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Apparently we missed the weekend and didn't ask you for your latest recommendations? Let's fix that. What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?

For me personally, I've actually been doing something a little different. Since my 32nd birthday is coming up soon on July 30, I picked up a Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB model) and what a wonderful little device it is. I can finally join the world of tiny computers! Using the full Raspberry Pi 4 Desktop Kit, it couldn't have been any easier and what a joy it was to get going.

Snap it together into the little case, plug it in with the SD card that came with the 'NOOBS' installer so there's absolutely no fuss. Okay, that's a small lie, there was a tiny bit of fuss with KODI having a really slow mouse which was solvable by adding "usbhid.mousepoll=0" to the end of "/boot/config.txt".

Without much fuss then it was up and running—yes that's Halo: Reach with Steam Play Proton being streamed from a Manjaro desktop to the Raspberry Pi. Glorious. I also need to one day invest in a better camera but priorities…

So as you might expect, I've been testing out a lot of games with the Steam Link from my Linux desktop to my new Linux-powered Raspberry Pi 4 and so far it's handled it like an absolute champ. It's surprising how much better Steam Link works now than the last proper time I tested it, where it was quite rough, now it seems fantastic.

If you're also interested in the Raspberry Pi, Humble have a dedicated Raspberry Pi Book Bundle on until August 10.

Over to you: what have you been gaming on Linux lately? Serve up your recommendations in the comments.

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Ehvis Jul 20, 2020
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I've been spending way too much time building in Satisfactory. First big building done, but still needs some flair.

I've also been going through Beneath a Steel Sky again before diving into its follow-up.
Solarwing Jul 20, 2020
Hey Liam! check this out:
Twister os is a very promising thing and it tempts me to buy raspberry pi 4 8 Gt.As for playing the games I'm on a vacation right now
Nasra Jul 20, 2020
NoManSky, with a new PC, new graphics ;)
Liam Dawe Jul 20, 2020
Quoting: SolarwingHey Liam! check this out:
Thanks for the tip but I don't need my OS to look like another, I'm perfectly happy with the official RPi Debian-based OS on it :)
Ananace Jul 20, 2020
Been still enjoying myself in Star Citizen, the game's undoubtedly still in Alpha, but it's quite nice to play nonetheless.

Played some Stationeers too, a rather nice little game even with the clunky controls.
UnixOutlaw Jul 20, 2020
I'm on my 2nd RPi4B now - saw the 8 GB model release, and couldn't resist...

However - I insist on running 64 bit on these, I've got 4 GB model running elementary 5.1 64 bit (which I'll probably end up switching to a headless server), and an 8 GB model running XFCE 64 bit - trouble is the Steam Link app for arm is only armhf, there's no arm64/aarch64 (I'm also running arm64 Raspbian on my RPi3B headless [pi-hole and openVPN server])

In fact I broke my original 8 GB XFCE install trying to get Steam Link armhf to run on aarch64 (did a series of "sudo apt install [thing]:armhf" to get all the dependancies that steamlink.deb required to install - and then it proceeded to replace ALL of my aarch64/arm64 binaries and libraries with armhf versions)...

No rush - I'll wait and see if a 64 bit release of Steam Link for Raspbian gets released, eventually, I waited 9 months for an "official" 64 bit Raspbian, I can wait... But it wouldn't be that hard surely, there's already a plethora of Single Board Computers out there running 64 bit Linux... Note - 64 bit Raspbian (now rebranded as RaspiOS I believe?) does let you "sudo apt install steamlink", but it doesn't work (and looks like it's trying to trash your system by replacing arm64 staff with armhf)...

Planning on making the 8 GB RPi4 model my portable workstation when Covid 19 isolation is over (getting a NextDock 2)...
Solarwing Jul 20, 2020
Quoting: Liam Dawehanks for the tip but I don't need my OS to look like another, I'm perfectly happy with the official RPi Debian-based OS on it :)

Ok. I understand it. I didn't mean you should install or try it. I just mentioned it for the common knowledge also. It's a good thing to know that this kind of alternative exists:)
Julius Jul 20, 2020
Super annoying though that the Steamlink software for the RasberryPI is incompatible with other SBCs and stuff like the Pinebook Pro. Come one Valve, just release the source code of it :(
chorn Jul 20, 2020
I've also been spending much time with the Raspi4 lately.
Fedora runs out of the box with the plain Fedora kernel!

I also played with the H2C-RPI-B01, an addon board for the Raspi for ~40€, which can grab HDMI. No 1080p@60Hz, also no audio, but does impressive things for the money.

Last edited by chorn on 20 July 2020 at 9:58 am UTC
a0kami Jul 20, 2020
Death standing! :O
Was a pain to cet working ans keep it working.
Proton 5.0-9_ next branch made the 1.0 work flawlessly but 505 Games pushed a 1.01 update on Friday with fresh a 5GB file that breaks the game under proton. (Reverting that file works with the 1.01 executable)
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