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Analysis: Can SteamOS Drag the PC Game Industry Over to Linux?

Right after I wrote up today's news regarding Valve's announcement of a Linux-based SteamOS as central to its living room PC gaming efforts, I tweeted the following instant analysis: "If anyone has the clout to drag the gaming industry towards Linux, it's Valve." After thinking about it for a bit, I think Valve has a better than decent shot of actually pulling the transition off, especially if it wisely utilizes its position as what amounts to the biggest first-party developer in PC gaming.

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Humanitarian Toolbox to Deliver Open Software for Good Causes

Here at OStatic, we've covered open source software aimed at humanitarian causes before, including tools from called InSTEDD (Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disasters). Now, a very interesting new startup called Humanitarian Toolbox has appeared, and is focused on open source tools for humanitarian causes. 

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Advancements Continue Around Wayland, GNOME

Red Hat's Christian Schaller has shared some more information about improvements happening in the GNOME/Fedora Wayland world...

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Kernel Prepatch 3.12-rc2

The second 3.12 kernel prepatch is out. Linus said: "Things have been fairly quiet, probably because lots of people were traveling for LinuxCon and Linux Plumbers conference last week. So nothing very exciting stands out. It's mainly driver updates/fixes (gpu drivers stand out, but there's networking too, and smaller stuff...

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Wayland 1.3 Release Candidates Are Now Out

Kristian Høgsberg has put out the first test releases of the forthcoming Wayland 1.3 release and reference Weston compositor...

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Remote Command Execution with SaltStack

A few weeks back I wrote an article Getting started with SaltStack; that article covered Configuration and Package Automation with Saltstack. In today’s article I am going to cover SaltStack’s Remote Execution abilities, a feature that I feel Saltstack has implemented better than other automation tools. 

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