Lay waste to your enemies with Dota 2 for Linux via Steam!

Today in Open Source: Dota 2 is now available for Steam on Linux. Plus: Wine 1.6 released, and how to install Unity alternatives in Ubuntu.

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Here's a brief sample of some of the things that had changes:

User Interface

X11 Driver


Text and Fonts

Input Devices


.NET Support





Audio and Video

Printer Support


Built-in Applications

Wine 1.6 will be welcomed by Wine users.

How to Install Xubuntu, Kubuntu or Lubuntu in Ubuntu 13.04

If you like Ubuntu but hate Unity, has an article that will shows you how to install Xubuntu, Kubuntu or Lubuntu in Ubuntu 13.04.

Each of these desktops has its pluses and minuses. Personally, I'd opt for Xubuntu or Lubuntu as KDE has never really floated my boat. But your mileage may vary.

That, of course, is almost embarrassingly easy, since relief from the oddly-structured constraints that Unity imposes on your work habits is only an apt-get install away.

Do you like an extra-light desktop? Use

apt-get install lubuntu-desktop

Love wobbly windows and a transparent cube with all six faces in use?

apt-get install kubuntu-desktop.

Something between those extremes, just clean and powerful?

apt-get install xubuntu-desktop.

On your part, all you are required to do is twiddle your thumbs while the necessary packages are downloaded and installed, and when it's done you can log in to a very different experience than Unity offered you.

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Of course you could also give Linux Mint a try. Linux Mint Debian edition is probably my favorite desktop distro. I did a full review of the latest version of it for Desktop Linux Reviews. So that might be a good alternative if the desktops listed above don't interest you, and you want to skip Ubuntu altogether.

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