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Google Asks Chromixium OS Devs to Cease Use of the Name, Cub Linux Is Born

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It has been a while since we last heard something from the Chromixium Linux project, an operating system based on Ubuntu Linux and designed from the ground up to look like Google's Chrome OS.

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Chrome Changes

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Google Chrome Users Will Push Content to Chromecast Without Dedicated Extension

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The Chromium developers are working on a solution that allows users to cast media content to the Chromecast without the need to have the Google Cast extension.

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Google Pixel C review: the best Android tablet is a viable iPad competitor

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The Pixel C is Google’s first own-brand tablet, designed and made via China by Google and is the best Android tablet available at the moment.

The Pixel C joins the Chromebook Pixel - the first piece of hardware designed solely by Google - but instead of running Chrome OS the Pixel C runs the latest version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, making it the first tablet to do so.

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Google Pixel C Android Tablet: Australian Review

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Android tablets don’t get much love these days. Team them with a good keyboard and they’re useful for basic productivity tasks, as proven by our time with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 and Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. And beyond that they’re still great for playing games, reading books, watching TV shows and listening to music like any other Android device. But hey’re just a little less cool than iPads. And a little less useful than laptops.

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Acer goes gaga for Google's Linux-based OS with Chromebase 24 and Chromebook 11

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Welcome to 2016, dear BetaNews readers. Another year is here, and some trends will continue as before. The most intriguing being Google's push into both education and home with its wonderful Chrome OS. While a bit limited, devices with Google's Linux-based desktop operating system are perfection for many; especially as more and more time is spent in the browser.

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Leftovers: Software and Games

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  • Best Command Line PNG Tools

    Portable Network Graphics (PNG) is a raster graphics file format that supports lossless data compression. This means all image information is restored when the file is decompressed during viewing. The compression engine is based on the Deflate method designed by PKWare and originally used in PKZIP, a file archiving computer program.

  • ircb 0.1 released!

    Please feel free to give ircb a run and share your feedback here. Your suggestions and feedback are extremely valuable to us and will help us in developing this product accordingly.

  • RcppTOML 0.0.5

    After a short hiatus, a new version of the (wonderfully useful, if I dare say so Wink RcppTOML package is now on CRAN. RcppTOML lets R read the (absolutely awesome) TOML configuration file format--which is simply fabulous as it emphasizes strong readability for humans while at the same time supporting strong typing as well as immediate and clear error reports. At work, we're all fans now.

  • Bombernauts, bomberman for mental people now on Linux & SteamOS

    Bombernauts is pretty much bomberman on a year long diet of steroids, as it's insane. We should get a game of this going sometime. This is definitely a contender for the next multiplayer GOL livestream that's for sure. It's in Early Access, so we might leave it to bake in the oven a bit longer, it seems to run quite well though, with no obvious bugs I could find.

  • GOL Cast: Wandering Around Morrowind in OpenMW

    The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is an RPG from 2002. You are released from prison and sent to the province of Morrowind by the emperor of Tamriel to complete a task that will take you on a great journey throughout Morrowind.

Will Chromebooks surpass Macs and Windows computers?

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Chromebooks have been big sellers on Amazon for quite some time now, and their popularity among some users is simply undeniable. But will Chromebooks eventually surpass Macs and Windows computers? A writer at the San Francisco Chronicle recently examined that possibility. I’ll share my thoughts below, but here’s a snippet from the SFC article.

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Also (iffy format): Linuxbox Tutorial Linux Bahasa Indonesia

Leftovers: Gaming

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Google debuts designer watch faces for Android Wear

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With companies like TAG Heuer and Fossil now investing in Android Wear, Google knows how important it is to keep smartwatches looking stylish. As such, the company has revealed a set of fashion-centric watch faces for Android Wear devices, as part of a partnership with nine different brands. This includes designs from Asics, Harajuku Kawaii!, Mango, Melissa Joy Manning, Nicole Miller, Ted Baker, Vivienne Tam, Y-3 and Zoe Jordan.

