ggz - The GGZ Gaming Zone
The GGZ Gaming Zone is a standards-conforming online gaming infrastructure which
provides many applications and games to people who like to play on the
internet or in local networks. GGZ, how the (recursive) acronym is called, is
available for many computer systems. This document focuses on the
installations on Linux, BSD and Unix.
There isn't a single executable named ggz, instead a multitude of programs is
available to the user, and even more which operate on the system level or are
used by developers and administrators. Users will most likely want to connect
to a GGZ server on the internet, such as ggz://live.ggzgamingzone.org
to play games against other people. Core clients
are used to perform
this task. Functional clients exist in the form of kggz
for the K
Desktop Environment (KDE), ggz-gnome
for GNOME or
XFCE users, and ggz-txt
for people who prefer command-line
applications. Of course, the clients are not bound to a specific desktop, but
the choices above will likely be influenced by the level of integration. A
client under development is the SDL-based víbora
Special clients exist in the form of ggzap
, a quick-launcher for the KDE
panel, and ggz-wrapper
which is used for launching GGZ games from
instant messenger applications.
Games are usually launched by the GGZ server, with corresponding game clients
running on the user's desktop. Plenty of games are available for GGZ, most of
them coming from the GGZ project itself but several independent game projects
do now provide GGZ support. Game clients are implemented using multiple
toolkits, some of which stem from certain desktop environments. However, all
games work equally well under all desktops, it's just a matter of personal
choice which of them are to be installed - having all of them is just fine.
While some GGZ game clients are suited for online gaming only, others also run
locally like normal games happen to do. Those will be found in the desktop's
The following layout can vary from site to site, depending on the completeness
of a GGZ installation and the operating system distribution in use. It adheres
to the File Hierarchy Standard (FHS) as much as possible.
- GGZ applications, tools, and the games which provide single player
- GGZ game clients and servers.
- Data files for game clients and servers.
- Game module registry for game clients.
GGZ Design Document and Protocol Reference
- Configuration for the GGZ server, including rooms and game types.
, available at
GGZ Client-Client Protocol Reference
, available at
GGZ Server-Server Protocol Reference
, available at
Freedesktop.org specifications for desktop integration of games and
applications, more information at http://www.freedesktop.org/
File Hierarchy Standard for unix-derived operating systems, at
The GGZ Development Team <email@example.com>
kggz(6), ggz-gtk(6), ggz-txt(6), ggz-java(6)