SLikeNet 0.1.0 Release Notes

Today SLikeSoft is proud to announce its very first product: A network library under the name of SLikeNet.

SLikeSoft was founded with the goal in mind to provide a new foundation for the community behind the (discontinued) RakNet library, to become an active partner for the developers who are still keeping up their interest in RakNet and support them to the best of our abilities.

To achieve this, we developed SLikeNet which in its current state is essentially an improved version of RakNet supporting the latest compilers and build tools.
The most important thing first: SLikeNet is available completely for free and can be used without additional licensing costs for private as well as for commercial purposes (via an open source license)
. Our own contributions/changes are provided under an even less restrictive open source license  (the MIT license) than RakNet itself is licensed under. In addition to that we provide active support in a newly hosted BBS as well as on IRC (server: irc.freenode.net / channel: #slikenet).


The initial development version of SLikeNet comes with the following highlights (compared to what RakNet 4.081 provided):

1. added support for latest compilers (including Visual Studio 2010-2017 and GCC 4.6.4-5.4.0)
2. added support for new versions of 3rd-party libraries
3. security enhancements
4. Unicode support
5. warning free compiling/linking
6. simpler way to get started
7. extended documentation
8. countless bug-/security-fixes and improvements compared to RakNet 4.081

For this initial release we contributed over 543 man hours (which corresponds to an investment of around 54,300 Euro).

We hope you will enjoy using the network library for your product and allow us to work together with you to continue improving SLikeNet and keep the legacy of RakNet alive.

Last but not least we’d like to state our gratitude especially to Kevin Jenkins (the creator of RakNet) and Oculus VR, LLC (who acquired RakNet and put it under the Simplified BSD License). Without their work neither SLikeSoft nor SLikeNet would have become a reality.


About SLikeSoft

SLikeSoft™ UG (haftungsbeschränkt) was founded in 2016 by two computer enthusiasts with the goal to reinstate the discontinued RakNet network library.


About SLikeNet

SLikeNet™ is an Open Source/Free Software cross-platform network engine written in C++ and specifially designed for games (and applications which have comparable requirements on a network engine like games) building upon the discontinued RakNet network engine which had more than 13 years of active development.


The license agreements for the OpenSSL Library require us to add the following remarks:
This product includes software developed by the OpenSSL Project for use in the OpenSSL Toolkit. (http://www.openssl.org/)
This product includes cryptographic software written by Eric Young (eay@cryptsoft.com)
This product includes software written by Tim Hudson (tjh@cryptsoft.com)