Git 2.9

Git 2.9 is now available, which ends the development of Git 2.9 development branch. Some of the new features include the implementation of git-multimail for sending notification emails for pushes to a Git repository, a brand new “interactive.diffFilter” configuration which gives developers the ability to customize the diff displayed in “git add -i” sessions.

The following core commands have received improvements as part of the Git 2.9 release:

  • git p4
  • git tag
  • git merge
  • git pull
  • git apply -v
  • git worktree add
  • git mergetools
  • git pull –rebase
  • git send-email
  • git rerere
  • git clone
  • git commit

Xbox Live Gamertags

Microsoft is making available a 1 million dormant Xbox Live gamertags for anyone to pickup. If you haven’t subscribe lately or no longer using Xbox live, you may be losing your gamertag. What does Microsoft actually mean by dormant?

Microsoft has apparently been careful about what “dormant” means. This pile of names has been freed from a pool of Gamertags that were created on the original Xbox console and remained unused since that console’s servers went offline in 2010, meaning they were never used to log onto either newer console or through Microsoft’s Web-browser interface.

If you used it at least once online, you’re safe.

From Ars Technica.

Opera with Built-In VPN

Opera is now the first browser with a built-in VPN which improves privacy and avoids content restrictions. The connection uses 256 bit encryption and is just a flick of a switch to activate. The VPN can give you three options for locations, USA, Canada and Germany. The VPN is free. If you like to have some privacy, then Opera gives you that option.

Avatar Sequels

James Cameroon announced today it will be releasing a fifth element of Avatar in 2023. Avatar sequels are scheduled to be released in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2023. Avatar remains the most successful film of all time taking in 2.7 billion dollars. It was released in 2009. It seems like a long wait to see all of them.

2000 Games on Steam for Linux

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.