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LXer: REGoth Engine, an open source reimplentation for the game 'Gothic'

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 11:01:02 PM
REGoth Engine was pointed out in the forum, as it's another lovely open source reimplentation and this time it's for the classic game 'Gothic'.

TuxMachines: KDE Applications 16.04.3 Is the Last in the Series, Out Now for KDE Plasma 5.7.1

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 10:59:36 PM

After announcing the availability of the first maintenance update for the KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment, KDE also released today the third and last point release for the KDE Applications 16.04 software suite.

KDE Applications 16.04.3 is here to fix twenty more bugs reported by users since last month's KDE Applications 16.04.2 point release, bringing improvements to various KDE applications that are usually shipped by default with any new installation of the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment.

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Reddit: There any options for a blind person with linux?

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 10:20:28 PM

My friend has macular degeneration and the windows programs are thousands of dollars. It's robbery.

He need to be able to have rss feeds read to him, and dictate voicemails. Any ideas?

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LXer: How to Install WordPress with HHVM and Nginx on OpenSUSE Leap 42.1

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 10:03:51 PM
In this tutorial, I will show you how to install WordPress (a well known CMS based on PHP) with HHVM and Nginx as our web server. I will use OpenSUSE Leap 42.1 as the operating system, so basic knowledge of OpenSUSE is required. HHVM (HipHop Virtual Machine) is an open source virtual machine developed by Facebook, it is a JIT (just-in-time) compiler to execute programs written in PHP 5 (and some features of PHP 7) and Hack language.

LinuxToday: VirtualBox 5.1 Increases Linux Integration, Improves Multimedia Support

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 10:00:00 PM

 softpedia: Prominent features of VirtualBox 5.1 include the implementation of a new NVMHCI (Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface Specification) storage controller

LXer: Experimenting with Post-Quantum Cryptography

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 09:06:40 PM
The study of cryptographic primitives that remain secure even against quantum computers is called “post-quantum cryptography”. Today we're announcing an experiment in Chrome where a small fraction of connections between desktop Chrome and Google's servers will use a post-quantum key-exchange algorithm in addition to the elliptic-curve key-exchange algorithm that would typically be used.

Reddit: VirtualBox 5.1.0 is now available!

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 08:10:57 PM

LXer: Install Nextcloud on Ubuntu 16.04

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 08:09:29 PM
In this article, we will show you how to install Nextcloud 9 on an Ubuntu 16.04 VPS with MariaDB, PHP-FPM 7.0 and Nginx. Nextcloud is open source self-hosted file sync and share application forked from ownCloud.

Phoronix: GIMP 2.9.4 Is Their First Development Release Of 2016 With Many Improvements

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 07:51:43 PM
GIMP 2.9.4 was tagged this afternoon as the newest development version of this popular open-source image manipulation program...

Reddit: I've tested ~100 DRM-free Linux games from Humble. Here are the results.

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 07:50:35 PM

tl;dr: I've tested almost 100 DRM free Linux games from the Humble bundles and store. My goal was to see if normal, non-geek PC users will be able to play them.

Your miles may vary! But this is my experience. I've used a Clevo W840 SU laptop with Ubuntu Gnome 15.10 and 16.04, with the Gnome Staging PPA.

Humble has a DRM-Freedom sale right now, so I'm publishing my test results, even though I still have more games I'm going to test.

This text, with the spreadsheet embeded and a bit more details on why free software and DRM-free software is much more important than you'd think, is available on my blog. (There's no ads, and I don't profit from this in any way)

I love Humble! Especially how it started out, with the Indie bundles. They combine most of my favorite things: Small, independent companies, Linux, DRM-free media and amazing charities! I tried to buy all of the first Indie bundles. Unfortunately I missed some of them, but I still spent $290 on buying seven of the first ten Indie bundles. It was a matter of pride to help the Linux average stay as far above the others as possible.

Later there came other bundles, and I admit I was disappointed when not all of them where indie, supported Linux or where DRM free. But still, Humble has done an amazing job in getting a ton of games ported to Linux while contributing millions of dollars to charities, and I wanted to support that. So whenever I saw a bundle where all (or sometimes most) the games where supported DRM-free on Linux I would buy it.

But I soon started noticing a big problem. Quite a few of the games I bought didn't seem to actually work! Or I had to jump trough some crazy hoops that no self respecting developers would ever think to ask any Windows or Mac OS users to jump trough.

