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GNU Guix and HyperbolaBSD

  • Why GNU Guix matters

    Have you ever installed an application on a computer, a smartphone or your favourite smart device? Can you trust that it does its job instead of doing the opposite of what it displays on screen or, worse, compromise your data and your private life?

    How can you know? You might think “Let’s use free and open source software!” The bad news: it’s far, very far from being enough.

    This is a hard and yet very real problem that hits our everyday life constantly. Consider this: the digital pictures of our loved ones, banking operations, the (political?) news feed that we read, our contacts and the communication with our friends and colleagues; all of it happens through applications.

    How can we protect ourselves from deceit? How can we guarantee trust in the machines that we use?

    First, we need to understand how applications are made.

  • [Old] Announcing HyperbolaBSD Roadmap

    Due to the Linux kernel rapidly proceeding down an unstable path, we are planning on implementing a completely new OS derived from several BSD implementations.

    This was not an easy decision to make, but we wish to use our time and resources to create a viable alternative to the current operating system trends which are actively seeking to undermine user choice and freedom.

    This will not be a "distro", but a hard fork of the OpenBSD kernel and userspace including new code written under GPLv3 and LGPLv3 to replace GPL-incompatible parts and non-free ones.

Games: Terminal Phase, TaniNani, Rocket League, Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York

  • Time travel debugging in Spritely Goblins, previewed through Terminal Phase

    Okay, by now pretty much everyone is probably sick of hearing about Terminal Phase. Terminal Phase this, and Terminal Phase that! Weren't you getting back to other hacking on Spritely Goblins, Chris? And in fact I am, I just decided it was a good idea to demo one of the things that makes Goblins interesting. What you're seeing above is from the experimental tt-debugger branch of Terminal Phase (not committed yet because it's a proof-of-concept, and not as clean as I'd like it to be, and also you need the "dev" branch of Goblins currently). When the user presses the "t" key, they are presented with a menu by which they can travel backwards and forwards in time. The player can select a previous state of the game from every two seconds and switch to that.

  • In the puzzler TaniNani, you move level tiles instead of a character and it's very sweet

    Spread the tiles, swap them around and get your little friends to find each other in the sweet puzzle game TaniNani out now with Linux support. Note: Key provided by the developer. I won't leave you hanging for my thoughts on this one, I absolutely love it. The characters are adorable when they meet, the game is super easy to get into and there's no stress with it. Go at your own pace, figure it out and try as many times as you like without repercussions. TaniNani is a perfectly example of a good casual puzzle game that's enjoyable to play through.

  • Need a new game? There's big sales on Steam and Humble (plus a free Crusader Kings II DLC)

    I can't think why you might need a new Linux game right now but there's plenty of huge sales going on if you're interested in a new and fun experience. Valve have today launched their Lunar New Year Sale, as expected. Absolutely masses of great games going for ridiculous prices. On Steam, Paradox are also giving away the Sons of Abraham expansion for Crusader Kings II until January 27. Since Crusader Kings II itself is now free, stocking up on some other freebies is great to keep you going until Crusader Kings III releases.

  • Psyonix are ending support for Rocket League on both Linux and macOS

    Sad news today Linux gamers, Psyonix emailed us directly to make sure we saw the news that they're officially ending support of Rocket League on Linux and macOS.

  • Rocket League is Dropping Support for Linux

    Rocket League is dropping official support for Linux and macOS. Psyonix shared the news in a short statement posted on their website.

  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York released for Linux

    Draw Distance today released Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York, a very stylish Visual Novel set in the universe of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition. Good to see it happen, after the confusion we were left with at the Windows version release.

today's howtos

Compact IoT power with the Raspberry Pi Zero

The Raspberry Pi Zero was a welcome addition to the British single-board computer family when it came out in 2015. All the power and flexibility of the original Raspberry Pi in a form factor the size of a stick of gum. It's easy to see the Pi Zero merely as a low-powered device with not much to offer to IoT, but as we'll see shortly, it's all a matter of context. Look, I know these charts showing how it performs compared to the other Pi boards might not be the best advert for the Pi Zero, but stick with me until the end; knowing where the Zero fits in the range allows you to balance power against size and value. Remember all the faster machines are two to three times the price! In this article I explain how the Raspberry Pi Zero fits into the Pi Family and where it might potentially fit into your future IoT projects. Deep breath, let's get started. Read more