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Two and half years ago, Mageia was forked off of Mandriva Linux, and the group behind it put out stable releases in June 2011 and May 2012; now, Mageia 3 is available for download for desktops and servers. Mageia 3 is the work of more than 100 people worldwide, and the distro’s features include kernel 3.8, GRUB... Read more...
As rich as the Linux OS is, one of its sticking-points is that a lot of companies don't properly support their products for it. Your Logitech mouse might work just fine under the OS, of course, but it wouldn't be the company to thank; rather, the support comes from the efforts of developers who share the same passion... Read more...
Valve's been working hard to pad up its game collection for Linux on Steam, last week having released betas for Portal (not 2... yet) and Left 4 Dead 2. When those were ushered out, the first thing I thought of was, "Where on earth are the Half-Life 2 titles?" I sure didn't need to wait long for the answer to that one, as the company... Read more...
Following what Linus Torvalds called a "very quiet" week, the Finnish American open-source software guru officially released the Linux 3.9 kernel. The latest kernel had been in development for 10 weeks and includes a device mapper target that allows a user to configure a solid state drive (SSD) as a cache for hard disk drives (HDDs) to increase... Read more...
It wasn't all that long ago that mainstream gaming on Linux was virtually unheard of. Sure, solutions like WINE have been around for awhile now, but it's only recently that developers and gamers alike have truly started to embrace Linux as a viable platform. Even Dell is getting in on the action by announcing a lower priced version of its... Read more...
It might not come as much of a surprise, but according to a recent survey conducted by EE Times, Linux continues to tear up the charts in the embedded market (embedded refers to special-purpose PCs found in things like TVs, media players, cars, machinery and so forth). Between 2012 and 2013, companies began to shift... Read more...
A lot of things happen at the start of each month, and one of those that I look most forward to is being able to check out the updated hardware survey at Steam. It's especially interesting right now, because Windows 8 is only four months old, and the platform became official for Linux only a couple of weeks ago. Given it happened so recently,... Read more...
One of the coolest aspects of Linux is its ability to support hardware long before other OSes - and even well before consumers can even get their hands on the hardware. Take USB 3.0, for example, which hit the kernel months before the first products hit the market, in September of 2009. And then there's the SSD command TRIM, which was first... Read more...
After getting delayed a couple of days, the Linux 3.8 kernel is all polished and ready to go, Linus Torvalds announced. The big new feature in the 3.8 kernel is F2FS (Flash-Friendly File system), a new file system designed specifically to take advantage of NAND flash memory-based storage devices, such as solid state... Read more...
It’s only been a matter of weeks since Valve announced that Steam for Linux was in beta, but it’s apparently all polished up and ready for action. You can now grab the Steam for Linux client, which is compatible with Ubuntu versions 10.04-12.10, for free from the Ubuntu Software Center. This is a huge deal for folks who love... Read more...
Unigine announced a new GPU benchmark known as Valley Benchmark. From the same developers who created Heaven Benchmark, the Valley Benchmark is a non-synthetic benchmark that is powered by the Unigine Engine, a real-time 3D engine that supports the latest rendering features. This benchmark features a number of... Read more...
We posted last week about a severe bug plaguing select Samsung notebooks where simply installing Linux could result in a non-functional machine, and since then, kernel developers rolled-out an update that helped side-step the issue. While things seemed fine and good since then, it turns out that the situation is even worse than originally... Read more...
Can something that's just taken a couple of months to arrive still be considered "long-awaited"? If so, the official Linux UEFI pre-bootloader fits the bill, as it's something that's been needed ever since the introduction of the Microsoft-pushed Secure Boot mechanism on UEFI-equipped PCs. We've talked about this pre-bootloader a couple of... Read more...
It's a tossup between Linux and Mac as to which is the red-headed stepchild of computer gaming, though things are improving on both platforms. As it pertains to the latter, Electronic Arts announced the official launch of its Origin game distribution service to Mac, giving Apple users access to many of the same features found on Origin for... Read more...
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