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Games: StingRay, Valve Proton, Portable DIY Retro Gaming Consoles, GOG, Two Point Hospital, The Gardens Between

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  • StingRay – simple chess graphical user interface

    StingRay is a new entry in the field of Linux-based chess software. It’s billed as a simple chess graphical user interface with basic functionality to run against UCI and XBoard engines.

    The software is designed to be lightweight and not burden the chess player with features they’ll never use. In essence, the software is designed for someone who simply wants to play a casual game of chess against a computer opponent.

  • Linux Gaming With Valve Proton – For The Record
  • Two Portable DIY Retro Gaming Consoles

    If you enjoy retro gaming, there are so many options, it can be tough to know what to get. The choices range from officially sanctioned systems from Nintendo all the way to homemade RetroPie projects like I've covered in Linux Journal in the past. Of course, those systems are designed to be permanently attached to a TV.

    But, what if you want to play retro games on the road? Although it's true that you could just connect a gamepad to a laptop and use an emulator, there's something to be said for a console that fits in your pocket like the original Nintendo Game Boy. In this article, I describe two different portable DIY retro gaming projects I've built and compare and contrast their features.

  • GOG are doing a 'Back to School Sale' with plenty of Linux games on sale

    GOG are doing another ridiculously big sale and this time around it will have special "Flash Deals" every single hour. I won't note any of those, as it's a bit pointless of course, you will just have to keep checking to see if anything takes your fancy.

  • Dealing with all sorts of amusing illnesses in Two Point Hospital, my thoughts

    Two Point Hospital has been out in the wild for a good few days now, so I've had some time to sink into it and here's some thoughts on it. Tested on Ubuntu 18.04 64bit, with an NVIDIA 980ti using the latest 396.54 driver.

  • Surreal puzzle adventure 'The Gardens Between' releasing September 20th, art looks amazing

    I just today discovered the surreal puzzle adventure The Gardens Between and it looks like it's going to be something special. The visuals along with the presentation sucked me right in.

Games: Steam, Gloomhaven, FreeOrion, Vaporum, War Brokers, Doom Slayer Chronicles, Moss Destruction and Wine-Staging 3.15

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Games: GOG and inXile

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Games: Scarecrow Studio, RAZED, XCOM 2

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  • Colourful comedy adventure '3 Minutes to Midnight' planned to release for Linux

    Scarecrow Studio [Official Site] have officially announced that their colourful comedy adventure 3 Minutes to Midnight with a trailer and it's coming to Linux.

  • RAZED will bring lightning-fast platformer racing to Linux on September 14th

    Soaked in some vibrant colours, lightning-fast platformer RAZED will requiring a good pair of running shoes when it releases with Linux support on September 14th.

    Developed by Warpfish Games with a sprinkle of publishing from PQube Limited, RAZED is promising an exciting speedrunning experience across the 60 levels being included at release. These levels are spreadout across six different worlds, each of them having their own unique flavour. Each world will also come with an ability to unlock, along with a boss battle.

  • XCOM 2 to possibly get another expansion with 'TLE'

    There's rumours circling around about XCOM 2 getting a new expansion and it seems whatever it turns out to be that Linux support should be there.

Games: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hand of Fate 2, Hammerwatch and Thrones of Britannia

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Godot 3.1 Alpha

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  • Godot 3.1 Is On The Way With OpenGL ES 2.0 Renderer, 3D Soft-body Physics & Much More

    Godot has been on a roll lately with this 2D/3D open-source game engine having seen lots of well-deserved attention. Following their big Godot 3.0 release in January, Godot 3.1 is on the way as another significant update.

    Godot 3.1 Alpha 1 is now shipping as the first step towards this next feature update to this cross-platform, open-source game engine that was made open-source in early 2014.

    The Godot 3.1 engine has been working on OpenGL ES 2.0 rendering support, visual shader editor capabilities, 3D soft-body physics, a 3D ragdoll system, various 2D improvements as well, support for WebSockets, a revamped inspector, improved animation editing, GDScript enhancements, support for BPTC texture compression, and a wealth of other game engine enhancements.

  • Dev snapshot: Godot 3.1 alpha 1

    Long awaited, Godot 3.1 alpha 1 is our first milestone towards the stable release of Godot 3.1, packed with 7 months of development since Godot 3.0 (over 3,500 commits!).

    Contrarily to our 3.0.x maintainance releases, which include only thoroughly reviewed and backwards-compatible bug fixes, the 3.1 version includes all the new features (and subsequent bugs!) merged in the master branch since January 2018, and especially all those showcased on our past devblogs.

  • Open source game engine 'Godot Engine' has the first 3.1 version alpha available

    Godot Engine [Official Site], the incredibly impressive open source game engine is pushing ahead towards the massive 3.1 update with the first alpha.

Games: Humble Store, Steam Play and Two Point Hospital

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Games: Two Point Hospital, SPLASH BLAST PANIC, Sunless Skies, MeatPossible: Chapter 1.5, Slime-san, Mavericks

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Games: Rocket League, BlazeRush, Battle Chef Brigade

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  • The Rocket League 'Progression Update' is out allowing you to form a special club

    The addictive game Rocket League that has you sat in rocket-powered cars smashing balls around a court has been updated with some fun goodies. In addition to the patch, they've announced their "Rocket Pass" is going to go live next week, which has a free and paid option to allow you several ways to earn new content.

  • BlazeRush is another completely awesome co-op game available for Linux

    You will be forgiven for not knowing about BlazeRush, since it's an oldie released back in 2014. Taking another look at it recently with the help of my trusty side-kick I've found it to be an exceptionally fun co-op experience on Linux.

