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Chess in Linux (Solved)
« on: December 30, 2018, 08:16:29 pm »
Chess on Linux is very limited. But there is an excellent chess database called SCID. Apart from Manjaro, and OpenSUSE I am yet to see any debian based distros supply this excellent bit of a Open Source Software via the repositories, at least not an up-to-date version.

You can find the program here.

I normally have to install the tcl dependencies and then manually install from the zip file, but it would be awesome to have it in the repo.


http://scid.sourceforge.net/





*** After posting, I found the SCID program using the Software Manager, and it has been updated ***
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Re: Chess in Linux (Solved)
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2019, 02:55:28 am »
it would be awesome to have it in the repo.
*** After posting, I found the SCID program using the Software Manager, and it has been updated ***

Thanks for the tip. 
There are lots of results for searchterm "chess" in Synaptic Package Manager.
I wonder if you recognize any of those as being good.

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Re: Chess in Linux (Solved)
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2019, 08:04:29 pm »
Thanks for the tip. 
There are lots of results for searchterm "chess" in Synaptic Package Manager.
I wonder if you recognize any of those as being good.

When using Synaptic Package Manager, most of the packages displayed are chess engines, designed to be used with programs like SCID.

For example, stockfish, glaurung, fruit, toga2 and phalanx are all engines, with stockfish probably being the better of the bunch.

gnome-chess has had no development in I don't know how long!

chessx is a database program, but SCID is far superior in every way possible.

eboard has some uses but it is not very well polished in terms of a decent chess program. You can use it with the FICS server.

Pychess.... now we are talking. A very good program to view .pgn files and play internet chess via FICS. The playing interface can be changed to a variety of pieces and board colours. You can also import a chess engine as mentioned earlier if you want to play against the computer.

To summarize, SCID for a chess database, Pychess for internet chess.

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Re: Chess in Linux (Solved)
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2019, 08:25:08 am »
Nice, glad you found a setup that works for you .. and thanks for posting the findings of your journey (I'm sure it'll help others) :)
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