Should you install Linux on a gaming laptop?

In today's open source roundup: A redditor asks if Linux will work well on his gaming laptop. Plus: The best open source games of 2015, and how Linux won without winning

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The best open source games of 2015

Speaking of games, Opensource.com has a list of what it considers to be the five best open source games of 2015. It's worth checking out if you're looking for something fun to play on your Linux computer.

Robin Muilwijk reports for Opensource.com:

2015 has been a great year for open source and Linux gaming. The number of Linux games continues to grow, and Steam Machines finally hit the market on November 10. So, with the end of the year closing in, I’d like to give you my picks for the top five open games. Which one is your favorite? And which games do you think should have made the list?

SuperTuxKart

Magarena

Battle of Wesnoth

0 A.D.

Minetest

More at Opensource.com

How Linux won without winning

Linux runs many different devices, but most people aren't even aware of its presence. A writer here on InfoWorld explores how Linux has won without winning and he notes that it doesn't really matter if a user sees Linux on his or her device.

Galen Gruman reports for InfoWorld:

Every time InfoWorld does a story that mentions Android's market performance, like my recent article on how Android is displacing Windows in embedded devices, at least one Linux zealot posts a comment saying that Android is really Linux and that Linux is winning the platform war everywhere because of such adoption.

I typically roll my eyes -- Android may use the Linux kernel, but it's not Linux any more than OS X and iOS are Unix because they use a Unix kernel or that Windows used to be DOS because it ran on top of DOS. Android, Tizen, and all the other platforms that run on the Linux kernel are not mere distributions of Linux, as the zealots want us to believe. They go well beyond Linux, and some like Android have strongly resonated with the regular world. Linux never has, despite what Ubuntu and Mint fanboys would like to believe.

Yes, Linux as a desktop OS remains a hobbyist, Tinkertoy-style platform, for people who don't want to run commercial apps but command-line everything. Linux blew its chance to be a mainstream desktop OS when it failed to offer a usable version for regular people when Windows Vista provided the opening. The Linux community didn't want to mainstream their favorite operating system, preferring instead endless arguments over whose distribution is better or purer or crunchier.

The fact is Linux makes it possible for developers to create OSes for all sorts of new things. That is cause enough for celebration by the Linux community, whether or not what the user sees is Linux itself.

More at InfoWorld

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