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Beamdog unleash the huge 2.6 update for Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, Icewind Dale
By RafiLinux, 22 April 2021 at 1:14 am UTC

As a person who's not played an RPG like this in decades which one is the most new player friendly to get?

Discord has reportedly ended talks with Microsoft to remain independent
By vv221, 21 April 2021 at 11:53 pm UTC

Quoting: Purple Library GuyThe more your data is collected by separate silos rather than conglomerates that can aggregate it all, the better.
I tend to think that said data will not be used mostly by Discord or Microsoft themselves, but by their business customers (advertisers, insurance companies, etc.).

Of course, having it sprayed around multiple data gatherers/resellers means that the companies wanting to get full profiles will need to buy data from multiple sources, making their work harder.

Beamdog unleash the huge 2.6 update for Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, Icewind Dale
By skye, 21 April 2021 at 11:42 pm UTC

It has been such a pleasure having people keep these games (plus nwn) alive and evolving. Thanks Beamdog!

Beamdog unleash the huge 2.6 update for Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, Icewind Dale
By pageround, 21 April 2021 at 11:32 pm UTC

Well I'm excited the update is out of beta! Anyone know why Planescape EE is not on the list?

System76 announce COSMIC, their own GNOME-based desktop environment for Pop!_OS
By slaapliedje, 21 April 2021 at 11:26 pm UTC

Quoting: Nevertheless
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Nevertheless
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: riusma
Quoting: KohlyKohlThey should just switch to KDE and provide their own theme...

K-Pop!_OS ?
Not that I like KDE. But this cracks me up.

Curious... why do people like Docks? Personally I use the default Gnome setup because I like that it isn't constantly on my screen by default. I come from a long line of systems that didn't have task bars, and quit frankly like it that way. Windows 95-XP had a nice minimanlistic one that didn't take up extra vertical space. Gnome 2 was odd because they had the smaller panels, but were top/bottom. The gnome dock being off to the left and set to autohide makes so much more sense to me.

1) it is closer to the activities hot corner. So in one fluid movement I can fling the mouse to the upper left, then straight down to the dock to launch something without touching the keyboard. Or if I want to only use keyboard, meta key, then type, maybe some arrows, and enter. Boom launched application.
2) with the dock moved to the bottom of the screen (in both gnome 40 and Cosmic), you would have to go up, then down (assuming auto-hide is on, which for me it would be...)
3) now that screens are more commonly wide, ultrawide and super ultrawide... having a giant dock at the bottom with grey space around it looks REALLY hideous...

I like that you're talking detail. I think the classic Win95 style desktop has some big advantages!
1. Closing maximized windows by clicking in the top right corner without having to look.
2. Opening the system menu by clicking in the bottom left corner without having to look.
3. Favourite apps in the bottom panel. Why bothering to add an extra dock, dash, panel or whatever?
4. Workspace switcher in the panel.
5. Window list in the panel (no clicking, or using the keyboard).

I don't get what a top panel is good for. And even when I move it down in Gnome, the window close button is in a position that can not be reached with a click in the top right corner.
I absolutely love Cinnamon because of it!

