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Canonical hiring a Desktop Gaming Product Manager for Ubuntu Linux
4 January 2022 at 10:16 am UTC

Quoting: Perkeleen_VittupääShuttleworth has to go? Could you give some obvious evidence how that would help? He has been a solid leader thus far, but as always, no one is right in their decisions all the time. Ubuntu (and Canonical) also have become a more larger ship to sail and steer.

First, look at the attrition rate of Desktop Leads over the past few years and take a moment to research how many other briefs they'd been assigned by upper management at the same time as the main job. Then look at the exodus of prominent engineers such as jdstrand, zyga etc. That should be setting off some alarms about the culture of the place.

Secondly, have a browse at the stories on Glassdoor. That's always going to be a bit biased, as disgruntled ex employees will have laundry to air. Nevertheless, it is a piece of the jigsaw.

Finally, have a look at the social media timelines of people like Joe McManus (ex security lead and ex host of the Ubuntu Security Podcast) - https://mobile.twitter.com/joemcmanus/status/1471143527077740545 , and Alan Pope, who was one of the most recognisable community leads and host of the Ubuntu Podcast (in response to Liam) - https://mobile.twitter.com/thenaughtysquid/status/1477741128468283396 .

Canonical, as a place to work, is not getting a good reputation right now. As someone who loves their product, it is difficult to watch this. Mark has been CEO for a long time, on and off, and it is hard to see how he could turn this around. If it was a public company, I don't think he'd still be there. He can be proud about what he has achieved but hanging around for too long damages him and his project.

Canonical hiring a Desktop Gaming Product Manager for Ubuntu Linux
3 January 2022 at 7:19 pm UTC Likes: 1

It'd be worth taking a few moments to digest the Twitter timelines of prominent, recently ex-Canonical employees before considering this position.

I love Ubuntu, but Shuttleworth has to go.

Third in the To The Moon series, time-loop adventure Impostor Factory is out
30 September 2021 at 10:48 pm UTC

I'm not sure my emotions can take the ending of the Ubuntu Podcast and the release of a new Kan Gao game on the same day.

Wolfenstein - Blade of Agony gets another big update in the 3.1 release
14 July 2021 at 11:24 am UTC Likes: 2

It'll be a while before I have the snap updated for this one, due to day job commitments. Will come along at some point, but I can't give an ETA.

Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) rolls out to everyone and it works on Linux
29 June 2021 at 12:32 pm UTC

My experience with streaming services has been different to yours. I had to give up on Stadia due to the lag. GFN works well for me 99% of the time. Xbox cloud has been somewhere in between, with more issues with pixelation than lag. I'm on a "borderline" (really, below spec) connection for any of these services. I suspect the results are very connection specific.

The final version of the free FPS, Wolfenstein: Blade of Agony, is out now with Chapter 3
8 May 2021 at 9:57 pm UTC

Quoting: Avehicle7887Playing through the game from Chapter 1, awesome game so far however I encountered a heavy static noise on Chapter 1 Map 2 (Exodus), anyone else got the same issue?


EDIT:

I've compiled the latest build from github and removed all gzdoom configuration, sound issue persists with this game.

You may need to make sure you're running a recent version of libopenal, as per https://github.com/Realm667/WolfenDoom/issues/590.

The final version of the free FPS, Wolfenstein: Blade of Agony, is out now with Chapter 3
2 May 2021 at 9:43 am UTC

Quoting: dpanterWhich features are we talking here? Compared to 4.5.0.

Thread is at https://github.com/Realm667/WolfenDoom/issues/499 . Nothing major.

The final version of the free FPS, Wolfenstein: Blade of Agony, is out now with Chapter 3
1 May 2021 at 1:12 pm UTC

Quoting: scratchiWhat is the minimum version of gzdoom required to play boa3? is 4.1.1 too old?

The minimum version is 4.5.0, but the recommended version is the git revision 55ce0510c which supports all of the graphical features.

The final version of the free FPS, Wolfenstein: Blade of Agony, is out now with Chapter 3
30 April 2021 at 9:19 pm UTC Likes: 10

I've put up a 3.0 version of the snap. If you experience bugs or problems, please blame me in the first instance rather than the mod authors! You can raise issues at https://github.com/mcphail/boa/issues and I'll do my best to help.

Thanks to Tormentor667 and the rest of the team for a great game!

Wolfenstein - Blade of Agony releases Chapter 3 plus a revamped Chapter 1 & 2 on April 30
14 April 2021 at 10:29 pm UTC Likes: 1

I hope, if you ever do try the snap, you let me know if it works for you and any suggestions for improvement. This game is hugely impressive, and I'd love to be doing it justice :)