It’s finally here, Steam for Linux launches with a totally unexpected celebratory sale. Welcome to our world Ubuntu users, you will hence forth be broke until you die.
I generally loathe Mondays, apart from obvious reasons like; I have to almost use my brain for anything other than playing games, I never find awesome news to do and that just sucks bricks. But hey, did you know Valve has now officially gone into the next phase of brining Steam to Linux?
You may have noticed that Valve’s slowly been dabbling with native support for the tinkerer’s operating system of choice, Linux. It’s not because he loves you- more because he hates the direction that Windows is going - going so far as to call it a catastrophe.
It seems like Diablo 3 just can’t stay out of the news at the moment and it’s rarely for good reasons. The latest issue is that a large swath of Diablo 3 players using Linux and WINE are being banned by the Blizzard Secret Service.
[Update] Blizzard has denied banning Linux players.
Remember when you were able to load Linux on your PS3 and cure cancer? That was cool, but then the evil corporation that is Sony stepped in and disabled that feature because if anyone’s going to cure cancer then it’s not going to be on a PS3.
Or it was because of piracy concerns, not sure but either way the ability to run Linux on a PS3 was removed and 99.9% of PS3 owners couldn’t have cared less.
If you were one of the handful of people running OtherOS on your big black box of Blu-ray, I hope you havenâ€™t updated to firmware 3.21 already. Why?
True to his hacker word, George Hotz has gotten the feature running on Sonyâ€™s latest PS3 firmware â€“ which was intended to remove the ability, citing â€œsecurity concerns.â€
George Hotz, better known as GeoHot, one of the pioneers of iPhone hacking and tinkerer who discovered the PS3 exploit is now a man on a mission. Unhappy with Sonyâ€™s decision to remove the OtherOS feature - the ability to install Linux â€“ from the PS3, heâ€™s undertaken to saving it.
Heâ€™s encouraging people not to update â€“ and says heâ€™s going to write a custom firmware to enable all of the features of the upcoming update, but still keep Other Os support.
It appears the rumours from last month about Sony dropping Linux support on all PS3 units is true. Just next month Sony will be releasing firmware update 3.12 thatâ€™ll kill the systemâ€™s ability to install operating systems other than its own.
If youâ€™re one of the 3 people worldwide who actually uses that feature, it might be a good time to back up your files and migrate them to another system.
Nick de Bruyne
Microsoft have just announced that they have made changes to the Xbox Live code of conduct. The reason being that they have seen it fit to allow people to more easily express their diversity .
You may remember that on Xbox Live, words such as Gay, Lesbian etc were not allowed to be used on the service, which led to a ton of complaints from homosexual gamers around the globe.
The list of changes has been posted up on Xbox.com, and they go a little something like this.
According to a post on the Yellow Dog Linux forums, a new firmware update in the works at Sony will remove the â€œOtherOSâ€ feature from older PS3 models.Owen Stampflee, one of the distributions developers said on the board that :
â€œI've caught a rumor from a reputable source that the next firmware update for old PS3s will remove the OtherOS feature...
I'm not sure if it's true or not but it's in the best interest of the YDL community to spread the word.â€
One of the original selling points of the PS3 was that you were able to load Linux onto it and use it as an all powerful server / Skynet apprentice.
Well apparently one of the caveats of the new PS3 Slim is that this functionality will no longer be available and you are going to have to use your PS3 purely for Gaming and multimedia purposes.
Since I have always thought that Linux idea was stupid I wonâ€™t be shedding a tear over this one but if you are one of the few people on the planet who really wants to install Linux on your PS3 then make sure you pick up one of the older models before they are all gone.
Oh and watch out for those system updates as I am quite sure that one of them will remove your ability to dual boot in the imminent future.