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Articles found in "News" category: Launches Linux Support, Ahead Of Schedule


That's right, has just announced they are supporting Linux, way ahead of their scheduled dates of around October or November. The launch brings 50 Linux-compatible games right away. announced it on their website today, no doubt to the surprise of many. says that 100 Linux…

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First Release Of KDE's Plasma 5 Desktop Arrives


For those looking forward to the next-gen incarnation of the KDE Plasma Desktop, the first release of Plasma 5 has now arrived. A polished up UI, new default desktop theme and high-DPI support are some of the big obvious changes while still managing to maintain the traditional design and workflow.…

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Grim Fandango Remake Coming To Linux


GNU/Linux gaming keeps on getting better and a recent announcement from developer Double Fine has caused much excitement. The remake of Grim Fandango is coming to Linux, alongside the console exclusive Playstation 4 and Vita versions as well as Windows and Mac! Double Fine initially made the…

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The Witcher 2 Lands On Steam For Linux, Is A 'Windows Wrapper' Port


There was much rejoicing and fanfare earlier today among Linux gamers eagerly awaiting the Linux release of The Witcher 2 - Assassins of Kings, which has landed on Steam For Linux. However, some of the rejoicing was short-lived. It didn't take long for Linux users to dig deeper into the downloaded…

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Birdie Twitter App to be Rewritten


It was only a bit over a week ago that I wrote an article on the Birdie Twitter application. Well, now the Birdie team is scrapping the current codebase and looks to be rebooting the application as Birdie 2.0. In a blog post titled "It's time to say goodbye" on the 26th February 2014, the Birdie…

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Humble Indie Bundle 11 Adds 3 More Games; Plus! Portal 2 Beta Arrives


Humble Indie Bundle 11 adds another three games plus Valve announces the release of the Portal 2 beta for Linux! Humble Indie Bundle 11 launched last week, featuring six cross-platform games, although at this stage only five are completely Linux compatible. As usual the three additional games have…

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Humble Indie Bundle 11 Launches


It's that time again folks, another Humble Indie Bundle has landed featuring 6 Linux compatible games. Well, sort of... for now, let's just say 5 Linux compatible games. It almost seems like the Humble Bundles are rolling out quicker and quicker these days. Humble Indie Bundle 11 has recently…

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Upstart/Systemd war over - Ubuntu to switch to systemd


The popular but at times controversial init/system management daemon known as systemd looks to be becoming the de facto init standard in the Linux world as Ubuntu decides to switch to systemd in place of Upstart. Mark Shuttleworth revealed the upcoming changes in a blog post titled 'Losing…

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Space Pioneer - an ambitious Kickstarter project promising day one Linux support


"Created by real world astronauts, scientists and architects. Build vast colonies and cities. Explore the many unknowns of our universe!" That's the tagline of the ambitious space sim/real time strategy game Kickstarter project by Space Enigma Studios, who is also promising day one Linux support.…

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Humble Indie Bundle X Adds 3 More Games


As we come to expect from the Humble Indie Bundles, with around 6 days remaining, another 3 games have been added to the latest Bundle for those paying above the average purchase price. Humble Indie Bundle X launched last week, featuring games such as To The Moon, Joe Danger 2: The Movie, Papo…

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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.

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.

Cipher Security: How to harden TLS and SSH

LinuxJournal: Encryption and secure communications are critical to our life on the Internet

Why ChromeOS Tops Linux, Mac and Windows

 Datamation: ChromeOS has a varied set of advantages in relation to the Linux, Mac and Windows OSes.

Home security gateway runs Linux, features glowing orb

 LinuxGizmos: Dojo-Labs announced a Linux-based "Dojo" home security gateway that notifies users of security threats via a mobile app and a glowing orb.

Generate CPU, Memory & I/O report using SAR command

 LinuxTechi: SAR stands for System Activity Report, as its name suggest sar command is used to collect,report & save CPU, Memory, I/O usage in Unix like operating system.

Spiraling head first into open source Jono Bacon, Director of Community at GitHub, shares how he got started in Linux and open source. Latest Articles

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…

The Funding Crowd 53, the latest in Linux crowdfunding news

Tags:Editorial,CrowdfundingA new issue of The Funding Crowd is available, and we have a bunch of new and exciting hidden gems to cover. There were no…

GALAK-Z might be my new favourite space shooter on SteamOS & Linux

Tags:Steam,Initial Thoughts,Indie Game,Arcade,Action I recently announced that GALAK-Z had released for SteamOS & Linux, but I've now properly…

Hard West, a weird-western strategy game released for Linux & SteamOS, some initial thoughts

Tags:Strategy,Steam,Initial Thoughts Hard West is a game I've been really looking forward to, as it blends XCOM style strategy with a really…

Sheltered, survive the apocalypse in this disaster management game on SteamOS & Linux

Tags:Survival,Steam,Simulation,Early Access I've been meaning to try out Sheltered for a while, and this Sunday I decided to sit down and give it a…