Hello and welcome to another Sunday Section here on GamingOnLinux, pointing out a few bits we wanted to cover across the week but didn't get time to do so. Grab a coffee and get ready for a little light reading across a few subjects.
A new website recently popped up that rounds up a huge list of various open source, experimental, and tiny tools that might be useful for people making games, websites and more. It's a pretty sweet idea and there's absolutely tons on it to discover.
AMD developer Marek Olšák has proposed a radical redesign of how Linux graphics drivers work. Most people likely won't understand it but the basic idea is that they want to do away with multiple parts that currently increase CPU overhead and latency and replace it all with something simpler and hopefully better.
Super Tux Party, a free and open source party game had Alpha v0.9 released. This adds in a huge amount of improvements across the whole game including: HiDPI support, AI fixes, plenty of UI overhauls, updates to a number of the included mini-games with quality of life improvements to make them more fun and the list goes on.
A huge update to Endless Sky, the free and open source sandbox-style space exploration game is coming, with version 0.9.13 now available for testing. The new update will have over 70 new missions, you can now choose your starting scenario, an overhaul of almost all human outfit images and outfits can now be stored on planets, without needing to install them on a parked ship.
Monster Sanctuary, a great metroidvania with a monster raising twist has a big 1.1 update out now that added in a whole New Game Plus mode. There's also now Casual & Master difficulty modes, new and improved PVP Matchmaking and lots more. You can buy it on the Humble Store or Steam.
Want to learn a little more behind the scenes on game development? The Godot Engine team have another interview up, this time with John Watson about the game Gravity Ace. Nice to see more developers using an open source game engine, and Linux to make their game. Gravity Ace is available on Steam and Itch.io.
The Valheim team are teasing the upcoming Hearth and Home update with some small shots of what to expect. They're not very clear shots but if you zoom you might be able to see some interesting details. Looks like water in a ditch (perhaps buckets to move water?) and a focus on the boots someone is wearing, with perhaps some gold in the corner? Who knows.
Oh, the Troll is also getting a graphical overhaul in Valheim and looks just as terrifying. The second and third boss will also be getting updated looks - with these mob changes due in the next patch.
Are you getting lost in so many messaging applications? Take a look at Ferdi, an open source tool that bundles them all together all under one roof. It has support for loads including: Telegram, Discord, Element, Facebook, Feedly, GitHub, Mastodon and the list just goes on and on.
WorldBox, a 2D sandbox god sim that looks simply hilarious might be coming to Linux officially. The developer has asked on Reddit if you want to see it, so let them know (if you would purchase it!). It gets my vote, looks like an absolute ton of fun!
We hope you all had a great weekend!