04 Sep 2016

VIDEO: Gabe Newell – Linux Is The Future Of Gaming

Many people don’t switch to Linux due to their PC Games not being playable. Oh how soon may that change.

Gabe Newell, Co-Founder of Valve gave a speech at LinuxCon in 2013 about the future of Linux gaming. Valve is the creator of Steam, the pioneering game platform that distributes and manages thousands of games directly to a community of more than 65 million players around the world.

Newell believe that the future of gaming and content creation will be with Linux and Open Source Software. It’s free and open without all the loops and hoops to jump through like you would have dealing with Apple App Stores or Google Play and Windows.

Valve added Linux gaming to their beloved online Gaming software Steam in February 2013.

“The introduction of Steam to Ubuntu demonstrates growing demand for open systems from gamers and game developers,” said Ubuntu developer Canonical’s director of consumer applications David Pitkin in a statement. “We expect a growing number of game developers to include Ubuntu among their target platforms. We’re looking forward to seeing AAA games developed with Ubuntu in mind as part of a multi-platform day and date release on Steam.”

The addition of Linux to Steam came three years after Valve had stated they had no interest in developing Steam for Linux distributions.

Linux + Steam has brought us great new additions to gaming since their 2013 team up, including the Steam Box, which are stand-alone devices that let you enjoy the Steam gaming experience in one box, providing gamers with a host of hardware devices at a variety of price points and configurations. Customize a gaming experience that best suits your needs while choosing from Steam’s thousands of games, user-generated content, and more from any room in the home.

The video is from LinuxCon & CloudOpen North America in New Orleans, LA. Join Gabe Newell as he shares his insights on the future of Linux gaming.

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03 Sep 2016

Manjaro Ellada Released

After a little over two months of development, the Manjaro team released the ‘Ellada’ edition of Manjaro.

Manjaro developers stated they focused on polishing the user experience on the desktop and window manager, and on updating some components to take advantage of newly available technologies such as switching to a new Vertex-Maia theme.

Manjaro Linux is a fast, user-friendly, desktop-oriented operating system based on Arch Linux. Key features include intuitive installation process, automatic hardware detection, stable rolling-release model, ability to install multiple kernels, special Bash scripts for managing graphics drivers and extensive desktop configurability.

Overall changes

Manjaro will now have Plasma 5.7.3, Firefox 48.0, Nvidia 367.44, LibreOffice 5.1.5, Systemd 231, Octopi 0.8.3 and Pamac 4.1.3 added to these install medias. Calamares 2.4 has following highlights:

  • added support for reusing an existing /home partition if detected in the /etc/fstab file of an already installed operating system
  • new netinstall module which offers a choice of packages to install
  • rewritten large portions of the locale module, with new locale and timezone autodetection functionality and smarter management of locale.conf values
  • added support for an already mounted loop filesystem as source for the unpackfs operation
  • improved handling of partition colors in the partitioning interfacewhen operating on logical partitions
  • fixed a user name validation issue which could in some specific situations cause a failed installation
  • improved defaults in several configuration files
  • improved bootloader deployment on EFI systems with an existing EFI system partition
  • countless other bug fixes
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02 Sep 2016

Ubuntu 16.10 ‘Yakkety Yak’ Wallpaper Contest

The Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase is an opportunity to show off high quality free culture content in Ubuntu. At the heart of Ubuntu’s ethos is a belief in showcasing free software and free culture, and with each development cycle we open the opportunity for any artist to put their work in front of millions of Ubuntu users around the world.

The Contest description read:

Wallpaper

We’re looking for photographic wallpapers: lovely backgrounds that greet the user on Ubuntu’s welcome screen and at login, and provide a main color for the Unity Dash! We’re also looking for an illustrative wallpaper that plays off the theme “yakkety yak”.

* Images shouldn’t be too busy and filled with too many shapes and colors, a similar tone throughout is a good rule of thumb.
* A single point of focus, a single area that draws the eye into the image, can also help you avoid something too cluttered.
* The left and top edges are home to Ubuntu’s Launcher and Panel so be careful to consider how your images look in place so as not to clash with the user interface. Try them out on your own desktop; see how they feel.
* Try your image at different aspect ratios to make sure something important isn’t cropped out on smaller/ larger screens at different resolutions.
* Take a look at the wallpapers guidance on the Ubuntu Wiki regarding the size of images. Our target resolution is 3840 x 2400. This might result in a centered, 1080×1920 cropped image on Ubuntu phones, so keep this in mind!

