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Games: OpenRA, OpenMW, Electric Sleep and More

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Wine and Games Leftovers

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  • Wine Could Use Student Developers For VKD3D, Other Direct3D Enhancements

    Like GCC, Debian, and other leading free software projects, Wine is hoping to have a few interested students take on some interesting summer projects this year thanks to the annual Google Summer of Code.

    The Wine project has been assembling and updating their summer project list to try to garner student interest in taking on one of these high profile tasks. Among the ideas being tossed around in the Wine camp are implementing more test cases for VKD3D / Direct3D 12, implementing Direct3D 10 Effects or more Direct3D Retained Mode functionality, improving the usefulness of Explorer.exe, enhancing the WineHQ AppDB website, porting WineLib to a new architecture like POWER or RISC-V, and others.

  • There's a new release candidate of OBS Studio out with a VAAPI video encoder on Linux

    Eyes up livestreamers and video content creators, as there's a new release candidate out for OBS Studio with some huge new features.

    There's quite a lot new and improved like a limiter audio filter, an expander audio filter, multi-track audio support with FFmpeg available in advanced output settings, a fourth mic/auxiliary audio option in audio settings, stereo balancing (panning) available in the advanced audio properties section, an option to automatically remux recordings to MP4 and loads more.

    Multiple parts of the interface were also improved like a new optional stats dock, an option to change the OBS base/output resolution to the size of a source in the right-click context menu, a light rectangle will show up when hovering your mouse over a source in the preview to show it can be selected, a simplified and improved user experience for the "Stream" page and so on.

  • Pyxa Lets You Build and Program Your Own Games

    On the software side, Pyxa is based on Arduino coding platform and compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

Games: Paladins, FOSDEM 2019 Talks and Vigil: The Longest Night

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  • Looks like Easy Anti-Cheat strikes again with Steam Play, Paladins is no longer playable on Linux

    Just like what happened with Darwin Project only recently, it seems Paladins is no longer playable on Linux with Steam Play.

  • Gaming and Linux graphics talks at FOSDEM 2019

    Hello fellow penguin enthusiasts. I spent the last weekend in Brussels, Belgium attending the FOSDEM conference -- a free event focused on free open-source software, and a place where free-software developers can meet, share idea and collaborate. There was no shortage of Linux-related content, and it was really exciting to meet and listen to people working on software that you directly or indirectly rely on every day.

    Gaming was not the main focus, but there were several talks that I thought you may find interesting. I selected 4 talks that I wanted to highlight. The first two are more high-level focused on gaming directly, while the last 2 are more technical dealing with the Linux graphics stack in general.

  • Vigil: The Longest Night Officially Coming to Linux and Windows PC

    Vigil: The Longest Night is a gorgeous-looking 2D action-platformer set for release from Glass Heart Games. It uses a highly-detailed art style that greatly resembles a hand-crafted painting and is absolutely stunning. It definitely evokes a bit of classic Castlevania with its dark gothic design, with a touch of Strider as well. As Leila, your core weapon is a sword and your aim is to save your hometown from the evil forces that are taking over the nearby countryside.

Games: Kindred Spirits on the Roof, Jupiter Hell, The Universim and EFCO's Gaming Box

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  • Get your Visual Novel fix as 'Kindred Spirits on the Roof' and the DLC is now on GOG for Linux

    While Kindred Spirits on the Roof might not be new, it was missing the Linux version on GOG which has released today along with the 'Full Chorus' DLC.

  • The ruthless in-development roguelike 'Jupiter Hell' is now on itch.io, fresh update out too

    Jupiter Hell is shaping up to be one of the most fun roguelikes I've played in a long time, especially with the brutal Doom-inspired theme. It has a new update out and you can pick it up before the full release on itch.io now too.

    For today's update it includes "player data, several new traits, exalted (champion) enemy groups, a full overhaul of level generation parameters, started implementing modular weapons, and in the background created (but not yet implemented in-game) the visuals for Io". Basically, fun new stuff is going in to make it a more interesting game right now.

  • City-building god game 'The Universim' has a huge new release out

    Crytivo are pushing forward with The Universim in Early Access and this latest release is a pretty massive update for the city-building god game.

    For those who haven't followed it, The Universim was funded on Kickstarter way back in 2014 with over 11K backers giving over nearly $400K. It's been a long road, good games take time and it's really starting to take shape now.

  • G-series LX based gaming box starts at $499

    EFCO has launched a Linux-ready “EGL6087” gaming box based on an G-Series GX218 LX with dual HD displays, 72-pin JAMMA I/O, an LED light strip package, and a gaming security package.

