Re: [CODE RELEASE] Circle 3.0 beta patchlevel 12

From: Jon (jon@INTERACT.NET.AU)
Date: 10/30/97


Thanxs for sending a message indicating there was a new
beta and the future intentions/hopes/whatever.


At 05:32 PM 29/10/97 -0500, you wrote:
>I'm very happy to announce the release of a new version of CircleMUD:
>version 3.0 beta patchlevel 12.  It's available from the usual sites:
>, and the web site at
>This will hopefully be the first in a relatively rapid series of
>releases.  I'd like to keep releasing betas every 2 or 3 weeks until
>it's no longer beta.
>As most of you probably know, the title "beta" doesn't mean a whole
>lot any more anyway, except to indicate that the code isn't officially
>"done" yet, and to give me license to change the code at any time :-).
>When it does get to a point where I'm ready to take the "beta" out of
>the version, I'll probably call it 3.1 (instead of 3.0) to avoid
>confusion.  As it is, the MUD is very stable and largely bug-free.
>The ultimate goal of Circle is to create a codebase that is rock
>solid, well documented, and easy to modify.  This release has mainly
>focused on the "rock-solid" part -- it is much more portable, and many
>bugs have been fixed.  I'm trying to avoid putting in any radical new
>features until 3.1 (a.k.a 3.0 non-beta).  The "configure" script has
>been expanded to search for many more system characteristics, so the
>code should compile right out of the box on virtually every UNIX box
>out there.  The code also has native support for compiling under the
>Amiga, Windows 95/NT, and OS/2.  People have submitted patches for
>native gnu-win32 and Mac System 7 support, which will hopefully appear
>in the next release (within a couple of weeks).
>OS's that I've tested this release on so far are:
>  Intel PPro 233 running RedHat Linux 4.2 (Kernel 2.0.31pre10), gcc
>  Sun SPARCstation 5 running RedHat Linux 4.2 (Kernel 2.0.30), gcc
>  Sun Ultra 1 running Solaris 2.5.1, gcc
>  Sun SPARCstation 20 running SunOS 4.1.4, gcc 2.6.3
>  Sun SPARCstation 2 running SunOS 4.1.4, gcc 2.7.2
>  IBM RS/6000 (Model 590) running AIX 4.1, gcc 2.6.3
>  IBM RS/6000 (Model 590) running AIX 4.1, IBM xlc compiler
>  SGI R10000 running IRIX 6.2, gcc
>  SGI R4400 running IRIX 6.2, gcc
>  SGI R4400 running IRIX 6.2, SGI's MIPS C compiler
>Another notable feature in this release is that it generates
>significantly less network traffic than previous versions of Circle,
>as well as most other Diku-based MUDs.  This is a big advantage for
>MUDs running on slow machines, and especially MUDs running on slow
>(modem) links.  Details of this feature are documented in the
>The next release will again be a bug-fix release; George Greer will be
>integrating a large number of his patches into the official codebase.
>I will meanwhile be trying to integrate a lot of the other patches
>that Circle users have sent to me over the past months, and working on
>the documentation.
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