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  1. Review: Broken Age Is a Better Kind of Boy-Meets-Girl Story

    It’s hard to pick up a game months after you last played it and know what the heck is going on. Most people would rather start over than try to figure out what they were supposed to do or where they had to go next. With Broken Age, players didn’t have a choice. The adventure game debuted in January 2014 as Part 1 of 2, so those who started playing it then (including me) had to sit back for over a year before we could see the second half of the story. The wait was definitely worth it.

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  2. There’s a Nasty Bug Affecting Mac, Linux, and Other Devices That Use Linux, Check to See If You’re Affected

    Someone call Kernel Panic! Tech puns!

    A vulnerability has just been detected in the Bash Unix shell that is used by Mac OS X computers, Linux machines, and various other devices like routers. The Bash Bug, also known as "Shellshock," has been rated a 10 out of 10 on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System scale that's the tech industry standard for scoring security threats. Here's how to check and protect your system.

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  3. Pidora Releases for Raspberry Pi, Developers Realize Name Means Something Awful in Russian

    Might we suggest "Funcooker" as an alternative? There's probably nothing offensive about that name. Probably.

    Yesterday the Fedora Project, a community devoted to creating free open-source software, announced the release of a new operating system for the Raspberry Pi called Pidora. This is all well and good, except the word "pidor" is an incredibly offensive word for Russian speakers. Specifically, it's a very insulting slang term for gay people. Whoops.

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  4. Canonical Announces Next Logical Step: Ubuntu for Tablets

    Back in January Canonical announced that they were releasing a mobile phone version of their Ubuntu operating system, and everyone in the whole entire world Linux users got very excited. The mobile version of Ubuntu promised the full Ubuntu experience on a phone, and the seamless blending of our computers and mobile devices. To really fulfill that promise, though, Canonical needed to include tablets as well. That's why today they announced there will be a version of Ubuntu for tablets.

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  5. Linux and Valve Celebrate Valentine’s Day Together, Steam for Linux is Live

    Hey, Linux users, Valve heard you love games, so they released the official version of Steam for Linux today. To make the deal even sweeter, they're also offering 50 Linux compatible games at 50 to 75 percent off the regular price. Looks like you might have to cancel that Valentine's date tonight. You've got games to play.

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  6. Ubuntu’s Ominous Countdown Reveals Ubuntu Phone and Mobile OS

    For days now Ubuntu's site has featured an ominous countdown and the words "So close, you can almost touch it." The countdown ended with the release of a virtual keynote by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth touting a new mobile version of Ubuntu, and the "Ubuntu Phone." Shuttleworth says the new goal for Ubuntu is to create "one platform for all kinds of computing." The aim is have Ubuntu powering phones, computers, television, and the cloud.

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  7. Steam for Linux Beta Available Now

    It almost seems too good to be true, but Steam for Linux is finally in a tangible form, and the beta is available now. The service only provides a couple dozen games at the moment, but it does offer some other neat features, one of which we didn't expect right away.

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  8. Steam for Linux: No “Industrial Strength” Copy Protection, General Release Window

    If you've been patiently (or impatiently) awaiting Steam for Linux, some good news came out of the Ubuntu Summit. Speaking at the conference, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, Valve Engineer Drew Bliss said that Steam for Linux will not employ "industrial strength" copy protection.

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  9. Ubuntu Download Now Comes With Optional Donation Selection Page, Give It Money

    Whether you're using OS X, or still refuse to update from Windows XP because "it's the last good Windows," the Big Two aren't the only operating system games in town. There's Linux, of course, and a lot of it. The most prevalent user-friendly versions of Linux are probably Ubuntu, Mint, and Red Hat. Normally, Linux distros are free (though Red Hat found a way to be for pay long ago), because that's the whole point. When an experienced user that hasn't tried Linux before tries a popular Linux distro for the first time, a common sentiment tends to be that, man, Linux would be so good if only there were enough money behind it. Canonical, the developers behind the popular Ubuntu distribution, are now passively asking for money through an optional donations page that allows users to choose exactly where their money goes.

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  10. Steam for Linux Really, Truly Happening: External Beta Announced for October

    Way back in April, Valve said they'd be bringing their PC games distribution platform to Linux, sort of legitimizing Linux as an operating system people could enjoy without missing out on one of the PC world's biggest services. Then, in early August, Valve said after some tweaking, they found their games ran better on Linux than Windows 7. Now, it looks like Steam for Linux is moving closer to a reality, as Valve has announced that an internal beta will be starting next week, and a private external beta will begin in October.

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  11. Twitter Joins Linux Foundation, Says Linux is Fundamental to Twitter

    You may have heard of The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit consortium to promote the growth and maintenance of Linux. Franky, Linux could use this, as the operating system is as full of potential as it is fragmented into many different groups. You also may have heard of a little thing called Twitter, a social network focused on letting people know what other people had for lunch. Twitter just threw its weight behind the Linux Foundation by joining up.

