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Lutris Open Gaming Platform New Release

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Lutris is an interesting open source application to help you manage your games from different sources, and they have released a fresh batch of builds.

It's an interesting project, but is something so general to try to cover everything needed? I can understand the reasoning of wanting to have all your games to launch in one place, so it will be fun to see where the project goes.

On the menu today is version 0.3.5 and it's an interesting one, but not for big fancy new features, but for spit and polish.
QuoteIts a couple months late but it's finally here! Lutris 0.3.5! So what's new? What took so long? Well, feature wise, not that much is new. We took what we had in Lutris 0.3.4 and made it better: lots of testing went into this release and we tried to fix any annoyances we could find. The goal was to build solid foundations for things to come, and believe me when I say there are lots of them!


Have you tried it? Let us know what you think it's like.

Official About
Lutris is an open gaming platform for GNU/Linux. It aims at supporting as many games as possible thanks to emulators and providing a simple and reliable experience when installing games.

The project combines the lutris.net website, a Linux client and game runners which are provided by your distribution or by Lutris itself.
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Izberion 13 September 2014 at 7:29 pm UTC
I remember looking at this when I first picked up Linux, but never tried it. Just installed it. Getting errors because of GTK: Gtk-CRITICAL **: gtk_show_uri: assertion 'uri != NULL' failed

Don't know what it means since I use KDE.
gojul 13 September 2014 at 7:59 pm UTC
Hi,

This is a message which could normally be ignored, but well, in some cases... You should give them a bug report.
Xodetaetl 13 September 2014 at 8:05 pm UTC
No need for a bug report, we're here. (I mean the Lutris team)
Izberion, you can still use the program, right? What's your distro?
NothingMuchHereToSay 13 September 2014 at 9:59 pm UTC
Xodetaetl, Is it possible to have actual icons over the black sphere in Lutris?
FutureSuture 13 September 2014 at 10:45 pm UTC
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QuoteI can understand the reasoning of wanting to have all your games to launch in one place, so it will be fun to see where the project goes.
I understand the reasoning as well. One would be shocked at just how many people want to buy their games from Steam or a place that sells games redeemable through Steam just to have them all in one place. Then again, you can already launch games not bought on Steam through Steam as well but that has not persuaded the aforementioned people from purchasing games not redeemable on Steam, strangely.
ntfwc 13 September 2014 at 11:19 pm UTC
This is interesting. I've been wondering if there were existing console-like interface projects out there. Recently I've been working on, and playing with, my own solution, using Zenity for starters. It simply maps list items to commands. Since it is so general, it has the benefit of allowing me to map to a command that runs the interface again with sublists, or even a completely different interface. For gamepad control, I use rejoystick. My stuff certainly doesn't look this nice.

One thing I like about my solution is that it is minimal. It runs in its own session and the program simply returns the command corresponding to the selected item (or nothing if the user canceled out). This allows me to kill the window manager (matchbox) and the command handles everything the game needs. So if the game doesn't need a window manager or compositor, those things are not run. On my laptop, being able to have a dedicated session like that makes Little Inferno, for example, much more playable. Otherwise, with the full desktop environment and compositor running, the game rubberbands. Of course, this means you can only run one thing at a time, but an uninterruptable gaming experience can be desirable. Right now I've got it working with all my native and emulated games. I would gladly replace it with something nicer looking, if I could get it to work the same.
pd12 14 September 2014 at 5:12 am UTC
I've always wanted something like this!! The added convenience is soooo good!
I don't play a lot of my games on Desura because I don't usually open it and have Steam open if I want to game! =/

(It's like the convenience of not dual-booting to Windows to play my Windows games - I now only dual-boot for Star Citizen which will hopefully have a Linux build soon =P)
Xodetaetl 14 September 2014 at 5:31 am UTC
NothingMuchHereToSayXodetaetl, Is it possible to have actual icons over the black sphere in Lutris?
There's no feature to hand pick icons yet, but you can put your own icons in ~/.local/share/icons/hicolor/32x32/apps/ named "lutris_<game id>", or if it's just for a couple games you can give me the names and I'll add them on the server.

@ntfwc: Lutris can launch games without the GUI using the "lutris lutris:<game id>" command.
Your solution sounds interesting, but probably not suitable for all the things we want to do.
Izberion 14 September 2014 at 5:50 am UTC
XodetaetlNo need for a bug report, we're here. (I mean the Lutris team)
Izberion, you can still use the program, right? What's your distro?
I can open it, connect, and change the settings. But when I try to manually add a game I get the GTK errors. This is on Debian Jessie KDE. It's definitely my system though. I really only have one other GTK program installed (Pithos) and I'm getting similar errors from that, though it works.
GoCorinthians 14 September 2014 at 6:18 am UTC
nooooooooope...STEAM FTW!
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