1) Yeah, I don't maximize windows if I can help it. Ever. And especially on an ultra-wide screen, where (for example) web pages will never take advantage of them and you're left with huge amounts of white space on either side. Web pages don't scale well on wide screen displays, and irritate me that is what we all have moved to due to the movie industry...
2) yeah that's why I like the top left hot corner as well, I don't even have to click on Gnome, I just throw the mouse up there and it creates the 'activities' screen. Ha, when I went to a Apple store to have them look at my work macbook, the 'genius' visibly cringed when he activated the hot corner for the 'expose' thing that macs have. Made me chuckle.
3) That's the same thing I feel about the current Gnome dock. You can add favorites, you can right click on them for specific menu entries, and it'll create icons there as you open various tasks. Works quite fine, and with it auto-hiding, it's out of the way. Bottom of the screen, especially with ultra and super ultrawide screen displays, is a HUGE waste of pixels. I currently run at 3840x1200 on a 44" display, and that means I have like 8 icons on the bottom panel in Windows, and the rest is just useless as windows can't overlap that bar...
4) The gnome workspace switcher is nice, but the odd thing is, even though I always touted that as a great feature, I've rarely used it in the past, though when I think about it and use it, I love it. Especially when I have a task that is running in the background and I can just fling that to another window while watching netflix or something, and then just switch the work space to check it... But then I find myself liking just hitting the 'meta' key to bring up the activities screen where the movie on Netflix will still run while I can glance at a terminal.
5) and the window list in Gnome is just a key, or a flip to the hot corner away. I don't need to constantly know what applications are running. Side note to this though, I really did like the feature in Gnome 2 where copying functions showed progress in the task panel. I find it funny that Microsoft definitely snagged that idea and put it in Windows (I think 7 was the first time I saw it in an MS OS).

1. A single panel on the left would make sense. Menu button on the left bottom, close button on the right top and workspace overview / activities would still be available. And the lost space is where you rarely need it.
2. I have the cinnamon workspace overview there.
3. I don't see any use of a panel on the top, and a panel / dock on the bottom. It's a waste of vertical space.
I think the only issue with a panel on the left/right only is text doesn't display very well in a small column (at least with latin languages!) In my mind a top panel with clock and indicator and notifications popping down always made more sense to me in modern UIs than a bottom dock/panel. Here's why. Basically when you open an application, you have a title bar, with the Title of the app, maybe some information, and the Minimize / Maximize / Close (unless you're using standard Gnome, which for some dumb reason ditched minimize/maximize, I re-enable those, but also add the middle mouse click as minimize so I can click anywhere on the bar and have it go away temporarily). The title bar is generally up at the top, so having a panel up along the top with it leads to some readability, as you can get the info of the program name and maybe the tab name, depending on app, but also the clock is right up there, so you can check the time, etc. Throwing your eyes to the bottom right for a time check is extra work, really. It was fine on old 4:3 screens that were 14-21" in size, less so on larger screens).
Older UIs (like the Amiga) are different, as there are UI elements / Information in the bottom of the window in certain cases, or will show there are more icons in workbench that you can scroll left / right. Then again, it also has a menu bar up top with the information. In fact, when I think about older operating systems.. Atari ST with GEM had the menu up top, Amiga, Mac... only major one that did not is Windows, and then KDE used it's paradigm, Gnome did the same thing in 1.x, then 2.x had the bottom / top panels (which became Cinammon and Mate's style) and then went to the top like the ST / Amiga / Mac. Mac later had added the Dock at the bottom as it was a thing in NeXT. And in my humble opinion is the wrong place for it. Whenever I use a mac, there is always something that irritates me about it, and that's one of them. I end up using the Spotlight function to launch programs, as that's more like what I'm used to with Gnome / Windows 10 / KDE. Ha, clicking on menus and trying to find an application in them seems like an ancient method to me. As does having to open a file manager to dig through folders for something. Though that's basically what I do on the ST / Amiga. But then in the case of those, I don't have software installs going all over the place and I can organize them any way I see fit :)

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By slaapliedje, 21 April 2021 at 11:11 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: Alm888I have a research proposition: let's get ourselves a pharmaceutical company and force this company to introduce poison in some of its medications and distribute those poisoned drugs trough common distribution network. In the name of research, of course! I think we must determine the pharmaceutical industry's ability to identify and block malicious drugs!

HINT: That was a sarcasm.
Wasn't that Oxycontin?
(No, my mistake--they did that one deliberately)

This is where the software used for gamingonlinux needs to have different things besides just a 'like'. As I'd like, laugh, cry and praise this comment!

