As a response to
RMS speaking out against Ubuntu about its privacy-violating integrated Amazon search results, which he considers to be spyware, Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon has responded to RMS's post. In his reply, Jono claims that Stallman's views on privacy do not align with Canonical's, that some of his statements are worded in order to "generate fear, uncertainty, and doubt about Ubuntu" and that "it just seems a bit childish to me". The comments on the post itself are well worth a read.
Valve has quietly released an update to the beta version of its popular online FPS Team Fortress 2. Among
the modified files are some Linux-related files including a hardware driver compatibility list, optimal graphics settings, and a shell script launcher (previously only for OSX, now with a case for Linux as well). Valve has not updated their TF2 beta changelog, but has acknowledged the update in a forum post.
Gabe Newell of Valve Corporation sent Phoronix editor Michael Larabel an email complaining about Linux graphics driver having severe performance issues, and is interested in hiring people to work on these issues.
Valve just posted a
job listing for a Senior Software Engineer. Among the responsibilities is to "port Windows-based games to the Linux platform". Is Steam on Linux looking likely again, and Valve preparing a few of their games for the launch?
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