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Lots of exciting updates coming to the free & open source RPG Veloren

By nwildner,
Veloren, the free and open source action-adventure role-playing voxel game made in Rust keeps evolving. Since its last public v0.15 release in July 2023, much has changed and lots of improvements were made so far.

The future has arrived - KDE Plasma 6 desktop released

By Liam Dawe,
The KDE team announced "MegaRelease 6", a big upgrade that includes Plasma 6, Frameworks 6 and Gear 24.02 with tons of improvements to this popular desktop environment that's used on the Steam Deck for Desktop Mode.

Nintendo goes after Switch emulator yuzu in new lawsuit

By Liam Dawe,
Well, here we go. Nintendo have formally filed a lawsuit against the creators of the popular open source Switch emulator yuzu.

PC and handheld gaming with Linux levels up with Bazzite v2.3.0

By Liam Dawe,
Bazzite version 2.3.0 has been released, and it should make installing it a whole lot easier across different devices from PCs to handhelds. The developers think it's the "next generation of Linux Gaming".

Free and open source evolution sim Thrive gets big new gameplay features in v0.6.5

By Liam Dawe,
Thrive is a free and open source evolution sim from Revolutionary Games Studio that's currently in-development, and a new release has rolled out with v0.6.5 bringing some gameplay additions.

Proton Experimental updated with Proton 9 - adds fixes for Helldivers 2 and more

By Liam Dawe,
Now that the testing is open for Proton 9, Valve have now updated Proton Experimental to move over to Proton 9 along with a bunch of extra game fixes for Steam Deck / Linux.

Wine 9.3 out now with Internet Proxy support improvements, New HID pointer device driver

By Liam Dawe,
Wine 9.3 has landed as another early development release of the Windows compatibility layer on the road to Wine 10 next year. Here's the highlights of what's changed.

Proton 9.0 now in Beta with improved game compatibility for Steam Deck / Linux

By Liam Dawe,
Valve announced that Proton 9.0 is now available for testing, with lots of game compatibility improvements for Steam Deck and Desktop Linux thanks to it now being based on the recent Wine 9.0 release.

Discord Overlay for Linux v0.7.0 should improve idling and on battery power

By Liam Dawe,
Discover, not to be confused with the KDE Discover software store, is a Discord overlay for Linux and the first update in a while is out now with version 0.7.0.

Cross-platform development library SDL3 gets a Vulkan Renderer and camera API

By Liam Dawe,
With development work ongoing for SDL3, some recent exciting improvements include a Vulkan Render backend and a camera API.

The Force Engine for classic Star Wars: Dark Forces now on Flathub

By Liam Dawe,
Want an easy way to get The Force Engine on Linux to play Star Wars: Dark Forces (and eventually Outlaws too)? Well, now it's available on Flathub.

Free Stars: The Ur-Quan Masters (open source Star Control 2) now available on Steam

By Liam Dawe,
Free Stars: The Ur-Quan Masters, which is an open source version of the classic Star Control 2, has managed to get a Steam release from Pistol Shrimp Games.

Valve open sourced Steam Audio including the SDK and Plugins

By Liam Dawe,
Steam Audio is a full-featured audio solution for game developers, and now anyone can pretty much do anything with it as Valve has made it entirely open source.

There's a new Godot Engine addon to simplify testing on Steam Deck

By Liam Dawe,
For game developers using or looking at using Godot Engine, you may want to check out the Godot 4 DeployToSteamOS addon which gives you a one-click method to test your games on Steam Deck.

EmulationStation Desktop Edition (ES-DE) gets new default look and different font sizes

By Liam Dawe,
EmulationStation Desktop Edition 3.0 is out now and it's gone through a rebrand to simply ES-DE, plus a whole bunch of improvements come with this release.

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition gets performance improvements, HDR-bloom, bug fixes

By Liam Dawe,
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is still amazingly being updated, although not directly by Beamdog with the community now helping out for fun. There's also more of it now open source.

Apple M1 gets OpenGL 4.6 and OpenGL ES 3.2 support on Linux

By Liam Dawe,
Developer Alyssa Rosenzweig announced in a blog post that support for the Apple M1 has been improved, with the latest updates bringing full conformant OpenGL 4.6 on the M1.

DOSBox Staging 0.81.0 out now with new CRT shaders and lots of graphics improvements

By Liam Dawe,
DOSBox Staging is a modern continuation of DOSBox with advanced features and modern development practices, giving you the great compatibility of classic games with plenty of extras. A new release is available with DOSBox Staging 0.81.0 and it brings with it quite a number of changes to improve a whole lot of games.

Bazzite Linux adds support for the Lenovo Legion Go handheld

By Liam Dawe,
Want to get Linux on your Lenovo Legion Go? Bazzite Linux was recently updated and now should be feature complete for the Legion Go so you can get a more SteamOS-like experience for it just like the Steam Deck.

GE-Proton 8-31 and 8-32 bring fixes for Helldivers 2, Dark and Darker, Agarest

By Liam Dawe,
Two new versions of GE-Proton have been released pulling in some extra fixes for various games for Steam Deck / Linux, so here's what's new and improved.
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