In two contrasting news developments, on one hand Avira has discontinued its entire range of Linux security solutions and on another Half-Life 2 is now officially available on Steam for Linux. Avira, a known brand among anti-virus software makers, has had its entire range of products for the Linux platform since a long time. Come June 30th, Avira will drop the axe on its Linux offerings by stopping sale of new licences and renewal of existing ones.
However, support for existing customers will continue uptil June 30th, 2016, which includes technical support and virus definitions updates. Noticeably, Avira’s move to discontinue Linux support comes as a result of “concentrating increasingly on developing Avira’s Windows and Mac OS system product portfolio only.” Following products will be affected by this move:
- Avira Professional Security Linux (Avira AntiVir Professional Linux)
- Avira Server Security Linux
- Avira Free Antivirus Linux
- Avira Endpoint Security (Bundle)
- Avira Business Security Suite (Bundle)
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The final two products are sold as bundles of apps for all supported platforms. Avira will continue to offer them sans its Linux apps. It is yet to be seen what will become of Avira’s AntiVir Rescue System, which is a Linux-based Live operating system for system rescue purposes offered as a bootable ISO. Personally, I have never felt the need of using an anti-virus in Linux since my decade-long association with Linux. Quite simply, Windows viruses don’t work on Linux, and viruses targeting Linux in particular are rare occurances.
In another news, Valve, makers of the cult game series Half-Life, has officially made available Half-Life 2, HL2: Episode 1 and HL2: Episode 2 on Steam for Linux (S4L). All these games, like Portal, were released as beta on S4L in May for Linux gamers to test. Now that the beta testing is over, these are available on Steam for purchasing and as free downloads for existing customers (who bought it on Windows). Not just that, the new update for HL series comes with support for head-mounted display based virtual reality system Oculus Rift.