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  • Call of Duty Warzone: Why Ricochet Anti-Cheat Has Fans Worried [Ed: Linux rootkits]

    Why is Kernel Level Anti-Cheat Software a Security Concern?

    Well, to be clear, it might be more accurate to say that kernel-level anti-cheat software is a potential security concern. Anytime you grant any outside element that level of access to something that’s important to you, you’re potentially exposing yourself to an increased level of risk. However, it doesn’t mean that you’re absolutely going to have a security problem.

  • An Interview With GDKChan, Creator of Ryujinx

    I’m blown away by how far Nintendo Switch emulation has come in just the past few years. To me, it’s just as mind-blowing as when Valve rolled their first Proton release to the public. Linux gamers can not only play most of their favorite Windows games through Proton, but they can also play their favorite Switch games with higher frame rates and resolutions, thanks to emulation. In both cases, the experience is nearly flawless, thanks to Valve/CodeWeaver’s contributions to Wine, and the (mostly) voluntary, rigorous work programmers put in to their emulation projects to ensure a smooth, painless experience.

    I enjoy the Ryujinx emulator in particular, so I wanted to sit down and chat with gdkchan, the primary heart and soul behind the project (not to discredit the several other developers who are working on this as well). gdkchan went above and beyond providing the basic answer behind both ekianjo’s questions and my own.

  • Gaming the System: Economic incentives are preventing desperately-needed game archiving

    For many years now, there has been an ongoing debate about the artistic merit of video games. As a form of media, should they be held in the same regard as movies, TV and music? In terms of archiving, at least, video games lag far behind these counterparts.

    Video games hit store shelves as soon as the technology for playing them began to be invented, and as a result, the hardware was constantly evolving. The Nintendo Entertainment System came out in the 1980s, with games loaded onto chips inside big plastic cartridges. Graphics became more advanced and cartridges grew smaller until, eventually, games moved to disc formats, with developers releasing a new console every few years to keep up.

  • The paradox of open: How to build a better internet

    In an era when content rules, the impulse to expand access to creative works is an idea whose time has been around for at least 20 years. It is hard to even imagine today’s maker culture of re-mix and re-use in a proprietary world dominated by copyright.

    Early on in 2001, when the Creative Commons (CC/cc) organisation was founded by Lawrence Lessig as a United States-based charity to legally adopt creative licences across jurisdictions, it was a measure of reform to copyright legislation intended to build a healthy digital commons.

How I use open source to play RPGs

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I play a lot of tabletop role-playing games (RPGs), in terms of both frequency and variety. Generally, I prefer playing RPGs in person with friends, but over the past two years, I've been playing online.

At first, I wasn't sure how to run a long-term game online. I knew there were a lot of tools out there to make it possible, but none of them interested me until I discovered the world of open source online tabletop gaming. With a small collection of open source applications, I've been able to run all my games exclusively on open source.

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5 open source tabletop RPGs you should try

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Open source arrived in the pen-and-paper RPG industry back at the turn of the century, when Wizards of the Coast, publisher of Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons, developed the Open Game License (OGL). Many publishers have since adopted the OGL themselves or use similar licenses, such as Creative Commons.

Today is Free RPG Day. It's the one day a year you can go to your friendly local game store and pick up, at no cost, a free tabletop role-playing game from some of the biggest publishers in the hobby. If you don't have a local game store or can't get out to a game store, some free RPG sampler downloads are available from Dungeon Crawl Classics and Paizo. But not everything for Free RPG Day is available as a download, so I've collected five of my favorite open source tabletop games that you can download and play.

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Games: Dystopian Army Builder, Hellraid DLC, and More

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  • Uh oh, looks like Despot's Game: Dystopian Army Builder is going to suck all my time away | GamingOnLinux

    Despot's Game: Dystopian Army Builder is a brand new release from Konfa Games and tinybuild that sees you command a bunch of naked people and send them through a strange post-apocalyptic labyrinth. Note: personal purchase.

