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Tux Racer News Archive

Tux Racer 0.60.2 Released for Linux Sunday, October 15, 2000

This is a bug-fix release affecting the tuxracer Linux package only. This release fixes a bug that allowed cheating in cup mode (yes, I know some of you will be dissapointed :-). The configure script has also been completely rewritten -- it now checks for all OpenGL requirements, and finds OpenGL and Tcl in more locations.

Update (Oct. 15, 11:30 PM EST): I've discovered some problems with the configure script in 0.60.2, so I've released 0.60.3, which fixes those problems. If you downloaded 0.60.2 and it worked, there's no need to get 0.60.3, as the code hasn't changed at all.

Slashdotted! Sunday, October 8, 2000

On Friday, Slashdot ran a nice piece on Tux Racer. Of course, we "suffered" from the Slashdot effect -- receiving over 120,000 hits to our web site, and just under 20,000 downloads (not including mirror sites)!

Kudos to SourceForge for being able to keep up with this traffic!

Tux Racer Rated on Thursday, October 5, 2000 has rated Tux Racer a "Top Pick!"

Tux Racer Review on Total Demos Thursday, October 5, 2000

Total Demos has posted a review of Tux Racer, giving the game a "Recommended" rating (score 82%, 5/5 for gameplay). Thanks Total Demos!

Tux Racer Review on Tucows Wednesday, October 4, 2000

Tucows has posted a review of Tux Racer, giving the game their highest rating:

(5/5 penguins!)

Tucows is also mirroring the Tux Racer files; links are on the Downloads page. Thanks Tucows!

Debian Packages Available Wednesday, October 4, 2000

Oliver M. Bolzer has updated his Debian packages for Tux Racer. Instructions for obtaining and installing them are on the Downloads page.

Tux Racer 0.60.1 Released Tuesday, October 3, 2000

This is a bug-fix release affecting the tuxracer Linux package only. The fix addresses a compiling problem with older gl.h files. Thanks to Steve Baker for reporting this.

Call for Mirror Sites Tuesday, October 3, 2000

Several users have reported slow transfer rates when downloading from SourceForge. We are looking for mirror sites for our files in order to alleviate this problem. If you are able to mirror what will soon grow to about 40 MB of files, and have sufficient bandwidth, please contact Thanks.

We thank all of the people attempting to download Tux Racer for their patience while we resolve this matter.

Update (October 4, 10:45 AM EST): Thanks to all of those who stepped up and offered to mirror our files. We now have several mirrors set up, and that should be enough for the time being. Thanks again.

Tux Racer 0.60 Released Monday, October 2, 2000

Tux Racer 0.60 has been released. This is the first public release of the game since Sunspire Studios joined the development. The game now sports a completely revised interface, new gameplay features, improved graphics, sound and music, and joystick support. Both Linux and Windows versions of the game can be downloaded from the Downloads section.