Should Flightgear switch to dds texture format?
What is this about?
The FG development team is considering to switch the format for terrain textures from png to dds. This would offer a number of significant advantages:
– dds is a compressed format, hence the download size of the FG base package may be decreased
Flightgear is constantly under development and as the feature freeze for the next 3.0 release approaches, it is becoming increasingly clear what the next version will have to offer to users:
The next generation scenery has finally arrived!
After long years of waiting, a new version of the world-wide scenery shipped with Flightgear is now being rolled out. This scenery makes use of CORINE data in Europe, utilizes other custom enhancements elsewhere in the world, brings new and improved airport layouts and includes roads and other line data from the Open Street Map project. Especially in the CORINE …
Flightgear is constantly under development, and the current development version (2.11) contains already a number of interesting features beyond what 2.10 could do – so here is some (incomplete) list of what to expect from the next release:
Novel water effects
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Subtle variations in sea color and surface reflectivity are rendered at high quality, which together with slighly patchy fog improves the visual impression significantly. In addition, an experimental effect generating surf at some coastlines is under active development (coast of …
New Hardwareinfo Utility for Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.10/11.04/10.10/10.04/Linux Mint/Debian Hardwareinfo is an new utility to show detail information of your system hardware and software. It is only compatible with Linux and available in deb(Debian Package). It can display Hardware information like: Ram, CPU, Graphics adapter, HDD, CD/DVD, USB Devices, Ethernet/Wireless, Sensors, Motherboard and List of other hardware [...]
Last year, Oscar (youtube user: osjcag) created a series of short “howto” movies called the 12 Days of FlightGear Tips. This year he is producing Season #2! Each day he releases a new tip in honor of the twelve days of Christmas. Make sure you check back each day for the new tip! Even “seasoned” FlightGear pilots may pick up a new trick or two. Enjoy!