Podcast – Story Exposed: Part 1

A glimpse behind the curtain of RuneScape, focusing on the development of the story.

Desperately Seeking Linux Programmers

Help Wanted: computer programmers needed to code and maintain Linux systems. The Linux operating system and Linux servers are so widely used today that not enough Linux-trained coders and system techs exist. Software developers and enterprise IT departments have jobs but no takers. To fill this shortage, the Linux Foundation has partnered with edX to offer a free online course to help computer engineers learn Linux. On the job front, some industry leaders are joining forces to jumpstart a movement to help ease the growing shortage.

The Last Federation Turn-Based Strategy to Launch on Steam for Linux on April 19

The Last Federation, a strategy title with turn-based tactical combat developed and published on Steam by Arcen Games will also get a Linux version.

The Last Federation is a different kind of strategy because it covers the entire solar system and follows the rise and fall of entire nations. It’s difficult to describe the gameplay and even the developer had to resort to sarcasm.

“Look, I’m not going to tell you what to do. My understanding is that you’re trying to form the solar system’… (read more)

Salix MATE 14.1 Beta 1 Is Based on MATE 1.8

Salix MATE 14.1 Beta 1, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Slackware that is simple, fast, easy to use, and based on the MATE desktop environment, is ready for testing and download. The MATE version of Salix has been finally released and features some interesting changes, although it’s pretty similar with the Xfce variant. “The application selection in this release is mostly the same as with our latest Xfce release, with one major exception; the default browser in this release is Firefo… (read more)

APT (Advanced Package Tool) 1.0.1 Officially Released

APT (Advanced Package Tool) 1.0.1, a set of core tools inside Debian that makes it possible to install, remove, and keep applications up to date, has been released and is now available for download.

Advanced Package Tool was launched back in 1998, and 16 years later it finally reached version 1.0. A week later the developers published the first update, which might signal the fact that they are ready to release new versions faster.

According to the changelog, a crash in the “apt list” that oc… (read more)

SteamOS Affected by Heartbleed Bug, Valve Hasn’t Updated the OS Yet

The Heartbleed vulnerability has affected a large number of Linux distributions and online services and most of them have been patched, but it seems that SteamOS is still vulnerable to this particular problem.

Valve is the developer of SteamOS, a Linux distribution based on Debian “Wheezy” that is still under development. The way this distribution is updated and the fact that Valvle publishes patches for it every few weeks means that SteamOS is still vulnerable to the Heartbleed v… (read more)

Prisonscape Is a Brutal RPG Inspired by The Wire and Oz Set to Launch on Linux

Prisonscape is a game developed by Lunar Enigma that will teach players how to survive in a prison, and its makers are looking for funding on Kickstarter. Kickstarter has been the home of many weird projects until now and a lot of strange games managed to get their funding because they came up with the right idea. The community on Kickstarter seems to reward originality just as much as anything else, so basically, the more interesting the game, the bigger the chance to get the money you need…. (read more)

Card acceptance for UK online stores made easy

Many small businesses are still reluctant to accept credit and debit card payments on their online store, being somewhat intimidated by the process. And it is easy to understand why: getting a merchant account application processed and accepted can prove to be quite a daunting and lengthy task, and the possibility that your request will be declined is always a concern.


However, accepting and facilitating credit card payments on your online store is a must and a necessary step towards boosting your sales and increasing your customer-base. Now, let’s go over the different factors to take into consideration and introduce you to a simple way to accept debit and credit card payments for your online store.

Why should your business accept credit card payments?

Simply put, businesses that do not yet accept credit and/or debit cards are missing out on increasing their online sales and profit.

Studies show that the majority of customers prefer to pay by credit and debit card and will be more likely to make a purchase or increase their average spending, when given the convenience of purchasing by card.

In addition, accepting credit cards will encourage impulse shopping. Do you offer discounts and/or promotions? Make it simple for your customers to take advantage of your store’s special offers.

In the UK, about “91% of the adult population have a debit card and 61% a credit card”. With online spending using debit cards reaching £35 billion compared to £34 billion on credit cards, according to the UK Cards Association.

In summary, these are some of the major benefits of accepting card payments:
- Boost sales
- Attract more customers that prefer to use this payment option
- Increase customers’ spending and impulse shopping
- Improve your cash flow

How to get started

To start accepting credit and debit cards, you will need to set up:
- A Merchant Account
- A Payment Gateway, linking your online store to your Merchant Account

Some business information, to enable the Payment Processor to assess your application, should be provided: the type of business you’re in, sales revenue, number of transactions

The best solution available to UK Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses

PaymentSense has quickly become the card processing partner of choice for many small- and medium-sized businesses, thanks to their:

- Swift Merchant Account approval process – meaning your online store could be accepting card payments within 24 hours, following approval
- Affordable, fixed price plans
- Dedicated customer service
- No long-term agreement requirements

PaymentSense is the UK’s largest Merchant Services Provider servicing over 30,000 SMEs and their payment module – compatible with v1.4.0.1 – v1.6.0.6 – is now available to UK PrestaShop merchants, native in the software or, for free, on PrestaShop’s Official Marketplace.

Download the PaymentSense module now and never miss a sale again!




Distribution Release: GParted Live 0.18.0-2

Curtis Gedak has announced the release of GParted Live 0.18.0-2, the latest stable version of the popular Debian-based live CD designed for disk management and data rescue tasks: “The GParted team is proud to announce another stable release of GParted Live. This live image fixes a bug with….

World Wine News Issue 367

WWN Issue 367 was released today.

