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  • How big is Linux gaming? Some estimates

    I keep reading comments that Linux gaming is pretty much stagnating and not worth investing in because it is still at around 1% in the Steam Hardware Survey. So I decided to try and find some numbers. Unfortunately, there isn't all that much data publicly available, if you have additional or better data, I'll be happy to add them. Also, if you find any mistakes please let me know.

  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance doesn't look like it will come to Linux any time soon

    Kingdom Come: Deliverance, a game built with CryEngine looked like it was going to be a fantastic game to have on Linux, but the developers have told me it "is not possible technically".

  • The Interactive Adventures of Dog Mendonça & Pizzaboy now released

    The Godot Engine has grown by leaps and bounds alongside Dog Mendonça & Pizzaboy's development. Its recent 2.0 release and Steam launch have been received with enthusiasm by both the existing Godot community and newcomers alike. The engine is now under the protective wing of the Software Freedom Conservancy, which is as I understand it, making sure that two of its primary developers can continue working on it.

  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair announced for April, Linux support looks included

    Good news Danganronpa fans as Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair looks like it will support Linux on the April 18th release.

  • How To Run A Game Boy Emulator In Your Terminal Window?

    If you are stuck in the world of bin and bash, trying to figure out a way to escape your machine’s Terminal, here’s how to take a quick break. If you know some basic UNIX commands and PHP, this quick and dirty method will help you play Pokémon and Mario inside your Terminal.

    I found this Terminal Game Boy project on GitHub. To use this, your machine needs to be running at least PHP 5.6, 7, or HHVM. This Terminal emulator only works on Linux and Mac OS X. Based on Game Boy JS Emulator and making use of PHP7’s performance improvements, this project has become a fun way to kill some time.

  • Unvanquished Celebrates Four Years of Alpha Builds, Beta Just Around the Corner

    The developers of the open-source and cross-platform Unvanquished FPS (first-person shooter) game have announced today, March 14, 2016, the release of the 49th Alpha build.

  • Four Years Into Alpha, Unvanquished Alpha 49 Released With Major Renderer Work

    The latest monthly alpha release for the Unvanquished open-source first person shooter game is now available. This release also marks four years since these releases began by this project derived from Tremulous.

    Unvanquished Alpha 49 is also special in that it brings a new, tile-based forward+ renderer, which should help significantly with lighting performance. There are also patches to improve performance for those using graphical effects and more. The Unvanquished engine's renderer was originally derived from XreaL while now it's evolved into a radically different beast. Both the new and old renderer will be around for a few more releases as the new tile-based renderer doesn't yet support shadows and some other features, plus there is always the chance of regressions.

  • GNOME Games App Prepares for GNOME 3.20, Adds MAME and Neo-Geo Pocket Support

    GNOME Games app developer Adrien Plazas announced this past weekend the availability for testing of the RC (Release Candidate) build of the upcoming 3.20 release, which should land as part of the GNOME 3.20.

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  • XCOM 2 Anarchy’s Children DLC releasing March 17, come see some screenshots

    I am excited to play more of it, as it really is a great game and I hope it has a long life with plenty of new content and decent mods.

  • Rocket League due on SteamOS & Linux very soon

    The time of waiting is nearly over, or so they say. A member of the Rocket League team mentioned on the Steam forum it will be due very soon at the end of Q1 2016.

  • Linux Gaming Is Exploding on Steam

    Since the release of the Linux Steam client, Linux gamers have had a greater range of choice. Today, more than 1,900 games are available for download, with another 100 on their way. This compares well with OS X, which currently sports 2,900 downloadable titles.

    And, more games makes Linux a more attractive desktop platform for home users. Although desktop Linux is a joy to use, the lack of high-quality games has been a barrier to adoption for casual users. On the other hand, a relatively small market has deterred game developers from targeting desktop Linux users.

    The Steam marketplace has made it easier for games developers to reach Linux users, and cross-platform development tools reduce the cost of targeting the Linux platform.

  • Cossacks 3 shows off old style diplomacy in a new teaser video

    Linux is still listed at platform...

  • Croteam releases Serious Engine version 1.10 as free software

    Here's something interesting for the fans of libre software. Croteam, the developers behind the Serious Sam games and The Talos Principle, have opened up their source code for Serious Engine v. 1.10 under the GPLv2 license.