    EFCO announced its first gaming logic box based on the quad-core, 2.0GHz AMD Embedded G-Series GX218 LX SoC. Designed for class 2 and 3 category casino gaming boxes, the cost-efficient EGL6087 supports Linux Kernel 4.10.0+, WES7, Windows Embedded 8, and Windows 10 IoT.

Lutris Is Working On Snap And Flatpak Installers For Linux Gamers

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In 2019 there are very few Windows-exclusive titles you can't run on Linux. In part that's thanks to Lutris, an incredible solution for Linux gamers, allowing people to install and launch thousands of Windows games without having to worry about messing with a complicated Wine backend. Combined with breakthrough tools like Steam's Proton, it opens a massive compatibility doorway. However, for Linux beginners, installing and setting up Lutris itself can be more daunting than getting the games up and running. Thankfully, that's changing soon.

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Games: Rust, Adapt or Perish, Evoland Legendary Edition and More

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Games: Megaquarium, Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns, Starcraft 2 and More

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  • Megaquarium has expanded to allow you to play it exactly how you want

    Megaquarium is a really lovely building game and the latest update has expanded a number of features, including the ability to fully customize how you play it.

    From now, if you choose the sandbox mode you will be able to pick things like unlimited money and having everything unlocked for a proper creative mode. There's also various quick preset options you can choose, as well as individually changing settings.

  • Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns will fire its opening volley on February 28th

    The upcoming expansion for the sprawling WW2 grand strategy title will be released before the end of the month. A sizeable patch will sortie from port alongside the release.

  • Starcraft 2 In Wine & Select Games Could See Nice Performance Win With RadeonSI Patches

    Well known AMD open-source OpenGL driver developer Marek Olšák has published an interesting new patch series for RadeonSI that can help boost the performance of this Gallium3D driver in select cases.

    The focus of this new patch series is to upload constants into vRAM using SDMA (System DMA engines) to avoid congestion. In doing so, this particularly helped Starcraft 2 running on Wine as what motivated this patch series.

AMD Radeon VII Linux Benchmarks - Powerful Open-Source Graphics For Compute & Gaming

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Today we can finally reveal the Linux performance details for the AMD Radeon VII graphics card... Especially if you are an open-source driver fan, it's quite a treat thanks to having fully open-source and fairly mature driver support, but can this $699 USD graphics card dance with the likes of the GeForce RTX 2080? Here is our initial look at the Radeon VII performance on Linux using fifteen different AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards for both OpenCL compute and Vulkan/OpenGL gaming on Ubuntu Linux.

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Also: Updated Radeon Software 18.50 Linux Driver Tacks On Radeon VII Support

Games: MachiaVillain, Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, Two Point Hospital, Overcooked! 2, DUSK and Hatari

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  • MachiaVillain Coming to PC, Mac and Linux

    Good Shepherd Entertainment and Wild Factor have announced MachiaVillain.

  • The Steel & Statecraft update for Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia arrives in the Linux version

    Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia from Creative Assembly, SEGA and ported to Linux by Feral Interactive received a big update to the Linux version today.

    We're a little late on getting this update, with Feral announcing it today after it being released for the Windows version back on December 18th last year.

  • Two Point Hospital just got a lot more customizable in the latest update

    While this feature comes with a few built-in designs, it also has new Steam Workshop support. So you can download extra designs from others and also publish your own.

  • Crazy cooking game 'Overcooked! 2' has a huge free update out with a Survival Mode

    You might want to wash your hands and grab your Chef's Hat as Overcooked! 2 has a free update out and it's a big one.

    Ghost Town Games and Team 17 are celebrating the Chinese New Year in style with a new map, new kitchens, new recipes, new themed chefs including a dragon and a pig along with a new game mode which was quite a surprise.

  • Brutal retro-inspired FPS 'DUSK' officially arrives on Linux

    Spread across three distinct campaign episodes, DUSK is a brutal retro-inspired shooter from David Szymanski and New Blood Interactive and it's now on Linux. Note: Key provided by publisher.

    DUSK might be one the biggest highlights of this year for me already, a shooter that is exactly how you would expect it to be with action that just doesn't stop with no useless padding. There is of course secrets to find, for those who like to chase that 100% but they're not required.

  • Hatari Version 2.2.0 released

    Many thanks to all the people who contributed to this version in different ways (code, bug report, testing, reverse engineering and documentation of the real HW, ...), see doc/authors.txt and doc/thanks.txt for a list of devs / contributors.