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By slaapliedje, 21 April 2021 at 11:08 pm UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: LoftyEveryday we step closer to the brink of idiocracy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v435y5TNMjQ

Pretty sure it's already confirmed...

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By Purple Library Guy, 21 April 2021 at 10:57 pm UTC

Quoting: Alm888I have a research proposition: let's get ourselves a pharmaceutical company and force this company to introduce poison in some of its medications and distribute those poisoned drugs trough common distribution network. In the name of research, of course! I think we must determine the pharmaceutical industry's ability to identify and block malicious drugs!

HINT: That was a sarcasm.
Wasn't that Oxycontin?
(No, my mistake--they did that one deliberately)

Discord has reportedly ended talks with Microsoft to remain independent
By Purple Library Guy, 21 April 2021 at 10:48 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: vv221
Quoting: scaineI'm comfortable with the little data that I share by using Discord while they conduct their business an independent firm. (…) I won't support anything to do with Microsoft or Apple.
I do not share your point of view, but I can understand it
Secondarily, what makes the data thing important is that it all gets combined to make a surprisingly comprehensive picture. The more your data is collected by separate silos rather than conglomerates that can aggregate it all, the better.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By Lofty, 21 April 2021 at 9:41 pm UTC

Quoting: vv221
Quoting: Loftyforeign interference ?
What do you call foreign when the subject at hand is Linux kernel development?

Actually a good point. I hadn't thought of it like that.

il stick with my first thought on the matter.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By whizse, 21 April 2021 at 9:30 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: vv221What do you call foreign when the subject at hand is Linux kernel development?
The BSD crowd.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By vv221, 21 April 2021 at 9:28 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: Loftyforeign interference ?
What do you call foreign when the subject at hand is Linux kernel development?

System76 announce COSMIC, their own GNOME-based desktop environment for Pop!_OS
By Nevertheless, 21 April 2021 at 9:00 pm UTC

Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Nevertheless
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: riusma
Quoting: KohlyKohlThey should just switch to KDE and provide their own theme...

K-Pop!_OS ?
Not that I like KDE. But this cracks me up.

Curious... why do people like Docks? Personally I use the default Gnome setup because I like that it isn't constantly on my screen by default. I come from a long line of systems that didn't have task bars, and quit frankly like it that way. Windows 95-XP had a nice minimanlistic one that didn't take up extra vertical space. Gnome 2 was odd because they had the smaller panels, but were top/bottom. The gnome dock being off to the left and set to autohide makes so much more sense to me.

1) it is closer to the activities hot corner. So in one fluid movement I can fling the mouse to the upper left, then straight down to the dock to launch something without touching the keyboard. Or if I want to only use keyboard, meta key, then type, maybe some arrows, and enter. Boom launched application.
2) with the dock moved to the bottom of the screen (in both gnome 40 and Cosmic), you would have to go up, then down (assuming auto-hide is on, which for me it would be...)
3) now that screens are more commonly wide, ultrawide and super ultrawide... having a giant dock at the bottom with grey space around it looks REALLY hideous...

I like that you're talking detail. I think the classic Win95 style desktop has some big advantages!
1. Closing maximized windows by clicking in the top right corner without having to look.
2. Opening the system menu by clicking in the bottom left corner without having to look.
3. Favourite apps in the bottom panel. Why bothering to add an extra dock, dash, panel or whatever?
4. Workspace switcher in the panel.
5. Window list in the panel (no clicking, or using the keyboard).

I don't get what a top panel is good for. And even when I move it down in Gnome, the window close button is in a position that can not be reached with a click in the top right corner.
I absolutely love Cinnamon because of it!

