Earlier today, August 3, the developers of the popular Unvanquished FPS (first-person shooter) game announced the release of the Alpha 42 build, a version that brings several improvements in many areas and resolves some of those nasty bugs reported by users since the previous Alpha build of the title.
Hopefully Feral Games will be able to further improve the performance of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor with forthcoming updates on Steam for Linux. Additionally, hopefully they will add command-line switches for controlling the benchmark mode for this game so that we'll be able to deliver more performance test results in the future with Phoronix Test Suite integration. Meanwhile, hopefully AMD will work on a prompt Catalyst Linux driver update to correct the incredibly poor performance and issues with this game, as I outlined in last week's results.
Before getting too excited, it's far from being a AAA game that's launched exclusively for Linux nor anything that will drive mass amounts of people over to Linux in order to experience the game. The game that's currently Linux-only -- but Windows and OS X support is expected in about one month -- that launched on 31 July is Don't Be Patchman.
While id Software used to be the game company that was very Linux-friendly and always porting their titles over to Linux even when its gaming market was tiny and often overlooked by other game studios, today marks three years since they came out to say Linux hasn't produced positive results and since then haven't released any Linux-native titles as it doesn't "pay the bills" for the level of work involved.
Three years, five months and eleven days... yes, it's the elapsed time since our last release announcement. But don't despair! We're still alive and kicking.
We've been busy working on our next release which is much more ambitious than the previous one. As part of this future release, we had to adjust a bit how we store some information. That is why today we are announcing a transitional minor release.
Behold Zanshin 0.2.2!
For the second time I had the chance to attend Akademy, this time in cold and rainy La Coruña. It has been a week of interesting talks, good food (except for one Tortilla incident), and hacking.
KRunner History is Back
Supposedly this was one of the reason I still saw quite a few people running Plasma 4 during the conference but now there’s no more reason not to do the switch! ;)
LibreOffice 5.0 released
LibreOffice 5.0 builds on the success of the 4.x family, which has been
deployed by over 80 million users (source: TDF estimate, based on users
pinging for updates), including large organizations in Europe and South
LibreOffice 5.0 sports a significantly improved user interface, with a
better management of the screen space and a cleaner look. In addition,
it offers better interoperability with office suites such as Microsoft
Office and Apple iWork, thanks to new and improved filters to handle non
standard formats. Other improvements have been added to every module of
the suite, and Windows 64bit builds (Vista and later) have been added.
This year, the effect will be more pronounced as more OEMs and retailers are delivering GNU/Linux desktops than in 2014. Further Chrome OS has share and it’s a browser running on GNU/Linux. There’s a lot of Chrome OS in USAian schools. Globally, Chrome OS had 0.46% share in May but only 0.29% in August, so the assertion will be dead with school coming back. Then there’s Android/Linux…
[Voltagex] was fed up with BSODs on his Windows machine due to a buggy PL2303 USB/serial device driver. The Linux PL2303 driver worked just fine, though. A weakling would simply reboot into Linux. Instead, [Voltagex] went for the obvious workaround: create a tiny Linux distro in a virtual machine, route the USB device over to the VM where the drivers work, and then Netcat the result back to Windows.
While Libinput 1.0 was planned to happen around versions 0.13~0.14 of this input handling project for X.Org and Wayland (and Mir coming up too), we're now up to version 0.21, but it looks like 1.0 is finally coming up soon.
Nvidia developers have just published a new Beta driver for the Linux platform, and it looks like the company is preparing for some serious improvements, which should land shortly in the stable branch as well.
With the exception of a brief period in 2009, The PCLinuxOS Magazine has been published on a monthly basis since September, 2006. The PCLinuxOS Magazine is a product of the PCLinuxOS community, published by volunteers from the community. The magazine is lead by Paul Arnote, Chief Editor, and Assistant Editor Meemaw. The PCLinuxOS Magazine is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share-Alike 3.0 Unported license, and some rights are reserved.
Olli Ries of Canonical has published a blog post outlining the various client technologies being worked on for Ubuntu, their roadmap, and the plans for making Ubuntu 16.04 a grand Long Term Support release.
If you're still confused by Snappy, Ubuntu Core, Ubuntu Touch, and Desktop Next, Olli's new blog post explains those technologies being worked on and how Ubuntu Personal is their next-step for converged devices and leveraging these technologies that have been in development for a while.
Why Should Data Center Operators Care About Open Source?
Software developers obviously love open source. They get to collaborate, build on top of work already done by others instead of constantly building from scratch, and add features they need to existing solutions. Innovation often happens faster in open source communities than it does behind closed doors of corporate development departments.
The development of the Launchpad platform was put on hold until a few months ago, but that's no longer the case. A new major upgrade has been released for Launchpad, and it looks like Canonical means business.
Kodi, a media player and entertainment hub that used to go by the name of XBMC, was upgraded to version 15.0 a while ago, and now the developers behind it are working on the first major upgrade that should land pretty soon.