Why I Switched Back to Firefox 2

As an alternative to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox once reigned supreme. Over the past couple of years, however, Google Chrome has risen to claim its spot. Firefox had become more bloated, slower and less innovative. Someone at Mozilla finally realized that, however, and they have been working hard to increase Firefox’s speed, slim down the interface and be more proactive with its innovative development. Moreover, as far as Linux web browsing is concern, I now believe Firefox to be more effective for my uses than Chrome.

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The Witcher 3 Available for Pre-Order on SteamOS (Linux)

The Witcher 3

Steam has announced that the Witcher 3 will be available for pre-order on SteamOS (a.k.a. Linux). The big question Linux gamers want to know is: Will this be another poorly wrapped Windows port or a native implementation of CD Projekt RED’s REDengine 3? We might have to wait until much later to find out, and you’ll have to wait until February 2015 to get the game, even if you pre-order it now.

At any rate, the game looks like it will be awesome, “built exclusively for next-generation hardware: PlayStation4, Xbox One and PC”.


The Witcher 2 Now On Linux and SteamOS 1

The wait is over. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition is now on Linux and SteamOS. Best of all, to celebrate the debut, Steam has it available for only $3.99. I highly recommend you pick it up (unless you have an AMD card *sad face*). Let’s hope The Witcher 3 will also find its way on Linux.

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Update: The Steam forums have been lit up with talk and complaints about this port. Apparently, CD Projekt hired a company called Virtual Programming to get the Windows TW2 running in a wrapper called eON, rather than creating a native Linux port.

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DDoS Protection and Mitigation on Modern Web Hosting Technology

Security shieldDDoS attacks on major corporations, popular websites and even governments of countries often make big news in the tech industry. Often times sites that seemed to be on top of security are brought to their knees and find themselves totally at the mercy of their attackers. Of all the types of security violations against a website, DDoS is one of the most powerful and effective.

What is DDoS?

DoS stands for Denial of Service and is a type of attack that seeks to flood a web server with so much traffic that it either causes the server to shut down or simply prevents legitimate users from accessing it. A DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service is one that involves multiple machines all attacking a single victim. The initiators of DDoS attacks often used covert methods, such as malware to infect other machines and use them to unwillingly carry out their attacks. In many cases the agents of these attacks are not even aware that they are being used.

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Portal 2 (Beta) Now on Steam for Linux (SteamOS)

Portal 2 beta on steam for Linux

Yes, the title is correct. Portal 2 (Beta) is now available on Steam for Linux and presumably available for all of the SteamOS beta testers, though one of them will have to confirm that for us. I started playing Portal 2 on Windows but decided not to finish it until it came to Linux. I’m downloading it now, all 11 GB. It should be finished by the time I finish work.

If you would like to join me, look me up on steam: TJ-Aich.


Papers, Please Now On Linux

The addictive eastern European checkpoint attendant and click game that so many people seem to like is now available on Linux via Steam and other channels. Yes, Papers, Please is also on sale. It’s retro and filled with umm, immigrants. Pick it up if you know what’s good for you.


Does Android Count in the Big Linux Scheme of Things?

android-logo-white1When judging the success, or lack thereof, of Linux, many proponents of Linux often cite the success of the Android mobile operating system. After all, a majority of smartphones in the world now run Android, which has Linux as its base. Android still contributes some code back to the Linux kernel, and there is no denying that it has a Linux feel, if you happen to open a terminal and check out the inner workings of the OS.

What Android may not be, however, is a traditional Linux distribution. But some could argue Ubuntu is no longer even a traditional Linux distribution. Does that make it any less Linux? Perhaps it is time we embrace diversity as much as we are willing to embrace freedom and choice. Linux is not dominating the desktop market, but it has definitely taken over the mobile and ebook market (think Kindle, Nook, etc.) We should be proud of that.