Wallen on KDE, Quiet Revolution, and Ryan Gordon on Gaming

by Ostatic Staff - Jun. 27, 2014

Our top story on this Friday night is Andrew Smith's blog post titled Linux is the quiet revolution that will leave Microsoft eating dust. Next up, Jack Wallen is probably answering Jos Poortvliet's Where KDE is going in his post today on KDE. And finally today, Ryan "Icculus" Gordon speaks about the Linux gaming industry.

Andrew Smith at The Conversation today said all kinds of good things about Linux, most we've heard before but it's still nice. Smith, who is associated with the Linux Professional Institute by disclosure, concludes, "Linux is free and much more pervasive than the average computer user might think. You can easily install Linux on any home computer, many tablets and even your own private supercomputer, so you should think about switching." How can you resist a title like Linux is the quiet revolution that will leave Microsoft eating dust?

Jack Wallen raked KDE and its users over the coals today as he said KDE has done all this innovating last X number of years and yet hasn't actually gotten anywhere. "Stagnant" is the word he used. He said those of us who love KDE "fear change or cling to the idea that the only way to effectively interact with a PC is the age-old metaphor that includes a start menu, a task bar, and a system tray." Yikes, it's like he's got a crystal ball! Well, good news / bad news Wallen says, "KDE 4.13.1 is as rock solid as KDE has ever been, [but] preaching to the choir doesn't increase the choir."

And finally today, GamingOnLinux scored another one today with their find of Ryan Gordon's presentation of gaming on Linux. They report he reminisces about his days at Loki and before (and since). Liam Dawe may not remember Gordon, but I certainly do. I remember when the name "Icculus" was revered almost as much as Linus Torvalds. Linux would have had a lot less gaming over the years if not for Icculus.

In other gaming news, Linux User & Developer has a piece on Linux gaming too featuring interviews with SteamOS developers and a review of SteamOS 1.0 Alchemist.

 And bonus today:   Exploiting wildcards on Linux.