I understand that there is a smaller market of Linux users and I understand that it's not that simple for someone who has been developing for one platform to turn around and develop for another. But I have bought these games because they where advertised as working on Linux, without DRM. And you just can not sell a product you don't have!

So I started testing my games systematically, and my temporary result is what you see in this spreadsheet. I wanted to publish my results while the Humble Store still has their DRM-Freedom sale, which lasts for the next two days, and so I plan on updating the spreadsheet with more games as I get around to them. (Want to help out? Look at the bottom of this post)

I want to make very clear that this is not meant to be The Answer with two lines under! Your miles may very! I am not a very technical person, and so I might have done some things wrong.

But that is also the point. I'm not a techno geek e-l33t-ist hacker, and it is of crucial importance that no one feels the need to be one to use Linux or other Free and DRM-free software! As Cory Doctorow says:

We have computers on our desks, and we have computers in our pocket. We have computers we insert into our bodies, and we have computers into which we insert our bodies. And they have the power to liberate us or to enslave us. When computers don't tell us what they're doing they expose us to horrible, horrible risks.

The only way we can control our own future is trough Free/Open source software and DRM-free software. And Linux on the desktop is one important, and simple way, of starting to go down that path.

That is, most things about Linux is simple, but some things are not: It would be much simpler if those who advertised their products as working on Linux actually made sure that they did. And that is why I took the time to test almost a hundred DRM free Linux games.

The more people use Linux, the more companies will invest in making sure their products work as well on Linux, and the more products that works flawlessly on Linux, the more people will use Linux.

It's a chicken/egg problem, or it's a virtuous cycle. That is up to us to decide.

My hope is that this list, with waaay too much red in it, will:

  • Make it easier for you to support game companies that takes their Linux users seriously
  • Help you avoid buying games you can't play anyway
  • Make Humble work harder to get companies to support Linux properly
  • Perhaps shame some game companies into updating their Linux versions

If you find these to be worthy goals, then please help me spread this information far and wide! That way we can both make a small contribution to a better world.

Now, onto what you're here for: First, just a few words about my setup: My laptop is a Clevo W840 SU with an Intel Core i7-4500U CPU @ 1.80GHz × 4, Intel Haswell Mobile graphics card, 16 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD.

My OS is Ubuntu Gnome, and I've tested some games on version 15.10 and some on 16.04. On both versions I updated to newer, but more unstable versions of Gnome with the help of the Gnome Staging PPA.

All of that said, here are my results.

There are also some other annoyances not mentioned in the spreadsheet, like how some games comes with a to of download links or files which might be the correct one to double click to run the game. If you're just a little bit less of a geek than I am then you won't know which file to download or click on. Also: What's the deal with compressing the game in a folder just called "Linux"? Don't you think it would be a good idea to at least let people know what game hides in that folder after it's uncompressed?

If you want to help me test more games please let me know! You could either test some yourself and add them to the list, or you could buy me some games from my Humble wishlist Send e-mail and/or games to

Thank you!

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Phoronix: VirtualBox 5.1 Officially Released

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 07:36:03 PM
Oracle announced the release this afternoon of VM VirtualBox 5.1...

TuxMachines: Android Leftovers

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 07:16:19 PM

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Reddit: What's the current status of Intel Skylake power management?

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 07:15:15 PM

Back in April, Matthew Garrett has pointed out the bad power management of mobile Skylake processors with Linux 4.5 and advised not to buy them.

Do you know whether the situation has since improved with Linux 4.6 or the soon-to-be-released 4.7-rc? Is it safe now to buy Skylake laptops?

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LXer: 32-Bit Ubuntu Alternatives

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 07:12:18 PM
Some folks may find the idea of using a 32-bit distribution of Linux to be downright silly. After all, we live in a 64-bit world these days, right? Well, that depends on who you ask. The fact of the matter is there are still a lot of fully functional PCs out there that run 32-bit Linux. Up until recently, this was all well and good. Then the news came down that Ubuntu would no longer be supporting 32-bit systems come the next Ubuntu release. Clearly not everyone is thrilled about his news.

Reddit: Ubuntu 16.10 Unity 8 - X11 Apps on Mir

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 07:09:10 PM

LXer: Having a Gas at Texas Linux Fest 2016

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 06:15:07 PM
Turnout was notably less than expected and appeared to be lower than any Texas Linux Fest in memory. While many of us discussed possible reasons for this, I’m not sure we’ll ever really know why. I will assure you, however, that the low turnout was not attributable to the quality of the presentations. Those I queried left the lecture halls impressed and even excited about things they learned.

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