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Open Source Gaming Review: Linux Gamers Live DVD 0.9.2

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Being an avid gamer who loves Linux, I felt that it would be a good idea to go try out the new Linux-Gamers.net live dvd. This is a live dvd built on Arch Linux and designed with one purpose in mind. Gaming. No desktop apps, no office suites, no web browsers. Nope, nothing but gaming. So I popped the DVD into my test machine and booted it.

Immediately after initial boot I was greeted by a screen that notified me that it had detected my Nvidia video card and that no proprietary driver would be installed, although one would be available later for install should I want to use it. There’s a quick legal explanation of why this is so and goes on to explain about some open source projects that are working to provide free Open Source drivers for Nvidia and ATI video cards since neither company will provide this themselves. There’s also a short blurb to the Linux development and enthusiast communities of Linux on why they did this. The general claim can be summed up like this. “If we don’t build it, they won’t come.” I admit that’s a bit of a rewording of a famous line from the book “Field of Dreams”, but it applies very well here.

The games that are included on this disk are:

Blobby2
bzFlag
Foobillard
GL-117
Glest
Neverball
Nexuiz
Sauerbraten
Torcs
Tremulous
UFO:AI
Wesnoth
Warsow
Warzone 2100
World of Padman

More Here.




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today's leftovers

  • DRM display resource leasing (kernel side)
    So, you've got a fine head-mounted display and want to explore the delights of virtual reality. Right now, on Linux, that means getting the window system to cooperate because the window system is the DRM master and holds sole access to all display resources. So, you plug in your device, play with RandR to get it displaying bits from the window system and then carefully configure your VR application to use the whole monitor area and hope that the desktop will actually grant you the boon of page flipping so that you will get reasonable performance and maybe not even experience tearing. Results so far have been mixed, and depend on a lot of pieces working in ways that aren't exactly how they were designed to work.
  • GUADEC accommodation
    At this year’s GUADEC in Manchester we have rooms available for you right at the venue in lovely modern student townhouses. As I write this there are still some available to book along with your registration. In a couple of days we have to a final numbers to the University for how many rooms we want, so it would help us out if all the folk who want a room there could register and book one now if you haven’t already done so! We’ll have some available for later booking but we have to pay up front for them now so we can’t reserve too many.
  • Kickstarter for Niryo One, open source 6-axis 3D printed robotic arm, doubles campaign goal
    A Kickstarter campaign for the Niryo One, an open source 3D printed 6-axis robotic arm, has more than doubled its €20,000 target after just a couple of days. The 3D printed robot is powered by Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Robot Operating System.
  • Linux Action Show to End Eleven Year Run at LFNW
    Jupiter Broadcasting’s long-running podcast, Linux Action Show, will soon be signing off the air…er, fiber cable, for the last time. The show first streamed on June 10, 2006 and was hosted by “Linux Tycoon” Bryan Lunduke and Jupiter Broadcasting founder Chris Fisher. Lunduke left the show in 2012, replaced by Matt Hartley, who served as co-host for about three years. The show is currently hosted by Fisher and Noah Chelliah, president of Altispeed, an open source technology company located in Grand Forks, North Dakota.