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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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How to Install FFmpeg on Fedora 39

Learn how to install FFmpeg on Fedora 39 Linux utilizing two methods: first with Fedora’s “ffmpeg-free” package or utilizing RPM Fusion.

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AlmaLinux Expands ELevate’s Functionality With EPEL Integration

AlmaLinux’s ELevate now offers EPEL support, ensuring a smoother transition from CentOS 7 to AlmaLinux 8. Here’s more on that!

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SessionProbe: Open-Source Multi-Threaded Pentesting Tool

SessionProbe is a multi-threaded pentesting tool designed to evaluate user privileges in web applications. It takes a user’s session token and checks for a list of URLs if access is possible, highlighting potential authorization issues. It deduplicates URL lists and provides real-time logging and progress tracking.

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Sparky Linux 7.2 Released, Here’s What’s New

Powered by Linux kernel 6.1 LTS, Sparky Linux 7.2 features LXQt 1.2.0 and KDE Plasma 5.27.5, now with ARMHF & ARM64 images.

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Alpine Linux 3.19 Released With Linux Kernel 6.6 LTS and Raspberry Pi 5 Support

Powered by the latest and greatest Linux 6.6 LTS kernel series, Alpine Linux 3.19 adds support for the latest Raspberry Pi 5 single-board computer, enables iptables-nft as the default iptables backend, and replaces the linux-rpi4 and linux-rpi2 kernels with a single linux-rpi kernel.

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AI Alliance for Open Innovation Formed By IBM and Meta With Intel, AMD, and More

All the members of this AI-focused alliance are set to collaborate with each other by being part of an open community that allows both developers and researchers to further “responsible innovation” in AI.

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Peppermint OS – A Lightweight Linux OS for Older Hardware

Peppermint OS is a Linux distribution based on Debian and Devuan Stable (originally based on Ubuntu). The desktop environment it utilizes is Xfce, which is customizable and lightweight. With relatively few hardware resources needed to run Peppermint, it attempts to give beginners a friendly Linux atmosphere.

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Endless OS 5.1 Rolls Out With Enhanced Learning Experience

Still based on Debian 11, Endless OS 5.1 is a minor release with Endless Key, updated hardware support, and incremental improvements.

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Raspberry Pi OS Gets New Dark GTK Theme, Better Raspberry Pi 5 Support

The new Raspberry Pi OS release, versioned 2023-12-05, brings a new dark GTK theme, enables the Battery Monitor plugin, adds a new “Taskbar Preferences” menu item to the panel’s right-click context menu, and enables monitoring of theme files in the pixdecor plugin to load changes on the fly.

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KDE Announces Finalists in Plasma 6 Wallpaper Contest

Here are the top six contenders in KDE’s wallpaper contest! One of these exceptional designs will be the default wallpaper for Plasma 6.

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GamingOnLinux Latest Articles

World of Goo 2 announced for release in 2024

2D Boy and Tomorrow Corporation are coming back for one more run, with World of Goo 2 being announced and it looks glorious. They also note it's the…

Traffic optimisation puzzle-sim GRIDROAD hits Early Access

Love a challenge and don't get your brain in a twist easily? GRIDROAD is a fun idea putting you in charge of building roads and optimizing traffic.

Cautiously hyped for Light No Fire from the No Man's Sky team at Hello Games

Light No Fire is another interesting game announcement coming from The Game Awards 2023, coming from Hello Games, the crew that created No Man's Sky.

SEGA tease new Jet Set Radio, Shinobi, Golden Axe, Streets of Rage and Crazy Taxi

The Game Awards 2023 are over and I'm going over some of the interesting bits that were announced, like SEGA deciding to just go nuts.

DOS_deck brings DOS games to your browser with a Steam Deck interface

This is a fun idea for classic games. DOS_deck is a website where you can go and play some classic DOS games right in the browser with an interface…

Steam Deck Beta and SteamOS Preview fix up some annoying issues

Valve recently put up a fresh Steam Deck Client Beta, along with a new SteamOS Preview release and together they fix some important issues that…

W4 Games raises $15M to help push Godot Engine

W4 Games, the company set up by Godot Engine veterans Juan Linietsky, Rémi Verschelde and Fabio Alessandrelli, along with veteran entrepreneur…

Steam Deck OLED hits retail stores on December 12th in Asia

KOMODO has announced their retail expansion with the Steam Deck OLED planned to be in stores across Asia starting December 12th.

