Mad Merlin writes: "Blizzard Entertainment has announced definitive plans to acquire Game! for use as the third expansion pack in its smash hit MMORPG World of Warcraft. President and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment Michael Morhaime was quoted as saying, "It was really a no brainer for us. We just found Game! yesterday, and the potential was immediately obvious to us." When prompted on what caused the outsourcing of WoW development, he continued, "We were running out of ideas, and nobody really uses Windows anymore, so we've been left out in the cold without a native Linux client. Game! solves both of those problems for us. Besides, what else are we going to do with the billions and billions of dollars we have sitting around?"
A playable demo will be available at E3 in June, with final release expected in Q4 2009."
Mad Merlin writes: "Valve's most recent title, Left 4 Dead, is shipping shared Linux libraries alongside the Windows game client. Among the files shipped is steamclient_linux.so, of which a preliminary examination reveals that the libraries are definitely not just for server use, but client use. This comes as no surprise, as about a year ago Valve was hunting for a senior software engineer to port Windows games to Linux. Remember to vote with your feet (and wallet) when Steam for Linux is officially released!"
Mad Merlin writes: "It's no secret that MySQL 5.1 has been a long time in the making, with the first beta release being in Nov 2005, but MySQL 5.1.30 has finally been released as GA. MySQL users can expect new features such as table/index partitioning, row based replication, a new plugin architecture, an event scheduler and a host of performance improvements from 5.1. No doubt Slashdot is in the process of upgrading to 5.1 right now."
Mad Merlin writes: "AMD has just released over 900 pages worth of ATI GPU specifications for R500 and R600 series graphics cards. These specifications will greatly expediate development of quality open source drivers for these graphics cards, and AMD should be applauded for this effort. Additionally, AMD has also released fglrx 8.41.7 which brings support for the HD2000 series graphics cards, and also improves the 3D performance of the R300, R400 and R500 series by 50-90% in comparison to previous fglrx releases."