The Journey Down: Chapter Two, the second part of an amazingly fun and witty point and click adventure, has been announced and will be released on August 25.
The Journey Down is an episodic game and the developers released the first of four chapters back in May 2012. Even though it was met with great enthusiasm by players and was among the first games in the new Linux gaming wave, the developers from the SkyGoblin studio really took their time for the second part.
In fact, people who manage… (read more)
Team Fortress 2, the online multiplayer game developed by Valve, has received yet another hefty update that includes numerous fixes, map changes, mode changes, and other improvements. Team Fortress 2 is one of the first games from Valve’s catalog that made it to Linux and it’s been available on Steam for a very long time. It’s actually one of the most played games on the digital platform and it has a very large and dedicated user base. This is a free-to-play game, but Valve doesn’t apply the… (read more)
Elive 2.3.4 Beta, a complete operating system for your computer, built on top of Debian GNU/Linux and customized to meet the needs of any user while still offering the eye-candy with minimal hardware requirements, has been released and is now available for download and testing.
The Elive developers have been working for some time on this new branch of their distribution and they have already released a number of Betas. Each new build brings new changes and improvements and it’s likely that we… (read more)
Das Ubuntu-Team hat aktualisierte Installationsmedien für Ubuntu 14.04 LTS und seine offiziellen Derivate veröffentlicht. Das Pointrelease 14.04.1 enthält die meisten der bislang ausgelieferten Updates und behebt viele Fehler.
The latest version of the stable Linux kernel, 3.12.25, has been announced by Jiri Slaby and comes with just a few changes and improvements.
The development for this branch of the kernel has simmered down and this latest update only integrates a few changes and improvements.
“I’m announcing the release of the 3.12.21 kernel. All users of the 3.12 kernel series must upgrade.”
“The updated 3.12.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/… (read more)
The Red Hat developers have announced that the upcoming Fedora 21 release will be delayed by three weeks, but that’s hardly a surprise. The Fedora distribution has the habit of arriving late. It’s almost never on time and the upcoming Fedora 21 keep to this tradition closely. You can even say that it’s not really a Fedora release unless it slips past its deadline by at least a few weeks. “As you probably noticed, Fedora 21 is still not frozen (Alpha Change Deadline was planned for this… (read more)
GUADEC 2014 is almost upon us, and we are talking to the three keynote speakers who are lined up for this year’s conference. Nathan Wills – LWN editor, typeface designer and author – is one of these keynote speakers. His talk, titled Should We Teach The Robot To Kill, addresses issues relating to Free Software and the automative industry. We caught up with him to find out a bit more about this fascinating subject, as well as his views on Free Software conferences.
The automotive industry has been a latecomer to open source software. Why do you think that is?
I guess I think there are two reasons. The first is that automotive is highly, tightly “vertical” — carmakers have long-standing relationships with their manufacturers, suppliers, and vendors that involve multi-year contracts, and each car model takes years to go from design to implementation. I mean, it’s the prototypical assembly-line industry, after all. Thus, it takes quite some time to orchestrate a major change.
The other reason, though, it that it has only been recently that consumer electronics has become an important factor for carmakers. Now that smartphones and tablets are ubiquitous, not just accessories for people with disposable income, customers are asking for different things in their cars than they used to. A few years ago, your biggest concerns were DVD players in the rear seats, CDs in the front, and maybe some kind of remote-unlock/service-you-can-call. Now people want installable apps and they expect a full-blown 3G Internet connection; that means a very different software stack is expected than there used to be.
What is the most exciting improvement the automotive industry could bring to everyday life, in your opinion?
Okay; so this may sound nebulous, but I think one of the best things the automotive software market could do is demonstrate to people that software is just another component in all of the machines & things that we already use everyday. Because people have a different relationship to their cars than they do to, say, their phones and their netbooks. We change our own oil, we replace parts that wear out; we keep our cars for decades at a time and we learn every little thing about how they work (admittedly, it’s not always by choice…).
So automotive software will have to encompass part of that experience already. And, since so much of that software will be based on Linux and FOSS, I hope it will expose lots of new people to programming — as something that they can do if they decide they want to.
You attended the coolest worldwide conferences about open source. Which one has been the most exciting? (GUADEC apart, of course!)
Yikes…. It’s so hard to choose, because they’re all so different. I really love the “community” conferences like Texas Linux Fest, SCALE, and Ohio Linux Fest, because the attendees are so fired up. But I also really love developer conferences, because you get to see the connections being made and major things happening that just don’t occur in mailing-list discussions. On that side of things I would put conferences like GUADEC and the GStreamer Conference. But then I also have to single out Libre Graphics Meeting, which is a favorite of mine because it’s right in between: developers and users meeting with each other.
What do you expect from this GUADEC?
Mayhem of the highest order. But mixed in with talks showcasing interesting new work that I might unintentionally miss if I was just reading release announcements, a glimpse of where GNOME and GTK+ applications will be six months or a year from now, and, naturally, a lot of people enjoying geeking out (so to speak) about making and using software. Also hopefully some font talk….
What can we expect from your keynote at GUADEC?
