More than 100 free open source apps and games!

Today in Open Source: Tons of free apps and games. Plus: Linux Mint 15 Xfce install guide, and Ubuntu versus Debian!

Free Open Source Apps and Games

Datamation has great list of free, fun open source apps and games. If you're looking for some software, check out this list.

It's broken down into the following categories:

Arcade Games

Board Games

Casual and Puzzle Games

Educational Games

First-Person Shooter Games

Game Collections

Music Games

Racing Games

Roleplaying and Adventure Games

Simulator Games

Strategy Games

Fun Non-Games

As we do every summer, we've pulled together our list of 101 of the "funnest" open source apps ever created. Of course, most of these are games, but there are also a few fun non-games at the end of the list.

This year, we've updated the list with quite a few new entries, as well as eliminating some of the older titles that are no longer being maintained.

Many commentators have noticed that open source and Linux are starting to attract more game developers. Hopefully, the trend will continue and we'll have even more open source games to consider for next year's list.

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Altogether they've got 101 free open source apps and games listed. Most of it is games, but there are five non-games listed right at the end of the article.

I'm not too much of a gamer these days (beyond a bit of World of Warcraft). But I do like Extreme Tux Racer and SuperTuxKart. Both of those are a lot of fun, so check them out if you're looking for a couple of cool Linux games.

The point about Linux and open source attracting more game development is an important one, and one I'm very happy to see. It's been a long time coming, but when you have companies like Valve doing games for Linux, it just makes you feel good.

Tecmint: Linux Mint 15 Xfce Install Guide

Tecmint has a very good install guide for Linux Mint 15 Xfce. If you're new to Linux and want to use a light-weight desktop environment, try Linux Mint Xfce. It's very fast, even on older or slower hardware.

Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment aiming to be fast instead of low system resources. In this post we’ll see step by step installation and Update of packages post installation.

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The install guide will get you started quickly. You can check out a list of new features, and update all of your packages after doing the install.

Tecmint is a new site for me, but I'm liking what I see a lot. Be sure to check it out. It seems to have quite a bit of good Linux tips and how-tos on it. I've bookmarked it, and I'll be checking it regularly.

Ubuntu Versus Debian on the Desktop

Hopping back to Datamation's site, I noticed they had a comparative review of Ubuntu and Debian. You might want to check it out if you're not sure which one to use on the desktop.

I've got to vote for Debian, it's the granddaddy of Linux distributions and it has so much to offer. However, I know that some folks really like Ubuntu, and that's fine. To each his/her own, and all that.

The article covers the following:

Distro Installation

Desktop Experience

Software Management

Odds and Ends

The point here is Debian requires more hands-on user experience. Some folks will prefer this, while others may balk at the very idea of making Linux on the desktop a deeper experience.

So is Debian a solid alternative to Ubuntu? Yes, if you're willing to adjust your expectations.

For those users willing to learn how Linux works and who have no problem with spending a little extra time adding in needed repositories for additional hardware support, Debian is a fantastic option. Easier to use than Arch Linux, Debian still provides its users with a speedy, stable desktop you can rely on for many years to come.

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What's your take on Ubuntu versus Debian? Which one do you use? Tell me in the comments below, and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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