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Games: Egosoft, Gunslugs:Rogue Tactics, Byte Driver, Seeds of Resilience, The Treehouse Man, What Never Was

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  • Egosoft aren't messing around with X4: Foundations, huge update out now

    Like the previous releases from Egosoft, it started a little rocky but to their credit they're really pushing hard on getting X4: Foundations into a good state.

    Just recently they put out update 2.50 which includes: an entirely new class of resupply ships; a setting to blacklist ships from entering certain areas; improved inventory management with lockboxes in space and inventory storage at your HQ; they added a note/hint while mouse direct steering mode is active; more variations for Build Station, Rescue Ship and Scan missions and plenty more.

  • Gunslugs:Rogue Tactics looks like it's shaping up to be a great stealth-action platformer

    Orangepixel have announced that Gunslugs:Rogue Tactics, their action platformer with stealth elements is closing in on a release date and it's looking great.

  • Retro arcade action-racer 'Byte Driver' is out, has you hacking everyone on the road

    After a successful and small Kickstarter campaign last year, the retro arcade action-racer Byte Driver is out. Developed by Vector Hat, this is their second full release after 2018's space shooter R-COIL.

    Combining a classic racer with a shooter, Byte Driver is absolutely soaked in the retro theme. It's a very strange brew, with you needing to keep your car energy levels up, by hacking other vehicles around you. Run out of energy and it's all over, making it a little frantic.

  • Seeds of Resilience, a turn-based survival village builder releasing in full next month

    Seeds of Resilience, a turn-based village building survival game from Subtle Games and Goblinz Studio is leaving Early Access on June 13th.

    It just recently had a pretty big update too, adding in actual missions to do so it's not just a basic sandbox village builder with you battling against the elements. The new missions serve as a better introduction to the game too, so it's not as confusing as it was when I tried it some time ago. There's currently only 7 missions to go through, with another 10 planned for the full release.

  • The Treehouse Man is a strange looking game that blends multiple genres together that's now on Linux

    The Treehouse Man looks like a pretty unique experience combining elements of a platformer, a bullet-hell and more with a rather dark style to it.

    The game actually released on Steam back in February, with the Linux version coming post-release in late April. It's another game I discovered randomly thanks to the Steam Discovery Queue, sometimes it really is useful for finding games that added Linux support later.

  • What Never Was, a short free story-driven adventure game now has Linux support

    A recent discovery after randomly going through my Steam Discovery Queue is What Never Was, a short and free story-driven adventure game from Acke Hallgren. The game originally released back in January, with Linux support landing in April.

Games: 16 of the Best Free Games For Linux, Dogurai, KIDS, Sony PlayStation 4, Commodore

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  • 16 of the Best Free Games For Linux

    “Free” and “Linux” go hand in hand beautifully, like chips and a milkshake, and even though Linux isn’t widely seen as a gaming platform, there is a veritable wealth of free games you can get for it if you look in the right places. That’s in large part thanks to unpaid, open-source developers, who collaborate to bring classics (and new games) all together in Linux.

    So in tribute to those tireless devs, we’ve gathered the best free games you can play on Linux right now. Enjoy!

  • The super-retro action-platformer 'Dogurai' is now out on Steam + a few keys to give away

    With graphics and gameplay inspired by old portable games, Dogurai is soaked in retro sauce and it's out with Linux support now. I've played through a bunch of it myself and I appreciated the styling, as someone who adored their original Game Boy, Dogurai offers up a simple bit of nostalgia.

  • KIDS, a short interactive animation is out and it's all about pushing people around

    KIDS from Michael Frei and Mario von Rickenbach is an odd one, it's not exactly a game but more of an experience that brings you along for the ride. Note: Personal purchase.

    This is the second collaboration between Frei and Rickenbach after 2005's Plug & Play, with both having Linux support and KIDS seeing Linux support right away. It's, uh, a little odd. Charming though in many ways, without giving away too much talking about it is quite difficult because it's very short at around 20-30 minutes long (exactly 30 minutes on the dot for me) but weirdly enjoyable.

