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Games: OpenRA, OpenMW, Electric Sleep and More

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Wine and Games Leftovers

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  • Wine Could Use Student Developers For VKD3D, Other Direct3D Enhancements

    Like GCC, Debian, and other leading free software projects, Wine is hoping to have a few interested students take on some interesting summer projects this year thanks to the annual Google Summer of Code.

    The Wine project has been assembling and updating their summer project list to try to garner student interest in taking on one of these high profile tasks. Among the ideas being tossed around in the Wine camp are implementing more test cases for VKD3D / Direct3D 12, implementing Direct3D 10 Effects or more Direct3D Retained Mode functionality, improving the usefulness of Explorer.exe, enhancing the WineHQ AppDB website, porting WineLib to a new architecture like POWER or RISC-V, and others.

  • There's a new release candidate of OBS Studio out with a VAAPI video encoder on Linux

    Eyes up livestreamers and video content creators, as there's a new release candidate out for OBS Studio with some huge new features.

    There's quite a lot new and improved like a limiter audio filter, an expander audio filter, multi-track audio support with FFmpeg available in advanced output settings, a fourth mic/auxiliary audio option in audio settings, stereo balancing (panning) available in the advanced audio properties section, an option to automatically remux recordings to MP4 and loads more.

    Multiple parts of the interface were also improved like a new optional stats dock, an option to change the OBS base/output resolution to the size of a source in the right-click context menu, a light rectangle will show up when hovering your mouse over a source in the preview to show it can be selected, a simplified and improved user experience for the "Stream" page and so on.

  • Pyxa Lets You Build and Program Your Own Games

    On the software side, Pyxa is based on Arduino coding platform and compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

Games: Paladins, FOSDEM 2019 Talks and Vigil: The Longest Night

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  • Looks like Easy Anti-Cheat strikes again with Steam Play, Paladins is no longer playable on Linux

    Just like what happened with Darwin Project only recently, it seems Paladins is no longer playable on Linux with Steam Play.

  • Gaming and Linux graphics talks at FOSDEM 2019

    Hello fellow penguin enthusiasts. I spent the last weekend in Brussels, Belgium attending the FOSDEM conference -- a free event focused on free open-source software, and a place where free-software developers can meet, share idea and collaborate. There was no shortage of Linux-related content, and it was really exciting to meet and listen to people working on software that you directly or indirectly rely on every day.

    Gaming was not the main focus, but there were several talks that I thought you may find interesting. I selected 4 talks that I wanted to highlight. The first two are more high-level focused on gaming directly, while the last 2 are more technical dealing with the Linux graphics stack in general.

  • Vigil: The Longest Night Officially Coming to Linux and Windows PC

    Vigil: The Longest Night is a gorgeous-looking 2D action-platformer set for release from Glass Heart Games. It uses a highly-detailed art style that greatly resembles a hand-crafted painting and is absolutely stunning. It definitely evokes a bit of classic Castlevania with its dark gothic design, with a touch of Strider as well. As Leila, your core weapon is a sword and your aim is to save your hometown from the evil forces that are taking over the nearby countryside.

Games: Kindred Spirits on the Roof, Jupiter Hell, The Universim and EFCO's Gaming Box

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  • Get your Visual Novel fix as 'Kindred Spirits on the Roof' and the DLC is now on GOG for Linux

    While Kindred Spirits on the Roof might not be new, it was missing the Linux version on GOG which has released today along with the 'Full Chorus' DLC.

  • The ruthless in-development roguelike 'Jupiter Hell' is now on itch.io, fresh update out too

    Jupiter Hell is shaping up to be one of the most fun roguelikes I've played in a long time, especially with the brutal Doom-inspired theme. It has a new update out and you can pick it up before the full release on itch.io now too.

    For today's update it includes "player data, several new traits, exalted (champion) enemy groups, a full overhaul of level generation parameters, started implementing modular weapons, and in the background created (but not yet implemented in-game) the visuals for Io". Basically, fun new stuff is going in to make it a more interesting game right now.

  • City-building god game 'The Universim' has a huge new release out

    Crytivo are pushing forward with The Universim in Early Access and this latest release is a pretty massive update for the city-building god game.

    For those who haven't followed it, The Universim was funded on Kickstarter way back in 2014 with over 11K backers giving over nearly $400K. It's been a long road, good games take time and it's really starting to take shape now.

