using SDL, and I'm sure many more would benefit from
> > features in SDL 1.3, like multiple windows, even if the OpenGL they're
> > running on isn't blazing fast.
> >
> Well said, Gato. Far too many people seem to have the attitude that "since
> I
> have no need of X, X is irrelevant for anyone". I could expound on why
> people
> make such blatantly silly statements, but suffice it to say that they're
> wrong.
> And I second the opinions expressed by Bob Pendleton earlier; I think
> that's
> the way to go. Currently I have no need of SDL 1.3 as 1.2 suits my needs,
> but
> I like the direction 1.3 is going. When it's mature enough I'll make the
> switch.
> To Mason: the statement that Linux is less than 1% of market share is a
> myth
> pushed on the public by Microsoft. It's not true. What the actual market
> share is is unknown for various reasons that you can find out via Google
> (if
> you care enough to find out),  but it is certainly considerably higher than
> 1%.
> Jeff
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