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+ - Valve Releases Half-Life (Beta) For Linux->

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Athens101
Athens101 writes "Yesterday Valve released Half-Life (beta) for the Steam Linux client. "We have released Half-Life 1 in Beta form on Linux (and OS X). Please report any issues you see on our github issues page. "

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Half-Life is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Valve Corporation, the company’s debut product and the first in the Half-Life series. First released in 1998 by Sierra Studios for Windows PCs, the game was also released for the PlayStation 2.[2] In Half-Life, players assume the role of Dr. Gordon Freeman, a theoretical physicist who must fight his way out of a secret underground research facility whose research and experiments into teleportation technology have gone disastrously wrong."

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Microsoft

+ - Does Microsoft have the best app store for open source developers?-> 2

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WebMink
WebMink writes "Microsoft seems to have been in combat against the GNU GPL throughout the history of free and open source software. But that may be changing. They have recently updated the terms of use for software developers in their Windows Phone app store to allow any OSI-approved open source license — even the GPL. They include extraordinarily broad language that gives the open source license priority over their own license terms, saying:

if your Application or In-App Product includes FOSS, your license terms may conflict with the limitations set forth in Section 3 of the Standard Application License Terms, but only to the extent required by the FOSS that you use

Could it be that the most open source friendly app stores will be the ones run my Microsoft?"
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Games

+ - Gamers May Get a Charge Out of the Gauss Rifle->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Well, Patrick Priebe might have outdone himself with this one. In the past, the German cyberpunk weapons-maker has brought us such creations as a wrist-mounted mini-crossbow, a laser-sighted rotary-saw-blade-shooting crossbow, and a flame-throwing glove. His latest nasty futuristic device? A video game-inspired electromagnetic weapon, called the Gauss Rifle."
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Linux

+ - nVidia improving Optimus support in Linux->

Submitted by geek
geek (5680) writes "nVidia software engineer Aaron Plattner divulged his work on improved Optimus support to a developer listserv. Seemingly in answer to criticism by Linus Torvalds regarding the bad relations nVidia has with the kernel developers. Plattner has created a working proof of concept with a driver. Does this improve the relationship nVidia has with Linux developers? That remains to be seen but it's definitely a step in the right direction."
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Comment: AJAX and speed... (Score 1) 476

by serialhex (#13263768) Attached to: Will AJAX Threaten Windows Desktop?
i honestly dont know if it will or wont do anything to help decline microsofts monopoly. but i DO know that properly implemented, any AJAX app should be sufficently fast for most users. in fact, if people switch to vista like microsoft expects/wants then they will need a sufficently fast computer to do so. these people will probably end up having some form of broadband, so in this scenario, the users pc & internet connection are fast enough for most purposes. all you need then is a backend that's sufficently fast (mabye making use of some client-side things like spellcheck or whatever - just so you dont have to ask the server if every word is correct as an example) then AJAX apps should be fast enoug for the user to not be able to tell if office or weboffice is faster.

tho, i'm waiting for some cool ajax apps to come out, because i think it'd be neat to have a few apps running as a server on my laptop, such as a web-interface to share files (as samba dosnt work 100% of the time, and nobody i know uses NFS 'cept me). there are possibly other things but that's about it. hmm... rails comes with a webserver... mabye i should go make one...

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