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Games: Kronorite, OpenTTD, GDevelop, SDL and More

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  • Casual 5v5 action game Kronorite recently added Linux support

    Kronorite seems to have gone completely under the radar. A team-based casual action game with each team trying to capture the map and it added Linux support back in September.

    It cross-platform multiplayer between Windows and Linux, sadly though it hasn't managed to find many players at all. However, it does support bots so you can still create your own game and play with AI and it actually looks like it could be quite amusing. You get access to a few simple shapes to place down cover, steps and so on and then all hell breaks loose as teams fight for supremacy.

  • FOSS building sim OpenTTD based on Transport Tycoon Deluxe has a new test release

    Based on the absolute classic Transport Tycoon Deluxe, the free and open source OpenTTD has a major new release build out that's in need of some testing.

    While it might closely mimic Transport Tycoon Deluxe is some ways, it's not the same. There's tons of advancements included in OpenTTD, it's still actively developed too since a few days ago OpenTTD 1.10.0-beta1 was released.

  • FOSS game engine 'GDevelop' integrates the Yarn Dialogue editor in the latest build

    Creating dialogue in your games with GDevelop just got a lot more advanced, as the team have integrated the Yarn Dialogue editor into their FOSS game engine.

    Quick refresher, what is GDevelop? It's an open source game engine, allowing you to create HTML5 and native games using an event-based system. Good for 2D games, prototyping, a younger audience and more. It's quite powerful and now even more so.

    GDevelop 5.0.0-beta82 was released a few days ago, which amongst other improvements integrates the Yarn Dialogue editor. Yarn (itself inspired by Twine) was originally made for Night in the Woods (and others) allowing you to create advanced and dynamic dialogues with multiple choices.

  • SDL Picks Up ARM Optimizations For Helping Games On Devices Like The Raspberry Pi

    Gaming on ARM-based boards like the Raspberry Pi will soon have the potential for running much better thanks to a series of ARM Assembly optimizations that were just merged into SDL2.

    Developer Ben Avison has been floating patches since November of last year providing some ARM Assembly optimizations for SDL2. He noticed on the Raspberry Pi there was poor graphics performance as a result of SDL routines.

    In a Python game using SDL on the Raspberry Pi 3, the existing SDL implementation led to around a 9.6 FPS average while using the ARMv6 tuning went to 22 FPS and then with the SDL NEON optimizations it hit 27 FPS.

  • The classic FOSS run and gun action game C-Dogs SDL just had a big new release

    It's not just OpenTTD having a new release lately, as the seriously classic C-Dogs SDL also has a big new build to run and gun through.

    Originally a DOS freeware title from Ronny Wester, serving as a sequel to their previous DOS game Cyberdogs it was eventually open sourced and ported to SDL. Just recently the current maintainer, Cong Xu, put out a brand new 0.7.0 release on October 29.

  • Don't Starve Together gains another new character with their Halloween event live

    Klei Entertainment have expanded their stylish survival game Don't Starve Together, with the character Wurt making an appearance along with the Hallowed Nights event.

    Wurt is "a young and impressionable merm" who became fascinated with the survivors. Going against the trend of other merms of stomping everything, Wurt decided to venture out and learn more. Klei also put out a brand new animated short to introduce Wurt:

Games: Latest From CodeWeavers and Valve

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  • CodeWeavers Working On Vulkan Shared Memory Support In Wine

    CodeWeavers' Derek Lesho has been working on Vulkan shared memory support for Wine to expose some interesting use-cases.

    Vulkan shared memory support within Wine is being worked on to ultimately allow the likes of DXVK and D9VK to support Direct3D shared resources.

    The four patches sent off today add the initial plumbing and handling for VK_KHR_external_memory_fd for passing around external file descriptors with Vulkan. The patches also include custom helpers for describing the GPU resources.

  • Valve rolls out the new Steam Library and Remote Play Together for everyone

    That's it, done, finished. The beta is over and the new Steam Library along with Remote Play Together is now out for everyone as soon as your client updates.

