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System76 Oryx Pro is the Ubuntu Linux gaming laptop of your dreams [Review]

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When you think of a gaming PC, two things probably come to mind -- Microsoft Windows and desktop computers. In other words, gamers don't typically target laptops for playing their favorite games, and even when some do, they will likely aim for Windows 7, 8, or 10. Thanks to Steam, however, Linux-based operating systems are a legitimate option for gaming.

If you want a Linux-based gaming laptop, your choices are slim. Yes, you can buy a Windows laptop and replace the operating system with Ubuntu or another OS, but that isn't the best experience. Ideally, you want a machine that was designed and sold with Linux in mind. Enter the Ubuntu-powered System76 Oryx Pro. This beast of a gaming laptop can be configured with some jaw-dropping specs. The one I have been testing features an Intel Skylake Core i7 processor, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, NVMe SSD and NVIDIA graphics, including G-SYNC. Are you salivating yet? Read on for more specs and my impressions.

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    What many might not know is that itch.io isn't just host of jam games and thousands of amateur projects, but that it also has a good selection of high-quality professional games, like Gone Home, Tales of Maj'Eyal, Electronic Super Joy, VVVVVV and Super Win the Game. You'll also find several of my biggest favorites from this year there, including Dropsy, Snakebird, BLACKHOLE, A Good Snowman is Hard to Build, and many more.

    Here's a look at some popular games released on itch.io this year that we didn't cover before.

Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition for GNU/Linux

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  • Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition Out for Mac, Linux and SteamOS

    Been wanting to play Larian Studios’ Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition on Mac, Linux or SteamOS since it launched in October for PC, PS4 and Xbox One? Well there’s good news – the Enhanced Edition of the award-winning RPG is now finally available for these platforms. The SteamOS support means you can play it on your Steam Box in the living without any issues as well.

  • Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition gets Mac, Linux and SteamOS versions

    To mark the occasion, Larian remarked that the PC version of the game has been updated too so it's now "in synch with the Mac & Linux version" and that they've "fixed a number of stability issues reported by players."

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  • Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition released for Mac, Linux and SteamOS

    Divinity: Original Sin no colon Enhanced Edition is now out on Mac, Linux, and that newfangled SteamOS, meaning you can play it on that fancy Steam Box your mum's getting you for Christmas. I wasn't supposed to tell you that. Oops. Here, let me distract you with the news that Larian have updated the PC game so it's "in synch with the Mac & Linux version", oh and they've also "fixed a number of stability issues reported by players". That certainly sounds like a sensible thing to be doing.

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