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Minecraft's Update Aquatic is a huge update to the sandbox builder that's now out, it also brings the new launcher officially to Linux.

The new launcher has a slight text issue, hopefully one that will be solved sometime soon, but it's a vastly improved user experience over the older much uglier launcher. Now you simple download it, extract it and run the "launcher" file. No fuss required.

One of the Minecraft developers actually let me test the launcher early for them, so that was fun. They replied to me again today, to note that they're working on the update mechanics to be able to push smaller updates out more frequently, so small text issues like that can be solved more quickly.

As for the actual content available in this update, it's freaking huge! The ocean got a massive overhaul, along with tons of new aquatic life and other new blocks like: coral, sea pickles, bubble columns, blue ice found from icebergs, tropical fish, turtles, dolphins, a new hostile mob called "the Drowned" which can spawn with a trident, cod, salmon, and pufferfish and so on.

There's also a new swimming animation, underwater ambience sounds, three new pieces of music, your vision will gradually increase the longer you're underwater and so much more!

Full changelog here. Good stuff from Mojang.

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Seegras 23 July 2018 at 1:48 pm UTC
Notch even contemplated (actually, more like promised) to make it open source. And yes, it's been officially available for Linux much longer than any Android/iOS and whatever -versions.
Seegras 23 July 2018 at 1:52 pm UTC
GuppyIt's a git repository, you compile it and run it..
Alright. Tell me which one, and tell me how. I cloned several, and they bork on missing (local!) dependencies upon make. the cmake stage still works.
x_wing 23 July 2018 at 10:20 pm UTC
GuppyThe Android version is the bedrock version of the code, that's the platform they wrote it for originally.

Are you quite done trolling now?

Not trolling, maybe the problem here is that you didn't say: "I'm able to run the Android x86 pocket edition and that's the version I play, which is what we call 'Bedrock' version".
Arthur 25 July 2018 at 9:58 am UTC
Thanks for the info, so should I get the aquatic update when I'm still using the Java launcher, or do I need to upgrade to the new launcher? Not even sure if I want to do this since I'm using a few mods, and I haven't gotten it so far, maybe because I'm using a profile with mods.
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