    We have tons of new features to play with that have been talked about before like: the ability to sort games into dynamic collections, the customizable home page with different shelves of games made from your collections, a list of recent updates at the top of your Library home, overhauled game pages, a new events system, a Linux "Tux" icon to filter only Linux games in your list and so on.

Games: Graveyard Keeper, Vaporum, Hedon on GOG

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Games: Remote Play Together, pyLinuxWheel and Worms

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  • Remote Play Together should now work properly on Linux with a new Steam Beta update

    Valve released a new update to the Steam Beta today that should fix the issues with Remote Play Together not working correctly on Linux.

    Fantastic news, since it's going to be an incredible useful addition to Steam. Allowing you to play games that only feature local multiplayer, with the host being the only one who needs to own the game. There's so many amazing games that don't have online play, so having this feature in the Steam client really does make it easy.

  • pyLinuxWheel has a new build adding support for more Logitech Wheels on Linux

    Managing your Logitech Wheel on Linux doesn't have to be a hassle, especially with applications like pyLinuxWheel.

    A project covered here in GamingOnLinux a few months ago, earlier this month it had a big new release. Version 0.5.1 adds in support for Driving Force (EX, RX), G920, Logitech Racing Wheel USB, WingMan Formula (Yellow, GP, Force GP) and MOMO (Force, Racing) steering wheels so now it covers quite a lot.

  • Worms have invaded Golf With Your Friends with a big new 18 hole course

    Incoming! The amusing multiplayer Golf game Golf With Your Friends has been invaded by Worms with a Team17 team-up.

    This Worms themed update brings in a big new 18 hole course with Worms inspired scenery. New mechanics were added in too including a Jet Pack allowing you to stay in the air a bit longer, along with some amusing new obstacles like Mines, Super Sheep and more to spice up your next Golf session.

Games: Humble Day, RetroArch, Eight Dragons, ULTRAKILL, The Masquerade

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  • The Humble Day of the Devs Bundle 2019 is out, get 'Minit' plus 'ToeJam & Earl' cheap

    Humble have another bundle! The Humble Day of the Devs Bundle 2019 just recently went live with a small selection of games and some good picks have Linux support too.

    In the $1+ tier you get The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game and ART SQOOL although neither offer up Linux support sadly.

    When you pay more than the average you get Flipping Death and Battle Chef Brigade, the latter of which does actually have Linux support it's just not advertised as such on Steam.

  • Play classic games using RetroArch Emulator in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    Do you love to play classic games? If yes, then you are on the right page. RetroArch is a frontend utility for emulators, game engines and media players. You can play wide variety of classic of computer and consoles games. It is free, open-source and cross-platform runs on Linux, Most Windows versions, Mac OS X; On top of all that, RetroArch also runs on iOS and Android for tablets and phones, as well as on game consoles like PS2, PS3, PSP, PS Vita, Wii, Wii U, 2DS, 3DS, Switch, and more! If you have device which is not mentioned here or simply you don't want to install it on your system or you just want to give it a shot then you can run RetroArch online in your web-browser.

  • Eight Dragons brings retro-inspired beat 'em up action to you and a bunch of friends

    Eight Dragons? Does that mean it's like four times as good as the classic Double Dragon? Asking the important questions here today on GOL.

    You might be able to find the answer to that yourself, as the developer sent word to us on Twitter that their new beat 'em up that's currently in Early Access recently added Linux support. Extend Mode have ported it over from their in-house engine to Unity which has helped it be more cross-platform.

  • ULTRAKILL is a first-person shooter for fans of super speed and lots of blood

    ULTRAKILL, as the name might suggest, is a pretty over-the-top game. It's an upcoming first-person shooter from Hakita that now has a free Prelude build out.

  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York shows off some gameplay, releasing December 4

    Readying for release on December 4, Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York now actual has some in-game footage available.

