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Sunday Linux Gaming Wrap-up

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It's Sunday, I have my coffee ready next to me in my favourite mug and it's time to take a look at things we've missed for Linux and Linux gaming around the web.

Obviously there's a lot for us still to cover, with plenty in my email inbox waiting to be covered over the next few weeks. Apologies if you emailed in and haven't heard back, but rest assured everything eventually gets seen to!

In early October, Boiling Steam took a good look at Wonderboy III:

Wonderboy 3 is, all in all, very nice and a good example of how 2D-style games can still deliver even in 2017. They aren’t obsolete at all.

Well worth a proper read, if you're interested to know how it runs on Linux.

Ubuntu 17.10 released! Say goodbye to the Unity desktop environment, as it has officially been thrown to the wolves. GNOME Shell with a customized layout is now Ubuntu's official desktop environment. I've been on it since release and it's very stable, but I did install the normal GNOME Shell session to customize it as I like. Take a look at the OMGUBUNTU release post if you're after much more info on what's new.

We still have two Linux port teasers from Feral Interactive which still haven't been revealed. The most recent one being "O VAIN ILLUSION OF GLORY AND GRANDEUR" and the other, which seems to be coming soon according to their radar is "ONE RETURN TO WEST NORWOOD, PLEASE".

Mesa 17.2.3 released, as the latest update to the major release of the open source graphics drivers. The ANV and RADV Vulkan drivers gained multiple smaller fixes. EGL improvements and updates to freedreno, nouveau and radeonsi are included too. Interesting to note, is that a developer from Feral Interactive had a patch land for that release too. Feral developers have done multiple patches to Mesa recently, all focused on the RADV Vulkan driver.

Phoronix has noted, that the OpenGL/GLSL shader cache for the Intel Mesa driver is being worked on again, with a bunch of patches being submitted. Phoronix also took a good look at Radeon graphics performance with Ubuntu 17.04 vs. Ubuntu 17.10, although their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive benchmark for xorg is a little broken it seems.

Crazy Justice, the cel-shaded Unreal Engine third-person shooter that will have full Linux support hit 170% of their goal on Fig with the crowdfunding campaign now over. Thanks to that, they've managed to blast through a few of their stretch-goals, with these extra goals achieved it will get more characters, more game modes, improved facial animations, characters will be able to climb on obstacles and walls and more. Sounds like it's going to be fun! Going by what the developer said to me, they are regularly testing Linux builds too.

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liamdawe 22 October 2017 at 8:25 pm UTC
Shmerl
QuoteGNOME Shell with a customized layout is now Ubuntu's official desktop environment. I've been on it since release and it's very stable, but I did install the normal GNOME Shell session to customize it as I like.

Antergos with KDE didn't work out for you?
Now to address that directly. I got tired of issues cropping up when updating, I was taken in by "ooo shiny, updates often" etc etc. In reality, it's not all that stable, especially when it comes to gaming. I'm happy on Ubuntu, it does all I need it to.
Leopard 22 October 2017 at 8:40 pm UTC
liamdawe
Leopard
Shmerl
QuoteGNOME Shell with a customized layout is now Ubuntu's official desktop environment. I've been on it since release and it's very stable, but I did install the normal GNOME Shell session to customize it as I like.

Antergos with KDE didn't work out for you?

Even Linux solely didn't work out for him
This again? Yes I have a Windows partition, for many reasons. There's no need to point it out repeatedly in comments. I'm not an elitist and 99.99% of my time is spent on Linux.
I also have a PS4, a Nintendo Switch, an Android phone and so on

Focus to the smiley Liam , i've said nothing wrong at all
Avehicle7887 22 October 2017 at 9:21 pm UTC
I finished Wonderboy last week, having only played "Wonderboy in Monster Land" back in the Amiga days, I didn't know what to expect from this. I quite enjoyed it, spent about 5 hours on my first run.

Performance wise is quite amazing, it runs at a solid 60fps on my N2840 (Intel HD) laptop.


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psycho_driver 22 October 2017 at 9:42 pm UTC
liamdawe
Shmerl
QuoteGNOME Shell with a customized layout is now Ubuntu's official desktop environment. I've been on it since release and it's very stable, but I did install the normal GNOME Shell session to customize it as I like.

Antergos with KDE didn't work out for you?
Now to address that directly. I got tired of issues cropping up when updating, I was taken in by "ooo shiny, updates often" etc etc. In reality, it's not all that stable, especially when it comes to gaming. I'm happy on Ubuntu, it does all I need it to.

I agree about the stability part. Arch breaks more than probably any other linux distro I've used. I'm pretty spoiled by gentoo though. If something breaks, it was pretty much my fault.
cRaZy-bisCuiT 23 October 2017 at 6:57 am UTC
QuoteI agree about the stability part. Arch breaks more than probably any other linux distro I've used. I'm pretty spoiled by gentoo though. If something breaks, it was pretty much my fault.

Interesting, I almost never have those issues with plain Arch. I did use Manjaro in the past as well, at least I was interested how well it performs. But while I did have several issues with derivates of Arch, I almost never get those with the original Arch.

Except for the breakage of a single program like banshee or fuse in thunar in the past.

I still do love and prefer Arch over any other OS for it's up to date packages, drivers, kernel, it's slickness and beauty of simplicity.
Geppeto35 23 October 2017 at 9:17 am UTC
@ Liam: Thanks for the discovery CHKN (I missed your article on it in 2016 ), my son enjoys it this week-end! Directly bought from their website (through Humble bundle seems) 9$and few coins.
fabertawe 23 October 2017 at 11:00 am UTC
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liamdawe
ShmerlAntergos with KDE didn't work out for you?
Now to address that directly. I got tired of issues cropping up when updating, I was taken in by "ooo shiny, updates often" etc etc. In reality, it's not all that stable, especially when it comes to gaming.
cRaZy-bisCuiT
QuoteI agree about the stability part. Arch breaks more than probably any other linux distro I've used. I'm pretty spoiled by gentoo though. If something breaks, it was pretty much my fault.

Interesting, I almost never have those issues with plain Arch.

Apologies for the OT but I'm afraid I must also comment here.

I very rarely have problems with Arch and any that do very rarely crop up are simple to remedy, either by myself or with a quick look at the forums also. I guess I'm just lucky

I always feel I have less problems by using Arch than I otherwise would, precisely because everything's up to date. I haven't used Ubuntu since 2009 admittedly but the very reason I moved away was because of constant annoyances with old, stale software. I also compile a lot of stuff from the AUR without issue. In fact it always amazes me how simple this is.

P.S. I'm not trying to bash Ubuntu or any other distro, just stating my experiences. Use what floats your boat and be happy!
Hamish 23 October 2017 at 3:51 pm UTC
What bothers me is that last year I had five broken kernel updates on my CentOS partition and not a single issue on my main Arch partition. There are no guarantees folks.
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