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Microsoft Edge now available on Linux in Preview
By ageres, 27 October 2020 at 2:12 am UTC

PDF files aren't meant to be edited, and for creating e-books from scans there is DVJU. People sending you PDFs should send images instead.

Möbius Front '83 is a tactical turn-based strategy game from Zachtronics
By no_information_here, 27 October 2020 at 1:26 am UTC

This game looks like quite the change for them. I am very curious how they are going to make it different.

Quoting: denyasisFor some reason, I want to try zachtronics, but the hardcore reputation that seems to come with the games intimidates me a bit. Now this is the kind of game a simple minded person like me could understand!

I can understand your intimidation. I have several zachtronics games and they are all very well-made, and pretty challenging at the same time. I am embarrassed to say I don't think I have finished any of them!

Microsoft Edge now available on Linux in Preview
By Purple Library Guy, 27 October 2020 at 12:28 am UTC

Quoting: ShabbyX
Quoting: Purple Library GuyClose graphical viewer software because you can't wrangle the thing with another tool while you have the file open

I get your point about cli and it's valid, but FYI, this is not windows, you *can* modify files while they are open :) last I did this kind of work I could leave evince open with the file and it automatically refreshed it when I changed the file.
Oooh, that's interesting.

Microsoft Edge now available on Linux in Preview
By Purple Library Guy, 27 October 2020 at 12:26 am UTC

Quoting: whizseTry ScanTailor, it's not an all-in-one tool, it doesn't do scanning, OCR or PDF output. But it is excellent for doing the intermediary steps. Cropping, deskewing, prepping for OCR etc. in batch mode, with a GUI.

It's a little bit fiddly the first time around, but it has quickly become indispensable to me when it comes to wrangling scanned books and documents.

Another suggestion, for batch cropping with a GUI, or any other image edits on large sets of files. Try Darktable. It's primarily for RAW images, but does jpeg just as well.
I'll have a look. Although really what I'm working with is generally files that are already .pdf when I receive them. It really seems like software on Linux for manipulating .pdf files is pretty limited--and of course Adobe never port anything to Linux unless they can do it in a half-assed way that leaves Linux a second-class citizen.

Möbius Front '83 is a tactical turn-based strategy game from Zachtronics
By denyasis, 26 October 2020 at 11:21 pm UTC

For some reason, I want to try zachtronics, but the hardcore reputation that seems to come with the games intimidates me a bit. Now this is the kind of game a simple minded person like me could understand!

Microsoft Edge now available on Linux in Preview
By ShabbyX, 26 October 2020 at 10:42 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: Purple Library GuyClose graphical viewer software because you can't wrangle the thing with another tool while you have the file open

I get your point about cli and it's valid, but FYI, this is not windows, you *can* modify files while they are open :) last I did this kind of work I could leave evince open with the file and it automatically refreshed it when I changed the file.

Steam Play Proton 5.13-1 Linux compatibility layer up and ready for testing
By Bogomips, 26 October 2020 at 10:10 pm UTC

Quoting: Nanobang
Quoting: BogomipsNever had real problems with borderlands 3 once everything is set (mf-install/cab and proton 4).

The big --- and ongoing --- hitch for me has been the lack of online play, unless that's been fixed and I missed it. I'm not really sure what constitutes a 'Gold' rating on ProtonDB nowadays. I couldn't find a current set of definitions at PDB just now.

A 'Gold' rating used to mean that a game ran perfectly with just a few tweaks, whereas a 'Silver' rating was something like the game was playable after tweaks but still had issues. Lack of online play and continuing complaints of stuttering would rate Borderlands 3 a 'Silver' by that reckoning.

At some point I'll be able to play it on my Linux box, of that I feel certain. ;)

I had network's problems at first but I solved them somehow between starting other borderlands games and connecting to the SHiFT network and switching back to Proton 4 at the time.

And I managed to fully finish the game with friends in coop (before the last 2 DLCs of the season pass) with only lags because of streaming textures when loading new areas (so annoying 30 seconds where nothing can be done at 10 fps while friends had no problems at all) to achieve a 70 fps when everything was loaded on medium to low settings with my setup.

