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When will the next version of SuperTux be released?

This is by far the most frequently asked question of all, and the answer is simple:

When it's done.

Honestly, we don't have a release date yet. Just like many of you, we'd like to see SuperTux finished and released to the public as soon as possible, but since we all are busy with other, probably less interesting things, the amount of time we are able to put into this game is limited. Please be patient.

What's new in SuperTux 0.3?

Most information on these Wiki pages is about what's new in SuperTux 0.3. Just browse around, and feel free to add your own ideas. :-)

How do I use SDL in the development version?

OpenGL was and is the current default renderer. However, 0.3.1 added in support for multiple renderers. Currently there is no GUI for this, so you must manually edit the config file. Console provides a handy table to find it. Once you have found the config file, open it up and change

(video "auto")


(video "sdl")

Start SuperTux up again, and it should use the pure SDL renderer. Please note, however, that the SDL renderer is currently much slower than the OpenGL one for some tasks and is also incomplete. SuperTux 0.3.1 is a development version! (even though the “unstable version” might be more stable than other “stable” software and is also included in various distributions as stable software...)

How do you get to or past level x?

Please see SuperTux FAQ/Spoilers.

How do I create levels in 0.3.x?

The level editor was removed (again), but you can now use the C# editor instead, which is distributed as a separate package. See Editor FAQ for some hints on how to use it. You can also create levels in 0.1.3 and play them in 0.3.x.

Why is 0.3.1 considered unstable?

Please read the Versioning scheme. It clearly states that all odd release branches are unstable development versions. Now, as to why there isn't a 0.4.x release...

SuperTux 0.3.1? 0.1.3? Subversion?

Please see our Versioning scheme page.

How can I get in touch with you?

Depending on who you want to reach - and for what purpose - you can either join our IRC channel or write to one of the mailing lists (but currently there's just one). Please note that due to massive amounts of spam, we had to set the mailing lists to subscribers-only. If you send emails to the lists and are not subscribed then you will get an automated reply saying that your message is waiting for approval, but it's very likely that we will miss your e-mail in all the spam (we're very sorry about that), so better subscribe before posting to the list.

Can I help?

You most certainly can.

There's many things to be done - even besides actually creating game content:

If you want to help, just get in touch and ask.

Is there a preview of the next SuperTux version?

Yes. Milestone 1.9 is a snapshot of SuperTux without certain buggy features. There are currently Windows and Linux installers.

Why aren't you SuperTuxKart?

Good question. But try instead.

I found a bug in the developer version!

Well, that's not really a question, but great anyway. Keep in mind, however, that SuperTux is bound to have lots of bugs at this stage of development. Actually, chances are quite high that a particular bug is already known but not yet fixed because we just didn't have the time yet.

If you find a bug you think has escaped our attention, make sure you have as much information about when it occurred as possible. This might include steps to reproduce the bug, constellations where the bug won't show, a backtrace of the call stack if you got an exception (use a debugger for this), etc. Then add an entry to the bug tracker.

SuperTux "stable package" version (0.1.3) has a minor error when compiling:

That is not a question either, but we do know that you have to change line 210 of menu.h: void Menu::get_controlfield_key_into_input(MenuItem *item); becomes void get_controlfield_key_into_input(MenuItem *item);

This fix is currently in the 0.1.x branch, but there's not much reason to release a 0.1.4 for one typo.

I'm thinking about buying SuperTux.

If you have paid for SuperTux, you have been ripped off. Supertux is available for free download at Download/Installation. An equivalent Live CD, to be downloaded free of charge, is available under Links. If you want to pay for SuperTux, you can make a donation, which would be highly appreciated, but we're not making you pay.