    Like it Loop Hero, you have no direct control during combat you just watch it play out and hope for the best. Here though you're running through some kind of maze-like dungeon full of strange machines, with multiple people you need to look after. They'll likely die a lot though, don't get too attached, you can buy more naked people. Eventually you might come across the nefarious d’Spot who runs the show and perhaps destroy them to earn your freedom.

    It blends together quite a few different genres and it feels totally unique. The structure is a bit like The Binding of Isaac with you going from room to room, it's also a strategy game with you buying people and equipping them with various weapons you buy from shops spread throughout the maze and then there's the fusion of auto battling so you can sit back and watch the mess unfold.

  • Techland continue expanding the Hellraid DLC as they try to improve reviews | GamingOnLinux

    When Techland released the Hellraid DLC in August 2020 inspired by their unreleased dark fantasy slasher Hellraid the reviews were not kind, as it was very basic but they've kept at it and another big update is out now.

  • Brawlhalla to get Easy Anti-Cheat, dev puts up Beta with EAC working on Linux with Proton | GamingOnLinux

    Blue Mammoth Games announced that later in October that the platform-fighter Brawlhalla will be getting Easy Anti-Cheat. Thankfully, they've put up a Beta for Linux users playing it on Steam Play Proton and it works.

  • Apple is now funding Blender development joining many big names | GamingOnLinux

    There's apparently absolutely no stopping the Blender train, with the developer announcing that Apple has now joined their development fund.

  • Valve banning games that allow exchanging cryptocurrencies or NFTs | GamingOnLinux

    It seems Valve aren't a big fan of cryptocurrencies or NFTs as they've updated their onboarding guide with a new point about disallowing games that allow you to exchange them.

    Under the Rules and Guidelines heading where it mentions "What you shouldn’t publish on Steam" there's a new line that states "Applications built on blockchain technology that issue or allow exchange of cryptocurrencies or NFTs".

  • Check out this crowdfunding campaign to learn Godot Engine from GDQuest | GamingOnLinux

    GDQuest, a well-known name in the free and open source Godot Engine land has launched a new crowdfunding campaign aiming to get you to go from zero to hero with Godot programming. A course aimed at anyone and everyone who fancies getting into making games with Godot.

    The founder of GDQuest, Nathan Lovato, emailed in a little info about it: " Learn to Code From Zero is a course for everyone who wants to learn development.

    With it, you will learn programming from the very basics to creating a complete video game inspired by the hectic action game Enter the Gungeon.

    Game development courses typically consist of hours of step-by-step tutorials. They feel nice while you follow along, but as soon as you're left alone, working on your game, you get stuck.

Games: Proton Experimental, Lutris 0.5.9, Midnight Protocol, and More

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  • Proton Experimental fixes up Satisfactory networking making it easier to join others | GamingOnLinux

    Satisfactory is a first-person open-world factory building sim from Coffee Stain Studios and while it works well on Linux with Steam Play Proton the online networking had a big issue.

    For people with multiple network connections, trying to join others online would be problematic and most of the time just not work at all with an error message. There were workarounds like disabling other connections but it obviously wasn't ideal and just another barrier. Thankfully the Proton Experimental release from October 13 notes a single change as "Fix connection issues in Satisfactory on systems with multiple network interfaces".

  • Lutris 0.5.9 Released for Easier Access to Linux Games - itsfoss.net

    After almost a year of development , the gaming platform has Lutris 0.5.9 been released , providing tools to simplify the installation, configuration and management of games on Linux. The project code is written in Python and is distributed under the GPLv3 license.

    The project maintains a directory for quickly finding and installing game applications, which allows you to launch games in Linux with one click through a single interface, without worrying about installing dependencies and settings. Runtime components for running games are supplied by the project and are not tied to the distribution kit used. Runtime is a distribution-independent set of libraries that includes components from SteamOS and Ubuntu, as well as various additional libraries.

