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Ahh interesting. Thanks for clearing that up.
Here is my current plan then:
For now, just install those libs if you want to play. I will completely gut out the pulseaudio support for the next update and add openal as a dependency and use it exclusively (for linux). The main reason for that is that I can specify for Desura to make sure users have openal but I can't make sure users have libpulse.
@megadriver, If you are very strongly against installing those libs, let me know and I will push out another update quickly, rather than waiting for some actual content to go along with it. I don't want you sitting around unable to play :)
Upon looking at the interface to download standalone files, it is quite unclear what the versions are. I have contacted Desura and they will hopefully sort it out and remove the old version from there, but from everything that I can see the desura install should definitely be 2.02b.
It shows 2.02b in my control panel, as well as displaying it as the current version available. Are you telling me that just the numbering is incorrect, or that in fact it is the version that doesn't support openal?
The OpenAL audio compatible versions for Linux are now released, for anyone dreading PulseAudio. If grabbing the stand-alone downloads, pick up version 2.02b.
With the help of cycyx, I have got OpenAL audio drivers set up. The new version is uploaded to Desura awaiting approval. Once that is out you should be able to play without PulseAudio :)
I'm not highly knowledgeable with linux, so when I found the pulseaudio solution to get sound working with blitzmax on linux I made use of it. I'll look into alternatives since a few people seem to be affected.
Yes, you'll have to install the pulseaudio drivers in order to play on Linux. Most major (and recent) Linux versions have this already installed.
To clarify, I did not suddenly make previously free items suddenly cost money. I expanded the depth and breadth of the game to make a commercial edition, such that the older version became something of a demo to the full version. I will continue to update both versions in parallel, so feel free to play the demo to your heart's content.
No, the demo is free. The free version is so titled because it is merely a subset of the full/commercial version. The full version adds extra levels and game modes