Is the Steam Controller too bizarre for most gamers?

Today in Open Source: Is the Steam Controller too different to succeed? Plus: Korora 20 released, and the Darling Project rises from the ashes

By , ITworld |  Open Source, Fedora, Linux

The Steam Controller's weirdness
Polygon has a hands-on look at Valve's unique Steam Controller. Is it just too different for most gamers?

Valve's new Steam Controller is unlike any other gamepad we've ever used. At first, it's kind of a clumsy, alien experience trying to come to grips with Valve's solution for bringing control of PC games to the living room. But after spending some time with the Steam Controller at CES, its unusual design starts to make sense and, soon, feel natural. And then, it clicks.

During a private demo at Valve's CES booth, Polygon got to spend ample time with the Steam Controller and one of the creators who knows it well, Jeff Bellinghausen.

More at Polygon

I haven't used the Steam Controller, but it certainly looks different. I don't see that as a bad thing at all. It looks to me like Valve is thinking way outside the box, and that's probably very necessary if Steam Machines are doing to dethrone Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo in the gaming arena.

Like any new piece of hardware, it will take gamers time to adjust. But from the article it sounds like once that happens the SteamOS gaming experience really shines. I'm confident that gamers are open-minded enough to give the Steam Controller a chance.

Korora 20 released
Softpedia is reporting that Korora 20 has been released. Korora is a Fedora remix.

Korora 20 features five versions, for GNOME, MATE, KDE, Cinnamon, and Xfce. It comes with a few default applications such as Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Google Earth, RPMFusion, and VirtualBox.

• GNOME 3.10 has been implemented and represents another iteration to the new desktop which is also targeting native Wayland support;
• KDE Plasma Workspaces has been updated to version 4.11 and comes with a host of bug fixes, speed ups, and improvements to the native applications;
• The Application Installer brings a new interface for installing packages in GNOME;
• NetworkManager now configures bond master and bridge interfaces with commonly used options;
• According to the developers, LVM has introduced thin provisioning technology, which provides greatly improved snapshot functionality in addition to thin provisioning capability;
• Plasma-nm has replaced the current network applet in KDE;
• SSD Cache has been updated.

 
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I haven't used Korora, but this release sounds promising. I'm sure there are some Fedora users who will really appreciate an alternative remix that improves on what Fedora offers and makes their overall experience better.

Darling Project to run OS X apps on Linux restarts
ZDNet is reporting that the Darling Project has been reinvigorated. Darling is geared toward letting Linux users run OS X apps on their computers.

New life has been breathed into a project to make Apple OS X programs run on Linux-based operating systems.

The Darling project is beginning to see new activity on GitHub after months of dormancy and the website has moved to a new address DarlingHQ.org.

Similar to how Wine allows Windows applications to run on Linux OS the Darling project is trying to build a software compatibility layer to run OS X apps.

More at ZDNet

I admire the perseverance of those involved with the Darling Project, but I'm not sure how many Linux users would really want to run OS X apps. No doubt there are a few, but I think the majority of Linux users probably view anything related to Apple with some suspicion. Apple's walled garden is almost the total opposite of what Linux stands for in terms of openness.

I could be wrong about this though. If you're a Linux user who wants to run OS X apps please share your thoughts below. I'm curious to know if there's an untapped wellspring of potential OS X app users among the Linux community.

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

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