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The State of NVIDIA Optimus on Linux


For those unaware, NVIDIA Optimus is a technology that allows integrated Intel graphics and a discrete NVIDIA graphics card to be built into the same computer (generally a laptop) and switch between the two on-demand. This same technology is also the cause of Linus Torvalds' infamous "finger"…

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What is Ubuntu Snappy?


If you're anything like me, you've probably heard about this new thing from Canonical called "Snappy" Ubuntu Core, but at the same time trying to understand exactly what it is may leave you cross-eyed, especially with the buzzwords such as "cloud", "containers" and "apps" floating about. Once you…

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Over a Month On - Conclusion to the GNOME Shell Challenge


Over a month ago I embarked on my own personal challenge to use GNOME Shell (otherwise just known as GNOME 3) for an entire week. That week happened and went, I wrote some thoughts I had after that initial week, but did not officially end my usage of the Shell. Fast forward to now... I'm still…

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Is Ubuntu's Unity Really All That Bad Nowadays?


Now, don't get me wrong - when it comes to choice of desktop interface it's a very subjective matter and often a matter of taste and what you, as the user, finds most comfortable and/or productive. Still, browse through various forums, comment sections or blogs across the internet concerning Unity…

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How FOSS Brought New Life To My Once Linux-Unfriendly Laptop


Many of you can probably relate to this: that machine, whether it be a laptop or a desktop computer, that just seems to hate any Linux operating system you throw at it. Poor performance, inefficiency or non-working bits of hardware or functionalities seem the norm whenever you try your favourite…

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Unless you have been living in a cave for the last few weeks, you would have heard about (formally known as Good Old Games) finally announcing they will be adding Linux support! I think this is a great thing and here's 5 good reasons why. Now okay, technically, they are (at least initially)…

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Opinion: Arch Linux and Stability


Arch Linux, the popular rolling release Linux distribution, seemingly has a reputation as bleeding edge, elitist and sometimes unstable. Bleeding edge? Most seem to agree it is. Elitist? I'll leave that to you to decide. Unstable? Perhaps, perhaps not, which is what I will now try to give my take…

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Kobo Aura HD eReader is Linux-friendly


Having recently received a Kobo Aura HD eReader for Christmas, I was very pleasantly surprised to see how friendly the device was towards my Linux operating system. While Kobo do not specifically actually mention Linux anywhere on their site or in the included instruction booklet, the device…

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Opinion: Steam and DRM


DRM (Digital Rights Management) is often thought of as, well, a naughty concept. Especially amongst GNU/Linux users, as many often think about their freedoms and openness. With this in mind, Valve's Steam has been around on Linux for a bit over a year now and I've often noticed, on various…

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News Elsewhere Website Says Microsoft's Software Is Malware has a category on its website named 'Philosophy of the GNU Project' where the Microsoft software is described as malware, along with Apple and Amazon.

Will Steam Machine Solve Linux's Gaming Woes?

 FOSSforce: There is evidence that across different Linux systems and distributions results of game play may vary

Replace the GNOME Terminal on Ubuntu 15.10 with the Terminator

 LinuxBSDos: If you spend a great deal of time at the Linux command line, you need a good shell terminal application, ideally one that has support for tabs and split screens.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) Will be Powered by Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS

The Ubuntu Kernel Team had the great pleasure of announcing that the final release of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system will be powered by the forthcoming Linux 4.4 kernel.

How to create an Ubuntu package from source

 HowToForge: Building from source has never been the most popular choice of the less experienced Linux users who are always in the seek for a pre-built package.

How to Setup Name-based and IP-based Virtual Hosts (Server Blocks) with NGINX

 tecmint: In this article we will explain how to use Nginx to set up name-based and ip-based virtual hosting in CentOS/RHEL 7 servers and Debian 8 and derivatives, starting with Ubuntu 15.04 and its spin-offs.

Is the Web better without JavaScript?

ITworld: JavaScript has been a mixed blessing for the Web.

Booting Linux In Just One Second

Phoronix: Booting Linux in one second can be useful for automotive applications -- among other scenarios -- greater energy savings rather than dealing with suspending the system, and more.

Vinux Enhances Productivity for Visually Impaired Users

LinuxInsider: Vinux 5.0 is a striking example of the flexibility and usability of the Linux OS. Latest Articles

Empire TV Tycoon released for SteamOS & Linux, manage your own TV channel

Tags:Simulation,Steam,StrategyEmpire TV Tycoon has just today put up their Linux version after sorting out some issues, and I can't wait to give it a…

A big Steam sale is now on, get some cheap games for Linux & SteamOS

Tags:SteamHeads up cheapo hunters, as Steam has a big sale on right now that lasts until December 1st. I've highlighted some deals I think are pretty…

Albion Online, my impressions of this new Linux MMO currently in closed beta

Tags:RPG,MMO,Initial Thoughts Albion Online is something I have kept on eye on for sometime now, and since I’ve been playing it during the…

Switch Galaxy Ultra, a fast-paced arcade racer now on SteamOS & Linux

Tags:Steam,Racing,ActionSwitch Galaxy Ultra looks pretty decent, it has some positive reviews, and it has parts designed by WipeOut co-creator Jim…

Mini-review of physics puzzler Unmechanical: Extended, released for Linux on GOG and Steam

Tags:Steam,Review,Puzzle,GOG,AdventureUnmechanical has been extended with a new chapter, adding more than an hour's worth of puzzles and exploration,…

New Broforce update adds new characters, new game mode and more

Tags:Steam,Platformer,Action Broforce is by far my favourite action platformer ever made, that is an easy decision for me to make. The fact they are…

Storm United FPS major patch released, better Linux performance

Tags:Steam,FPS,Early Access,ActionStorm United is easily one of my favourite up and coming FPS games, it needs more players so get going people. In…

The New Crimson AMD Driver Tested on R7 370 4G

Tags:Hardware,BenchmarkThe new proprietary AMD GPU Driver named Crimson just shipped and I decided to take it for a spin in a set of benchmarks. So,…

Syber discounted their Steam Machine line and most are now sold out

Tags:Hardware,Editorial Well now, Syber discounted their Steam Machine line (all three models), and now all but the highest price machine are sold…

Leak: AMD's new driver will apparently offer much better performance on Linux

Tags:Hardware,EditorialIt seems a leak (the rest is very Windows focused) from slides showing off AMD Crimson is reporting much better Linux…

GOL Asks: What have you been playing on Linux & SteamOS recently?

Tags:EditorialIt's time for another edition of "GOL Asks", and today I am asking about games you have been playing and loving or hating recently. I…

Epistory - Typing Chronicles, an atmospheric action/adventure game now on Linux & big update

Tags:Action,Adventure,Early Access,Indie Game,RPG I previously mentioned that the seriously cool looking Epistory - Typing Chronicles would come to…

Thea: The Awakening, a turned-based strategic survival game being given away for Linux

Tags:Steam,Strategy,Survival This is unusual, the developers of a turned-based strategic survival game named Thea: The Awakening are giving away…

Cardinal Quest 2, a no-fuss roguelike now on SteamOS & Linux, some thoughts

Tags:Steam,Roguelike,RPG,Indie Game I've been looking forward to Cardinal Quest 2 ever since I tried the original, and after a very long wait it has…

The Funding Crowd interviews president of Frogdice

Tags:MMO,Interview,CrowdfundingThe Funding Crowd has been following the progress of Stash: No Loot Left behind for a little over a year now. In this…