So it was a pain at first but decently playable afterwards, so, not just few tricks but not unachievable either if instructions were followed properly.

Once again for me and mileage may vary a lot and I haven't really played since then, I can just confirm that the network is still available and the game can start and load but I haven't tried the transitions with video playback with the new proton…

The absurd multiplayer dating sim Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp is out now
By Expalphalog, 26 October 2020 at 9:05 pm UTC

The wife and I had a lot of fun playing Monster Prom via Remote Play Together (or whatever it's called). Both of us sitting in our respective computer rooms laughing like maniacs as we competed for the affections of monsters. Granted it grew stale after only a dozen plays or so, but it was still well worth the money. Looking forward to picking this one up.

A reminder of some recent Linux game releases - October 2020 edition
By Swiftpaw, 26 October 2020 at 9:00 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: g000h
Quoting: SwiftpawSerious Sam 4.

Oh wait, even Croteam who released the first Steam game for Linux, Serious Sam 3, is dropping Linux support now.

As you can tell, I'm not at all salty about it or concerned about the decline of gaming on my OS. :D


As much as the disappearance of Serious Sam 4 from the immediate native Linux gaming arsenal is an annoyance - I'm not annoyed by the fact that games like Ion Fury and Prodeus (due out very soon) continue to take up the slack. I'm seriously looking forward to Prodeus (next month).

Definitely, and same here. Finally our New DOOM will arrive, as long as it's a good game! :3

But SS4 was a loss, especially given the developer had developed their engine to have Linux and VR support, but then they just suddenly drop it for their newest game? Insanity...

A reminder of some recent Linux game releases - October 2020 edition
By g000h, 26 October 2020 at 8:27 pm UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: SwiftpawSerious Sam 4.

Oh wait, even Croteam who released the first Steam game for Linux, Serious Sam 3, is dropping Linux support now.

As you can tell, I'm not at all salty about it or concerned about the decline of gaming on my OS. :D


As much as the disappearance of Serious Sam 4 from the immediate native Linux gaming arsenal is an annoyance - I'm not annoyed by the fact that games like Ion Fury and Prodeus (due out very soon) continue to take up the slack. I'm seriously looking forward to Prodeus (next month).

A reminder of some recent Linux game releases - October 2020 edition
By Swiftpaw, 26 October 2020 at 8:04 pm UTC Likes: 1

Serious Sam 4.

Oh wait, even Croteam who released the first Steam game for Linux, Serious Sam 3, is dropping Linux support now.

As you can tell, I'm not at all salty about it or concerned about the decline of gaming on my OS. :D

Nonsense Soccer is a highly amusing local multiplayer platformer-soccer-hybrid
By tmtvl, 26 October 2020 at 7:51 pm UTC

"Nonsense" Soccer, eh? Is that meant as a take on Sensible Soccer?

9 Monkeys of Shaolin is a great classic kung-fu movie inspired beat 'em up out now
By Raaben, 26 October 2020 at 6:36 pm UTC

I've only played it briefly but I love what i got - It's a setting and combat style that I fan over. It looks and feels great so far.

QuoteIt appears that the NVIDIA driver series 455 has an issue with broken effects in 9 Monkeys of Shaolin but previous drivers are fine. The result on the 455 driver is bright blue smoke where fire should be, and bright blue streak effects when attacking - which is very annoying and distracting

Interesting, I never saw that during my time on 455.28. I'll keep an eye out for curiosity's sake; Nvidia seems to be having a few driver quirks lately...

Edit: I feel dumb, in the first area the fire issue is clear as day and for some reason I thought the slight streak with attacks was artistic flair and the issue was something else wrong with it (I kinda like it broken, in a way)

9 Monkeys of Shaolin is a great classic kung-fu movie inspired beat 'em up out now
By logge, 26 October 2020 at 6:27 pm UTC

The game is so great, and not just because I am a big fan of martial arts - what a meh I've got the Nvidia problems :( Additionally, my GTX670 in my living room seems to have too less memory, and the game just crashes into desktop after each level.

