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The next version of Linux will not support Intel 386 processors. That's bad news if you haven't upgraded your machine in, oh, 20 years or so, but other than for the sake of nostalgia (and to give those old machines some real-world purpose), the discontinuation of support for old CPUs isn't likely to send shock waves through the Linux community.... Read more...
It took a little longer than Linus Torvalds would have liked, but after a last minute delay and an extra Release Candidate (RC) release, Linux 3.7 is all polished up and out in final form. Torvalds initially hoped to roll out Linux 3.7 last week, but said he was "uncomfortable" with the release candidate due to some last-minute issues, most... Read more...
Just over two months ago, Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.6 kernel in final form, opting to push it out to the public rather than building what would have been an eighth Release Candidate. At the time, he said he couldn't think of a major reason to do yet another RC. Since then, work has shifted to Linux 3.7, and... Read more...
Thanks in part to the lack of stability and plugin support, Mozilla's Engineering Manager Benjamin Smedberg has requested that developers stop building 64-bit versions of Firefox. If the idea of a 64-bit Firefox sounds strange, it's likely because it's not something Mozilla ever promoted. Instead, it was left up to... Read more...
If you're a gamer, traditionally you probably haven't been super interested in buying a dedicated Linux machine. But times are changing, and with Steam soon to be available for Ubuntu, Linux addicts now have more reason than ever to invest in a new open source rig. System76 has one such machine for sale now, with the... Read more...
For as popular as Netflix has become, it's a little surprising that it isn't available on Linux. Not natively, anyway. Don't worry though, if you really want to run Netflix on Linux, a determined developer has figured out a workaround that actually, well, works. The developer, Erich Hoover, says the solution is to get Firefox and Microsoft... Read more...
True, the Android operating system is based on Linux, but many dyed-in-the-wool Linux users would prefer a tablet running “real” Linux, which is exactly what Peacock Imports is trying to do with its line of PengPod Linux tablets. The short but sweet product lineup is intriguing and includes the 7-inch PengPod700 and 10-inch PengPod1000... Read more...
It was just a few short months ago when Linus Torvalds ripped into NVIDIA for its perceived sub-par support of the Linux operating system. During a talk at Finland's Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship, Torvalds referred to NVIDIA as "the single worst company we've ever dealt with" before flipping NVIDIA the bird on... Read more...
If you’re a regular here, you already know that Valve has been working up a Linux-flavored dish of Steam for some time. You might’ve even been one of the reportedly more than 60,000 people who put their names in the pool for the upcoming Beta. Scratch that – the existing Beta. The Steam for Linux Beta is up today with... Read more...
As we noted earlier, Valve is digging into a Linux version of Steam and the Source engine. Rather than open the Beta to everyone, the software publisher is looking for a small pool of players to test the new platform. Understandably, Valve wants experienced Linux users and has previously stated that people who are considering getting... Read more...
When word hit the wire last fall that Microsoft's Windows 8 certification could prevent Linux from being installed to a PC, it caused ripples throughout the open-source community. While it's clear that Microsoft would love for its competition to cease to exist, this marked the first time in history where the company actually held the power... Read more...
While we spent Sunday watching the Patriots beat up on the Bills, Linus Torvalds was busy putting the final touches on the Linux 3.6 kernel, which he released in final form to the public yesterday afternoon. He had previously contemplated building one more Release Candidate, which would have been the eighth, but after a week since announcing... Read more...
Looking for a little more Linux in your life? You won't have to wait too much longer. Ubuntu is one of the best known builds, and while Quantal Quetzal won't ship until a few more weeks (Oct. 18th), there's no stopping forward progress. A timeline has already been set for Ubuntu 13.04, with Decembest 1st listed as the... Read more...
It might have taken a bit longer than expected, but NVIDIA has this week issued a brand-new Linux driver that not only supports the company's latest graphics cards, but brings a ton of bug fixes along with it. If you're planning to pick up a GeForce GTX 660 or 650, this is the driver you need. On the mobile side, support for the GT 645M, GTX... Read more...
Intel reportedly revealed during IDF this week that its upcoming Clover Trail Atom processor platform will shun Linux support. As Intel explains it, the company's dual-core Clover Trail part is designed for Windows 8 and "the chip cannot run Linux." Oh really? That's a bit of a curious statement. Clover Trail is, after all, a x86 part, so... Read more...
Last week saw a boatload of Windows 8 product announcements at IFA in Berlin, which is great if you're looking forward to Microsoft's touch-friendly OS next month. But if you're an open source fan wondering where all the love for Linux is at, well, you just have to know where to look. A good place to start is ZaReason, which is now selling... Read more...
It's said the squeaky wheel gets the grease, but if that doesn't work, you could always try being vulgar. The tactic worked for Linus Torvalds, who not that long ago ripped into NVIDIA for its lack of Linux support. He was answering a student developer's question about NVIDIA driver support for Linux on her notebook... Read more...
No one is arguing that Windows isn’t the biggest target for malware writers, but it’s starting to look like Microsoft’s OS isn’t alone. Threats for the Mac have made the occasional headline, and a new Trojan is making the rounds on both Mac and Linux. That’s right: a cross-platform... Read more...
One of the prevailing theories as to why Linux isn't more widely adopted is because of games support. Sure, you can play games on Linux systems, and a good many of them when you factor in WINE and the such, but Windows is still more widely supported. Regardless of that being the case, Valve says it's able to get Left 4 Dead 2 to run faster... Read more...
Valve's Gabe Newell is one of at least two talking heads in the game developer arena that believes Microsoft's Windows 8 platform is bad for PC gaming (Blizzard is the other), and so he's put into motion a strategy to port the Steam platform over to Linux. Regardless of whether or not his reasons are sound, the Linux community has to be stoked,... Read more...
Game developers Valve and Blizzard don't always see to eye-to-eye, such as when the two companies argued over which was the rightful owner of the DOTA (Defense of the Ancients) trademark. But one thing they do agree on is that Windows 8 could be a "catastrophe" for PC gaming. Valve drew first blood against Microsoft's... Read more...
Mmm, Steam'd penguins. Sounds delightful, doesn't it? Good news, Linux fans -- the developers at Valve are hard at work cooking up a version of the Steam game platform to serve up to the open-source community, along with a side dish of the Source game engine (and Left 4 Dead 2 specifically), both of which it plans to... Read more...
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