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Sci-fi racer with fancy 4-point physics 'DRAG' is now in Early Access
By g000h, 15 August 2020 at 6:29 am UTC

Sorry, but I didn't like the driving mechanics at all. Played for 5 minutes, couldn't stay on the track with any decent speed. I've played Redout under Proton, and that plays much better than this. Uninstalled the free demo.

Quirky comedy point and click adventure 'Sol 705' is out now for Linux PC
By flesk, 15 August 2020 at 6:03 am UTC

Yes, it's on Steam now, and it seems to work without issues. Except, occasionally there are lines of dialogue which are not voiced, but I'm guessing that's not platform specific. Also, I don't think I got notifications for the achievements I unlocked, but that might be something I've turned off.

I also agree that it's disappointing when the Linux version is not put on Steam for whatever reason. Part of the reason I back crowdfunding campaigns, is because I want Linux to be seen as a more viable gaming platform. That doesn't work when the game missing from the most popular game store.

Upcoming 'post-cyberpunk' RTS NeuroSlicers looks great, Steam page up
By 14, 15 August 2020 at 5:56 am UTC

It looks unique and I like the color tones. I'm interested.

Intel's dedicated gaming GPU releases in 2021, plus 10nm SuperFin is coming
By 14, 15 August 2020 at 5:24 am UTC

My hunch is the discrete GPU thing is for data scientists and data centers to be rented out for computing power. The gaming one is a market trial. I will say that I would not be opposed to purchasing a gaming GPU made by Intel if the drivers were open and the price:performance was competitive enough.

Direct3D to Vulkan translation layer DXVK 1.7.1 is out, lots of game fixes
By TheRiddick, 15 August 2020 at 2:49 am UTC

I wonder if Fallout76 Quick Game Configuration modding tool would work in Wine? guess I'll try it out sometime. It uses similar virtual linking as Nexus Vortex app, so perhaps it should work if the damn app renders
(lots of .net type apps have render issues under wine)

My experiences of Valve's VR on Linux
By slaapliedje, 14 August 2020 at 10:07 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: Patola
Quoting: slaapliedjeAnd I don't even think Ubuntu is considered their 'officially supported' anymore, at least some bridges were burned and they had mentioned wanting to shift to a different one.
Canonical is now burning even more bridges. I do think Ubuntu is going away as the informal standard desktop Linux distro, and although this is good in the long term, we'll have to endure the pains of change. I hope whatever distro supercedes it in the future at least is committed to the community.
Wow, finally got around to reading that bug report. 20.04 decided to change so many things, which didn't need to be changed, like shoving standard gnome stuff into snap. For the record, Gnome project very much is part of Flatpak and if you want the 'bleeding edge' version, that's where you get it, not snap...

Quirky comedy point and click adventure 'Sol 705' is out now for Linux PC
By Phlebiac, 14 August 2020 at 9:11 pm UTC

Oh, he finally got the Linux build on Steam? Great! I was a bit annoyed that he was pointing us Linux users to itch.io (no complaint about itch.io specifically, but I didn't understand why the Linux build was missing on Steam).

Direct3D to Vulkan translation layer DXVK 1.7.1 is out, lots of game fixes
By Solarwing, 14 August 2020 at 7:54 pm UTC

I wonder when they drop an atom bomb to London...oops I was thinking about DEFCON game.I thought about the legendary saying: if the bomb drops, everyone dies!What a great gameBut seriously, let us talk about DXVK. Nice to have an update for a long time. Hopefully the next DXVK update comes sooner.Great job as always

Direct3D to Vulkan translation layer DXVK 1.7.1 is out, lots of game fixes
By Comandante Ñoñardo, 14 August 2020 at 7:13 pm UTC

I wonder when and if the DXVK bug related with the epic store client will be fixed.

Over 8 years in development later, Factorio is properly out now
By 14, 14 August 2020 at 6:24 pm UTC

Quoting: EhvisOne of my top games. Started seriously playing it after the 0.17 release and quickly running up to 300 hours now. Still trying to get good though.

The only discount you can get is the Humble Choice discount on the humble store.

Also important, it's available DRM free on their website. And if you register on their website and link your Steam account, you also get the DRM free version.
I would bet that the Steam version is also DRM-free. Not everything sold and distributed by Steam uses their DRM.