    Provides the ability to install games distributed through the services GOG, Steam, Epic Games Store, Battle.net, Origin and Uplay. At the same time, Lutris itself acts only as an intermediary and does not sell games, therefore, for commercial games, the user must independently purchase the game in the appropriate service (free games can be launched with one click from the Lutris graphical interface).

  • Hacking tactical narrative-driven RPG Midnight Protocol is out now | GamingOnLinux

    Developed by LuGus Studios who are known for Liftoff: FPV Drone Racing, Midnight Protocol is all about becoming a hacker who recently got doxxed and has been targeted for blackmail by a shadowy branch of government.

    Played entirely with your keyboard, Midnight Protocol is pretty much a game about revenge. You were arrested after your details got leaked, let go due to a lack of solid evidence and now you're jumping right back into the hacking game which is against your parole but that's not going to stop you. It's a game that blends together a turn-based hacking feature, style-wise that part looks like something out of the modern two Deus Ex titles with a bunch of narrative drip-fed to you through emails and other sources.

  • Interplay updating many classic titles on Steam to add support for Linux

    Interplay Entertainment announced today they're updating many of their classic titles to support Linux. A lot of it of course is thanks to the excellent free and open source DOSBox, which allows thousands of classic to play on modern systems without much hassle.

Games: Punk Wars, Fallout 3 and More

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  • Post-apocalyptic 4x strategy game Punk Wars releases November 11 | GamingOnLinux

    Strategy Forge S.A. and Jujubee S.A. have announced that their 4x strategy game Punk Wars will be releasing with Linux support on November 11.

    "Punk Wars tells the story of four new powers emerging from the ashes of a global cataclysm and fighting for domination of the ruins of a once magnificent megacity. Become the powerful leader of the messianic steampunk, tenebrous dieselpunk, militaristic steelpunk, or technocratic atompunk, with each faction holding the key to a different branch of industrial science, with a different set of unique skills. Explore the ruins of a bygone civilization, where resources are scarce and the dangers way too common. Develop your infrastructure and technology that will secure your triumph. Create a winning strategy and a playstyle for each faction, utilising their distinctive skills and units. Become the messiah of the new age and lead humanity towards the era of prosperity and happiness… as you see it."

  • DOOM Played By Tweet

    Getting DOOM to run on hardware it was never intended to run on is a tradition as old as time. Old cell phones, embedded systems, and ancient televisions have all been converted to play this classic first-person shooter. This style of playing games on old hardware might be passé now as the new trend seems to be the ability to play this game on more ethereal platforms instead. This project brings DOOM to Twitter.

  • Fallout 3 removes Games for Windows Live, works well on Linux with Proton | GamingOnLinux

    Fallout 3 from Bethesda Game Studios received a surprise update recently where the developer finally removed Games for Windows Live which is great news.

    Released back in 2008, Fallout 3 is something of a classic and a game I thoroughly enjoyed before making the switch fully to Linux. Thanks to Steam Play Proton, you can play Fallout 3 easily on Linux and with this update no workarounds are needed - at all.

Games: Warp Frontier, Space Crew: Legendary Edition, No Longer Home, Doom Fighters

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  • Space sci-fi point and click adventure Warp Frontier releases for Linux in November | GamingOnLinux

    Developed Brawsome emailed to note that their space sci-fi adventure Warp Frontier will be releasing for Linux (and macOS) in November following the Windows release in late September.

    Warp Frontier is a 2D point and click adventure set in the year 2215, in orbit around humanity's newest extrasolar colony. It follows the story of war hero turned cop, Vincent Cassini, and his robot partner Mac, as they investigate the cover-up of a war crime by an old enemy that stole the lives of thousands, including his wife and best friend. The game has a particularly Australian flavour in both the writing and the voice cast, including the talents of Kevin Powe (Dead Static Drive), Aimee Smith (Eastern Market Murder), and Angela Tran (The Lake). The game also features an original soundtrack by Thomas Regin (Unavowed).

