In 2013, people spent $21.53 billion USD on games and game-related merchandise. And games overtook movies long ago as the most popular form of entertainment. Despite their astonishing popularity, games and game development receive woefully little attention at open source events.
As free and open source devotees, we do our cause a great disservice by ignoring this large swath of the software industry. That's why I was so excited to see linux.conf.au host a Gaming Out in the Open: Open Source and Games miniconference in advance of the main event this year. Organized by Tim Nugent and Eloise Ducky, the miniconf featured 10 presenters, a session of lightning talks, and a "play session" for test driving open source games. The presentations themselves fell into four neat categories.
More possible good news today. It seems Knockout Games might be doing the porting work of Killing Floor 2 [Steam, Official Site] for Linux.
I had an email tip about a conversation the one-man porting studio Knockout Games had on Twitter. It seemed to hint that Aaron was porting Killing Floor 2 and it's actually listed on his website now too.
Essentially you're guiding a neon-coloured bubble around an arena collecting small circles, but 90% of what you touch in the level will destroy you. It reminds me of Osmos just a little, for being both calming and infuriating at the same time.
The game has a very simple style to it, but even so the level design is fantastic. It will feature different moving objects, some which follow you that you need to keep avoiding. Some parts of a level might have wind that keeps blowing you in the opposite direction you need to go and so on.
If you like your fast-paced futuristic racers, you may want to know that Super Pilot [itch.io] could gain a Linux version with enough support.
Last week Feral Interactive announced DiRT Rally is coming to Linux while now they've announced the system requirements.
DiRT Rally isn't shipping until 2 March, but today a Feral representative confirmed the requirements.
Aspyr Media announced earlier today that Civilization VI for Linux is finally shipping this week.
Civilization VI will be shipping for Linux on Thursday, 9 February, at a discounted price of $47.99 per Aspyr Media.
How well are the Lenovo x220 and x230's holding up with copies of mint or elementary as an everyday OS? Do they feel their age? Do the lighter distros breathe new life into these otherwise bullet proof slabs of black plastic? Just curious on opinions. Thinking of experimenting with Linux at a more serious level but don't want to shell out for a system for it.
Use cases would be Intro to python development and loading the sucker up with roguelikes. And possibly database studies also. I want to work on learning advanced DBA skills with MySQL and maybe Postgres. Should these work fairly fluidly on an x220 with a third gen 15, 8gb ram and an ssd?submitted by /u/Woasha
Linux.com: Shorewall is an open source firewalling tool that makes the task of network security easier.
Not so long ago, Red Hat was about the only serious option for big enterprise customers seeking to make the move to Linux. Times have changed and Red Hat is no longer the only game in town. There are now three major enterprise ready Linux companies vying for corporate business: Red Hat, Canonical and SUSE -- or four if noncommercial CentOS is counted.
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation today announced it has purchased the source code to RethinkDB, relicensed the code under Apache, and contributed it to The Linux Foundation.
RethinkDB is an open source, NoSQL, distributed document-oriented database that was previously licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License, Version 3 (AGPLv3).
The software is already in production use today by hundreds of technology startups, consulting firms, and Fortune 500 companies, including NASA, GM, Jive, Platzi, the U.S. Department of Defense, Distractify, and Matters Media. But the AGPLv3 license was limiting the willingness of some companies to use and contribute to the software.
We know that many Qt users want controls styled with a native look-and-feel. But offering that on platforms with no public styling API, is hard. A classic approach is to take snapshots of the native controls, tweak them, and use them as foreground or background in our own controls. Which is somewhat OK for static appearances. But when animations and transitions are involved, static pixmaps will only take you half the way. And since an OS can change style from one update to the next, taking snapshots runtime is risky. Using pre-grabbed snapshots is also something we don’t do because of legal considerations.
I have a family member who will not be able to use their hands at all for quite a few months and I would like to put together a laptop that they can use while recovering. Is there a distro or something that would allow them to verbally control the window manager and various apps? Any guidance is appreciated. Thanks!submitted by /u/andyana
MakeTechEasier: Many people are running Windows 10 on their PC but want to try out Ubuntu.
Also #2: I hope this isn't against the rules.submitted by /u/Kamnyah
So, I recently bought Lenovo Yoga G510 laptop and I want to install Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 on it. However, there is one obstacle between my laptop and Linux. There is no support for AMD Radeon R5 M400 graphic drivers and I don't want to sacrifice an important feature for the sake of Linux. What should I do? Should I wait for AMD to upgrade their Catalyst driver or is there a workaround?submitted by /u/thusspoketheredditor