  • How to use the PS4 controller on Linux

    The Sony PlayStation 4 controller is an excellent device, and it would make a great controller to play video games on Linux. In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to use the PS4 controller on Linux.

  • How to play Amiga games on Linux

    In 1985, Commodore released the Amiga family of personal computers to the market. They were pretty successful in their time and sold quite a few units before ultimately being retired by Commodore in 1996.

    These days, old computer emulation is as popular as old console emulation, especially on Linux. However, when it comes to emulating the Amiga line of computers, none do it better than FS-UAE, a cross-platform emulation application that allows users to experience Amiga video games and software.

    Note: Addictivetips in no way encourages or condones the illegal downloading or distribution of ROM files for FS-UAE. If you want to play Amiga games on Linux with FS-UAE, please use your own game ROM files you’ve backed up to your PC, legally.

Games: Quake II, Interstellar Transport Company, One Deck Dungeon, Dogurai, Polychromatic, Vambrace and Stellaris

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  • Quake II Gets NVIDIA RTX Support, Time to Kick it Old School

    The classic 1997 first-person shooter, Quake II is getting the RTX treatment. Nvidia and id Software have teamed up to release Quake 2 RTX – a free enhanced download for Linux and Windows PC.

  • Interstellar Transport Company releases with Linux support, build a galactic transportation empire

    Interstellar Transport Company seems like an interesting mix on the logistics simulator genre, taking you away from roads and trucks and into space.

  • One Deck Dungeon celebrates a first anniversary with a sale, it's quite addictive

    One Deck Dungeon, a roguelike dungeon crawler is currently celebrating a first release anniversary and it turns out we've never covered it here before.

  • The super-retro action-platform 'Dogurai' is now out on Steam + a few keys to give away

    With graphics and gameplay inspired by old portable games, Dogurai is soaked in retro sauce and it's out with Linux support now. I've played through a bunch of it myself and I appreciated the styling, as someone who adored their original Game Boy, Dogurai offers up a simple bit of nostalgia.

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    For those reading, we have three keys to give away thanks to the developer. If you wish to win a key, simply let me know in the comments and by the end of Wednesday the winners will be picked.

  • Remembering an old friend with Polychromatic, a fantastic high-score chaser

    There's a lot of good new games coming out but sometimes it's good to remember some older gems, recently I've started playing Polychromatic again and it's such a fantastic arcade twin-stick shooter.

    Gameplay in Polychromatic is simple, as you're given a small circular arena to slide around in as you take on various waves of enemies made from simple shapes. Each shape has a different behaviour, some will dart right at you, some will stay still and fire at you and it has a decent amount of challenge to it. Considering how simple the game is mechanically, it's quite surprising just how addictive it is. I don't often go back to games too often, unless they're really something special. In the case of Polychromatic, it's just so beautifully streamlined it deserves to be a game high up on your list to play during a coffee break.

  • Chilly roguelike fantasy-adventure 'Vambrace: Cold Soul' is out with same-day Linux support

    Taking place in the cursed city of Icenaire, Vambrace: Cold Soul offers a narrative-driven fantasy adventure that's worth your time. Developed by Devespresso Games (The Coma), it takes a great deal of inspiration from the likes of Darkest Dungeon right down to the graphical style (although the characters are a little more Anime-like in some cases) and the battle system while managing to still come off as a very different experience overall.

  • Stellaris: Ancient Relics announced for release on June 4th, pre-orders up

    Stellaris is set to expand once again next month, with a very interesting story-focused expansion on June 4th. With the Ancient Relics expansion, you will be able to find and dig up the ruins of ancient civilizations and try to piece together their story.

Software and Games Leftovers

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  • Best Command Line HTTP Clients for Linux

    HTTP clients are utility software that enables you to download files over the Internet. Apart from being able to download files remotely, these command line tools can be used for other tasks such as debugging and interacting with web servers.

  • A Quick Look at Elvish Shell

    Everyone who comes to this site has some knowledge (no matter how slight) of the Bash shell that comes default of so many systems. There have been several attempts to create shells that solve some of the shortcomings of Bash that have appeared over the years. One such shell is Elvish, which we will look at today.

