Valve Announces Half-Life 4 For Linux

Valve has added Half-Life 4 to Steam and it will be a title for Linux without mentioning OS X or Windows support…

Mir, ARM & Valve Excite Linux Users This Month

March 2013 was another interesting month for Linux users. The Mir Display Server, ARM on Linux advancements, and Valve’s continued Linux game play continued to excite readers…

There Isn’t Too Much Progress On Unigine Linux Titles

For those that have followed Phoronix over the years know that I am a big supporter of the Unigine game/3D engine. The engine delivers absolutely beautiful graphics and there is first-rate Linux support. The developers at Unigine Corp are very Linux-fr…

Another OpenGL 4 Feature For Mesa Is Published

Earlier this morning I wrote about Chris Forbes committing texture storage multi-sample support to mainline Mesa and the Intel DRI driver. This OpenGL 4.x extension is now accompanied by a new “RFC” patch-set for providing Mesa support for another GL4 …

Mageia 3 Beta 4 Surfaces For Easter

The fourth and final beta of Mageia 3 was released today…

An OpenGL 4.x Feature Gets Crossed Off In Mesa

Support for the OpenGL ARB_texture_storage_multisample extension is now implemented within Mesa and is exposed by the Intel DRI driver…

Development Release: Mageia 3 Beta 4

Anne Nicolas has announced the availability of the fourth and last beta release of Mageia 3: "After all the delays in our Mageia 3 planning, we’re very pleased to be able to announce the beta 4 release. Packagers and the QA team have worked hard to fix as….

Mageia 3 beta 4 is waiting for your tests

After all the delays in our Mageia 3 planning,  we’re very pleased to be able to announce the beta 4 release. Packagers and the QA team have worked hard to fix as many bugs as possible. We are now one … Continue reading

A Thought on What Holds Linux Gaming Back

My thoughts on some of the perils of Linux gaming, particularly the engine. All the talk nowadays if of “unification” or to paraphrase Mark Shuttleworth and Ubuntu the “availability of a single interface for all devices.” And with all this talk I began to wonder why more gaming engine’s aren’t jumping on board. Read more […]

Half-Life: Opposing Force and Half-Life: Blue Shift to Arrive on Steam for Linux

Besides the heavy hitters from Valve that have been launched on Steam for Linux so far, a couple other smaller titles will arrive soon.The firsts Half-Life had quite a few addons and mods, but the most successful of them were Opposing Force and Blue Shift.In Opposing Force, players have the chance to play the role of soldier sent in to eliminate Gordon Freeman. It stands to reason that you will not be able to perform that task, but you will get to fight a lot of new ali…

Nepoogle 1.0.0 Supports System Encoding

Nepoogle, a search utility for Nepomuk inspired in Google’s search syntax that has its own SPARQL query builder engine to achieve more control and be more safely about encoding bugs, is now version 1.0.0.Nepoogle 1.0.0 features full support to UTF-8, several comparison operators, resource viewer, a cache system, a playlist for audio and video files, and more.Highlights of Nepoogle 1.0.0:• Nepoogle only works since with Nepomuk2;• nepoogle now…

Gnome Subtitles 1.3 Is Based on GStreamer 1.0

Gnome Subtitles, a subtitle editor for the GNOME desktop that supports the most common text-based subtitle formats, video previewing, timings synchronization and subtitle translation, is now at version 1.3.Gnome Subtitles 1.3 comes with support for subtitle shifting, framerate conversion, playback preview, GStreamer backend, multiple file formats, and more.Highlights of Gnome Subtitles 1.3:• Users can now set the gap between subtitles;• The c…

Valve Has Been Working Hard On Linux For One Year

Today marks one year since an important milestone in the public history of Valve’s Steam client and Source Engine coming to Linux…

Ivy Bridge Doesn’t Change Much With Modern Kernels

For those wondering whether Intel “Ivy Bridge” hardware is still being made faster with each succeeding Linux kernel release, here are benchmarks from an Intel Ultrabook looking at the Ivy Bridge performance on recent kernel releases going up to the ye…

DockBarX Available As An Xfce Panel Plugin

DockBarX, an application launcher / switcher available for the MATE panel, Avant Window Navigator or as a stand-alone dock, is now available for Xfce, as a panel plugin.Thanks to TiZ, who has been working on the DockBarX Xfce panel support for some time, the application can now be used as an Xfce panel plugin and […]

Valve's Ricochet Mod for Half-Life to Arrive of Steam for Linux

Ricochet, a little know action Half-Life mod developed and published by Valve, will arrive on Steam for Linux, soon.Valve promised to publish on Steam for Linux their entire catalogue but most people have forgotten than it includes more than Counter-Strike and Half-Life games.According to the developer, Ricochet is a futuristic action game that challenges the player’s agility as well as their aim. The game is all about one-on-one and team matches, played in a vari…

Steam March Survey Stats: Linux Usage Has Decreased

In February, the Valve Steam Hardware & Software Survey stats have revealed that 2.02% of Steam users run Linux, a huge increase from January (1.12%). Oddly, the survey stats for March have revealed a decrease and Linux users running Steam are now at ~1.70%.Steam survey: OS usage stats for March 2013 (the survey is optional)One […]

Dropbox 2.1.6 Fixes Download Process

Dropbox, a client for an online service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere, no matter the platform, is now at version 2.1.6.Dropbox 2.1.5 is an experimental version and is way ahead of the stable branch. It brings a lot of new features, but keep in mind that not all of them will make it into the final version.Highlights of Dropbox 2.1.6:• An issue which would cause Dropbox to re-hash downloaded files has been corrected;…

SQLite 3.7.16.1 Is Available for Download

SQLite, an in-process library that implements a self-contained, serverless, zero-configuration, transactional SQL database engine, is now at version 3.7.16.1.SQLite 3.7.16.1 has garnered a bunch of changes and bug fixes. A complete list of updates is available in the official announcement.Highlights of SQLite 3.7.16.1:• A bug has been fixed in the ORDER BY optimizer that was introduced in version 3.7.15. This could sometimes optimize the sorting step, w…

Valve Releases Several New Linux Game Ports

For those hoping to do some gaming over Easter weekend, Valve has released five new games that have been ported to Linux…