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Debian 9 on a Dell OptiPlex 9020 Micro


TL;DR: Works fine (see title). The little old box I bought my last desktop from VG Computing (now Linux Now) in Melbourne. It arrived without an operating system and was basically a Mini-ITX board in a Shuttle XH61 case, with selected add-ins. (Specs below). I installed Debian stable and got years…

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The Importance of Static Social Media Buttons


So, let's talk social media buttons. You know them; you probably see them on most sites that you visit these days. The little badges or icons that load, encouraging you to click on them to either connect with the associated social media account or to share the article you may be reading at the…

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What is YOUR Essential FOSS Program?


We all have at least one or maybe even a handful of programs we seemingly just can't live without. You know, that program that you instantly go looking for as soon as you've installed your new shiny OS (or Linux distribution, more specifically in our case). For me, personally it's the Vim text…

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Canonical Quits Unity/Mir/Convergence; My Thoughts


In stunning news, which is apparently NOT a late April Fools joke, Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Canonical will be dumping the Unity, Mir projects and ultimately the goal of 'convergence'. Canonical is also planning to then return to GNOME as the default desktop by the release of Ubuntu…

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The State of NVIDIA Optimus on Linux


For those unaware, NVIDIA Optimus is a technology that allows integrated Intel graphics and a discrete NVIDIA graphics card to be built into the same computer (generally a laptop) and switch between the two on-demand. This same technology is also the cause of Linus Torvalds' infamous…

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What is Ubuntu Snappy?


If you're anything like me, you've probably heard about this new thing from Canonical called "Snappy" Ubuntu Core, but at the same time trying to understand exactly what it is may leave you cross-eyed, especially with the buzzwords such as "cloud", "containers" and…

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Over a Month On - Conclusion to the GNOME Shell Challenge


Over a month ago I embarked on my own personal challenge to use GNOME Shell (otherwise just known as GNOME 3) for an entire week. That week happened and went, I wrote some thoughts I had after that initial week, but did not officially end my usage of the Shell. Fast forward to now... I'm still…

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Is Ubuntu's Unity Really All That Bad Nowadays?


Now, don't get me wrong - when it comes to choice of desktop interface it's a very subjective matter and often a matter of taste and what you, as the user, finds most comfortable and/or productive. Still, browse through various forums, comment sections or blogs across the internet concerning Unity…

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How FOSS Brought New Life To My Once Linux-Unfriendly Laptop


Many of you can probably relate to this: that machine, whether it be a laptop or a desktop computer, that just seems to hate any Linux operating system you throw at it. Poor performance, inefficiency or non-working bits of hardware or functionalities seem the norm whenever you try your favourite…

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Unless you have been living in a cave for the last few weeks, you would have heard about (formally known as Good Old Games) finally announcing they will be adding Linux support! I think this is a great thing and here's 5 good reasons why. Now okay, technically, they are (at least initially)…

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Ardour 8.5 Open-Source DAW Improves Linux and AAF Import Support

Paul Davis announced today the release and general availability of Ardour 8.5 as a new maintenance update to this powerful open-source, cross-platform, and free digital audio workstation (DAW) for Linux, Windows, and macOS systems.

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TUXEDO Sirius 16 Gen2 All-AMD Linux Gaming Laptop Gets Faster Ryzen 7 CPU

Linux hardware vendor TUXEDO Computers announced the availability for pre-order of the second generation (Gen2) TUXEDO Sirius 16 all-AMD Linux gaming laptop with an updated Ryzen 7 processor.

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Ubuntu 24.04 LTS Beta Is Now Available for Download with GNOME 46, Linux 6.8

Canonical released today the beta version of the upcoming Ubuntu 24.04 LTS (Noble Numbat) operating system for public testing ahead of the final release on April 25th, 2024.

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KDE Gear 24.02.2 Brings Bug Fixes for Spectacle, Okular, Gwenview, & Other Apps

The KDE Project released KDE Gear 24.02.2 as the second and what would appear to be the last maintenance update for the KDE Gear 24.02 series of this collection of apps for the Plasma desktop and other platforms.

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LXQt 2.0 Gears Up for Wayland: What’s Ready and Next?

LXQt 2.0: A Wayland journey begins. Not fully ready, but a significant step toward a comprehensive Wayland experience in LXQt 2.1.

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Stalwart 0.7.0 Mail Server Introduces Web Admin Interface

Stalwart’s latest update brings a web-based email server management interface for easy mail server admin and enhanced performance.

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Ente Photos Unveils Self-Hosting for Enhanced Privacy and Control

Ente introduces self-hosting via Docker, offering a secure, open-source photo backup alternative to Google Photos with end-to-end encryption.

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OpenSSL 3.3 Released With Support for QLog for Tracing QUIC Connections

OpenSSL 3.3 has been released today as a major update to this powerful, open-source, cross-platform, and free software library that provides secure communications over computer networks for applications and websites.

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Canonical Announces Ubuntu Pro for Devices Subscription for IoT Deployments

Canonical, the maker of Ubuntu, announced the launch of Ubuntu Pro for Devices, bringing security and long-term compliance to IoT deployments.

