Here is a look back some of the most popular articles on GamingOnLinux for March 2021, an easy way to for you to keep up to date on what has happened in the past month for Linux gaming, open source and other general Linux news that we cover!
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Here's what was popular with our readers:
- Steam Link app now available for the Linux desktop
- Valve along with their partners at open source consulting firm Collabora have ported over the standalone Steam Link application to the traditional Linux desktop.
- Valheim is just an incredible experience you need to play and Valheim hits 6 million sales, gets a small teaser for a big update and also Get your perfect Valheim world with the map generator
- Valheim. Valheim. Valheim. Do we really need to say more?
- Valve makes further improvements to Steam Link and Remote Play Together
- Along with finally releasing the Linux client of the Steam Link app, Valve has also been making steady improvements to Steam Link and Remote Play Together.
- The tenth Norse world sure is busy as Valheim hits 5 million sold
- Fully expected of course, Valheim continues pulling in masses of new users with the announcement that it's now sold 5 million copies over the first month.
- Loop Hero is out now and I'm going to need help to tear myself away from it
- Loop Hero, probably the only titles I've pre-ordered in the last few years is officially out now and I really will need some help to pull myself away from running just one more loop.
- plus-x is a simple tool to help developers on Windows set Linux permissions for games
- Here's a small and very useful sounding application from game developer Cheeseness. It's called plus-x and the aim is to allow developers on Windows to set the correct permissions on Linux executables.
- Transport Tycoon Deluxe reimplementation OpenTTD has a fresh Beta with OpenGL
- OpenTTD, the free and open source game that's a reimplementation and much enhanced version of Transport Tycoon Deluxe has a big new Beta up with some huge changes.
- Valve gives up on Artifact setting it free with Artifact Classic and Artifact Foundry
- Valve's Dota themed card game Artifact has now well and truly failed, as they've now stopped the 2.0 redevelopment which is now named Artifact Foundry with the original as Artifact Classic and both now free to play.
- Richard Stallman returns to the Free Software Foundation amid calls for FSF resignations
- Back in 2019, Richard Stallman (RMS) resigned from the Free Software Foundation and MIT but it appears Stallman has returned and many are not happy about this. ARTICLE UPDATED 25/03/21.
- Windows 'not an emulator' compatibility tool Wine 6.4 out now
- Not an emulator but a compatibility tool that translates Windows calls into language Linux can understand, Wine 6.4 is officially out now as the latest development release.
- Linux hardware vendor System76 introduces the Thelio Mira desktop
- Out for a brand new desktop from a true Linux vendor? System76 have a little something special announced today with their new Thelio Mira desktop powered by AMD Ryzen and NVIDIA.
- Sofa gaming Linux distro GamerOS version 23 is out continuing to fill the gap of SteamOS
- Filling in the gap left by Valve leaving SteamOS alone, the sofa / couch gaming distribution GamerOS has a brand new release available with the usual great improvements.
- Metro Exodus arrives for Linux on April 14
- Originally released back in 2019, Metro Exodus from 4A Games and Deep Silver now has a launch date for their official Linux build which will land on April 14.
- Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer - Part 1: Dumpster Diving and Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer - Part 2: Selecting a Graphics Card
- Older computing hardware is getting harder and harder to find. What would have been given away just five or ten years ago can now often only be found for inflated prices. So when I noticed an interesting looking beige box ready to be recycled at my local dump, I did not hesitate to rescue it in order to see what was inside.
- The next AMD RDNA 2 card revealed with the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
- AMD has today revealed their next graphics card powered by the RDNA 2 architecture with the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT, which they say is aimed at the "gaming enthusiast looking for maximum settings at 1440p and high-refresh competitive gameplay".
- EVE Online getting a full browser-based version with EVE Anywhere, will work on Linux
- Ready to sink a ton of hours into an MMO but don't have the computing power and / or not working well for you in the Steam Play Proton compatibility layer on Linux? Enter the new EVE Anywhere for EVE Online.
- VKD3D-Proton works towards Ray Tracing, new small Proton Experimental build up
- For those of you with a graphics card capable of Ray Tracing who use the Steam Play Proton compatibility layer we have some good news coming for you.
- Play Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory with the new release of ET: Legacy
- Miss the classic shooter from Splash Damage and id Software? Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory has a modern open source version you can play with ET: Legacy and there's a new release available.
- Portal 2 gets more DXVK Vulkan improvements with another update
- Valve's fantastic first-person puzzle game Portal 2 recently had a huge upgrade that pulled in DXVK giving it Vulkan support, with another update out now to further improve it.
- Direct3D 9-10-11 to Vulkan translation layer DXVK 1.8.1 is out now
- After the 1.8 release of DXVK on February 19, a small 1.8.1 release just went out for this Direct3D 9-10-11 to Vulkan translation layer.
- FOSS racer Yorg has a new release with improved gamepad support
- Top-down open-source racing? Yorg is a little bit like some of the classic Micro Machines games and while rough around the edges as it's in development it's showing promise as another FOSS game.
- Free and open source RTS Warzone 2100 gains Vulkan support in the 4.0 Beta
- Ready for even more open source goodness? The classic real-time strategy game Warzone 2100 is gearing up for a new release with some absolutely huge changes.
- GNOME 40 is out now with the redesigned Activities Overview
- GNOME 40 is out now to showcase the latest Linux desktop environment work from the GNOME Project, which includes a number of feature overhauls and improvements.
- Skullgirls: Annie goes up in Beta along with the Season Pass and a Linux support update
- Ready to beat 'em up? Get ready for a fight as Skullgirls 2nd Encore now has the Annie DLC available in Beta along with the Season Pass and Linux users can get in on the fun.
- Mesa 21.0.0 open source graphics drivers out now
- After much waiting, the latest release of the Mesa graphics stack is out now with tons of improvements to lots of drivers for Linux users and for Linux gaming.
- Godot Engine team grows with another developer now working on rendering
- Godot Engine is definitely going places and the more we hear about this free and open source game engine the more we love it. The team now has another member hired to work on rendering.
We published a total of 166 articles last month! You can see who contributed articles on this page.
A reminder on some interesting new releases:
- Danger Scavenger
- Loop Hero
- Rogue State Revolution
- Spacebase Startopia
- Them's Fightin' Herds
- Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Fates Divided
- X4: Foundations 4.00 update and X4: Cradle of Humanity
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What was your favourite Linux and Gaming news through March 2021?