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Time for a good brew, some relaxation, perhaps a little gaming and our Sunday roundup of interesting happening within the Linux and gaming sphere.


Good news for fans of streamlined 4x strategy games, as Dominus Galaxia just managed to scrape by the goal on Kickstarter. Covered here earlier in the month, with a goal of CA$20K it just hit a little over 21K. You can also still find the demo on itch.io and Steam. It's also now on our dedicated Crowdfunding Page sitting alongside over 250 others!

Another bit of crowdfunding news is that the friendly mini-online RPG, Book of Travels, covered recently on GOL has already totally smashed their initial goal by a huge amount. Their Kickstarter campaign runs until November 25 and it's looking like the funds will keep rolling in. Their games are always unique, so I'm keen to see what they do with such an RPG.

Things are looking up for Dota Underlords, with "The Big Update" launching recently the player numbers seem to have shot back up. Starting off at a peak of around 200K from the hype of a new Valve game, it dropped pretty damn hard down to around 23K. Since the new update, it's hitting back above 40K so there's plenty of life in it.

Godot Engine continues massive improvements towards the next huge version with Vulkan, with the lead developer Juan Linietsky recently putting out a post on Twitter to show off their new work-in-progress "Realtime GI with reflections, responding to several dynamic objects with dynamic materials".

Ikey Doherty, the original founder of Solus Linux has left Intel and is now working on developing games under Lispy Snake, Ltd. Their first game 2D named The Last Peacekeeper, is supposed to be something like Battlestar Galactica meets Homeworld.

GNOME are currently fighting off a patent troll (Rothschild Patent Imaging, LLC) attacking the Shotwell image management application with the GNOME Foundation Executive Director, Neil McGovern, getting ready to fight back. They've setup a fund to help the fight, with a goal of $125K they're getting close to hitting.

There's been a few updates for open source graphics drivers lately. The Mesa team released both 19.1.8 and 19.2.2 with various bug fixes and improvements. Mesa 19.3 is due towards the end of the year.

I was also a guest speaker once again on the excellent Linux For Everyone podcast for Episode 14!

 

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Nezchan 27 October 2019 at 12:56 pm UTC
And to no one's surprise, Obsidian's first game since getting acquired by Windows...does not support Linux, despite being made in the Unreal engine. Shocking, I know.
Liam Dawe 27 October 2019 at 1:11 pm UTC
NezchanAnd to no one's surprise, Obsidian's first game since getting acquired by Windows...does not support Linux, despite being made in the Unreal engine. Shocking, I know.
I don't see it having anything to do with it. The previous games were crowdfunded with Linux as a platform, this was with the publisher Private Division.
wleoncio 27 October 2019 at 1:24 pm UTC
Don't forget Two Point Hospital, it's 66% off (all-time low) for another 24 hours!


Last edited by wleoncio on 27 October 2019 at 1:24 pm UTC
Salvatos 27 October 2019 at 1:42 pm UTC
Did the Gnome people actually post the relevant patent and claim anywhere? Not that I don’t trust them per se, but out of principle I would like to see the documents before I consider donating to their lawsuit.
rustybroomhandle 27 October 2019 at 1:50 pm UTC
SalvatosDid the Gnome people actually post the relevant patent and claim anywhere? Not that I don’t trust them per se, but out of principle I would like to see the documents before I consider donating to their lawsuit.

I did see the patent and the claim somewhere. The patent has to do with transferring photos between devices and filtering by tags.
Liam Dawe 27 October 2019 at 2:06 pm UTC
SalvatosDid the Gnome people actually post the relevant patent and claim anywhere? Not that I don’t trust them per se, but out of principle I would like to see the documents before I consider donating to their lawsuit.

Here: https://insight.rpxcorp.com/litigation_documents/13472237
kaiman 27 October 2019 at 8:15 pm UTC
Been playing Disco Elysium, with Wine + DXVK, though there's the slim chance that it gets a native release somewhere down the road). However, it's by far too good to delay playing. All I can say is: why aren't you playing it right now?! Heck, why am I not playing it right now?!
Shmerl 27 October 2019 at 10:38 pm UTC
kaimanBeen playing Disco Elysium, with Wine + DXVK, though there's the slim chance that it gets a native release somewhere down the road). However, it's by far too good to delay playing. All I can say is: why aren't you playing it right now?! Heck, why am I not playing it right now?!

Can you describe the game? Looking at the trailers, it's hard really to figure out what it is.
Purple Library Guy 28 October 2019 at 4:19 am UTC
rustybroomhandle
SalvatosDid the Gnome people actually post the relevant patent and claim anywhere? Not that I don’t trust them per se, but out of principle I would like to see the documents before I consider donating to their lawsuit.

I did see the patent and the claim somewhere. The patent has to do with transferring photos between devices and filtering by tags.
Transferring photos between devices . . . they've got a patent on copying files that only applies to certain kinds of files?!
Patents be crazy.
tuubi 28 October 2019 at 6:33 am UTC
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Purple Library GuyPatents be crazy.
Amen!
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