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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

 

May
9
2014

US Navy Is Switching from Solaris to Linux for Its UAV Program

The US NAVY has contracted a third-party company to help them switch to Linux for their UAV program – not from Windows, but from Solaris.

Solaris has been considered for many years one of the most stable solutions available, either if it was for military purposes or for civil applications, such as airports and other branches. This is not one of the most publicized operating systems in the world, but Solaris is actually running on a number critical systems.

“Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control experts at the Raytheon Co. Technical Services segment in Dulles, Va., will switch a major unmanned helicopter control system from Solaris to Linux software, and upgrade the system with universal UAV control qualities under terms of a $15.8 (€11.3) million contract.”

The new system will have to provide some essential features that seemed to be missing on the current platform, such as intuitive controls, automated testing procedures, and support software upgrades in the field.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/US-Navy-Is-Switching-from-Solaris-to-Linux-for-Its-UAV-Program-441062.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

May
9
2014

Robolinux turns your C Drive into a virtual Windows machine you can run in Linux

Say you want to move from Windows to Linux but there are a few Windows apps that you can’t give up, and they don’t work well under WINE. The developer of Robolinux offers a Debian-based GNU/Linux operating system designed to let you run Windows XP or Windows 7 in a virtual machine.

The latest version of Robolinux goes a step further: It includes a tool that lets you create a virtual machine by cloning your Windows C: Drive, which means it takes just minutes to create a version of Windows that you can run in virtualization in Linux, and it will already have all of your existing programs and data.

It lets you do it without using a fresh Windows license key. That can come in handy if your only copy of Windows came with your computer or if you have an OEM license which is only allowed to be installed on a single computer. This tool was developed by Robolinux maker John Martinson, you can also use the software with Ubuntu, Linux Mint, OpenSUSE, Fedora, Debian, or 500 other Linux distributions.

Source: http://liliputing.com/2014/05/robolinux-turns-c-drive-virtual-windows-machine-can-run-linux.html

Submitted by: Brad Linder

 

May
7
2014

KernelCare: New no-reboot Linux patching system

On a well-maintained Linux system, months can go by without needing to reboot. Sooner or later, however, a security patch to the Linux kernel will require you to reboot your machine. That’s not a real problem on a desktop, but when you’re talking hundreds of servers it can be a real pain. That’s where CloudLinux’s new program KernelCare comes in.
KernelCare

CloudLinux, makers of the CentOS-related CloudLinux OS, a Linux distribution for hosting providers, claims that with KernelCare, scheduled outages for security patches on Linux servers are now a thing of the past, giving organizations real-time updates. The program automatically applies Linux server security updates without having to re-boot. This frees technical personnel from the laborious process that takes several minutes for every server, several times a year.

http://www.zdnet.com/kernelcare-new-no-reboot-linux-patching-system-7000029127/

May
7
2014

Linux viewed as XP replacement

Computer users on the defunct Windows XP do not have to buy costly upgrades to bolster their security but can download an alternative program for free, a computer expert has said.
Microsoft retired the Windows XP operating system last month which made the software unsupported and open to viruses and cyber attacks.
St Luke’s Church Reverend Derek Harding, who has more than 30 years experience working in the IT industry in Europe, said the Linux program was free and proved to be more secure than Windows 7.
However, BP Computers operational manager Brad Clark said Linux was not mainstream and would frustrate computer users that weren’t technically savvy.
Small business and home computer users on XP who used their computer for security related tasks such as emailing or internet banking were no longer secure after April 8.
Harding said the free Linux system which is popular in America, Europe and China looks similar to Windows and can be used for security related tasks.
The most common version, Linux Mint, can be downloaded from linuxmint.com .

May
7
2014

Linux games will load much faster thanks to Valve sponsorship

Valve has a vested interest in not only getting as many games working under Linux as possible, but also making them look as good and run as fast as their Windows equivalents. In order to do that, Valve has seen fit to fund projects that improve the underlying tech those games run on.
With that in mind, Valve has sponsored some optimization work on the Mesa 3D Graphics Library–a collection of open source libraries that allow hardware accelerated 3D graphics and OpenGL to work effectively on Linux. Linux gamers will be pleased to know that the work specifically targeted the load times of games. Those times are being cut significantly by improving the shader compilation process by taking advantage of threaded compiling and lazy shader reflection (features Direct3D has had for a while).
What this means in reality is much faster load times, with the example given being DOTA 2 launching 20 seconds faster on a Gigabyte Brix Pro machine. That’s a Core i7 machine using Intel’s Iris Pro 5200 GPU. The improvements will be applicable to many games, but Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is specifically mentioned alongside DOTA 2, a game that hasn’t been officially announced for release on Linux yet.

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