The currently in-beta Jagged Alliance: Back in Action is due to be pushed out properly to Linux users on the 14th of February.
Valve has opened up their Steamworks virtual reality (VR) API and posted the code to GitHub.
I'm not really much of a computer gamer. That said, I'm both ashamed and oddly proud of the hours (probably thousands!) I spent playing Dune 2000 back when it was cutting-edge gaming technology. There's just something about real-time strategy games that appeals to those of us lacking the reflexes for the more action-packed first-person shooters. If you also enjoy games like Dune 2000, Starcraft, Warcraft, Civilization or other RTS classics, Warzone 2100 will be right up your alley.
Google teaming up with VMware therefore makes Chrome OS more attractive because it means those organisations that already have VMware VDI infrastructure now have an easier way to pipe those legacy apps into a shiny new Chromebook, or just into Chrome. Or the myriad other devices Horizon View can target.
Today's news search has turned up some interesting developments. First up, Jo Shields has blogged that fake Debian developers are trying to scam keys out of the Steam for DDs program. Jamie Watson has experienced quite the challenge getting UEFI to work with Linux on a new fangled laptop. And finally, in honor of the approaching holiday, Libby Clark has asked commandline junkies "What would your candy heart say?"
Tizen has always been the presumed heavyweight among the new crop of mobile Linux operating systems, yet it has increasingly seemed more like a wispy shadow. Now, despite growing signs that Samsung’s first Tizen phones may not ship until late 2014, and doubts whether the company will put much effort behind the OS now that it has made peace with Google, the Tizen marketing push has cranked up for the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This week, the Tizen Association industry group that supports the Linux Foundation hosted Tizen project, announced 15 new members for its partner program.
QOOQ is a durable tablet designed for use in then kitchen. It's even got its very own Linux-based OS...
Network World has published quite a few slideshows about various aspects of Linux; here's a hand-picked selection
Over time the GNU project grew as thousands of programmers throughout the world donated free software code to Stallman’s pet, causing everyone involved save lots of time and even more money. All that was left was a kernel to put the GNU project’s free, opensource software on. In comes Linus Torvalds.
Although its timetable may not always be ideal, Valve has come through for Linux users lately. Not only has it released a native Linux version of Steam (with many native games!), it also has expanded its Linux support as the basis for its standalone SteamBox. The first step toward a Steam-powered console is the operating system. Thankfully for nerds like me, Valve released its operating system (SteamOS) to the public.
Ideum is prepping an Android 4.1 version of its 46-inch, Intel Core i7-based Platform 46 Coffee Table, featuring 3M’s 60-touch, capacitive HD touchscreen.
Ideum is currently shipping the 3M-enabled Platform 46 Coffee Table with Windows 8 support, starting at $6,950, and is now preparing an Android 4.1 version due “later this year. The Android multi-touch “rugged turnkey touch table” is aimed at gaming and entertainment, retail, trade shows, museum exhibits, and corporate environments, says the company.
By default the C720 comes with Chrome OS preinstalled - if you are happy with that skip onto the next section.
In past articles, I have looked at distributions that were built with some scientific discipline in mind. In this article, I take a look at yet another one. In this case, I cover what is provided by NeuroDebian.
The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS (Long-Term Support) for its Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, as well as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support.
This news is the latest sign of just how far open source virtualization, and KVM in particular, have come in a relatively short time. KVM has been around in its current form only since 2008, which makes it much younger than other virtualization codebases, like the one for VMware's (VMW) suite of products, or even Xen, another popular open source hypervisor. And KVM's maturity as a production-ready solution for the enterprise is an even more recent phenomenon.
All of the code for kdbus is living within its own Git repository right now and also there's code within the systemd Git while a compile-time switch must be activated now within systemd. Developers are hoping kdbus will be reviewed and merged into the upstream Linux kernel this year. Lennart shared a couple of kdbus features out on the horizon include sandboxing support, yielding CPU time to destination, priority inheritance, and priority queues.
Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone has revealed more details on its forthcoming dual-boot Android and Firefox OS device.
The phone, known as the Revolution, will go on sale next week at a cost of €289 in Europe. The device will run both Android and Boot2Gecko, otherwise known as Firefox OS. (Mozilla only lets the mobile carriers it has deals with use the Firefox OS brand name, so for now, Geeksphone is stuck with the operating system's clunkier handle.)
The Chinese government has already stated its discontent with Windows 8, which comes preinstalled on almost all new PCs. It says an upgrade to Windows 8 would cause a substantial increase in costs both for the OS and relevant software. Windows 8 accounts for less than three percent of the Chinese market.
The only challenge left for Linux to fully conquer the cloud is in the private and hybrid sectors. Private cloud technology like OpenStack is pushing Linux kernel-based virtual machines, or KVMs, on the compute side and challenging VMware's position, asserted Turk.
"The way Linux IT was driven in the past was very much bottom-line focused," he said. "It was about how to create a profitable company and follow the market for the return on investment for shareholders. It was typical of an IT company in the early stages of development.
"But what's changed now is we have democratised it, spread the shareholding and for the time being, held back on applying labels to individuals [in the management team]."
Mitchell has recently completed an MBA qualification and said his dissertation focused on the idea of spiritual leadership - a concept which focuses on business ethics and employee wellbeing. He said the research has played a big role in the new-look Linux IT.
In this context I use 'critical' to indicate the parts which sometimes give Linux difficulty, such as the graphic controller (ATI/AMD Radeon in this case), wi-fi adapter (Atheros) and such. Installation was absolutely routine, exactly as I have described several times before on several other UEFI systems.
I left Secure Boot enabled, and I had no problem booting the Live USB image. Fedora installed its own signed "shim" file, so the installed image also boots just fine with UEFI Secure Boot enabled — and, of course, also with Secure Boot disabled, duh.
During the installation, it added Fedora to the UEFI boot list and it modified the UEFI boot sequence to place Fedora first; when I rebooted after installation, it booted up Grub (and then Fedora), exactly as it "should". I was extremely pleased and impressed with this, and I started to think that perhaps HP had improved its UEFI BIOS operation (although it seems I was wrong).
Lots of folks are lamenting the latest news from Mozilla stating they'll soon be showing users "sponsored content from hand-picked partners." In other news, a recent Debian decision leaves Ubuntu on its own with upstart. Matt Hartley recently compared the ease of Ubuntu to the flexibility of rolling release distributions.