Sep 282012

Gabe Newell now famously referred to Windows 8 as a “catastrophe for everyone in the PC space,” which could work out great for Linux users. Based in part on fears that Microsoft will erect a walled garden around Windows 8 and lock out developers who don’t want to play the Windows Store game, Valve has been hard at work trying to port Steam over to Linux, and the first beta run will kick off in October.

The private beta is only open to 1,000 users, so it’s a pretty exclusive club if you can manage to get in.

MOREMaximum PC | Valve Plans Limited Beta Test for Steam on Linux, Only 1,000 Users Invited.


Mar 292012

The Raspberry Pi foundation issued a statement today with a status update on their much-anticipated $35 Linux computer. The first 2,000 completed units have arrived in the UK, but the devices aren’t ready to be shipped out yet because the foundation’s retail partners won’t distribute them to purchasers until they have been stamped with the CE marking.

The CE marking, which you can find on many consumer electronics products, certifies that a product conforms with the regulatory standards of the European Economic Area. In order to apply the CE marking to a product, it has to undergo a conformity assessment and the manufacturer has to produce certain documents.

The Raspberry Pi foundation wasn’t previously aware that it needed the CE marking in order to distribute its computer. Because the Raspberry Pi computer is a bare board and not a finished end product, the foundation assumed that it was exempt from the requirements. Similar products, such as the BeagleBoard, are legally distributed without the marking. Although the foundation still believes that the CE mark isn’t strictly necessary, they are pursuing the necessary compliance assessment in order to address the concerns of their retail partners.


via First batch of $35 Linux computers arrives in UK, awaiting CE compliance testing.


Oct 142011

At long last, the next major version of Ubuntu is all polished up and ready to strut around in front a public audience. Ubuntu 11.10 “Oneiric Ocelot” brings a bevy of changes to Canonical’s popular open source Linux operating system, most notably to the Unity shell. Unless you’ve been playing with a beta build, Oneiric Ocelot is Ubuntu like you’ve never seen it before.

via Maximum PC | Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) Now Available for Download.