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Athenaeum, the FOSS game launcher and updater has a big new release

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Athenaeum, which is described as a "libre replacement for Steam" by the developer just recently had a big new release out.

Okay, so what exactly does it do? It's basically a front-end for Flathub and so all games are installed using Flatpak. Quite a handy application though, a little nicer than using the command-line or browsing the Flathub website directly. It may eventually grow into something bigger but for now it seems to do the basic job of managing FOSS games quite nicely.


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The 1.0 release comes with some new bits and pieces:

  • A completely new User Interface with multiple different screens.
  • An expanded search functionality with filtering by tags.
  • A recommendation engine to provide recommendations on startup based on games you have installed, and recommendations for games you are viewing in the browse area.
  • Preliminary work on multi OS support.
  • Install popup modal to inform you of game size before proceeding.

I'll be following this project along a little more closely now, will be fun to see it continue to grow.

You can see more about it on GitLab and install the application itself from Flathub.

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Nanobang 2 October 2019 at 1:28 pm UTC
I saw the phrases "FOSS game launcher" and "replacement for Steam" and I thought I was going to read about how Athenaeum was a FOSS Steam client replacement! It's not, I can see now. But I'm a bit unclear about what it is or is meant to be.

Is it meant to be a game management project but strictly for FOSS titles, is that right? And currently it's limited to FOSS titles only found in Flathub's Games section?

I'm not going to sign up to GitLabs just for this, so I hope someone else will point this out to the dev. Athenaeum might be called a "Steam-like game launcher for FOSS games," or "A FOSS-only game management tool" or any plethora of other things which would be equally descriptive and really spotlight its role promoting FOSS games.

But it's not a "replacement for Steam." And it does itself a disservice advertising itself as such. There isn't a FOSS-specific game launcher---that I'm aware of, at least---and Athenaeum could do so much to promote those projects. In fact, I'm going to go ahead and say Athenaeum is going to do so much to promote the world of FOSS games, but it's got to start by not calling itself "a replacement for Steam."


Last edited by Nanobang on 2 October 2019 at 1:31 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy 3 October 2019 at 12:33 am UTC
Huh. Potentially interesting I guess, but my "replacement for Steam" for FOSS games is called "My distro's repository" and the "software manager" GUI thing.
Eike 3 October 2019 at 7:50 am UTC
Purple Library GuyHuh. Potentially interesting I guess, but my "replacement for Steam" for FOSS games is called "My distro's repository" and the "software manager" GUI thing.

I don't know software managers to put software into own categories or such. (I think there are some to at least site a screenshot?)
Purple Library Guy 3 October 2019 at 8:08 am UTC
Eike
Purple Library GuyHuh. Potentially interesting I guess, but my "replacement for Steam" for FOSS games is called "My distro's repository" and the "software manager" GUI thing.

I don't know software managers to put software into own categories or such. (I think there are some to at least site a screenshot?)
I use Mint. Its software manager does categories, at least in terms of "Games" vs "Office" vs "Graphics" or suchlike. It doesn't have subcategories of games, but there aren't enough FOSS games for me to really need to worry about that. Well, not enough working FOSS games that I want to install for me to need to worry about that, anyway . . .
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