  • Fedora 29 : Commands and tools that handle assembly files - part 001.
  • How to install Opera Browser on Ubuntu 19.04
  • Integration blueprint example for mobile integration (part 8)

    In Part 7 of this series, we looked at details that determine how your integration becomes the key to transforming your customer experience. It started with laying out the process of how I’ve approached the use case by researching successful customer portfolio solutions as the basis for a generic architectural blueprint. Let’s continue looking at more specific examples of how these blueprints solve specific integration use cases.

    This article walks you through an example integration scenario showing how expanding the previously discussed details provides blueprints for your own integration scenarios.

  • Humble Store has a big "Table-Flipping Tabletop Sale" going with some great Linux games on offer

    Another week, another big sale. Humble are doing a Table-Flipping Tabletop Sale and there's actually a really good choice on Linux games.

  • In the survival game 'Vintage Story' you will now need you to protect your crops from sneaky Hares

    Vintage Story, another promising cross-platform voxel survival game continues to impress with the latest updates adding in a fun new animal and some great sounding optimisations.

    The recently released 1.9.7 update adds in Hares to the game and they're pretty quick on their feet. They come in 9 different variants based on the biome and they're hungry—very hungry. They will sniff out your crops, so you better protect your farms. They also get hunted by Foxes and Wolves, so it should make the environment a little more interesting if you suddenly see any of those dart across your screen on your travels.

Games: Second Earth, JUMPGRID, 7 Days to Die

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  • Second Earth, the prototype base-building game from the developer of Broforce has a big new build up

    Free to play currently while in development, Second Earth is an incredibly promising base-building and defence game from Free Lives (Broforce).

    For those who've not heard of it, the basic idea is that you go through missions and build up your defences, to hold off against waves of alien bugs coming to destroy you. It's something I briefly talked about back in March and I came away supremely impressed especially since they have Linux support in very early.

  • 2D dodge-em-up 'JUMPGRID' adds an addictive infinite mode, my fingers hurt

    JUMPGRID, the 2D fast-paced game where all you do is dodge obstacles is madly addicting and the new infinite mode is fantastic.

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    Infinite Mode gameplay on Ubuntu 19.04...

  • The latest '7 Days to Die' experimental build allows more graphics tweaking, running nicely

    The Fun Pimps have released a new experimental build of their survival game 7 Days to Die, with it some new options you can tweak to get a much better experience.

    It's no secret that 7 Days has been a bit of a system hog, it hasn't historically performed well but they're finally making progress on that front. With the "Alpha 17.4 Experimental B4" release put out a few days ago, it now allows you to disable SS Reflections and that one single option makes it perform much nicer while off (and it still looks good).

    Doing my own tests, turning it off gives an instant boost of 10-20FPS depending on where you are and what you're looking at. Times where it would often dip down hard to 40FPS and below, are now mostly for me sitting around 55-60FPS and the way the game feels is a huge amount smoother. Thanks to that, I've been able to give it a run on High settings and have a very smooth ride.

Games: Quake II RTX, Kerbal Space Program, WonderOS and More

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  • Quake II RTX to release June 6th, first 3 levels free for everyone and source code will be up too

    NVIDIA have announced that Quake II RTX, the ray-traced remaster of Quake II is going to release in full with Linux support on June 6th. They've said that anyone will be able to download it and try out the first three levels for free. If you own Quake II, you will be able to play through the campaign in full and play against others online.

  • Kerbal Space Program is getting a big expansion named Breaking Ground, releasing this week

    I haven't really kept up with Kerbal Space Program so I'm a little late on finding this out. On May 30th, the huge Breaking Ground expansion is going to be released.

    The theme of this expansion is all about exploration, experimentation and technological breakthroughs. It's introducing a bunch of new equipment, some of which you will deploy onto the surface of a planet to do science which sounds fun. There's also new features that will be scattered across the surface of planets for you to study, along with a bunch of new building parts for your craft like hinges, pistons, rotors and more.

