July 24, 2014, 1:34 PM — Linux gaming has been in the news a lot lately, with more and more companies interested in adding support Linux. GOG.com is a popular gaming service that promised to add support for Linux a while back. Now the site has announced that it has more than fifty Linux games available, with plans to add many more in the future.
According to GOG.com:
A while ago, we've announced our plans to add Linux support as one of the features of our digital platform, with 100 games on the launch day sometime this fall. We've put much time and effort into this project and now we've found ourselves with over 50 titles, classic and new, prepared for distribution, site infrastructure ready, support team trained and standing by, and absolutely no reason to wait until October or November.
Linux support has officially arrived on GOG.com!
Anomaly Warzone Earth
Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold - first time on Linux!
Blake Stone: Planet Strike - first time on Linux!
Bloodnet - first time on Linux!
CLARC - first time on Linux!
Darklands - first time on Linux!
Don't Starve + DLC
Dragonsphere - first time on Linux!
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition
FlatOut - first time on Linux!
Flatout 2 - first time on Linux!
Fragile Allegiance - first time on Linux!
Gods Will Be Watching
Hocus Pocus - first time on Linux!
Kentucky Route Zero
The Last Federation
Legend of Grimrock
Litil Divil - first time on Linux!
Long Live the Queen
Normality - first time on Linux!
Pinball Gold Pack - first time on Linux!
Pinball World - first time on Linux!
Pirates! Gold Plus - first time on Linux!
Realms of the Haunting - first time on Linux!
Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender - first time on Linux!
Rise of the Triad: Dark War - first time on Linux!
The Shivah HD
Sid Meier's Colonization - first time on Linux!
Sid Meier's Covert Action - first time on Linux!
Sir, You Are Being Hunted
Slipstream 5000 - first time on Linux!
Space Pirates and Zombies
Stargunner - first time on Linux!
Surgeon Simulator 2013
Sword of the Samurai - first time on Linux!
Unrest:Special Edition (Linux build on the way!)
Image credit: GOG.com
It's great to see GOG.com so enthusiastic about Linux gaming. It's yet another indication that Linux gaming is red-hot right now, and I'm glad to note that they have plans to add so many more games soon. It should make a lot of Linux gamers quite happy when all of the additional games become available.
Check out the Reddit thread about the announcement to see some of the reactions from the Linux gaming community. You might also want to check out the GOG.com sub-reddit to connect with other GOG.com users.
A distrohopper falls in love with Debian and settles down
A former distrohopper has finally decided to settle down and reports on his two year love affair with Debian.
According to ClaudeCat's Place:
They don’t move quickly, these Debian people. Stable can become really really outdated by its end of life. But I liked what I saw in Wheezy and went with it, mainly due to the KDE version being mildly current at the time. It’s now out of date by a lot, but still perfectly functional and not lacking any important features.
...I’ve found Debian, the now stable version known as Wheezy, to be a joy to use. Solid as a rock, reliable and unchanging, able to do everything I need. What more could anyone want, aside from better battery life on laptops? And it’s Linux, so it’s inherently more secure, less prone to a myriad of issues, and less irksome in general principle than Windows or the Mac. Just one idiot’s experience, your mileage may vary.
While I'm always sorry to see a distrohopper stop hopping, I couldn't be happier for him for finding Debian. It's certainly an excellent option for some users and I suspect he'll be happy with it for many more years to come.
Here are some useful links if you're interested in learning about Debian:
KDE 5 slideshow at eWeek
eWeek has a slideshow that covers the new features in KDE 5.
According to eWeek :
With the Plasma 5 desktop, KDE is providing users with both under-the-hood enhancements and user-facing improvements. Plasma 5 is powered by the open-source Qt 5 cross-platform user interface framework. Hardware acceleration for graphics is now supported with the OpenGL graphics API. With Qt 5 and OpenGL, Plasma 5 is able to provide users with not only improved graphics performance, but also a more fluid user experience.
Image credit: eWeek
You might also want to check out the official Plasma 5 announcement for more information, including videos of the new features in KDE 5.
Here's a video that walks you through some of what Plasma 5 has to offer on the desktop:
What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.
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