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What game are you truly thankful to have on Linux & SteamOS?
23 December 2016 at 1:08 pm UTC Likes: 1

Without a doubt, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Most fun I've had on linux since Skyrim back when I used to use wine.

Honourable mentions go to Pillars of Eternity, Divinity: Original Sin and XCOM2

Some nuts Black Friday deals for Linux gamers to make note of
25 November 2016 at 1:27 pm UTC Likes: 1

Asus GTX1070 for £340 from currysPCWorld on Ebay - only got a single fan though, but still pretty good, I reckon...

Valve are looking towards Flatpak functionality for Steam
24 November 2016 at 1:59 pm UTC Likes: 2

^^ there goes my lunch hour

Valve are looking towards Flatpak functionality for Steam
24 November 2016 at 1:59 pm UTC Likes: 5

I'm not the best placed person to defend Canonical here, seeing as though I work for them, but I've been a fan for longer than I've been an employee, and I have nothing to do with making the OS or snappy so I'm going to anyway. It's just that I don't like to see people bashing any FLOSS company - Canonical or anyone else - they're giving away their stuff for free, without lock-in or restrictions for you to do what you want with. Even if it doesn't benefit you directly, it will benefit you by the other organisations you do like being able to take advantage of their work too.

In-fighting solves nothing, especially when there is a much more important things to be doing, like trying to limit the influence of proprietary technologies. You might not like what a particular FLOSS company is making, but if so, just don't use it. There's no reason to dislike them just because they don't give you exactly what you want, all the time.

NyamiouIt's not only Red Bat, there is tons of reasons not to like Canonical :
- They don't contribute much to the Linux community

Well, apart from making and releasing the most popular linux distro, rigorously tested and provided on a regular basis to you, free of charge, twice a year. But I take the point that they have historically made relatively few contributions to the kernel itself. They contribute to a lot of upstream projects (Openstack, etc), and they provide a *lot* of FLOSS tools: In addition to snappy, there's Juju, MAAS, LXD, the fan - all good stuff, especially for server side. Then they do lots of hardware certification - talking to manufacturers and making sure ubuntu just works on lots of laptops, etc. This has tangible benefits for other distros. And that's not to mention Upstart, Launchpad or Bazaar. Some things are better received than others, but to say they don't contribute to the community seems a little disingenuous.

Nyamiou- They have the "not invented here" philosophy, meaning that if a Linux project is successful they'll always create a concurrent project just for the sake of having one. This takes developers away from the main project and slow down the evolution of Linux (Unity, Mir, Snap...)

If Canonical had a real NIH syndrome then they would have stuck with Upstart and deviated from Debian. It didn't. When Debian moved to systemd, it followed, even though upstart actually predated systemd.

There's bzr I suppose, but they're starting to move towards git.

Launchpad is still heavily used, but it didn't quite live up to its promise. Because they chose bzr not git, github kinda won that one. Most people are moving to github now (including Canonical for some things).

At the end of the day, they're engineers and liek building stuff. If something isn't exactly what they need and they don't feel it's worth it to change it, they'll create something new. But really, since when has the open-source community been about everybody rallying behind a single thing? Surely the idea is to throw as much against the wall as you can and see what sticks?! If we all wanted to live in a monoculture, we'd been on In hindsight, you can look back and say everyone should have invested in technology X and not bothered with technology Y, but at the time, who knows which is right? Who's to say that Wayland has it right and Mir has it wrong? Canonical investigated Wayland, then decided against using it. They had their reasons, it was their choice. Sure helping Wayland would have moved everybody along, but if it wasn't the right tool for the job, then they weren't going to do it.

What's the problem with having both and see which is better in the long run? We all know that competition drives innovation. Looking back at the KDE/Gnome split, do we really think one of those projects is evil and the other saints? No, they have taken different approaches, and the community is richer because of it. Ideas are borrowed from different places. Codebases are built upon shared components wherever possible.

Think of it like a game engine. We frequently hear that by extending an engine to also build for linux, things are better compartmentalised, many bugs are found along the way and the whole engine benefits. Choice is good.

Nyamiou- They aggressively patch the packages in their distribution, making it so that bugs in the upstream project are not in Ubuntu but often other bugs are here, making it a nightmare for the original developers (I don't really know if they still do this)

Don't know much about that either. Maybe they could have made more effort to push things upstream when they were less well established. Dunno, sorry.

Nyamiou- They partenered with Amazon to put ads on Ubuntu

They tried it as as a means to generate income to help fund the project. Nothing insideous. The company is funded by a sugar daddy, and one day that money will run out, so in the interests of being around long term, it's gotta make enough money to stay afloat.

This was one thing they tried. People didn't like it though, so they removed it as soon as it was appropriate. The data was never identifiable anyway, but I think the message was received loud and clear with that one. They're allowed to make a mistake or two.

I think they are dealing with this a lot better than many of the other not-yet-profitable companies that will sell out their users at the first opportunity without even telling them.

Nyamiou- They partnered with Microsoft to have Ubuntu running on Windows

You say that like it's a bad thing?

