Will 2015 finally be the year of the Linux desktop?

In today's open source roundup: 2015 could be the year of the Linux desktop...or not. Plus: Canonical's involvement with the upcoming Ubuntu tablet confirmed, and the War Thunder MMO now available for Linux

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Canonical will be part of an Ubuntu tablet

The VAR Guy reports that Canonical will indeed be involved with an upcoming tablet that runs Ubuntu.

According to The VAR Guy:

According to emails from Andrew Bernstein, who has emerged as the public face of the UT One tablet project, Canonical "certainly will be involved" in the production of the tablet, which will feature an Intel x86 processor.

For now, Bernstein is holding his cards close with regard to specifying exactly what Canonical's role will be. But he writes that, at a minimum, "we do hope to get official hardware certification and some agreement on support for UT One's software, as in providing support for end users in relation to the hardware."

More at The VAR Guy

This is great news for those who want a tablet that doesn't run Android or iOS. Don't get me wrong, both of those mobile platforms are great in their own way and have much to offer users. But some folks simply don't want to live inside Apple's walled garden or have Google's services shoved in their faces all the time. So an Ubuntu tablet would be a perfect alternative to Android and IOS tablets.

The article notes that apparently preorders for the Ubuntu tablet will be taken at the end of this month or beginning of December. The thing holding back the release of the tablet seems to be Ubuntu Touch, which isn't quite finished yet. Still, this is all very good news and I hope the Ubuntu tablet does well when it finally appears.

War Thunder MMO now available for Linux

GamingOnLinux reports that the War Thunder MMO is now out for Linux.

According to GamingOnLinux:

War Thunder is a next generation MMO combat game dedicated to World War II military aviation, armoured vehicles, and fleets. You will take part in many of the major combat battles fought during World War 2 and the Korean War, fighting with real players from all around the world.

The game is completely free to play.

More at GamingOnLinux

War Thunder looks like a very fun game, and you can't argue with the price since it's free. Note that it only supports 64-bit systems though, and you should be sure to read the War Thunder FAQ before you download the game.

Here's a video preview of the game for you to check out:

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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