A reminder of some recent Linux game releases - October 2020 edition
By Patola, 26 October 2020 at 6:27 pm UTC

Quoting: whizse
Quoting: NeoTheFoxAll rendering problems of Amnesia is solved by patch 1.0.4 for me on Mesa/AMD already. I also had to put this into the command:
MESA_GL_VERSION_OVERRIDE=4.2COMPAT %command%
With this, it works without any issues, and I think I'm either halfway through or near the end right now.
No patch or update on GOG yet I'm sorry to say.

Maybe this binary patching of the executable suggested on the steam forums can help? https://steamcommunity.com/app/999220/discussions/0/4227150602817771843/?ctp=6

Looks like Total War Saga: TROY is still coming to Linux in 2021
By chui2ch, 26 October 2020 at 6:17 pm UTC Likes: 1

Well it is not on the radar anymore. The only thing they have listed is XCOM 2 for IOS. I hope it is another glitch.

A reminder of some recent Linux game releases - October 2020 edition
By whizse, 26 October 2020 at 6:12 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: NeoTheFoxAll rendering problems of Amnesia is solved by patch 1.0.4 for me on Mesa/AMD already. I also had to put this into the command:
MESA_GL_VERSION_OVERRIDE=4.2COMPAT %command%
With this, it works without any issues, and I think I'm either halfway through or near the end right now.
No patch or update on GOG yet I'm sorry to say.

Do let us know if you're able to complete the game. My biggest fear* is a game breaking bug at the end of the game, fixed by a patch that breaks all previous saves.

* also spiders.

A reminder of some recent Linux game releases - October 2020 edition
By NeoTheFox, 26 October 2020 at 6:03 pm UTC

All rendering problems of Amnesia is solved by patch 1.0.4 for me on Mesa/AMD already. I also had to put this into the command:
MESA_GL_VERSION_OVERRIDE=4.2COMPAT %command%
With this, it works without any issues, and I think I'm either halfway through or near the end right now.

A reminder of some recent Linux game releases - October 2020 edition
By Patola, 26 October 2020 at 5:56 pm UTC

QuoteAmnesia: Rebirth also released recently on October 20 but the Linux build was in quite a state at launch, they're hoping to have it sorted by the next patch.
There is a beta "linux_test" branch now that solves the rendering problems, at least with NVIDIA drivers. The fullscreen problem is still there, but in icewm it can be resolved by pressing Alt-F11 when playing the game, and I guess other window managers have their own way to deal with that too (or wmctrl in the last case).

A reminder of some recent Linux game releases - October 2020 edition
By Cyril, 26 October 2020 at 5:14 pm UTC

Still waiting for the Linux releases of Vaporum: Lockdown and Blashpemous on GOG.
I'm not confident about the second one though... Liam could you ask The Game Kitchen about it?

A reminder of some recent Linux game releases - October 2020 edition
By Liam Dawe, 26 October 2020 at 5:01 pm UTC

Quoting: DedaleI was expecting CARRION to be in that list but maybe it is a tad too old ? You seemed to really like that game, Liam. I bought it on the recent sale and it is fun.
Hey, that is indeed a fantastic choice of game but I purposefully kept this list to the very-recent.

9 Monkeys of Shaolin is a great classic kung-fu movie inspired beat 'em up out now
By Tchey, 26 October 2020 at 5:01 pm UTC Likes: 1

I liked the demo very much

A reminder of some recent Linux game releases - October 2020 edition
By Dedale, 26 October 2020 at 4:49 pm UTC

I was expecting CARRION to be in that list but maybe it is a tad too old ? You seemed to really like that game, Liam. I bought it on the recent sale and it is fun.

Linux native gaming is far from dead.

Developer of Hive Time reflects on the release and their pay what you want model
By CatKiller, 26 October 2020 at 3:47 pm UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: CheesenessEven just copying the files is way out of band for standard user experience, and specifically involves circumventing the platform's intended behaviour. From a developer perspective, I don't feel comfortable recommending manual workarounds like that to my customers.


