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  • The Steam Beta Client Has Received New Steam Controller Improvements

    As you may know, Valve has decided to conquer your living room with their Steam Machines, which are Linux-based gaming consoles that run SteamOS and the Steam Controller, which is the first remote control that can be used to play shooters like Counter Strike.

  • Linux Game: Volvox. Let's Kick Start Evolution.

    Volvox features the Trimoebas, who are triangular shaped unicellular organisms living in the primordial soup. They have but one goal in life: build the first multicellular organism. Simple, right?

    The game features 250 hand drawn levels, accompanied by a rather soothing soundtrack as you make your way through the microscopic world. Throughout the game the player crafts ever larger and more complex organisms from worms, to jellyfish, to the fish.

  • The open source Itch games store app needs translators

    The open source app for installing games from needs your help with translations. I am in love with this little app.

    One reason I used to love Desura so much was their open source app, although that turned sour due to licensing changes for contributors, and now Desura is bankrupt so is now my favourite smaller store.

  • PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac 4.2.10 Out Now for Linux and Mac, Based on Wine 1.8

    Today, January 3, 2016, the developers of the PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac software, two open source tools that let GNU/Linux and Mac OS X users play Windows games, have announced the release of version 4.2.10.

    Despite the fact that more and more games now have support for the Linux platforms, not to mention Apple's Mac OS, it would appear that software like PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac are still popular among gamers who want to migrate to a more secure and safe operating system.

Leftovers: Gaming

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  • Top 10 Games Released on Linux in 2015

    So, while the Steam Machines did not (predictably) manage to get a really good start (I hope Valve learned a thing or two out of that situation), 2015 has been an excellent year for Linux Gaming. We have received numerous ports and a few first-citizen releases as well, and not just indie games this time around. Like all Top 10’s, this list is going to be somewhat subjective and maybe your own favourite game is not there, but here goes nonetheless.

  • FNA, the open source reimplementation of Microsoft's XNA first official release

    I'm a big fan of FNA, as the quality of the ports made with Ethan Lee's project are really quite awesome. Ethan announced recently that FNA has now had its first official release.

  • Carmageddon: Reincarnation still aiming for a Linux version

    The Linux version of Carmageddon: Reincarnation promised during the Kickstarter has been completely MIA for some time, but they say they are still planning to do it.

    It's a familiar thing by now, dates slipped for all versions, the Windows version didn't turn out as well as one hoped and the Linux version is waiting for the Windows version to get sorted out. Originally, the Linux version was due around the end of 2013, that's a rather large slip for Stainless Games.

Microsoft Loves Linux?!

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  • Ori and the Blind Forest won't come to Linux for now, thanks to Microsoft

    Other Microsoft published games have made their way to Linux, so it's not out of the question. It depends what sort of publishing deal they signed, still a damn shame though.

  • Microsoft Blocks Linux Game Port From Happening

    The reference was in regards to a Linux port of Ori and the Blind Forest, a single-player adventure game developed by Moon Studios and originally released earlier this year. Ori is powered by the Unity Engine, which would make a Linux port possible, but apparently the publishing deal with Microsoft Studios would prevent the game from being released outside of Microsoft platforms.

Leftovers: Gaming

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SparkyLinux 4.2 GameOver Edition Has Over 80 Games, Desura and Steam for Linux

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Just a few minutes ago, December 29, the developers of the Debian-based SparkyLinux operating system were more than proud to announce the release of the GameOver, Multimedia and Rescue editions for SparkyLinux 4.2.

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Also: SparkyLinux 4.2 Rescue Edition Officially Released, Based on Debian 9 "Stretch"

Leftovers: Gaming

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  • Top 10 Linux Games 2015 - Youtubers Edition
  • OpenRA Christmas 2015 Release (20151224)
  • French Consumer Group Tries To Win Back Resale Rights For Digitally Distributed Games

    We talk a lot about first sale rights and resale rights at Techdirt, but of particular frustration to me is the strange capitulation to companies that sell digital copies of software. This isn't a strictly American problem, though here in the States there has been a near total abandonment of the consumer's rights when it comes to electronically delivered entertainment, be it eBooks, music, movies or games. The "you're licensing the game you paid for, not buying it" line is, on its face, ridiculous, amounting to a situation where Game "X" bought on a disc can be resold, but Game "X" bought and delivered on the internet cannot. Why a delivery method would alter the right to resale a bought product because a EULA says so is a concept that simply escapes me.

  • Best-Selling Linux Games for Steam Winter Sale

    The latest Steam Winter Sale is still in effect, and it will last until January 4. Let's take a look at what the Linux users have been buying these past few days.

System76 Oryx Pro is the Ubuntu Linux gaming laptop of your dreams [Review]

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When you think of a gaming PC, two things probably come to mind -- Microsoft Windows and desktop computers. In other words, gamers don't typically target laptops for playing their favorite games, and even when some do, they will likely aim for Windows 7, 8, or 10. Thanks to Steam, however, Linux-based operating systems are a legitimate option for gaming.

If you want a Linux-based gaming laptop, your choices are slim. Yes, you can buy a Windows laptop and replace the operating system with Ubuntu or another OS, but that isn't the best experience. Ideally, you want a machine that was designed and sold with Linux in mind. Enter the Ubuntu-powered System76 Oryx Pro. This beast of a gaming laptop can be configured with some jaw-dropping specs. The one I have been testing features an Intel Skylake Core i7 processor, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, NVMe SSD and NVIDIA graphics, including G-SYNC. Are you salivating yet? Read on for more specs and my impressions.

