Is Google preparing to dump Android?

Today in Open Source: Google getting ready to dump Android? Plus: Tox secure messaging, and Duke Nukem 3D Megaton for Linux beta

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Enter Tox, a free and open source platform for messages, calls and video. Tox promises "leading-class encryption" as well as an easy to use interface, and the freedom to use it or modify it as you like.

Tox is built with the idea that you can keep up with friends and family without having your privacy violated. While other big-name services require you to pay to unlock features, Tox is free in both price, and in liberty.

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It's still early for Tox, apparently it's in alpha right now. But this seems like an open source project worth keeping an eye on. I wish them well.

Duke Nukem 3D Megaton Edition for Linux

Hot Hardware is reporting that there's a public beta of Duke Nukem 3D Megaton Edition out now. It's for the Steam platform, and should please a lot of Linux gamers.

As the story points out, this isn't the Duke Nukem Forever game. This is a compendium of Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition and three expansion packs.

Included in the Megaton Edition is the game itself, Duke Caribbean: Life's a Beach, Duke It Out in D.C., Duke: Nuclear Winter, and Duke Nukem 3D Classic. These were all fun back in the day, though by today's standards, they're bound to feel a bit dated, even with the updated graphics.

This is the latest in a growing number of ports headed to Linux on Steam. Valve has been championing Linux as a viable gaming platform for some time, especially since the release of Windows 8. Valve founder Gabe Newell has been especially outspoken about Windows 8 and what it could mean for the future of PC gaming, hence part of the reason why Linux has become such a big focus.

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I remember the years when Linux got little or no games being made for it. It's such a pleasure to see announcements like this coming regularly for Linux gaming. Kudos to the Steam developers, thanks for all of your efforts to put games on Linux.

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