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The number of games available for KDE could start growing soon with the free Gluon library to facilitate programming. A Gnome developer shows how to design user-friendly software. Proprietary PDF editing programs could soon be a thing of the past thanks to PDF Mod.
If you believe politicians, computer games are mainly used to prepare youths to run wild. Yet French KDE developer Sacha Schutz has taken steps to facilitate the development of new games for the K Desktop environment.
Gluon  is designed to facilitate access to audio and graphics hardware for KDE developers and to help programmers quickly develop a world in which realistic physical laws apply, such as the speed and impact of falling objects.
Schutz has developed the first working program based on Gluon, Karicat , which creates avatars similar to Miis , the three-dimensional virtual characters for the Wii console (see Figure 1). The program is at a fairly early stage of development and is thus more a demonstration of the capabilities of the underlying Gluon library. When this issue went to print, it did not provide functionality for saving your own creations.
Vendor D-Wave scores big with a sale to NASA's Quantum Intelligence Lab.
Many package updates and Steam integration highlight the latest from the Mandriva-based community Linux.
Richard Stallman calls for the W3C to remain independent of vendor interests.
The new release supports nine architectures, 73 human languages, and zero non-Free components.
Fedora developers release the first alpha version of Fedora 19, known as Schrödinger’s Cat, for general testing. The final release is expected in July 2013.
ack is a grep-like, command-line tool that has been optimized for programmers to search large trees of source code.
New features in SUSE Studio 1.3 include enhanced cloud integration, VM platform support, and lifecycle management.
The Linux Foundation recently announced that the Xen Project is becoming a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.
Open source version of LiveCode is now available for developing apps, games, and utilities for all major platforms.
OpenDaylight is an open source software-defined networking project committed to furthering adoption of SDN and accelerating innovation in a vendor-neutral and open environment.