Dig Dig Boom is a charming looking turn-based puzzle mining roguelike

Turn-based puzzle mining in a highly dynamic destructible world, Dig Dig Boom looks like a charming game you should stick on your wishlist.

Kind Words 2 (lofi city pop) announced - a game about being kind to real people

Remember the game Kind Words? A tiny little thing that came out in 2019 that let you send letters to real people, along with listening to some chill…

Beat 'N' Path has you combine creativity and logic to make musical machines

Beat 'N' Path sounds like a fun game for the creative mind, that has you design and build various machines to produce music across a career mode and…

You absolutely need to try Mechabellum during the Steam Free Weekend

Mechabellum has sucked away more of my time than I would care to admit right now, and you too can see what all the fuss is about during the Steam…

Powers in the Basement is a free, short comedy point and click adventure

Free game Thursday? Check out Powers in the Basement, a point and click adventure that won't take you forever to get through, with plenty of comedy…

Vampire Survivors - Adventures Update out now, plus Among Us collab DLC coming

Well this is quite unexpected. Vampire Survivors is getting a new DLC later this month with an Among Us cross-over. Plus, a big update is also out…

Feral GameMode v1.8 out now with CPU core pinning and parking

GameMode, the tool for Linux originally from Feral Interactive, has version 1.8 released with some new features to tweak your system performance for…

100 Steam Deck OLEDs will be given away during The Game Awards 2023

The Game Awards 2023 is approaching and just like last year, they will be hosting a giveaway so you can win! This time it's the Steam Deck OLED for…

dotAGE adds controller support - working towards Steam Deck Verified

dotAGE is a challenging turn-based village builder, one that will suck away a lot of your time. It's a genuinely great game and it only keeps getting…

Check out the demo for Planetiles, a chilled city-builder like Dorfromantik

Enjoy games like Dorfromantik that have you build tiles and expand while mostly just chilling? Then you're going to want to look at Planetiles.

The incredibly weird psychedelic physics game Juice Galaxy got a Steam release

A game I checked out back in 2021, Juice Galaxy (formerly Juice World), is a thoroughly odd game that is terribly hard to actually describe.

Check out some midweek Steam Deck Verified picks

Keeping up with all the latest games going through verification for Steam Deck, here's another set of picks for you to take a look at.

Skyrim Special Edition updated with Steam Deck support, ultrawide res, bug fixes

I'm as surprised as you are but The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition just got a brand new update that includes Steam Deck support. And paid…

Humble Choice for December 2023 is a nice all-rounder of treats

The latest Humble Choice for December 2023 is now available with another set of games for subscribers, so here's your usual run over what's inside…

Combined Arms, the big free retro C&C and Red Alert combo 1.0 is out now

Combined Arms brings Command & Conquer and Red Alert action mashed together into a single OpenRA powered game and the 1.0 release is out now.

Minetest 5.8.0 is out now with improved settings, Minetest Game no longer default

Minetest, the popular free and open source voxel game engine, one that can be used to play various different games (like a Minecraft clone) just…

Grand Theft Auto VI trailer is live but no mention of a PC release yet

Grand Theft Auto VI is no doubt going to be the absolute biggest release all year when it arrives in 2025, but for now Rockstar Games are only…

Steam Deck - SteamOS 3.5.9 Preview 'Well Paced Edition' brings more fixes

Even more fixes are landing in Preview for Steam Deck in the SteamOS 3.5.9 Preview: Well Paced Edition update. I'm enjoying Valve giving them fun…

A favourite and top Steam Deck game Brotato is expanding with new content

Brotato is a great game, absolutely one of my favourites, it's also one of the most played Steam Deck games and the good news is that it's set to…

Cyberpunk 2077 gets another big upgrade with a Metro System, new Accessibility options

One of the most popular single-player games on Steam, Cyberpunk 2077 has received another big free update for all players.

