<miner-n41> Do you have any plans to make Minetest or (more importantly) Minetest server a multithreaded application?
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<John> I'm the one who asked about multithreading but just changed my name.

Note to John: I was asleep during your first visit and on a short errand during your second. You didn't wait or leave an email address, so I have no way to reach you. I'll leave this message up for a couple of days in case you visit the website.

John, are you able to provide examples of what you're picturing?

I can't redo the Minetest core as a whole at this time. However, I *can* improve individual pieces. I've already done something related in CoderEdit.

To reduce memory problems, CoderEdit now breaks some large operations up into separate pieces.

The pieces are processed sequentially. Actually, it's recursive. It would defeat the purpose to process them in parallel. However, for other operations that can be broken up and aren't memory intensive, I could do exactly that.

For others who'd like to talk by IRC, the link is shown below. But please try afternoons or evenings U.S. Time Zones as opposed to mornings. Plus, I work and run errands as well. Please lurk until I'm able to talk.


Or you could just join the forums at: https://forum.minetest.org/

Welcome to Minetest!

Minetest Pumpkin

Final Minetest is now released
Many bugs are now deceased
All good folk are surely pleased
We have rocked it

The trolls are drolls we are sure
But quality will endure
We've no plans to be demure
We have rocked it

Check it out
There's no doubt
Take heed
It's the Test you need
Compatible and stable
Power is no fable
We have rocked it

What is Minetest?

Minetest is a fun and free blocky edutech toy. It can be used stand-alone, in family games using a home network, in classrooms that have networks, and in group activities on the Internet.

The program runs under Windows, Linux, and OpenBSD 6.5. Existing Android clients work and new ones are planned in the medium term.

Which Minetest do I need?

There are two major versions of Minetest: Old Minetest 5 and Final Minetest.

* Old Minetest 5 is an unstable fork of classic Minetest.

Old Minetest 5 isn't backwards compatible with old clients or modsets. The fork is run by hostile and largely anonymous parties. It's not a group that most parents and schools would choose to be involved with.

* Final Minetest is the stable and full-featured version that's packed with goodies which Old Minetest 5 isn't able to touch.

Final Minetest respects your work and isn't designed to obsolete it. The project is run by a non-anonymous engineer with 45 years' development experience as well as experience in education for ages 8 to 80.

This site distributes Final Minetest. If you're a world host or an educator, this is the Minetest that you need.

Who runs Final Minetest?

Final Minetest is run by OldCoder, the most senior non-anonymous developer who's still active in the project.

OldCoder has been working on Minetest continuously since Spring 2012. This site dates back to the same year.

For more background information, click here.

What does Final Minetest offer?

Final Minetest is fast and stable compared to other releases. It fixes major bugs that are years old. And it comes with games and worlds built in.

There are other features such as:

* 64x64 skins like Minecraft ® has. They're far more detailed than dull Old Minetest skins. Click here.

* Fun and flexible frameworks for mobs (animals) and ocean life and objects.

* Kiwi IRC button at the top of this page. It goes to live support 20 hours a week. Schedule varies. Click here.

* Free world hosting for qualified applicants. Click here.

* A P2P server list. This means that world hosts aren't locked-in to this site or to any other site. Click here.

Bucket City and Angkor Wat are included. To read about these cities, click here.

How do I get started?

To get started, you'll need to download sources or binaries and set up the program.

The notes on this site assume that you're already familiar with Minetest. However, we'll add more tutorials for beginners as things proceed.

We provide sources for Linux and Windows and binaries for Windows and Android. The most relevant links are:

* Features (discusses some mods)

* Download Files

* Program setup

* Bucket Game setup

Just for fun:

This site provides zoomable maps for a number of worlds. They start at a few 100 nodes up. You can use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out. Here are a couple of screenshots to illustrate. Note: The screenshots themselves aren't zoomable.

The girl is a painting on the flat roof-rop of a large building.

Your phone or window is too narrow for the image. If it's a phone, try rotating the phone or switching to a PC. Or click here to go to a copy that may be zoomable.
Minetest zoomable maps

You can fly over the following worlds right here in zoomable maps:

Allow a few seconds for a map to load. You can use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out. Or you can click on the + and - buttons in the upper left corner. To scroll a map, left click and drag.

Blank white areas aren't clouds. They're areas which haven't been generated yet.

For maps of specific tourist attractions, click on the following links. For instructions, see the preceding section.

In the Flying Base area, the Flying Base, created by Sparky, is the plane-like object in the middle.

CoffeeCrafter's continent in Redcrab, which includes the city of Makalu linked above, is amazing.

CoRNeRNoTe, who contributed to this site, asks that you watch Earthlings, a free multi-award winning film that aims to make the world a better place.

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