Steam's 2K 10th anniversary sale on games
Steam has turned into a treasure trove of Linux games, and now you can save a lot of money with Steam's 2K 10th anniversary sale. Games are up to 80% off and there are some notable games for Linux including Bioshock Infinite and Civilization V.
Liamdawe reports for GamingOnLinux:
If you have held off buying some of our bigger game ports recently, now is a great time to buy classics like Borderlands 2, XCOM, and the newly ported Bioshock Infinite. The sale runs until the 23rd, so you have plenty of time to choose what you're going to buy.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Civilization Beyond Earth
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
XCOM: Enemy Within expasion
Linux redditors seemed pleased about Steam's big game sale:
Nutronium: "I wish all 3 Bioshocks were available on Linux. Would instabuy and instaplay!"
DerBunman: "I just can't get warm with TPS. For BL2 on the other hand I would pay double of the normal prince if I could wipe my memory of this game and enjoy it again."
1pr3f3rp1: "Haha, my bank was down yesterday so I couldnt buy it, now I can get the season pass edition for almost a third of the price I was gonna spend! Praise GabeN!"
Barbariandude: "Anybody who doesn't have XCOM yet, I heavily recommend it. Add in the Long War mod after winning the game once on Normal difficulty for the most compelling turn-based game I've ever played."
Hekerui: "It's astounding, I apparently saved 83,3% today. I always wanted to play the Bioshock games and Borderlands 2!"
GMotor: "This is great. I never believed we'd get big games on Linux but it's happening. As a community we should welcome it, even if the port isn't perfect (or uses Eon). We need to bring developers closer to us and make Linux THE platform for developing and playing games. Thanks guys."
Black Lab Linux MATE 6.1 review
Black Lab Linux is a desktop distro that uses Ubuntu as its base. The goal of the distro is to provide an easy to use, multimedia-ready desktop experience. The Black Lab developers recently released a MATE version for those who prefer a traditional desktop environment to that of GNOME.
I have a full review up on Desktop Linux Reviews:
My experience with Black Lab Linux MATE 6.1 was quite good. I think it’s one of the better Ubuntu-based distributions. It’s well suited for those who want a MATE version of Ubuntu that is set up well, and that essentially works “right out of the box.” Once you’ve installed it there’s not a lot left that you need to do to use it. It’s mostly one of those “it just works” kind of desktop distributions.
Now one question remains: Should you choose Black Lab Linux MATE 6.1 or opt for the now-official Ubuntu MATE instead? Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to use Ubuntu MATE so I cannot tell you for sure which one is better. It may also simply be a case of both distros being great, and each user will have to figure out which one suits him or her the best.