  • Space Crew: Legendary Edition releases as a free expansion on October 21 | GamingOnLinux

    Curve Digital and Runner Duck have together announced that Space Crew: Legendary Edition will arrive on October 21 as a free expansion to the base game with a ton of new content.

    Planned content includes a new "epic" Android Ambush campaign, the ability to take crew off-ship onto stations, outposts and new vessels in Away Team missions. There will also be a new star-system to explore with new missions as well as a range of special features and gameplay experiences.

  • Magical realist point and click adventure No Longer Home now on Linux | GamingOnLinux

    After the initial release back in July, No Longer Home from Humble Grove and Fellow Traveller has launched the Linux version. Funded on Kickstarter back in 2018, the original plan was to have Linux support so it's good to see it land.

    Based upon the real life experiences of the developer, where they were forced apart so they decided to stay in touch and make a game together. Here's what the story entails: "Bo and Ao are graduating university and preparing to leave the flat they’ve lived in together for a year. Thanks to visa limitations, Ao is forced to return to Japan, leaving Bo in England. Disillusioned by post-educational life and shoved aside by a government who doesn’t want them there, both are trying to come to terms with their uncertain futures. And deep under their South London flat, something grows..."

  • Doom Fighters turns the classic Doom II into a beat 'em up | GamingOnLinux

    Doom mods do a lot of things from small adjustments to total conversions and Doom Fighters is one of the most interesting I've seen recently that turns Doom II into a beat 'em up.

    Released on October 10 is genuinely a surprise. Giving you a 3D character model for Doomguy, you run around and beat up monsters. You get to punch, kick, grab enemies, fly away with them and more. The developer mentioned they do plan to expand the game to include powerful execution moves, alternate deaths, weapons and destructible environments. Sounds like multiplayer will be sorted eventually too.

  • Competitive action-puzzler Petal Crash Online arrives on Steam as a free update | GamingOnLinux

    Petal Crash Online is the free update to the original Petal Crash, a block-matching game where you push blocks around and smash them together to score points. It's pretty great actually. A genre of games that isn't overly popular on PC but this is easily one of the best.

    This new online mode was first launched on itch.io as a separate game but folks on Steam now have it free as an update download with it now giving you the option to play the original or the online mode when you launch it. The online client was built ground the ground-up to support rollback net-code for nicely synced matches.

Games: Monster Crown, Elsinore, Warzone 2100, GameCIH APK v3.0.4

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  • Monster Crown is the next-generation of retro monster catching out now | GamingOnLinux

    Monster Crown takes the idea of the older Pokemon games and blends in some fancy new ideas, along with a darker story to make a game that will suit fans of monster catching games nicely.

    "Unravel Crown Island’s dark story as you create your own monster legacy. With a history of sadistic rulers and heroic saviors, the island faces another threat in the form of a malicious young woman seeking power. It’s up to you and the monsters you make pacts with to prevent the return of tyranny. Will your decisions make you a savior or a dark messiah?"

  • Wonderful time-looping adventure Elsinore got a big price drop | GamingOnLinux

    Elsinore released back in 2019 and it's actually quite a wonderful adventure that sees you go through a time-loop set in the world of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

    Like a lot of games it went somewhat under the radar for potential players, with it seeing less than 200 reviews on Steam but it does have a Very Positive user rating. With the price dropping from £15.49 to £7.19 it's hopefully going to allow more people to try it who missed it.

  • Warzone 2100 version 4.2.0 Beta 1 is out, gets Spectators and Replays support | GamingOnLinux

    Looks like the next version of the free and open source strategy game Warzone 2100 is going to be a big one. Two new highlight features are coming to the game with spectators and replays.

