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Jul
7
2014

Valve Updates SteamOS With the Latest NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel Drivers

The Beta version of SteamOS, a Debian-based distribution developed by Valve to be used in its hybrid PC / console, has just received an update and numerous packages.

Valve has two builds for SteamOS. One is a stable version (sort of) and the other one is a Beta (Alchemist). The two versions are not all that different from one another, but the Valve developers are using the Beta release to test some of the new updates before they hit the stable branch.

 

This is just the Beta version of SteamOS and not all of the packages included are stable. It will take a while until all these chages will be added to the Stable branch. The system requirements for Steam OS haven’t changed and have been pretty much the same since the beginning: an Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor, 4GB or more memory, a 250GB or larger disk, NVIDIA, Intel, or AMD graphics card, and a USB port or DVD drive for installation. Check the official announcement for more details about this release.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Valve-Updates-SteamOS-With-the-Latest-NVIDIA-AMD-and-Intel-Driver-448769.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Jun
9
2014

Steam Hits The Big 500 For Linux Games

500 Linux compatible games are now on Steam which is a pretty great number to point anyone at. No longer will people keep stating “but Linux has no games”, but sadly they will say Linux has very little AAA games which is true, but this will be a gradual build up of course.

Once the Steam Machines/SteamOS are released, and if they are successful we should see the number rise even quicker.

Source: http://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/steam-hits-the-big-500-for-linux-games.3849

Submitted by: Liamdawe

Jun
9
2014

RoboLinux Smooths the Linux Migration Path

RoboLinux is an impressive traditional Linux desktop distro. It could be an ideal vehicle for both enterprises and SOHOs to make the migration to Linux.

It comes with a few extra features that solve some of the potential problems of leaving other desktop platforms. One of its more enticing migration tools is a preconfigured virtual machine add-on that greatly reduces the IT burden of setting up Windows XP or Windows 7 to run in a VM environment within the Linux distro.

The website gives the impression that RoboLinux is unique in that it lets you run Windows in a VM setting that is immune to viruses and malware. However, all Linux distros are immune to the targeting attacks of decades-old viruses, as well as new malware. Running Windows in a VM setting within any VM-capable Linux distro will achieve the same degree of safety for Microsoft Windows.

Source: http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/RoboLinux-Smooths-the-Linux-Migration-Path-80540.html

Submitted by: Jack M. Germain

Jun
8
2014

Linux Kernel 3.10.41 LTS Is Available for Download

The latest version of this branch of the stable Linux kernel, 3.10.41, has been announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman and comes with quite a few changes and fixes.

The amount of changes and enhancements for this branch of the Linux kernel is rather large and the developers have added numerous drivers and other improvements. This is an LTS release and it’s likely that it will be updated for a long time.

If you are using any of the versions released until now in the Linux kernel 3.10.x branch, it’s recommended that you update to this current version.

Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Linux-Kernel-3-10-41-LTS-Is-Available-for-Download-445652.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Jun
8
2014

LibreOffice 4.3 Beta 2 Is Now Available for Testing

The developers from The Document Foundation have released a new build in the LibreOffice 4.3 Beta branch, bringing even more changes than the latest update in the series. It looks like 4.3 will be quite interesting, but it’s going to take a while until it’s released.

Some fixes, according to the changelog, are the upper margin of the multi-page floating table for WW8 import has been fixed, the wrong text position in grouped list has been corrected, the direct formatting for numbering in .DOCX is now handled correctly, and numerous other fixes have been implemented.

Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.

Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/LibreOffice-4-3-Beta-2-Is-Now-Available-for-Testing-445664.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

 

Jun
7
2014

PlayCanvas 3D WebGL Game Engine Now Open Source

PlayCanvas is the “world’s easiest to use WebGL Game Engine”. It’s free, it’s open source and it’s backed by “amazing” developer tools. Well now isn’t this interesting.

It has been worked on for the past 3 years and now it is under the MIT license, so you can pretty much do with it as you see fit. Now it is just a matter of getting browser developers to make the experience less annoying to game inside a browser and the OS you use becomes a little less relevant.

Source: http://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/playcanvas-3d-webgl-game-engine-now-open-source.3843

Submitted by: Liamdawe

Jun
7
2014

Ubuntu MATE Flavor Could Arrive Soon, Prototype Looks Great Already

Ever since the introduction of Unity, some of the Ubuntu users have been pining after GNOME 2, the desktop environment in use until Ubuntu 11.04 arrives. It looks like it had a lot of fans and a part of the Linux community is still hoping that the good days will return.

Martin Wimpress, a MATE Desktop team member, took it upon himself to make an Ubuntu prototype featuring MATE, which greatly resembles the old style used by Canonical until 2011.

This is just preliminary work and it’s more like an experiment than anything else, but the developer had help from Canonical’s Alan Pope and he left a message saying that something interesting might come out of this: “there’s something cooking and it smells delicious. Thanks to Alan Pope for the help.”

Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Ubuntu-MATE-Flavor-Could-Arrive-Soon-445509.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

May
12
2014

Ubuntu AIO DVD Has All Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Flavors on One Disk

Ubuntu AIO DVD (all-in-one), a collection of the most important Ubuntu 14.04 LTS flavors made available on April 17, 2014, is now ready for download.

The Ubuntu AIO DVD was put together by Milan Rajčić and helps users have all the major Ubuntu spins on a single DVD: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Kubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu GNOME 14.04, Xubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Lubuntu 14.04 LTS.

As you can imagine, this is a very large compilation and it holds the official images that you can also download from the Canonical servers. The difference is that users have a single image that holds them all.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Ubuntu-AIO-DVD-Has-All-Ubuntu-14-04-LTS-Flavors-on-One-Disk-441202.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

 

May
11
2014

Debian 7.5 “Wheezy” Live CD Now Available for Download

The Debian project has released the new Live CD images for the latest version of Debian 7.5 “Wheezy,” that was made available a week ago. When a new point release of Debian is made available, the Live CD version of that distro is not accessible to users right away. It usually takes about a week for the Debian Live CD team to put together the new releases. All the Debian flavors have gotten their own Live Cd, including LXDE, GNOME, KDE, and the Rescue CD. The default implementation is Xfce.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Debian-7-5-Wheezy-Live-CD-Now-Available-for-Download-441273.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

May
10
2014

Forget About Razor-qt and LXDE, It’s Time to Embrace the Beautiful LXQt

The LXDE and Razor-qt teams are proud to announce LXQt 0.7.0, the first release of LXQt, the Qt Lightweight Desktop Environment. This beta release is considered a stable continuation of the Razor desktop.

By hardworking of the developers and dozens of contributors and translators, after almost one year since the Razor-qt and the LXDE-Qt project decided to merge, they proudly present the beta release of LXQt 0.7.0 and the new website for the LXQt project is available at http://lxqt.org/.

The existing LXDE users do not have to worried for time being because the GTK version of LXDE will still continue being maintained as long as there are developers still working on it even several developers have shifted their focus on LXQt. Packages of LXQt are already available for the following distributions Arch Linux through AUR, Ubuntu with daily builds PPA, Opensuse and Siduction.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Forget-About-Razor-qt-and-LXDE-It-s-Time-to-Embrace-the-Beautiful-LXQt-441162.shtml

Submitted by:  Silviu Stahie

 

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