    It's an action-racing game filled with ridiculous power-ups like boosters, rockets, chainguns and so on which makes it so ridiculous. It's basically Micro Machines covered in awesome sauce. For those who don't have people to play with locally, it also has online play and some pretty menacing bots that will waste no time in completely annihilating you off the track.

  • Battle Chef Brigade has been updated to a Deluxe edition for all owners

    Battle Chef Brigade is a rather good mix of cooking and hunting which just got upgraded to a Deluxe edition. You can see my original thoughts on it here. Honestly, the game really is surprisingly good and it's fantastic to see such a massive update out for free.

    Note: It doesn't advertise Linux support on Steam, but it does have a Linux version. The developers said it's simply because they haven't tested it enough. It does list Linux support on GOG.

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EEE, Entryism and Openwashing

  • New Linux distro specifically designed for Windows comes to the Microsoft Store [Ed: WLinux or Whitewater Foundry not the first time people exploit Microsoft to put a price tag on FOSS such as LibreOffice. Microsoft is doing a fine job sabotaging the GNU/Linux 'ecosystem'.]
    WLinux is based on Debian, and the developer, Whitewater Foundry, claims their custom distro will also allow faster patching of security and compatibility issues that appear from time to time between upstream distros and WSL. [...] In return for saving developers time Whitewater Foundry is charging $19.99 (though the app is currently 50% off and the distribution can be downloaded from Github for free).
  • Open source dev gets Win32 apps running on Xbox One [Ed: Running blobs on two DRM platforms does not make you "Open source dev"]
  • Building Blocks of Secure Development: How to Make Open Source Work for You [Ed: Veracode self-promotion in "webinar" form, badmouthing FOSS to push their proprietary things. They work with Microsoft.]
  • SD Times open source project of the week: TonY [Ed: Openwashing of a surveillance operation at Microsoft]
    Unsatisfied with the available solutions for connecting the analytics-generating power of their TensorFlow machine learning implementations with the scalable data computation and storage capabilities of their Apache Hadoop clusters, developers at LinkedIn decided that they’d take matters into their own hands with the development of this week’s highlighted project, TonY.
  • Open Source: Automating Release Notes in Github [Ed: The New York Times is still propping up Microsoft hosting]
  • Opendesk launches augmented-reality shopping for its open-source furniture [Ed: Calling furniture "open"]
    Opendesk customers can now use augmented reality to see how the furniture brand's pieces look in their homes before ordering them from local makers. The augmented-reality (AR) experience launched with the arrival of Apple's iOS 12 operating system this week. It enables customers to use their smartphones to view some of Opendesk's furniture superimposed on the room in front of them.
  • Open Source Testing Startup Cypress Leaves Beta With Thousands of Users, Launches Paid Plans [Ed: This is not Open Source; they misuse the label and even put dashes ("open-source") because they know they're faking it.]
    Cypress.io‘s CEO Drew Lanham explains that the startup’s tool is software created by developers, for developers. The company was founded in 2014 by technologist Brian Mann, after observing that while computing and application development had changed drastically over the past decade, software testing had not. Large companies now release thousands of software updates a year, often on a daily basis across their organization. Technology teams aim to move rapidly, iterating on an agile basis and working in parallel so they can sync their code together even faster. But, as Lanham explains, the testing software out there was far outdated for these agile processes.
  • Kindred Introduces SenseAct, the First Reinforcement Learning Open-Source Toolkit for Physical Robots [Ed: Kindred or SenseAct not actually FOSS; but they sure try to make it seem that way, by focusing on a toolkit.]

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Source Code From Deutsche Telekom

  • Edge compute platform is open source
    Deutsche Telekom and Aricent have partnered for the creation of an Open Source, low latency Edge compute platform available to operators, to enable them to develop and launch 5G mobile applications and services faster.
  • Deutsche Telekom and Aricent Create Open Source Edge Software Framework
    Deutsche Telekom and Aricent today announced the creation of an Open Source, Low Latency Edge Compute Platform available to operators, to enable them to develop and launch 5G mobile applications and services faster. The cost-effective Edge platform is built for software-defined data centers (SDDC) and is decentralized, to accelerate the deployment of ultra-low latency applications. The joint solution will include a software framework with key capabilities for developers, delivered as a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and will incorporate cloud-native Multi-access edge computing (MEC) technologies.
  • DT and Aricent announce telco Open Source Edge framework for 5G
    Deutsche Telekom and Aricent have announced the creation of an Open Source Edge software framework, designed especially for developers, platform-as-a-service and cloud-native multi-access edge computing technologies and on-track to intersect with the deployment of 5G enabled network edge facilities to tackle ultra-low latency network applications. The Edge platform has been built for software-defined data centers (SDDC) and will include a software framework with key capabilities for developers, delivered as a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and will incorporate cloud-native Multi-access edge computing (MEC) technologies.
  • Deutsche Telekom, Aricent brew up edge compute platform for 5G apps and services
    In order to speed up the rollout of 5G applications and services, Duetsche Telekom and Aricent have teamed up to build an edge compute platform. The open source, edge software framework was built for use in software-defined data centers in decentralized locations. It also uses cloud-native multiaccess edge computing (MEC) technologies.
  • Deutsche Telekom, Aricent Bridge Cloud Native, Telco MEC Gap
    German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom and Aricent threw their collective weight behind an open source edge computing platform targeted at software-defined data centers (SDDC). The initiative gamely joins a growing list of open source multi-access edge computing (MEC) initiatives. The DT-Aricent collaboration is at its core a decentralized platform designed to help telecom operators develop and launch low-latency 5G mobile applications and services. It includes a software framework with features delivered through a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) model.

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