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Open source game manager Lutris sees the big 0.5.8 release out now

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Keeping your games together from different services and stores can be a breeze with the likes of Lutris, a free and open source game launcher and manager. Regular readers will know it well, and we covered the recent Release Candidate build last week, with the good news being it stable enough for everyone now and so it has been released.

A quick reminder of the 0.5.8 highlights from our last article:

  • Much improved integration with the Lutris website
  • Games from 3rd party services no longer depend on a Lutris website install script
  • Steam games are now loaded from the Steam API
  • You can download extras from GOG as part of the install process
  • The overall Lutris app design has been improved
  • There's a new Favourites section, so you can add titles to it for a quick and easy selection
  • Lutris runners can now be written in JSON instead of Python code
  • + lots more

The full change can be found here.

It's come a long way since the early builds, where it offered a really simple list interface and didn't really do a whole lot other than list your games. Now though it's practically spilling over the sides with all sorts of helpful tweaks to allow you to get the most out of your gaming on Linux. Bringing together Steam, GOG, Humble and installers from elsewhere all under one roof. There's plenty of areas Lutris still needs to improve but it's coming together.

You can find out more on the Lutris website.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: Apps, Open Source, Update | Apps: Lutris
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rcgamer 16 Nov
Nice, speaking of Lutris you can now watch blu-ray with Leawo through it. I just installed it last night and played several and they all worked. You can't use the menus and it works best in fullscreen. I'll be updating in a few.
slaapliedje 16 Nov
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Quoting: rcgamerNice, speaking of Lutris you can now watch blu-ray with Leawo through it. I just installed it last night and played several and they all worked. You can't use the menus and it works best in fullscreen. I'll be updating in a few.
Now that is interesting. Considering blurays require HDCP... my method has been with libraries from Makemkv and use VLC.
Niw what we need is a screen viewing app for the Index so I can watch blurays in VR in Linux!
About Lutris. It is amusing to me that it is one of the few packages that is in the Pop OS repositories but not in Ubuntu's! I am hoping they get into the Debian repos at some point, as you still need to add the OBS repo for it.
rcgamer 16 Nov
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: rcgamerNice, speaking of Lutris you can now watch blu-ray with Leawo through it. I just installed it last night and played several and they all worked. You can't use the menus and it works best in fullscreen. I'll be updating in a few.
Now that is interesting. Considering blurays require HDCP... my method has been with libraries from Makemkv and use VLC.
Niw what we need is a screen viewing app for the Index so I can watch blurays in VR in Linux!
About Lutris. It is amusing to me that it is one of the few packages that is in the Pop OS repositories but not in Ubuntu's! I am hoping they get into the Debian repos at some point, as you still need to add the OBS repo for it.

I just used Lutris 5.21-2 as the wine version and enable DXVK/VK3D. Well, I installed it with the newest wine dev but that didn't work so I changed it to Lutris 5.21-2. I wish I could install Java Runtime to see if the menus would work but nothing has worked to get it installed yet.
dubigrasu 16 Nov
Wow, Cedega :) I haven't seen that name in a loong time.
I remember a Mandriva release from 2006 or so, that had Cedega and Flatout preinstalled, it ran quite well.
ugly 21 Nov
Quoting: rcgamerNice, speaking of Lutris you can now watch blu-ray with Leawo through it. I just installed it last night and played several and they all worked. You can't use the menus and it works best in fullscreen. I'll be updating in a few.

You can play blu-ray using VLC or Kodi as well.

https://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=176924
whizse 21 Nov
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Quoting: slaapliedjeI am hoping they get into the Debian repos at some point, as you still need to add the OBS repo for it.
Possibly you already know this, but it's packaged (together with goverlay, vkbasalt and mangohud) but currently waiting for a sponsor to upload:
https://mentors.debian.net/package/lutris/
rcgamer 22 Nov
Quoting: ugly
Quoting: rcgamerNice, speaking of Lutris you can now watch blu-ray with Leawo through it. I just installed it last night and played several and they all worked. You can't use the menus and it works best in fullscreen. I'll be updating in a few.

