Should you use Debian or Ubuntu?

In today's open source roundup: Debian versus Ubuntu. Plus: Five Linux distros for your computer, and which game genres need more games on Linux?

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Swapnil Bhartiya at ITworld lists the pros and cons of five desktop Linux distros:

There are so many Linux distributions that choosing one can be overwhelming for a new user. One might be too intimidating for a user to even try, while another might be too simplified, blocking that user from knowing how Linux systems actually function.

Since I also assist people in migrating to Linux, I have chosen the 5 distros that I recommend to new users based on their level of comfort and desire to learn (or not learn) more about Linux.


Linux Mint



Arch Linux

More at ITworld

Gaming genres on Linux

Linux game development has come a long way from where it started. But some game genres are still lagging behind in terms of game development. Boiling Steam points out which genres need more games.

Ekianjo reports at Boiling Steam:

In the Linux Community, we are focusing a lot on what we get (i.e. new games, new ports, new open source projects, 800 games on Steam, etc…) while it is also interesting to focus on what we miss. The glass is surely getting fuller but let’s not forget it’s still half empty, if not more. As a gamer, I like to play a number of game genres, and while I try to spend my gaming time exclusively on Linux, there are several genres that I miss on the platform.

More at Boiling Steam

Redditors share their thoughts in response:

"It's not the most visually impressive game but Eldevin is a really good MMORPG for linux. It has a class-less leveling system where you can do basically whatever you want. Very similar to a sandbox game, but still with quests like WoW or other themeparks. It runs natively in Java (with a downloadable client) so I'm pretty satisfied with it until something bigger comes along."

More at Reddit

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


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