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Ubuntu tips

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I've been using Ubuntu linux for a nearly six months now... As of last month, I've been using it exclusively while at home. This is a small collection of the things I've learned.

Automatix
This one I kinda stayed away from for my first couple weeks... I have a tendency to be stubborn and try to do everything myself. Boy was that a mistake! Automatix has been rapidly improving since the release of Dapper Drake (the latest version of Ubuntu) and it's definitely the easiest way to get all those not-quite-free programs and other things that most people don't know exist. Get it here. The instructions are fairly detailed and right on the front page. One thing though... don't install everything unless you're sure what it is. Trust me. ;D

Compiz
If you have a modern graphics card and you want your desktop to flow, you need XGL/Compiz.

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  • Speculation: It's looking like Rocket League may finally arrive on Linux in September
    Rocket League is way overdue, we all know that, but honestly I am fully expecting it to arrive with the patch due in September named the 'Rumble Update'. This update will come with a bunch of stuff including a new game mode. I'm speculating of course, so don't take this as solid confirmation of anything. The evidence is starting to come together though and I will be extremely surprised if Linux isn't released with the Rumble update next month. Every time Rocket League is updated on SteamDB, the Linux depot is now also updated and this has been true for about two weeks now. This is the single most activity the Linux side of RL has ever seen being pushed into branches on Steam.