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  • Laptop Mode Tools 1.72

    I'm pleased to announce the 1.72 release of Laptop Mode Tools. Major changes include the port of the GUI configuration utility to Python 3 and PyQt5.

  • Laptop Mode Tools 1.72 Ported To Python 3 & PyQt5

    For those making use of laptop-mode-tools as one of several Linux power saving tools with this one designed to improve Linux laptop battery life, version 1.72 is now available after more than one year of development.

  • Sylpheed 3.7.0

    Sylpheed is a simple, lightweight but featureful, and easy-to-use e-mail client distributed under the GNU GPL (the library part is GNU LGPL). You can freely use, modify and redistribute it under the license. Sylpheed provides intuitive user-interface. Sylpheed is also designed for keyboard-oriented operation, so Sylpheed can be widely used from beginners to power users.

  • Cooler Unofficial Telegram Apps are on the Way

    Telegram is a cross-platform messaging service analogous to WhatsApp, but with a much broader set of features. You can have public channels and groups, for instance, and run bots.

    Telegram has official apps for pretty much every major operating system out there, including Android, iOS, macOS, Windows and Linux.

  • Write-up for SoK Project – OpenQA Plasma Mobile

    KDE Goal: Usability and Productivity proposed by Nate Graham, is one of the three goals selected by KDE. This goal will focus on polishing our basic software so everyone will be delighted to use it. One of important aspect of Usability and Productivity is focus on quality assurance.

    In this Season of KDE (SoK) 2018, I am working on “OpenQA Plasma Mobile” project. This project indirectly helps to achieve the goal of Usability and Productivity as it would work to get the higher quality version of the mobile by creating integration testing for it. It would make it easier to test the common operations of the mobile.

  • Powerless is quite possibly one of the worst FPS games I've ever played

    Thanks to Steam's new curator system, we get sent keys to various games where developers want us to review it. I took a look at Powerless [Steam] and I was not impressed.

    Sometimes we get sent really interesting games I've never heard about through our Steam Curator, like HYPERNOVA: Escape from Hadea. Then there's times like this, where I'm quite literally telling you not to buy a game—which is incredibly rare for me to do so.

  • XCOM 2 for Linux has been updated, also there's a new XCOM 2 Collection

    A little late, but better late than never. Feral Interactive have pushed out an updated build of XCOM 2 [Steam] for Linux. There's also now the XCOM 2 Collection you can buy.

  • Single-player first-person dungeon crawler 'Delver' has released, the SteamOS icon has also returned

    Delver [Steam, Official Site] is a positively rated single-player first-person dungeon crawler, which has just today left Early Access. It has also seen the return of the SteamOS icon for it.

Games: PAWARUMI, Dino Run 2, BATTALION 1944, Rocket League, Surviving Mars

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Games: Hollow Knight, Opus Magnum, Railway Empire, Ballistic Overkill

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Godot 3.0

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  • Godot 3.0 is out and ready for the big leagues

    After more than 18 months of development, all Godot Engine contributors are proud to present our biggest release so far, Godot 3.0! It brings a brand new rendering engine with state-of-the-art PBR workflow for 3D, an improved assets pipeline, GDNative to load native code as plugins, C# 7.0 support, Bullet as the 3D physics engine, and many other features which are described in depth below.

  • Godot 3.0 Open-Source Game Engine Released

    The open-source game engine developers behind the huge Godot 3.0 update out before the end of January as planned.

Games: Overload, Don't Sink, Voxel Tycoon, Overloop and More

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Games: Steam, Steam UI, SteamOS and More

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  • Steam for Linux Client Finally Receives Support for 4K Monitors

    Valve released today a new Steam Client Beta update for all supported platforms adding a few HiDPI improvements for both Windows and Linux systems.

    Steam Client always looked bad on high-res monitors, with small text and graphics, but it would appear that Valve finally decided to address these issues and implemented a 2X-scaling mode for Linux-based operating systems, promising high-resolution text and graphics on 4K monitors.

  • Steam UI Finally Has A Scaling Mode For HiDPI Monitors

    At the same time as adding HiDPI monitor support for Windows 10, Valve has added a "2X-scaling mode" for the Steam client to satisfy modern high resolution monitors.

    This 2X-scaling mode for the Steam Linux client supports high resolution texts and graphics when running the Steam client on 4K resolution monitors.

  • SteamOS updated & Steam Client Beta adds support for 2x scaling for those with 4K monitors and more

    Valve seem to be doing well for early 2018 when it comes to Linux, not only are they updating SteamOS more often, Linux is also getting some overdue attention with the Steam Client too.

    Firstly, SteamOS was updated again on the 15th of January to include the latest 4.14.13 Linux Kernel release. Then, they pushed the previous beta out to everyone that includes updated Mesa and NVIDIA drivers. On top of that SteamOS just got another update for security fixes to catch up with Debian 8.10. Seems like Valve are starting to get updates out quicker for SteamOS this year, which is a really healthy sign for things to come.

  • Train Station Simulator now has an alpha version available for Linux

    As promised, the developers of Train Station Simulator [Steam, Official Site] have put up a Linux alpha build for you to play around with. Of course, you do need to own it to actually test it.

  • The developers of game launcher 'Launchbox' on porting it to Linux, due to Windows 10 privacy issues

    They even did a livestream to talk about porting it. In it, the developer working on the Linux version specifically mentioned the privacy issues in Windows 10 (even though they like it) as a reason for doing this. Even with the developer stating they love Windows 10, they also made their thoughts on Linux quite clear—"It is amazing what the community has come up with here, in all these various software packages that comprise Linux, it's incredible, it's no question for a free and open source set of software Linux is absolutely incredible and amazing.". I'll be honest, that warmed my heart right up.

  • Gorgeous space sim 'Helium Rain' updated with Vulkan, skirmish battle mode and more

    Helium Rain [Steam] is a gorgeous space sim and the developers have been really supportive of Linux, this update is a real juicy one too.

    They've updated their build of Unreal Engine, which includes a new audio pipeline and support for Vulkan. If you add "-vulkan" (without quotes) as a launch option for the game on Steam, it will now use the Vulkan API. The developer says that it's a little slower right now, but for AMD GPU owners it might be more reliable.

  • Humble Monthly adds Owlboy as an early unlock, Amnesia Collection free on Humble Store

    Seems Humble have some pretty good deals going for Linux gamers right now, so let's take a little look.

  • KING Art may be doing a Kickstarter for RTS 'Iron Harvest', they're asking for feedback
  • Vulkan Continues To Show Its Gaming Strength On Low-End Hardware

    As we have shown in past benchmarks, while current generation Linux games with current Linux GPU drivers using the Vulkan API rather than OpenGL may not be significantly faster with higher-end hardware right now, the impact of this newer Khronos graphics API tends to be more profound on lower-end hardware, especially when it comes to lightening the load on the CPU. Following the recent Pentium vs. Ryzen 3 Linux gaming tests, I carried out some fresh benchmarks looking at OpenGL vs. Vulkan on the Ryzen 3 1200 quad-core CPU with NVIDIA and Radeon graphics.

Games Leftovers

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Games: Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem, Easy Red, Stellaris: Apocalypse

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Games: Starward Rogue: AuGMENTED, Rust, Super Slime Arena

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