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Unreal Engine for Linux (incl. SteamOS)

Tuesday April 8, 2014

After releasing their game engine Unreal Engine 4 to the general public last month, the game developer Epic Games has now announced that the next update, Unreal Engine 4.1, will support Linux in general and SteamOS in particular. This is another huge step towards shifting gaming platforms to Linux, as it enables developers to release their games for Linux instead of Microsoft Windows with minimal effort. For more information see the announcement on the Unreal Engine web site.

GnuCash 2.6.3

Tuesday April 8, 2014

The third maintenance release of GnuCash 2.6 has recently become available fixing various bugs. New features of the GnuCash 2.6 include JavaScript based graph generation, a revised reports management system, expanded PDF export options, and account coloring.
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Gnome 3.12

Tuesday April 8, 2014

Developers have released a major update of the Gnome desktop environment. Highlights of Gnome 3.12 include improvements in the Software application for finding and installing new applications, enhanced look-and-feel of various applications and expanded support for high-resolution displays. The release notes for more information.

SUSE Linux Open Sources Live Kernel Updater

Wednesday April 2, 2014

The stability of the Linux Kernel is legendary. Reports of Linux system uptimes of a year or longer are not uncommon. Now, the engineers at Suse Linux are taking it one step further by providing a tool that enables on-the-fly Kernel updates. Re-boots are no longer necessary to install and activate Kernel patches. For more information see the announcement on the SUSE Linux web site.

Xming Updated

Wednesday April 2, 2014

The remote access and remote desktop system Xming, which provides easy set-up of X-windows on your Microsoft Windows system with connectivity to Linux servers, has been updated to version 7.5.0.78, and the portable PuTTY version to 7.5.0.77.
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Copy Fast and Secure with scp

Wednesday April 2, 2014

Here is a little command line magic for Linux newbies. With the scp (secure copy) command you can easily copy from and to a remote computer or between remote computers. The following examples illustrate the basic functionality:

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Valve Move Encourages More Linux Game Development

Tuesday March 25, 2014

The publication of the source code of the Direct3d to OpenGL translation layer used by Dota 2 has wide ranging implications in that it enables porting of Windows games that use DirectX for graphics to Linux, including Steam OS, and OS X platforms which support OpenGL. This means Windows game developers can now easily provide Linux versions as well. More...

VJ Tools for Real-Time Audio-Visual Entertainment

Tuesday March 25, 2014

In contrast to conventional video editing software, VJ tools have the capability to synthesize video on the fly and simultaneously display the production for an audience. The process of conducting live video and audio mixing at public events is referred to as "VJ-ing" . Read more...

Working Remotely On Linux From Your Local Windows Machine

Tuesday March 25, 2014

While most software development, web page design, etc. nowadays is done using graphical user interfaces, experienced Linux users appreciate the simplicity and efficiency of the powerful text-based tools available on those platforms. If you are familiar for example with one of the powerful text editors, such as Emacs or VI, it is very easy to work remotely (over the Internet or intranet) on other computers using Telnet or SSH connections. Read more...

Mind Mapping Tools for Linux

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Sometimes a regular word processor such as OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice, or Microsoft Word is not the best tool for capturing ideas or concepts, especially if they involve hierarchical relationships. Mind mapping programs let you build so-called mind maps, which express relationships between items. It is similar to a web page, in that you can click on links to find more detailed information about a concept, but it is much easier to build, edit and browse a mind map document.

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