Linus thinks SteamOS might increase desktop Linux use

Today in Open Source: Linus and SteamOS. Plus: The death of SolusOS, and a review of Ubuntu Studio 13.10

Linus Likes SteamOS

Linus has been in the news a lot lately, this time he seems upbeat about SteamOS possibly helping desktop Linux succeed, according to PC World.

There’s so much Linux love in the air that it prompted Linus Torvalds, overlord of the Linux Kernel, to tentatively suggest that Valve’s announcements could encourage Linux adoption on desktop PCs. Screech! Not again, I hear you say?

Yes, we’ve heard the claim for years that the Linux (or GNU/Linux depending on your persuasion) desktop revolution is just around the corner. And yes, this could be just another high hope in a long history of high hopes, but Torvalds reinforced some important arguments about a Steam-powered rise for Linux.

“I think [the Steam announcements are] an opportunity to maybe really help the desktop,” Torvalds said recently during LinuxCon + CloudOpen Europe in Edinburgh, Scotland. That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement for a Linux revolution but, if anyone is familiar with endless promises of Linux-based desktops becoming popular, it’s Torvalds.

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I hope Linus is right about SteamOS. It will be fantastic if it spurs a higher adoption rate of Linux on people's desktop computers. Along with the games may come exposure to other Linux applications, and that would be a great thing for the Linux community. Many people who don't use Linux aren't aware of the great applications available for it.

I have definitely noticed a lot more excitement out there about SteamOS than anything else over the last few years. It really seems to have caught people's attention since it comes from Valve, and the company has enormous credibility around the world.

The Death of SolusOS

The SolusOS distribution has breathed its last breath. This is sad news, I did a review of it a while back and it was off to a very good start.

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the closure of SolusOS. Simply put, there is no longer enough manpower to fulfil the vision. What began as a Debian derivative evolved into an independent distribution, without the large development team required to back such an effort.

I wish to extend my thanks to the SolusOS community for all their support throughout the lifetime of SolusOS, since its conception as a small Debian respin all the way through to today. I also wish to extend my thanks to DediServe for their continued support throughout our life.

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I'm glad that the SolusOS developer will continue to be a part of the FOSS community. And who knows, perhaps someone else will continue to develop the distro at some point.

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Review

If you use desktop Linux for multimedia content then you'll want to check out this review of Ubuntu Studio 13.10.

I was very impressed with Ubuntu Studio 13.10, I think it’s one of the best Ubuntu spins I’ve ever seen. The developers set out to create a distro that focuses on multimedia like a laser beam, and they’ve entirely succeeded in their efforts. Ubuntu Studio 13.10 is the distribution for anyone who needs to create or manage multimedia content.

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