Fav Distros, LibreOffice 4.3 Beta, and Ungrateful Gamers

by Ostatic Staff - May. 27, 2014

Today's trek around the Linuxsphere found an article at LinuxInsider looking at bloggers favorite Linux distributions. LibreOffice 4.3 Beta 1 was released and folks are looking forward already. And Softpedia.com asks if Linux gamers are a bit ungrateful for biting the hand that fed them the Witcher 2 wrapper.

LinuxInsider's Linux Girl slogged around the blogosphere this week asking folks what distro they used and why. It seems she ran heavily into Debian and Ubuntu users, although a few Fedora and one PCLOS users were mentioned. Linux Mint has been my favorite for a little while and I am quite looking forward to version 17 KDE.

LibreOffice 4.3 Beta 1 was released recently and Nick Peers takes a bit of a looksee. He said, "The new 4.3 release branch sees some notable user-interface tweaks, performance enhancements and a number of new and tweaked features." The Start Center now offers previews of file types and simple file management. Character limits went from 16-bit to 32-bit and images are scaled proportionally by default. Lots of import and export improvements as well as performance enhancements are also in the mix. Another beta as well as several release candidates are due out in the next month or two, but LibreOffice 4.3.0 is due out the week of July 21, 2014.

Softpedia.com asks, "Is the Linux Community Ungrateful for The Witcher 2 Port?" Folks seem to be divided into two basic camps, those upset about a bad wrapper instead of a real port and those that say Linux users should just be grateful for whatever they can get. Silviu Stahie explains, "The problem is that this particular title uses some very advanced technologies, not yet available on Linux, through drivers, and it's unlikely that OpenGL will be able to provide some sort of substitute any time soon, if ever."