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Proton GE compatibility layer has a big new release up

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Proton GE, the community-built fork of the Proton compatibility layer for Linux has a big new release out.

Need a quick reminder? Wine is a compatibility layer that can help to run Windows apps and games on Linux. Valve have their own version called Proton which is included with the Linux Steam Client in Steam Play, and Proton GE is a special version of it built by user "GloriousEggroll". Why use it? You might find certain games need adjustments not currently in the official Proton and Proton GE can make them run "out of the box".

Proton-5.9-GE-3-ST is the brand new release aimed to now be the stable Proton GE release. It pulls in tons of fixes to help various Windows games run on Linux including GTA V, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Planet Zoo, Jurassic World: Evolution, Origin client fixes and much more.

You can find the release on GitHub. If you wish to install it into Steam, the process is quite simple as Steam auto-detects new tools added for Steam Play as long as you put them in the right folder. For normal Steam use you can download the release build of Proton GE (Proton-5.9-GE-3-ST.tar.gz) and extract it into here:

~/.steam/root/compatibilitytools.d/Create the folder if it doesn't exist.

Then reboot Steam for it to show up as an option to force on a game. More info on the Proton GE GitHub.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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elmapul 7 Jul
ok, i cant find their issue tracker...
Nanobang 7 Jul
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: NanobangLiam, I'd like to suggest adding this, whole-cloth, to your already existing Proton/SteamPlay primer. This article was exactly the kind of concise-but-clear info someone like me wonders about. Really excellent work!
We have a dedicated page, which links to a proper guide ;)

Do please consider adding this to your excellent beginner's guide? (I called it your primer, but this is what I was thinking of :))


Last edited by Nanobang on 7 July 2020 at 12:33 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 7 Jul
That guide is supposed to be simple though, if we start loading it up with Proton GE and all sorts it defeats the purpose. Additionally, it already mentions Wine anyway.
Quoting: Patola
Quoting: Comandante ÑoñardoI wonder why there are more improvements in PROTON GE than in the official PROTON, which wasn't updated in about a month...
That's quite simple. Because some of these improvements make some games work, and a few games work better, but break other games. Official Proton can't have this. It has to have the least number of failed games possible and can't tolerate regressions. It has to adopt a conservative approach to be useful.

I know, but... a month without improvements or a new release candidate for public testings?
Patola 8 Jul
Quoting: Comandante Ñoñardo
Quoting: Patola
Quoting: Comandante ÑoñardoI wonder why there are more improvements in PROTON GE than in the official PROTON, which wasn't updated in about a month...
That's quite simple. Because some of these improvements make some games work, and a few games work better, but break other games. Official Proton can't have this. It has to have the least number of failed games possible and can't tolerate regressions. It has to adopt a conservative approach to be useful.

I know, but... a month without improvements or a new release candidate for public testings?
I can't possibly know for sure, but the wine releases between 5.7 and 5.10 presented a considerable amount of refactorings and regressions; it might be that it's taking some time for Valve to backport the refactorings and code and prevent the regressions. And there are the subsystems that are being tested in builds like Proton-GE, which they might be testing for stability until they can import into official Proton. Anyway, from I can see in repository activities, when we get a new release we might see great new additions.
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