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What is XBoard? =============== XBoard is a graphical chessboard for the X Window System. It can serve as a user interface for chess engines such as GNU Chess, for the Internet Chess Server, or for electronic mail correspondence chess. XBoard can also be used by itself. See the manual page xboard.txt for further details. XBoard is free software, copyrighted by the Free Software Foundation and released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). See the file COPYING for details. You can build xboard on most systems with the following commands. ./configure make See the file INSTALL for more detailed instructions. See the file FAQ.html for answers to frequently asked questions. What is WinBoard? ================= WinBoard is a port of XBoard to run natively on Windows. It is part of the XBoard project and is released under the same terms as XBoard. You can build WinBoard using the free Cygwin toolchain from www.cygnus.com with the following commands. cd winboard make -f cygwin.mak You can build WinBoard using Microsoft Visual C with the following commands, or by opening the project in Visual Studio and clicking the build button. cd winboard nmake -f msvc.mak There is also a contributed .mak file for Borland C. It's not maintained and thus may need updating if you want to use it. Reporting problems ================== Report bugs and problems with XBoard and WinBoard to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. With XBoard, please use the "script" program to start a typescript, run XBoard with the -debug command line option, and include the typescript output in your message. With WinBoard, please use the /debug command line option and include the contents of the file WinBoard.debug. Also tell us what kind of machine and what operating system version you are using. On Unix, the command "uname -a" will tell you this. On Windows, right-click on My Computer and select Properties. Here is a sample of approximately what you should type (on Unix): script uname -a ./configure make ./xboard -debug exit mail email@example.com Subject: Your short description of the problem Your detailed description of the problem ~r typescript . If you improve XBoard, please send a message about your changes, and we will get in touch with you about merging them in to the main line of development.