  • Gaming-Focused WonderOS To Allow PC And Console Streaming On Android

    The gaming-focused WonderOS is finally in active development after tip-toeing for several years. The operating system belongs to the startup “Wonder”. According to the company’s CEO, Wonder is an “all-in-one” gaming platform. Almost everyone currently working on the team has a rich experience in the gaming industry.

    According to its website, Wonder currently has ex-employees from Google, Microsoft, SEGA, Razer, Xbox, Sony, etc. Together, the team wants to transform your Android smartphone into the only device you’ll ever play games on.

  • AMD officially announce the "Zen 2" Ryzen 3 series & new RDNA GPU architecture + Intel tease new CPU

    For those looking at their next upgrade, both AMD and Intel have made announcements recently and there's a lot of big stuff coming.

    On the AMD side, they've officially announce the starting line-up of the Zen 2 core units that make up the Ryzen 3 series processors. To go along with this will be the new X570 chipset for the AM4 socket which supports PCIe 4.0.

  • 2D dodge-em-up 'JUMPGRID' adds an addictive endless mode, my fingers hurt

    JUMPGRID, the 2D fast-paced game where all you do is dodge obstacles is madly addicting and the new endless mode is fantastic.

Games: Pathfinder: Kingmaker, MidBoss, CorsixTH, Railway Empire and Unbound: Worlds Apart

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  • The RPG 'Pathfinder: Kingmaker' is getting a free Enhanced Edition update next month + new DLC

    Pathfinder: Kingmaker, the party-based RPG from Owlcat Games and Deep Silver is going to expand with a free Enhanced Edition and another DLC.

    They say it's going to include plenty of "gameplay-enriching content additions" along with the usual quality of life improvements to existing features, new abilities and ways to build your character, a new Slayer class, new items and weapons, improved balance especially in the beginning and last two chapters, an improved kingdom management system, an increased variety to the random encounters on the map and so on.

  • MidBoss, the unique body-snatching roguelike turns 2 with a big sale and future plans details

    MidBoss is a game we've covered here numerous times, mainly due to how unique it is. You take down enemies, take their body and it's pretty amusing.

    The developer, Kitsune Games, has supported Linux rather nicely and now that MidBoss is over two years old they've decided to put it on a big sale. Not just that, they've also announced a fancy sounding DLC that's coming along with a free update for everyone. The DLC will have brand new pixel-art for all of the monsters, which will include idle animations for them too so the DLC should make the game look a lot more interesting. Also being added in the DLC is a "randomizer mode", to make repeated runs in the game vastly different.

  • FOSS game engine 'CorsixTH' for Theme Hospital update 0.63 is out

    The first major release for the FOSS game engine in some time, CorsixTH 0.63 is out following the recent release candidate build. CorsixTH might not be "finished" but it's incredibly playable and does provide a better experience (mostly) over running the original Theme Hospital.

  • Railway Empire has another update and it's off to France in the latest DLC out now

    There appears to be no stopping this train, Railway Empire continues to see plenty of post-release support and extra optional content.

    Firstly, the latest "Community Update" is out taking feedback from (you guessed it) the community of players. They've introduced modding support to DLC scenarios, increased the total number of trains and stations you can have, new tooltips, you can skip the current music track using the new "P" hotkey, the train list will actually show problems employees have, new train list filtering options, train speed reduced if they're missing supplies and lots of other nice quality of life updates.

  • A Linux version of the mind-bending multi-dimensional 'Unbound: Worlds Apart' will come at release

    Unbound: Worlds Apart from Alien Pixel Studios is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, this hand-crafted puzzler looks like it could melt my mind with the portal system.

Google: The China Debacle and More

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GNU/Linux Games Leftovers

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  • Cardlings looks to be an interesting turn-based strategy with an usual gameplay style

    Cardlings caught my attention recently, a unique turn-based strategy game from Clockwork Chilli that's confirmed to be releasing for Linux on June 5th.

