Linux, Alternative OS, & Retro Computing News - July 23, 2022
Wordperfect for UNIX comes to Linux, Xbox Live 1.0 recreated, & Lego Atari 2600
Every Saturday, let’s look back at the important news of the week.
You know. News about Linux, Alternative Operating Systems, and new developments in Retro Computing. The stuff that matters.
Xbox Live 1.0 Is Getting A Replacement, And It'll Support 13 Games At Launch
This is pretty darn cool. A team has been re-creating the original release of Xbox Live — and they’ve now hit a point where 13 original Xbox Live games are playable… and are conducting a closed “Alpha” test. With an open Beta coming some time in the future (no firm ETA has been announced).
Games currently working include: Counter-Strike, MechAssault, Phantasy Star Online: Episode I & II, and Unreal Championship.
Wordperfect for UNIX ported to Linux
The same mad scientist that managed to tweak the UNIX version of Lotus 1-2-3 to run on Linux… has done the same thing for the UNIX version of Wordperfect.
Check it out. It’s wild:
The LEGO set will be available starting August 1st for $240 and consists of 2,532 pieces (just a little shy of 2,600… a nice touch). It’s not playable (obviously), but it has little switches… and all sorts of fun details.
Concerns at the Debian project about Rust being “non-free”
Remember when Debian was forced to rename their build of Firefox to Iceweasel because of copyright issues? Well now something similar appears to be happening with Rust. Going so far as Rust being declared “non-free” by some within Debian. Where will this go? Hard to say. But it’s worth keeping an eye on.
Lotus and WordPerfect are awesome. I hope the dependency tree is small, otherwise they’ll only be in a working state for about 5 minutes.
Regarding Rust being non-free, I suspect Rusters will now be happily pro-closed-source, and possibly support Microsoft’s take over of open source, since they rabidly support anything Rust whether or not it makes any sense at all.