2014's Best Distros, Buncha New Games, and Fedora Delayed

by Ostatic Staff - Jul. 24, 2014

In today's news feeds is MakeUseOf.com's top five Linux distributions for 2014. One of their picks is said to vulnerable to attack and the proof has been posted. In other news, GOG.com has rolled out support for 50 DRM-free Linux games. And finally tonight, Fedora 21 has been delayed.

Our top story tonight is MakeUseOf.com's Distro Watch: The Best Linux Distributions For 2014. Danny Stieben starts his article with, you guessed it, Ubuntu and Linux Mint. Then he picked one for newbies, another for more experienced users, and ended with Tails for the security conscious.

Speaking of Tails, folks are saying it is still at risk from some zero-day vulnerability. The Register says:

Exodus Intelligence has revealed what it claims is video evidence of researchers unmasking an anonymous user of the Tails operating system.

The security bods claim they can upload malicious code to a system running Tails, execute the payload remotely, and ultimately discover the victim's public IP address.

GOG.com today announced support for 50 games, "classic and new," for Linux. Looking through the list of games I see a lot tagged with "first time on Linux!" One of the more interesting is Realms of the Haunting. It actually looks like a first person shooter (there's probably others) and it appears to be only $2.39. The GOG page says it's a "Excellent blend of first-person shooter and point-and-click adventure" Reading their overview clinches it for me:

Forged in the Beginning and protected by the Seven Seals, there lies a place where thought and creation intertwine. The center for all realms of existence, it is the balancing force between good and evil, man and spirit. A focal point for all energies, and the one element that has kept the consuming nature of darkness at bay... Until now.

See the announcement for the full list of games!

And finally today, it appears Fedora 21 is going to be delayed by at least three weeks. Phoronix.com said it was decided at Wednesday's steering committee meeting. Fedora 21 is now scheduled for November 4. An alpha is planned for release on August 26 and a beta on September 30.