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TuxMachines: Games: New Source Code, New Ports for GNU/Linux

Thursday 21st of December 2017 06:59:25 PM
  • Ubisoft Allows World in Conflict Multiplayer To Go Open Source

    The awesome people over at took it upon themselves to maintain the online experience of the game and build a community around it, a journey that started in 2015. Their efforts and passion have inspired us to give back to you, the community, and what better time to do so. World in Conflict is currently free until December 23rd, head over to to redeem it now.

  • Ubisoft makes World in Conflict multiplayer backend open source

    The Massive Entertainment developed RTS title, World in Conflict, was back in the spotlight ten years after its launch when Ubisoft began giving the game away for free earlier this month. However, while the single-player portion is entirely functional, the game's official multiplayer servers were shut down back in 2015.

  • Curious Expedition: modding & open source

    After over 115,000 sold units, the creators of the award-winning indie game The Curious Expedition have released the game’s content for free on the open-source platform GitHub. This includes all the image files of the game, which is often praised for its unique and beautiful pixelart.

    “We have been successful with The Curious Expedition beyond our hopes and now want to give something back to the creative game development community. This is why we have decided to release our game’s content as open-source. We would like to encourage you to use the many image files for your own prototypes or gamejams. Your usage of our content can be completely unrelated to modding The Curious Expedition, as long as you adhere to the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 license,“ said Maschinen-Mensch co-founder Johannes Kristmann.

  • CorsixTH, the open source game engine for Theme Hospital has a fresh update out
  • You can now get The Dealer as a companion in Hand of Fate 2
  • A look at Linux gaming in 2017, an end of year review and Happy Holidays!

    As the year draws to a close, here's a look at what's happened in the Linux gaming world across 2017.

    Note: Since this is an overview, I will be linking to previous articles as a reference.

    My honest opinion is that Linux gaming is rather healthy, in fact, I would go so far as to say it’s holding rather steady. Far from the doom and gloom from the Steam Hardware Survey (which is currently rather interesting thanks to an influx of users from Asia), we’ve been getting a steady stream of Linux games from developers big and small.

  • The developer of strategy game 'TINY METAL' has said Linux is a 'priority'

    You might not remember, but TINY METAL [Steam] is a strategy game inspired by games like Advance Wars and the developer told us it would come to Linux. It's now out for Windows & Mac, but Linux is still firmly planned.

  • Hidden Folks had a sweet free 'Snow' content update, still makes me laugh

    I'm a huge fan of Hidden Folks [Steam], it's such a sweet and amusing hidden object game and it recently had a free content update.

    For those unfamiliar, it's like an animated verson of Where's Wally? (that's Where's Waldo? for the yanks). The most amusing part of the game, is that all the sound effects are mouth-made. That's right, the developers sat with a microphone making 1400+ stupid noises for our enjoyment.

  • Gory FPS 'Apocryph' now has a Linux test build to try, pretty damn good

    You might remember I wrote about the gory FPS 'Apocryph' [Steam, Official Site] and that the developer was planning a Linux version, well, they've put out a test build for Linux already.

    I've tested it out myself and it's actually pretty damn good. Performance wasn't amazing, but the game is still in development and this is an early test build, but it's extremely promising that it works so well this early on.

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TuxMachines: antiX-16.3-full iso files available

Thursday 21st of December 2017 06:54:53 PM

I have made available updated point-release 3 iso files of antiX-16 (jessie) series – full versions only – for 32 and 64 bit arches. This is basically antiX-16.2 plus over 250 MB of upgrades.

Both isos fit on a cd.

If you already are using antiX-16 (16.1,16.2) series, there is no need to replace your install with this newer version.

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TuxMachines: Server: Kubernetes, Containers, Top 3 Linux Server Distros of 2018

Thursday 21st of December 2017 06:35:40 PM
  • Open-Source Cloudify Delivers Multi-Stack Interoperability for Kubernetes & Robust Security, Bridging the Gap Between Application & Network Virtualization
  • The Commodity Container Story

    The focus maybe on AWS EKS, the managed Kubernetes offering. The future is with AWS Fargate and similar services

  • Keynote: Maximizing developer velocity with containers

    Containers are one of the most exciting technologies in the cloud right now. But when it comes to your IT strategy, where is the best place to start? With so many different options and configurations, it’s critical that you find the best possible strategy for your software stack.

