xearth (was: Re: Linux OS)

From: Ethan Dicks <dickset_at_amanda.spole.gov>
Date: Mon Oct 18 16:21:07 2004

On Mon, Oct 18, 2004 at 06:32:17PM +0000, Jules Richardson wrote:
> On Mon, 2004-10-18 at 17:41 +0000, Ethan Dicks wrote:
> > I've been hacking xearth recently to render the Polar regions white.
> > Unfortunately, the shape tables are not commented, so I have to go
> > through manually to determine what shapes correspond to what land
> > features.
> Now that's pretty cool. Will you be releasing it into the wider
> world? :)

Naturally. I'm really big on Open/Shared Source.
> I wonder if a modern version is overdue that does do some pretty good
> shading approximation of all the landmasses? And even better, some form
> of chaotic cloud approximation to give it that real 'earth from space'
> feel!

Hmm... I just did a trivial code tweak... the hardest thing I'm doing
is reviewing (and commenting!) hundreds of shape structures.
> The former's probably not *that* complex (just potentially a lot of
> effort to set the static data up). I have no idea if the latter's really
> possible for a desktop machine, even with some really basic
> approximation of clouds...

The other thing is number of colors... xearth runs fine on an 8-bit desktop.


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