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Ethan Lee, the programmer responsible for creating the FNA project along with porting 40+ titles to Linux is going to put FNA into 'maintenance mode indefinitely' and hopefully work on Steam Play's Proton with Valve.

This won't come as a shock to anyone who read our previous article, the one where we spoke to Ethan Lee about his thoughts on Steam Play. To save you clicking around (still a great read though), he said this in it:

[…] I would really like to spend the time that used to be on FNA and maybe try to work as an official Proton developer, if somebody lets me do that.

Shortly after our article went up, Lee sent out a Twitter post hinting at it for those who didn't see my comments in the previous article. So it looks like our little chat helped push this forwards.

In his lengthy post on Google+, he did expand on what his plans are for it this time:

As for what's next, I'm still in the mood to save old games, so I'm currently figuring out a deal to work on Proton as an official developer alongside my usual Linux-native work. If we do figure something out (a bunch of background stuff has to happen before we get the paperwork drafted, let alone signed), I'm going to be working on Wine's migration to FAudio as well as Wine's .NET support, which should help out a lot with games that have C#-based launcher programs.

Personally, I couldn't be happier if it means another proven developer is able to get their hands even dirtier to improve Linux gaming with Steam Play's Proton.

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Nezchan 2 Oct, 2018
lunix
GuestBest news since Proton was announced! This means playable Skyrim at last! My favourite game of all time!

Skyrim is playable on linux(with wine) for a very long time. I'm playing it for 2 years.

Just don't do any quests that involve going underwater.
Mountain Man 2 Oct, 2018
jarhead_h
dibzBetter .Net support would be HUGE for Wine, it's the bane of any linux user's winesperience. That and old windows kernel-level DRM, anyway.

Right now there are bunch of .net games that run on WINE that don't run on Proton. Arkham Asylum and Arkham Knight spring to mind.

There are various "hacks" to get .net to install in Proton, but I've not had any success with them.
Mountain Man 2 Oct, 2018
Kels
lunix
GuestBest news since Proton was announced! This means playable Skyrim at last! My favourite game of all time!

Skyrim is playable on linux(with wine) for a very long time. I'm playing it for 2 years.

Just don't do any quests that involve going underwater.

That's actually a common Skyrim bug that has plagued many Windows gamers for years. You can solve it by modifying a configuration file, but it has the unfortunate side effect of removing all underwater shaders.
gojul 2 Oct, 2018
Skyrim is perfectly playable on Proton but with crackling sound. Also you need to terminate it with kill -9 as normal quit results in a zombie process.

Got the underwater bug. Applying the workaround did the trick (there's a mandatory episode underwater with the thief guild mission). Did not remark the shader bug.

Did not try the SE.


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Geppeto35 2 Oct, 2018
gojulSkyrim is perfectly playable on Proton but with crackling sound. Also you need to terminate it with kill -9 as normal quit results in a zombie process.

Got the underwater bug. Applying the workaround did the trick (there's a mandatory episode underwater with the thief guild mission). Did not remark the shader bug.

Did not try the SE.
we can't accept that games "works" with bugs, workaround, fixes, etc...
How to attract new users and players on linux if they have to code, tricks etc. just to play a very common and old games as Skyrim?? My son of 13 want to play Skyrim SE, subnautica, etc. I have to spend hours to find that or this trick so he can play them. It's not an acceptable situation.

I hope we, as a community, would be more require about our OS and its ability to manage gaming. Stop telling that "it works well...hummm...with that fix, that tricks, without going underwater, accepting that shaders are off, ...".

Long life to proton, ethan, feral, etc...
Nevertheless 2 Oct, 2018
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Quoteshould help out a lot with games that have C#-based launcher programs

Oh yeah, They Are Billions maybe ?

It's more like "there are billions of games with .NET problems..." ;-)
Well ok, there are quite a few..
It's great to have someone like him working on Proton!
skinnyraf 2 Oct, 2018
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gojulSkyrim is perfectly playable on Proton but with crackling sound. Also you need to terminate it with kill -9 as normal quit results in a zombie process.

Got the underwater bug. Applying the workaround did the trick (there's a mandatory episode underwater with the thief guild mission). Did not remark the shader bug.


This does not describe a "perfectly playable game". This describes a game with annoying issues - many people are very sensitive to audio glitches, more than to video glitches.
Arehandoro 2 Oct, 2018
Come on GabeN, sign that contract for Ethan already!
Nanobang 2 Oct, 2018
dibzBetter .Net support would be HUGE for Wine, it's the bane of any linux user's winesperience. That and old windows kernel-level DRM, anyway.

Bonus XP for the word "winesperience."

XD


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lunix 2 Oct, 2018
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lunix
GuestBest news since Proton was announced! This means playable Skyrim at last! My favourite game of all time!

Skyrim is playable on linux(with wine) for a very long time. I'm playing it for 2 years.

For you. Many people, myself included, have serious sound issues and those sound issues also break scripting.

Have you tried using the latest ubuntu?
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