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Globulation 2 is a free 2D real-time strategy game for Linux with a different gameplay than the normal strategies, in which you build structures and have to defeat your opponent(s).

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In the past I had a look at 17 free games available for Linux, overviewed here and here. In this article I will have a look at five more completely free and open-source games available to install in any distribution out there.

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There was a time when office compatibility was a bit of a problem on Linux, but with the latest office suites out there available for Linux, this is not an issue anymore. The applications here mimic MS Excel’s behavior, so switching to one of them should be pretty straightforward. Exporting and importing to and from MS Excel format works as well, and there aren’t many compatibility issues – however, the native format these programs use is the OpenDocument Spreadsheet (ODS) format.

LibreOffice Calc
This is the spreadsheet application which comes with the powerful LibreOffice suite. This seems to be the most feature-rich and powerful spreadsheet application for Linux. It has support for formulas, charts, text/cell formatting, inserting images, macros, exporting/importing files from MS Excel, saving to OpenDocument Spreadsheet (ODS) format, PDF export function, powerful configuration options.

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XBMC is a home theater application which runs in fullscreen, has a beautiful, modern interface, support for pictures, music and video collections and playlists, television and radio.

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Earlier today, Jane Silber, the CEO of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, announced in an official blog post that the Ubuntu One service will be closed, and those who have subscriptions will have their money refunded. This is some sad news for those of us who are using this service.

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OpenTTD 1.4.0, a free clone of the Transport Tycoon Deluxe game, has seen a new release yesterday, on April 1, 2014, and bundles hundreds of fixes and new features over the older version.

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A few days ago I overviewed Calligra, the KDE office suite, which also includes Krita, the powerful image editing tool. Although I’ve mentioned it as being free, it looks like Krita Gemini, which is the name by which Krita goes on Steam, actually costs $22.99, covering the work needed to build, release and maintain it on Steam.

Krita 2.8.1 in KDE:

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Medit is a somewhat simple text editor with all the usual features you would expect from it: it has support for tabs, syntax highlighting, indentation and more.

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GNOME Takes Over KDE
KDE, the popular desktop environment known for its modern interface and powerful configuration options, was taken over by the GNOME Foundation.

“We will completely rewrite KDE to conform with GNOME User Interface Guidelines. We will strip all the unnecessary options, remove the plasmoids, the panel and the menu from KDE.”

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And if WesGold forum accounts weren’t enough for April 1st, here’s a better one: the 0 A.D. developers announce a new direction for the game, in which history and realism are substituted by the almighty hordes of zombies and the walking dead.

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System Shock 2 is a 3D sci-fi shooter with a horror theme, and recently it has been made available for Linux as well on the Steam platform for $9.99.

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During March, a few noteworthy articles were published here at TuxArena. Let’s have a look at the most important ones.

GNOME 3.12 Released with New Features, Apps, IRC Client
GNOME 3.12 has been launched during March, bringing a lot of improvements and features. Three new applications were introduced in GNOME as well.

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Battle for Wesnoth is a completely free, feature-complete, very popular turn-based strategy game available for Linux. With Wesnoth 1.12 on its way (the second beta was released just a few days ago), Wesnoth benefits of a large, dedicated community and an active development. This is definitely a game which I love and occasionally play for a long time now.

Currently in Beta, Wesnoth 1.12 will bring groundbreaking new features:

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