Well, I hope people will come away with a clearer picture of where things stand today in the automotive Linux software realm — especially what the various projects’ goals are and what parts of the overall picture those goals cover. Then I also hope I can get people interested in participating in automotive software space, starting with where they can get involved today as a user and as a contributor.
And, finally, my ultimate goal would be to persuade some people that the free-software community can — and should — take up the challenge and view the car as a first-rate environment where free software belongs. Because there will naturally be lots of little gaps where the different corporate projects don’t quite have every angle covered. But we don’t have to wait for other giant companies to come along and finish the job. We can get involved now, and if we do, then the next generation of automotive software will be stronger for it, both in terms of features and in terms of free-software ideals.
Thanks Nathan! We can’t wait to hear your keynote.
Canonical has announced that Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, the first point release in the new series, has been released and is now available for download.
All the Ubuntu LTS versions get this special treatment and a few point releases are made available in the maintenance course of a distribution. The regular releases, like Ubuntu 14.10 for example, won’t get any major updates like this one and will only benefit from nine months of support.
Canonical has changed the support periods for its distributio… (read more)
The Calibre software provides some important functions for its users, like the ability to read, edit, and manage eBooks. The developer has issued a new update and the new version brings a few major features. Even if people mostly use Calibre for converting eBooks from one format to another or as a reader, the application is also capable of editing books as well. This new function was implemented recently and the developer is still adding features and fixes for it. One of the biggest improvem… (read more)
In today’s news feeds is MakeUseOf.com’s top five Linux distributions for 2014. One of their picks is said to vulnerable to attack and the proof has been posted. In other news, GOG.com has rolled out support for 50 DRM-free Linux games. And finally tonight, Fedora 21 has been delayed. Our top story tonight is MakeUseOf.com’s Distro Watch: The Best Linux Distributions For 2014. Danny Stieben starts his article with, you guessed it, Ubuntu and Linux Mint. Then he picked one for newbies, another for more experienced users, and ended with Tails for the security conscious. Speaking of Tails, folks are saying it is still at risk from some zero-day vulnerability. The Register says: Exodus Intelligence has revealed what it claims is video evidence of researchers unmasking an anonymous user of the Tails operating system. The security bods claim they can upload malicious code to a system running Tails, execute the payload remotely, and ultimately discover the victim’s public IP address. GOG.com today announced support for 50 games, "classic and new," for Linux. Looking through the list of games I see a lot tagged with "first time on Linux!" One of the more interesting is Realms of the Haunting. It actually
The Wine development release 1.7.23 is now available.
What’s new in this release:
After renewed pressure on open-source AMD 3D support not working, it seems they’ve finally managed to get the Radeon R9 290 series graphics cards working on the open-source Linux driver between some updated GPU microcode and kernel driver changes…
KDE’s Sebastian Kügler has provided an update regarding KDE Frameworks 5 and Plasma 5 support for Wayland as an alternative to running on an X11/X.Org Server…
The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS (Long-Term Support) for its Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, as well as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support.
Maintenance updates will be provided for 5 years for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud, Ubuntu Core, Ubuntu Kylin, Edubuntu, and Kubuntu. All the remaining flavours will be supported for 3 years.
Users of Ubuntu 12.04 will soon be offered an automatic upgrade to 14.04.1 via Update Manager. For further information about upgrading, see:
As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free of charge.
Adam Conrad has announced the release of Ubuntu 14.04.1, the first maintenance update of the popular distribution’s current stable release: “The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS (long-term support) for its Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, as well as other flavours….
Get an early look at Araxxor as Mod Chris L goes hands-on with his latest, scariest creation – this Sunday at 6pm BST.
The Trahaearn and Crwys clans – masters of Smithing and Mining, Farming and Woodcutting – are the stars of the show in today’s Road to Elf City.
Drupal 7.30, a maintenance release with several bug fixes (no security fixes), including a fix for regressions introduced in Drupal 7.29, is now available for download. See the Drupal 7.30 release notes for a full listing.
Upgrading your existing Drupal 7 sites is recommended. There are no new features in this release. For more information about the Drupal 7.x release series, consult the Drupal 7.0 release announcement.
Drupal 7.30 is a bug fix only release. The full list of changes between the 7.29 and 7.30 releases can be found by reading the 7.30 release notes. A complete list of all bug fixes in the stable 7.x branch can be found in the git commit log.
See the 7.30 release notes for details on important changes in this release.
Front page news:
Samuel Baggen has announced the release of Elive 2.3.4, the latest beta version from the project that builds a Debian-based distribution with a customised Enlightenment desktop: “The Elive team is proud to announce the release of the beta version 2.3.4. This new version includes: a send-to-Dropbox option has….
PHP 5.5.15, an HTML-embedded scripting language with syntax borrowed from C, Java, and Perl, with a couple of unique PHP-specific features thrown in, has been released and is now available for download. The PHP 5.x branch includes a new OOP model based on the Zend Engine, a new extension for improved MySQL support, built-in native support for SQLite, and many more features. “The PHP Development Team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.5.15. This release fixes several bugs aga… (read more)