    What's interesting about it, is the way the turns work. While one player is doing combat and movement, the other player has the chance to get building and gathering resources. To make it even more unique, only the player doing movement and combat can end the turn and then it's reversed. So this means the player doing the moment, will want to end the turn quickly so the other player doesn't get tons of resources and buildings set up. The developer said this "results in very intense, fast-paced games that still preserve all the depth of more traditional turn-based strategy titles".

  • Incredibly weird comedy point and click adventure 'Clam Man' is out

    Clam Man from Team Clam is a new comedy adventure game, it just recently released with Linux support. It's a point and click adventure, although it has a focus on the story rather than pushing you through puzzles.

  • Comedy adventure Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy! HD is now out with Linux support

    Originally released in 2007, Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy! HD revamps the experience to make it less painful to play on modern systems with full Linux support.

  • Unique gravity-defying metroidvania 'Dandara' finally sees an update to the Linux version

    Dandara, a very unique take on the action metroidvania genre took me by surprise with the fun gameplay last month and now the Linux version is actually up to date.

    The main problem, as noted in the previous article, was that the Linux version of Dandara hadn't seen any updates since release. The developer, Long Hat House, actually emailed in last night to note that the whole game has been updated and they've managed to now get the Linux version on equal footing too.

  • Steam Play updated again to 4.2-5 to include newer DXVK, networking and controller fixes

    Valve have pushed out the latest smaller update to Steam Play, this time including an updated DXVK and a bunch of fixes for various games.

  • The Linux demo for 'Eagle Island', a very slick action-adventure rogue-lite is out and it's extremely impressive

    Ever since I first heard of Eagle Island I was basically in love, with super slick pixel-art and an owl you throw as your weapon? Sign me up.

    The demo just recently went live on Steam, including for Linux and after giving it a go I've come away from it extremely impressed. It works beautifully and it looks gorgeous, probably one of the best demos I've played for some time. I even joked about the demo splash-screen missing a Linux icon with the developer on Twitter, which they took it rather well as they just haven't yet found a good one to use.

  • Very cool deck-building roguelike Dicey Dungeons alpha ending soon, last chance for early price + updated

    Dicey Dungeons might just be one of my favourite indie games this year, a unique blend of an usual roguelike with an ability system powered by cards and dice rolls.

  • A look at what's on sale ahead of the weekend once again, come find your next game

    The weekend is almost upon us and you're in the market for a fresh new game, I've got you covered with what deals are going currently.

  • Cardlings looks to be an interesting turn-based strategy with an unusual gameplay style

    Cardlings caught my attention recently, a unique turn-based strategy game from Clockwork Chilli that's confirmed to be releasing for Linux on June 5th.

    What's interesting about it, is the way the turns work. While one player is doing combat and movement, the other player has the chance to get building and gathering resources. To make it even more unique, only the player doing movement and combat can end the turn and then it's reversed. So this means the player doing the moment, will want to end the turn quickly so the other player doesn't get tons of resources and buildings set up. The developer said this "results in very intense, fast-paced games that still preserve all the depth of more traditional turn-based strategy titles".

Games: Wine, IRKALLA, Vambrace: Cold Soul, ZED, and art of rally

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  • Valve's Proton Pulls In Latest DXVK, Steam Networking Updates, Controller Layout Fixes

    The Valve developers maintaining their Proton fork of Wine for use by Steam Play have outed a new update, version 4.2-5.

  • Wine & Mingw-w64 Might Tighten Up Their Relationship - Possible "WineSDK"

    Developers between the Wine and Mingw-w64 projects are discussing the potential for further embracing their relationship given the overlap in trajectory and both benefiting from close collaboration. This extended relationship could also involve Mingw-w64 potentially adopting Wine's branding.

    While all Phoronix readers should be aware of Wine, for those not familiar with Mingw-w64 it's the off-shoot of MinGW focused on 64-bit support and other features over the original MinGW for providing an open-source development toolchain for Microsoft Windows. Mingw-w64 remains quite active in working on its GCC-based compiler toolchain support for Windows.

