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CHKN and Why Gaming on Steam for GNU/Linux is More Secure Than on macOS and Win32

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  • CHKN, the weirdest open-world sandbox game where you create creatures has a huge new release

    CHKN is hard to describe, it's a really odd open-world sandbox adventure game where you create your own creatures.

    It's in Early Access, so it's not a finished game. Even so, it's pretty amusing. Amusing enough for me to jump into here and there and for my son to love it rather a lot. Honestly, I'm finding it difficult to express into words just how weird and wonderful CHKN is.

  • Gaming on Steam for Linux is more secure than on macOS and Win32

    2018 have been a terrible year for computer security, and playing games on a computer isn’t all fun and games any more. In this article I’ll look at some of the security challenges of downloading and installing games from developers you have no reason to trust through the Steam Store. I’ll then explore how recent advancements for security on the Linux desktop now have made it it a more secure environment to run untrusted software and games than more the popular macOS and Windows 10 operating systems.

    Steam is a online games store and game-library-as-service vendor popular among millions of customers worldwide. The nature of the service means that Steam is selling and distributing executable programs that may be malicious. We can only assume that Steam takes great care not to allow malicious code onto their platform. However, this is almost impossible to achieve on relatively open-platforms like macOS, Windows, and indeed the Linux desktop.

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