The Valve Linux team announced last evening, July 16th, that they selected the Ubuntu operating system to deploy their upcoming Steam client for Linux.
The Linux team at Valve just created a few hours ago an official blog where they will publish everything there is to know about the Steam client for Linux, or more exactly Ubuntu.
Why Ubuntu? Simply because it is the number one Linux operating system out there, used by millions of users worldwide. However, there will be support for other Linux distributions as well!
"First, we’re just starting development and working with a single distribution is critical when you are experimenting, as we are. It reduces the variability of the testing space and makes early iteration easier and faster."
"Secondly, Ubuntu is a popular distribution and has recognition with the general gaming and developer communities. This doesn’t mean that Ubuntu will be the only distribution we support. Based on the success of our efforts around Ubuntu, we will look at supporting other distributions in the future," the blog announcement read.
It the upcoming months, Valve wants to unleash a fully-featured Steam client for the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system, optimize the Left 4 Dead 2 game to run at a high frame rate with OpenGL, and, of course, to port other popular Valve game titles to Linux.
"We’ve made good progress this year and now have the Steam client running on Ubuntu with all major features available. We’re still giving attention and effort to minor features but it’s a good experience at the moment."
"In the near future, we will be setting up an internal beta focusing on the auto-update experience and compatibility testing. [...] Our goal is to have L4D2 performing under Linux as well as it performs under Windows," the Linux team at Valve said.
Today, July 19th, at O’Reilly OSCON 2012 Mark Shuttleworth revealed a new feature that will be implemented in the upcoming Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) operating system, called Ubuntu Web Apps.
As you can see from the video below, presented by Canonical, Ubuntu Web Apps allows Ubuntu users to run online apps, such as Twitter, GMail, Ebay, Last.FM or Facebook, straight from their desktops.
This is nothing new to us, and I strongly believe that Canonical doesn't try to reinvent the wheel here. I don’t remember its name exactly (something with G), but a few years back there was a Linux distro that tried very much to imitate the Google OS concept of web apps. It died prematurely!
So, making web apps act like desktop ones doesn't really improve the user experience in my opinion.
Having my Unity launcher bar filled with icons who in fact should be my bookmarks, opening them in separate windows will not only slow down my PC, but it will not help me at all in being more productive.
Canonical also said that the web apps would be integrated in the Unity messaging indicator and HUD, but who cares? I would have liked to see more indicators, smart ones, that allow me to quickly see what’s new on email, Twitter, etc.
“That makes Ubuntu the best platform for the web – secure, fast and lightweight. This new feature is part of our drive to make the web a first class part of Ubuntu. We’ve already turned 40 popular web sites into Ubuntu Web Apps and there are plenty more on the way.”
“Ubuntu Web Apps will be available as a preview for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS soon and will be available by default in Ubuntu 12.10. I think we’ve made something that’s about to radically change users’ expectations of the web!” read the blog announcement made by Steve George, VP, Communications and Products at Canonical.
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#5 by csprv (User) (0 mesaje) at 2012-07-20 10:29:43 (300 săptămâni în urmă) - [Link]
da iaca cu Unity 4, dupa cit am citit pe blog tot treb sa fie suport, asta nu inseamna ca si Androi va tine jocurile pe Unity 4?
#2 StewieG, eu indeobste ma gindes dc nu au de gind sa fac pur si simplu un tarball (fara sourcecode in el) si gata, sa fie compatibil pe majoritatea distributivelor
#3 III3, "... ? ba Ioane gindestete ce zici! ..." - slapaneshtete, si inca o data
#2 StewieG, "... Why Ubuntu? Simply because it is the number one Linux operating system out there, used by millions of users worldwide. However, there will be support for other Linux distributions as well! ..." -
After yet another seven Release Candidate versions, Linus Torvalds proudly announced yesterday, July 21st, the immediate availability for download of Linux kernel 3.5.
Linux kernel 3.5 brings various interesting features (check out the highlights below and the quote from Linus Torvalds’ announcement) among which we can mention support for metadata checksums in the EXT4 filesystem, support for restoring and checkpointing TCP connections, support for TCP Early Retransmit (RFC 5827), a new network queue management algorithm designed to fight bufferbloat, Btrfs I/O failure statistics, and much more.
“There's a number of MIPS commits (for some reason MIPS has had a horrible track record with the -rc time schedule, I suspect I should just stop pulling late in the game), but most of the rest is pretty small.”
“A couple of dm/md fixes, some gma500 work, make kgdb 'dmesg' command work again, some networking fixes, some xfs and cifs noise, yadda yadda. About 50% of the patch is actually the SPEAr clock name renaming that is just some search-and-replace,” said Linus Torvalds in the official announcement.
Linux kernel 3.5 also comes with many improvements in various areas, such as memory management fixes, networking, virtualization, security, perf/tracing, block, improvements to Btrfs, Tmpfs, XFS, CIFS, JFFS2, exofs, Cifs filesystems, as well as various core changes.
For a complete list of all the newly added drivers, newly supported devices, and other improvements, do not hesitate to view the official changelog and the Linux kernel 3.5 DriverArch page