Is Linux really the future of gaming?

Today in Open Source: Linux might be the future of gaming. Plus: Download Firefox 24, and 12 essential Android apps

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Is Linux the Future of Gaming?
Valve's managing director Gabe Newell recently made some extremely positive comments about Linux being the future of gaming.

Gabe Newell, the co-founder and managing director of Valve, said today that Linux is the future of gaming despite its current minuscule share of the market.

That seems hard to believe, given that Newell acknowledged Linux gaming generally accounts for less than one percent of the market by any measure including players, player minutes, and revenue. But Valve is going to do its best to make sure Linux becomes the future of gaming by extending its Steam distribution platform to hardware designed for living rooms.

Newell made his comments while delivering a keynote at LinuxCon in New Orleans. "It feels a little bit funny coming here and telling you guys that Linux and open source are the future of gaming," Newell said. "It's sort of like going to Rome and teaching Catholicism to the pope."

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I'd love to know what Gabe Newell and Valve have up their sleeves. Newell is promising more information next week. So far Valve has done a fantastic job supporting Linux with Steam, so I'm hopeful that Newell isn't just engaging in hyperbole in his remarks.

Keep your fingers crossed, Linux gamers!

Download Firefox 24
Firefox 24 has been released for Linux, Windows and Mac. You can download it by going to the Firefox site, or just hit the Firefox FTP server.

Mozilla today officially launched Firefox 24 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Improvements include a new option to mass close tabs “to the right,” as well as WebRTC support and NFC sharing on Android.

Here’s the official changelog for Firefox 24:

NEW: Support for new scrollbar style in Mac OS X 10.7 and newer.
NEW: Implemented Close tabs to the right.
NEW: Social: Ability to tear-off chat windows to view separately by simply dragging them out.
CHANGED: Accessibility related improvements on using pinned tabs (see 577727).
CHANGED: Removed support for Revocation Lists feature (see 867465).
CHANGED: Performance improvements on New Tab Page loads (see 791670).
DEVELOPER: Major SVG rendering improvements around Image tiling and scaling (see 600207).
DEVELOPER: Improved and unified Browser console for enhanced debugging experience, replacing existing Error console.
DEVELOPER: Removed support for sherlock files that are loaded from application or profile directory.
FIXED: Replace fixed-ratio audio resampler in webrtc.org capture code with Speex resampler and eliminate pseudo-44000Hz rate (see 886886).

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I'm still on Firefox 23, so today looks like a great day to do an upgrade.

Twelve Essential Android Apps
Computerworld has a helpful list of twelve essential Android apps used by one of their bloggers. Overall, I think it's a very solid and useful list of apps. Check it out if you have an Android phone or tablet, you might find one you really need.

As a guy who writes about and reviews mobile technology, I use a lot of Android devices. And I've noticed a consistent pattern with what apps I load onto a phone first -- whether it's a personal phone I'm planning to use long-term or a review unit I'm moving into for a few weeks.

While they're far from being the only apps I rely on, these 12 titles are the first I tend to install on every phone I use these days -- the bare minimum I need to have a phone be workable as my primary device:

SwiftKey
Google Voice
Google Drive
Dropbox
Sliding Explorer
Reader+
Twitter
Simple Calendar Widget
HD Widgets
Pandora
Netflix
Nova Launcher and Nova Launcher Prime

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