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The State of NVIDIA Optimus on Linux


For those unaware, NVIDIA Optimus is a technology that allows integrated Intel graphics and a discrete NVIDIA graphics card to be built into the same computer (generally a laptop) and switch between the two on-demand. This same technology is also the cause of Linus Torvalds' infamous "finger"…

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What is Ubuntu Snappy?


If you're anything like me, you've probably heard about this new thing from Canonical called "Snappy" Ubuntu Core, but at the same time trying to understand exactly what it is may leave you cross-eyed, especially with the buzzwords such as "cloud", "containers" and "apps" floating about. Once you…

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Over a Month On - Conclusion to the GNOME Shell Challenge


Over a month ago I embarked on my own personal challenge to use GNOME Shell (otherwise just known as GNOME 3) for an entire week. That week happened and went, I wrote some thoughts I had after that initial week, but did not officially end my usage of the Shell. Fast forward to now... I'm still…

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Is Ubuntu's Unity Really All That Bad Nowadays?


Now, don't get me wrong - when it comes to choice of desktop interface it's a very subjective matter and often a matter of taste and what you, as the user, finds most comfortable and/or productive. Still, browse through various forums, comment sections or blogs across the internet concerning Unity…

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How FOSS Brought New Life To My Once Linux-Unfriendly Laptop


Many of you can probably relate to this: that machine, whether it be a laptop or a desktop computer, that just seems to hate any Linux operating system you throw at it. Poor performance, inefficiency or non-working bits of hardware or functionalities seem the norm whenever you try your favourite…

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Unless you have been living in a cave for the last few weeks, you would have heard about (formally known as Good Old Games) finally announcing they will be adding Linux support! I think this is a great thing and here's 5 good reasons why. Now okay, technically, they are (at least initially)…

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Opinion: Arch Linux and Stability


Arch Linux, the popular rolling release Linux distribution, seemingly has a reputation as bleeding edge, elitist and sometimes unstable. Bleeding edge? Most seem to agree it is. Elitist? I'll leave that to you to decide. Unstable? Perhaps, perhaps not, which is what I will now try to give my take…

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Kobo Aura HD eReader is Linux-friendly


Having recently received a Kobo Aura HD eReader for Christmas, I was very pleasantly surprised to see how friendly the device was towards my Linux operating system. While Kobo do not specifically actually mention Linux anywhere on their site or in the included instruction booklet, the device…

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Opinion: Steam and DRM


DRM (Digital Rights Management) is often thought of as, well, a naughty concept. Especially amongst GNU/Linux users, as many often think about their freedoms and openness. With this in mind, Valve's Steam has been around on Linux for a bit over a year now and I've often noticed, on various…

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News Elsewhere

Snapdragon SoCs to get Neural Processing Engine SDK

 hackerboards: Qualcomm announced a deep learning toolkit for implementing neural processing and other AI functions directly on devices that integrate Snapdragon 820 SoCs.

DuckDuckGo Gives $225,000 to Open Source Projects

 FOSSforce: "The search engine that doesn't track you," involves its users in the selection process as it hands out nine $25,000 awards to mostly FOSS projects.

Ubuntu Tweak Is Now Officially Dead and Buried

This is not the first time we hear that Ubuntu Tweak's development has ended

Ubuntu 16.04 - My Experience so Far and Customization

 tecmint: While I earnestly anticipated the release of Unity 8 with Xenial Xerus after watching a couple of videos that showcased its function, I was utterly disappointed that Canonical was going to further push its release - even though it was originally meant to debut with Ubuntu 14.04.

Open Source ImageMagick Security Big Puts Sites at Risk

FOSSforce: ImageMagick, an open source suite of tools for working with graphic images used by a large number of websites, has been found to contain a serious security vulnerability

USB stick brings neural computing functions to devices

hackerboards: Movidius unveiled a "Fathom" USB stick and software framework for accelerating neural networking processing on embedded and mobile devices.

