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Support Wasteland 2 and gaming on Linux

Bryan Fargo and inXile Entertainment have just released Wasteland 2 the successor to the highly addicting Wasteland. I burned a large portion of my youth playing.. and re-playing Wasteland a looong time ago. Head over to and buy yourself a copy. You will not only get a great turn-based game, but you’ll be supporting gaming on Linux. InXile was gracious enough to do the extra work to port their game to Linux as well. This deserves your support, don’t crack this game, buy it and show that there is life in Linux gaming.

While you’re at it, get a copy of Shadowrun Returns as well, another great turn-based game that was ported to Linux from the beginning. I’ve played through it as well. Not as solid as Wasteland 2, but still better than most games.

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Ubuntu dumbed down, no, really??

I just read this article that is claiming that Ubuntu is starting to be dumbed down. So the new 13.04 release is getting ‘meh’ reviews since it locks the user out of much of the configurability of the operating system. Really?? They are just coming to this conclusion, Ubuntu has been in the wild for more than a couple years here and it’s managed to do something NONE of the other distros has, getting main stream (Read, Steam) gaming to come to the platform. Granted 13.04 does seem like a pretty minimal release, without many new features, but you are going to get that with a static release schedule. Sometimes stuff just isn’t ready to be released. Better to release a small update than a broken one.

For wide acceptance Linux HAS to be dumbed down a bit. There’s nothing worse than introducing someone to Linux (who is used to Windows) and I have to drop to the command line to get something configured properly. I’ve said this before, if you want Linux to be more than a geek toy you must remove the need for someone to use the command line to configure their system. If simply must configure your system and monkey with the guts..Debian hasn’t been discontinued, and you can really get into the guts there. Or better, yet Gentoo, or even better yet Linux From Scratch!!

Really, Ubuntu has done a ton for getting Linux into the mainstream. The mainstream desktop that is, RedHat still reigns supreme in the Linux server market and they contribute more code back into the baseline kernel than Ubuntu. This is despite the fact that I really dislike RHEL or CentOS for that matter, you can read my rant about CentOS here. This is just personal preference too, many other admins like RHEL (poor bastards)

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