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#1 Philipp

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 06:04 PM

I announced 16 months ago the first phase of a transformation to turn both NT Compatible and Linux Compatible user submitted compatibility lists into a free (as in the freedom) compatibility database. All submissions since them are licensed under the terms of the free GNU Lesser General Public License that allows the use of that data in both open source and commercial products/services for free. The launch of Mac OS Compatible last month was the last piece that was necessary for the project that I announce today, which is called the CompatDB.org project.

What is the CompatDB.org project?

CompatDB.org is a free hardware/software compatibility database for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS, based on the LGPL'd compatibility data from NT Compatible, Linux Compatible, and Mac OS Compatible, but is far more that just a downloadable version of the compatibility lists.

The CompatDB.org project is an attempt to create a free open source licensed standard for user submitted compatibility lists as well free compatibility lists. All 3 compatibility lists are distributed in the CompatDB.org XML based document format, which can be easily parsed from any modern programming language. Basically, it is possible to enhance any website or program with CompatDB.org based compatibility lists, but there is more.

The CompatDB.org website has an API to allow submissions to the database from any website. The appearance of the submission form can be changed to fit the colors of the website that call the API. There is a full documentation of the API and a few examples in PHP in the FAQ section of the CompatDB.org website.

The compatibility lists itself are currently released on a daily basis and can be obtained from any CompatDB.org mirror. Special thanks goes to Jim McMahon of MajorGeeks.Com for providing a master mirror server. MajorGeeks.Com is also the first website that have actually implemented the CompatDB.org standard.

The CompatDB.org project is not perfect but I think it is a first step in the right direction. The ground idea behind CompatDB.org is creating a global compatibility database that makes it easier for users to search whether hardware or software is compatible.

If you have suggestions and comments please discus it in the suggestion forum. I am planning to release frequently updates to the CompatDB.org specifications.

#2 DosFreak

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 07:03 PM

Nice. Hopefully we'll get alot more submissions now. We'd better considering that's pretty much what this is about!



I'm suprised that the NTCompatible database is so small but I guess I shouldn't be. The OSX database is pitifully small since it just started of course.


I don't plan to merge my list with NTCompatible's for quite awhile yet but once I do the lists should be alot more even across NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista

Currently 2800 games and counting for my list.

Heck, eventually I plan to go back to NT 3.x and I still can get some Win95 games working in NT4 using Vmware/VPC.



Phillip, Do you see any reason to add 9x to the list? I've added 98 to my list because I plan on going back and testing the games I have that do not work in ANY version of NT and making sure that's it's an OS problem and not a game problem, also it's nice to have if you want to setup an older machine.

LOL see this thread:
http://www.compatdb....age/1#Post35163

I still think it would be a good idea. If not for immediate usefullness it would be usefull for historical reasons, also it wouldn't hurt to add the categories.



#3 Philipp

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 07:28 PM

Originally Posted By: DosFreak
I'm suprised that the NTCompatible database is so small but I guess I shouldn't be. The OSX database is pitifully small since it just started of course.

The NT Compatible database is small because all submissions before mid 2005 are not under the LGPL. I hope that the data get replaced in the next few months with free submissions.

Originally Posted By: DosFreak
Phillip, Do you see any reason to add 9x to the list? I've added 98 to my list because I plan on going back and testing the games I have that do not work in ANY version of NT and making sure that's it's an OS problem and not a game problem, also it's nice to have if you want to setup an older machine.

I donít see any real reason for a Win 9x list, but we will see in a few weeks.

#4 janfebmar

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 08:39 PM

This could get interested, I hope my username and stuff works on the new database?
it better, or ill kick your buttocks philip :P


#5 Wilhelmus

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 09:13 PM

Cool. New API to play with.
Now, where do I get more time to play with it... wink

#6 DosFreak

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 09:55 PM

My login works at both new sites so there shouldn't be a problem.




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