1) Yeah, I don't maximize windows if I can help it. Ever. And especially on an ultra-wide screen, where (for example) web pages will never take advantage of them and you're left with huge amounts of white space on either side. Web pages don't scale well on wide screen displays, and irritate me that is what we all have moved to due to the movie industry...
2) yeah that's why I like the top left hot corner as well, I don't even have to click on Gnome, I just throw the mouse up there and it creates the 'activities' screen. Ha, when I went to a Apple store to have them look at my work macbook, the 'genius' visibly cringed when he activated the hot corner for the 'expose' thing that macs have. Made me chuckle.
3) That's the same thing I feel about the current Gnome dock. You can add favorites, you can right click on them for specific menu entries, and it'll create icons there as you open various tasks. Works quite fine, and with it auto-hiding, it's out of the way. Bottom of the screen, especially with ultra and super ultrawide screen displays, is a HUGE waste of pixels. I currently run at 3840x1200 on a 44" display, and that means I have like 8 icons on the bottom panel in Windows, and the rest is just useless as windows can't overlap that bar...
4) The gnome workspace switcher is nice, but the odd thing is, even though I always touted that as a great feature, I've rarely used it in the past, though when I think about it and use it, I love it. Especially when I have a task that is running in the background and I can just fling that to another window while watching netflix or something, and then just switch the work space to check it... But then I find myself liking just hitting the 'meta' key to bring up the activities screen where the movie on Netflix will still run while I can glance at a terminal.
5) and the window list in Gnome is just a key, or a flip to the hot corner away. I don't need to constantly know what applications are running. Side note to this though, I really did like the feature in Gnome 2 where copying functions showed progress in the task panel. I find it funny that Microsoft definitely snagged that idea and put it in Windows (I think 7 was the first time I saw it in an MS OS).

1. A single panel on the left would make sense. Menu button on the left bottom, close button on the right top and workspace overview / activities would still be available. And the lost space is where you rarely need it.
2. I have the cinnamon workspace overview there.
3. I don't see any use of a panel on the top, and a panel / dock on the bottom. It's a waste of vertical space.

Make sure your NVIDIA drivers are up to date, new security issues detailed
By no_information_here, 21 April 2021 at 8:56 pm UTC

Quoting: RedfaceThe updates should be available soon.

Thanks for the info. Good to know it is in the works. My systems are not high-risk, but I am sure there are others that are.

Discord has reportedly ended talks with Microsoft to remain independent
By vv221, 21 April 2021 at 8:50 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: scaineI'm comfortable with the little data that I share by using Discord while they conduct their business an independent firm. (…) I won't support anything to do with Microsoft or Apple.
I do not share your point of view, but I can understand it

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By Lofty, 21 April 2021 at 8:46 pm UTC

Quoting: mirvI have to wonder if the "leadership" would have done anything had they learned of it without so much publicity going on.

I'm guessing they already did know of it.



edit:person below makes a good point. I think my wondering is null and void

Discord has reportedly ended talks with Microsoft to remain independent
By scaine, 21 April 2021 at 8:39 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: vv221
QuoteHow about some good news to start your Wednesday off?
Enterprise A selling your private data is not going to join Enterprise B selling your private data. I do not understand where the good news is here.

It's good news for me. I'm comfortable with the little data that I share by using Discord while they conduct their business an independent firm. However, I'm not at all comfortable with the idea that my account, data or use of that system is contributing to a statistic that enhances Microsoft's death grip on the tech industry.

I won't support anything to do with Microsoft or Apple. They're poison to my passion - technology and innovation. Discord remaining free of their control is definitely good news, for me.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By mirv, 21 April 2021 at 8:33 pm UTC

I have to wonder if the "leadership" would have done anything had they learned of it without so much publicity going on.

I'm guessing they already did know of it.

Colourful and fun 2D action-adventure Unsung Warriors heads back to Kickstarter
By scaine, 21 April 2021 at 8:32 pm UTC

I played this... two years ago? It was excellent, so it's great to be reminded about it. I hope it pulls through KS and launches. Insta-buy for me, the demo/prologue thing completely sold me. Great gameplay, lovely graphics and some nice progression thrown in for good measure. Looking forward to some more.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By Liam Dawe, 21 April 2021 at 8:17 pm UTC

Update 2: Leadership in the University of Minnesota Department of Computer Science & Engineering released a statement on Twitter, noting that it has suspended the research and will be looking into how it got approved in the first place.