Get a bunch of JRPGs and Uplifting Adventures in these game bundles

Some more games to start your week? Okay then! Here's two newer selections from Humble Bundle. As usual I'll give you the Steam Deck and Desktop…

EA opens up more patents for increasing Accessibility in gaming

EA (Electronic Arts) have added a few more patents to their Patent Pledge for Increasing Accessibility to help game developers.

Adventure Mode for Dwarf Fortress arrives April 2024

Kitfox and Bay 12 Games have revealed that the new Adventure Mode for Dwarf Fortress (Steam) will arrive in April 2024 with a new trailer.

Sons Of The Forest adds FSR 2.0 and better settings for Steam Deck

Sons Of The Forest is one game that was sadly a little too much for the Steam Deck to handle at the release, but now it seems it should run a fair…

ControllerImage provides easy on-screen prompts for game developers

Developer and game porter Ryan "Icculus" Gordon has created a new library named ControllerImage for game developers, with an aim to help…

Check out the demo for Snacktorio, a factory-cooking sim where you feed monsters

Snacktorio from APICO developer TNgineers now has a demo available, and it's quite a fun game that blends factory building, cooking and exploration…

Songs of Conquest working on improved Steam Deck / Gamepad support

Songs of Conquest is an impressive Early Access turn-based strategy adventure game and it has a new Beta available you may want to test on Steam Deck…

Linux share on Steam back to nearly 2% thanks to Steam Deck

After a couple of months of the Linux user share on Steam dropping, the November 2023 Steam Hardware & Software Survey shows it shooting back up…

Steam Deck - SteamOS 3.5.8 now in Preview

Valve released a fresh SteamOS update into Preview for Steam Deck, with SteamOS 3.5.8 out now fixing up various problems since the big 3.5 update.

Jingle Jam 2023 Games Collection Bundle is live with 70+ games

It's that time of year again, time for another Jingle Jam 2023 Games Collection Bundle to grab loads of games and support charity.

Here's the most played Steam Deck games for November 2023

December has arrived and so Valve have revealed the most popular games played on Steam Deck through November 2023 sorted by hours played overall.

Roots of Pacha 1.1 adds new content and a fix for Steam Deck external controllers

The single-player and co-op life sim / farming game Roots of Pacha has a big update out now, with it there's plenty of new content and a nice fix for…

Story Mode for Them's Fightin' Herds cancelled and active development to cease

Some sad news for fans of the fighting game Them's Fightin' Herds, as the developer Mane6 has cancelled the Story Mode and will be ceasing active…

Western adventure in the alternate 19th century, Rosewater has a fresh trailer

If you love your classic styled point and click adventures, Rosewater is one you need to pop right in that wishlist. It's looking really good!

Check out the new trailer for Demonschool, an upcoming light horror tactics RPG

Demonschool looks like one of the most unique tactics RPG I've seen for a while, and the new trailer that just went up really has me excited for it.

Huge update to Baldur's Gate 3 adds an Epilogue, new game modes and willy physics

Well that's quite an upgrade Baldur's Gate 3 just got, and one of my absolute favourite games of this year. Might be time to jump back in again!

KDE Plasma 6 - Beta 1 released

The KDE team continue sprinting towards to finish line of the Plasma 6 release next year, with a Beta release now available for the popular Linux… broke in Wine / Proton - here's how to fix for Steam Deck / Linux

Ah launchers, don't you just love them? A reoccuring nuisance for Steam Deck and desktop Linux gaming is that they can and will break and the latest…

Proton Experimental fixes Baldur's Gate 3, improves Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2

Valve released a fresh Proton Experimental update for Steam Deck and Desktop Linux to finish up November so here's what's new and improved.

Build up your game library with Fanatical's Bandai Namco Collection

Need some more games for your Steam Deck or desktop Linux PC? Fanatical has launched another great build your own deal with the Bandai Namco…

Godot Engine 4.2 is out now with AMD FSR 2.2 and lots of new features

Godot Engine 4.2 is officially released bringing with it a great many improvements for developers using this popular free and open source game engine.

Heroic Games Launcher 2.11 released with custom library categories

Heroic Games Launcher 2.11 is out now and brings with it an easier way to sort your game library by adding custom categories.