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Lutris, the free and open source game manager for installing games on Linux from many stores, has a new version available as work continues to improve Steam Deck support.

While the headline feature from the developer is "Steam Deck support", it's not quite there yet. They've made plenty of steps towards it, but currently there's no Flatpak package that works properly, and so to install you still need to turn off the Deck's read-only filesystem (which we really don't recommend doing). Thankfully, work on the Flatpak is the priority for the next version! Additionally, there's a new "Create Steam shortcut" option to add games from Lutris to Steam so it can be used in Gaming Mode which sounds incredibly useful.

New features include

An expanded "Add Game" box with more options

Support for Origin and Ubisoft Connect. They work the same as their Epic Games Store integration, with it needing to install the Windows clients. Sadly though, for now Humble Store is broken as Humble updated their API so work is needed to re-do that.

Here's some of the other changes:

  • Add a coverart format
  • Download missing media on startup
  • Remove Winesteam runner (install Steam for Windows in Lutris instead)
  • PC (Linux and Windows) games have their own dedicated Nvidia shader cache
  • Add dgvoodoo2 option
  • Add option to enable BattleEye anti-cheat support (for those games that support it on Linux / Proton)
  • Default to Retroarch cores in ~/.config/retroarch/cores if available
  • Add support for downloading patches and DLC for GOG games
  • Add --export and --import command line flags to export a game a lutris game and re-import it (requires --dest for the destination path, feature still experimental)
  • Add command line flags to manage runners: --install-runner, --uninstall-runners, --list-runners, --list-wine-versions
  • Change behaviour of the "Stop" button, remove "Kill all Wine processes" action
  • Gamescope option is now disabled on Nvidia GPUs
  • Enable F-Sync by default

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tuubi 2 Apr
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  • Add support for downloading patches and DLC for GOG games
I don't think Minigalaxy can handle patches yet. In fact, it simply fails to update or install some games lately. I guess I'll give Lutris a try as soon as this new version hits the PPA.
Apart from the Steam deck, is there any advantage from Flatpak packaging VS debian packages ?
Quoting: ssj17vegetaApart from the Steam deck, is there any advantage from Flatpak packaging VS debian packages ?
Flatpak should work on any and all distros and has sandboxing.
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Quoting: ssj17vegetaApart from the Steam deck, is there any advantage from Flatpak packaging VS debian packages ?
Benefits of Flatpak are as follows:

  • Because it ships with all necessary dependencies, it doesn't break when the operating system is updated.

  • Flatpak works on 30+ GNU/Linux distributions, which means packaging is many times more efficient.

  • Developers can package their own software, rather than relying on a third party who may or may not get around to it. And even if they do, they might not package it correctly due to the pressure they're under to get a swath of packages out. The developer cares more and is most familiar with their software. This is how it's done on macOS and Windows, for good reason, but up until now, that's just been too much work for developers. Flatpak makes it much easier.

  • It's trivial for users to upgrade to the latest version if their distribution is behind on the latest version. Upstream will always be faster than downstream.

  • If most distributions rely on Flatpak for most userland software in the future, package maintainers can spend more time on the packages that really do need their attention, namely core software like glibc, gcc, desktop environments, etc.



Flatpak tackles some long-standing distribution issues with GNU/Linux. It's not perfect, but something like it needs to exist in the future in order to deal with these problems that simply don't exist on macOS or Windows.

The downsides are that a lot of developers don't maintain their own Flatpak packages (or one doesn't exist at all), the sandbox is flawed, Flatpaks can introduce issues that didn't exist before due to its complex nature, it may be slower (at least in startup time), and the syntax for the package manager is just not as good as Pacman. Storage space is less of an issue the more Flatpak software you install.
Quoting: pleasereadthemanualFlatpak tackles some long-standing distribution issues with GNU/Linux. It's not perfect, but something like it needs to exist in the future in order to deal with these problems that simply don't exist on macOS or Windows.
or SteamOS
udekmp69 3 Apr
How does the Flathub Beta repo of Lutris work? If I understand it's unofficial but should it work temporarily for Steam Deck users until the official support?

Could be wrong about all of this lol.

Edit: I don't think it works too well from what I can tell out of the box in my experience. I guess it's just going to take time.


Last edited by udekmp69 on 3 April 2022 at 12:59 am UTC
Nitsuga 3 Apr
No Flatpak? Awesome.
I Love flatpak
const 3 Apr
Hardly used Lutris on Desktop. What would be really important for me is that it could store most data on SD. AppImage/Flatpak/MojoInstaller... who cares. As soon as it runs from ~/ I'm eager to try :)
DerpFox 3 Apr
Quoting: pleasereadthemanualFlatpak tackles some long-standing distribution issues with GNU/Linux. It's not perfect, but something like it needs to exist in the future in order to deal with these problems that simply don't exist on macOS or Windows.

So do the "others". And each one of them have their own set of good and wrong. The one I had the least problem with is AppImage, and I don't particularly like it, it has plenty of design problems but each one I tried worked flawlessly. The one I want to try the most is Flatpack but each time I tried it was a huge pain in the ass to set up, didn't understand how I should do it, and it keeps throwing errors at me. Their doc makes it look easy, but when you get errors, you are on your own and good luck to find what they mean. And it seriously lacks a GUI to make installation fast and easy.
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