Beamdog unleash the huge 2.6 update for Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, Icewind Dale
By Cyril, 21 April 2021 at 7:51 pm UTC

Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: CyrilCan anyone can confirm the French is also included in the GOG releases?
Should be, the downloads are up to date.

Yes, but I admit it triggered me at "(beta)" and thought about the Beta system on Steam...
But I can't see mention of it in their update, so yeah it should be there!

Beamdog unleash the huge 2.6 update for Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, Icewind Dale
By Liam Dawe, 21 April 2021 at 7:47 pm UTC

Quoting: CyrilCan anyone can confirm the French is also included in the GOG releases?
Should be, the downloads are up to date.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By mirv, 21 April 2021 at 7:40 pm UTC Likes: 5

So this wasn't just some students being idiotic, this was with knowledge of the university itself for so-called "research". No, it was just people being arrogant and idiotic, and trying trying to cover it in the name of an educational institution.

I was originally thinking that blocking an entire university from submitting patches was extreme, but if the university condones such actions then no, I think it's the minimum that should be done.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By wvstolzing, 21 April 2021 at 7:36 pm UTC Likes: 3

Quoting: Liam DaweThe plot thickens and it's not good on the side of the researchers: https://twitter.com/SarahJamieLewis/status/1384871385537908736

It was condemned ethically back in 2020, seems they didn't care enough.

I don't understand all the details in that thread, but as someone in academia (in a field unrelated to CS), my heart sinks once again to see the lengths that people will go to, to churn out a few more papers, & inflate their CVs by a couple more lines.

Inventing clever ways to waste other people's time to advance one's career is a vital skill in today's academia.

Make sure your NVIDIA drivers are up to date, new security issues detailed
By Redface, 21 April 2021 at 7:32 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: no_information_hereHmm. Stock *buntu seems to be late in the game.

My system updated from 460.39 to 460.56 a week ago. Nothing since.

The updated versions should be in the different supported Ubuntu releases soon, see https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nvidia-graphics-drivers-460-server/+bug/1923062

See also the queuebot messages in yesterday ubuntu-release IRC log: https://irclogs.ubuntu.com/2021/04/20/%23ubuntu-release.html

The updates should be available soon. I guess Hirsute is not mentioned due to its pending release tomorrow but should get them soon too.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By wvstolzing, 21 April 2021 at 7:24 pm UTC Likes: 1

Another 'experiment' was conducted on PyPi earlier this year: https://www.theregister.com/2021/03/02/python_pypi_purges/ — not as spectacularly stupid & irresponsible as the one on kernel devs, though.

Beamdog unleash the huge 2.6 update for Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, Icewind Dale
By Cyril, 21 April 2021 at 7:21 pm UTC

Can anyone can confirm the French is also included in the GOG releases?

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By Liam Dawe, 21 April 2021 at 7:14 pm UTC Likes: 4

The plot thickens and it's not good on the side of the researchers: https://twitter.com/SarahJamieLewis/status/1384871385537908736

It was condemned ethically back in 2020, seems they didn't care enough.

Discord has reportedly ended talks with Microsoft to remain independent
By rcrit, 21 April 2021 at 7:01 pm UTC

I think it may be a good thing for the Discord employees. Any with shares could get a nice profit after the IPO. If MS bought them outright then only the execs would benefit.

Linux Kernel dev bans University of Minnesota for sending malicious patches
By seanbutnotheard, 21 April 2021 at 7:00 pm UTC

This is a pretty ridiculous way to test the Linux community, but also shows that the kernel devs need to stay top of their game... just imagine what could happen when (not if) malicious code does slip through the review process. (Reminds me a bit of the so-called "Grievance studies affair").

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