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Sabayon Linux 14.06 Can Be Turned into a Gentoo-Based Steam Machine

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Sabayon 14.06 is based on Gentoo and that is not something that you see every day. In fact, there are very few Linux distros out there that are using Gentoo as a base and it's good to see that developers take the time and the effort to utilize something else than Debian and Ubuntu.

Another interesting thing brought by this release is its rolling release model, which is not all that common. There were some talks to get this model working with Ubuntu, for example, but developers figured it was too much work.

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First handheld Steam Machine revealed

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A “Steamboy” handheld gaming console teased in a video appears to be the first portable Steam Machine to emerge for Valve’s Linux-based Steam OS platform.

A Steamboy Project site registered under a Steamboy Machine copyright posted a teaser video of what looks to be the first handheld console form-factor Steam Machine (see farther below). The video shows a handheld device with a screen in the middle that resembles a cross between the now-delayed Valve Steam Controller and a Sony PlayStation Vita device.

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Linux gaming rising: 7 big-name PC games that now call Linux home

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Linux's gaming potential is about more than SteamOS and blockbuster ports. Earlier this year, GOG.com announced plans to bring a bevy of classic games to Ubuntu and Mint Linux this fall, with more than 100 games expected to be available at launch. Expect them to work just fine with SteamOS when the operating system finally launches sometime in 2015, too.

Speaking of Steam, it's not the big-name games but the indies that are driving Steam for Linux's true growth. After launching with a mere 60 native games just over a year ago, Steam for Linux now stands at more than 300 games strong—tremendous growth in a very short time. More and more games—like Europa Universalis IV, and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, and Dota 2, and Starbound—are starting to launch Linux versions alongside Windows counterparts.

It's still not quite the year of Linux on the desktop, but one thing's for certain: Linux's gaming prospects are looking brighter than ever before.

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Will Linux Ever Be Regarded as an Equal to Windows and Consoles at E3?

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Linux is slowly becoming a gaming alternative, but it's still a long way from consoles and Windows. How long will it take to see Linux represented at the E3 Expo in full effect, just like all the other platforms?

Making predictions is very hard, especially about the future. This simple statement from physicist Niels Bohr explains very well why it's difficult to anticipate what will happen in the world of technology. Some things evolve faster than we can predict and others seem to stagnate...

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Superb Interstellar Marines Tactical FPS Arrives on Steam for Linux

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nterstellar Marines, a tactical FPS developed and published by Zero Point Software, has just received Linux support with the latest patch.

Interstellar Marines is a very promising first-person shooter and its developers said that they took inspiration from Half-Life, System Shock 2, and Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield. The game has been built mainly as a multiplayer experience, but a limited single-player is also available.

The latest update for the Interstellar Marines also brought support for the Linux platform and it looks like this title aims to be one of the best-looking on the open source platform...

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Unreal Engine 4.2 Brings 500+ Updates

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The latest major update to Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 was released this week and the Linux support has taken another step forward.

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Valve Funds Glassy Mesa Development For Better Driver Performance

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Valve has funded work by LunarG on a project codenamed "Glassy Mesa" to deliver potential performance improvements on the open-source Mesa graphics driver stack.

Glassy Mesa is an experimental project using LunarGLASS for plugging LLVM into Mesa for shader compilation and run-time improvements. LunarGLASS originated back in 2010 as using LLVM IR as the base intermediate representation for the shader and kernel compiler stack. LunarGLASS has performance potential via taking advantage of LLVM's many optimization passes.

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Valve improved X-Box gamepad driver for Fedora

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I’ve added to the Steam package repository for Fedora an alternative kernel module for xpad, the X-Box gamepad driver. This variant contains patches created by Valve to improve the driver and its behaviour.

The module is available in both akmod (RPMFusion) and dkms package formats.

This made my 3rd party X-Box controller work without any issue in Steam games and in the Big Picture Mode interface!

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id Software’s Softdisk games code being released under GPL

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id Software has a long history of making games that stems back as far as 1991. Most gamers will only remember the hugely popular releases in the Doom and Quake series, but there were many more, and much older titles that were released before they hit the big time.

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There's Now 500 Games On Steam For Linux

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For my birthday two years ago was when the Steam Linux client went into public beta, last Oktoberfest is when SteamOS details became public knowledge, now on the Phoronix birthday is word of 500 games being offered for Linux via Steam!

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Valve Releases Steam Beta Update to Fix the Download of Games in Development

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The Steam developers usually make a number of intermediary releases before a stable and large version of the application is launched. This is just one such version and it comes with quite a few changes and improvements...

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Crytek Announces A New FPS Game With Linux Support

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Crytek has just announced Homefront: The Revolution as a new first-person shooter game that will feature native Linux support with the CryENGINE and launch on the same-day as for other platforms.

Crytek explains this "Homefront: The Revolution" free-roam FPS game as:
Four years into the brutal military occupation, America is on its knees. Philadelphia - once the birthplace of Independence - has become a ghetto, where surveillance drones and armoured patrols keep the population at heel, crushing any dissent with savage force. Her once-proud citizens live in a police state, forced to collaborate just to survive, their dreams of freedom long since extinguished.

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