Thunderbolt Driver For Apple MBP Systems Gets Updated

Experimental Linux kernel code for providing a Thunderbolt driver that works on Apple MacBook Pro systems has been updated and is still hopeful for its eventual mainline kernel inclusion…

Development Release: Oracle Linux 7.0 Beta 1

Oracle has announced that the initial beta build of Oracle Linux 7.0, a distribution built from source code for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 and enhanced with an “unbreakable” Linux kernel, is ready for testing: “We are pleased to announce the availability of the first beta build for….

Streamers and BTS Video 100 – Gorillas and Cabbages

In this week’s BTS video, ask yourself, gorilla or cabbage? Also, win T-shirts and satisfy your Twitch itch with our list of featured streamers.

Upgraded Kernel & Mesa Yield A Big Boost For Athlon R3 Graphics

Yesterday I delivered the first Linux benchmarks of the AMD Athlon 5350 with Radeon R3 Graphics. Benchmarks of the socketed Kabini APU are ongoing at Phoronix in a variety of different software and hardware configurations. The tests that have just wrapped up today are checking out the performance when upgrading the Linux kernel and Mesa compared to what’s shipped by default in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Read more at Phoronix

Zorin OS Lite 8.1 Is the Perfect OS for Users with Old PCs Running from Windows XP

Zorin OS, an Ubuntu-based operating system aimed at Windows users who are switching over to Linux, has just received a Lite version designed for people with low-end hardware.


LibreOffice 4.2.3 is now available for download

Berlin, April 10, 2014 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.2.3, the third minor release of the LibreOffice 4.2 family. LibreOffice 4.2.3 “Fresh” is the most feature rich version of the software, and is suited for early adopters willing to leverage a larger number of innovations. For enterprise deployments and for more conservative users, The Document Foundation suggests the more mature LibreOffice 4.1.5 “Stable”.

People interested in technical details about this release can access change logs here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.2.3/RC1 (fixed in RC1), here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.2.3/RC2 (fixed in RC2) and here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.2.3/RC3 (fixed in RC3).

In addition, the released version of LibreOffice 4.2.3 adds a security fix for the Heartbleed Bug (CVE-2014-0160).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.2.3 and LibreOffice 4.1.5 are both available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Extensions and templates to complement the installation of the software and add specific features are available here: http://extensions.libreoffice.org/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org. Money collected will be used to grow the project both at global and local level.

Distribution Release: Zorin OS 8 “Lite”

The “Lite” edition of Zorin OS 8, an i386-only variant of the beginners-friendly distribution that features the LXDE desktop, has been released: “The Zorin OS team is pleased to release Zorin OS 8 Lite and Business. Zorin OS 8 Lite is the latest evolution of the Zorin OS….

NVIDIA 331.67 Stable Linux Driver Officially Released

NVIDIA has just announced that a new stable version of its driver for the Linux platform, 331.67, has been released and is now available for download.

This latest driver update arrives only a day after the previous Beta release, which caused quite a stir because it featured the option to overclock the video card. It may not seem like much but, in fact, this is actually great progress for the NVIDIA drivers.

The new feature is untested and it’s not present in the current NVIDIA release from t… (read more)

Firefox OS and Medic Mobile use the Web to Connect the World to Healthcare

At Mozilla, we are dedicated to putting the power of the Web in people’s hands in support of our mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web. We’re pleased to announce today that we’re partnering with Medic Mobile, a leader in mHealth solutions for developing countries, to take that mission to the world’s most remote and underserved communities.

medic mobileMedic Mobile pioneered the use of feature phones and text messaging to connect remote communities to health care. Their technology tracks outbreaks, schedules maternal health visits, monitors medicine stock, and connects villages with hospitals. The organization works in 20 countries spanning Africa, Asia and Latin America, and supports Community Health Workers overseeing 5 million people.  Medic Mobile’s Hope Phones campaign, a cellphone recycling initiative, is one of many ways that the organization raises funds for new technology needed in the field.

Medic Mobile is the first community health app for Firefox OS and is now available in Firefox Marketplace. This early version allows health workers to document measles outbreaks from their phones, and more features will be added with future updates.

“We see harnessing the Web as our next big step, bringing location data, images, visualizations and analytics to the fingertips of Community Health Workers. Firefox OS is device-agnostic and provides a Web-based, low-cost platform for the developing world,” said Josh Nesbit, CEO of Medic Mobile.

“We look forward to expanding Medic Mobile’s reach through Firefox OS, and will continue pursuing regionalized and localized community apps like Medic Mobile that make the Web even more useful and relevant to people,” added Mary Ellen Muckerman, VP of Brand Strategy and Services at Mozilla.

We’re proud to partner with Medic Mobile, aligning our non-profit missions of using technology to change people’s lives.

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Joomla! 3.3 Beta 2 Released

Joomla! 3.3 - Do More

The Joomla! Project is pleased to announce the availability of Joomla! 3.3 Beta 2. Community members are asked to download and install the package in order to provide quality assurance for the forthcoming 3.3 release, which is scheduled for release on or around April 22nd, 2014.

A big thank you goes out to everyone that contributed to the 3.3 release! Joomla! 3.3 will be our most stable release ever. Right now we’re at about 320 commits since 3.2.3′s release with 41 different people contributing to those commits (not including testers and other non-coding activities). Best of all is that the new features are awesome!

The 3.x release series is the latest major release of the Joomla! CMS, with 3.3 the fourth standard-term support release in this series. Please note that going from 3.2 to 3.3 is a one-click upgrade and is NOT a migration. The same is true is for any subsequent versions in the 3.x series. That being said, please do not upgrade any of your production sites to the beta version as beta is ONLY intended for testing and there is no upgrade path from Beta.