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Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Unusual physics engine game ported to Linux (blogspot.com)

christian.einfeldt writes: "Halloween has come early for Linux-loving gamers in the form of the scary Penumbra game trilogy, which has just recently been ported natively to GNU-Linux by the manufacturer, Frictional Games. The Penumbra games, named Overture, Black Plague, and Requiem, respectively, are first person survival horror and physics puzzle games which challenge the player to survive in a mine in Greenland which has been taken over by a monstrous infection/demon/cthulhu-esque thing. The graphics, sounds, and plot are all admirable in a scary sort of way. The protagonist is an ordinary human with no particular powers at all, who fumbles around in the dark mine fighting zombified dogs or fleeing from infected humans. But the game is remarkable for its physics engine — rather than just bump and acquire, the player must use the mouse to physically turn knobs and open doors; and the player can grab and throw pretty much anything in the environment. The physics engine drives objects to fly and fall exactly as one would expect. The porting of a game with such a deft physics engine natively to Linux might be one of the most noteworthy events for GNU-Linux gamers since the 'World of Goo' Linux port."
Operating Systems

Submission + - Ubuntu for corporation users, and admins?

socram writes: I'm new to a corp that's been using windowz as main platform, i want to, and will, change the most of them (50+) to Linux, my main target being Ubuntu for the ease of use (migrating windowz users). I've been using Ubuntu myself for the last 2 years. The ubuntu's philosophy is to not have a root access, although you can do almost everything just by sudoing. I want to setup boxes that will only be available for executing some apps, but the user you create at installation point can change a lot of system preferences just by sudoing with their password. Is there a sane way to create users with absolutely no admin access? (i.e.: not letting people see the Preferences and Administration options at the System Panel Menu) And what will be the best way to maintain and admin those boxes? for instance, how to create an internal server (updates every day from internet), so that the boxes(lan) can update from. Maybe Ubuntu isn't the best choice for this? I'm listening for advices and tips.

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