What is it?
Xiqual started out as a library of functions to make 2D games, with the goal of having at least some sprite functionality and tile map routines, plus a smattering of utility functions.
It has since started to grow a bit beyond that, with the addition of CGI and net libraries and even an SDL GUI system making decent progress (bar some total redesigns).
With the basic release, you can get started on Linux, FreeBSD and a few other Unix-like operating systems, provided you have SDL and SDL_image installed. The CGI and tool libraries have compiled successfully and been tested on both big- and little-endian CPUs. libxicgi and libxitools will both compile out of the box on nearly any architecture.
Where to get the basics
You need a working C compiler, as ANSI compliant as possible. The one shipped with Solaris/SunOS has worked before; your favour with the gods may influence your luck.
To use the SDL parts, both libSDL and libSDL_image are needed. There's no way around it, unless you want to remove some image support. Personally, I think Windows BMP files are a crock of shite, as they're largely distributed in an uncompressed format. Stick to PNG, which has some compression (non-lossy), or JPEG, which will be around 2-3 times as good, at slight loss of quality.
SDL_mixer and SDL_ttf are also supported in the startup-code.
SDL's homepage is http://libsdl.org. If you are using Debian, there is a package for every major SDL component, including SDL_net and SDL_mixer. I personally recommend getting a source for each if you are on Sid, though. Again, this depends on whether you've given tribute to the loas.
What about Win32?
There are project-files for building in VC++. Everything seems to work, but you must also get/build all the relevant SDL libraries (SDL, SDL_image, SDL_ttf, SDL_mixer).
If you really need to contact me, I check my e-mail regularly. It's nny at purehatred dot org. I might be on IRC randomly, on the Open Projects Network IRC servers. Try logging on to irc.debian.org and keep an eye out for EvilIdler. The other evil guys are impostors.
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