Total War: Rome II coming to Linux via SteamOS

Today in Open Source: Total War: Rome II headed to Linux. Plus: Mageia 3 review, and Debian 7.2 released

Total War: Rome II Headed to SteamOS

It looks like Total War: Rome II will be released on SteamOS at some point, according to PCGamesN.

Creative Assembly visited Valve recently and were pleased to discover that Rome II and the Steam Controller got on like oddly fresh-faced old friends. A SteamOS-native version of the game seems like the next step on the developer’s march to living room conquest, and brand director Rob Bartholomew told PCGamesN that they’re “confident” they can pull one off.

“There’s absolutely no reason why not.”

“It’s not something that’s ever particularly worried us,” said Bartholomew of the porting task ahead. “We port to Mac already, so we’re kind of used to porting Total War to other OSes – or at least our partners at Feral who do that Mac work for us, that’s certainly something we’re very familiar with.

More at PCGamesNHat Tip: GamingOnLinux

Be sure to watch the trailer, it looks like a great game. I've always been a bit of a sucker for those kinds of strategy games.

It should be very interesting to see how well it plays on the SteamOS controller. From what I read in this article, it looks like it will be a piece of cake for Creative Assembly to do.

Mageia 3 Review

I've got a full review of Mageia 3 on Desktop Linux Reviews.

Mageia is a fork of the Mandriva distribution, and offers quite a bit to desktop Linux users. It comes with a great selection of preinstalled software, and it is available in 32-bit or 64-bit versions on DVD (3.96 GB). You also have the option of getting it on CD (700 MB).

Mangeia offers a number of different desktops including KDE, LXDE, XFCE, Razor-QT, Enlightenment and GNOME. I picked the KDE version for this review. You have the option of choosing your desktop environment during the install.

More at Desktop Linux Reviews

I was very impressed with Mageia 3, it's matured a lot since its first release a while back. I think it's a good choice for Windows switchers in particular. Give it a download if you're looking for a good desktop distro. It's definitely worth checking out.

Debian 7.2 Released

Debian 7.2 has been released.

The Debian project is pleased to announce the second update of its stable distribution Debian 7 (codename "wheezy"). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available.

Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian 7 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away older "wheezy" CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date packages to be updated.

More at Debian News

Sounds like a good time to update if you're running Debian 7 Wheezy.

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