When you install a Linux distribution, a set of programs comes along with it. It's easy to add and delete elements of the programs that don't fit your needs, says Meine in his article How to choose the best Linux desktop for you. But what about altering the look and feel?
Following years of waning popularity, the Debian GNU/Linux Project has dropped support for the Sparc architecture, effective immediately.
"As Sparc isn't exactly the most alive architecture anymore," Debian maintainer Joerg Jaspert wrote in a mailing list post last week, "not in [Debian 8.x] jessie and unlikely to be in [Debian 9] stretch, I am going to remove it from the archive this weekend."
The MakerWare I run on Ubuntu works well. I wish they were correctly signing their repositories. Even if I use non-SSL to fetch their key, as their Ubuntu/Debian instructions recommend, it still doesn’t match the packages:
Through the years, I have settled on maintaining my sensitive data in plain-text files that I then encrypt asymmetrically. Although I take care to harden my system and encrypt partitions with LUKS wherever possible, I want to secure my most important data using higher-level tools, thereby lessening dependence on the underlying system configuration. Many powerful tools and utilities exist in this space, but some introduce unacceptable levels of "bloat" in one way or another. Being a minimalist, I have little interest in dealing with GUI applications that slow down my work flow or application-specific solutions (such as browser password vaults) that are applicable only toward a subset of my sensitive data. Working with text files affords greater flexibility over how my data is structured and provides the ability to leverage standard tools I can expect to find most anywhere.
The software that I decided to use is called LidarViewer. It's open source, which means that anyone can use and modify LidarViewer for free as long as they give credit to the creator. LidarViewer is Linux specific. As a Linux user, that made me really happy, but I could only use a Windows machine while at NASA. That meant that I had to create a Linux virtual machine on top of a Windows computer. I had a lot of options for the operating system that I was going to use for the virtual machine.
On July 27, the Google Chrome developers, through Alex Mineer, were excited to announce the promotion of the Google Chrome 45 web browser to the Beta channel for all supported computer operating systems, including Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.
xoreos is a FLOSS project aiming to reimplement BioWare's Aurora engine (and derivatives), covering their games starting with Neverwinter Nights and potentially up to Dragon Age II. This post gives a short update on the current progress.
With Mesa quickly finishing up OpenGL 4.0~4.2 support and even some OpenGL 4.5 extensions, more Steam Linux games are becoming playable on the open-source drivers.
Open-source Mesa/Gallium3D driver users into Linux gaming can soon rejoice for another playable title: BioShock Infinite. BioShock Infinite was released for Linux back in March and required OpenGL 4.1~4.2 support, thereby making it off-limits to the Mesa/Gallium3D drivers of the time.
Last week I published the results of a 15-way AMD/NVIDIA GPU comparison for 4K Linux gaming that was centered around the proprietary AMD/NVIDIA graphics drivers. However, if you stick to using open-source Mesa/Gallium3D drivers and are a Linux gamer, here are some benchmark results comparing the open to closed-source driver performance at 3840 x 2160.
OlliOlli is one of the surprise success franchises of the past few years, finding a way to make skateboarding fun again (and in 2D no less). After a successful stint as a PS+ game earlier in the year, publisher Devolver Digital has announced today that OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood will be released for PC, Mac and Linux via Steam, GOG and Humble on August 11 for $14.99.