    Not to be mixed up with Bloodlines 2 which is not coming to Linux (as far as we know), Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York is since it mentions it on the Steam store page and it was also clearly stated in the trailer announcement too on Steam.

Games: Benchmarks, Stoneshard, Skeletal Dance Party, OpenRCT2 and More

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  • Ubuntu 19.10 Radeon Linux Gaming Performance Plus Linux 5.4 / Mesa 19.3 Benchmarks

    For those curious about the performance of AMD Radeon open-source Linux gaming out-of-the-box on the newly released Ubuntu 19.10, here are those benchmarks compared to the Radeon driver state on Ubuntu 19.04. Additionally, there are benchmark results if manually upgrading your Ubuntu 19.10 installation to using the in-development Linux 5.4 kernel and Mesa 19.3 for the very newest AMD Linux driver support.

  • Challenging open-world turn-based RPG 'Stoneshard' delayed until February 2020

    Ink Stains Games recently announced their impressive looking open-world turn-based RPG, Stoneshard, will be delayed until February 2020.

    While it sounds like development is going well, as they've been doing closed-beta testing and they say the quality is up to their standards, some apparently important mechanics aren't yet implemented. They said it's already fun to play but it can end too quickly so they're working to expand the core gameplay loop with more of everything.

  • Bake 'n Switch looks like a ridiculously fun couch co-op and PvP game coming to Linux

    Overcooked isn't the only multiplayer cooking game around now, as Bake 'n Switch has been announced and it's going to be supporting Linux too.

    Bake 'n Switch seems quite different to the Overcooked series though, it's not all about preparing special dishes against a timer. Instead, you work together or against each other to combine the doughs and the bigger the dough the higher the score. You also need to fight off "Spores and Stickies" which might give you some sort of power-up. It seems to be a lot more crazy-action orientated, rather than worrying about overcooking items and combining dishes.

  • Survival Vacancy looks like a mix of Factorio and Terraria and it's now in Early Access

    Survival Vacancy follows a nuclear apocalypse and it's your job to save as many people as possible. To do so you need to explore the ruined world, mine for resources and build up an underground city.

    Arriving on Steam in Early Access a few days ago, Survival Vacancy from developer Mind Leak looks intriguing as it really does seem to mix the styles of both Factorio and Terraria. It looks a little rough right now but it has a nice idea.

  • Eight Dragons brings retro-inspired beat 'up up action to you and a bunch of friends

    Eight Dragons? Does that mean it's like four times as good as the classic Double Dragon? Asking the important questions here today on GOL.

    You might be able to find the answer to that yourself, as the developer sent word to us on Twitter that their new beat 'em up that's currently in Early Access recently added Linux support. Extend Mode have ported it over from their in-house engine to Unity which has helped it be more cross-platform.

  • NVIDIA announce the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER and the GeForce 1650 SUPER

    Today, NVIDIA officially lifted the lid on two new GPUs with the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER and the GeForce 1650 SUPER. Both of them will continue using the Turing architecture.

    Aimed at the money conscious gamer, with NVIDIA aiming their sights at the entry-level market to give you a reasonable 1080p experience. That's still the most popular resolution with gamers, as shown by Valve's survey and our own.

  • Revive the dead and make them dance in Skeletal Dance Party's Afterparty update

    Skeletal Dance Party, the amusing musical dungeon crawling RPG from Catalope Games and No Studio in Particular just had a big Afterparty update.

    What's Halloween without some sort of gathering? Skeletal Dance Party already felt like a party, a pretty unusual one that is. With skeletons dancing across levels with whatever weapons you come across and now it just got a whole lot bigger in a free update.

  • Valve ends Counter-Strike: Global Offensive container key trading and selling

    The team at Valve working on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have now put an end to the selling and trading of new container keys.

    In a post on the official site, the Valve team said as of now all keys purchased in-game are tied to that Steam account so you can't trade or sell them on the Steam Market. Existing keys are not affected but they will eventually run out of course. The question is, why? Well, according to Valve "worldwide fraud networks have recently shifted to using CS:GO keys to liquidate their gains" and "nearly all key purchases that end up being traded or sold on the marketplace are believed to be fraud-sourced" so they're putting a stop to it.