  • Total War: WARHAMMER might not see a day-1 Linux release

    Could be sad news ahead for strategy fans, as the original Total War: WARHAMMER announcement listed SteamOS in the platform list, but their latest messages don't seem too confident.

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  • Darkest Dungeon Linux port is practically ready, releasing soon

    The Darkest Dungeon developers have said the Linux port is practically done, and we should be able to play it soon.

  • Arma 3 Linux port updated to 1.54 as promised

    Great news! The update to Arma 3 on Linux has landed, bringing us up to 1.54. Not quite the newest, but better than what we had.

    There's plenty of new content and fixes in the 1.54 update you can read up on here.

    It's a huge update, but it's not without issues. I have reported them to VP (the porters).

  • Wine Staging 1.9.5 Improves Compatibility with Microsoft Windows 95, 98, and ME

    A new update of the Wine Staging software has been released on March 8, 2016, which promises to improve the compatibility with older Windows software even further, as well as to fix various bugs.

    Wine Staging 1.9.5 has been seeded to public testers, based on the upstream Wine 1.9.5 software project, and it promises to address many of the issues reported by users since the previous maintenance release, as well as to add better support for many older Windows games and applications.

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  • Fail0verflow GitHubs PS4 Linux loader

    Fail0verflow has gone public with its Linux-on-PS4 loader, a little over two months after presenting an early and “ugly” version of it to the Chaos Computer Club conference in Germany.

    Consistent with the 32c3 conference presentation, the loader only works on firmware versions up to 1.76.

    The requirements are imposing for all but serious hackers: there's a special PS4 Linux kernel fork (here), a PS4 kernel exploit discovered last year called BadIRET, which has just leaked in the last day or so, and of course fail0verflow's PS4-kexec.

  • Exploit That Allows You to Run Linux on PS4 Released on GitHub

    At the start of the year we reported on how it is possible to run Linux on Playstation 4, but the method in which to do so was widely unavailable.

    However, hacking group failOverflow have now released the tools and directions that anyone can use to run Linux on PS4.

  • Arma 3 Linux port to update to 1.54 tomorrow, there's more good news too

    Great news FPS fans! Arma 3 will see an update on the Linux port to version 1.54 tomorrow! Not quite the current version, but it's a step closer and there's more good news.

  • Point-and-click adventure Kelvin and the Infamous Machine released in Early Access

    Kelvin is the second Argentine point-and-click adventure game to be released in just a few days, after Dog Mendonça—a game GOL editor Segata Sanshiro plans to take a closer look at—was released on Steam for Linux last week.

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  • SteamOS 2.64 Released with Vulkan-Powered Nvidia Driver, Debian 8.3 Updates

    It would appear that Valve has pushed the 2.64 build of its Debian-based SteamOS gaming-oriented operating system to the stable channel, after being in Beta for the last few weeks or so.

    The stable SteamOS 2.64 update includes mostly the same improvements that we reported on two weeks ago, when the build was pushed by Valve's engineers to the brewmaster_beta channel for public testing, such as the updated Nvidia video driver, version 355.00.28, with support for the new Vulkan API.

  • Opinion: Game Nearly Over

    So here’s the news: Microsoft is forcing game developers and game developing companies through the hoop of their app store, encroaching on their revenue and putting itself in the way of dealing directly with the customers. Why am I not in the least bit surprised?

    [...]

    Here’s a thought: If the industry had diversified the platforms they targeted earlier on, say in the mid-2000s, when Linux was starting to come into its own, maybe this situation could’ve been avoided. Yes, marketshare, library support, drivers, hardware support, and so one, were not ideal on Linux back in the day. But we have seen how things can be turned around, right? We have an example in living memory of how, how by unilaterally nurturing a rich ecosystem of apps, you can get users to adopt a new platform. And with a healthy amount of users, developing for the new guys, even developing drivers, suddenly becomes a sound business strategy for third parties. Yes, it is circular reasoning: more apps attract more users and more users attract more apps (which attract more users), but that is how Android became top dog in the mobile app arena.

  • SteamOS stable updated to 2.64, brings Vulkan to the stable users

    For those not keeping track: SteamOS was recently updated to include the changes from the recent 2.64 beta and it brings Vulkan for Nvidia amongst other changes.

    The only game actually using Vulkan on Linux/SteamOS right now is The Talos Principle from Croteam, but the beta doesn't currently work on SteamOS directly.