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Grafana Loki 3.0 Released With Native OpenTelemetry Support

Grafana Loki 3.0 enhances log management with advanced query filters and comprehensive OpenTelemetry support.

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Proton Experimental brings lots of bug fixes, controller support in a few launchers

Valve pushed out a new upgrade to Proton Experimental, their staging ground for public-testing of what will eventually make its way into a main…

RimWorld - Anomaly expansion and big free update out now

Ludeon Studios just released RimWorld - Anomaly, a huge new expansion to the colony-building sim filled with all sorts of crazy looking horrors.

Palworld is getting a major content update this Summer, plus a PvP Arena mode later

Palworld is set to expand in multiple big ways, which actually sounds quite exciting with a whole lot of new content set to arrive in the monster…

PathBlasters is like a competitive vertical-scrolling Bomberman

Inspired by classic arcade games, PathBlasters looks like an absolute gem that deserves some attention mixing in some fun gameplay elements with a…

Check out Devil's Hideout a horror point and click adventure game

Cosmic Void are currently developing Devil's Hideout, a horror point and click adventure where you have to deal with a bunch of cultists that faked…

Nanuka: Secret of the Shattering Moon is a colourful cinematic 2D puzzle platformer

OutOfTheBit Ltd are doing it again. After the wonderful Full Void last year, they've announced Nanuka: Secret of the Shattering Moon, another great…

Riot Games talk Vanguard anti-cheat for League of Legends and why it's a no for Linux

While previously you've been able to play League of Legends on Linux, and there's some pretty die-hard fans using Wine to play it, that's set to end…

Fallout 4 is getting a fresh update and will be Steam Deck Verified

Bethesda announced that Fallout 4 is getting a fresh update to bring some new features, along with getting it Steam Deck Verified later in April.

Combined Arms (OpenRA) for Command & Conquer just had a huge upgrade

Need some more RTS in your life? Combined Arms is one of my favourites. Built on the free and open source OpenRA, it brings together the Allies,…

Cave-diving action roguelite UnderMine 2 announced by Thorium

Another interesting one from the Triple-I showcase is UnderMine 2, Thorium's follow-up to their pretty great cave-diving action roguelite and this…

Brotato: Abyssal Terrors is going to ruin my free time, especially with co-op

Oh no, please no more, I have so little time as it is. Brotato: Abyssal Terrors has been announced as the first DLC for the excellent top-down arena…

Streets of Rogue 2 gets a new trailer plus a demo for Steam Next Fest in June

One of the games I am truly most looking forward to getting my hands on is Streets of Rogue 2, which seems like it takes everything good about the…

Vampire Survivors: Operation Guns is a Contra collab DLC releasing May 9th

Another fun looking one from the Triple-I showcase is Vampire Survivors: Operation Guns, a fresh new DLC for everyone's favourite survivor game. This…

Lutris v0.5.17 brings critical bug fixes and a new way to run games with Proton

The open source game manager Lutris has a new release out, with brings in some critical bug fixes along with some new features needing testing.

You can get art of rally, MudRunner, Circuit Superstars and more in this bundle

Ready for some racing fun? The Catch My Drift Humble Bundle has some quality stuff inside. So here's all you'll need to know about Steam Deck and…

Slay the Spire 2 announced by Mega Crit for 2025

Mega Crit have announced Slay the Spire 2 during the Triple-I showcase, a game that no doubt will be exciting for many with how great the first is.

The first handheld to use PlaytronOS is some Web3 thing - the SuiPlay0x1

Remember Playtron and PlaytronOS? They made an attempt at a big splash recently with plans to create a Linux-powered system to rival SteamOS (Steam…

Cute gravity-bending platformer ROTA is now free and open source

Always nice to see more developers open up their games. ROTA released back in 2022 is now not only free, but it's also been made open source by the…

The incredible pixel-smashing game Noita got a huge free update

Noita is something really special, a roguelite game where every pixel is physically simulated and it's easily one of the best games ever made. It's…

Tomb Raider 1 open source engine TR1X adds a 60FPS mode

The open source TR1X engine for running Tomb Raider 1 continues to bring in lots of enhancements, making it easily one of the best ways to play the…

Aquapark Tycoon is a waterpark building sim from the dev of Avorion

Boxelware, developer of space sim Avorion just revealed Aquapark Tycoon, that's set to deliver a unique fusion of creativity, strategic planning and…

GE-Proton installer ProtonUp-Qt v2.9.2 released

ProtonUp-Qt is back for another update, remaining as one of the easiest ways to install extra compatibility tools on Steam Deck and Desktop Linux…

The Splintered Sea expansion announced for physics building game Besiege

Besiege is good fun having you construct various mechanical machines for destruction, and now it's all going to get a bit wet in The Splintered Sea…

Toaplan Arcade Shoot 'Em Up Collection Vol.4 is out now with more classics

If you're a shoot 'em up fan you've been eating good recently, with another quality set of games out now in the Toaplan Arcade Shoot ‘Em Up…