Manually copying files around is the "user-friendly" outcome that you were looking for. I'm not trying to be argumentative here; it's entirely a dev's decision whether they choose to release on Steam or choose not to release on Steam, and that's fine.

The client's intended behaviour is an auto-updater, yes, for Counter-Strike, I believe, but there's a button in the client to easily show a game's files: that is also intended behaviour. It opens up your normal file browser at the appropriate location so you can do whatever file management stuff you'd do if you'd got the files from anywhere else.

QuoteThat said, if one is cool with copying files elsewhere and adding the game back in as a non-Steam game, that's awfully close to the exact steps one would have to do to download the game from Itch and run it through the Steam client...


Why would you add the game back into Steam? The hypothetical is that not using the Steam client is superior to using the Steam client.

QuoteBreaking changes between versions is often not a conscious choice on the part of developers. I put some effort into maintain backwards/forwards compatibility with user data, but statistically speaking, there will eventually be something that I overlook or just plain mess up. That said, I should be free to consciously change file formats if that feels like the right thing to do for the future of the project without that risking a forced update upsetting the files of users who'd prefer to run an older version (even if you make older versions available in another branch, a user still needs to notice an unwanted update and manually switch branches without accidentally launching the game - it's a mess).

The file formats, manifests and scripts are entirely the developer's choice. There's no reason why a dev couldn't copy a game's files to a backup location prior to running an update in preparation for users using those files should they opt in to using an older branch. Each update comes with a News link where a dev can provide information on the changes and instruction on how to opt into an older branch, and the Steam client comes with access to the Steam forum for direct contact between devs and customers.

To reiterate: you can't easily do pay-what-you-want with Steam, and you can't distribute files without the customer using the Steam client. Those are absolutely valid reasons for a dev choosing not to release on Steam, and it's the dev's choice where they release regardless. If a dev wants people to be able to run older branches, and customers want to run older branches, that is absolutely something that can be done with the Steam client; the issues arise when a customer wants to run older branches and the dev doesn't want them to, which isn't the case here. At any point (assuming the game doesn't use Steam features, and so requires the Steam client to run) a customer can also independently take whichever version they're happy with and run it from wherever they prefer.

Gravity Ace is an excellent take on classic twin-stick cave-flying and it feels awesome
By dpanter, 26 October 2020 at 3:06 pm UTC Likes: 2

Definitely have to add a note about the excellent dev logs and coding streams Jotson posts on Youtube. Same channel as the EA trailer linked in the article. :)

Streams on https://twitch.tv/jotson

Ubuntu 20.10 rolls out today, along with official support for the Raspberry Pi 4
By CFWhitman, 26 October 2020 at 1:08 pm UTC

It should be possible to hook up a USB 3 SSD to the Raspberry Pi 4 and use it for the actual system, with only the basic boot loader on the SD card. I used to have a Raspberry Pi (1) with the system on a USB stick because it was more responsive that way, and it made the difference between a usable XBMC (at the time) box and one that wouldn't work quite right.

Explore post-apocalyptic Japan as a little robot finding a lost friend in Life of Delta
By Eike, 26 October 2020 at 12:52 pm UTC Likes: 6

Quoting: dubigrasuHuh, although the graphic style is rather different, I feel some Machinarium vibes in here. Is the music perhaps?
In any case, it looks excellent.

Happy cake day!

10 years it is...!

Explore post-apocalyptic Japan as a little robot finding a lost friend in Life of Delta
By whizse, 26 October 2020 at 12:39 pm UTC Likes: 3

This one goes on the wishlist!

Explore post-apocalyptic Japan as a little robot finding a lost friend in Life of Delta
By dubigrasu, 26 October 2020 at 12:33 pm UTC Likes: 3

Huh, although the graphic style is rather different, I feel some Machinarium vibes in here. Is the music perhaps?
In any case, it looks excellent.