  • G-series LX based gaming box starts at $499

    EFCO has launched a Linux-ready “EGL6087” gaming box based on an G-Series GX218 LX with dual HD displays, 72-pin JAMMA I/O, an LED light strip package, and a gaming security package.

    EFCO announced its first gaming logic box based on the quad-core, 2.0GHz AMD Embedded G-Series GX218 LX SoC. Designed for class 2 and 3 category casino gaming boxes, the cost-efficient EGL6087 supports Linux Kernel 4.10.0+, WES7, Windows Embedded 8, and Windows 10 IoT.

Lutris Is Working On Snap And Flatpak Installers For Linux Gamers

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In 2019 there are very few Windows-exclusive titles you can't run on Linux. In part that's thanks to Lutris, an incredible solution for Linux gamers, allowing people to install and launch thousands of Windows games without having to worry about messing with a complicated Wine backend. Combined with breakthrough tools like Steam's Proton, it opens a massive compatibility doorway. However, for Linux beginners, installing and setting up Lutris itself can be more daunting than getting the games up and running. Thankfully, that's changing soon.

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Games: Rust, Adapt or Perish, Evoland Legendary Edition and More

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Games: Megaquarium, Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns, Starcraft 2 and More

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  • Megaquarium has expanded to allow you to play it exactly how you want

    Megaquarium is a really lovely building game and the latest update has expanded a number of features, including the ability to fully customize how you play it.

    From now, if you choose the sandbox mode you will be able to pick things like unlimited money and having everything unlocked for a proper creative mode. There's also various quick preset options you can choose, as well as individually changing settings.

  • Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns will fire its opening volley on February 28th

    The upcoming expansion for the sprawling WW2 grand strategy title will be released before the end of the month. A sizeable patch will sortie from port alongside the release.

  • Starcraft 2 In Wine & Select Games Could See Nice Performance Win With RadeonSI Patches

    Well known AMD open-source OpenGL driver developer Marek Olšák has published an interesting new patch series for RadeonSI that can help boost the performance of this Gallium3D driver in select cases.

    The focus of this new patch series is to upload constants into vRAM using SDMA (System DMA engines) to avoid congestion. In doing so, this particularly helped Starcraft 2 running on Wine as what motivated this patch series.

AMD Radeon VII Linux Benchmarks - Powerful Open-Source Graphics For Compute & Gaming

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Today we can finally reveal the Linux performance details for the AMD Radeon VII graphics card... Especially if you are an open-source driver fan, it's quite a treat thanks to having fully open-source and fairly mature driver support, but can this $699 USD graphics card dance with the likes of the GeForce RTX 2080? Here is our initial look at the Radeon VII performance on Linux using fifteen different AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards for both OpenCL compute and Vulkan/OpenGL gaming on Ubuntu Linux.

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Also: Updated Radeon Software 18.50 Linux Driver Tacks On Radeon VII Support

Games: MachiaVillain, Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, Two Point Hospital, Overcooked! 2, DUSK and Hatari

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  • MachiaVillain Coming to PC, Mac and Linux

    Good Shepherd Entertainment and Wild Factor have announced MachiaVillain.

  • The Steel & Statecraft update for Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia arrives in the Linux version

    Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia from Creative Assembly, SEGA and ported to Linux by Feral Interactive received a big update to the Linux version today.

    We're a little late on getting this update, with Feral announcing it today after it being released for the Windows version back on December 18th last year.

  • Two Point Hospital just got a lot more customizable in the latest update

    While this feature comes with a few built-in designs, it also has new Steam Workshop support. So you can download extra designs from others and also publish your own.

  • Crazy cooking game 'Overcooked! 2' has a huge free update out with a Survival Mode

    You might want to wash your hands and grab your Chef's Hat as Overcooked! 2 has a free update out and it's a big one.

    Ghost Town Games and Team 17 are celebrating the Chinese New Year in style with a new map, new kitchens, new recipes, new themed chefs including a dragon and a pig along with a new game mode which was quite a surprise.

  • Brutal retro-inspired FPS 'DUSK' officially arrives on Linux

    Spread across three distinct campaign episodes, DUSK is a brutal retro-inspired shooter from David Szymanski and New Blood Interactive and it's now on Linux. Note: Key provided by publisher.

    DUSK might be one the biggest highlights of this year for me already, a shooter that is exactly how you would expect it to be with action that just doesn't stop with no useless padding. There is of course secrets to find, for those who like to chase that 100% but they're not required.