  • The RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 open source game engine 'OpenRCT2' v0.2.4 is out

    The team keeping RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 alive with the power of open source have pushed out another fine looking release of OpenRCT2.

    Overall, v0.2.4 seems to be mostly a release aimed at cleaning up existing features with a ton of bug fixes. However, a couple of new features and improvements did make it in. They've increased the number of ride musics playing simultaneously from 2 to 32, which should solve an issue hearing rides currently on the screen when at a higher screen resolution. The "image list" capacity was increased by around 100k units, which should help stop multiple crash bugs when people hit the limits.

Games: Steam, GOG, itch.io Xeno Crisis and Gaming on Wayland

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  • There's tons now on sale for Linux gamers so let's take a look

    Steam, GOG, itch.io and everywhere else have all started their spooky Halloween sales. Let's dive in and see what's cooking in the cauldron. As always, Steam died at the start of the sale from overwhelming demand which caused us a delay in actually being able to see what they have.

  • Xeno Crisis is a true action-packed retro throwback worth your time and it's out now

    Xeno Crisis was originally funded on Kickstarter to create a brand new action-packed Sega Mega Drive game, today it released on PC with Linux support right away. Interestingly, the Linux release (along with Windows/macOS) was actually a stretch goal that was hit. We've seen stretch goals for just Linux or Linux/macOS together but an entire PC port in a stretch goal doesn't happen often.

    The gameplay in Xeno Crisis involves running from room to room as one or two players, smashing through all the aliens that appear and then running onto the next room. The room layout is randomly generated and when you reach the end of an area, you're in for a big boss fight. Since GOG sent over a copy, I've been playing it today and it's a huge amount of fun.

  • Ubuntu 19.10 Is The First Time We've Seen (X)Wayland Gaming Performance Match X.Org

    With Ubuntu 19.10 it's the first time we have seen the Radeon gaming performance under a GNOME Wayland session match or exceed the performance found under the default GNOME X.Org session.

Games: Stellaris: Lithoids Species Pack, Urtuk: The Desolation, The Shadows, Crossroads Inn

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  • Become a sentient civilization of rocks in the Stellaris: Lithoids Species Pack out now

    Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studio recently released the Stellaris: Lithoids Species Pack, allowing you to become a civilization of sentient crystals and rocks.

    This new pack includes unique game mechanics for Lithoid Empires (you eat Minerals, not Food), a bunch of new empire portraits, Mineral-based shop models and a new voice pack with some great rock puns. Something that feels a bit missed here though, is that there's no preset empire to play with them. It's not exactly a negative against it, I just found it odd to release a species pack without one setup ready for you.

  • Dark fantasy survival RPG 'Urtuk: The Desolation' enters First Access with Linux support

    Slovakian developer Mad Sheep Studios just recently released Urtuk: The Desolation, a stylishly dark, low-fantasy, survival RPG with tactical turn-based battles.

    Currently in "First Access" (the itch.io form of Early Access), it takes place on a completely destroyed Earth-like planet. Your mail goal is to find a cure for the main character, Urtuk, who has a lethal disease. As you travel across a procedurally generated world-map using a node-based travel system like found in FTL you will need to manage your party, gather new equipment, extract "mutators" from fallen enemies and use them to upgrade your own characters.

  • Sweet puzzle platformer In The Shadows has a big two year anniversary update

    Released back in October 2017, In The Shadows is an incredibly pretty puzzle platformer with a very sweet idea and it's very much worth a look.

    It's all about the dark and monsters, however they're scared of the light. You use lights to scare them, forcing them to transform into various objects you can then use to progress through each level. It's absolutely delightful and the two year anniversary update is a great excuse to go and check it out.

