Black Friday Deals on Linux computers, tablets and more

Today in Open Source: Find deals on Linux products with Black Friday sales. Plus: Manjaro Linux 0.8.8 released, and excitement about Valve's Steam Machines

Black Friday Deals on Linux Products

Black Friday is here and SJVN at ZDNet has a list of buying opportunities.

Black Friday isn't just for the usual electronic suspects. There are deals out there for Linux-based Chromebooks, Android tablets, and Linux laptops as well.

Of course the real Black Friday deal about Linux is that you can get it for free every day of the year. But, if you'd rather have something tangible to put into someone's hands, here are some nice deals.

More at ZDNet

Steven's list is quite good, but if you want to poke around for more options I found four deals places on Amazon where you can browse around for many different kinds of products, including Linux related ones.

Black Friday Deals

Computers & Components

Outlet Discounts

Warehouse Deals

Each of these sections on Amazon offers savings of one kind or another, but you'll have to do a bit of browsing to find the Linux products you're after. The deals come and go fast, so it's impossible to list specific items here as they might be gone by the time you visit the page. Don't dawdle if you see something you want.

You might also want to check out Ebay's listing of Linux computers, Android tablets, Android phones, and Linux books. I am not sure how it compares to Amazon's in terms of prices but it's always a good idea to shop around. You never know where you might find the best deal.

Manjaro Linux 0.8.8 Released

DistroWatch is reporting that Manjaro Linux 0.8.8 has been released.

Phil Müller has announced the release of Manjaro Linux 0.8.8, a lightweight distribution a choice of Xfce or Openbox desktop user interfaces, based on Arch Linux. The release was already announced on Sunday, but the installable live CD/DVD images were only made available yesterday.

More at DistroWatch

You can download Manjaro 0.8.8 with Xfce or Openbox as the desktop environment:

Manjaro 0.8.8 Openbox 64-bit (636 MB)

Manjaro 0.8.8 Xfce 64-bit (1.2 GB)

Read the release notes for full details about Manjaro 0.8.8.

Excitement About Valve's Steam Machines

The New Statesman has a column that underscores the excitement about Valve's Steam Machines.

What can be said is that there will be different consoles by different manufacturers, and in line with Valve’s three-tier system of “Good”, “Better”, and “Best”, all budgets should be accounted for.

There are two key problems with the Steam Machine, however. First, its operating system, Steam OS, is Linux based, and at the moment the library of Linux games isn’t huge, to say the least. Second, everyone who has Steam already has access to hardware – they probably don’t need anything new.

More at The NewStatesman

I disagree that Linux is a problem. The real problem is that game developers stupidly locked themselves to the Windows franchise on PCs, only to realize later what a big mistake it was when Microsoft dropped the Windows 8 bomb on everybody.

With Steam, Valve is attempting to give game makers a chance to diversify their offerings and achieve some real independence from Windows and Microsoft. I think the smart ones will take Valve up on it, and will probably do very well financially as a result.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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