Break all the rules except the resolution one! 😀

Rules and Requirements
So what do you need to know to enter?

The most important rule is that all artwork should be original (your own work).

Basic guidelines:

  • Keep it simple: don’t use too many colours, shapes, etc.
  • Use a single point of focus to draw the eye in
  • Remember to factor in Unity desktop elements, e.g., launcher, panel, etc.
  • Design at a minimum resolution of at least 3840 x 2400

Deadline for all submissions is September 29, 2016.

Check out the page here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/ubuntu-fcs-1610/

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01 Sep 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Remix OS

Remix OS is an operating system based on Android-x86. Remix OS merges the Android operating system with a PC/desktop style interface with a traditional desktop application menu.

Remix OS Developers released an announcement on the update:

Remix OS for PC version 3.0.203. Optimizations for the Gaming Toolkit app: key mapping on the taskbar area when the taskbar is hidden is now enabled; fixed a bug where black screen appears for a few seconds when Gaming Toolkit is opened; fixed a bug where the floating button disappears when it’s being dragged; fixed a bug where the floating button sometimes becomes non-responsive when it’s clicked on; fixed a bug where the animation of closing the floating button repeats a couple of times when being closed; feature added that allows key mapping for F1-F12 keys; feature added so that Gaming Toolkit will automatically restart if it crashes. Other major change: added support for 32-bit UEFI installation.

How to install Remix OS:

Download Remix OS: https://sourceforge.net/projects/remix-os/files/

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28 Aug 2016

Fresh Look At Lubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak

Lubuntu is a fast, lightweight and energy-saving variant of Ubuntu using the LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) desktop. It is intended to have low-resource system requirements and is designed primarily for netbooks, mobile devices and older PCs.

The second alpha of the Yakkety Yak (to become 16.10) has now been
released!

This milestone features images for Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Kylin.

Pre-releases of the Yakkety Yak are *not* encouraged for anyone needing
a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into
occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for
Ubuntu flavor developers and those who want to help in testing,
reporting and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.

Alpha 2 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider
testing. This is still an early set of images, so you should expect some
bugs.

While these Alpha 2 images have been tested and work, except as noted in
the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the
Yakkety Yak. In particular, once newer daily images are available,
system installation bugs identified in the Alpha 2 installer should be
verified against the current daily image before being reported in
Launchpad. Using an obsolete image to re-report bugs that have already
been fixed wastes your time and the time of developers who are busy
trying to make 16.10 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your
system is up to date before reporting bugs.




 

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25 Aug 2016

Happy Birthday: Linux Turns 25 Today!

Today is the 25th anniversary of Linux, an announcement was posted that read:

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Linux, we’ve released our seventh edition of the Linux Kernel Development Report. It analyzes the work done by over 13,500 developers since the kernel’s early days, as well as more recent trends.

Key findings:

  • Over 13,500 developers from more than 1,300 companies have contributed to the Linux kernel since tracking began 11 years ago.
  • The Top 10 organizations sponsoring Linux kernel development since the last report include Intel, Red Hat, Linaro, Samsung, SUSE, IBM, Renesas, Google, AMD, Texas Instruments and ARM.
  • The rate of Linux development continues to increase, as does the number of developers and companies involved in the process.
  • The number of unpaid developers continues its slow decline, as Linux kernel development proves an increasingly valuable skill sought by employers, ensuring experienced kernel developers do not stay unpaid for long.

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22 Aug 2016

Linux Kernel 3.16.37 LTS Update: Networking Changes

An announcement was released on the update of the Linux 3.16.37 kernel.

“I’m announcing the release of the 3.16.37 kernel. All users of the 3.16 kernel series should upgrade,” says Ben Hutchings. “The updated 3.16.y git tree can be found at: https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-3.16.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: https://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git.”