  • Tavern building and management Crossroads Inn is out now and it sounds like a mess

    Kraken Unleashed and Klabater just recently released Crossroads Inn, a mix of a real-time management sim with RPG elements according to their official description.

Games: Merchant of the Skies, Walls Closing, Godhood

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  • Trade your wares across a much bigger map in a huge update to Merchant of the Skies

    Perhaps a little travelling, trading and resource gathering is what you need on this fine Monday morning? The sweet trading sim Merchant of the Skies just got a lot bigger.

    Not such a simple game any more, since this update makes the main campaign map two times bigger and if you play the Sandbox mode it can be seven times bigger than before! That's a whole lot of extra places to explore. There's also the addition of random events and resource collection points that might appear, making the travelling system a little more interesting too.

  • Indie horror game Walls Closing In now has Linux support

    Need something to scare you silly this Halloween? The indie survival horror Walls Closing In has Linux support.

    Walls Closing In follows the story of Grace Bailey as she attempts to escape the clutches of a crazed maniac quickly becoming known as 'The Butcher of Northbury Grove'. It's a difficult game, one that's supposed to scare you and test your survival skills. The odds are against you, it has level-based permanent death and items are randomized on each run so you need to search the environment for helpful tools to survive.

    It's pretty dark and gross in places too definitely one to play with the lights off, sound up and kids in bed.

  • Auto-battling god game 'Godhood' gets a makeover with the Create Your Own Religion update

    Abbey Games continue expanding their auto-battling god game Godhood with another big update being recently released. The Create Your Own Religion update includes some big changes to the core game experience, with a new tech-tree, religious customization options, a visual overhaul and more.

DXVK 1.4.4 Released

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  • D3D11 and D3D10 to Vulkan layer DXVK version 1.4.4 is out

    One missed from the weekend, developer Philip Rebohle released a fresh update to the Vulkan layer DXVK with version 1.4.4.

    A small and sweet maintenance release we have here with a couple of optimizations. The memory footprint of small and frequently updated buffers was reduced, there's some minor optimizations for "Stream Output and Append/Consume buffers (used e.g. by Unity Engine)", a bug fixed from DXVK 1.4.3 that caused some invalid state cache entries being generated, some Vulkan validation errors with geometry shaders were fixed and some "potential read-after-write hazards involving vertex and index buffers" were also solved.

  • DXVK 1.4.4 With Vulkan Usage Fixes, Optimizations & A Few Game Specific Fixes

    Philip Rebohle has released his latest weekly update to DXVK for accelerating Direct3D 10/11 games using Vulkan as a big boost for Steam Play (Proton) and Wine.

    DXVK 1.4.4 has a regression fix for 1.4.3 that could lead to invalid Vulkan API usage, Vulkan validation error fixes, potential read-after-write hazards resolved, optimizations for Stream Output and Append/Consume buffers, and reduced memory footprint for small and frequently updated buffers.

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Proprietary Software: Deaths, Rentals and Back Doors

  • Join us on our new journey, says Wunderlist – as it vanishes down the Microsoft plughole

    Three months after its former CEO pleaded with Microsoft to sell him back Wunderlist, the software giant has confirmed the worst: it really is killing the popular to-do app. On May 6, 2020, Microsoft will pull the plug on the app that it paid somewhere between $100m and $200m for in 2015. In its place, it is encouraging everyone to move to its To Do app, which is tightly integrated into the Microsoft ecosystem and, as a result, probably doesn’t work well with anything that isn’t Microsoft. Even after years of neglect, Wunderlist remains a very popular application for to-do tasks, in large part because it does that singular task extremely well, syncing across devices and allowing users to quickly and easily attach dates to tasks, as well as arrange them in different folders.

