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March 8, 2017

German translation

Version 5.2.0 of Pasang Emas is out with an updated German translation, thanks to Markus Enzenberger.

Enjoy.

December 15, 2016

Tool migration

Version 5.1.0 of Pasang Emas is out. There is not much changes in terms of user experience compared to the previous version, except if you are creating your own custom patterns. You may have discovered that your custom patterns are not persistent. This is a bug that I didn't even notice until recently. Perhaps it was introduced by a library update. This bug is fixed; custom patterns are now properly saved.

Most of the changes are in the build tools. Pasang Emas has removed its dependence on some deprecated stuffs. It now uses yelp-tools for its help files and git.mk to generate filters for version tracking. All these are not important for end-users but are vital to extend the life of Pasang Emas.

Enjoy.

August 17, 2015

Hot picked



Pasang Emas has been featured in the HotPicks section of the venerable Linux Format magazine. Twice.

The first time was in August 2010 issue, covering Pasang Emas version 2.1.0. I keep a print copy of that issue as a treasure. The second time was in June 2015 covering version 5.0.0. I believe Linux Format is no longer available in print form. Otherwise, I would have rushed to buy a copy.


March 15, 2015

Play face to face

Version 5 of Pasang Emas is out with a new fresh look. This version supports two-player mode so you can play with your friend on a tablet face to face.

Spread the word and enjoy.

January 28, 2015

Fixes coming

It has been a long time since I touched Pasang Emas. After all, it has been a rather stable product with no urgent defect to attend to. I was aware of changes in GTK+ (a toolkit that Pasang Emas uses), but I did not think that they would significantly affect Pasang Emas.

The situation changed when I received the following announcement on a mailing list:

    Since glib 2.41.2, the mutex/cond implementation on Linux has changed. The
    code compiled with Vala < 0.26 which targets at least glib 2.32 with
    --target-glib 2.32 will suffer from deadlocks.

That message means Pasang Emas may fail to run on newer GNU/Linux systems.

So, I hastily took action and fixed this. I also discovered that some changes in GTK+ cause some parts of Pasang Emas to fail. This has been fixed too.

However, I'm not ready to make a release yet. I want to do some code cleanup. If you are impatient for the next release of Pasang Emas, you can get the latest development version from its git repository. The latest development version is usually usable.

May 6, 2014

April 5, 2014

What do you call those mobile pieces?

In pasang, each player has only one mobile piece. This piece is called a "kas". A "kas". Singular, despite the 's' at the end.

"Kas" is a Malay word. What to call it in English? "Kas" is the most obvious choice. Pasang Emas uses "kas" in its help document.

The word "ka" (plural "kas") is used in the Wikipedia entry for pasang (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasang). This was picked up by The Brunei Times.

So, what is it? "Ka" or "kas"? Just accept both. No war!