Icculus on Gaming, Splitting Linux, and Terminal Colors

by Ostatic Staff - Sep. 08, 2014

Today in Linux news, Fedora gets a new partition manager. Tom Henderson has 10 things you should know about Mint 17. Paul Venezia says it's time to split distros into two. OpenSource.com asks, "What color is your terminal background?" Debian and FSF join forces to expand the h-node hardware database. And finally today, Michael Harrison covers recent gaming developments including an interview with Icculus.

Distrowatch.com today reported that Fedora will soon replace GParted with a new graphical partition manager. In a post to the Fedora Test-Announce mailing list Saturday morning Vratislav Podzimek announced "the next generation tool for storage management -- the **blivet-gui** tool." Blivet-gui can handle any "storage technologies" found in distributions today, or will soon, something others can't say. Podzimek explains, "Anaconda does support them all so it's only logical to take Anaconda's storage backend, combine it with a nice, intuitive and in general user-friendly frontend and build a standalone application for storage management. The GUI of blivet-gui is heavily based on GParted's UI to minimize surprise."

Debian and the Free Software Foundation today announced a joint effort to beef up the data in the h-node free-software-compatible hardware database. h-node focuses on hardware that's not just compatible with Linux, but compatible with pure Open Source Linux, or what organizers call "a fully free operating system." Lucas Nussbaum said Debian wants to help construct "a database of hardware that doesn't require anything outside the Debian main archive to work properly."

Paul Venezia is back today saying, "Maybe it's time Linux is split in two." He explains:

You can take a Linux installation of nearly any distribution and turn it into a server, then back into a workstation by installing and uninstalling various packages. The OS core remains the same, and the stability and performance will be roughly the same, assuming you tune they system along the way. Those two workloads are very different, however, and as computing power continues to increase, the workloads are diverging even more.

Venezia says it goes beyond just systemd. "The more we see Linux distributions trying to offer chimera-like operating systems that can be a server or a desktop at a whim, the more we tend to see the dilution of both." In related news, Tecmint.com explains why init needed to be replaced by systemd.

In other news:

* What color is your terminal background?

* Why we game on Linux, a chat with Icculus, and more

* 10 things you need to know about Linux Mint 17