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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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FFmpeg 3.1.5 "Laplace" Multimedia Framework Released for GNU/Linux Distributions

FFmpeg 3.1.5 was released on October 22, and it's now considered the latest stable and most FFmpeg release from the 3.1 release branch, dubbed "Laplace

Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" Is Open for Development, GCC Linaro Used for ARM Port

 softpedia: Dubbed by Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth as "Zesty Zapus," the Ubuntu 17.04 release should be yet another normal, unexcited version of Ubuntu Linux

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 Service Pack 1 Supports Rebootless Kernel Installs

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now powered by Linux kernel 4.4.0-45.66

The basics of open source quality assurance

Learn about four factors of open source quality assurance: continuous integration tools, automated test frameworks, test days, and bug triage.

Linux Kernel 4.8.4 Released with EXT4 and Btrfs Improvements, Updated Drivers

Linux kernel 4.8.4 is now the latest stable and most advanced kernel version

Netrunner Core 16.09 "Avalon" Is Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie", KDE Plasma 5.7

Based on the latest technologies and open source software packages from the Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" (Debian Stable) repositories, Netrunner Core 16.09 "Avalon" is here

Top 5 Linux System Rescue CDs

You know those times when things go wrong on your computer, and it won't boot, or you can't login into your system, or there is a rootkit messing up your booting or you just want to recover files from a drive.

Apache on Ubuntu Linux For Beginners You must set up your Apache web server to use SSL, so that your site URL is https:// and not http://.

Browse anonymously in Kali Linux with Anonsurf

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'Tether' a very promising UE4 first-person adventure game will be coming to Linux

Tags:Adventure,Coming Soon,Horror,Indie Game,Steam,Teaser,Unreal Engine,Video It's not often a trailer leaves me begging for more, but 'Tether'…

If you're in the mood for a decent Zombie survival game, don't pass up on Project Zomboid

Tags:Sandbox,Simulation,RPG,Steam,GOG,Early Access,Survival,Initial Thoughts Project Zomboid [Steam, GOG, Official Site] is the rather good sandbox…

Aspyr Media are reminding Linux gamers not to give up hope on Civilization VI

Tags:Aspyr MediaAspyr Media sent out a tweet today for Linux gamers stating that Civilization VI [Steam] for Linux is still possible. This is a good…

Feral Interactive will be livestreaming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on Linux at 5PM UTC on Thursday

Tags:Coming Soon,Feral Interactive,LivestreamThis Thursday at 5PM UTC, Feral Interactive will be livestreaming the Linux port of Deus Ex: Mankind…

'A Quiver of Crows', a twin-stick shooter set in a grim world has day-1 Linux support

Tags:Initial Thoughts,Action,Steam,Indie Game I've followed 'A Quiver of Crows' [Steam, Official Site] for a while waiting for the release of this…

SIEGE, a strategic single-player card game released for Linux

Tags:Card Game,Strategy,Steam,Indie Game SIEGE [Steam], a strategic single-player card game recently released for Linux. I love card-based combat…

Pharaonic, the side-scrolling RPG & action game is now available DRM free on GOG

Tags:Action,DRM Free,GOG,Indie Game Pharaonic [GOG, Official Site] the stylish and difficult side-scrolling RPG/Action title is now available DRM…

The isometric typing adventure 'Epistory: Typing Chronicles' is now available DRM-free on GOG

Tags:Action,Adventure,GOG,Indie Game The unique atmospheric adventure typing game Epistory - Typing Chronicles is now available DRM free on GOG. It…

'Discovering Colors - Animals', a cheap colouring game for kids

Tags:Educational,Indie Game,Steam Discovering Colors - Animals [Steam, Official Site] is a cheap kids game about colouring and it recently gained a…

Games to play on Linux this Halloween, my top choices

Tags:Editorial,HorrorSo Halloween is fast approaching, and you want to play something scary, here’s some good ones to try out. It’s tough…

'Sky Break', a single-player open-world action & adventure game now on Linux

Tags:Action,RPG,Adventure,Steam 'Sky Break' [Steam, Official Site] recently released and it's also available for Linux, it looks like a fantastic…

Trackless & Code 7, two next-gen text adventures currently being crowdfunded

Tags:Text Adventure,CrowdfundingRight now is a pretty exciting time for anybody who happens, like me, to be excited about the modern legacy of text…

Do you have small children? If so, check "It's Spring Again", an educational indie game about the seasons

Tags:Casual,Demo,Educational,Indie Game,SteamIt's Spring Again is a extremely small educational game which aims to teach very young children about…

Save your land from a supernatural infection in 'Disturbed', a short free visual adventure

Tags:Adventure,Casual,Free Game,Horror,Visual NovelDisturbed is a visual adventure with hand-made black and white graphics, where you play as a…

Team Fortress 2, has fixes for Linux texture handling issues

Tags:Action,FPS,Steam Team Fortress 2 [Steam] has a big halloween update, and with it a well needed fix for the Linux version to do with textures.…