Civilization V may come to Linux

In today's open source roundup: Sid Meier's Civilization V may come to Linux. Plus: TrueCrypt's warning message, and running Ubuntu on the Surface Pro 3

Sid Meier's Civilization V is one of the most popular strategy games of all time. WebUpd8 reports that some signs are pointing to a possible release of the game on Linux. If this is true it could be big news for Linux gamers everywhere.

According to WebUpd8:

Sid Meier's Civilization V is a turn-based, strategy video game in which the player is the leader of a nation or ethnic group and must guide its growth over the course of thousands of years. The game is developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K Games and Aspyr.

The game's steamdb history page shows that Linux was recently added to the config oslist file. Furthermore, the same page also makes a reference to an "Internal Linux Branch"

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I must admit that I'm a terrible Civilization player. I've tried playing various versions of the game over the years, and I just can't seem to stick with it. My friend Kevin, on the other hand, is an expert player and loves battling it out to control the world.

Still, it will be a great thing if Civilization V makes it to Linux. Maybe I'll even give it another whirl to see if I can finally make some progress while playing it.

Is TrueCrypt secure?

Ars Technica covers the warning message recently posted on the TrueCrypt page on SourceForge.

According to Ars Technica:

One of the official webpages for the widely used TrueCrypt encryption program says that development has abruptly ended and warns users of the decade-old tool that it isn't safe to use.

"WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues," text in red at the top of TrueCrypt page on SourceForge states. The page continues: "This page exists only to help migrate existing data encrypted by TrueCrypt. The development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP. Windows 8/7/Vista and later offer integrated support for encrypted disks and virtual disk images. Such integrated support is also available on other platforms (click here for more information). You should migrate any data encrypted by TrueCrypt to encrypted disks or virtual disk images supported on your platform."

The advisory, which Ars couldn't immediately confirm was authentic, touched off a tsunami of comments on Twitter and other social media sites.

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You can see the message yourself on the TrueCrypt page at SourceForge. See also the discussion thread at Ars about TrueCrypt for some interesting comments.

Running Ubuntu on the Surface Pro 3 reports on how to run Ubuntu on Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet.

According to

Naturally, the first few comments we saw when Microsoft announced their latest incredibly powerful and fantastically thin tablet PC was some variant of “It’s a shame it is running Windows”. We decided to fix that, and here’s what came out of that experiment.

There’s not a lot to dislike about the hardware that makes up the Surface Pro 3. Even though we’re only tooling around with the Core i5 version, this machine has already proven itself to strike an admirable balance between performance, style, and portability. The operating system, on the other hand, is simply not everyone’s cup of tea. Windows 8.1 is a confusing combination of old school desktop UI with a tablet UI that isn’t yet complete enough to stand on its own.

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I'm not sure why anybody would want to run Ubuntu on the Surface Pro 3, but it's cool that gave it a shot. Frankly though I'd rather just buy an Ubuntu-based tablet that ran Linux right out of the box. It would be much easier and probably a far better experience too.

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