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Yet Another Linux Distro Trying To Cater Towards Gamers

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While there's already a handful of Linux distributions trying to cater towards the increasing number of gamers with no real competitive edge over any of the other long-standing, general-purpose Linux distributions (sans SteamOS), there's yet another new one to report on this weekend.

The latest Linux distribution to come about that's aspiring for adoption by Linux gamers is "Play Linux", a distribution based on Ubuntu LTS that's "specially designed for gamers" and more. Gil Nóbrega, the project's co-founder and main builder, wrote into Phoronix saying, "It is not only a gaming distro but it is an All-In-One distro for Gamers, because gamers are not only gamers, right? They have to work or study too."

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Linux workshop in Udupi

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Linux

The student chapter of Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) of SMV Institute of Technology and Management conducted a two-day workshop on Linux operating system for final year Electronics and Communications students at Bantakal in Udupi district on August 22 and 23.

Edwin, a former professor of Electronics Engineering at Spring Garden College, Philadelphia, U.S., was the resource person.

Prof. Edwin said that Linux, which was a free operating system and free from viruses, had been adapted by more computer hardware platforms than any other operating system.

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4MLinux 10.0 Rescue Edition BETA released.

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Linux

The main features in this release are antivirus protection (Clam AntiVirus 0.98.4 with ClamWin), system backup (4MLinux Backup Scripts 10.0), data recovery (GNU ddrescue 1.18.1, TestDisk 6.14 with QPhotoRec), data wiping (shred 8.2.3, nwipe 0.16), disk partitioning (cfdisk 2.25, cgdisk 0.8.10, GNU Parted 3.2), and partition imaging (Partimage 0.6.9, Partclone 0.2.69). Many archive formats can be managed via 7-Zip 9.22, FreeArc 0.67, and PeaZip 5.4.1. File managers (Midnight Commander 4.8.12, X File Explorer 1.37, muCommander 0.9.0), CD/DVD burners (cdw 0.7.1, InfraRecorder 0.53), and UNetbootin 608 are also included.

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Steam On Linux Competes To Stay Above 1%

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Gaming

The August numbers for Valve's Steam Hardware/Software Survey indicate a possible drop in Steam Linux usage as the overall percentage of Linux gamers using this digital distribution platform hovers just around 1.0%.

The August 2014 numbers for Steam's Hardware Survey tally up the Linux usage to 1.06% compared to 1.11% the month prior and 1.2% before that. Since the Steam on Linux debut the percentage of reported Linux gamers via this survey generally bounces between 1.0% and 1.5%.

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SparkyLinux 3.5 LXDE, Razor-Qt, CLI, E18 & E19-dev is out

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Linux

SparkyLinux 3.5 “Annagerman” LXDE, Razor-Qt, CLI, Enlightenment 18 & 19-dev is out.

New Live/Install iso images provide up to date packages and a few changes.
All packages have been synchronized with Debian “testing” repositories as of 02/09/2014.
The system runs on Linux kernel 3.14.2 (3.14.15-2).

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The release of 3.16 Linux Kernel – the kernel column

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As we were going to press, Linus Torvalds announced the 3.16 Linux kernel, saying “So nothing particularly exciting happened this week [since the final 3.16 Release Candidate 7 from a week prior], and 3.16 is out there.” In his announcement email, Linus noted that the timing of 3.16 was, perhaps, a little unfortunate for the impact upon the merge widow for 3.17. The “merge window” is the period of time early in a (roughly) two month kernel development cycle during which disruptive kernel changes are allowed to take place. Typically, the merge window is capped at a couple of weeks, and it immediately follows a final release (from the previous kernel development cycle). Therefore, the merge for 3.17 is open just as Linus (and others) are preparing to head to Chicago for the 2014 Kernel Summit (and LinuxCon conference). Linus says, “So we’ll see how the next merge window goes, but I’m not going to worry about it overmuch. If I end up not having time to do all the merges, I might delay things into the week of the Kernel Summit, but I’ll hope to get most of the big merging done this upcoming week before any travel takes place.”

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Cloud Host Linode Adds Professional Services Support Option

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The move follows Linode's announcement earlier this summer that it would slash cloud-hosting prices and introduce high-end hardware to its storage and computing infrastructure, which transformed the company from a cloud host focused on providing Linux-based infrastructure that would appeal to a technically savvy crowd committed to open source hardware, to one that now offers broader hosting options and is seeking to stand out from the crowd through high-end infrastructure and sophisticated support solutions.

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The Story Behind 'init' and 'systemd': Why 'init' Needed to be Replaced with 'systemd' in Linux

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A init process starts serially i.e., one task starts only after the last task startup was successful and it was loaded in the memory. This often resulted into delayed and long booting time. However, systemd was not designed for speed but for getting the things done neatly which in turns avoid all the UN-necessary delay.

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Cumulus Networks Partners for Open Source Networking OS

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Linux
OSS

Cumulus Networks, which develops Cumulus Linux, describes its product as "the industry's first, full-featured Linux operating system for networking hardware." That's a debatable claim, mostly because "full-featured" is a term that may be interpreted in myriad ways, and because Linux-based operating systems tailored for networking hardware have been around in various forms for decades. But with a focus on hardware-agnosticism and a commitment to supporting a broad range of applications, all while maintaining a Debian Linux-based platform that is not watered-down to the bare essentials, Cumulus is doing some new things in an old niche.

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HP announces two new ultra-thin Chrombooks

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Linux
Google

HP has announced two new ultra-thin Chromebooks – the 11-inch HP Chromebook and full-size 14-inch HP Chromebook.

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