Steam Hardware Survey for March Shows Small Decline for Linux

A new Steam Hardware Survey has been released, for the month of March, showing a small decline in the Linux user base, although it might be too small to actually count. Every month Valve publishes a comprehensive hardware and software survey that reflects what is being used to run the Steam client. It’s been pretty accurate until now, but a couple of months ago Valve made a few small modifications and eliminated most of the inconsequential entries for various other distros. It’s… (read more)

Lightweight Web Browser Midori Gets Another Major Update

Midori, a lightweight web browser that features full integration with GTK+ and fast rendering with WebKit, is now at version 0.5.8.

The new and improved Midori 0.5.8 has been released and comes with a large number of features and improvements, just like the previous build.

“As liked, fast and efficient our Adblock extension was, the original maintainer isn’t around anymore and flaws were accumulating on a code base that wasn’t very accessible anymore. So long story short Ad… (read more)

Tiny Core 5.3 RC2 Is Probably the Smallest Linux Distro Around

Robert Shingledecker has announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the Tiny Core 5.3 RC2 Linux operating system, one of the smallest full operating systems in the world.

As the name implies, this distribution is known for its small size and versatility. The developer integrates a large number of packages and an attractive desktop. This latest iteration is not one of the most important, but it does feature some interesting changes.

According to the changelog, nosuid has… (read more)

PyDAW Developer Leaves Sourceforge, Accuses Hosting Service of Bundling Adware

It seems that hosting your project on Sourceforge is becoming a point of contention these days after yet another developer chose to leave the website due to reports that applications are being infused with adware before being offered for download. Sourceforge is a website that allows developers to host and distribute their applications, but in the last six months two major projects have decided to pull their files from there. The website is host to many open source projects and there are a gr… (read more)

Recommendations For Porting Your Game To Linux

Leszek Godlewski, the developer that ported Painkiller to Linux and previously talked about lessons in porting games to Linux (plus more), he’s now out with an article covering other recommendations for potential Linux game developers…

Learning More About XWayland

Initial XWayland support was merged for X.Org Server 1.16 this week…

Unreal Engine 4.1 Update Brings Linux Support

The Unreal developers from Epic Games have expressed their support before for the Linux platform, but now they actually made it possible with the latest update for the Unreal Engine 4.

One of Linux’s problems in becoming a gaming platform is the lack of support from major game developers. With the exception of Valve with its Source engine, and a couple of smaller companies, nobody is really making triple A engines for the Linux platform.

Valve seems to have become the main driver behind gami… (read more)

Wine 1.7.16 Brings DirectX Video Acceleration

Alexandre Julliard announced a new development version of the Wine app, which features some very important changes, besides the large number of fixes that have been implemented.

The Wine developers are still bringing important improvements for the development version and it seems that they are no ready yet to release a stable build.

Besides the normal fixes for various applications and games that are usually uploaded in the new releases, more regression test fixes have been implemented, stri… (read more)

NVIDIA Fermi/Kepler GPUs Are The Best Bet For Ubuntu 14.04 Nouveau

In my testing of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with the Linux 3.13 kernel and Mesa 10.1 for the open-source graphics driver stack provided by Nouveau for NVIDIA GeForce graphics hardware, only the Fermi and Kepler GPUs are running reliably. While these newer NVIDIA GPUs are running stable with Ubuntu 14.04, the performance is still a wreck due to lack of reclocking.

Our Favorite Features So Far For Fedora 21

While Fedora 21 is still within planning and early development stages, there’s already a number of changes that have us looking forward to this next Fedora Linux release toward the end of 2014…

FAQ on CEO Resignation

Over the past few days, we have received a lot of questions and seen a great number of media stories about the events surrounding Brendan Eich’s resignation from the role of CEO. Many of the media stories have incorrect facts, so we compiled the following FAQ as a resource for everyone to have access to the core facts.

Here is the announcement on Brendan Eich stepping down as Mozilla CEO.

Q: Was Brendan Eich fired?

A: No, Brendan Eich resigned. Brendan himself said:

“I have decided to resign as CEO effective April 3rd, and leave Mozilla. Our mission is bigger than any one of us, and under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader. I will be taking time before I decide what to do next.”

Brendan Eich also posted a blog on this topic.

Q: Was Brendan asked to resign by the Board?

A: No.  In fact, Board members tried to get Brendan to stay at Mozilla in another role. Brendan decided that it was better for himself and for Mozilla to sever all ties, at least for now.

Q: Was Brendan Eich forced out by employee pressure?

A: No. While these tweets calling for Brendan’s resignation were widely reported in the media, they came from only a tiny number of people: less than 10 of Mozilla’s employee pool of 1,000. None of the employees in question were in Brendan’s reporting chain or knew Brendan personally.

