Tuesday, April 05, 2011


Update — IGS has been working on a quick-loading Java Webstart client called GoPanda which will replace gGo and glGo. It seems to be still in beta, might have a few community- and tournament-related features.

A few years ago, IGS, the Internet Go Server (PANDA-IGS) in Japan, published Peter Strempel's glGo program. This works fine on Windows or Macintosh, put needs to be finetuned for Ubuntu.

The issue is, glGo on Ubuntu requires Python, and while Ubuntu is up to version 2.6, glGo doesn't recognize the update. You'll have to fake it:

cd /usr/lib/ ; sudo ln -s libpython2.6.so.1.0 libpython2.5.so.1.0

Then run glGo as normal; the fix generates a lot of warnings, put the program seems to run as it should. No guarantees.

Note, there is also a Java Web Start version called gGo, which takes forever to load. I no longer use it.

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