  • Wine and mingw-w64 cooperation
  • IRKALLA, an incredibly stylish looking pixel-art tactical-action platformer is coming to Linux

    The developers behind IRKALLA emailed in today and it grabbed my interest right away with the supremely stylish art behind it. The odd setting has my curiosity too, with mechs versus demons!

    According to the developer, it's a "platform-tactic game" so it has elements of an action platformer with character progression and some form of base defence building. IRKALLA has been in development for quite a few years now with their TIGForum post dating all the way back to 2013. We've been emailed today, as it seems development on it has been picked back up as they told me it's "finally coming together" and a Linux release is also confirmed of course.

  • Roguelike fantasy adventure 'Vambrace: Cold Soul' has a new feature trailer ahead of release next week

    The release of Vambrace: Cold Soul on May 28th is getting close now, it's quite an impressive looking game that I've been playing and they have a new feature trailer. I won't say too much on it myself before release but since I've had access for a while, I can say it works great on Linux.

  • Surreal adventure game 'ZED' about an artist suffering from dementia is releasing in June

    ZED, a game that will tell the story of an artist suffering from dementia from Eagre Games and Cyan Ventures now has a release date and it's quite soon.

    The Windows version is now scheduled in for June 4th, with the Linux (and Mac) version to be "later in June". Great to see it continue to be confirmed and although there is a delay, it's not going to be long it seems. Good thing too, as I'm damn excited for this one.

  • art of rally is bringing a stylized racing experience to Linux later this year

    Funselektor Labs, the developer of Absolute Drift has announced their latest game, art of rally. It might look stylish but it's not just a pretty face, as the developer is also focused on how the cars handle too.

    While we have a few racing games now like Grid Autosport, DiRT Rally/4 and some F1 games (plus a few that work with Steam Play), they're all quite serious business. art of rally looks to be taking a slightly less realistic focus while still providing a challenge, especially with the top-down view you get a better picture of what's up ahead.

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  • Lenovo Chromebook C330 2-in-1

    Today we are looking at the Lenovo Chromebook C330 (81HY0000US), it is a 2-1 device, a notebook but it can also be converted into a tablet. It comes with a fanless quad-core MediaTek MT8173C CPU, an 11.6 inch, 1366x768, IPS display, and touch screen. It has 4gb of RAM and 64GB eMMC SSD.

  • Foliate Ebook Reader Picks Up Mobi & Amazon Kindle Support

    The Foliate ebook reader app for Linux has added support for additional ebook formats, including those used by the Amazon Kindle. Now, I’m conscious that I’ve mentioned Foliate a lot recently. I generally don’t like to do that — anyone remember the omg! docky! days? — but some developers are so dang prolific, able to knock out notable update after notable update at a regular clip, that I have no choice! Foliate’s developer, John Factotum, is one such dev — nice work!

  • Install & Run Xampp on Ubuntu 19.04 using Terminal
  • How to scan your Docker installment with docker-bench-test
  • KDE Applications 19.08 branches created

    Make sure you commit anything you want to end up in the KDE Applications 19.08 release to them

  • OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 Aiming To PGO More Packages, Use IWD For WiFi Connections

    While OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 was just released last month, we are already looking forward to OpenMandriva 4.1 for a number of improvements and some new features. OpenMandriva's developer board provides an interesting look at what's ahead for OpenMandriva Lx 4.1. Already completed for this next milestone include migrating to LLVM Clang 9, and using LD.lld and BFD as the default linkers.

  • Installing Debian 10

    Debian 10 Buster was released recently. It is the newest version on Debian operating system. Debian 10 comes with Linux Kernel 4.19. It also comes with latest Linux graphical desktop environment such as GNOME 3.30, KDE Plasma 5.14, Cinnamon 3.8, LXDE 0.99.2, LxQt 0.14, MATE 1.20, Xfce 4.12 and many more. Debian 10 also comes with awesome new artworks. In this article, I am going to show you how to install Debian 10 Buster on your computer.

