GOG.com to support Linux

Written by Clem on March 21st, 2014

Great news for gamers! GOG.com announced plans to support Linux:

We’re initially going to be launching our Linux support on GOG.com with the full GOG.com treatment for Ubuntu and Mint. That means that right now, we’re hammering away at testing games on a variety of configurations, training up our teams on Linux-speak, and generally getting geared up for a big kick-off in the fall with at least 100 Linux games ready for you to play. This is, of course, going to include games that we sell which already have Linux clients, but we’ll also be bringing Linux gamers a variety of classics that are, for the first time, officially supported and maintained by a storefront like ours.

Source: http://www.gog.com/news/gogcom_soon_on_more_platforms

GOG.com should complement Steam nicely with a different catalogue of games and with DRM-free titles.

Whether you’re playing Free Software games, using Steam, native titles or Windows compatibility layers/tools, if you’re interested in gaming have a look at GamingOnLinux: http://www.gamingonlinux.com

We don’t cover gaming much and it’s hard to provide access to commercial or non-Open Source titles to you directly with the Software Manager. Gaming is getting better and better though. Linux is still far behind Windows, Playstation and Xbox of course, but we’re seeing more and more AAA titles running natively on our platform, a growing number of superb indie games, compatibility with market leading development platforms (Unity, Game Maker etc..) and with GOG.com the arrival of another great distribution platform.


MintBox 2 available in Europe

Written by Clem on March 21st, 2014

MintBox 2 is finally available in Europe and can be ordered directly from Amazon:

This is great news for European customers as they no longer need to order from Israel or from the USA, thus saving on customs and shipping.

Note about stocks: Some of you already spotted it on Amazon. We had to delay this announcement as we ran out of stock. This is the 2nd shipment, but as I’m writing this, there are only 4 units left in Germany, and they’re already gone in the UK. We’ll get in touch with CompuLab regarding a 3rd shipment. If you’re interested in this product and can’t get your hands on it, please contact CompuLab for info on upcoming stock.

Update from CompuLab: “Next shipment to amazon.de is scheduled for Sunday 23-Mar. It is expected to be available 31-Mar. UK and DE is actually served by the same warehouse in Germany. We are still working on the listing at Amazon UK, but UK residents can order anytime from amazon.de”

Linux Mint 17 codenamed “Qiana”

Written by Clem on March 21st, 2014

Linux Mint 17 will be named “Qiana” and should be available at the end of May 2014.

Qiana is pronounced kee-AHN-ah. It was the name of a fashion silk-like material, introduced in the 1970s and popular in the disco-era, when it was made into loud, shiny shirts with pointy collars.  The feminine name is of American origin, and its meaning is “silky”.

In some languages Qiana also means ‘singers’, ‘light’ or ‘deity’.

Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” will feature the following editions:

  • Cinnamon
  • MATE
  • KDE
  • Xfce

More so than a vibrant and extravagant style of the 1970s, we’ll be aiming for a silky smooth release.