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Play Linux Alpha 3 Now Available

Softpedia has recently put up an article about their new software, Play Linux. Play Linux is intended to supply necessary drivers, wine, winetricks, Play on Linux, Play Linux Kosmos and other software to make gaming life easier.

Play Linux is based on Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, Trusty Tahr, but does not use Unity.  The developers “adopted Cinnamon, which is a bit lighter and more friendly towards people who previously used a Windows system.”

Play Linux Alpha 3 is now available for download. The standard warning applies – do not use it on production machines.


Beta 1 Releases Available for Ubuntu Flavors

The Ubuntu 14.10 Beta 1 release is now available for Ubuntu flavors:  GNOME, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Kylin and Ubuntu Cloud.

The Ubuntu GNOME Beta 1 includes GNOME Shell 3.12.

The Kubuntu Beta 1 includes KDE Platform 4.14. (The KDE Plasma 5 version is available in a separate image.)

The first beta version for regular Ubuntu 14.10 will be available on September 25.

Here are the links for download:

Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Beta 1

Kubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Beta 1

Kubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Beta 1 – Plasma 5 Desktop UI Edition Please note that this is a 64-bit version only.

Xubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Beta 1

Lubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Beta 1

Ubuntu Kylin 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Beta 1

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Beta 1 – Cloud Image

Ubuntu 14.10 Alpha 2 Releases Now Available for Flavors

Members of the 14.10 Ubuntu family are now out in Alpha 2.  In this cycle, the four versions available for download are GNOME, Kubuntu, Lubuntu and Kylin.  If you want to help test, or just want to see the new features, here they are for download:

Download Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn)

Download Kubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn)

Download Lubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn)

Download Ubuntu Kylin 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn)

GOG Now Supports Linux a while ago announced plans to add Linux support to its excellent, DRM-free game list.  They have now launched the first 50 Linux games, with plans to have at least 100 Linux games in the coming months.  So far, these games are available for Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

Here are the games that are now available:

Anomaly Warzone Earth
Bionic Dues
Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold – first time on Linux!
Blake Stone: Planet Strike – first time on Linux!
Bloodnet – first time on Linux!
CLARC – first time on Linux!
Darklands – first time on Linux!
Don’t Starve + DLC
Dragonsphere – first time on Linux!
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition
FlatOut – first time on Linux!
Flatout 2 – first time on Linux!
Fragile Allegiance – first time on Linux!
Gemini Rue
Gods Will Be Watching
Hocus Pocus – first time on Linux!
Kentucky Route Zero
The Last Federation
Legend of Grimrock
Litil Divil – first time on Linux!
Long Live the Queen
Normality – first time on Linux!
Pinball Gold Pack – first time on Linux!
Pinball World – first time on Linux!
Pirates! Gold Plus – first time on Linux!
Realms of the Haunting – first time on Linux!
Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender – first time on Linux!
Rise of the Triad: Dark War – first time on Linux!
Shattered Haven
The Shivah HD
Sid Meier’s Colonization – first time on Linux!
Sid Meier’s Covert Action – first time on Linux!
Sir, You Are Being Hunted
Slipstream 5000 – first time on Linux!
Space Pirates and Zombies
Stargunner – first time on Linux!
SteamWorld Dig
Super Hexagon
Surgeon Simulator 2013
Sword of the Samurai – first time on Linux!
Unrest:Special Edition (Linux build on the way!)

For those of us who already bought games for Windows and jury-rigged them to work on Linux, we will immediately have access  to the Linux versions, with no extra charge.  I can’t begin to say how wonderful it is for Steam to finally have major competition!

Saucy Salamander Reached End of Life on July 17, 2014

Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) reached end of life on July 17.  This means that it is no longer supported.  There will be no more package updates to Saucy.

Ubuntu announced its release of Saucy about 9 months ago, on October 17, 2013.  This was the second release with the new 9 month support period. 

It is now recommended to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr).  For a desktop computer, you can directly upgrade by typing Alt + F2 and typing update-manager, then running it and following the on-screen instructions.

If you prefer to do a fresh install, Trusty is now available for download at

Utopic Unicorn Alpha 1 Available for Ubuntu Flavors

As stated in the Utopic Release Schedule, Thursday, June 26 was the date for Alpha 1 releases for Utopic opt-in flavors.  This alpha features images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu Ubuntu GNOME, UbuntuKylin and the Ubuntu Cloud images.  The Alpha 2 and Beta 1 are also for opt-in flavors only.  The first Ubuntu 14.10 will be the final Beta, on September 25.

As always, pre-releases are not encouraged for anyone who needs a stable system.  When it comes to alphas, breakage happens.  😉


Sid Meier’s Civilization V Now Available on Linux

OMG!Ubuntu! has posted an article with incredible news.  It had already been announced that Sid Meier’s Civlization: Beyond Earth would support Linux at launch.  Today’s news is excellent for the Linux community.

Up until now, the only way to play Civ V on Linux was to use Wine.  This had problems, including that Civ V’s startup movie could not run via Wine.  Now, the game is available on Steam – for Steam OS and Linux.

I cannot praise the Civilization series enough.  The game lets you choose from a range of world leaders who give you a choice between a domination, scientific, cultural, democratic or time-based victory. 


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