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  • Orwell, the surveillance simulation game is now on Linux

    Not long after requesting Linux testers for Orwell [Steam, Official Site], the surveillance simulation game, it's now officially available on Linux.

  • The open source itch games client has been updated yet again
  • Dota 2 7.00 Benchmarks - Intel Vulkan vs. OpenGL On Linux - Mesa 13.1 + Linux 4.9

    In addition to big end-of-year AMD Radeon Linux benchmarks and the forthcoming NVIDIA data points among other interesting EOY comparisons, there is also ongoing fresh Intel Linux benchmarks as we end out 2016. For your viewing pleasure today are the latest Intel OpenGL vs. Vulkan Linux benchmark results using last week's Dota 2 7.00 game release.

    Last week were some fresh AMD Dota 2 benchmarks while here are the numbers from Dota 2 with Intel Skylake HD Graphics 530 as of this weekend. Testing was done with the Linux 4.9 kernel and Mesa 13.1-devel as of this past week from the Padoka PPA on Ubuntu 16.10.

  • It Looks Like CryENGINE's Sandbox Editor Could Eventually Work On Linux

    While the CryENGINE 5.x game engine is supported on Linux, to date their sandbox editor isn't compatible with Linux but it looks like eventually there could be said support.

    CryENGINE developer David Kaye has been commenting in our forums pertaining to the discussion around CryENGINE 5.3, which sadly didn't ship with the Vulkan API support as planned. About the lack of Vulkan support in CryENGINE 5.3, the Crytek developer commented, "we looked at the state of Vulkan prior to branching for the stabilisation of 5.3 and decided that we weren't happy with its level of stability, so we delayed it. This is also the reason the release as a whole was delayed. This prioritisation of stability over new features is something our community have requested."

Wine and Games for GNU/Linux

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  • The Out-of-Tree Wine Code To Run DOOM On Linux

    It's sad that DOOM hasn't seen a native Linux port with id Software having a falling out with Linux in recent years, particularly after they were acquired by ZeniMax. But fortunately there is now a patch for being able to run DOOM with Wine.

  • Second Wine 2.0 Release Candidate Fixes Hitman: Blood Money Crashes, 20 Bugs

    The second Release Candidate (RC) build of the upcoming major Wine 2.0 open-source implementation of Microsoft Windows on Unix-like operating systems arrived for testing.

    Wine 2.0 RC2 comes only one week after the release of the first RC build, and it looks like it's here to patch even more of the remaining blockers before the final version hits the streets, which might happen just in time for the Christmas holidays if we're lucky. If not, it will hit the streets in early 2017, as the project is now in code freeze.

  • PlayOnLinux Updated to 4.2.10, Install in Ubuntu/Linux Mint via PPA

    PlayOnLinux is a piece of software which allows you to easily install and use numerous apps and games designed to run with Microsoft Windows. Few apps and games are compatible with GNU/Linux at the moment and it certainly is a factor preventing the migration to this system. PlayOnLinux brings a cost-free, accessible and efficient solution to this problem.

  • World Wine News

    This is the 404th issue of the World Wine News publication. Its main goal is to inform you of what's going on around Wine. Wine is an open source implementation of the Windows API on top of X and Unix. Think of it as a Windows compatibility layer. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely alternative implementation consisting of 100% Microsoft-free code, but it can optionally use native system DLLs if they are available.

  • Political Animals Launches Linux version!

    We're happy to finally be able to release the game on Linux! Thanks so much to the folks on r/linux_gaming/ for their help in testing the game on multiple distros. We hope you enjoy the game.

    There are a few known issues with Linux which we have shared in our community page. Please let us know if you find any issues and we'll do our best to sort them out.

Leftovers: Gaming

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Leftovers: Gaming

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10-Way AMD GPU Comparison For Team Fortress 2 With RadeonSI Mesa 13.1-dev

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In case you didn't hear, last week a nine year old Mesa bug was fixed that ended up causing stability issues for RadeonSI and was one of the reasons Valve's Team Fortress 2 game wasn't running stable on the open-source AMD driver in quite a while. With Mesa Git now running Team Fortress 2 on RadeonSI without any stability problems, here are fresh benchmarks of that game when using Mesa 13.1-dev and Linux 4.9.

As mentioned in a few other articles already, a big year-end RadeonSI OpenGL performance comparison on many different graphics cards will be published in the days ahead. But given Team Fortress 2 back to running nicely on RadeonSI without stability concerns, I decided to run fresh benchmarks on ten different GCN graphics cards to show the performance difference.

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AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 vs. RadeonSI Git: Tomb Raider, Shadow of Mordor, WARHAMMER & Deus Ex

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A few days ago I shared some fresh AMDGPU+RadeonSI benchmarks of Tomb Raider, Shadow of Mordor, and some other Linux games that need to be benchmarked manually due to shortcomings with these games. That earlier article with the open-source numbers was reserved for just Phoronix Premium supporters while available now to the public are those results compared to the new AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 Linux driver.

Last week I published AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 vs. Mesa 13.1-dev benchmarks using all of our Linux game testing suspects of titles that meet our automated and reproducible testing requirements. In this article are benchmarks of the other games that unfortunately don't make the cut for our routine testing requirements and thus just receive the seldom treatment aside from when pursuing requests of Phoronix Premium readers.

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IBM’s Systems With GNU/Linux

  • IBM Gives Power Systems Rebates For Linux Workloads
    Big Blue has made no secret whatsoever that it wants to ride the Linux wave up with the Power Systems platform, and its marketeers are doing what they can to sweeten the hardware deals as best they can without adversely affecting the top and bottom line at IBM in general and the Power Systems division in particular to help that Linux cause along.
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Security News

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  • Widely used WebEx plugin for Chrome will execute attack code—patch now!
    The Chrome browser extension for Cisco Systems WebEx communications and collaboration service was just updated to fix a vulnerability that leaves all 20 million users susceptible to drive-by attacks that can be carried out by just about any website they visit.
  • DDoS attacks larger, more frequent and complex says Arbor
    Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are becoming more frequent and complex, forcing businesses to deploy purpose-built DDoS protection solutions, according to a new infrastructure security report which warns that the threat landscape has been transformed by the emergence of Internet of Things (IoT) botnets. The annual worldwide infrastructure security report from Arbor Networks - the security division of NETSCOUT - reveals that the largest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack reported in 2016 was 800 Gbps, a 60% increase over 2015’s largest attack of 500 Gbps.