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Reddit users want to replace Steam with open source game launcher Project Ascension

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Fans of PC gaming on social bookmarking website Reddit have decided to create their own open source game launcher in protest at Valve's monopoly over the PC gaming market.

Developers and PC gaming fans have launched Project Ascension, in order to make a new open source gaming client where users can launch games that have been bought and downloaded from anywhere – whether they be Steam games, Origin games, games downloaded direct from indie developer websites or DVD-Rom games.

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Valve Releases New SteamOS Beta with Lots of Security Updates

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Valve has released a new Beta version of its SteamOS Linux operating system, and they have upgraded a number of packages, mostly to fix various small problems and security issues.

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  • SuperTuxKart release, Linux games, and more open gaming news
  • Will Fight For Food: Super Actual Sellout: Game Of The Hour Released For Linux

    Will Fight for Food: Super Actual Sellout: Game of the Hour wins my award for most annoying name of a game ever.

  • Survivor Squad: Gauntlets Adds Linux Support, Looks Really Fun

    Survivor Squad: Gauntlets has recently added Linux support to their Early Access title. Honestly, I didn't think much of it looking at screenshots, but you really do need to watch a gameplay video to understand it, and it looks fun.

    I really do love the idea behind this game, and making sure to remember to keep checking everywhere looks like mad fun. Looks like it can get quite difficult too.

    It is in Early Access, but the developers stated that the full release is only just around the corner!

  • Stop Everything, Tea Party Simulator 2015 Released For Linux

    Will these joke simulator games ever end? Who honestly is going to buy Tea Party Simulator 2015? Goat Simulator was funny, but this...

  • Dungeons 2 Strategy Game Released On Steam For Linux

    Dungeons 2 is another game to come to Linux thanks to Kalypso Media Digital, and it's very much like the old Dungeon Keeper games.

    Reviewers are giving it the thumbs up so far, so it looks like it could be a good one. It looks like it has a few performance issues, and silly bugs, but it's a brand new release so that's to be expected.

  • Ubuntu 15.04 Brings Better Intel Performance For CS:GO & TF2

    With the release of Ubuntu 15.04 coming this week I've been busy running some fresh comparison benchmarks between the "Vivd Vervet" and former versions of Ubuntu Linux. For Intel HD Graphics users, in this article are two quick results showing how the performance of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 has improved on the open-source Intel Linux graphics driver over the past six months between Ubuntu 14.10 and 15.04.

  • There's Now More Than 1,100 Games On Steam For Linux

    It was just last month I wrote about there being more than 1,000 games on Steam for Linux/SteamOS. Recently, Steam crossed the 1,100 games milestone; over one hundred additions in just over one month!

  • Unigine 2.0 Beta 2 Brings PBR, SSR, Kinect 2 Support

    While we sadly don't hear too much these days from Unigine on the Linux gaming front, their high-end 3D graphics engine remains Linux-compatible and they seem to be doing well off in the area of simulations and more. Unigine 2.0 has been out in preview form since last year and coming out today is the second beta.

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  • SuperTuxKart 0.9 Released With Its New OpenGL 3 Engine

    SuperTuxKart 0.9 has been released! This is the very significant update to this open-source, penguin-themed racing game. SuperTuxKart 0.9 introduces its new engine that now requires OpenGL 3.1+ with providing significantly better graphics potential.

  • Shadow Warrior For Linux Updated, Now More Graphically Awesome

    The Shadow Warrior release for Linux did miss out a few graphical features, but the developers have now implemented them all.

    I’ve tested it out and wow, the performance with everything on Ultra is amazing. I was getting above 150FPS a lot on my Nvidia 970, and this is at 1920x1080 resolution. This is how you port a game folks! Can easily recommend it now.

  • Techland Presentation On Porting Dying Light To Linux

    A key fact here is that out of around 300 people, only two people work on the Linux version (the two presenting). While it’s true that throwing more people into it doesn’t always help, it’s hard to imagine the colossal project they had to port. This presentation will give you an idea of the struggle they had, and kudos to them for their work.

  • Steam Roguelike Sale Brings 40 Cheap Linux, Windows, and Mac Games

    If you're into roguelike video games and you're one of those Linux geeks who loves playing great titles like Dungeons of Dredmor, Cargo Commander, Bionic Dues, or The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, you should know that there's a game sale on Steam for Linux.

Acer's building an Android gaming tablet to go with its Predator PCs

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It's safe to say that Acer's gone a little batty this morning - the company crammed announcement after announcement into a press conference overlooking the New York City skyline, but some of the most interesting stuff didn't get much detail. Case in point: The company's working on an Android-powered Predator tablet to go along with its series of angular, red and black gaming PCs and it's going to launch by the end of 2015.

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    Type “devops” into any job search site today and the overwhelming majority of results will be for some variation of “DevOps Engineer”. The skills required will centre on tools like Puppet/Chef/Ansible, AWS/Azure, scripting in Python/Perl/Bash/PowerShell etc. Essentially, they’ve taken a deployment automation engineer role, crossed out “deployment automation” and written “DevOps” in its place.

How Linux and makerspaces can strengthen our social fabric

In recent years, we've seen the rise of makerspaces, a new social invention where people with shared interests, especially in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), gather to work on projects and share ideas. I was intrigued when I learned about a makerspace in my community, because I had never heard of such a concept before. I've since learned that makerspaces offer so much more than just a place to learn and build. A well-run makerspace also knits together a community and its social fabric—and, most importantly, invites in people who might otherwise be marginalized. Read more