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Interview with: Lienus
Wraggster: Where were you born,live and family details etc?
Lienus:I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and I still currently live there
my parents are divorced and my dad is remaried. I live with my dad and I
have one sister who lives with my mom.
Wraggster:What qualifications do you have?
Lienus: None whatsoever i'm 100% self taught.
Wraggster: What made you get into computers?
Lienus:When I was about 10 my dad got a computer from some company called
"Quantex" it was the worst computer ever always breaking and such,
so from that I was forced to always be repairing that computer the most
dissapointing fact about it was it had a winmodem. Then when i was 12-13
my dad ordered a new computer from gateway and I had him specificly ask
for a non-winmodem. So from there I put linux on my computer and after about
a year removed windows 100%.
Wraggster: What projects/coding have you done previous to any Dreamcast
Lienus: Complete projects from start to finish done by me have been only
in Visual Basic :/ I made a wingate clone called BitchGate (never released)
and I made a sub7 client in VB that was only released to a few friends.
As for other projects I've worked on with other people.
The biggest is a project in delphi that is still ongoing called VCS (Veterinary
Care System) It was a custom program my dad had ordered for his veterinary
clinic he got a deal on it from the guy but
the guy is never on so i end up supporting it most of the time. My contributions
have been simple things like code cleanups and Bells/Whistles. Currently
im working on porting the entire thing to linux and removing its dependancies
on some comercial controlls.
Wraggster: What made you get into Dreamcast Development?
Lienus: Well when the Dreamcast first came out in Japan a friend of mine
was saying how cool it was.so when it came out in the USA I was one of the
first people to buy one initially I only had
A dreamcast a controller and Slave Zero (awesome game btw). Then slowly
I got more dc acceseries.Then sometime in 1999 (I think) slashdot ran an
article on the Dreamcast and they mentioned Marcus Comstedt's site (http://mc.pp.se/dc)
I went there got interested in dreamcast programming but at the time my
cd-r drive was on the frits. So I asked for a cd-rw drive for my birthday,
got it and when bba became available was one of the first people to order
one (course i still had to wait like a month to get it). then when ipslave
became available I began working on DreamAmp for the first time.
Wraggster: How did you start and what programs did you use to start coding?
Lienus:Well I started shortly after IPslave came out so i of course used
that I also used gcc on linux and libdream.
Wraggster:Tell us about your Dreamamp player?
Lienus:Dreamamp is currently in a private beta but I hope to have a completed
release of that beta out by the 15th, because
I leave for a week to Mexico then. The new beta supports numerous things
including Bug fixes that prevented it from loading beyond 7 files :/ I also
have fixed non 44100 mp3 support added the beginnings of bba/serial streaming
support and added a VGA recenter support like in Smeg.
Wraggster: Do you have any new projects in the pipeline ?.
Lienus:Id like to complete my modifications to libdream which include backport
of kos vfs layer studio library malloc/free. I also have begun some (ie
minimal) work on porting fpse to the dc thatl'l be a while before its released
Wraggster: What plans for the future do you have for Dreamamp?
Lienus: Possibly adding support for more file formats but beyond that i
Wraggster: What programs have helped you on the dreamcast and how significant
is a hardware opengl driver and to what
programs emus would be made accessible with it?
Lienus:Libdream has helped me as has dlmalloc (a malloc originally for
the pc) As for the opengl driver it wont assist many emus except "lazy"
ports where the person doesnt want to write a ta driver for the emu. as
for programs lots! mainly things like a re-port of Quake or if the Quake2
source is released a port of that. but not much in the way of emus will
be enhanced by it.
Wraggster: What programs/apps/emus would you most like to see come out
on the Dreamcast?
Lienus:A re-port of Quake would be great the Quake available for the dreamcast
right now is highly illegal. and as i said if the Quake2 source is released
a port of that as for emus a psx emu for free would be cool.
Wraggster: Whats your opinion of the new super consoles like X-box,Gamecube,Game
Boy Advance and the Playstation 2?
Lienus: X-box isnt all that great i've seen demos in eb it looks no better
than a dc. Gamecube well i personally am thinking of getting one because
i am a fan of zelda, GBA well the gb is the only handheld left however nintendos
backwords compatible trip makes me scared that the gba is being held back
by compatibility with the gbc. and playstation 2... well its by sony what
else is there to say? it was majorly limited by sony not releasing a proper
dev kit. it looks ugly as hell, and no proper anti-aliasing in the first
gen games... even the homebrew devers have anti aliasing support on the
Wraggster: Which console looks the best for devving on?
Lienus:The GBA because theres already flash carts out kos has been ported
there. X-box would certainly be easy to develop on but its just a PC theres
no challange or fun there. i am however interested in emulating the x-box
and i think i may buy an X-box just for that
theres a really nice 1ghz 128mb ram pc by hewlet packard and i think i could
make a disk that you pop in there and bootup an X-box game and be able to
play X-box games on it ,it would only work on that pc and it would require
a removal of windows but i still think itd be cool.
Wraggster:Your thoughts on the Dreamcast Emulation/Development Scene and
how can it be improved?
Lienus: If certain websites would stop carrying illegal software... other
than that if a complete share of information is achieved and perhaps a lil
bit more info would need to be gained on the TA.
Wraggster: What are your favourite games for every system you have owned?
Lienus: i started with a NES so for that prolly Duck hunt
then i got a Genesis (still have this one) for that Sword of Vermillion
then from there GB prolly Legend of Zelda GBC Legend of Zelda DX
Saturn (Still have this one too and it works!!!) NiGHTS into Dreams
Dreamcast (have 2 of these now!!) Dreamamp :) j/k umm prolly PSO (which
is also my least favourite)
.Thank you for your time it has been a honour for the scene. Wraggster