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Fast-paced free shooter 'Xonotic' is now available as a Snap

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Xonotic [Official Site], the free and open source fast-paced shooter Xonotic is now available as a Snap package for super easy installation on Linux.

Xonotic isn't actually in the Debian repository, so previously you either had to download and install it manually, or use PlayDeb. The advantage of having it as a Snap, is that Snap support is installed by default in Ubuntu, Solus and Zorin OS so you have access to install it right away. It also means it's kept up to date for you. No adding repositories, no fuss! However, if your distribution doesn't have Snap support (Snaps work across many distributions) installing it is easy.

Xonotic is an addictive, arena-style first person shooter with crisp movement and a wide array of weapons. It combines intuitive mechanics with in-your-face action to elevate your heart rate. Xonotic is and will always be free-to-play. It is available under the copyleft-style GPLv2 license.

You can find it on the Snapcraft website here, but it should also show up in the Ubuntu Software application.

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officernice 5 Jul, 2018
Works fine from AUR. ;) Always hoping for the playerbase to grow for this game.
Xpander 5 Jul, 2018
Don't like snaps, but have played this game again recently with friends. Instagib ftw!
Superb fun and really good music and visuals imo, runs also 200+ FPS most of the time

I just like the standalone package from their homepage, So i can easily put it to where my actual games are.
lucifertdark 5 Jul, 2018
The Standalone package is the way I prefer it too, Snap is staying off my system till they fix it so it can't include Malware.

edit: I should have said earlier, thanks Liam for reminding me about this game, I haven't played it in a while.


Last edited by lucifertdark on 5 July 2018 at 5:28 pm UTC
kyrios 5 Jul, 2018
It's available in the Solus repository. Better use native packages when available !
neurot 5 Jul, 2018
Quoting: lucifertdarkThe Standalone package is the way I prefer it too, Snap is staying off my system till they fix it so it can't include Malware.

edit: I should have said earlier, thanks Liam for reminding me about this game, I haven't played it in a while.

Are you referring to that dude that added the cryptocurrency mining code in with a game?
mcphail 5 Jul, 2018
The snap package seems to work like a charm. Thanks to the original game devs and thanks to the snap packagers.

As for the repetitive "malware" comments, I'm curious which package format for Linux can magically prevent someone from bundling malware? The packager of this particular snap has commit access to the Ubuntu repositories. If he wanted to add malware to a package he could just as easily add it to a trusted deb as to a snap. Indeed, the deb could cause more damage than the snap as it would have full root access.
Phlebiac 6 Jul, 2018
Quoting: kyriosBetter use native packages when available !

Have to agree:

Available Packages
xonotic.x86_64 0.8.2-6.fc28 fedora
Liam Dawe 6 Jul, 2018
Quoting: mcphailThe snap package seems to work like a charm. Thanks to the original game devs and thanks to the snap packagers.

As for the repetitive "malware" comments, I'm curious which package format for Linux can magically prevent someone from bundling malware? The packager of this particular snap has commit access to the Ubuntu repositories. If he wanted to add malware to a package he could just as easily add it to a trusted deb as to a snap. Indeed, the deb could cause more damage than the snap as it would have full root access.
People seem to jump on what happened as a way to diss Snap packages, without thinking on how such a thing could work for literally any type of package.

Edit: Spelling.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 6 July 2018 at 8:42 am UTC
lucifertdark 6 Jul, 2018
Quoting: neurot
Quoting: lucifertdarkThe Standalone package is the way I prefer it too, Snap is staying off my system till they fix it so it can't include Malware.

edit: I should have said earlier, thanks Liam for reminding me about this game, I haven't played it in a while.

Are you referring to that dude that added the cryptocurrency mining code in with a game?
I was, the point is if it happened once it can happen again, next time it might not be something so easily removed.
iiari 6 Jul, 2018
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Is this actually working for anyone? It installs but won't run. That's three straight snap games that haven't worked for me...

As an aside, I'm pretty anti-snap (they're slow and don't theme match), but gaming is one area they make sense, and I look forward to our Snap future for Wine prefixes for titles...
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