Slibo aims to be a comfortable chess interface for KDE. Designed to be usable as a replacement for the xboard chess interface, it has much more functionality, and, on the other hand, is easy to use. Slibo can be used with common chess engines like crafty or gnuchess, but it provides its own chess engine too. You can
- Play against different engines, or watch them playing.
- Use multiple engines at the same time, for instance to analyze a game with different engines.
- Analyze your PGN files.
- Customize the look of the pieces and the board.
Note the nice realtime shadows and reflections :-)
Slibo sourcecode can be downloaded from Sourceforge here. You need to have succesfully installed KDE 3 or higher and need a gcc 3 or higher to build it. I also recommend hardware accelerated OpenGL.
Anonymous cvs access
You can obtain slibo via cvs with
cvs -d:pserver:email@example.com:/cvsroot/slibo login
(press enter when asked for a password)
cvs -d:pserver:firstname.lastname@example.org:/cvsroot/slibo checkout slibo
You will find some binary distributions here, kindly provided by KDE.com.
For the source package:
bunzip2 -c slibo/slibo-0.4.4-tar.bz2 | tar x
to unpack the source tarball and to change to the directory containing source code. Type
to configure the package for your system.
If configure stops with an error, you are usually missing a library or your gcc is to old. Type
to compile the package. Optionally it is possible to build a processor optimized, profiled version of the engine, this yields about 5-10% speed gain. To do so, type
make processor type
where processor type may be athlon, athlon-xp or pentium4. As root type
to install the programs and the data files. This step is mandatory, else slibo won't find its textures.