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Prepare for Half-Life: Alyx with the full and complete Beta of Half-Life recreation Black Mesa out now
By Faalhaas, 15 December 2019 at 1:58 am UTC

FaalhaasFrom then on it is actually runs well natively. I still have to reach outside again to see what happens...
The frame drops seem location specific, like the train scene in the beginning or certain locations in Xen.

What worked for me is playing Black Mesa natively from beginning to end, and only switching to Proton when heavy frame drops occur at a certain location. It keeps the save games during the switch.

This means 95% of Black Mesa beta seems playable natively. ;)

GNOME 3.36 and Fedora 32 to get better GPU switching with NVIDIA support
By Shmerl, 15 December 2019 at 1:55 am UTC

PikoloYou are correct about the laptop screen. However, most Optimus laptops have the HDMI output wired to the Nvidia GPU. If you start the system with the Nvidia GPU in Prime offload mode, you can't use the HDMI port. I think connecting your laptop via HDMI is far from a niche case... And having to reboot to use it is annoying.

So as usual, they supported a limited use case, and let the rest deal with broken setup.

D9VK, the Direct3D9 to Vulkan layer has a huge new 0.40 'Croakacola' release out
By mrdeathjr, 15 December 2019 at 12:26 am UTC

In this d9vk show improvements in various games where wined3d show bad performance or dont run:

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D9VK, the Direct3D9 to Vulkan layer has a huge new 0.40 'Croakacola' release out
By linuxcity, 14 December 2019 at 10:57 pm UTC

Christmas is starting to look real nice

Steam Play Proton 4.11-10 out, mouse handling improvements and Halo: The Master Chief Collection works
By PieOrCake, 14 December 2019 at 10:16 pm UTC

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NanobangUnfortunately, 4.11-10 messed up something with Borderlands 2 for me. Whilst Nvidia reported FPS around 120, it kinda looked as if every other frame was being displayed---jumpy, not smooth. Most disconcerting was the way a frame would flash on the screen from an entirely different sequence altogether, like a menu frame while running through Sanctuary or something.

Rolling back to 4.2-9 fixed it right up. Would this sort of regression be best reported to the Proton github page, or should I just assume it'll get fixed up on a later iteration? Or maybe I'll just lock Borderlands 2 to 4.2-9 and call it good.
Does it run better under Proton or something? Borderlands 2 is a native game.

Borderlands 2 runs fine natively, but the latest DLC (Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary) does not have a Linux port.

Realistic gun simulation FPS 'Receiver 2' announced from Wolfire Games
By PopeRigby, 14 December 2019 at 9:15 pm UTC Likes: 1

OrkultusI wonder if VR support will happen?

Yeah. This game looks perfect for VR.

Steam Play Proton 4.11-10 out, mouse handling improvements and Halo: The Master Chief Collection works
By Liam Dawe, 14 December 2019 at 9:07 pm UTC

If you're having mouse issues, they're investigating. See here.

AMD have today released the Radeon RX 5500 XT
By ugly, 14 December 2019 at 8:49 pm UTC

I recent power surge destroyed my old HD7850 so I've been in the market for a new video card. I was kind of hoping the RX5500XT would be the sweet spot for gaming at 1080 resolution.

But it seems priced a bit high, and the Linux drivers don't seem to be there yet for Navi.

I found an RX570 for $100 (after rebate, unfortunately) and I had a $10 gift card at Newegg. So, $90 for a video card just a hard price to beat, especially since the RX5500XT doesn't seem to provide significant performance gains (although the lower power consumption would be nice). And the RX570 seems like it's tried and true on Linux.

Get Wasteland 2 Director's Cut FREE in the GOG Winter Sale, lots of Linux games going cheaps
By ugly, 14 December 2019 at 8:39 pm UTC

wvstolzingConnect isn't seeing my steam copy of Dusk -- first time I'm running into this problem; previous Connect transactions had never caused a hiccup.
Mine didn't pick up at first. But a few minutes later it showed and I was able to claim it.

BotonoskiIf your experiencing crashes in Wasteland 2: Directors Cut at the loading screens, enter the command "ulimit -n 4096" into a terminal and then run the game via that same terminal window, probably best to make a bash script if this works for you.
I found that the better way is to edit /etc/systemd/system.conf and /etc/systemd/user.conf

In both files change the line:
#DefaultLimitNOFILE= to DefaultLimitNOFILE=32768

Note the removal of the #. Since I made that change, the game has only crashed on me once.

As a side note, kind of disappointing that a game that I paid to back on Kickstarter that I never got around to playing until now ends up being free in the middle of me finally playing it.

Chooseco are getting indie games using 'choose your own adventure' taken down on itch.io
By ugly, 14 December 2019 at 8:28 pm UTC Likes: 3

I work in IP law.

For trademarks, the key is that the trademark owner has to use the mark (in this case, Choose Your Own Adventure) in association with particular goods and services.

