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Development Release: Tanglu 3.0 Alpha 1

Matthias Klumpp has announced the availability of a new collection of test images for the Tanglu distribution. The Tanglu 3.0 Alpha release is available in three editions and two architectures. "We are pleased to announce the release of the first development
release of Tanglu 3, which includes Tanglu-KDE, Tanglu-GNOME....

Top Futuristic Open Source Racing Games on Linux

F-Zero and Wipeout set the standard for the futuristic sci-fi racing games genre and inspire many game developers.Over the years, four projects of that genre were started and developed to a playable state that are now open source code:H-Craft by Irrgheist is a free sci-fi racer with IAP on Android. It is built with the Irrlicht engine and was recently released as free software with freeware data.While gameplay is simple without pickups, boosts or weapons, the campaign keeps it interesting. The 180°-Turns used in H-Craft level design are very refreshing to the genre.CoreBreach is a commercial anti-gravity racing game with combat gameplay. There is a freeware dataset that allows compiling and playing a simpler-looking version.Being an Objective C project, it was unusual to compile for me on latest Arch Linux but possible. Campaign mode, weapons and split-screen multiplayer make it cover many bases.Racer is the only project with 100% free as in freedom data, yet unfortunately it does not compile on current Arch Linux.Of our four projects, this is the only that has the classic drive-over boost fields.Ecksdee is the oldest of the bunch and has challenging time trial single-player gameplay.There are weapon pickups but without AI or human competitors they serve no purpose yet.Project Comparison H-Craft CoreBreach Racer* Ecksdee Latest Version 2015-02-23 (1.3) 2012-11-30 (git) 2010-10-10 (r349) 2006-11-24 (0.0.9) Campaign Mode yes yes no no Split-Screen Multiplayer no yes yes no Weapons no yes no yes AI yes yes no no Gamepad Support yes yes yes no Menu UI Look good ok good ok Music yes yes no yes Sounds yes yes yes yes Linux Builds or Compiling not tested, build used complicated but compiles fails fails, win32 build/wine used Art Asset License(s) Mostly no-modify-no-distribute no-distribution, GPL, CC-BY 3.0 CC-BY-SA 3.0 GPL, CC-BY-NC, CC-BY-NC-ND Is It Cool? yes yes yes yes * Could not build racer, reviewing from long term memoryRelated projects Stunt Rally has a F-Zero-esque antigrav vehicles and futuristic levels but primarily it's a car racing game. The default physics don't seem to be working for a futuristic racing style. The cool Blender Game Engine project RGP has it's .blend file available but it does not have license information. The .blend contains no audio and only one level without AI. HexGL is pretty but has no sound, no ai, only one level and is CC 3.0 BY-NC licensed (including code) at the moment. If anybody is interested in contributing: the developer indicated interest in the MIT license.TheRush seem to be Windows-only and does not run in Wine.This post was retrieved from freegamer.blogspot.com.

Distribution Release: ExTiX 15.2

Arne Exton has announced the launch of ExTiX 15.2, currently available in two editions, KDE and LXQt. The two editions are based on packages from the recently frozen Ubuntu 15.04 repositories and Debian "Jessie". "ExTiX Linux Live DVDs (64-bit) are based on Debian Jessie/Ubuntu 15.04. The original system....

BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.2

Chris Buechler has announced the release of pfSense 2.2.2, the latest update of the FreeBSD-based operating system made for firewalls and routers, providing several security fixes: "pfSense software version 2.2.2 release is now available, bringing a number of bug fixes and a couple low-risk security updates that don't....

Distribution Release: MakuluLinux 8.0 "LxFce"

Jacque Montague Raymer has announced the release of a new flavour of MakuluLinux which combines elements of both the LXDE and Xfce desktop environments. The new edition, called "LxFce", mixes technology and programs from the two desktops in order to create a hybrid which will hopefully supply the....

Distribution Release: Hanthana Linux 21

Danishka Navin has announced the release of Hanthana Linux 21. The new release is based on Fedora 21 and is available in several desktop flavours. "This new release, Hanthana Linux 21, ships with several desktop environments such as GNOME, KDE, Xfce, Sugar, LXDE. There are several editions of....

Distribution Release: Toutou Linux 6.0 "SlaXen RCX"

Toutou Linux is a lightweight operating system based on the Puppy distribution. Toutou is optimized for French speaking users and provides a friendly user interface based upon Openbox. The latest release of Toutou, SlaXen 6.0 RCX, offers users Openbox 3.5.2 and a new side panel for quickly launching....

Distribution Release: Scientific Linux 7.1

Pat Riehecky has announced the release of Scientific Linux 7.1, a distribution compiled from the source code for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 and enhanced with extra scientific applications: "Scientific Linux 7.1 x86_64 released." This release delivers a number of changes, including: "abrt - removed the recommendation to....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 605

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Exploring SuperX 3.0News: Details on DragonFly BSD's HAMMER2 file system, new features in openSUSE's Tumbleweed, Manjaro's security certificate expired and Linux reaches 4.0Questions and answers: Google Code closing and social mediaAsk a leader: Vince Pooley from the Chapeau projectTorrent corner: Antergos, Bella....

Distribution Release: Antergos 2015.04.12

Dustin Falgout has announced the release of a new version of the Antergos distribution. The new release, version 2015.04.12, offers an updated system installer and the GNOME 3.16 desktop environment. The distribution can be downloaded as one of two images, a Full edition and a Minimal edition. The....

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