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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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How To Use Regular Expressions In grep Command

 nixcraft: Linux comes with GNU grep, which supports extended regular expressions.

Asus Chromebit CS10: Chrome OS on a stick

 LinuxBSDos: It's about the size of a candy bar and as you can already guess from its name, it runs Google's Chrome OS, the same Cloud-based operating system that powers Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.

BlackArch Linux ISO Images Updated with Over 100 New Tools, Multilib Support

More than 100 new tools have been added in the new BlackArch ISOs

Snapcraft 0.5 Is Out for Snappy Ubuntu 15.04, Snapcraft 2.0 In Plan for Ubuntu 16.04

And now for the good news, as the Snappy Ubuntu developers have announced their plans for the next major release of Snapcraft, version 2.0

How to remove trailing whitespaces in a file on Linux

 xmodulo: When you are writing code for your program, you must understand that there are standard coding styles to follow.

Tiny, rugged SBC runs Linux or Android on Snapdragon 410

Inforce has launched an 85 x 54mm "Inforce 6309 Micro SBC" that runs Linux or Android on a Snapdragon 410 and offers -30 to 85??C operation and optional PoE.

Yorba Group, Developers of Geary and Shotwell, Is No Longer Active

The Yorba Foundation, a group of developers working on applications like Geary or Shotwell, is no more, and the projects are now available through the GNOME stack.

Practical tips for working with OpenStack

To help you keep up, puts together a list of the best how-tos, guides, tutorials, and tips every month. Website Says Microsoft's Software Is Malware has a category on its website named 'Philosophy of the GNU Project' where the Microsoft software is described as malware, along with Apple and Amazon. Latest Articles

0 A.D. Alpha 19 “Syllepsis” Released

Tags:Strategy,Open SourceA new alpha release of the open source RTS 0 A.D. has just been released. The new release has various technical improvements…

Feral Interactive have a big sale on their store

Tags:Game Sale Here's an easy chance to snap up some cheap ports from Feral Interactive, as they have discounted their games until November 30th.…

Dying Light's DLC The Following will be on Linux, price set to rise soon

Tags:Zombies,Survival,Steam,RPG,DLC,Coming Soon,Action I have it straight from the developer that Dying Light's DLC The Following will be on Linux,…

Doorways: Holy Mountains of Flesh tested on Linux, very freaky

Tags:Adventure,Early Access,Horror,Steam Today I decided to have a glass of man-up juice and actually play Doorways: Holy Mountains of Flesh. It's…

Hollow Knight looks like exactly the type of action platformer I would play on Linux

Tags:Action,Coming Soon,DRM Free,Platformer,SteamHollow Knight's trailer took me by surprise, not only do the graphics and animations look really…

GhostControl Inc, the ghost hunter turn-based strategy game has a big update

Tags:Indie Game,Steam,StrategyGhostControl Inc is a pretty cool idea, and one to try for fans of things like XCOM and Ghostbusters, the developers…

Empire TV Tycoon released for SteamOS & Linux, manage your own TV channel

Tags:Simulation,Steam,StrategyEmpire TV Tycoon has just today put up their Linux version after sorting out some issues, and I can't wait to give it a…

A big Steam sale is now on, get some cheap games for Linux & SteamOS

Tags:SteamHeads up cheapo hunters, as Steam has a big sale on right now that lasts until December 1st. I've highlighted some deals I think are pretty…

Albion Online, my impressions of this new Linux MMO currently in closed beta

Tags:RPG,MMO,Initial Thoughts Albion Online is something I have kept on eye on for sometime now, and since I’ve been playing it during the…

Switch Galaxy Ultra, a fast-paced arcade racer now on SteamOS & Linux

Tags:Steam,Racing,ActionSwitch Galaxy Ultra looks pretty decent, it has some positive reviews, and it has parts designed by WipeOut co-creator Jim…

Mini-review of physics puzzler Unmechanical: Extended, released for Linux on GOG and Steam

Tags:Steam,Review,Puzzle,GOG,AdventureUnmechanical has been extended with a new chapter, adding more than an hour's worth of puzzles and exploration,…

New Broforce update adds new characters, new game mode and more

Tags:Steam,Platformer,Action Broforce is by far my favourite action platformer ever made, that is an easy decision for me to make. The fact they are…

Storm United FPS major patch released, better Linux performance

Tags:Steam,FPS,Early Access,ActionStorm United is easily one of my favourite up and coming FPS games, it needs more players so get going people. In…

The New Crimson AMD Driver Tested on R7 370 4G

Tags:Hardware,BenchmarkThe new proprietary AMD GPU Driver named Crimson just shipped and I decided to take it for a spin in a set of benchmarks. So,…

Syber discounted their Steam Machine line and most are now sold out

Tags:Hardware,Editorial Well now, Syber discounted their Steam Machine line (all three models), and now all but the highest price machine are sold…