A well known company, Valve, that distributes nonfree computer games with Digital Restrictions Management, recently announced it would distribute these games for GNU/Linux. What good and bad effects can this have?
I suppose that availability of popular nonfree programs on GNU/Linux can boost adoption of the system. However, our goal goes beyond making this system a “success”; its purpose is to bring freedom to the users. Thus, the question is how this development affects users' freedom.
Insync announced late last night that their desktop application is now available for Linux users. This means you can have dropbox-like functionality on your Google Drive! It is in beta, but most users that have installed it already are raving about it so far.
As the latest Valve Linux news for today, Valve Software actually cares about open-source Linux graphics drivers. Last week they had the Intel OTC Linux graphics team out to Bellevue to jointly work on the OpenGL renderer for the Source Engine and the Intel Mesa driver.
Steam’d penguins? Is it a recipe for an exotic South Pole dish? Perhaps it’s one of those bizarre YouTube videos of penguins in a sauna cavorting with the Swedish Bikini team?
The truth is that this is the first post of the Valve Linux blog. This blog is where you can find the latest information from Valve about our Linux development efforts. Avoid the rumors and speculations that multiply on the Web. Instead, come to the source – a blog where people who are interested in Linux and open source game development can get the latest information on Valve’s efforts in this arena. In this initial post, we’ll introduce the team (and a bit of its history) and then give you a snapshot of what we’re currently doing.
This is a major release of this game, with many new features, and a veritable truckload of new high quality content. Every aspect of the game has been improved upon and expanded, from the engine, to the game code, weaponry, and overall gameplay.
Saturday, July 07 2012 @ 07:02 AM CST Contributed by: Linegod
We have been busy behind the scenes determining the necessary processes and resources needed for the future foundation. This is an ongoing work, but of course it’s not a closed process; it’s just that the group who met in Paris has a lot of homework to do before we can present a clear picture to the community, so that the community might be in charge of the foundation and of its own destiny. Today is the beginning of a new step in this direction.
This is the second part of the Bash One-Liners Explained article series. In this part I'll show you how to do various string manipulations with bash. I'll use only the best bash practices, various bash idioms and tricks. I want to illustrate how to get various tasks done with just bash built-in commands and bash programming language constructs.
Recently, Linus Torvalds made it clear just how displeased he is with Nvidia. If his colorful language wasn’t enough of a confirmation, the familiar one-finger gesture he made certainly did. But while Nvidia can deal with public criticism (even from someone as influential as Torvalds), they’re probably having a harder time swallowing the hundreds of millions of dollars in sales they just lost due to poor Linux driver support.
Mageia and the Mandriva Community Project, derivative product
Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 10:14 AM CST Contributed by: Linegod
Mandriva recently announced that it will transfer the responsibility of the Mandriva Linux distribution to an independent entity. We would very much like to express our very best wishes for this new entity.
In other news, Mandriva announced that they will use the Mageia distribution as a technical platform for their new Business Server product.
Saturday, June 16 2012 @ 07:16 AM CST Contributed by: Linegod
In my last post I talked about wanting to hook Python to the Qt port for the PlayBook. Since then, after considering other approaches, I decided to take a closer look at PySide . My quick review of it concluded that I'd be duplicating key parts of its functionality if I tried doing anything from scratch.