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  • Apple, Facebook Clash With Senators Over Encryption, Backdoors

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today's leftovers

  • Linux users identify with their OS more often than Mac, Windows users

    We've all heard anecdotes or stereotypes of "die hard Mac users", or "Linux zealots." Stories of people who strongly identify with the computers they use (aka "I am a Mac user"). But how often do people really identify with the Operating System they use the most on their computer? I recently conducted a survey as part of study on how Operating Systems impact our happiness. Responses were submitted from 2,259 computer users -- using a broad range of Operating Systems -- primarily from "pro user" communities (not a random cross-section of the populace). [...] The results for Android users were surprisingly similar to iOS users. Android users more often identified with their mobile platform (55.7%) than iOS users with theirs (54%). Based on the sample size, it seems entirely possible that the margin of error here would put the two platforms as nearly identical in these terms.

  • RipMe – Bulk image downloader for Linux

    There are instances when you need to download quite a bulk of pictures at once. Be it for project work, or photos of something that you love. In any case, downloading many photos one by one is great pain, and extremely time-consuming. Another option could be to download an already compiled album, but honestly, there are not a whole lot of albums available to download on every occasion. Any easy solution? We have a solution to offer here: a bulk image downloader, RipMe.

  • ObjectBox, database for IoT devices, adopts snaps for simplicity and ease of installation

    When designers put their heart and soul into making super-fast, easy-to-use software to help take Internet of Things (IoT) apps to the next level, installation of that software needs to meet the same high standards. ObjectBox is a database and synchronisation solution for rapid, efficient edge computing for mobile and IoT devices. Rather than each device sending all its data back to a cloud/server, ObjectBox enables data storage and processing within the device. Developers get simplicity and ease of implementation with native language APIs instead of SQL. Users can use data on edge devices faster with fewer resources. Markus Junginger, CTO and co-founder of ObjectBox explains, “Moving decision making to the edge means faster response rates, less traffic to the cloud, and lower costs. We built an edge database with a minimal device footprint of just 1 MB for high on-device performance.” ObjectBox also synchronises data between devices and servers/the cloud for an ‘always-on’ feeling and improved data reliability. With ObjectBox, an application always works – whether the device is online or offline.

Servers: SysAdmins, Public 'Clouds' and Cautionary Tales

  • Do I need a college degree to be a sysadmin?

    If we could answer that question with a simple "yes" or "no," this would not be much of a story. Reality is a little more nuanced, though. An accurate answer begins with one of "Yes, but…" or "No, but…"—and the answer depends on who you ask, among other important variables, including industry, company size, and so forth. On the "yes" front, IT job descriptions don’t typically buck the "degree required" assumption, sysadmin roles included. This fact is perhaps especially true in the corporate business world across a wide range of sectors, and it isn’t limited to large companies, either. Consider a recent opening posted on the jobs site Indeed.com for an IT system administrator position at Crest Foods, a 650-person food manufacturing company in Ashton, Ill. The description includes plenty of familiar requirements for a sysadmin. The first bullet point under "Desired Education & Experience" reads: "Bachelor’s degree in computer science, networking, IT, or relevant field." "Generally, systems administrators will have [degrees] from four-year universities," says Jim Johnson, district president at the recruiting firm Robert Half Technology. While some employers don’t specify a particular degree field, Johnson notes the bachelor’s in computer information systems (CIS) as a good fit for the sysadmin field and overlapping IT roles. That said, Johnson also points out that there are other options out there for people that don’t pursue a traditional degree path. That’s especially true given the growth of online education and training, as well as in-person opportunities such as technical schools. "There are [sysadmins] with computer systems professional or computer operator certificates from technical or online schools," Johnson says. Moreover, a potential employer’s "desired" educational background can be just that: An ideal scenario, but not a dealbreaker. This fact can be true even if a degree is listed as "required," perhaps especially in markets with a tight supply of qualified candidates. If you’ve got the technical chops, a degree might become much more optional than a job description might lead you to believe.

  • Resource scarcity in Public Clouds

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  • Notice: Linode Classic Manager Users

    Our legacy Linode Manager will be decommissioned on January 31, 2020. After that time, you will be automatically redirected to the Cloud Manager when logging in to manage your infrastructure on Linode.