You can play blu-ray using VLC or Kodi as well.

https://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=176924

Not sure about Kodi but with VLC it's hit or miss. Every Bluray I have tried with Leavo has worked so far.
ugly 22 Nov
Quoting: rcgamer
Quoting: ugly
Quoting: rcgamerNice, speaking of Lutris you can now watch blu-ray with Leawo through it. I just installed it last night and played several and they all worked. You can't use the menus and it works best in fullscreen. I'll be updating in a few.

You can play blu-ray using VLC or Kodi as well.

https://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=176924

Not sure about Kodi but with VLC it's hit or miss. Every Bluray I have tried with Leavo has worked so far.
Well, whether you use Kodi or VLC it doesn't make much of a difference because you're relying on the AACs and other decryption. The player just pretty much handles the playback. Although, I find Kodi to perform a bit better.

I remember before I would just use the KEYDB.cfg file and it was a bit hit or miss. But with a few extra steps that are in the link I posted, I now have most of them working (I think it seems to be 20th Centry FOX discs that have problems). But I think there are most steps in that link that can be done to resolve those issues.

I remember trying Leawo when I used Windows. It was okay as a free alternative, but I remember it has issues, particularly with the menus, but that was at least 5 years ago I tried it. On Windows, CyberDVD I think was the best in terms of compatibility but was terrible software in general, and I don't think it works through WINE.

It is good to know that there is another alternative. So I might test out Leawo. I did a quick search on the Lutris site and didn't find an installer listed. Do you have a link to it?
rcgamer 22 Nov
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Quoting: rcgamer
Quoting: ugly
Quoting: rcgamerNice, speaking of Lutris you can now watch blu-ray with Leawo through it. I just installed it last night and played several and they all worked. You can't use the menus and it works best in fullscreen. I'll be updating in a few.

You can play blu-ray using VLC or Kodi as well.

https://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=176924

Not sure about Kodi but with VLC it's hit or miss. Every Bluray I have tried with Leavo has worked so far.
Well, whether you use Kodi or VLC it doesn't make much of a difference because you're relying on the AACs and other decryption. The player just pretty much handles the playback. Although, I find Kodi to perform a bit better.

I remember before I would just use the KEYDB.cfg file and it was a bit hit or miss. But with a few extra steps that are in the link I posted, I now have most of them working (I think it seems to be 20th Centry FOX discs that have problems). But I think there are most steps in that link that can be done to resolve those issues.

I remember trying Leawo when I used Windows. It was okay as a free alternative, but I remember it has issues, particularly with the menus, but that was at least 5 years ago I tried it. On Windows, CyberDVD I think was the best in terms of compatibility but was terrible software in general, and I don't think it works through WINE.

It is good to know that there is another alternative. So I might test out Leawo. I did a quick search on the Lutris site and didn't find an installer listed. Do you have a link to it?

You have to manually install it. I just used lutris 5-7-11 in runner options. enable esync (not sure if its absolutely necessary). To get the movie to play correctly double tap screen to go fullscreen and double tap again to go to normal size and it will look right.

You can also try with the lutris version I used in my other post. I was doing some distro hopping and just reinstalled Leavo after your post reminded me I hadn't yet.


Last edited by rcgamer on 22 November 2020 at 1:42 am UTC
slaapliedje 22 Nov
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Quoting: whizse
Quoting: slaapliedjeI am hoping they get into the Debian repos at some point, as you still need to add the OBS repo for it.
Possibly you already know this, but it's packaged (together with goverlay, vkbasalt and mangohud) but currently waiting for a sponsor to upload:
https://mentors.debian.net/package/lutris/
I did not know that, thanks!
It is funny, on my Thinkpad p52, I tend to use Pop OS as there are some nice conveniences with how they set up the nvidia optimus stuff. But I always end up going back to Debian on my main system. But System76 is doing some awesome work on their distro, and including Lutris in the repos and removing snap are just two of the other ones.
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