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    Until now, the fit parameters could in principle take any values allowed by the fit model, which would lead to a reasonable description of the data. However, sometimes the realistic regions for the parameters are known in advance and it is desirable to set some mathematical constrains on them. LabPlot provides now the possibility to define lower and/or upper bounds for the fit parameters and to limit the internal fit algorithm to these regions only.
  • [GNOME] Maps Towards 3.28
    Some work has been done since the release of 3.26 in September. On the visual side we have adapted the routing sidebar to use a similar styling as is used in Files (Nautilus) and the GTK+ filechooser.
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  • MiniDebconf in Toulouse
    I attended the MiniDebconf in Toulouse, which was hosted in the larger Capitole du Libre, a free software event with talks, presentation of associations, and a keysigning party. I didn't expect the event to be that big, and I was very impressed by its organization. Cheers to all the volunteers, it has been an amazing week-end!
  • DebConf Videoteam sprint report - day 0
    First day of the videoteam autumn sprint! Well, I say first day, but in reality it's more day 0. Even though most of us have arrived in Cambridge already, we are still missing a few people. Last year we decided to sprint in Paris because most of our video gear is stocked there. This year, we instead chose to sprint a few days before the Cambridge Mini-Debconf to help record the conference afterwards.
  • Libre Computer Board Launches Another Allwinner/Mali ARM SBC
    The Tritium is a new ARM single board computer from the Libre Computer Board project. Earlier this year the first Libre Computer Board launched as the Le Potato for trying to be a libre and free software minded ARM SBC. That board offered better specs than the Raspberry Pi 3 and aimed to be "open" though not fully due to the ARM Mali graphics not being open.
  • FOSDEM 2018 Will Be Hosting A Wayland / Mesa / Mir / X.Org Developer Room
    This year at the FOSDEM open-source/Linux event in Brussels there wasn't the usual "X.Org dev room" as it's long been referred to, but for 2018, Luc Verhaegen is stepping back up to the plate and organizing this mini graphics/X.Org developer event within FOSDEM.
  • The Social Network™ releases its data networking code
    Facebook has sent another shiver running up Cisco's spine, by releasing the code it uses for packet routing. Open/R, its now-open source routing platform, runs Facebook's backbone and data centre networks. The Social Network™ first promised to release the platform in May 2017. In the post that announced the release, Facebook said it began developing Open/R for its Terragraph wireless system, but since applied it to its global fibre network, adding: “we are even starting to roll it out into our data center fabrics, running inside FBOSS and on our Open Compute Project networking hardware like Wedge 100.”
  • Intel Icelake Support Added To LLVM Clang
    Initial support for Intel's Icelake microarchitecture that's a follow-on to Cannonlake has been added to the LLVM/Clang compiler stack. Last week came the Icelake patch to GCC and now Clang has landed its initial Icelake enablement too.
  • Microsoft's Surface Book 2 has a power problem

    Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 has a power problem. When operating at peak performance, it may draw more power than its stock charger or Surface Dock can handle. What we’ve discovered after talking to Microsoft is that it’s not a bug—it’s a feature.

Kernel: Linux 4.15 and Intel

  • The Big Changes So Far For The Linux 4.15 Kernel - Half Million New Lines Of Code So Far
    We are now through week one of two for the merge window of the Linux 4.15 kernel. If you are behind on your Phoronix reading with the many feature recaps provided this week of the different pull requests, here's a quick recap of the changes so far to be found with Linux 4.15:
  • Intel 2017Q3 Graphics Stack Recipe Released
    Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has put out their quarterly Linux graphics driver stack upgrade in what they are calling the latest recipe. As is the case with the open-source graphics drivers just being one centralized, universal component to be easily installed everywhere, their graphics stack recipe is just the picked versions of all the source components making up their driver.
  • Intel Ironlake Receives Patches For RC6 Power Savings
    Intel Ironlake "Gen 5" graphics have been around for seven years now since being found in Clarkdale and Arrandale processors while finally now the patches are all worked out for enabling RC6 power-savings support under Linux.

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Security: Google and Morgan Marquis-Boire

  • Google: 25 per cent of black market passwords can access accounts

    The researchers used Google's proprietary data to see whether or not stolen passwords could be used to gain access to user accounts, and found that an estimated 25 per cent of the stolen credentials can successfully be used by cyber crooks to gain access to functioning Google accounts.

  • Data breaches, phishing, or malware? Understanding the risks of stolen credentials

    Drawing upon Google as a case study, we find 7--25\% of exposed passwords match a victim's Google account.

  • Infosec star accused of sexual assault booted from professional affiliations
    A well-known computer security researcher, Morgan Marquis-Boire, has been publicly accused of sexual assault. On Sunday, The Verge published a report saying that it had spoken with 10 women across North America and Marquis-Boire's home country of New Zealand who say that they were assaulted by him in episodes going back years. A woman that The Verge gave the pseudonym "Lila," provided The Verge with "both a chat log and a PGP signed and encrypted e-mail from Morgan Marquis-Boire. In the e-mail, he apologizes at great length for a terrible but unspecified wrong. And in the chat log, he explicitly confesses to raping and beating her in the hotel room in Toronto, and also confesses to raping multiple women in New Zealand and Australia."