Valve was officially formed on August 24th 1996, so today Valve turns 20 years old. The company was founded by both Gabe Newell and Mike Harrington and who knew the kind of impact they would have on Linux gaming.
Steam wasn't officially released years later in 2003, so it did take them a long time to get where they are today. I bet they didn't imagine just how big a behemoth Steam would truly become at the time.
I had no idea Valve was this old! Here's a rather quick look at what they have done for us.
I'm going to be honest, I was sceptical about Steam coming to Linux despite the reports from Phoronix at the time. Due to how long it was hinted at, it didn't seem like it would ever actually happen.
In 2012 they opened the Linux blog about their adventures in porting to Linux, but it's still sad to see it never really gained many posts. It was nice to get some insight into what was going on.
I've been keeping an eye on Ashes of the Singularity for a long time now, as the RTS game does look pretty cool. The developers have stated their move to Vulkan is pretty far along and Linux will be evaluated after.
So this is finally happening. The result of much work all through the stack from several dedicated individuals (You know who you are!) started lining up during the past few months and now is hitting master. Early in the cycle I blogged about stylus support being merged, based on the first version of the tablet protocols. Now I have the pleasure to declare GTK+ tablet support on Wayland feature complete.
In time for next month's GNOME 3.22 release, the drawing tablet support for GNOME on Wayland is getting into shape.
GNOME developer Carlos Garnacho wrote today how it's "finally happening" that good support for drawing tablets when running GNOME on Wayland is becoming a reality. Carlos declares that the GTK+ tablet support on Wayland is considered feature complete.
GNOME Project's Florian Müllner announced the release of the Beta build of the upcoming Mutter window and compositing manager for the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment.
As reported by us earlier today, the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment entered Beta stages of development, which means that most of its core components and applications have been updated to this Beta release, including Mutter, which is in charge of displaying and managing your GNOME desktop via OpenGL (accelerated 3D graphics).
KDE Plasma 5.7.4 fixes dragging items in Kickoff, mouse settings now apply to applications using kdelibs4, and there is improved handling of CRTC screen information. There are also a number of KWin fixes (including one Wayland fix), Plasma desktop tweaks, and more.
QtCon is happy to welcome Julia Reda, the closing keynote speaker. Member of the European Parliament for the Pirate Party and Vice-Chair of the Greens/European Free Alliance. Reda's legislative focus is on copyright and internet policy issues.
As a member of the European Parliament and together with Max Andersson, Julia Reda initiated the pilot project “Governance and quality of software code – Auditing of free and open source software” in 2014 as a reaction to the so-called “heartbleed” bug in OpenSSL. The idea turned into the pilot-project "Free and Open Source Software Auditing“ (FOSSA) that is aiming at improving the security of those Free Software programs that are in use by the European Commission and the Parliament.
Also helping KDE developers in their multi-screen efforts is a centralized activity log in KScreen with Plasma 5.8 and the ability to easily create virtual screens in Wayland for reproducing issues without real hardware.
Plasma 5.8 will be our first long-term supported release in the Plasma 5 series. We want to make this a release as polished and stable as possible. One area we weren’t quite happy with was our multi-screen user experience. While it works quite well for most of our users, there were a number of problems which made our multi-screen support sub-par.
Let’s take a step back to define what we’re talking about.