Valve released a new update for SteamOS Brewmaster branch of the operating system, bringing the version number up to 2.32. It's an important release since it brings all the latest drivers for AMD and Nvidia.
Gaming for a long time was the Achilles heel of Linux with at best amateurish home brew games. In the past there have been some good games written natively for Linux but the trouble is that some people have confused the Tux logo with being a good character for a game in the same way that Mario is overused by Nintendo.
I have always had a fascination with board games, in part because they are a device of social interaction, they challenge the mind and, most importantly, they are great fun to play. In my misspent youth, myself and a group of friends gathered together to escape the horrors of the classroom, and indulge in a little escapism. The time provided an outlet for tension and rivalry. Board games help teach diplomacy, how to make and break alliances, bring families and friends together, and learn valuable lessons.
After the utter disgrace that MadOut was, I was in the market for something new to play and I already owned BlazeRush from a sale. I mentioned the release of BlazeRush, but never actually got around to trying it—until now.
With all the big titles coming to Linux, it is easy to miss the smaller ones. You do not always want to invest hours of your life building an empire or engaging in epic quests. Sometimes you just want to blast some alien bugs for a few minutes while your coffee is brewing. The game I am looking into today lets you do exactly that.
When trying out the game myself on an Ubuntu 15.04 box with the Catalyst 15.7 driver, this game was just the latest showing what bad shape the Catalyst Linux driver is in for OpenGL gaming... Like with the Shadow of Mordor Linux port, even when launching the game from Steam on Linux with the AMD Catalyst driver loaded, there is immediately a warning:
But even outside of the stresses of developing for operating systems as native to PCs as Linux, the team faced some interesting challenges in bringing their vision for a golden age role-playing game to life.
Many of you have asked for help with keyboard shortcuts in Builder. It was always something we wanted to do, but I was humbly waiting for upstream to get that into the toolkit so we would get it for “free”.
Android becomes a giant brand in communication industry. Android, Inc. was established in Palo Alto, California. There were 4 persons in October 2003 who had the idea to develop this smart phone. Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Chris White, and Nick Sears developed the idea said by Rubin,
Exclusive Interview: Michael Miller of SUSE Talks About Transition and Contributing to Open Source
SUSE is one of the Linux trinity -- which comprises Red Hat, SUSE, and Canonical. SUSE is also one of the leading contributors to many open source projects, including the kernel itself. However, the company went through challenging times as it was acquired by one company after another. It seems that things have stabilized with the Micro Focus acquisition, so I sat down with Michael Miller, SUSE’s Vice President of Global Alliances & Marketing at LinuxCon and talked about topics ranging from acquisition to future plans.
It looks like the Kodi developers can't stop implementing new features and fixing annoying bugs in the best open-source and cross-platform media server software ever created, Kodi (formerly XBMC Media Center).
Mail-in-a-Box is a free, Open Source, mail server solution developed by Joshua Tauberer. Using Mail-in-a-Box, anyone can easily turn a fresh cloud system into a Mail server in few hours. It can host mail for multiple users and multiple domain names. Mail-in-a-Box is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit and includes automatic DNS configuration, spam filtering, greylisting, backups to Amazon S3, static website hosting, and easy SSL certificate installation.
As the name suggests, FF Multi Converter is an application that can be used to convert files from one format to another. The interesting thing about it is that it covers a wide array of file types, including video, audio, and documents.
Still up in the air (if you’ll pardon the metaphor) is the matter of whether a preferred public platform for container deployment will emerge, out of the melee that is today’s market. Wednesday, Google took its next step in its bid to produce “the” container ecosystem, lifting the “beta” tag from its Google Container Engine service.
In what appears to be a relentless march to absorb more and more of a Linux/UNIX system, systemd, touted as an init system, has now incorporated the su command.
This command su is used within a shell to obtain root status for performing administrative tasks on a Linux/UNIX system. It is not a full root login.
The Corsair Vengeance K90 is a gaming keyboard featuring Cherry MX Red mechanical key switches and a whole lot of other extra functionality suited for gamers and tailored for MMO and RTS titles. A open-source Linux driver is in the works for properly handling this high-end keyboard.
Given the recent massive spike in interest in Linux Containers, you could be forgiven for wondering, “Why now?”. It has been argued that the increasingly prevalent cloud computing model more closely resembles hosting providers than traditional enterprise IT, and that containers are a perfect match for this model.
Containers can be considered the third wave in service provision after physical boxes (the first wave) and virtual machines (the second wave). Instead of working with complete servers (hardware or virtual), you have virtual operating systems, which are far more lightweight. Instead of carrying around complete environments, you just move applications, with their configuration, from one server to another, where it will consume its resources, without any virtual layers. Shipping over projects from development to operations also is simplified—another boon. Of course, you'll face new and different challenges, as with any technology, but the possible risks and problems don't seem to be insurmountable, and the final rewards appear to be great.
NVIDIA is pitching GRID as a hardware offering tuned to the needs of graphically-demanding desktop virtualisation (VDI) workloads. If that sounds a bit exotic, consider environments like the resources industry, where on-site engineers need CAD and modelling tools, but miners are loathe to deploy desktops in the remote sites where stuff gets dug out of the ground. VDI works a treat in such spots.
AMD's open source drivers for its Fury platform have proved rather disappointing.
According to Phoronix, open-source AMD driver code for supporting the Radeon R9 Fury graphics cards is to be merged into the coming Linux 4.3 kernel.
Last week from the new Intel Core i5 6600K "Skylake" processor I posted the initial Linux CPU benchmarks as well as results for the new HD Graphics 530 graphics processor with Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver stack. In this article are some complementary data points for this Core i5 Skylake CPU compared to Haswell and Broadwell processors as well as a AMD A10-7870K Godavari APU.
The SUSE office in Nuremberg, Germany, had a special presentation given by Dominique Leuenberger, last week about the interconnecting points of the openSUSE project.
Specifically, Leuenberger covered the integration process of Tumbleweed and Leap and explained the difference between the two.
“Leap is trying to find the balance between how much SLE (SUSE Linux Enterprise) and how much Tumbleweed,” he said.
After slackware-current was treated to a massive update last weekend, it could be expected that some 3rd-party software packages needed to be recompiled – especially due to linkage to gnutls but also icu4c libraries. One by one I am working on the big or complex packages in my own SlackBuild repository, and below you will find the harvest of the week gone by. Note that I am also working on a new KDE Plasma 5 set of packages which is unfortunately quite challenging due to migration of many applications from kdelibs 4 to frameworks 5… lots of compatibility issues to resolve before packages start compiling again. I would have liked to have them ready for release before the end of august but I am afraid that I may not succeed.