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Sword Of The Stars: The Pit & Ground Pounders Soon To Arrive On Linux

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We are currently approaching completion of porting The Pit to Linux (as well as Mac and mobile pads.) Ground Pounders is also nearing completion. It's was designed with multiplatform multiplay in mind, so it will go out the door with Linux hot on its heels, whereas The Pit started with enough manpower for one SKU and we opted for PC. Then over the last few months, we worked on expanding it as well as working towards the ports as things progressed. It's gone a bit longer than we'd hoped, but we'll be done pretty soon. The Pit is coming to Linux!

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Alienware plans to release updated Steam Machines every year

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Alienware will update its Steam Machine hardware every year, according to general manager Frank Azor. In an interview with TrustedReviews, Azor said a lack of upgradability on the recently unveiled model will basically require the company to keep pushing out new versions each year to keep up with games as they become more and more resource intensive. “There will be no customization options, you can’t really update it," he said of the company's first Steam Machine. Azor said some basic customization options may be available; you may be able to pick a faster CPU or upgrade the amount of memory, for instance. But for the most part, what you get is what you get. “Lifecycle wise, consoles update every five, six, seven years. We will be updating our Steam Machines every year,” he said.

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Valve Adds In-Home Streaming in the Steam Client with the Latest Update

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Valve has released a new Beta build of its Steam client, but this time it’s not just about a few fixes and a couple of new features. A new important option has been implemented, which should make Linux users very happy.

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Slitherine To Improve Linux Support

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This is something I personally brought up with them after being gifted a copy of Pandora from the developers, it was all highly confusing as you had to specifically click the Linux link in the platform list otherwise you would be buying the Windows version and it didn't actually tell you this anywhere. They are another store who needs to note Windows and not PC though, you know how annoying it gets to see that.

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Linux Game Sales Statistics From Multiple Developers

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The numbers don't look very good overall if you directly compare it to Windows, but like with everything Linux I am personally pinning my hopes on Steam Machines & SteamOS giving us the boost we so deserve. We aren't that far off Mac numbers which is encouraging at least.

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Valve’s OpenGL debugger is being developed on Kubuntu along with Ubuntu & Linux MInt

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Valve team is working on a new tool to facilitate game developers on Linux. VOGL is an OpenGL tracer/debugger which will be used to analyse OpenGL calls. VOGL was announced in the Steam Dev Days conference. The debugger is being developed on Linux natively. It will be an open source project.

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Linux: the future of gaming

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Whether or not you think games are important for Linux, the stone cold reality is that they significantly drive mainstream interest in any operating system. As I wrote in the feature for LXF179, Linux: the Future of Gaming, this was a lesson Gabe Newell learnt back in the early 1990s while working for Microsoft – and it changed the direction of his career.

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Beta SteamOS ISO now available for testing

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I just posted a SteamOS ISO that can be used to install SteamOS on non-UEFI systems. Thanks to directhex and ecliptik for their work on Ye Olde SteamOSe - this incorporates many of their changes. Dual-boot and custom partitioning are now possible from the "Expert Install" option.

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  • JavaScript keeps its spot atop programming language rankings
    U.K.-based technology analyst firm RedMonk just released the latest version of its biannual rankings of programming languages, and once again JavaScript tops the list, followed by Java and PHP. Those are same three languages that topped RedMonk’s list in January. In fact, the entire top 10 remains the same as it was it was six months ago. Perhaps the biggest surprise in Redmonk’s list—compiling the “performance of programming languages relative to one another on GitHub and Stack Overflow”—is that there are so few surprises, at least in the top 10.
  • Plenty of fish in the C, IEEE finds in language popularity contest
    It's no surprise that C and Java share the top two spots in the IEEE Spectrum's latest Interactive Top Programming Languages survey, but R at number five? That's a surprise. This month's raking from TIOBE put Java at number one and C at number two, while the IEEE reverses those two, and the IEEE doesn't rank assembly as a top-ten language like TIOBE does. It's worth noting however that the IEEE's sources are extremely diverse: the index comprises search results from Google, Twitter, GitHub, StackOverflow, Reddit, Hacker News, CareerBuilder, Dice, and the institute's own eXplore Digital Library. Even then, there are some oddities in the 48 programming environments assessed: several commenters to the index have already remarked that “Arduino” shouldn't be considered a language, because code for the teeny breadboard is written in C or C++.