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  12. 6th Grade Teacher Builds Students a Free Linux-Based Computer Lab From Scratch

    Robert Litt teaches sixth grade in Alameda County, California. Until recently, he taught at a school that lacked a functioning computer lab. For reasons that are probably clear to anyone who reads technology and nerd culture blogs, a school in 2012 not having a computer lab is a totally unacceptable thing. It occurred to Litt that if students aren't coming out of primary education with some basic computer literacy, they're being drastically underserved by their school system, and he wasn't ready to let that fly. So, with no budget to speak of and in dire need of a computer lab, Litt turned to the warm embrace of free software and put together 70 computers running Ubuntu, meaning that ASCEND, the school where he teaches, now has not only a computer lab, but computers in classrooms as well.

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  13. Valve Says Their Games Run Faster on Linux Than on Windows 7

    Now that Valve honcho Gabe Newell is predicting the end of all things with the release of Windows 8, they've been concentrating their efforts on Linux. We've been hearing for a while now that Valve's digital games distribution platform, Steam, would be coming to Linux, but with a recent update on Valve's Linux blog, they claim that their games run faster on Ubuntu than they do on Windows 7.

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  14. Nvidia Loses 10 Million GPU Order, Still Refuses To Play Nice With Linux

    Nvidia's refusal to cooperate with the Linux platform is costing them way more than bad press; it is also costing them a lot of money. The Chinese government dropped their order of 10 million Nvidia GPUs because the drivers were incompatible with their system architecture. This could easily be solved if Nvidia would just release the source code, but as usual, they refused. The order went to AMD instead.

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  15. Torvalds’ Finger Gets A Response From Nvidia PR, Nothing Else

    Having recovered from Linus Torvalds' epic bird-flipping over the weekend, NVIDIA's PR department issued a statement containing no apology and no promises. Not that we were expecting any.

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  16. Linus Torvalds to Nvidia on Lack of Linux Support: “F*ck You.”

    If you're used to Windows or OS X, Linux isn't exactly a walk in the park. That said, it's consideriably more viable than it used to be, for power users and newbies alike. Just recently, Linux users got some very happy news when Valve revealed it's bringing its games, and the entire Steam platform to the OS. Not everyone is so Linux-friendly, however, and according to a recent Q&A at Aalto University in Finland, Nvidia is one of the worst offenders. In response to a question from the audience, Linux kernel architect Linus Torvalds described Nvidia as "the single worst company we've ever dealt with." If that's not to-the-point enough for you, he summed it up again in three words. "Nvidia, fuck you."

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  17. The Navy is About to Spend $34 Million to Switch Their Drones Over to Linux

    A new contract announced last Wednesday should give all Linux users a warm feeling, as the Navy has decided to make the open source OS the foundation for its drone fleet. All it will cost is about $34 million for the entire fleet of MQ-8B Firescouts. No word if they'll be getting Tux decals too.

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  18. Steam Platform, Valve Games Coming to Linux

    After being rumored for years, Valve has revealed that they are indeed working to bring a native version of their popular game distribution platform Steam to Linux. Not only that, the game company is apparently quite keen to have their games running natively on the operating system as well, beginning with Left 4 Dead 2.

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  19. Linux Kernel Running in PC Emulator Written in JavaScript

    Fabrice Bellard created a PC emulator written in pure JavaScript (using Typed Arrays) that runs Linux. Why? "For fun," of course, and because Bellard claims "newer Javascript Engines are fast enough to do complicated things." Bellard suggests a few uses of the emulator could be to benchmark JavaScript engines, use it for client side processing using an x86 library (Bellard suggests for cryptographic purposes), and a more advanced version would allow people to use it for running old DOS PC software, which would allow people to diverge from having to use resource-intensive DOS emulators like DOSBox to play old PC games.

    For more detailed information on the emulator, check out the accompanying technical notes. For a little background on Fabrice Bellard, check out this article and find out why this guy is a computing genius.

    (via Hacker News, Laurie Voss)

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  20. Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal” Surfaces

    Today sees the release of Ubuntu 11.04, a popular flavor of the open source Linux operating system. The new version, called "Natty Narwhal," contains numerous tweaks and changes, but the biggest change comes to the Unity user interface. Originally developed for netbooks, Unity uses smaller screen real estate to the utmost. The refresh of the UI seen in version 11.04 breaks from the predecessors with a desktop version of Unity. Still retaining its smartphone-like usability, Unity is meant to bring greater ease of use and more polish to the desktop user experience. It's also been bolstered with greater support for larger screens with the greater reliability and power that desktop users would expect. Unity appears much the same as it did in previous versions -- dock-like launcher to the left, menus along the top -- but there are some important changes.

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