Archive for June, 2013

Humble Bundle Weekly Sale and Note on Steam

This week’s Humble Bundle weekly sale features three games by Klei Entertainment:  Shank, Shank 2, and Eets.  Shank and Shank 2 are available on Linux as well as Windows and Mac.

As always, these games are pay what you want.  If you pay $1 or more, you get free Steam keys so you have the option of redeeming the games on Steam.

For the last few months, Steam has only been getting about 1.3 percent of their users from us Linux people.  We need to start redeeming our Linux games on Steam so they know we support them.   It won’t cost money to set up a Steam account.  They do, however, make available 200+ games, only some of which end up in Humble Bundles.

The first couple of months I redeemed games with their Steam keys, it appears that I got a link to the Windows version (not a problem for me because I also run Steam for Windows, but that requires dual-booting).  Valve seems to have fixed the problem – now, Steam keys for Linux games point you to a Linux download.

Saucy Salamander Release Schedule

The release schedule for Ubuntu 13.10, Saucy Salamander, is posted at  Canonical is still staying with a final beta/ final release schedule for Ubuntu, with optional alphas and betas for the other flavors (Kubuntu, Xubuntu, etc.).

Here is the schedule:

June 27             Alpha 1 (Opt-in flavors)

August 15          Ubuntu 12.04.3 (the third release of the LTS version)

September 5     Beta 1 (Opt-in flavors)

September 26   Final Beta

October 10        Release Candidate

October 17        Final Release

I do not feel ready yet to switch to Saucy Salamander.  I may reconsider my view sometime around September 5, when the snapshots are less likely to break.  I have been using the Humble Bundle Steam keys to download many games via Steam for Linux.  As much as this prepares me to have my machine hosed due to the way Steam games can be re-downloaded, it has also been a lot of work.

Happy Ubuntu-ing!

The Humble Bundle with Android 6 Is Out

Humble Bundle with Android 6 includes six excellent games and a bonus, along with soundtracks. You can pay what you want for the underwater fantasy action-adventure game Aquaria; the chromatic minimalist puzzler Fractal: Make Blooms Not War; the retro zombie survival game Organ Trail: Director’s Cut; and the stealth strategy platformer Stealth Bastard Deluxe. You’ll also receive a bonus game: the rhythmic audio-visual game Pulse: Volume One. If you pay more than the average, you’ll also get the intense tactical combat sim Frozen Synapse and the classic mystery point-and-click adventure Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – Director’s Cut!

If you bought all of these exceptional games separately, they’d cost you about $95. But the Humble Bundle people are letting you name your price.

You can also choose how you want to divide your purchase: between the developers, the Child’s Play Charity, or the Electronic Frontier Foundation. (Given the latest news about NSA’s blanket spying, the EFF is a great choice for part of the funding!) And if you like this bundle, a tip to Humble Bundle would be greatly appreciated.

For Ubuntu users, the link to use is

(Note:  since this was first written, the Humble Bundle people have added three new games:  McPixelWaking Mars, and NightSky HD.)

How to Enable the Systray Whitelist in Ubuntu 13.04

If you are anything like me, you used to enjoy whitelisting applications like checkgmail and rssowl.  Then, the change was made with Raring that we could no longer whitelist applications.  This can be difficult when your favorite programs do not use Ubuntu indicator applets.  If you want your ability to whitelist back, there is a PPA that comes with Unity patched to re-enable the systray whitelist.

The commands you need to type are:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:timekiller/unity-systrayfix

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

Once you do this, you then need to type Alt + F2 and type in “unity” (without the quotes), or log out and back in.Then open dconf-editor and navigate to com > canonical > unity > panel.  The systray whitelist should be there, so you can enable apps.

Remember to restart unity after you have added applications.

Humble Indie Bundle 8 Is Out, With Extra Games

The Humble Bundle people are now featuring eleven excellent games. Pay what you want and get the immersive first-person narrative adventure Dear Esther; the extraterrestrial action platformer Capsized; the multiplayer action platformer Awesomenauts; the minimalist puzzle-platformer Thomas Was Alone; and the witty sandbox puzzler Little Inferno. Pay over the average and you’ll also get the gory fast-paced top-down action game Hotline Miami; the audio-visual exploration and discovery game Proteus; the physics 3-D platformer Tiny & Big in Grandpa’s Leftovers; the challenging geometric puzzler English Country Tune; the physics-driven side-scrolling shooter Intrusion 2; and the post-apocalyptic naval strategy game Oil Rush.

If you bought all of these separately, they’d cost you over $150, but the Humble Bundle people are, as always, letting you name your price.

All of these games run well on Windows, Mac, and Linux (system requirements here). A purchase of $1 or more will also get you Steam keys, and select games are available on the Ubuntu Software Center.

You can choose how your purchase is divided: between the developers, the Child’s Play Charity, or the Electronic Frontier Foundation. And if you like their promotion, a tip to Humble Bundle would be greatly appreciated.


June 2013

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