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Linux could (but probably won’t) be a surprise beneficiary of the Microsoft-Activision deal.

According to the CMA:

Ubisoft will also be able, for a fee, to require Microsoft to adapt Activision’s titles to operating systems other than Windows, such as Linux, if it decides to use or license out the cloud streaming rights to Activision’s titles to a cloud gaming service that runs a non-Windows operating system.

This would have been a bigger deal when the Linux-based Google Stadia still existed and Ubisoft wanted it to succeed. Still, could be relevant someday!

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Bram Moolenaar, the open source developer who created Vim, has passed away at 62.

Moolenaar’s family announced his August 3rd passing from a quickly-progressing medical condition in a Google Groups post.

In 1991, Moolenaar created Vim, an open-source code editor. It was based on Bill Joy’s vi editor, and quickly became popular with Linux users. Moolenaar actively contributed to Vim until just a few weeks ago, according to Ars Technica.

Imagine never formatting a flash drive to make it bootable again.

Today I learned about Ventoy, which makes an entire USB drive bootable — then, you just drag and drop ISOs to it!

I now have Win 11, Win 10, Arch Linux and HoloISO on a single stick, which shows up as a single drive with plenty of space for regular files, too. I might never use the dependable Rufus again.