Linux kernel 3.16.37 LTS will have huge improvements to the networking stacks, especially for the packet scheduler, but also for the mac80211 wireless framework, B.A.T.M.A.N. Advanced, both the IPv6 and IPv4 protocols, Netfilter, Bridge, SunRPC, and TIPC (Transparent Inter-process Communication). And it also looks like various Ethernet, PHY, TUN, and Wireless drivers got updated too, for Broadcom, Mellanox, IBM, or Intel.

The list of changes continues with dozens of updated drivers, in particular for ACPI, ATA, Bluetooth, CPUFreq, CpuIdle, Crypto, EDAC, GPIO (General-purpose input/output), HID, iiO, InfiniBand, IOMMU, IRQ Chip, MCB, MFD, MMC, MTD, PCI, PINCTRL, s390, SCSI, SPI, TTY, USB, and Xen devices, multiple improvements to the Btrfs, CIFS, eCryptfs, EXT4, HPFS, NFS, NILFS2, UBIFS, and XFS filesystems, as well as better support for ARM, MIPS, AArch64, PowerPC (PPC), PA-RISC, x86, s390, Alpha, and ARC architectures.

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21 Aug 2016

Linux Distro: SparkyLinux, 4.4 Update, New Desktops

SparkyLinux is a lightweight, fast and simple Linux distribution designed for both old and new computers featuring customized Enlightenment and LXDE desktops. It has been built on the “testing” branch of Debian GNU/Linux.

The SparkyLinux distribution is based on Debian’s Testing branch and is available in several editions. The project’s latest release, SparkyLinux 4.4, is available in five different desktop flavors.

The new version offers updated packages for the kernel and Firefox. The ability to easily install additional desktops, including PekWM, Trinity and Lumina, through the APTus utility has been added.

New, updated live/install ISO images of SparkyLinux 4.4 ‘Tyche’ are available for download now. As before, SparkyLinux ‘Home’ editions provide full-featured operating system based on Debian ‘Testing’, with desktops of your choice – LXDE, LXQt, KDE, MATE and Xfce. Changes between versions 4.3 and 4.4: full system upgrade as of August 15, 2016; Linux kernel 4.6.4 (4.7.1 is available in Sparky repositories); Firefox 45.3.0 ESR (Firefox 48 is available in repositories); Calamares is available….

Download SparkyLinux: http://sparkylinux.org/download/

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20 Aug 2016

Linux Distro To Try: BlackArch Linux

BlackArch Linux is an Arch Linux-based distribution designed for penetration testers and security researchers. It is supplied as a live DVD image that comes with several lightweight window managers, including Fluxbox, Openbox, Awesome and spectrwm. It ships with over a thousand specialist tools for penetration testing and forensic analysis.

Gaurov Soni has announced the release of BlackArch Linux 2016.08.19, an Arch-based live distribution with a large collection of tools designed for penetration testing and security research:

Today we released new BlackArch Linux ISO image. The new ISO image include over 1,500 tools. Here’s the changeLog: include Linux kernel 4.7.1; updated BlackArch Linux installer; added more than 100 new tools; updated all BlackArch tools; updated all system packages; updated menu entries for window managers (Awesome, Fluxbox, Openbox). The following newest tools have been added: anti-xss – an XSS vulnerability scanner; shelling – an offensive approach to the anatomy of improperly written OS command injection sanitisers; pathzuzu – checks for path substitution vulnerabilities and logs the commands executed by the vulnerable executables; gef – multi-architecture GDB enhanced features for exploiters and reverse engineers….

DOWNLOAD:  http://blackarch.org/downloads.html

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18 Aug 2016

Learn About Steam OS

SteamOS is a Debian-based Linux distribution designed to run Valve’s Steam and Steam games. It also provides a desktop mode (GNOME) which can run regular Linux applications. In addition to a stable Debian base, SteamOS features various third-party drivers and updated graphics stack, a newer Linux kernel with long-term support, and a custom graphics compositor designed to provide a seamless transition between Steam, its games and the SteamOS system overlay. The base operating system is open-source software, but the Steam client is proprietary.

Download Steam here [FREE]:
http://store.steampowered.com/about/

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