ETLegacy Continues Advancing Enemy Territory With OpenGL 3, OpenAL Surround Sound
One of my favorite Linux-native games of all time would definitely be Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. Wonderful memories of that excellent id Tech 3 game and back when I had time to game on Linux, when not being challenged by early Linux GPU driver issues. This game continues to live on via the community ETLegacy open-source project and recently did issue a major update.
A Phoronix reader pointed out this week that back in September was the ETLegacy 2.75 release. We have covered ETLegacy previously as an open-source project working on a fully-compatible client and server for Enemy Territory based off the open-sourced id Tech 3 engine code. The past few years ETLegacy has been making the game more modern and supported via SDL work, Ogg Vorbis support, optimizations, engine improvements, Lua scripting, and other features not dreamed of back when this game was released in 2003.
Vendetta Online 1.8.396 MMORPG Released for Linux, Mac, Windows, and Andriod
Guild Software developers are proud to announce this past weekend the release of a new maintenance update for their popular, cross-platform, and VR-ready Vendetta Online 1.8 massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG).
Vendetta Online 1.8.396 is here exactly two weeks after the 1.8.395 release to finally implement monitoring functionality to all empty sectors in the Capitol systems, but only those that contain Training Sectors. Also, it adds various tweaks to the management of powercell energy in capital ships during jump-out, and addresses an issue with the menu, which wasn't visible during automatic generation of account conversion on mobile devices.
SteamVR to Get Linux and Mac OSX Support Within “a Few Months”
Valve is planning to introduce beta versions of its SteamVR platform for Mac OSX and Linux users within a few months.
Many of you may recall that this switch wasn’t without controversy. Many users were not happy with the change, which they felt was too ‘mac-esque’ and a break with conventional window button placement.
The good news was that any one who didn’t like the default placement could change the position of window control buttons back to right-hand side. An entire crop of 3rd-party tools, hacks and apps grew up with this option present among them Unity Tweak Tool.
As the years have passed, so too has the memory of this drama. Most of us have long since gotten used to left-aligned window controls, and would find a sudden change back to the right almost as jarring!
One of our Twitter followers got in touch with us this weekend to ask how to move the window buttons to the right in Ubuntu...
A few moments ago, KDE Neon project leader and long-time KDE developer Jonathan Riddell published a security advisory to inform users of the KDE Neon GNU/Linux distribution about an insecure package archive.
According to the security advisory, it would appear that the package archive of the KDE Neon operating system was misconfigured in such a way that it could allow anyone to upload any package to it. Most probably, no one uploaded any package there, but, just in case, the maintainers have emptied the archives and remove all the ISO images.
Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.9 RC5, Things Look Fairly Normal Now
Today, November 13, 2016, Linus Torvalds announced the release and general availability of the fifth RC (Release Candidate) version of the upcoming and highly anticipated Linux 4.9 kernel series.
Linux kernel 4.9 could be the next LTS (Long Term Support) branch, and it promises to be the greatest kernel release ever, bringing support for some older AMD Radeon GPUs in the AMDGPU driver, and lots of other improvements. Right now, earlier adopters can get their hands on Linux kernel 4.9 RC5, which looks like it's a much smaller than RC4.
Threading Support Is In The Works For Raspberry Pi's VC4 Open-Source GPU Driver
The VC4 open-source graphics driver stack for notably supporting the Raspberry Pi Broadcom SoCs is nearing support for threading as another potential performance win.
On Saturday, VC4 lead developer Eric Anholt posted drm/vc4 threading support with work originally done by Jonas Pfeil. This less than 100 lines of code provides support for threaded fragment shaders within the kernel DRM driver.
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After informing us earlier this month about the new task manager that will be implemented in the upcoming Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 update for Ubuntu Phone and Tablet devices, reader Tomas Vicik is back with more interesting tips.
It appears that Tomas Vicik is using the rc-proposed channel on this Ubuntu Phone to get an early taste of the new features coming to the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system developed by Canonical for various smartphone and tablet models.
He wrote in his last email that the appearance of the default Scopes was refreshed and it looks great, and that the new task manager now features a fuzzy background, which should enchant fans of the Ubuntu Touch OS.
As we reported earlier this month, the Budgie 11 desktop environment is in the works, and it promises to bring lots of goodies to fans of the Solus Linux-based operating system later in December, hopefully.
In this story, we'd like to inform fans of the Budgie desktop environment about some of the upcoming features heading their way. Developer Ikey Doherty tells Softpedia that Budgie 11 is a major update, with a modular architecture, featuring a reacher UI (User Interface), actionable notifications, and multi-monitor support for the panel.
I'd like to run a distro (Arch? Debian?) that can be configured to use no hard swap (that's the main requirement for amnesiac, right?), live on a USB (does that mean it's not live anymore? Maybe... that term confused me when I stopped burning CD/DVDs...), allow me to install things like graphics drivers and a password manager, etc for my home computer (without having to install every time I boot) and be able to run on any x86/64 computer with an encrypted data partition on the drive (unless I can encrypt the entire drive save for the boot partition? Is this possible either?)
I'm currently running OS X and can route traffic thru TOR, block cookies and trackers, browse incognito or on TOR browser, but there's still a trace locally of everything I do. I'd like some anonymity and security.
Thanks in advance!submitted by /u/ReverendWilly
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Linux kernel maintainer Jiri Slaby announced the release and general availability of the sixty-seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported Linux 3.12 kernel series.