    To answer these questions, Canonical’s VP of Product Development Dustin Kirkland and VMware Staff Engineer Sabari Murugesan presented at the SF Bay Area OpenStack User Group Meeting. You can watch the full talk here!

  • Top 3 Linux Server Distros of 2018

    While Linux might not be a consumer favorite product like Microsoft’s Windows is, Linux is the preferred operating system that administrators and tech savvy people choose. Linux is considered as the best platform by computer experts and that’s because Linux offers complete freedom alongside security and hardware support.

    The best thing about Linux is the fact that it supports a bunch of server distros. Unlike Microsoft’s Windows, Linux users get to choose from a plethora of server distros and pick the one which suits their needs the most. Nonetheless, today we are going to present the best Linux server operating systems.

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TuxMachines: Collabora's CODE 3.0 Adds Rich LibreOffice Editing Functionality to the Browser

Thursday 21st of December 2017 06:33:38 PM

Collabora Productivity, through Michael Meeks, is proud to inform Softpedia today on the general availability of the Collabora Online Development Edition (CODE) 3.0 LibreOffice-based office suite.

Collabora Productivity driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud (LibreOffice Online), and they worked very hard during the past year to bring you CODE 3.0, which boasts, for the very first time, full-featured editing functionality from the desktop version of the LibreOffice open-source office suite to the browser.

Users will now be able to enjoy complex writer numbering or powerful spreadsheet filtering with the new CODE 3.0 release. More such complex UI functionality will be coming to future versions of Collabora Online, sharing the user experience with LibreOffice both online and on the desktop.

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LXer: Changing how we use Slack solved our transparency and silo problems

Thursday 21st of December 2017 06:22:25 PM
Collaboration and information silos are a reality in most organizations today. People tend to regard them as huge barriers to innovation and organizational efficiency. They're also a favorite target for solutions from software tool vendors of all types.Tools by themselves, however, are seldom (if ever), the answer to a problem like organizational silos. The reason for this is simple: Silos are made of people, and human dynamics are key drivers for the existence of silos in the first place.So what is the answer?read more

Reddit: Opera 50 Beta RC with Cryptocurrency Mining Protection

Thursday 21st of December 2017 06:07:09 PM

Reddit: Mesa 17.3.1 Release Notes / December 21, 2017

Thursday 21st of December 2017 06:03:08 PM

LXer: Linux, Open Source, and Beyond

Thursday 21st of December 2017 05:08:05 PM
Linux is 26 years old, and look what happened in those 26 years: everything. Now what? Linux is both shrinking and expanding.

TuxMachines: Ubuntu Phone OTA-3 Released by UBports with Own Push Notification System

Thursday 21st of December 2017 05:05:30 PM

OTA-3's major new feature is the implementation of UBports' own push notification server. Previous OTAs still used Canonical's Ubuntu Touch push notification system for apps, but with OTA-3 users will be automatically switched to the UBports push server, which will take a few hours to roll out to everyone.

Other enhancements include a new Swiss-French keyboard layout, support for the Nextcloud file sharing and storage service, the addition of various small packages requested by the Ubuntu Phone community, integration of OpenStore into System Settings, and removal of the Ubuntu Store from the App Scope.

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TuxMachines: Yocto-powered automotive gateways splurge on wireless options

Thursday 21st of December 2017 05:02:12 PM

Eurotech’s rugged, LTE-ready “DynaGate 10-12” and “DynaGate 10-06” automotive IoT gateways run Yocto Linux on AM335x and i.MX6 UL SoCs, respectively, and offer serial, DIO, USB, and CAN links.

Eurotech, which is known for its Yocto Linux driven ReliaGate IoT gateways and Everyware Software Framework (ESF) IoT middleware platform, has launched a pair of rugged, Yocto-based DynaGate IoT gateways for automotive applications. Both the TI Sitara based DynaGATE 10-12 and the i.MX6 UL powered DynaGATE 10-06 ship with E-Mark and SAE/J1455 automotive compliance, and offer carrier pre-certifications for their optional LTE Cat 1, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.2 with BLE modems. The systems are designed for a variety of vehicular applications, including asset tracking and public transportation.

