Humble Bundle for PC and Android 9

This latest bundle by the Humble Bundle people contains titles for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android, including:

  • Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror
  • Bridge Constructor
  • Type: Rider
  • Ravensword: Shadowlands
  • Kingdom Rush
  • Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition

All of the titles except Broken Sword 2 are available in DRM-free formats for PC, Linux and Android from the Humble Bundle site. Broken Sword 2 is not available for Linux.  The games are also available on Steam for all three desktop platforms – except for Broken Sword 2.  – when you pay at least $1 for the bundle.

Now, joining the already released games are the kosher rabbi crime-buster, The Shivah, the 2-D gothic action shooter, Savant – Ascent, and the homage to Amiga games of the 90s, Syder Arcade.

Kingdom Crush, Knights of Pen & Paper, and the new games are only available to those who pay more than the average.

The games can be purchased here.

Canonical Is Shutting Down Ubuntu One

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Jane Silber of Canonical announced that Canonical will be shutting down the Ubuntu One file services.

As Silber noted, “the free storage wars aren’t a sustainable place for us to be, particularly with other services now regularly offering 25GB-50GB free storage.  If we offer a service, we want it to compete on a global scale, and for Ubuntu One to continue to do that would require more investment than we are willing to make.”

As of April 2, it is no longer possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file services will not be included in Trusty Tahr (the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release).   Ubuntu One will be unavailable as of June 1, 2014.  LUser content will remain available for download until July 31, at which time it will be deleted.

Customers who have an active annual subscription will have their fees refunded, calculated from April 2.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Final Beta Has Been Released

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.  This beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, but also the Edubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu flavours.

Trusty Final Beta includes updated versions of most of the core set of packages, including a current 3.13.6 kernel, and a new upstart.

To upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 Final Beta from Ubuntu 13.10 on a desktop system, follow these instructions:

  • Open Software Sources.
  • Press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager” (without the quotes) into the command box.
  • Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ’14.04′ is available.
  • Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

You can download ISOs from:

http://releases.ubuntu.com/14.04/ (Ubuntu Desktop and Server)
http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/releases/14.04/beta-2/ (Ubuntu Cloud Server)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/14.04/ (Ubuntu Netboot)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-core/releases/14.04/beta-2/ (Ubuntu Core)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/14.04/beta-2/ (Edubuntu DVD)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/14.04/beta-2/ (Kubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/14.04/beta-2/ (Lubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/14.04/beta-2/ (Ubuntu Studio)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-gnome/releases/14.04/beta-2/ (Ubuntu-GNOME)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/14.04/beta-2/ (UbuntuKylin)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/14.04/beta-2/ (Xubuntu)

GOG Games Coming to Linux

GOG has announced that they will be bringing some of their games to Linux this fall.  Initially, they will support Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

As the GOG site announces: “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.”

GOG makes available many old games that they have updated to work on the latest versions of Windows.  Now, they will be making games work for us, too.  :)

Beta 1 Builds Available for Ubuntu 14.04 Flavors

The first round of Ubuntu flavors are now available as Beta 1 releases.  (The first Beta of Ubuntu 14.04 will be available March 27.)

The versions available for download in this round of releases are GNOME, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Edubuntu, Kylin, Ubuntu Studio, and Ubuntu Cloud Image.

Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) Beta 1

Kubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) Beta 1

Xubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) Beta 1

Lubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) Beta 1

Edubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) Beta 1

Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) Beta 1

Ubuntu Studio 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) Beta 1

Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) Beta 1 – Cloud Image

Humble Indie Bundle Has Been Released

The Humble Indie Bundle 11 has been announced.  You can pay what you want for the following games:  Guacamelee! Gold Edition, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams and The Swapper.  If you pay more than the average, you will also receive Antichamber and Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine.  More games will be coming, and you will receive them if you pay more than the average.

If you pay $1 or more, you may receive your games via Steam.

All of these games except Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams are already available for Linux.  That game will be coming to Linux later this year.

The current purchasing statistics are:

Total payments:$1,369,466.97

Number of purchases:303,026

Average purchase:$4.52

Average Windows:$4.32

Average Mac: $5.14

Average Linux: $6.66

Ubuntu 12.04.4 Has Been Released

The Ubuntu team has announced the release of Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS (Long-Term Support) for its desktop, server, and other products, including other flavors of Ubuntu with long-term support.

As with 12.04.3, 12.04.4 contains an updated kernel and X stack for new installations on x86 architectures.

This point release includes many updates, and updated installation media have been provided so that fewer updates will be needed after installation.  These include security updates and corrections for other important bugs.   

In order to download Ubuntu 12.04.4, visit:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download

Users of Ubuntu 10.04 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 12.04.4 via Update Manager. For further information about upgrading, see:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PreciseUpgrades

As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free of charge.

The Ubuntu team suggests that all users read the 12.04.4 release notes.  These document warnings and workarounds for known issues, as well as more in-depth notes on the release itself. They are available at:

http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/releasenotes/12044



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