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.

Bash Shell on Windows 10

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?