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Bodhi 4.0.0 Alpha Release

Not only is our first 4.0.0 alpha release here – but it is here relatively on schedule. If all goes according to plan we will have something stamped as stable before September hits. I would just like to be clear that this is far from a polished / finished product. I would encourage anyone wanting to write a review to wait to do so until our stable release. If you are not someone who is interested in helping find issues please wait as well. Read more

Games for GNU/Linux

  • Overlord, Overlord: Raising Hell and Overlord II (new port!) released on Steam for Linux
    Overlord, Overlord: Raising Hell and Overlord II are all now available on Steam for Linux. Overlord II is also a brand new port today! Note: You may have issues if you previously purchased them from bundles and other random stores. VP has reached out to Codemasters to add Linux to them. If you're only buying it now, you will be fine.
  • Epic Games founder thinks Microsoft will essentially break Steam in later versions of Windows 10
    Also, for the amount of complaints Mr Sweeney has, maybe it's time for him to be productive about it and start moving his company towards an open platform. Anyone know an open platform? Lin-something? Oh yes, Linux, that's it. Linux gives you SteamOS too remember now. Only Unreal Tournament (the new one) looks like it will have Epic's support and possibly not even officially. The Linux version has been seriously lagging behind the Windows version, repeatedly breaking with major graphical issues and it still has no launcher on Linux. It may still be early, but they don't seem like they're really putting any effort into it.
  • The Talos Principle updated with more Vulkan stability and performance
    Croteam have continued developing their Vulkan backend for The Talos Principle and have pushed the last beta to stable and released another beta with more Vulkan work.
  • Death Road to Canada released on Steam with Linux support, some thoughts
    Death Road to Canada is a brand new Linux game that released on Steam recently and a GOL user was kind enough to send me a copy to take a look. It's a randomly generated road trip with Zombies with lots of encounters and annoying people to find. I've been having more fun with this than I probably should have. Exploring random abandoned "Y'all marts", dismembering zombies and watching their brains and other organs fly out is grim and hilarious. What's even more grim is walking over those organs then squishes them!
  • Mojang working on new launcher for Minecraft, Linux might not see support [Ed: Microsoft loves Linux again. After killing GNU/Linux client for Skype now it does this... Microsoft loves Linux so much that not only does it not port software to GNU/Linux but it also buys cross-platform software, removes ports. I can feel the ‘love’.]
    For those still playing Minecraft, you may know that Mojang is working on a new launcher that doesn't use Java (hooray!), but it might not run on Linux (boo!).
  • HaxeFlixel, a free and open source cross-platform game framework needs funds on IndieGoGo
    HaxeFlixel, a free and open source cross-platform game framework that was used in the creation of Defender's Quest is needing a bit of funding on IndieGoGo. They need only $3,000 (even more helps obviously), as it's for a full time developer to work on it for a year. The core HaxeFlixel contributors are providing $3,000 themselves, so crowdfunding is just to top him up essentially.

Linux Graphics

  • Nouveau Patches Round Out OpenGL 4.1 Support For Maxwell/Pascal
    Samuel Pitoiset continues being one of the most prolific Nouveau driver developers in recent times and today posted support for OpenGL tessellation on NVIDIA Maxwell GPUs and newer.
  • NVIDIA Is Building Its Next-Gen Falcon Controller Using RISC-V
    For the past decade NVIDIA GPUs have shipped with a proprietary micro-controller they've called Falcon (also for Nouveau users you may recall it through "FUC" for the Falcon micro-controller), but a next-gen controller is being built now for future NVIDIA GPUs and it's going to utilize the RISC-V ISA.
  • Relative Pointer Protocol, Pointer Locking & Confinement Land In Wayland's Weston
    Wayland's Weston reference compositor picked up support for some new features this morning. Finally landing within Weston Git this morning is the longstanding relative pointer protocol. The Wayland relative pointer protocol is currently an unstable protocol and after numerous mailing list patch series is finally in Weston Git. Relative pointer support is important for first person shooter games and other applications.

Linux 4.8 Plans/Developments

  • Hardened Usercopy Protection Sent In For Linux 4.8
    The usercopy protection was sent in today for pulling into the Linux 4.8 kernel. This user-copy protection support isn't about any form of digital rights management but rather about safeguarding objects being copied to/from user-space. I covered this work in more detail a few days ago in Hardened Usercopy Appears Ready To Be Merged For Linux 4.8.
  • SMR Drive Support In Linux 4.8 To Be Further Improved
    With the Linux 4.7 kernel came initial work on SMR drives, a.k.a. Shingled Magnetic Recording. With Linux 4.8 the SMR drive support continues to be improved. Shingled Magnetic Recording is a magnetic storage tech used by HDDs with high storage density.