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Starsector 0.97a is out! (02/02/24)

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Bug Reports & Support / Update on the OpenGL situation...
« on: October 04, 2021, 05:20:16 PM »
Looks like a) the Zink developer has deemed Zink good enough for gaming, and b) Mesa version 21.x now includes prebuilt Windows runtimes, supporting Zink (OpenGL over Vulkan) and GLon12 for DirectX users.

I'm going to be playing around with this, see what I can achieve. If anyone else is interested, here's the link

Alex may want to look at this, it could be at last a solution to the long running issue of OpenGL in modern AMD systems.

Bug Reports & Support / a question for Alex regarding LWJGL and OpenGL
« on: December 21, 2020, 08:19:41 AM »
Given that the current OpenGL drivers for the newer AMD cards are absolute turds when it comes to supporting the older OpenGL standards, that said drivers are very unlikely to get better, and that as time progresses, more and more users will inevitably upgrade their graphic cards, and some of them will choose an AMD card, and will be experiencing this problem...

... does Alex have any future plans for addressing this issue? How would he rate the difficulty of moving from OpenGL LWJGL to, say, Vulkan LWJGL?

(Sorry if this has been discussed somewhere else and I'm beating a dead horse here...)

Edit: I might be mistaken here, please correct me if that's the case: is Starsector built using LWJGL version 2? The current state of the art is LWJGL version 3, there's a migration tutorial in the LWJGL site (, and a compatibility layer for version 2 to version 3 ( that apparently allows for gradual migration. Might be interesting.

Bug Reports & Support / Help with Linux setup
« on: July 24, 2020, 08:32:38 AM »
When I started playing this game (and loving it) I thought it strange that the FPS was so low but my card wasn't even struggling. Turns out that I'm one of those unfortunate AMD card owners (RX 5700) that can't leverage their gfx card for this game because of *** OpenGL drivers.

So I am trying to set up an Ubuntu environment, specifically to be able to play this game with good FPS. What I have currently done is create a live Ubuntu 18.04 LTS live flashcard with data persistence, on a 16G flash drive. Now I'm trying to find out what driver packages to install. The information on the Internet is very unhelpful, there's no simple guide like "for X card, install Y packages".
A wrinkle, my gaming computer is not the same computer I use for setting up/downloading packages, so any autodetect-and-install methods will almost certainly not work. Assume that my gaming computer will never be connected to the Internet.

Is there anyone here with strong Linux-fu that can help me, please?

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