  • IndieGameStand blog post on Steam key reselling, plus my thoughts
  • I played American Truck Simulator on Linux, don't ever let me drive a real truck

    American Truck Simulator arrived on Linux day one, which is fantastic, and I was eventually sent over a key by SCS directly to check it out.

    It’s really not all that different to Euro Truck Simulator 2, with the same engine and the same issues. I will start with the issues to get them out of the way.

  • Humble Jumbo Bundle 6 Brings Four Superb Games to Linux Users

    Hooray! Hooray! Attention, Linux gamers from all over the web, there's a new Humble Bundle available that lets you buy up to seven superb, cross-platform games on the cheap, four of them being Linux-ready.

    Humble Jumbo Bundle 6 is now live (click and buy now, read later), and if you've subscribed to their list of announcements, you could have probably already received the great news we want to share with you today.

  • Valve Pushes New Stable Steam Client with Steam Overlay Support for Vulkan Games

    Today, March 8, Valve just pushed a new Steam Client stable update to Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux users, bringing all the changes that have been implemented in the Beta stages of development, and much more.

  • Wine-Staging 1.9.5 Brings Improvements For Older Windows Games On Linux

    Similar to Wine-Staging 1.9.3 that brought better support for older Windows games, Wine-Staging 1.9.5 has continued that trend in allowing Wine to better handle running Windows games on Linux and other supported operating systems.

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  • No more Android Wear watches says Samsung, Tizen all the way !
    Samsung has been getting pretty serious about its Smartwatches and has certainly excelled with its latest creation, the Tizen based Gear S2. The company has had a little dabble with Android wear in the past, with the Galaxy Gear Live, and since has been focusing on Tizen. According to a report from Fast Company stating that “no more Samsung Android Wear devices are in development or being planned.” This is according to a Samsung executive. The report goes further to say that Samsung executives are going with Tizen because it’s “far more battery-efficient than Android Wear” and “the standard OS on other Samsung products from TVs to refrigerators.”
  • Are games too easy to pirate on Android?
    It's long been known that game developers make much more money on iOS than they do on Google's Android platform. The most recent example of this is Monument Valley. The developers of the game posted an article on Medium with infographics that show that 73% of their revenue comes from iOS, while only 17% comes from Android.
  • Google Trust API Will Replace Your Passwords With A ‘Trust Score’
    In the wake of increasing security threats and password leaks, Google is working on Project Abacus that will introduce Trust API in Android devices. This API will calculate your Trust Score and use them to give you access to various services. This score will be calculated by using a variety of user patterns.
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    If you are looking for a mini PC that is capable of running ChromiumOS, Ubuntu LTS, and Android TV operating systems, you may be interested in a new mini desktop computer system that has been created by Dylan Callahan. The Fancy mini PC is a “handcrafted personal computer” that is now available to purchase price to $225 plus shipping and is powered by a Quad Core x86 2.0 Ghz processor supported by 4K AMD Radeon graphics that is supported by 4GB of DDR3 RAM.

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  • Linksys Sees Value Open Source Market for WRT Wireless Routers
    The wireless router world remains safe for open source -- at least for users of certain Linksys Wi-Fi devices, which will still allow the installation of open source firmware like DD-WRT after new FCC rules take effect next week. Here's the back story: Last fall, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) introduced new regulations that required device manufacturers to ensure "that third parties are not able to reprogram the device to operate outside the parameters for which the device was certified." Those rules go into effect June 2.
  • Keynote: How Enterprises are Leveraging Open Source Analytics Platforms
    In this Keynote, Luciano Resende, Architect, Spark Technology Center at IBM, will showcase Open source Analytic platforms. Luciano will also discuss how they are being leveraged by different organizations to upend their competition, as well as enable new use cases.
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  • An open source toolbox for pure mathematics
    The field of pure mathematics has always depended on computers to make tables, prove theorems and explore new theories. Today, computer aided experiments and the use of databases relying on computer calculations are part of the pure mathematician's standard toolbox. In fact, these tools have become so important that some areas of mathematics are now completely dependent on them.
  • Asa Dotzler: My New Role @ Mozilla
    After a couple of years working on Mozilla’s mobile operating system project, I’m coming back to Firefox! I’ll be doing some familiar things and some new things. My official title is Product Manager, Firefox Roadmap and Community. What that means, first and foremost, is that I’ll be returning as our storyteller, making sure that we’re communicating regularly about where Firefox is heading, and that we’re fully engaged with Firefox users, fans, and contributors.

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