Anf while I'm at it:

SpykerAnother drawback for snappy is you cannot set up a third party repo for it (only the one from Canonical is allowed), which is probably the biggest issue for Valve.

Here you go:

I don't mean any offence here, but I wanted to set the record straight. It's a company made up of some of the most intelligent, talented, passionate and idealistic people I have ever met. Oh, and me.

I like what they stand for and what they do and I don't like seeing them framed as the root of all evil when all they ever tried to do was build something for people to use.

I like Red Hat too. What I don't like is the way the companies seem to fight like an old married couple. They have far more in common than they have differences. I wish the two companies would get over it amdcollaborate more, but I guess seeing as though they're competitors in the server space, some of the debates spill over to the desktop world.

Valve are looking towards Flatpak functionality for Steam
23 November 2016 at 9:49 am UTC Likes: 2

ertuquequeAs far as I know, Flatpak is more distribution agnostic than Snappy, Snappy has some Ubuntu-ish stuff that some people (developers) are not very comfortable with when packaging for other distros... At least that's what I've read.

As far as I'm aware, the only Ubuntu-ish thing about snappy is that it asks contributors to sign the Canonical contributor licence agreement which gives Canonical "permission to use your contributions". It goes on to say that "in effect, you’re giving [them] a licence, but you still own the copyright — so you retain the right to modify your code and use it in other projects".

Don't see the problem myself. But Flatpak is a RedHat thing, and RedHat don't like Canonical, so a lot of RedHat people are negative about anything that comes from Canonical. I guess that's what's going on wrt to some people not being very comfortable with it. Still, I assume Valve know what they're doing, so maybe Flatpak is more suitable for their needs? Then again, maybe its only one guy at Valve and that's his personal preference. Who knows?

I've not played with Flatpak yet, only snappy. Snapcraft is great though. It's really simple compared to building a deb package.

Things I feel Valve need to address to help SteamOS really be something fantastic
13 June 2016 at 9:45 am UTC

I bet one shiny British pound coin* that [Skyrim Special Edition]( will be based on Vulkan and will come to SteamOS and this whole article and that of the ars article that triggered all of this gloom will seem premature and suddenly everyone will be saying "yey!" again.

* That's to share between you, not one each.

Things I feel Valve need to address to help SteamOS really be something fantastic
11 June 2016 at 9:02 am UTC

STiATWe need to understand that SteamOS is not about making us happy or Linux a strong platform. There is a business goal behind it, and the question we should ask is: What is valve cooking up? Not necessarily negative for us, but they're not doing this out of charity, that's for sure.

In the not too distant future, when the Vive (or whatever will replace it) becomes a self contained unit, without the need for an external PC connected by loads of easily-trip-over-able wires, it will need an operating system.

SteamOS is that operating system.

They are playing the long game, and we're just along for the ride. That's fine by me

Steam's latest Hardware Survey is out, shows Linux at 0.84%
2 June 2016 at 4:01 pm UTC Likes: 1

Mountain ManYour math isn't quite right. That should be 1,400,000 and 1,554,000, so the increase in Linux users was over 150,000, so even as flawed as the survey is, it's still showing steady growth for Linux.

Maths isn't exactly my thing, but unfortunately I think I'm right on this one: your figures would mean that 1.4 million is 2% of 7 million. 1,400,000 would be more like 14%.

Bear in mind that this is referring to the number of concurrent users on steam - not the number of accounts. I probably should have made that clearer. I'll have a look around for an original source for the total number of Steam users, and that will give us our true number of linux users, which may well be > 1 million.

I don't know if anyone trusts those though, as the accounts may be inactive, or one person may have set up several accoutns, or whatever.

Steam's latest Hardware Survey is out, shows Linux at 0.84%
2 June 2016 at 2:00 pm UTC Likes: 1

According to a chart in the comments section in Phoronix ( in February 2013, when our market share was ~2%, there were 7million active Steam users. Now, when we're at 0.84%, there are an estimated 18.5million users.

If those numbers are correct - and I haven't checked them, so please find an original source before anybody quotes this - then in 2013 there were 140,000 linux users and now there are 155,400 users.

So the userbase has gone up (by 15,400 users!), but it just hasn't kept in line with the number of Windows users, hence the lower percentage.

(7,000,000/100%) * 2.0% = 140,000
(18,500,000/100%) * 0.84% = 155,400

I haven't the time now to dig around to find out if those figures for the total concurrent number of steam users are correct, but even if they're not, please do remember that this is all relative (as is mentioned in the article).

Actually, maybe in future when referring to the steam survey, the headlines should quote the number of users, calculated in this way, rather then the percentage?

Speculation: A job posting for Elite Dangerous hints at possible future Linux support
22 December 2015 at 2:36 pm UTC

Mountain ManI was put-off of Elite: Dangerous because of the scammy nature of their early access program (charging something like 4 times the price for the "privilege" of beta testing), and I'm not entirely sure I want to support the developers because of it.

You're right:

DavidBrabenCEO & Founder 2 points 7 days ago "I'm afraid there are no plans for this at the moment."


Well, that's what you get for basing an article on my wild speculations on reddit :-)

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