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  • Keith Packard Continues Working On DRM Leases For Vulkan / Linux VR

    Keith Packard has published another update on his work around DRM leases and his objective of improving the open-source driver stack for SteamVR / Linux VR.

    The main area he's been working on is DRM leases for VR HMDs. His latest blog post concerns work on Vulkan's EXT_display_control, DRM integration, etc.

  • NVIDIA Pops Out Another Vulkan Beta With More Performance Work

    A few days back NVIDIA released the Vulkan 381.10.10 Linux beta that featured performance improvements as well as new Vulkan/OpenGL interoperability extensions. That beta driver has already been succeeded by a new driver.

  • Linux Gamers & Their Choice of Gamepads

    Yup, I am still digging in that Linux Gamers survey we conducted back in March 2017. Now on to a very different topic… no more GPU stories. This time we will be reviewing what gamepads Linux gamers are currently using.

  • Star Vikings Forever Announced For iOS, Android, PC, Mac and Linux
  • Minoca OS 0.4: We love the eighties!

    We’re pleased to announce the release of version 0.4 of Minoca OS. In the eight months since we released 0.3, our very first open source release, a lot has changed. Most notably Minoca is now sporting the early signs of a desktop. And of course no desktop would be complete without an application to run on it. So we’ve added fceux, an NES emulator, which we used to test both graphics performance and sound. Hopefully you’ll be better at Super Mario Brothers than Chris, who I watched blatantly kill Mario probably upwards of 50 times in the name of testing sound. Here’s what, how, and why we did it.


    Finally, the pinnacle of OS development, being able to emulate a video game console from the late 80s, with a window manager from the same time period. We’re all done here, right?

    We’re looking at this release as a jumping off point. Doing the legwork in getting X running opens up new possibilities for Minoca OS. Having a modern desktop, or even a browser running now feels like it might be within reach. I haven’t looked into it at all, but I wonder how much of Chrome would compile now. Tackling a kernel display framework might be doable now that there’s something in user mode to consume it. Or maybe it’s time for a new lightweight GUI to go with a lightweight OS. Or heck, maybe we should just get more of libretro up and running.

Games: Steam Summer Sale, Cossacks 3, Micro Machines: World Series, The Witcher 3, and GTA 5

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Games: Gaming Headset, 'The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker', Paradox, and Micro Machines World Series

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Games: EVERSPACE, Micro Machines World Series, Dragon's Lair and More

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Games: Unreal Tournament, STASIS, Super Rocket Shootout and More

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Software and Games

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  • Sweet! Free open-source suites every IT manager should consider

    The next time you come across a laptop or PC, pay attention to the operating system. Chances are it won’t be open source because closed-source platforms, like Windows and macOS, have captured the biggest portion of the PC client OS market.

    Open-source OS programs like Linux constitute just a tiny bit of the market share, and with good reason – they still have a lot of catching up to do if they wish to compete with the likes of macOS and Windows as far as looks, feel, and functionality are concerned.

  • [Older] Development Release: Parole 0.9.2

    With a huge code cleanup effort, complete plugin development documentation, and numerous bug fixes, Parole Media Player 0.9.2 paves the way for future development.

  • KeePassXC 2.2.0 Released with New Features, Fixes, and Password Generator

    A new version of KeePassXC, the community-driven fork of password manager KeePassX is out, and it unlocks a boatload of new features. Janek Bevendorff, announcing the release of KeePassXC 2.2.0, says the update has “lots of new features and bug fixes in a well-rounded release.”


  • Feral’s Next Linux Port May Be Dirt 4

    I usually refrain from feeding the marketing and hype related to upcoming titles. But hey, the latest Feral radar shows this kind of weird hint at a new game for Linux and Mac, and for once I got a theory that does not seem too far-fetched.

Games: Dawn of War III, Scanner Sombre, World of One, and XCOM 2

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Games: Motti, HOOK, Maia, Lyndow and More

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Games: Witcher 2 & Rocket League, Ashes of the Singularity and More

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Games: Machinarium, Serious Sam 3 and More

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today's howtos

Korora 26

  • Korora 26 is Here!
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