There are now over 2000 games on Steam for Linux according to Softpedia. That’s about 25% of the available games on Steam which has a total of 8000 games. It’s not bad considering Linux users are about 1% of the total number of Steam users. Steam on Linux is now in its third year. The anniversary was February 14.
Microsoft announced today that it’s bringing in Bash shell into Windows 10. Bash or Bourne Again Shell, is the standard shell terminal for both OS X and Linux terminals. That means developers will be able to write their shell scripts in Windows 10.
How is this possible. Microsoft worked with Canonical, Ubuntu flagship company, in getting a Linux subsystem inside Windows 10 without the need for virtualization or emulation.
The native availability of a full Ubuntu environment on Windows, without virtualization or emulation, is a milestone that defies convention and a gateway to fascinatingly unfamiliar territory,” Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said in a statement today. “In our journey to bring free software to the widest possible audience, this is not a moment we could have predicted. Nevertheless we are delighted to stand behind Ubuntu for Windows, committed to addressing the needs of Windows developers exploring Linux in this amazing new way, and excited at the possibilities heralded by this unexpected turn of events.
Does this mean no more of the dreaded backlash on paths?
According to ZDNet, Windows 10 is now running on 270 million devices. At one time, Microsoft was targeting 1 billion devices by 2018. Whether they reach the goal will depend on sales of PCs, which has been slowing down the last few years. PC sales peaked about 5 years ago.
YouTube has just created another service called YouTube Connect. It give users the ability to livestream that spur-of-the-moment type of videos akin to Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook Live.
YouTube Connect will have apps that will run on iOS and Android devices. Livestreaming is immediate and will include, chat and tagging features. The Live broadcasts are saved on YouTube so others can see it for later viewing.
All in all, YouTube now has seven apps. They are YouTube app, YouTube Gaming, YouTube Music, YouTube Kids, YouTube Creator Studio, YouTube Capture and YouTube Red. The latter is a add-free subscription service.
Here’s a fun project. Turn your Raspberry Pi 2 into an Alexa Voice Service.
This project demonstrates how to access and test the Alexa Voice Service using a Java client (running on a Raspberry Pi), and a Node.js server. You will be using the Node.js server to get a Login with Amazon authorization code by visiting a website using your computer’s (Raspberry Pi in this case) web browser.
Follow this guide.
Based on first read, it looks like a fairly involved project.
Google made the announcement yesterday to make the Nik Collection for free. Free as in beer.
Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.
The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.
Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.
We’re excited to bring the powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people now.
A few days ago, I wrote about repurposing my 1TB hard drive as a storage device after a SSD upgrade. I won’t be using this drive for booting up the OS. I reformatted my hard drive and created a new partition using the GUID Partition Table. Using this table allows you to have the option to boot from this device.
Since I will only be using this drive for extra storage, it probably wasn’t the right choice. In addition, it was constantly asking me to enter the root password every time I created a new folder. The obvious fix was to repartition the hard drive and select the Apple Partition Table instead of GUID partition table. It worked.
If you’re on the same boat, then do exactly what I did. Repartition the drive and select Apple Partition Table.
Microsoft has been going through a transformation over the years. It has been slow, but the changes are dramatic if you haven’t been paying attention. Microsoft no longer makes a ton of money on the Windows platform. Far from it. Just take a look at the areas where Microsoft made the most money this past year based on revenue.
- Server and Cloud Services (Azure)
- Gaming (Xbox)
- Microsoft Office
- Windows OS
Windows OS is only 10% of Microsoft’s total revenue, and it grew a paltry 5% despite the Windows 10 release last year. Sales on Azure on the other end, grew a whopping 140% more than last year.
When I migrated to SSD on my Mac mini, I kept the original 1 TB hard drive to store my old Mac OS data. That was just in the SSD migration failed. After two weeks of non-event, it was time to blow up my 1 TB hard drive. That means deleting the entire drive and using it as a backup drive for storing miscellaneous and less frequently accessed files. I’m not worried about the new SSD failing, because I have Time Machine. I can always restore the entire OS from my Time Machine backup. So, I dumped everything on the 1 TB drive and emptied the Trash Can. I took awhile, but now I have all that real estate for storage.
Ransomware is no longer just for Windows users. It’s now made its way into the Mac OS. The ransomware called KeRanger, was distributed via a legit and popular BitTorrent client called Transmission.
Users who have downloaded Transmission 2.90 since last Friday are infected. Transmission has removed the malicious version of their software and made a patch. Users should upgrade to version 2.92.
The KeRanger malware imposes a 72 hour lockout window requiring victims to pay 1 bitcoin or equivalent to about $400.