Chooseco does have a registered trademark and their description of goods does include video games: Chooseco's mark

Anybody that has a registered trademark risks losing their mark if they allow their mark to become generic. So, if you are a trademark owner, you do need to police your mark like this. So, this is not 'trolling' like you see with patent law. From a legal standpoint, what they're doing is exactly what they're supposed to do.

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) does a search when you apply for a trademark. If they don't find another registered mark (for the same goods or services) that would be confusing, they can allow the mark. But they generally do not do extensive searches outside of registered marks (that's left for the public to do when the mark is published, but most people don't monitor that).

Their mark was registered in 2003 (they might have earlier registrations, but I didn't check). So, a good question would be whether Choose Your Own Adventure was being used to describe video games by other people prior to 2003. Just because they had a Choose Your Own Adventure mark for books in the 80s, doesn't automatically give them the rights to the mark for video games.

Another question would be whether Chooseco is actually using their marks. A quick look at their registration and they include a whole bunch of things as the goods and services (movies, games, etc.). They did provide a 'specimen' as proof that they are using their mark, but the specimen appears to be a DVD movie. If they're not making video games, then their mark might not be valid (you should not be allowed to have a trademark if you are not actually 'using' it). But, Chooseco could argue that a movie that is interactive is a video game.

But, there really doesn't seem to be anything wrong with what is happening here. Chooseco isn't doing anything underhanded. And, in the big picture, it's not like they're doing anything particularly harmful. It's not much of a burden to describe the game as something else.

Where there's a will there's a Wine 5.0rc1
By Purple Library Guy, 14 December 2019 at 7:31 pm UTC

edoDoes latest MS office works flawlessly? That should be a goal for wine guys
True, although IMO office stuff is a much more solved problem than Adobe stuff. For the most part I actually prefer Libreoffice to MS Office, because I still dislike the ribbon thing (and I like the way Libreoffice shows whether you've saved or not), and I think for most typical uses they're almost indistinguishable. Now and then I run across a feature in Word that's actually handy, and spreadsheet people who want to fiddle with graphs a lot may want Excel, but for most people the features of Libreoffice are fine. Things changing how they look when you send your document from one to the other can still be a problem, but not so much if you're careful with your fonts, and you can always publish your document as a .pdf to freeze how it looks.
But Adobe stuff is different. The GIMP is great and all, and so are various other Linux image-y programs, but it seems like there are a whole lot of pros and semipros out there who have serious functional reasons why changing from Photoshop is hard or at least significantly annoying. And .pdf . . . we can look at them fine, and maybe do one or two things to them, but as far as I can tell there's nothing remotely like Acrobat on Linux. Far as I can tell this is because Adobe are bastards who like fucking Linux up (Flash! Gah!), and I'd rather see them and everything they do consigned to the pits of Hell, but sadly it seems to me like it's a big deal for Wine to be able to run some of the key Adobe software.

Steam Play Proton 4.11-10 out, mouse handling improvements and Halo: The Master Chief Collection works
By F.Ultra, 14 December 2019 at 7:27 pm UTC Likes: 1

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NanobangUnfortunately, 4.11-10 messed up something with Borderlands 2 for me. Whilst Nvidia reported FPS around 120, it kinda looked as if every other frame was being displayed---jumpy, not smooth. Most disconcerting was the way a frame would flash on the screen from an entirely different sequence altogether, like a menu frame while running through Sanctuary or something.

Rolling back to 4.2-9 fixed it right up. Would this sort of regression be best reported to the Proton github page, or should I just assume it'll get fixed up on a later iteration? Or maybe I'll just lock Borderlands 2 to 4.2-9 and call it good.
Does it run better under Proton or something? Borderlands 2 is a native game.

If I have to guess (s)he runs it under Proton due to the HD-update of BL2 that we never got on Linux and which made the Linux-version no longer being able to connect to multiplayer servers.

AMD have today released the Radeon RX 5500 XT
By The_Aquabat, 14 December 2019 at 6:58 pm UTC

dpanterIgor's Lab managed an overclock of ~2.1 GHz on air with the MorePowerTool
Igor's Lab is legendary best overclocker in whole world.

interesting according to Igor's lab the 5500 XT is beating (in some games) the rx 590 counterpart by a wide margin (in some cases more than 10 fps), that didn't show up in the phoronix benchmarks.

Where there's a will there's a Wine 5.0rc1
By Luke_Nukem, 14 December 2019 at 6:35 pm UTC

Kimyrielle
edoDoes latest MS office works flawlessly? That should be a goal for wine guys
Honestly, if there is a compelling need for it, you can just use Office 365 in a browser these days, which runs flawlessly on Linux. My daughter has to use it for school, and that's what she's doing, so I can confirm it to work.

I only just realised that it's 365 because that's how many days there are in a year and...