Appreciating the full power of open If you want to help your organization leverage the power of open, it may be helpful if everyone understands and appreciates what makes the open source way so special.

How to plot a bar graph on Gnuplot

xmodulo: A bar graph is a plot which visualizes data values using proportional-size bars.

Vivaldi 1.1 Web Browser Receives the Latest Chromium 50 Security Updates, Fixes

Vivaldi 1.1.453.52-1 stable update is now available for all platforms Latest Articles

Turns out Blitzkrieg 3 won't come to Linux as soon as I hoped

Tags:GOG,Steam,StrategyRecently I put out an article about Blitzkrieg 3 coming to Linux. The Linux icon is prominently featured in their latest…

Games Republic is having a big sale, lots of Linux titles discounted

Tags:Game SaleGood news cash strapped gamers! Games Republic has a bunch of Linux games on sale, and some of them are a complete steal.Note: We get…

GOL Podcast Episode 3: Left 4 Dead 2

Tags:PodcastWelcome to another episode of the GOL Podcast! Kallestofeles was not able to join on this recording so this episode Cheese, Kieron…

Void 21, a procedurally generated, arcade style, fast-paced runner and shooter now on Linux, it's fun

Tags:Steam,Racing,Initial Thoughts,Indie Game,ActionI had a chance to play the Linux port of Void 21 before release as the developer sent in a…

Steam makes an attempt to fix up their review system

Tags:Editorial,SteamWe all like knowing how good a game is overall and having user reviews are nice, but review bombing has become a problem. Steam…

Linux now has a proper Golf simulator! Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf sees a day-1 release

Tags:Simulation,Sports,SteamJack Nicklaus Perfect Golf has just launched with full Linux support and it actually looks pretty good. I find golf games…

Losing my mind to stress in the Darkest Dungeon, some thoughts on this brutal Linux game

Tags:Steam,Roguelike,Review,RPG,Initial ThoughtsI was sent a key to Darkest Dungeon by the developer as I was itching to give it a go. I've been…

Anima Gate of Memories is an awesome looking third person action RPG coming to Linux (corrected)

Tags:Steam,RPG,Coming Soon,ActionI have to say I had not heard of Anima Gate of Memories until today thanks to our Discord chat. I've checked it out…

Prepare for carnage! I will be battling Matt from Feral Interactive again tomorrow at 10AM UTC/11AM BST

Tags:Livestream,Feral InteractiveI will once again be facing off against Matt from Feral Interactive tomorrow at 10AM UTC/11AM BST in the Linux…

Feral Interactive are teasing yet another Linux & Mac port on their radar

Tags:Coming Soon,Feral Interactive,SteamOS,TeaserOh boy, not long after the release of Tomb Raider and Feral Interactive have started teasing a new…

A look at Solar Division, a newer Tower Defence game on Steam

Tags:Tower Defence,Strategy,Steam,Initial Thoughts I managed to grab a key to Solar Division thanks to the publisher, so I decided to check out this…

Corpse Party, a popular 2D horror series is coming to Linux & SteamOS

Tags:Coming Soon,Horror,Steam,SteamOSI hadn't heard of Corpse Party myself until a few days ago, but it seems this popular series is getting a Linux…

Free to play Age of Conquest IV, a Risk-like wargame now fully released & available on Linux

Tags:Strategy,Steam,Indie Game,Free GameIf you're a fan of games like Risk you might want to have a look into the free to play Age of Conquest IV…

Looks like The Ship: Remasted, a remake of The Ship: Murder Party is heading to Linux

Tags:Action,Early Access,Indie Game,Stealth,SteamAre you a fan of multiplayer games? Well it looks like The Ship: Remasted (that's not a typo!) is…

Parkitect park building sim alpha 1 released, coming to Steam soon, they also have a new trailer

Tags:DRM Free,Simulation,Steam,StrategyParkitect is one of those indie games that's near the top of my list for what could be the "next big thing".…