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LXer Feature: 06-April-2014
Hi, its been a while.. Forgive me for my, and by proxy the LXWR's absence but if I get my way that will not happen again. First, I would like to announce that Dr. Tony Young who many of you know for his many LXer features, forum contributions and for my part sincere friendship is our now LXer Senior Asia/Pacific Editor. He has been an integral part of LXer for some time now and I am proud to call him my friend. Second, the LXWR has taken several forms, and breaks in its continuance of which the all I take full responsibility for but it is my intent to make this more than it has been and this is my first step. Enjoy!
Nothing sucks more than a great new technology with old-world thinking attached to it. Such has been the case with ebooks, unfortunately, with antiquated views on DRM, pricing, and storefront protectionism resulting in pissed off customers and libraries hollering from the nearest rooftop. What we're left with is a platform that could do much to spread knowledge and the practice of reading among entire populations being stifled by those that still think the world should operate based on analog philosophies.
It is with great pleasure that I announce that Dr. Tony Young, aka Ridcully, has accepted an appointment to the LXer post of Senior Asia/Pacific Editor effective immediately.
Valve just announced that they have updated their github repository of their OpenGL debugger or VOGL for short, to support Unreal Engine 4. The new updated version which is available for anyone to download and implement will now support Unreal Engine’s implementation of OpenGL, since Epic games have announced that they will be supporting both Linux and SteamOS with their Engine.
This week, we look at Google turning serious about the cloud in the enterprise, dealing with cloud outages and surprising results about the Snowden revelations and their impact on cloud buying habits.
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest:
Parley adds support for sound in multiple modes, allows the use of image instead of word for flashcard training
Okular adds Magnifier and play/pause in the presentation mode
KDE-PIM adds KAccounts support to Google resources
Krita uses the google-breakpad crashhandler for Krita on Windows.
Read the rest of the Digest here.
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Migrating the city’s computer systems from Windows and NT was a long slow process, but it would be wrong to ascribe the delays just to teething problems with the use of Linux and free software in large environments. Every migration, even between different versions of Windows, brings its problems: fractured OEM deals, broken data, lost or redundant applications, single vendor tie-ins, interoperability log-jams and the transition process itself. People don’t like change.
In little over a year since the first stable version of Steam for Linux emerged, the number of Linux-supported games continues to grow at a rapid pace. Valve's digital game distribution currently hosts 376 games for Linux, with many quality commercial titles such as Shadowrun: Dragonfall, System Shock 2, and Europa Universalis IV to name-drop just a few of our favorites. With more game engines being natively ported to Linux, this trend is going to continue. For example, the CryEngine technology has recently been natively ported to Linux, so we could see ports of games like Ryse: Son of Rome and Crysis 3.
Along with the price cut comes a more powerful Atom processor (64-bit Intel Atom E38xx Series SOC), integrated Intel HD graphics and a smaller overall footprint for the machine itself. Minnowboard Max runs Debian GNU/Linux or Android 4.4 system -- it is also Yocto project compatible.
Reproducing "Dirrect access to Nova metadata" I was able to get only list of EC2 metadata available, but not the values. However, the major concern is getting values of metadata obtained in review "Direct access to Nova metadata" and also at /openstack location. The last ones seem to me important not less then present in EC2. This metadata are also not provided by this list.
In the past I had a look at 17 free games available for Linux, overviewed here and here. In this article I will have a look at five more completely free and open-source games available to install in any distribution out there.
...So while this OS cash machine chugged along and the company experimented with other tangential offerings, the marketplace changed: OS and the activities it enabled emerged apart and beyond Microsoft’s reach, as well as smack dab in the heart of where it had once ruled most overtly (Linux, and then Chrome).
This post shows how to do just that - install the latest release - Wifislax 4.8 - on a hard drive.
Wifislax has a simple installer that supports running a KDE or Xfce Live desktop. For this tutorial, I'll be installing the KDE desktop, though the same process can be used to install the Xfce desktop.
One by one, established embedded board developers are experimenting with open, community backed single board computer projects. Habey USA’s “HIO” SBC project is more ambitious than most. With its Android and Linux-ready HIO-EMB-1200 SBC, the company is introducing a new 80 x 72 x 10mm “HIoTX” form-factor that is 20 percent smaller than Via’s 100 x 72mm Pico-ITX standard. With its 10mm profile, the HIO is also the thinnest SBC equipped with Freescale’s ARM Cortex-A9 based i.MX6 system-on-chip, says Habey.
After Tuesday, Microsoft will no longer provide technical assistance or automatic updates that help protect your computer that runs Windows XP. Another alternative is to install a free Linux operating system. You can first try out a system using a live CD or USB boot. Alternatively you can install a dual boot system that allows you to boot either to your Linux operating system or Windows XP. Once you are satisfied with and used to your Linux system you could do a full install that wipes out your Windows XP system.
Shipwrecked. Captured. Betrayed. Forced to perform for an audience of cats? Yes, all that and more when you unlock BattleBlock Theater! This game just sounds funny!
Hot off the Steam forum news stands is that Serious Sam HD & Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter will come over to Linux.
A roundup of this weeks events at KDE.
There was a time when office compatibility was a bit of a problem on Linux, but with the latest office suites out there available for Linux, this is not an issue anymore. The applications here mimic MS Excel’s behavior, so switching to one of them should be pretty straightforward. Exporting and importing to and from MS Excel format works as well, and there aren’t many compatibility issues (however, the native format these programs use is the OpenDocument Spreadsheet (ODS) format.
Two classic adventure games are now available on Linux in their full glory! Broken Sword 1 Directors Cut & 2:Remastered are here folks.
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