  • Hatari Version 2.2.0 released

    Many thanks to all the people who contributed to this version in different ways (code, bug report, testing, reverse engineering and documentation of the real HW, ...), see doc/authors.txt and doc/thanks.txt for a list of devs / contributors.

GameMode Sees Patches To Allow For GPU Overclocking When Running Linux Games

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Marc Di Luzio continues working on interesting features for GameMode as the daemon to optimize Linux systems for gaming... The latest is integrating AMD and NVIDIA overclocking support within GameMode, which is now under review.

The AMDGPU kernel driver and NVIDIA binary Linux driver have long offered overclocking support on Linux via their respective interfaces. With this GameMode integration, it allows the automatic setting of the overclocking state when a game is run (and triggers GameMode) and then the ability to easily return to your default clocks / power state when you aren't gaming, in order to reduce heat output and lower power consumption.

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OSS: SVT-AV1, LibreOffice, FSF and Software Freedom Conservancy

  • SVT-AV1 Already Seeing Nice Performance Improvements Since Open-Sourcing
    It was just a few weeks ago that Intel open-sourced the SVT-AV1 project as a CPU-based AV1 video encoder. In the short time since publishing it, there's already been some significant performance improvements.  Since the start of the month, SVT-AV1 has added multi-threaded CDEF search, more AVX optimizations, and other improvements to this fast evolving AV1 encoder. With having updated the test profile against the latest state as of today, here's a quick look at the performance of this Intel open-source AV1 video encoder.
  • Find a LibreOffice community member near you!
    Hundreds of people around the world contribute to each new version of LibreOffice, and we’ve interviewed many of them on this blog. Now we’ve collected them together on a map (thanks to OpenStreetMap), so you can see who’s near you, and find out more!
  • What I learned during my internship with the FSF tech team
    Hello everyone, I am Hrishikesh, and this is my follow-up blog post concluding my experiences and the work I did during my 3.5 month remote internship with the FSF. During my internship, I worked with the tech team to research and propose replacements for their network monitoring infrastructure. A few things did not go quite as planned, but a lot of good things that I did not plan happened along the way. For example, I planned to work on GNU LibreJS, but never could find enough time for it. On the other hand, I gained a lot of system administration experience by reading IRC conversations, and by working on my project. I even got to have a brief conversation with RMS! My mentors, Ian, Andrew, and Ruben, were extremely helpful and understanding throughout my internship. As someone who previously had not worked with a team, I learned a lot about teamwork. Aside from IRC, we interacted weekly in a conference call via phone, and used the FSF's Etherpad instance for live collaborative editing, to take notes. The first two months were mostly spent studying the FSF's existing Nagios- and Munin-based monitoring and alert system, to understand how it works. The tech team provided two VMs for experimenting with Prometheus and Nagios, which I used throughout the internship. During this time, I also spent a lot of time reading about licenses, and other posts about free software published by the FSF.
  • We're Hiring: Techie Bookkeeper
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Security: Back Doors Running Amok, Container Runtime Flaw Patched, Cisco Ships Exploit Inside Products

  • Here We Go Again: 127 Million Accounts Stolen From 8 More Websites
    Several days ago, a hacker put 617 million accounts from 16 different websites for sale on the dark web. Now, the same hacker is offering 127 million more records from another eight websites.
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    A hacker who stole close to 620 million user records from 16 websites has stolen another 127 million records from eight more websites, TechCrunch has learned. The hacker, whose listing was the previously disclosed data for about $20,000 in bitcoin on a dark web marketplace, stole the data last year from several major sites — some that had already been disclosed, like more than 151 million records from MyFitnessPal and 25 million records from Animoto. But several other hacked sites on the marketplace listing didn’t know or hadn’t disclosed yet — such as 500px and Coffee Meets Bagel. The Register, which first reported the story, said the data included names, email addresses and scrambled passwords, and in some cases other login and account data — though no financial data was included.
  • Vendors Issue Patches for Linux Container Runtime Flaw Enabling Host Attacks
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    An exploit code for Dirty COW was accidentally shipped by Cisco with product software. Learn how this code ended up in a software release and what this vulnerability can do.

10 Cool Software to Try from CORP Repo in Fedora

In this article, we will share 10 cool software projects to try in Fedora distribution. All the apps or tools covered here can be found in COPR repository. However, before we move any further, let’s briefly explain COPR. Read more