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Sony settles with PS3 owners over Linux lawsuit

Sony settles with PS3 owners over Linux lawsuit

A long-running class-action lawsuit from PlayStation 3 owners angry over losing the ability to run Linux on the console may finally be over. When the PS3 launched in 2006, it featured support for "OtherOS," which let owners install Linux on the console's hard drive. Only a few short years later, Sony disabled the feature in a software update, claiming it was necessary to fight piracy. After years of court battles, Sony has now agreed to a settlement worth millions of dollars.

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Ubuntu Touch now supports Convergence over wireless display

Ubuntu Touch now supports Convergence over wireless display

Canonical has just released the latest major update to the Ubuntu Touch mobile OS and it is really a major one, especially for owners of Ubuntu Touch smartphones. While those, particularly the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition, is more than capable of offering Convergence, it was blocked by the lack of a HDMI out port. With this latest OTA-11 update, that is no longer an issue as Ubuntu Touch now supports connecting to an external display wirelessly, which means smartphone users can even more conveniently use Convergence with no wires in sight.

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Hack lets PS4 run Steam Linux games

Hack lets PS4 run Steam Linux games

This current generation of consoles, both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, did something substantially different from their predecessors. For the first time, they sported desktop PC components inside, practically making them special purpose PCs fine-tuned for gaming. That fact, of course, has piqued the curiosity of many modders and hackers in actually making those machines run a different operating system, usually Linux. One such modder is OsirisX, who has not only successfully loaded Linux on the PS4, but was able to get SteamOS games up and running at decent performance.

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Most powerful Ubuntu phone, Meizu PRO 5, now available

Most powerful Ubuntu phone, Meizu PRO 5, now available

One cannot claim that Canonical is lacking in ambition. The company behind the most popular Linux desktop software has risen up to challenge the dominance of Microsoft and Apple on the desktop and is doing the same on Android and iOS on mobile. Ubuntu Phones, however, have so far been on the low to mid range side, belying the full potential of Ubuntu's mobile version. The Meizu PRO 5, however, is about to change that perception, and this most powerful Ubuntu phone is finally on the market, available for purchase.

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Adobe Flash Player’s ransomware vulnerability gets an emergency patch

Adobe Flash Player’s ransomware vulnerability gets an emergency patch

In an announcement that surprises no one, Adobe has released an update to their Flash Player. Updates to Adobe's Flash suite seem to come rather frequently, mostly because new vulnerabilities are continually being found. This time, the bug being patched is one that allows someone to take over your computer and hold your data for ransom.

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A cold day indeed: BASH runs on Ubuntu running on Windows 10

A cold day indeed: BASH runs on Ubuntu running on Windows 10

We already saw the telltale signs, but you might still do a double take when you hear the official word. Microsoft and Ubuntu creator and owner Canonical have indeed made it possible to run Linux user space commands on an image of Ubuntu running on Windows 10 natively. No virtual machines, no containers, no dockers. While that might mean little to anyone except for developers, power users, and Linux users, it does open the door to possibilities but also raises some questions on Microsoft's real goal.

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Windows 10 might soon run Ubuntu, Linux utilities natively

Windows 10 might soon run Ubuntu, Linux utilities natively

2015 and 2016 might be remembered as the years when hell froze over repeatedly, in no small part thanks to Microsoft. The company whose CEO once described Linux as a cancer is seemingly now going through hoops to proclaim its love for the open source OS, and not without some amount of suspicion from the other side. Adding to its Visual Studio Code IDE for Linux and SQL Server for Linux, Microsoft might soon be revealing how it partnered with Canonical to let Ubuntu run on Windows 10 natively, without the use of a virtual machine.

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CodeWeavers teases Steam client running on Android Remix OS

CodeWeavers teases Steam client running on Android Remix OS

Steam might be off to try and conquer the wild, new world of virtual reality, but it there is one other uncharted territory where it has yet to leave a mark. Android is probably the last platform you'd imagine Steam to run on, but, considering the places the OS can now be found on, it probably shouldn't be a surprise anymore. At least, soon. That is exactly what company CodeWeavers is trying to do and it showed off part of the work, with the Steam client running on the Android-based Remix OS.

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Dell releases new Linux-powered laptops, including XPS 13

Dell releases new Linux-powered laptops, including XPS 13

Linux users who've been looking for some new, quality hardware to run their preferred operating system on are in luck, as Dell has just released a handful of new laptop options, starting with the Intel Skylake-featuring XPS 13. The latest developer edition of the laptop keeps the super-thin screen bezels and impressive display, but simply replaces Windows with Ubuntu Linux 14.04 as the standard shipping software.

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Microsoft bringing SQL database software to Linux

Microsoft bringing SQL database software to Linux

To some, it might be another sign of an evil corporation turning over a new leaf. To others, it could be a plot to undermine its enemies. Both sides would probably agree it's another cold day in hell. Microsoft has just revealed its plans to brings its SQL Server database software to Linux. Although not exactly its first Linux software, SQL Server is the most significant one so far. The irony of the situation is that, at least in Microsoft's past, the company looked down upon Linux, and open source in general, going as far as calling the OS a cancer.

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Oculus Mac OS X support update “if they ever release a good computer”

Oculus Mac OS X support update “if they ever release a good computer”

An interview with Oculus founder Luckey Palmer this week made clear the company's position on Mac support: it's "up to Apple." Whether or not "they ever release a good computer," said Palmer, "[Oculus] will do it." Palmer went on to suggest that Apple just needed to return to an earlier age of different prioritization: "If they prioritize higher-end GPUs like they used to for awhile back in the day I think we'd love to support Mac."

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Street Fighter V gets a surprise release on SteamOS and Linux

Street Fighter V gets a surprise release on SteamOS and Linux

Earlier this month, sad news was delivered to Linux gamers everywhere. Arkham Knight was canceled on their OS of choice (as well as on the Mac). Of course, with all of the issues that PC gamers encountered with the game since its original launch, it really wasn't much of a surprise to see it get canned on other platforms. Thankfully, there are other, better games that will see Linux releases.

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