    When it comes to being a spectator, this opens up Warzone 2100 to allow people to watch a game in progress. This could easily open up the game to more competitive play, twitch livestreams, help teach people to play and more. The way they've explained that it will work is with dedicated spectator spots, with them being able to chat together and see the whole map.

    Linking in with that is also a replay feature, allowing you to play back an entire match. This gives players the ability to capture fun moments, figure out where you want wrong, share it with others and also helps to show off bugs in the game too and this feature was built on top of the spectator support.

  • GameCIH APK v3.0.4 Free Download for Android Latest Version - DekiSoft

    This is an original memory editor that was created some 7-10 years back. It itself is quite old and has been since 2006. GameCIH free download for Android came out in Taiwan by a talented programmer going by alias CIH<SoftwareMagician>, this standing for the company/collective it is a part of. This is not seemed to be the first of its kind but also quite an easy tool to use. The best thing about this one is that it has gained a lot of popularity for money cheats.

Games: Proton Experimental, Lutris, and More

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  • Proton Experimental sees GreedFall, Eve Online and Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl working

    Another update to Proton Experimental has landed as of October 11 bringing with it more fixes and even more Windows games are now working on Linux.

    Newly playable as of this update are GreedFall, Eve Online and Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. Additionally there's a fix implemented for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare hanging on exit, the Paradox Launcher has improved "windowing", there's a fix for regressions from a previous release, crashes solved for older CPUs that lack the timestamp counter and crashes also fixed for some FNA/XNA games.

  • Lutris 0.5.9 Release Adds AMD’s FidelityFX, DLSS, & Epic Games Store Support

    Lutris is a free and open-source game manager available exclusively for Linux.

    It has been and still is one of the essentials when it comes to Linux gaming. Using Lutris, you can organize your game collection from various different gaming clients such as Steam, GOG, and Humble Bundle. Moreover, Lutris offers a one-step installation for various games to help you install games as conveniently as possible.

    Let’s take a look at what this release has to offer to Linux gamers.

  • Helping to keep your game library tidy Lutris 0.5.9 is out supporting Epic Games Store | GamingOnLinux

    The Epic Games Store comes to the game manager Lutris, giving you an even better place to deal with your game library split across many different stores. On top of that it also supports Steam for Windows as a game source, for those titles you can't get working directly through Proton.

    Now this means that Lutris can help you manage Epic Games Store, GOG, Humble Store, Steam (Linux/Windows), DOSBox, Emulators and more. Even more helpful is that Lutris games can be launched from Steam, you can disable 3rd party services you don't want, there's support now for DXVK-NVAPI and DLSS and VKD3D is now an option by itself.

  • Of Blades & Tails looks like a charming upcoming turn-based animal tribe RPG

    Developer Felix Laukel (Colmen's Quest) has announced Of Blades & Tails, a quite charming looking upcoming turn-based RPG in a world full of different animal tribes.

    "A turn-based RPG that is action-oriented but rewards a thoughtful approach. Discover a fantastic land populated by different animal tribes. You play Riff, a clever member of the tribe of foxes. A chain of unfortunate events involves you in a quest of vital importance to all the peace-loving creatures of the realm. You will have to leave your home village and explore the world to become strong enough to stand up to evil. (In other words: There will be a storyline but it's still in the making!)"

  • How to install Itch with Debian 11 - Unixcop

    Today we will learn how to install itch.io with Debian 11. For indie developers, the itch was developed to host, sell, and download games. Released in March 2013, websites hosts more than 40 million games today. Indie games or independent video game is typically a game developed by small communities. Such games do not have much support from some big tech companies. Newbies can enhance their skills here. Seasoned developed are able to earn good money. A lot of popular games are already contributed by itch.io.