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Reddit: FSF adds PureOS to list of endorsed distros

Thursday 21st of December 2017 04:54:16 PM

Phoronix: Canonical's FY2017 Performance: $126 Million, Nearly 600 Employees

Thursday 21st of December 2017 04:39:02 PM
While Red Hat is on track for a run rate of nearly three billion dollars for their current fiscal year, Canonical - the company behind Ubuntu - isn't quite there yet while still dominating the cloud landscape and other areas...

Phoronix: AMDGPU vs. Radeon DRM Driver Performance On Linux 4.15

Thursday 21st of December 2017 04:05:03 PM
For GCN 1.0 "Southern Islands" and GCN 1.1 "Sea Islands" graphics processors from AMD, they are supported both by the Radeon DRM driver (the default) as well as the AMDGPU DRM driver (designed for GCN 1.2+ GPUs). As it's been a while since comparing the performance impact of changing the kernel driver for these older GCN graphics cards, here are some fresh benchmarks using the Linux 4.15 Git kernel with Mesa 17.4-dev using a few GCN 1.0/1.1 cards.

Phoronix: FSF Adds Purism's PureOS To Their Approved List Of Operating Systems

Thursday 21st of December 2017 04:00:00 PM
The Free Software Foundation and Purism are announcing that the Debian-derived PureOS operating system is being added to the FSF list of approved GNU/Linux distributions...

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Google’s Fuchsia OS on the Pixelbook: It works! It actually works!

Google currently has two OSes on the market: Android and Chrome OS. The company is never one to leave a successful product alone in the marketplace, though, so it's also developing a third operating system called "Fuchsia." When we last checked in on the experimental OS in May 2017, calling it an "OS" was a bit of a stretch. We only got the system UI up and running on top of Android, where it then functioned like an app. The UI offered a neat multi-window system, but mostly it was just a bunch of placeholder graphics. Nothing worked. It has been hard to check in on Fuchsia since. The Fuchsia system UI, which was written with a cross-platform SDK called "Flutter," quickly shut down the Android (and iOS) compatible builds. Fuchsia has a Vulkan-based graphics stack, and no emulator supports the new-ish graphics API. The only way to get Fuchsia up and running again was with actual hardware, and the only supported devices were Intel NUC PCs from 2015 and the Acer Switch Alpha 12 laptop. Read more

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Games: Super Blood Hockey, Starship Titanic and More

Software: MenuLibre, Speech Recognition, "Just TODO It", Slack

  • MenuLibre 2.1.4 Released
    The wait is over. MenuLibre 2.1.4 is now available for public testing and translations! With well over 100 commits, numerous bug fixes, and a lot of polish, the best menu editing solution for Linux is ready for primetime.
  • Speech Recognition For Linux Gets A Little Closer
    t has become commonplace to yell out commands to a little box and have it answer you. However, voice input for the desktop has never really gone mainstream. This is particularly slow for Linux users whose options are shockingly limited, although decent speech support is baked into recent versions of Windows and OS X Yosemite and beyond. There are four well-known open speech recognition engines: CMU Sphinx, Julius, Kaldi, and the recent release of Mozilla’s DeepSpeech (part of their Common Voice initiative). The trick for Linux users is successfully setting them up and using them in applications. [Michael Sheldon] aims to fix that — at least for DeepSpeech. He’s created an IBus plugin that lets DeepSpeech work with nearly any X application. He’s also provided PPAs that should make it easy to install for Ubuntu or related distributions.
  • Announcing "Just TODO It"
    Recently, I wished to use a trivially-simple TODO-list application whilst working on a project. I had a look through what was available to me in the "GNOME Software" application and was surprised to find nothing suitable. In particular I just wanted to capture a list of actions that I could tick off; I didn't want anything more sophisticated than that (and indeed, more sophistication would mean a learning curve I couldn't afford at the time). I then remembered that I'd written one myself, twelve years ago. So I found the old code, dusted it off, made some small adjustments so it would work on modern systems and published it.
  • Linux users can now get Slack as a snap package
    Canonical has announced the general availability of the collaboration platform Slack, as a snap package. The move will allow Linux users to get setup with the platform and begin collaborating on their work more easily. Any Linux distribution with snap support can head over to the snapcraft website, download the package, and begin using it.