Expectations have certainly become high for Valve's Steam Machines. Softpedia thinks that Valve could indeed defeat Microsoft and Sony in console gaming.
Several years ago it seemed like the dream of GNU/Linux as a gaming platform was elusive, especially after Sony had stabbed GNU/Linux users (on PS3) in their backs. Seeing a sort of comeback — where major games are ported to GNU/Linux faster than we can keep track of and consoles are launched which are based on GNU/Linux — is a truly refreshing change that will definitely accompany the ascent of the Free desktop. No more will “gaming” be an excuse for avoiding GNU/Linux as a desktop platform.
Some interesting headlines have jumped out of the RSS reader in the last couple of days. Phoronix.com reported that a KDE developer is missing jeopardizing the whole Kdenlive project. The new OpenMandriva and openSUSE releases received reviews. And MakeTechEasier.com has a rundown of "Distros for Old Computers."
The Fedora Wiki says there are around 400 packages that will run into problems if this compiler flag is enabled. Yesterday's FESCo meeting minutes notes "AGREED: Give the go-ahead to mass-file bugs (+5,-0,0)" in regards to enabling the "-Werror=format-security" feature of GCC.
As last year's What Linux Users Need To Know When Holiday Shopping For PC Hardware article was quite popular, here's my thoughts on the latest PC components and recommendations for those that may be purchasing (or hoping to receive) new computer hardware this holiday season and intend to use it on Linux. see
In a sense, GNU/Linux domination in the back room is contributing to the elimination of not just software monopolists but also hardware monopolists.
Btrfs is a new file system for Linux, one that is still very much in development. Although I wouldn't exactly describe it as "experimental" any more, it is, as stated in the Wiki at kernel.org, "a fast-moving target".
It has also been said publicly that the basic format and structure of the filesystem should now be stable; it would only be changed in the future if some overriding reason or need is found.
The point of all this should be clear — it is still very early days, and it is not recommended to use btrfs in critical systems of any kind.
I leave it to the reader to decide how critical their systems are; for my own purposes, I will be using btrfs on several systems that I use as testbeds, some of which I carry with me and use for normal work on a daily basis, so it will get a "real" test, but I will not be using it on the primary systems that my partner and I use for home/work/business activities.
Martin Gräßlin, KDE's Kwin maintainer, has shared some new OpenGL implications due to changes made in the KWin 5 window manager due to relying on Qt5 with Qt Quick 2.