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Canonical have released some statistics from the Ubuntu installer survey
19 October 2018 at 9:57 am UTC

TemplarGRI always love statistics that prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that 1080p and lower resolutions still form the vast majority of desktop pcs and that only a tiny minority uses 1440p and 4k. Not only Ubuntu's but Steam's statistics are similar.

What I hate about statistics is that there's so much truth in the saying, "there's lies, damn lies and statistics". There's too much that we don't know about these numbers to really make any value of the information at all. One thing is what Liam mention in regards to virtual machines running in low resolutions. Another massive factor is where in the world these resolutions are used. Do we find a hjigher percentage of low resolutions (and thus old hardware) in poorer regions of the world? Extremely likely. How many of the <1080 desktops are used for gaming? Etc.

Without that background knowledge this really only tells us... Pretty much nothing.

The Steam Controller on Ubuntu 18.10 (and other distributions using Linux Kernel 4.18) needs a quick fix
18 October 2018 at 2:24 pm UTC

But the case of;
Quotea lot of games were crashing to the desktop
that was only related to the issue with the controller? So after this fix there was no more crashing to the desktop?

Embrace, extend, and protect? Microsoft joins the Open Invention Network to 'protect Linux and open source'
11 October 2018 at 8:42 am UTC Likes: 5

I'm honestly surprised at many of the responses here. It looks like you haven't really been in touch with the IT world in at least ten years?

It's fair enough to be sceptical, I can totally relate to that, but over the last 5-6 years there's been significant policy changes in how Microsoft has approached open source in general and Linux in particular. So much so that it's made nonstop headlines in the IT press. Hence my surprise.

Their dedication is of a very wide nature and involves a lot of areas. Examples are aplenty: Linux version of Visual Studio Code (and a bloody good editor it is too) and MSSQL server, investment in time and money on the Linux Foundation, cooperation with both Canonical and Redhat on running their distros on Azure and Windows 10, change to supporting GIT over their own versioning system, I mean... I could go on and on. The list really is extensive. This is just how it is.

I'm an old man myself, and by God I tell you I've swore and cursed over their name many a times. I was there in the 90s and early 2000 when they did nothing but to inject and pollute every single open standard protocol on the whole god damn internet, shitty implementations where their friggin' trademark! Not to mention their CEOs and their attitude towards Linux.

But this is not the case today. Yes, they are a corporation and yes they have an agenda, but so do every other commercial company, also those who for a long time has proven to support Linux. Open source and corporations can coexist and benefit from each other - they have, for a very long time already. The Linux kernel would not have been what it is today had it not been for contributions from the big, commercial actors out there. Corporations have been depending on Linux for decades already - and Linux depend on them too.

There are no impenetrable walls between Linux and the corporate world, other than amongst evangelists and - yes I dare say it - fanatics.

According to Kotaku, Microsoft is close to buying Obsidian
10 October 2018 at 1:18 pm UTC Likes: 1

DrMcCoyThey "support" Linux where they have to, because they couldn't shut out the competition. Coorporations are not your friends, especially not big ones like Microsoft (and neither is Apple, or Google, or EA, or Amazon, or...).

Your view is far too binary. The world isn't so black/white, and all corporations are not your enemy. Google contribute a *lot* to the Open Source communities (in fact I'm surprised you even included them in your list). And don't forget that Valve is a corporation too. As well as Feral. Or any of the other corporations that indeed are whom we can thank for why we got more or less every gaming title that's running on our platform today.

DrMcCoyIf they are such a great Linux supporter, show me their recent games running on Linux.

I don't see the need to. What I'm saying, is that it's LESS of a danger NOW that Bethesdas current (and let's be frank, already very limited) Linux support will die with a purchase, compared to with the Microsoft we knew before. Microsoft has changed attitude towards Linux, That's just how it is. The former Microsoft would not have cooperated with Canonical to bring Ubuntu to Windows 10. They would not have included Ubuntu in their Windows Store.

If they purchase Bethesda I would not be surprised if the current edition of Microsoft didn't change much of Bethesdas strategies at all. That's all I'm saying. Take their takeover of Mojang, that didn't change much of their strategies with Minecraft? Also ref the recent news about them opensourcing more of Minecraft. That's not the Microsoft we knew 15 years ago.

According to Kotaku, Microsoft is close to buying Obsidian
10 October 2018 at 9:30 am UTC Likes: 2

BeamboomMicrosoft has actually changed with the new CEO


Why do you laugh out loud for that? It's true. I'm no MS advocate, far from it, but it's quite a distance from the old "Linux is cancer" from the former CEO, to the current MS that cooperates with Red Hat on their cloud computing platform (Azure), and is a major contributor, both economically and codewise, to major open source projects, even the Linux kernel. They are one of the main sponsors of The Linux Foundation, open sourced several of their frameworks (and a massive part of C#) and even has made a version of their SQL server to run on Linux.

So go ahead, be a stereotypical Linuxhead and laugh at me all you like - but fact remains the same. They are not the same today as they were twenty years ago. I would not be surprised if there will be no difference to the support Bethestda do towards Linux today.

According to Kotaku, Microsoft is close to buying Obsidian
10 October 2018 at 9:02 am UTC

Microsoft has actually changed with the new CEO. So I would not automatically be as pessimistic as we had every reason to be earlier.

ATOM RPG has another large update expanding locations, new characters and more
8 October 2018 at 11:59 am UTC Likes: 3

I really wish it was made with 3rd person view, but that won't hold me back from purchase if it proves to be anything on the level of the Fallout games. I mean, anything. Just a hint of Fallout will suck me right in.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen - Tactical Legacy Pack announced, bridges the gap between XCOM and XCOM 2
3 October 2018 at 9:11 am UTC Likes: 2

The major annoyance for me with these kind of expansions are that they add to the main campaign. It takes very, very much for me to play through a game more than once, especially on games where repetitions are part of the experience (like here, with several attempts to manage a mission).

With this game I've deliberately waited with playing it because I just know there will be a major expansion (the one earlier this year) who makes the game "complete". But by the time all the DLCs are out, the game itself has become "old" in my library and other titles have taken focus.

It's these kind of releases that makes me really miss the old days where you paid for one release and smack the entire game was sitting there on your hard drive from day one.

Life is Strange 2 confirmed to be coming to Linux in 2019 from Feral Interactive
1 October 2018 at 12:29 pm UTC Likes: 2

Ok, so several of you guys did crack this radar quiz - applause to those of you who solved it!

Feral Interactive are teasing something for Linux next week
27 September 2018 at 1:44 pm UTC Likes: 7

TemplarGRThis is so stupid... Just reveal it already. Or don't talk about it at all until the games are released and we can buy them. What is the point of polluting our social media with vague stuff with no solid info?

Take a look at the rest of the comments and you'll hopefully understand the point.
Some of us enjoys a good quiz. No need for you guys to post that you don't like it every single time.

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