Where there's a will there's a Wine 5.0rc1
By Kimyrielle, 14 December 2019 at 5:52 pm UTC

edoDoes latest MS office works flawlessly? That should be a goal for wine guys

My information might be outdated, as I haven't been forced to use MS Office in over a decade, but as far as I know only the Codeweavers version can run it flawlessly.

Honestly, if there is a compelling need for it, you can just use Office 365 in a browser these days, which runs flawlessly on Linux. My daughter has to use it for school, and that's what she's doing, so I can confirm it to work.

A reminder of some great looking games coming to Linux from successful crowdfunding campaigns
By 14, 14 December 2019 at 4:54 pm UTC

Space Haven just might earn my money by releasing earlier than Starmancer. I'm really more eager to play Starmancer and I think I heard of it first, but Space Haven looks similar and will be out soon. Starmancer seems like they don't know a release date still.

Steam Play Proton 4.11-10 out, mouse handling improvements and Halo: The Master Chief Collection works
By 14, 14 December 2019 at 4:43 pm UTC

NanobangUnfortunately, 4.11-10 messed up something with Borderlands 2 for me. Whilst Nvidia reported FPS around 120, it kinda looked as if every other frame was being displayed---jumpy, not smooth. Most disconcerting was the way a frame would flash on the screen from an entirely different sequence altogether, like a menu frame while running through Sanctuary or something.

Rolling back to 4.2-9 fixed it right up. Would this sort of regression be best reported to the Proton github page, or should I just assume it'll get fixed up on a later iteration? Or maybe I'll just lock Borderlands 2 to 4.2-9 and call it good.
Does it run better under Proton or something? Borderlands 2 is a native game.

Crazy typing adventure dungeon-crawler Backspace Bouken is out now
By TheSHEEEP, 14 December 2019 at 4:39 pm UTC Likes: 2

I like that Typing Of The Dead has really started something.

AMD have today released the Radeon RX 5500 XT
By dpanter, 14 December 2019 at 4:14 pm UTC Likes: 1

Igor's Lab managed an overclock of ~2.1 GHz on air with the MorePowerTool application which manipulates SoftPowerPlayTables. They theorized that most cards should handle 2+ GHz on air as the 7nm process has matured nicely. No performance numbers yet but keep your eyes peeled if you're looking to get a 5500XT.

Realistic gun simulation FPS 'Receiver 2' announced from Wolfire Games
By Orkultus, 14 December 2019 at 3:58 pm UTC

I wonder if VR support will happen?

Where there's a will there's a Wine 5.0rc1
By BrazilianGamer, 14 December 2019 at 3:42 pm UTC Likes: 1

Let's pour some wine fellas

Where there's a will there's a Wine 5.0rc1
By edo, 14 December 2019 at 3:41 pm UTC

Does latest MS office works flawlessly? That should be a goal for wine guys

A reminder of some great looking games coming to Linux from successful crowdfunding campaigns
By Liam Dawe, 14 December 2019 at 1:48 pm UTC

14This is a sweet, huge list! I'll be referring back to this throughout 2020 I think. Thanks for putting it together.
You're welcome, I could have made it a lot longer but had to cut somewhere

Where there's a will there's a Wine 5.0rc1
By The_Aquabat, 14 December 2019 at 1:42 pm UTC

there's whiner, winer and winner, so confusing.

how much wine could a winning whinning winer, wine? if in a whine could wine winning wine?

Where there's a will there's a Wine 5.0rc1
By Grim_reaper, 14 December 2019 at 1:27 pm UTC Likes: 1

I must say that an incredible job they do. And wine gets better when it gets older. A well known fact. So let us drink ourselves unconscious in as little time as possible tonight with wine! I mean a test what the latest wine can do!

Fully supported Unity Editor for Linux delayed, Unity 2019.3 in the final testing stages
By Creak, 14 December 2019 at 1:08 pm UTC Likes: 3

Let's debunk a few myths here..

Vulkan is great, but it doesn't have the knowledge database of the other graphics APIs. That's probably the main reason why it's not wildly used. But it will come in time. Successes like Doom is a good advertisement for Vulkan.

C++ is faster because you have more control over the memory, and in game engine development, memory is everything.

That is exactly why DOTS (formerly known as ECS) is being worked on at Unity: it is a Data Oriented Tech Stack. When the data is properly layed out in memory, it can do wonders in terms of optimization.

And I tell you that as a game developer myself, who works at Ubisoft right now, and actually worked on DOTS at Unity.

Another Steam Beta is out, updates the Linux Runtime to help Steam Play Proton
By Sir_Diealot, 14 December 2019 at 12:17 pm UTC

I personally prefer the family sharing feature of GOG.

Steam Play Proton 4.11-10 out, mouse handling improvements and Halo: The Master Chief Collection works
By Sir_Diealot, 14 December 2019 at 12:10 pm UTC

Integer scaling! Is this for WINE in general or a Proton-only thing?

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