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Dota 2 Vulkan vs. OpenGL Numbers For Intel Skylake On Linux 4.8 + Mesa 12.1-dev

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Thus there are some Dota 2 OpenGL vs. Vulkan benchmarks on the Intel Mesa driver below. But no results to share today for The Talos Principle. The Talos Principle menus were no longer rendering far of course as they had been up until at least one month ago, but the in-game benchmark mode was really choppy even with the "lowest" settings. When increasing the settings and restarting the game, the visuals still looked different from their renderings with OpenGL, so this game was omitted from testing today.

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SteamOS 2.88 Beta Moves to Linux Kernel 4.1.30 LTS, Updates AMDGPU-PRO Drivers

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Valve has just released today, August 18, 2016, a new Beta update of the SteamOS 2.0 gaming-oriented Linux kernel-based operating system the company uses on its Steam Machines.

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Software and Games

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Wine and Games for GNU/Linux

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Linux
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Games for GNU/Linux

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Games for GNU/Linux

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5 Best Linux Gaming Distributions That You Should Give a Try

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Linux
Gaming

One of the major reasons why Linux usage has lagged behind in comparison to Windows and Mac OS X operating systems has been it’s minimal support for gaming. Before some of the powerful and exciting desktop environments came to existence on Linux, when all a user would utilize was the command line to control a Linux system, users were restricted to playing text based games which did not offer convenient features comparable to graphical games of today.

However, with the recent progressive development and immense advancement in the Linux desktop, several distributions have come into the limelight, offering users great gaming platforms with reliable GUI applications and features.

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Also: Snow Horse released with Linux support recently, it sits firmly in my 'whut' pile

Slain: Back from Hell, a revamp of the not well reviewed Slain is now on Linux, looks much improved now

Shadow Warrior 2, the awesome looking FPS is due out in less than two months

Nine Parchments, a co-operative blast'em up game of magic mayhem announced from Frozenbyte

Leftovers: Gaming

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  • Editorial: Early Access survival game 'Rust' gets massive criticism for recent changes in game mechanics

    Also, another review which is one of the most comprehensive reviews you can find, and it's one of the 'Most Helpful' ones as well (source) where the player has put in over one thousand hours, is also negative.

    Though, you may already know it isn't the first time these developers are in the middle of a controversy, as you can see in the readers' comments in this recent GOL article.

    Therefore, if you were planning to buy Rust because of the current bundle from Humble Bundle, think twice and be aware of all these issues before making a decision.

  • Life is Strange Linux patch released, should now work properly on Nvidia Pascal cards

    Hot on the heels of their patch for Company of Heroes 2, Feral has now patched Life is Strange. Nvidia Pascal users will be most pleased about this one.

  • Minimalistic puzzler 'Hexoscope' not coming to Linux due to Adobe Air

    At least he was honest and conclusive instead of other cases where a Linux port is hinted or directly promised but it ends up never seeing the release. But still, sometimes I tend to think that small games like this have a guaranteed port but unfortunately it isn't always the case, and considering that at the moment of writing this article Hexoscope has 85 positive reviews and not a single negative one, it IS truly a shame...

Games for GNU/Linux

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  • The Spatials: Galactology, a quick look at this space station sim now it's on Linux

    I was quite the fan of the original The Spatials and now that The Spatials: Galactology came out as a day-1 release I have been keen to take a look.

    If you're into management sims and building games this will probably be right up your street, as it is a very cool indie game. It's essentially the first The Spatials with a ton of expanded content and improvements all around.

    Note: It's currently in Early Access, as they continue to add in new content and features. Most recently they added in creating your own spaceships to the mix.

  • Some quick thoughts on DEADBOLT, a hybrid of stealth and action now on Linux, it's very cool

    Since DEADBOLT recently came to Linux and GOG provided me with a copy, I took a look at this indie attempt at stealth and action.

    I’m going to be honest, it’s one game that sadly got bumped down in my list a bit as so many other things kept coming up. I’m sad that happened, as what I found with DEADBOLT has truly impressed me.

    First annoyance for me: The game starts on the wrong screen on my multiple monitor setup, luckily setting it to windowed mode and moving it over to my main screen and then setting it back to fullscreen was possible.

  • Turmoil, the simulation game about drilling for oil is now on Linux

    As promised, Turmoil, a tongue-in-cheek take on the simulation genre is now officially available on Linux.

This Guy Tested 100 DRM-Free Humble Games on Linux So You Don’t Have To

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One of the many things I love about the Linux community is how ridiculously helpful it can be.

Like a lot of us, Børge A. Roum has bought a lot of Humble Bundles over the years. And, also like a lot of us, says he was lured in by the inclusion of Linux DRM-free games.

But have you ever hit a problem trying to play any of them?

Roum did, as he explains in a blog post: “Quite a few of the games I bought didn’t seem to actually work! Or I had to jump trough some crazy hoops that no self respecting developers would ever think to ask any Windows or Mac OS users to jump through.”

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Also: You Can Now Play 10,000 Retro Amiga Games In Your Browser For Free

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OpenStreetMap in IkiWiki and Why OpenStreetMap is in Serious Trouble

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    Since about 15 years ago, I have been thinking of creating a geo-referenced wiki of pubs, with loads of structured data to help searching. I don't know if that would be useful for anybody else, but I know I would use it! Sadly, the many times I started coding something towards that goal, I ended blocked by something, and I keep postponing my dream project.
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    That said, while I still believe in the goals of OpenStreetMap, I feel the OpenStreetMap project is currently unable to fulfill that mission due to poor technical decisions, poor political decisions, and a general malaise in the project. I'm going to outline in this article what I think OpenStreetMap has gotten wrong. It's entirely possible that OSM will reform and address the impediments to its success- and I hope it does. We need a Free as in Freedom geographic dataset.

Linux KPI-Based DRM Modules Now Working On FreeBSD 11

Thanks to work done by Hans Petter Selasky and others, this drm-next-kmod port is working on FreeBSD 11 stable. What's different with this package from the ports collection versus the ported-from-Linux Direct Rendering Modules found within the FreeBSD 11 kernel is that these DRM modules are using the linuxkpi interface. Read more