A newbie's guide to getting started with Linux

In today's open source roundup: How you can get started with Linux. Plus: Oculus Linux development put on hold. And HTC kills its mini line of Android phones


A newbie's guide to using Linux

Linux has been around for quite a while now, but there are still many people out there who haven't used it. And it can be somewhat daunting for complete newbies to make the jump to Linux, or to even try it out. PCWorld has a helpful getting started with Linux guide for newbies.

Chris Hoffman reports for PCWorld:

The world of Linux is ready to welcome you, with a shower of free open-source software you can use on any PC: hundreds of active Linux distributions, and dozens of different desktop environments you could run on them. It’s a far cry from the one-size-fits-all, this-is-just-what-comes-with-your-PC vision of Windows.

Everything from software installation to hardware drivers works differently on Linux, though, which can be daunting. Take heart—you don’t even need to install Linux on your PC to get started.

Despite the software installation differences, Linux should feel reasonably familiar for anyone who’s used a Windows desktop before. You’ll find windows, context menus, control panels, and more. Many of the applications you’ll use on Linux are popular programs you may have already used on Windows, from Firefox to VLC and LibreOffice.

Here’s everything you need to know.

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Oculus Linux development put on hold

These are great days for Linux gamers in most ways. But occasionally there are still bumps in the road, and Oculus has become one of them. The Oculus developers have announced that they are putting Linux development on hold for now, in order to focus on Windows.

Emanuel Maiberg reports for GameSpot:

If you're a Mac or Linux user looking forward to the retail release of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, it looks like you're going to have to wait longer than PC users. Chief Architect at Oculus Atman Binstock announced last week that the company is pausing development on Oculus Rift support for those operating systems.

"Our development for OS X and Linux has been paused in order to focus on delivering a high quality consumer-level VR experience at launch across hardware, software, and content on Windows," Binstock said. "We want to get back to development for OS X and Linux but we don’t have a timeline."

More at GameSpot

HTC kills its mini line of Android phones

Screen sizes of Android phones have gotten larger and larger over the years. And now HTC has finally decided to throw in the towel on its line of smaller screen phones. The company will focus on making Android phones with larger screens.

Kishalaya Kundu reports for Android Headlines:

Keeping in line with the trend, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has reportedly decided to axe its “mini” lineup of handsets amidst steadily increasing demand for devices with larger displays. Mr. Jack Tong, president of HTC North Asia, said the company would no longer be releasing any more “mini” devices henceforth and instead, will concentrate on more mainstream smartphones with screen sizes of 5 inches or more.

Currently, HTC sells two “mini” handsets – the 4.3-inch HTC One Mini launched in July 2013 as a smaller sibling of the HTC One M7 and the 4.5-inch HTC One Mini 2 launched in May 2014 as a smaller sibling of the One M8. Speaking on the occasion of the Taiwan launch of the One M9+, Mr. Tong explained why HTC is going the way of the phablets by saying “Overall the industry is moving towards new phones over 5 inches in size and our product roadmap is close to that of the industry”.

More at Android Headlines

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