GameMode Sees Patches To Allow For GPU Overclocking When Running Linux Games

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Marc Di Luzio continues working on interesting features for GameMode as the daemon to optimize Linux systems for gaming... The latest is integrating AMD and NVIDIA overclocking support within GameMode, which is now under review.

The AMDGPU kernel driver and NVIDIA binary Linux driver have long offered overclocking support on Linux via their respective interfaces. With this GameMode integration, it allows the automatic setting of the overclocking state when a game is run (and triggers GameMode) and then the ability to easily return to your default clocks / power state when you aren't gaming, in order to reduce heat output and lower power consumption.

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Security: Updates, "US Huawei Blackballing Efforts" and Microsoft's Back Doors Keep Crackers Busy

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  • US Huawei Blackballing Efforts Stall Due To Lack Of 'Actual Facts'
    During the Trump era, the US government has dramatically ramped up claims that Chinese hardware vendor Huawei is a nefarious spy for the Chinese government, blackballing it from the U.S. telecom market. From pressuring U.S. carriers to drop plans to sell Huawei phones to the FCC's decision to ban companies from using Huawei gear if they want to receive federal subsidies, this effort hasn't been subtle. While Huawei should never be confused with a saint (what telecom company would be?) there's several problems with the effort. The biggest being that despite a decade of hand-wringing and one eighteen month investigation by the US government, there's still no public evidence Huawei uses its network gear to spy on Americans. That's not sitting well with countries we've asked to join along in the fun.
  • Sorry, Linux. We know you want to be popular, but cyber-crooks are all about Microsoft for now
    Eight out of the ten most exploited vulnerabilities tracked by threat intelligence biz Recorded Future in 2018 targeted Microsoft products – though number two on its list was, surprise surprise, a Flash flaw. The most exploited vuln in the firm's hall of shame was a remote code execution flaw in Windows' VBScript engine that could pwn users who opened a booby-trapped web page with Internet Explorer. "Exploit kits associated with this vulnerability were noted to spread the malware Trickbot through phishing attacks," said Recorded Future in a report published today. The Flash vuln was none other than one exploited by North Korean state-backed hackers – first detected by South Korea's CERT, which discovered a flood of booby-trapped MS Office documents, web pages, spam messages and more.

Graphics and Games: NVIDIA, Orbital/Vulkan, Cataclysm and System Shock 3

  • NVIDIA Shows Off Quake II Path-Traced Using Vulkan RTX/Ray-Tracing
    ne of the demos NVIDIA is showing off this week at their GPU Technology Conference is Quake II being path-traced using a Vulkan port of the game and adapted to handle VK_NV_ray_tracing functionality paired with the latest GeForce RTX GPUs. Q2VKPT is a path-traced version of Quake II started by a former NVIDIA intern and is rendered using Vulkan and does support Linux.
  • Orbital: A PlayStation 4 Emulator That Is Emulating The PS4's AMD GPU Using Vulkan
    Orbital is an open-source project providing a virtualization-based PlayStation 4 emulator that is still in its early stages but what interests us is its technical details including the use of Vulkan/SPIR-V. Orbital leverages QEMU and other open-source components. At this stage it's not running any PS4 games but is able to boot into safe mode on PS4 5.xx kernels.
  • Cataclysm - Dark Days Ahead, a free and open source turn-based survival game had a huge update
    It occurred to me today, that no one here at GOL seems to have ever written about the free and open source turn-based survival game Cataclysm - Dark Days Ahead. Okay, so what is it? A classic roguelike with a survival theme, set in a post-apocalyptic procedurally generated world.
  • System Shock 3 may see Linux support, OtherSide still working on Underworld Ascendant for Linux
    OtherSide Entertainment have teased out a new short video of System Shock 3 and it may see Linux support. Not to be confused with the crowdfunded System Shock reboot that Nightdive Studios are currently working on. System Shock 3 is being made with some of the original team behind the first two games as well like Warren Spector, so it should remain faithful to the series while being a rather nice upgrade in visuals.

Stable kernels 5.0.3, 4.20.17, 4.19.30, 4.14.107 and 4.9.164

  • Linux 5.0.3
    I'm announcing the release of the 5.0.3 kernel. All users of the 5.0 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 5.0.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.0.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st...
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Firefox 66 Released

Firefox now prevents websites from automatically playing sound. You can add individual sites to an exceptions list or turn blocking off. Read more Also: Firefox 66 Arrives - Blocks Auto-Playing Sounds, Hides Title Bar By Default For Linux