Desktop Shmesktop, New Open Source Academy, and Your Own Steam Machine

by Ostatic Staff - Aug. 22, 2014

Today in Linux news, Matt Asay asks if we can "please stop talking about the Linux desktop?" Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center will open a Linux certification academy in Mississippi next month. A new developmental release of Opera was announced and a new horror game has me rushing to Steam. This and more inside in tonight's Linux recap.

Matt Asay says the desktop is over so just quit talking about it. Even Linus Torvalds can't save the dying dinosaur. He thinks no one else wants it except Torvalds. He referring, of course, to large businesses and computers are still just too difficult for the average employee. And apparently the traditional desktop is just complex. The problem with the Linux desktop, according to Asay, is it doesn't "just work. So, let's move on, just like the rest of the world has. No one outside geeky events like LinuxCon pines for the Linux desktop anymore." is reporting that the US Military is gung-ho over Linux and Open Source software, so much so that they're opening a Linux training academy on one of their posts. According to Ellis Booker, "Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center will open a Linux certification academy, marking the first time such a training program has been hosted on a military base." They're hoping to crank out up to 75 new Linux geeks a month when thing get up and running and classes start next month. "The academy is part of a broader effort to ramp up the IT skills of current military personnel to research and develop open source software technologies that support national security objectives."

GamingOnLinux is highlighting a new horror game on Steam for Linux users called DreadOut. They say it "looks terrifying" so it's for those "who like to be scared out of [their] minds by ghosts and supernatural events. Equipped only with your wits and your trusty smart phone, you must face the scary encounters with supernatural forces and solve the puzzles that are blocking your path." Speaking of Steam, here are two articles on building your own Steam machine.

In other news:

* What's Going On With Fedora.Next

* Opera developer 25 update

* 5 Linux distributions for very old computers