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Lutris game launcher has a huge new Beta update out for testing

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Lutris is the impressive all-in-one solution for managing games on Linux, bundling tons of sources of Linux releases from different stores under one roof as well as emulators, compatibility layers and more.

Just recently on October 19 they put up the Beta of the new 0.5.8 release, and it includes some pretty huge changes and improvements all across the application. The way it actually works under the hood has been completely changed in many ways, along with the way you add games to it.

Instead of manually importing games, it now attempts to sync up with your library across other stores like GOG, Humble and Steam. Adding games from the Lutris website using their scripts to set things up is also now in its own section, just called Lutris and it no longer depends on having install scripts for 3rd party services as Lutris will now run stuff with an "auto-generated" script but scripts on the Lutris database will take precedence if available.

Actual installers have changed too and they now give a choice between downloading the files needed, or custom provided files and game banners and icons are now downloaded directly from the services linked. When installing from GOG for example, it will now attempt to pick up bonus content like soundtracks and manuals and offer to download them too when you pick a game. For people writing runners, the scripts that used to support all the different way to run games, you can now write them in JSON instead of Python, which opens it open to even more people although that way only covers simple methods but some of their runners have already moved over to JSON like dgen, ppsspp, citra, ags, virtualjaguar.

Lots of UI changes to make it cleaner, like the big sidebar moving to a smaller sleeker section at the bottom as shown above with the platform details and play button. There's also now a Favourites section, so you can set a few of your favourites to have them in a dedicated area.

Since this is a Beta, keep in mind there will be bugs but what they're doing with it really does sound good. Once the issues are ironed out, and Lutris 0.5.8 is released in full it should be a big improvement.

See the release notes and download from GitHub. See more on the official site.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: Apps, Beta, Open Source | Apps: Lutris
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dpanter 20 Oct
Earlier versions had game library sync as well, a feature I'm desperate to avoid.
I don't use Lutris as a main game manager. For my current use case, I only want Lutris to have the specific games I manually add. Really hope they didn't fudge this up.
Liam Dawe 20 Oct
Quoting: dpanterEarlier versions had game library sync as well, a feature I'm desperate to avoid.
I don't use Lutris as a main game manager. For my current use case, I only want Lutris to have the specific games I manually add. Really hope they didn't fudge this up.
There should be nothing stopping you manually adding games as normal, looks like it's all still there. Search for game, add, done.
aokami 20 Oct
They delibaretaly kept wine version 5.7 and back port some fixes because recent wine versions introduced regressions. I carefully check the news on the discord server but nothing to report yet, would anyone happen to know the specifics about this?
dpanter 20 Oct
Quoting: Liam DaweThere should be nothing stopping you manually adding games as normal
I'm not expecting anything else in that regard. My concern regards automatic syncing of game libraries from Humble/GOG/Steam etc. without my consent. The wording in the article suggests a higher level of automation than previous Lutris versions.
Quoting: dpanter
Quoting: Liam DaweThere should be nothing stopping you manually adding games as normal
I'm not expecting anything else in that regard. My concern regards automatic syncing of game libraries from Humble/GOG/Steam etc. without my consent. The wording in the article suggests a higher level of automation than previous Lutris versions.

If you do not give your GOG/Steam/Humble credentials to Lutris, it will not sync.
Major advantage to sync: Lutris will download directly game from provider when you will launch a script installer.
dpanter 20 Oct
Quoting: legluondunetMajor advantage to sync: Lutris will download directly game from provider when you will launch a script installer.

But that isn't what syncing is, that's importing from a connected account. Connecting an account is not the same as syncing this accounts game library.

Adding account, adding manual games, having the games download via the account, all great things.

Automatically adding every game in the connected account is NOT fine. I absolutely do not want this! Any chance I can get confirmation on this before updating Lutris and finding out for myself?
ShinyaOsen 20 Oct
Quoting: aokamiThey delibaretaly kept wine version 5.7 and back port some fixes because recent wine versions introduced regressions. I carefully check the news on the discord server but nothing to report yet, would anyone happen to know the specifics about this?

I think this is what you're looking for https://github.com/lutris/wine/issues/34#issuecomment-693937620
Liam Dawe 20 Oct
Testing the GOG account system, all GOG games now show. However, you can (like with Steam), set it to show only installed items. Unless I am missing it, there doesn't seem to be a way to connect an account without syncing.

Out of curiosity, what's your issue with syncing?
Nezchan 20 Oct
QuoteInstead of manually importing games, it now attempts to sync up with your library across other stores like GOG, Humble and Steam.

So...still no Itch integration, then?
Li0NeT 20 Oct
Waiting to itch.io support too
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