  • Workload Consolidation: The Entire IoT in One Box

    To deliver the benefits of workload consolidation while ensuring robust partitioning, congatec has developed a proof of concept based on a six-core Core i7-based COM Express module, a type 1 hypervisor from Real-Time Systems, and Ubuntu Linux.

  • 100,985,047 have been invited to the Evite data breach “party”

    Did you get an invitation to the latest data breach? Over the weekend it was disclosed that Evite, the online invitation platform that has sent more than a few birthday and pizza party invitations over the years, suffered a data breach that included over 100 million accounts.

  • The Gecko Hacker's Guide to Taskcluster

    I spent a good chunk of this year fiddling with taskcluster configurations in order to get various bits of continuous integration stood up for WebRender. Taskcluster configuration is very flexible and powerful, but can also be daunting at first. This guide is intended to give you a mental model of how it works, and how to add new jobs and modify existing ones. I'll try and cover things in detail where I believe the detail would be helpful, but in the interest of brevity I'll skip over things that should be mostly obvious by inspection or experimentation if you actually start digging around in the configurations. I also try and walk through examples and provide links to code as much as possible.

Events: Plasma Sprint, PyCon, SciPy and All Systems Go!

  • Plasma sprint, 2019 edition; personal updates

    In June, I had a great time at a series of KDE events held in the offices of Slimbook, makers of fantastic Neon-powered laptops, at the outskirts of Valencia, Spain. Following on from a two-day KDE e.V. board of directors meeting, the main event was the 2019 edition of the Plasma development sprint. The location proved to be quite ideal for everything. Slimbook graciously provided us with two lovely adjacent meeting rooms for Plasma and the co-located KDE Usability & Productivity sprint, allowing the groups to mix and seperate as our topics demanded - a well-conceived spatial analog for the tight relationship and overlap between the two. [...] In KDE e.V. news, briefly we stole one of the sprint rooms for a convenient gathering of most of our Financial Working Group, reviewing the implementation of the annual budget plan of the organization. We also had a chance to work with the Usability goal crew (have you heard about KDE goals yet?) on a plan for the use of their remaining budget -- it's going to be exciting. As a closing note, it was fantastic to see many new faces at this year's sprint. It's hard to believe for how many attendees it was their first KDE sprint ever, as it couldn't have been more comfortable to have them on board. It's great to see our team grow.

  • Real Python at PyCon US 2019
  • Quansight presence at SciPy'19

    Yesterday the SciPy'19 conference ended. It was a lot of fun, and very productive. You can really feel that there's a lot of energy in the community, and that it's growing and maturing. This post is just a quick update to summarize Quansight's presence and contributions, as well as some of the more interesting things I noticed.

  • ASG! 2019 CfP Re-Opened!

    Due to popular request we have re-opened the Call for Participation (CFP) for All Systems Go! 2019 for one day. It will close again TODAY, on 15 of July 2019, midnight Central European Summit Time! If you missed the deadline so far, we’d like to invite you to submit your proposals for consideration to the CFP submission site quickly! (And yes, this is the last extension, there's not going to be any more extensions.)

GNOME: GSOC, GNOME Foundation, GLib

  • Gaurav Agrawal: GSOC Progress by Mid July

    July Marked the beginning of II GSOC coding month. This month our goal is to make the diff bar model as accurate and intuitive as possible. One of the biggest thing which I learnt so far is how to contribute on upstream repositories on which our project depends. In our case this was with Libgit2, we discovered a bug in Libgit2 while doing our project, and Albfan made this a perfect example to show me how to contribute on upstream, how to raise bugs and how to do discussions for getting it solved.

  • Jean-François Fortin Tam: Available for hire, 2019 edition

    Sometime after the end of my second term on the GNOME Foundation, I was contacted by a mysterious computer vendor that ships a vanilla GNOME on their laptops, Purism.

  • Array copying and extending in GLib 2.61.2

    A slightly more in-depth post in the mini-series this time, about various new functions which Emmanuel Fleury has landed in GLib 2.61.2 (which is due to be released soon), based on some old but not-quite-finished patches from others.

Programming: Python, Vim, Go and More

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