Lay waste to your enemies with Dota 2 for Linux via Steam!

Today in Open Source: Dota 2 is now available for Steam on Linux. Plus: Wine 1.6 released, and how to install Unity alternatives in Ubuntu.

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Dota 2 Released for Steam on Linux
Linux gamers should rejoice today, Dota 2 is now available via Steam. Dota 2 is a game that combines action and strategy.

I'm delighted to see the release of this game. Valve has been doing amazing work in bringing games to Linux, and their efforts are starting to bear some delicious fruit.

Dota is a competitive game of action and strategy, played both professionally and casually by millions of passionate fans worldwide. Players pick from a pool of over a hundred heroes, forming two teams of five players. Radiant heroes then battle their Dire counterparts to control a gorgeous fantasy landscape, waging campaigns of cunning, stealth, and outright warfare.

Irresistably colorful on the surface, Dota is a game of infinite depth and complexity. Every hero has an array of skills and abilities that combine with the skills of their allies in unexpected ways, to ensure that no game is ever remotely alike.

Get a taste of the game that has enthralled millions.

More at Steam Store

Here's the official trailer:

If you're interested in playing Dota 2 in Linux, here's a list of system requirements:

OS: Ubuntu 12.04
Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeaon HD2600/3600 (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card

It's wonderful to see Linux gaming finally taking off like this, after all these years. Good things come to those who wait, and we've been waiting quite a while!

Wine 1.6 Released
I barked a little bit in an earlier article this week about Wine and Windows RT. Now Wine 1.6 is available. There have been quite a few changes, far too many for me to cover here, but you can read the Wine 1.6 release announcement for details.

The Wine team is proud to announce that the stable release Wine 1.6
is now available. This release represents 16 months of development effort and around
10,000 individual changes.

More at Wine HQ

Here's a brief sample of some of the things that had changes:

User Interface
X11 Driver
Graphics
Text and Fonts
Input Devices
Kernel
.NET Support
OLE/COM
Internet/Networking
Direct3D
DirectDraw
Audio and Video
Printer Support
Internationalization
Built-in Applications

Wine 1.6 will be welcomed by Wine users.

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