Please, Touch The Artwork 2 gets a bunch of Steam Deck improvements

Please, Touch The Artwork 2 is a free and highly rated hand-painted cozy hidden object adventure out now, and recently it had some nice Steam Deck…

Super Video Golf added a career mode - it deserves more attention

Super Video Golf looks great for anyone who loves Golf, and it got a bit buried but the developer has continued to expand it with a recent update…

Linux continues to be above 4% on the desktop

According to the StatCounter, Linux on the desktop has continued to rise and remains above 4%, with this being the healthiest it's ever looked on the…

Over 20 classic SNK titles just released on GOG

If you love retro gaming, you might want to hop on over to GOG as they've teamed up with SNK again to bring a bunch more classic games to your…

Explicit GPU Synchronization for Xwayland now merged

The day is finally here. Xwayland now has the code for Explicit GPU Synchronization merged after waiting over a year for everything to be ready.

Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer Part 41: The Worm Turns

The Allegro library is a cross-platform backend for low-level game routines, which for much of its history was very much associated with the MS-DOS…

Old School Rally plans full support for Steam Deck - got me feeling nostalgic

I have truly fond memories of spending entire days playing rally games on the original PlayStation, and some later games on PC and Old School Rally…

Dwarf Fortress hits 800,000 sales and no sign of it stopping

Dwarf Fortress on Steam and has been a mega success for Bay 12 Games, a deserved success, given their previous free release supported and…

Discord Overlay for Linux adds PulseAudio / PipeWire integration

Discover Overlay, an open source Discord Overlay for Linux has a new release available with v0.7.3 adding in some useful new features.

KDE's Xaver Hugl on why Wayland explicit sync is such a big deal

You may have seen news recently about explicit sync for Wayland, but you might not know why it's actually important for the future of Linux on…

KDE Plasma 6.1 will be able to sync keyboard RGB to your chosen accent colour

More work is ongoing for the upcoming KDE Plasma 6.1 release, and there's some fun stuff being added like the ability to sync your keyboard RGB…

CleanDoom - a modern, polished mod launcher for GZDoom

Want a really simple but useful launcher to run GZDoom games? If you find other launchers not to your liking, or too complicated, maybe CleanDoom…

The ridiculously fun Windowkill gets modding support with a source code release

Windowkill is a fantastic twin-stick shooter, where the game window is constantly shrinking on you and enemies spawn across multiple windows. It's…

Check out the Manjaro Linux lead talk about the Orange Pi NEO gaming handheld

The Orange Pi NEO is an exciting looking gaming device, following in the footsteps of the Steam Deck being powered by Linux. Recently the price was…

Arch Linux changes vm.max_map_count to match Fedora, Ubuntu for better gaming

Nice to see more Linux distributions make changes to ensure the gaming experience is good. Arch Linux is now following Fedora and Ubuntu on upping…

Heroic Games Launcher v2.14.1 Hotfix #1 fixes Proton on Linux and Steam Deck

After the most recent main release of the Heroic Games Launcher, there was an issue people found where games using Proton on Linux / Steam Deck…

Wine 9.6 released with more Direct2D effects work, support for RSA OAEP padding in BCrypt

Wine 9.6 is the latest development release out now for the Windows compatibility layer, making progress on getting as many apps and games working on…

Space sim X4: Foundations is getting another huge free update with added accessibility

Egosoft continue expanding and improving their space sim X4: Foundations, with the next big free upgrade nearly ready. They've announced 7.00 is now…

Forty-Niner is an upcoming open-world wild west survival game

Releasing into Early Access on Steam in 2025 with Native Linux support, developer VowelA recently announced their open-world wild west survival game…

The latest indie hit on Steam sees you play Russian roulette with a 12-gauge shotgun

Buckshot Roulette has made the jump from to Steam, and it seems like it's hitting the mark for a lot of players as it quickly gained an…

System Shock remake is getting a huge patch with big optimizations - great for Steam Deck

Nightdive Studios have announced their System Shock remake is set for a huge update arriving on April 11th, that will make it a whole lot better for…

Open source Minecraft mod platform Modrinth goes indie, returns funds to investors

Well, this isn't something you read every day, a platform actually taking steps to be sustainable and not chase constant growth backed by investors.

Crypt of the NecroDancer just got a Hatsune Miku DLC

Okay this is quite a surprise! The excellent Crypt of the NecroDancer just got a surprise addition with a Hatsune Miku DLC launch. I know plenty of…

Mysterious thriller adventure The Heirloom launches in October - looks quite special

Here's an upcoming mysterious thriller adventure that looks quite special, one for fans of classic adventure games and it's releasing in October.

More security issues in X.Org and Xwayland revealed and new releases live

Back in January we had some security issues revealed in both X.Org and Xwayland, and here we are with a few more and so there's new versions…

Musical logic puzzler Beat 'N' Path has a demo live now

Beat 'N' Path is a game that sees you combine together your creativity and logic to create machines to play music, it looks wonderful and there's now…