Linux for home users should have chess, draughts (checkers) and go games

Bug #71216 reported by Mantas Kriaučiūnas
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Mantas Kriaučiūnas

Bug Description

Draughts (checkers) and chess games are very popular, also go board game is becoming more and more popular, so It's wise to include these board games into distribution.

- Chess game could be glchess ( ver or higher, included into GNOME Games ver 2.18 and Baltix 2.5+, see ) or pychess ( ). Both have an ability to choose easier/harder levels, this is very important for beginners, while glchess is nicer look and even optional 3D look, when python2.4-gtkglext1 (from and python-opengl packages are installed. Note, that on Ubuntu 6.06 glChess crashes in 3D View, see bugreports.)
Also it would be nice to use cool 3D chess figures like has.

- For draughts(checkers) game I didn't found any separate game, only gtkboard (nice project, but not developed since 2003-10), ggz-gtk-games, ggz-kde-games, includes checker and chess games in Ubuntu/Debian.

- Go board game could be GnomeGo ( - tested ver. 0.5 and 0.5.1 deb packages) or Quarry - a multi-purpose GUI for several board games, at present Go, Amazons and Reversi (a.k.a. Othello). GnomeGo deb package is pretty big (.png and .zip files in /usr/share/gnomego/ wastes ~4Mb), while Quarry is pretty hard to setup for playing agains computer - it need to register playing program (look at ), there is no simple way to choose play level of computer, but supports more third-party programs, e.g. GNU Go or GRhino). Playing on Internet game servers will be supported in Quarry ver. 0.3.
Also there is cgoban (has internet play ability) and gpe-go and gtkgo packages, but it seems development of gpe-go stopped 4 years ago (I didn't found gpe-go home page or original source location, gtkgo is stopped 5 years ago) :(

Tags: gutsy
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Mantas Kriaučiūnas (mantas) wrote :

Lots of free go board game software are listed at

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Mantas Kriaučiūnas (mantas) wrote : draughts (checkers) and Sokoban-like games in Debian/Ubuntu

Some draughts (checkers, "šaškės" in Lithuanian) games:
 - fltk1.1-games package has flcheckers
 - kcheckers (depends only on libqt4)

Also nice games are berusky and gsoko (needs to be improved to work in 1024x768 and higher resolutions)

Changed in baltix:
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → High
assignee: nobody → Mantas Kriaučiūnas (mantas)
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