Games: Building a Retro Linux Gaming Compute, Book of Travels, and The Room

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  • Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer - Part 7: The Arena Eternal | GamingOnLinux

    When I was growing up, one of my first exposures to Linux was my father’s stack of old Linux Journal magazines. Printed in several of these was one of many advertisements by the Linux server company Penguin Computing, this one depicting Linux mascot Tux brandishing a rocket launcher in the iconic Q3DM7 map included in the demo version of Quake III Arena. This image became so emblematic of Linux as a gaming platform that it still gets widely circulated to this day.

    When I switched to using Linux full time in the spring of 2007 one of my first accomplishments was getting that same demo to install. I remember being frustrated at not having it work on first launch, until I discovered I had to copy my system's libGL.so.1 file to the install directory, one last caveat brought on by the need to support both 3dfx as well as more generic OpenGL accelerator hardware. From that moment on, my Linux box became a gaming machine.

    It was not until later that I would discover the full effect Quake III Arena had on the Linux ecosystem by downloading and playing the numerous derivative games created from the 2005 source code release available in almost all Linux software repositories. Even with all of those other options it was the original game I always found myself coming back to, with my main listed frag count now exceeding 21,000 frags as of the time of this writing.

  • Book of Travels is a thoroughly strange take on an online RPG now in Early Access | GamingOnLinux

    Might and Delight has just released Book of Travels, an online RPG played they're calling a "TMORPG" meaning Tiny Multiplayer Online RPG and it's quite something. Note: personal purchase.

    The idea is that instead of joining a server with thousands of people, you're given a world where you might come across a few others instead but not too many. Right now the total per server is only seven people, so you're lucky if you even see anyone and in a way it makes it a bit more exciting. Compared with other online RPGs, it's a much more solitary experience and one you can quite easily relax in.

  • How to play The Room on Linux

    The Room is a puzzle game developed by Fireproof Games. In the game, the player is challenged to figure out how to open each locked room through a series of puzzles. Here’s how to play The Room on your Linux PC.

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today's leftovers

  • pam-krb5 4.11

    The primary change in this release of my Kerberos PAM module is support for calling pam_end with PAM_DATA_SILENT. I had not known that the intent of this flag was to signal that only process resources were being cleaned up and external resources should not be (in part because an older version of the man page doesn't make this clear).

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    Despite the name, BASIC isn’t exactly a language recommended for beginners these days. Technology has moved on, and now most people would steer you towards Python if you wanted to get your feet wet with software development. But for those who got their first taste of programming by copying lines of BASIC out of a computer magazine, the language still holds a certain nostalgic appeal.

  • All Things Open: Diversity Event Today - Big Top Goes Up Monday! - FOSS Force

    By now things are going full tilt boogie in downtown Raleigh, as the All Things Open conference is well into its “pre” day. Keeping with the trend set by other conferences, All Things Open opens a day ahead of time, partially to stage free event’s that aren’t officially a part of the main show, but which offer attendees from out-of-town a reason to fly in a day early to settle in. This is good for the travelling attendees, because they don’t spend the first day suffering for jet lag or other forms of travel fatigue, and good for the event, because it means that more people are in place to fill seats and attend presentations, beginning with the opening keynote. [...] At ATO, the registration desks are open on Sunday from noon until 5:30 Eastern Time, and the pre-conference is a free Inclusion and Diversity Event that started at noon and will run until 5pm, emceed by Rikki Endsley, formally with Red Hat and now a community marketing manager at Amazon Web Services.

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    While there is quite an array of Arduino boards to choose from, the Nano is a versatile board suitable for almost all DIY electronic projects. These tiny micro controllers make compact DIY hardware development available to more people than ever before. In the past we have covered reasons you may not want to choose a genuine Arduino for your projects, but today lets take a look at the positives and negatives of the Arduino Nano.

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    Usually the term "on rails" refers to a highly linear experience over which the player has little control. But sometimes it's meant far more literally than that, as is the case in Pomeshkin Valentin Igorevich's recently released steampunk adventure, Pnevmo-Capsula: Domiki.

  • How to install Thinkorswim Desktop on a Chromebook in 2021

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