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January 20, 2014
Interstellaria the 2d space SIM/RPG/Sandbox game has a new alpha trailer and wow this game looks fantastic, this is going to be a true must-have for sci-fi space fans.
For those users of the Phoronix Test Suite Git development code, over the past few days I have been transferring the Git repository to GitHub. The Phorogit repository location will still likely be updated in tandem with the GitHub repository for those that don't update their pull locations immediately, but the Phorogit interface has fallen badly outdated and its interface code hasn't been touched in about five years. GitHub is a much more pleasant experience in browsing the commits, branching, etc.
Have you ever wondered what it felt like to pilot the Millennium Falcon through the asteroid field in Empire Strikes Back; dodging asteroids and evading enemy fighters? Well Scavenger looks nothing like it Star Wars, but it does look like some good wireframe fun.
January 19, 2014
The open source community plays an important role in the social networking space. It helps individuals create their own social network easily. With the software featured in this article, users can take more control of their site, and help establish and maintain a connection between users of the site.
In NeonXSZ (pronounced Neon Excesses) you are injected into cyberspace to stake your place in a war of virus verses machine. During your journey you will fly dozens of spaceships with hundreds of upgrades allowing you to create totally unique spacecraft with which to wage war.
The Linux 3.13 kernel that will be released in the very near future is very worth the upgrade if you are a RadeonSI user -- in particular, the Radeon HD 7000 series GPUs and newer on the Gallium3D Linux graphics driver -- but other open-source graphics driver users as well may also see nice improvements in the new kernel release. Here's some benchmarks showing off the gains found with the Linux 3.13 kernel for Radeon HD and R9 graphics cards.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a patent case between online retailer Newegg and patent troll Soverain Software. The case involved three patents held by Soverain dealing with online shopping carts. Newegg, which has vowed to fight all software patent cases, initially lost in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, which is infamous for favoring plaintiffs in patent cases. However, Newegg went on to score a victory when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled all three patents invalid because they were obvious.
The open-source Tizen mobile OS has suffered another setback, with Japanese mobile giant NTT DoCoMo announcing that it has put off plans to launch a smartphone powered by the system this year.
While the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver continues making (as) much headway as the modern open-source AMD Gallium3D Linux graphics driver along with the GLAMOR library it depends upon for 2D acceleration, the 2D performance of the Linux desktop is still quite poor compared to the proprietary Catalyst driver.
It's all over the Fedora forums and mailing lists and bug trackers: A bad update is causing software updates to fail. Here's the easy fix.
The world’s first tablet to run the open source Linux based Firefox OS was informally unveiled by Mozilla developer Asa Dotzler on his eponymous blog site. Dotzler posted some basic specs in the announcement, picked up first by Liliputing, as well as a screenshot photo of the tablet.
So I figured I'd upgrade the Windows 8 portion of my Windows/Fedora dual-booting (and naturally EFI-running) system to the presumably shinier, newer Windows 8.1 with the offer of an upgrade via the Microsoft Store. Big mistake.
January 18, 2014
The recommended reforms to National Security Agency snooping announced by President Obama today are not likely to stem the recent trend of tech products promising to keep data secure from prying governmental agencies. The latest, greatest device promising to NSA-proof your digital life is the Blackphone, a collaboration between Firefox OS phone vendor Geeksphone and Silent Circle, a cryptography software development firm that counts PGP creator Phil Zimmerman (pictured at top) as its President.
A new development release towards the upcoming Wine 2.0 application for running Windows programs under any Linux-based operating system has been announced on Friday, January 17, bringing several enhancements and lots of bugfixes.
Recently, the United Kingdom's Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG) ran a series of tests to find out which operating system would be the most secure platform for the UK government. The test consisted of the following categories..
The project behind OpenBSD risks going dark after receiving a crippling server electricity bill which it needs help to pay off. The OpenBSD Foundation has revealed it needs to stump up $20,000 in the second appeal for help it has issued since December. It seems the first appeal didn't net it enough to settle the bill in full. The Foundation wants somebody to not only pay the bill but also to permanently take on the cost of running its servers – otherwise it risks going out of business.