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  • Pocket-Sized Doom Is Actually Playable | Hackaday

    It used to be that you needed a well-equipped expensive new beige-box PC if you wanted to play Doom at all. Now, you can do so in a form factor with a footprint smaller than a credit card, as demonstrated by this nifty little build from Adafruit.

    The build relies on the Retro-Go firmware for ESP32 devices, which can emulate a range of machines, from the Nintendo NES and Game Boy to the NEC PC Engine, Atari Lynx, and, yes, Doom itself. It can even run Doom mods, via the WAD architecture used by the game.

  • Valve Confirms Steam Deck Will Launch Feb 25th 2022 - Boiling Steam

    So Valve has decided to break the silence and has announced that the Steam Deck will officially release on Feb 25th for consumers. On that day, if you were one of the first pre-orders, you will receive an email from Valve to complete your payment and you will have three days to act on it. If you complete your order, the first unit will ship on the 28th and be a few days later in the hands of the first happy gamer.

  • X4: Foundations 5.00 gets a Beta with AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) | GamingOnLinux

    Egosoft continue upgrading their space sim X4: Foundations with the big 5.00 version now in Beta, readying up for the new X4: Tides of Avarice expansion. This free update should release in full with the expansion, and further advances their game engine to provide a better space travel experience.

    For some of what to expect in the free update you will see a series of new big capital ships, improved ship models and the big one for fans of performance is the introduction of AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR). New game mechanics will also come along including ship salvaging and recycling, plus an overhaul to your headquarters. That's just a small slice of what to expect (there's plenty more). Want to test it early? You can! Find out how on their official forum.

  • The great cartoony adventure Zniw Adventure is now on GOG | GamingOnLinux

    For those of you who stick to GOG.com, you can now grab another quality cartoony point and click adventure game with Zniw Adventure now available. A good excuse to remind you of this absolute little gem.

    Inspired by adventure games and edutainment titles from the 90's, Zniw Adventure is a 2D point and click title full of cartoon dinosaurs. It features a comic book-esque art style, frame-by-frame animation, and unlockable goodies like concept art and minigames. The in-game encyclopedia fills as you encounter prehistoric creatures allowing you to read more about them. Enjoy the prehistoric world in an unique cartoony style.

  • SDL 2.0.22 will default to Wayland on Linux | GamingOnLinux

    Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL) is one of the most important pieces of open source for Linux gamers, as it's the tech used by various game engines and games. It's also about to continue changing the game for the Linux desktop in the upcoming version.

    What does it actually do? It's a cross-platform development library designed to provide low level access to audio, keyboard, mouse, joystick, and graphics hardware.

  • A look at Steam's top releases of December 2021 on Linux and Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

    The latest report is out from Valve on what was popular and sold well during December 2021. Let's take a look at what to expect from the list in terms of basic compatibility on Linux and the Steam Deck.

    Each month Valve goes over the previous month to show off games doing well, with it including titles across different genres and both Early Access titles and full releases. As usual, it's a mix between native Linux games and those that require running the Windows version through Steam Play Proton.

  • Free Software game "0 A.D.:Empires Ascendant" with Stanislas Dolcini

    The upcoming "I Love Free Software Day" will focus on Free Software Games. One of the most famous Free Software Games is "0 A.D.: Empires Ascendant". In this Episode Bonnie Mehring talks with Stanislas Dolcini, the project leader of 0 A.D. about the game itself, the project, as well has how the game became Free Software.

    This podcast episode takes you on a journey through the games development and it's history of becoming one of the most famous Free Software games. You can also learn about how to participate and contribute to 0 A.D. Discover together with Stanislas and Bonnie how the community behind one of the best known Free Software games works, where support is needed, and the different types of developers and contributors. Bonnie and Stanislas also tell the success story of releasing 0 A.D. under a Free Software licensed and talk about the positive side of developing a Free Software game.