In contrast, support for Brendan’s leadership was expressed from a much larger group of employees, including those who felt disappointed by Brendan’s support of Proposition 8 but nonetheless felt he would be a good leader for Mozilla. Communication from these employees has not been covered in the media.

Q: Did Board members resign over Brendan’s Prop 8 donation?

A: No. Gary Kovacs and Ellen Siminoff had previously stated they had plans to leave as soon as Mozilla chose the next CEO. John Lilly did not resign over Proposition 8 or any concerns about Brendan’s personal beliefs.

Q: Is Mozilla becoming a social activist organization?

A. No. Mozilla is committed to a single cause: keeping the Web free and open. Our specific goals as an organization are outlined in the Mozilla Manifesto. We are activists for the open Web. Mozilla has a long history of gathering people with a wide diversity of political and religious beliefs to work on the project.

Q: Is Mozilla pro-gay-marriage?

A. Like most of their peers in the US tech industry, Mozilla Corporation and Mozilla Foundation a) have provided benefits and support to same-sex couples for a number of years and b) recently issued the following statement about marriage equality. The Mozilla Project — which is the overall umbrella for Mozilla’s global community — does not take stands on issues outside the scope of the Mozilla Manifesto.

ARM SoC Changes Merged For Linux 3.15 Kernel

There’s continued work with the Linux 3.15 kernel for bettering ARM hardware support on Linux, but overall there isn’t anything overly exciting by the SoC changes this merge window…

Intel Atom E3825 “Bay Trail” Linux Benchmarks With AAEON

AAEON, a company owned by ASUS that specializes in industrial and embedded platforms for applications ranging from railroads to the military, sent over their AAEON EMB-BT1 board that’s loaded with an Atom E3825 Bay Trail SoC. A full Linux write-up of this exciting mini-ITX board will be coming soon on Phoronix, but for some weekend benchmarks are some initial results for the E3825 when running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS…

KDE Commit-Digest for 23rd February 2014

In this week’s KDE Commit-Digest:

  • KDevelop Clang support adds refactoring / renaming of variables and functions
  • Kate adds jump to next/previous change function and a plugin that allows you to launch the replicode executable with specified settings
  • KDE-PIM implements webdav sharelink, adds optional KAccounts support to the facebook resource
  • Krita has a config option to pick colors with opacity
  • Plasma MediaCenter implements a media cache populated by one or more media sources
  • NetworkManager supports an airplane mode
  • Porting to Frameworks5 continues in rekonq, ksecrets, YaKuake.

Read the rest of the Digest here.

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Amazon Fire TV: A Nice Device For Internet Video Streaming

This week Amazon unveiled the Fire TV as a small network appliance primarily for HD video streaming and complemented by some gaming and mobile app capabilities. The Fire TV is powered by Amazon’s Android-based Kindle Fire OS so in this weekend review are my initial impressions of this Linux-based media system after using it the past two days.

Kernel Developers Look At QR Codes For Error Messages

Linux kernel developers have been discussing for the past few days about the possibility of encoding kernel oops messages into QR codes that would be shown on the screen…

oVirt Is Planning Some Virtualization Improvements

The oVirt open-source virtualization management software led by Red Hat saw its 3.4 release last week. The oVirt 3.4 release delivered a self-hosted engine, PowerPC 64 support, CPU hot-plug support, and other capabilities. While oVirt 3.4 just left the building, there’s a lengthy list of features being planned for future releases…

Phoronix Global Is Still Planned To Be Decommissioned

Originally I planned to shutdown Phoronix Global at the end of 2013 but out of continued usage of the service, Phoronix Global is still being kept online for the time being…

HL2-Based GoldenEye: Source Gets Open-Sourced

For those Linux gamers that want to reminisce over the fond days of GoldenEye 007 from two decades ago on the Nintendo 64, it will hopefully be easier going forward. GoldenEye: Source has gone open-source…

Full Circle Podcast Episode 40, The Man That Slept

Full Circle Podcast Episode 40, The Man That Slept

Our Sincerest Apologies for the massive delay in getting this Episode released, we’ve all been very busy on various solo projects in the early part of this year, which will become clearer when the next show comes out.  We will be making a massive effort to get back into a regular recording schedule (I know we say this every time but this time we have made some substantial changes to the way the show will be recorded in the future which we will explain on the next show).  Until then enjoy our end of the year show were we reflect on 2013 and look ahead to what we can expect in 2014.

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Les Pounder (blog at http://bigl.es twitter @biglesp)
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Show Notes
01:28 | WELCOME and INTRO:
02:19 | Since Last Time

Les - Has been very busy as he is now a freelance author/writer and

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