Linux gaming: Ultimate Edition 4.6 Gamers released

In today's open source roundup: The Ubuntu-based Ultimate Edition 4.6 Gamers is packed with Linux games. Plus: Amazon gets rid of the last of its Fire phones. And Steam for Linux usage rises again

Ultimate Edition 4.6 Gamers released

Gaming on Linux has gotten more and more popular in the last few years. And now Linux gamers can download the Ultimate Edition 4.6 Gamers distro. Ultimate Edition 4.6 Gamers comes packed with many Linux games and can even run Windows games via Wine and PlayOnLinux. This comes at a price, however, since the ISO file weighs in at a chunky 4 GB.

Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia:

Being based on the Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) operating system, Ultimate Edition 4.6 Gamers comes now with more than one of the biggest collections of Linux games, as it includes a pre-configured version of the popular XBMC Media Center software, which gives users instant access to over a million TV channels.

Compiz has been added again for awesome, state-of-the-art desktop effects. So, no matter if you're a hardcore gamer or you just want to relax and watch a movie or TV show, or listen to your favorite artists, Ultimate Edition 4.6 Gamers has it all. According to the developer, this version aims to be the ultimate entertaining system.

Ultimate Edition 4.6 Gamers comes with the latest Wine and PlayOnLinux software, which allows users to play Windows games on their Linux kernel-based operating system. The LibreOffice office suite has been included as well in Ultimate Edition 4.6 Gamers, along with Steam for Linux.

More at Softpedia

Amazon gets rid of the last of its Fire phones

Amazon's Android-based Fire phone was one of the biggest bombs in mobile history. And now the company has finally gotten rid of the last of its Fire phones, with the product being shown as unavailable on the Fire Phone page on Amazon's site.

Tricia Duryee reports for Geek Wire:

It’s taken more than a year, but Amazon has finally exhausted its supply of Fire Phones. At least that appears to be the case based on the phone’s product page, which now lists the device as “currently unavailable,” with an additional note in the buy box, stating: “We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.”

An Amazon spokeswoman confirmed that the company sold out of its inventory of Fire Phones in the U.S. and globally at the end of August.

But just because Amazon isn’t selling the device, doesn’t mean that the phone is completely unavailable. A seller on eBay that goes by the name “qualitycellz” is unloading a 32GB version with a year of Prime and a warranty for $139, which makes the device $40.

More at Geek Wire

Steam for Linux usage rises again

The number of Linux users on Steam seems to have risen again in August. This marks a departure from the recent decline that was noted in many media reports.

Silviu Stahie reports for Softpedia:

We've been following the evolution of Steam for Linux ever since it was released two and half years ago. For the most part, the number of users has been steadily increasing, but it capped off at about 1.2%. A few months back, it registered a sudden drop to 0.7%, and it's been struggling to recover since then.

It's not clear why that happened, but the most likely culprit is a change in the way Valve counts the Linux users. It's improbable that a few tens of thousands of Linux users have just stopped opening Steam from one month to another, so a modification to the algorithm seems more appropriate.

Valve uses a very simple system when it counts how many users there are for every platform. Each month, a survey is present to some users, and it's their choice to send the results back, which are anonymous. The problem is that it's not really clear how many Linux users get this survey, how many answer it, if the same number of surveys is given to all platforms, and so on.

More at Softpedia

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