More in Tux Machines

Arduino Projects: Sun and Power Trackers

  • This sun tracker uses an Arduino to increase solar panel efficiency | Arduino Blog

    With the rapid pace of solar panel installations over the course of the previous decade, there has been an ongoing challenge of trying to improve their efficiency. Apart from the typical silicon crystal photovoltaic cells, there are also more efficient/expensive cells known as concentration photovoltaics (CPV), which rely on a set of mirrors to focus sunlight into a small multijunction cell. Although this technology reduces the size and material requirements, it also requires precise sun tracking for peak performance. Ruediger Loechenhoff has been able to create a far cheaper solar tracker controller, which relies on an Arduino Uno to drive a set of two motors that position the panel. To achieve this, the Uno was connected to a 9-axis MPU-9250 compass module for internal positioning, a DS3231 real-time clock for accurate timing, and a DIY shading beam sunlight sensor to detect optimal angles. Operating the tracker is also quite simple since the firmware only requires an occasional calibration step after a set number of days.

  • This Arduino device can anticipate power outages with tinyML | Arduino Blog

    Our reliance on electronic devices and appliances has never been higher, so when the power goes out, it can quickly become an unpleasant and inconvenient situation, especially for those who are unable to prepare in time. To help combat this problem, Roni Bandini has devised a device he calls “EdenOff,” which is placed inside an electrical outlet and utilizes machine learning at the edge to intelligently predict when an outage might occur. Developed with the use of Edge Impulse, Bandini began by creating a realistic dataset that consisted of three columns that pertain to different aspects of an outlet: its voltage, the ambient temperature, and how long the service has been working correctly. After training a model based on one dataset for regular service and the other for a failure, his model achieved an excellent F-1 score of .96, indicating that the model can forecast when an outage might take place with a high degree of accuracy.

LibreOffice and More

  • LibreOffice at the Univention Summit 2022

    After two years of pandemic restrictions, more and more in-person events are now taking place. Members of the LibreOffice community attended the recent Univention Summit 2022 in Bremen, northern Germany. They had a stand with LibreOffice merchandise, talked to visitors and answered questions.

  • May 2022, Month of LibreOffice Awards

    In May 2022, LibreOffice has received two Awards: SourceForge’s Open Source Project of the Month, and Software Informer’s Editor’s Pick.

  • Do While – Loop Example in Python | Mark Ai Code

    Loops are an important and widely utilized element in all current programming languages. A loop is the finest solution for automating a certain repeated operation or preventing yourself from writing repetitive code in your projects. Loops are sequences of instructions that are executed repeatedly until a condition is fulfilled. Let’s take a closer look at how Python loops function.

Proprietary Software and Microsoft Proxies

  • Patch now: Zoom chat messages can infect PCs, Macs, phones with malware

    Zoom has fixed a security flaw in its video-conferencing software that a miscreant could exploit with chat messages to potentially execute malicious code on a victim's device. The bug, tracked as CVE-2022-22787, received a CVSS severity score of 5.9 out of 10, making it a medium-severity vulnerability. It affects Zoom Client for Meetings running on Android, iOS, Linux, macOS and Windows systems before version 5.10.0, and users should download the latest version of the software to protect against this arbitrary remote-code-execution vulnerability. The upshot is that someone who can send you chat messages could cause your vulnerable Zoom client app to install malicious code, such as malware and spyware, from an arbitrary server. Exploiting this is a bit involved, so crooks may not jump on it, but you should still update your app.

  • SAP attracts further criticism for Russia presence, despite promise to leave

    A Ukrainian minister has accused software giant SAP of continuing to operate in Russia despite the German vendor previously vowing to withdraw from the aggressor nation. In the months following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, SAP attracted criticism as it continued to support installations of its software in Russia and cloud services used by Russian businesses, including state-owned bank Sberbank.

  • OpenLogic by Perforce: Why we support OSI [Ed: OSI boasts about being controlled by Microsofters]
  • OpenLogic by Perforce Announces Sponsorship of Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation [Ed: Microsoft proxy lays its hands on Rocky after it ran away from Microsoft]

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