pax is one of the lesser known utilities in a typical Linux installation. That's too bad, because pax has a very good feature set, and its command-line options are easy to understand and remember. pax is an archiver, like tar(1), but it's also a better version of cp(1) in some ways, not least because you can use pax with SSH to copy sets of files over a network. Once you learn pax, you may wonder how you lived without it all these years.
Originally the developer behind Ome was set out on making his own operating system and was thinking of using LLVM IR for its application binary while making the packages like Android's APK files. He had posted to the LLVM mailing list last month for feedback on these plans but now today he's posted a new LLVM mailing list message.
A perusal through today's newsfeeds netted several interesting topics. Jamie Watson published a Knoppix 7.2.0 review. Bryan Lunduke reported that the Elementary OS team has taken over maintenance of Shotwell. And a ZDNet blogger has listed his five reasons for using Windows 8 instead of Linux, but they are all really just jabs at Linux. All this and more in tonight's How the Linux Turns.
Paradox Studios, the development house behind the hugely successful and addictive Magicka, Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis IV among other games, officially announced in their recent Miami convention that they are planning to launch two new games, Runemasters and the highly anticipated sequel to the Hearts of Iron series, Hearts of Iron IV. Both games are slated to be getting a Linux release along with a Windows release.
After getting past the boot menu, I was greeted by the Linux Mint KDE (blue rather than green, and featuring the KDE gear under the Linux Mint leaf) logo fading in from black. The boot process was quite quick in leading to the desktop. The desktop doesn't have too many notable changes, so I won't dwell on those too much. What I will say is that the "Air" Plasma theme is flatter and whiter, perhaps in response to Microsoft Windows 8, but this doesn't go too well with the practically white desktop background. The other change is just that instead of having a separate folder view widget taking up part of the desktop, it has now been expanded to take up the entire desktop, making it look a little more traditional and less like stock KDE.
Trashing Linux seems to be a very nasty trend though I can't understand why people bother to keep doing it. It's as if they can't think of anything else to write about, so they crank out yet another lame "Linux sucks!" article in a pathetic attempt to generate some page views.
GNOME Software 3.11.4 adds Ardour to the featured apps list, adds an --enable-dogtail configure option, adds a dependency to gsettings-desktop-schemas, and introduces a test for actions as well as some WIP UI tests. Furthermore, the team is proud to introduce the initial port of the PackageKit session interface, and some say that GNOME Software will also be available in Arch Linux, as a frontend to the pacman package manager app.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the few remaining titles from Valve that's highly sought after by Linux gamers but has yet to make its debut. Going back to last year we've known CS:GO has been running internally on Linux and even last April Intel Mesa developers have been optimizing their driver with CS:GO using their early access to the title in cooperation with Valve.
If my memory is correct, the first generally available release of Knoppix (on a Live CD) was made sometime in late 2000. I don't think it is exaggerating to say that Knoppix set the standard for Live Linux distributions when it was released, or that the Linux world as a whole learned a lot about how Live distributions should be done, and how powerful, versatile and useful they could be.