Snippets: SDL 2.0, Perl, PingFS


SDL 2.0: Version 2.0 of SDL (Simple DirectMedia Layer), the widely used zlib licensed library which offers a Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS and Android library for driving graphics, audio and input has just been announced. New features, and there’s a lot, include 3D hardware acceleration, support for OpenGL 3.0 and ES, support for multiple windows, displays and audio devices. The Migration Guide has all the details. You can get the source and binaries from the download page and find all the other documentation on the wiki.

Perl update: Perl 5.18.1 has been released by the developers just two months after the release of 5.18 in May of this year. The developers have December pencilled in for 5.18.2 and are aiming for May 2014 as the arrival date for Perl 5.20.0.

PingFS: Described as “like holding up the clouds by swatting the rain back up”, PingFS is a strange project which uses Linux and Python to create a filesystem which is transmitted over the network in the form of ping packet payloads which are bounced back and forth, and so the data isn’t actually stored anywhere.