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Citadel makes big promises

There's a new big remake effort a-brewing in the Free Software world, this time for prominent shooter/RPG, System Shock. under the shape of project Citadel. According to project description, the goal is to recreate the original game using the widely known GPLed platform Darkplaces Engine, upgrading the game's graphics to full 3D but keeping game aesthetics close to the origianl game. Added modding capabilities and cooperative multiplayer will also be a part of the project.  Details, however, are somewhat scarce, so far, as development is happening behind closed doors, and creator Josiah Jack just announced the existence of the project itself after months of programming in secret. While the code will certainly be all GPL or GPL-compatible due to Darkplaces licensing requirements, the game appears to rely on original proprietary assets, as well as using its own whose license nature is yet to be disclosed.With a release date planned for the the 23rd of December, System Shock's CD release anniversary, I guess we'll have to wait and see if this project will deliver.This post was retrieved from

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Premieres On Linux, 2 Years After Windows

An anonymous reader writes Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has finally been released for Linux two years after its Windows debut. The game is reported to work even on the open-source Intel Linux graphics drivers, but your mileage may vary. When it comes to the AMD and NVIDIA drivers, NVIDIA continues dominating for Linux gaming over AMD with Catalyst where there's still performance levels and other OpenGL issues. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fedora 21 Alpha Released

An anonymous reader writes Fedora 21 Alpha has been released. After encountering multiple delays, the first development version is out for the Fedora.NEXT and Fedora 21 products. Fedora 21 features improved Wayland support, GNOME 3.14, many updated packages, greater server and cloud support, and countless other improvements with Fedora 20 already being nearly one year old. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Development Release: Fedora 21 Alpha

Dennis Gilmore has announced the availability of the much-delayed alpha release of Fedora 21. This comes almost exactly one year since the project's last alpha release - that of Fedora 20, released on 24 September 2013. From the release announcement: "The Fedora 21 Alpha release has arrived, with....

Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 7.6

Bruce Dubbs has announced the release of Linux From Scratch (LFS) 7.6, a book of step-by-step instructions on how to build a base Linux system from scratch. Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS) 7.6, a separate book that extends the base system with additional packages, was also released today.....

Distribution Release: Salix 14.1 "Fluxbox"

George Vlahavas has announced the release of Salix 14.1 "Fluxbox" edition, a lightweight distribution based on Slackware Linux: "Salix Fluxbox is back for 14.1! Our Fluxbox edition is designed to bring a minimalist environment to your desktop. The default desktop layout is comprised only of the Fluxbox panel....

Outlining Thin Linux

snydeq writes: Deep End's Paul Venezia follows up his call for splitting Linux distros in two by arguing that the new shape of the Linux server is thin, light, and fine-tuned to a single purpose. "Those of us who build and maintain large-scale Linux infrastructures would be happy to see a highly specific, highly stable mainstream distro that had no desktop package or dependency support whatsoever, so was not beholden to architectural changes made due to desktop package requirements. When you're rolling out a few hundred Linux VMs locally, in the cloud, or both, you won't manually log into them, much less need any type of graphical support. Frankly, you could lose the framebuffer too; it wouldn't matter unless you were running certain tests," Venezia writes. "It's only a matter of time before a Linux distribution that caters solely to these considerations becomes mainstream and is offered alongside more traditional distributions." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Development Release: openSUSE 13.2 Beta 1

Jos Poortvliet has announced the availability of the first beta build of openSUSE 13.2, the distribution's upcoming stable release scheduled for arrival in early November: "Our brand new 'Rolling Factory' has already amassed over 6,000 installations and that's just kicking awesome. But we won't just roll: we will....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 577

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: First impressions of SymphonyOS 14.1 News: FreeBSD drops pkg_add, MINIX gains ARM support, Fedora to test three-product releases, openSUSE and Attachmate merger Tips and tricks: Moving running programs to different terminals Released last week: OpenMediaVault 1.0, MINIX 3.3.0, KNOPPIX 7.4.1 Upcoming releases:....

Annex:CTW RTS version 4.0 close to release

The MegaGlest based RTS Annex: Conquer The World is very close to a major update as version 4.0. Strait from the developer's mouth:Yes! We are so close we can almost taste it.He also posted a game-play video of the current development version:He also recently stated that the new release will be fully FOSS, i.e. not only GPL source-code but also all artwork under a FOSS compatible creative-commons license (most likely CC-by-SA).It's just a pity that the new much improved GUI code from MegaGlest seems to be not yet ready for the release.P.S.: Also check out this Tower Defense mod for MegaGlest.This post was retrieved from

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