Cool news about the game. I didn't even know it wasn't released yet. Ha.

My experiences of Valve's VR on Linux
By slaapliedje, 14 August 2020 at 6:09 pm UTC

Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: Patola
Quoting: slaapliedjeAnd I don't even think Ubuntu is considered their 'officially supported' anymore, at least some bridges were burned and they had mentioned wanting to shift to a different one.
Canonical is now burning even more bridges. I do think Ubuntu is going away as the informal standard desktop Linux distro, and although this is good in the long term, we'll have to endure the pains of change. I hope whatever distro supercedes it in the future at least is committed to the community.
I remember when Red Hat was a brash new outfit who wanted to make Linux an easy to use desktop OS. They gradually gave up on the desktop and concentrated on servers and business.

Then for a while Mandrake was the user-friendly desktop Linux, and was kind of based on Red Hat. Although they started doing it when Red Hat was still kind of desktop-oriented. Far as I can tell, they were somewhere in the middle of starting to give up and concentrate on the business side when they went belly up.

Then Ubuntu came along and were the saviours of Desktop Linux. They have now mostly sidelined the desktop and are concentrating on business and servers (these days aka "the cloud"). I'm kind of seeing a trend here. Visionary distros come along committed to the desktop, make a name for themselves, gradually realize there's no money in it and switch to servers and stuff, but lose popularity afterwards because while the money is in servers, the visibility in the Linux community is on the desktop.

Mint is currently the Mandrake to Ubuntu. Time will tell whether they can hang on a bit better than Mandrake did; I certainly hope so, and things seem all right so far.

Pop!OS is interesting because it's tied to hardware. System76 sell desktops, so for them, there is money in the desktop. They could be in it for the long haul. Unless they happen to come up with the next cool hardware widget, sell gajillions of those at inflated prices and start ignoring their computer biz. Ahem.
Mandrake didn't fully disappear, they just kept merging or changing names. Unfortunately that means most people lost track of them. Mandrake and Connectiva merged at some point (ditching the only thing Connectiva was known for (apt4rpm)). That made Mandriva. But then... I think it became an openMandriva? I don't even know.
No, they went under. Yes, it was after they bought/merged with Connectiva for reasons, and changed their name from Mandrake after losing a lawsuit about it. And yeah, there were community efforts to keep going--more than one project took the Mandriva base and continued it; that's open source for you. But the company itself died, pure and simple.
I was upset because I was a long time Mandrake/Mandriva user.
They've died so many times I lost track, but I agree, Mandrake was an excellent distribution back then.
I don't even know if I've ever used Mageia. I should try it and see how VR works. I'm sure I have an extra drive/partition somewhere I can install it on.

Rip Them Off is an upcoming blend of tower defense and satirical economic management
By Purple Library Guy, 14 August 2020 at 5:46 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: no_information_hereFrom the video, it looks like an interesting little economic flow game. I am not sure how the cynical "rip them off" part actually fits unless it is written in to the story really well.

I can see maybe the devs were worried about the audience and thought by mocking "The Man" they would have broader appeal?
Worked on me.
The Man is well worth mocking. I liked the asterisk after the title, leading you to the little disclaimer at the bottom.

My experiences of Valve's VR on Linux
By Purple Library Guy, 14 August 2020 at 5:29 pm UTC

Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: Patola
Quoting: slaapliedjeAnd I don't even think Ubuntu is considered their 'officially supported' anymore, at least some bridges were burned and they had mentioned wanting to shift to a different one.
Canonical is now burning even more bridges. I do think Ubuntu is going away as the informal standard desktop Linux distro, and although this is good in the long term, we'll have to endure the pains of change. I hope whatever distro supercedes it in the future at least is committed to the community.
I remember when Red Hat was a brash new outfit who wanted to make Linux an easy to use desktop OS. They gradually gave up on the desktop and concentrated on servers and business.

Then for a while Mandrake was the user-friendly desktop Linux, and was kind of based on Red Hat. Although they started doing it when Red Hat was still kind of desktop-oriented. Far as I can tell, they were somewhere in the middle of starting to give up and concentrate on the business side when they went belly up.

Then Ubuntu came along and were the saviours of Desktop Linux. They have now mostly sidelined the desktop and are concentrating on business and servers (these days aka "the cloud"). I'm kind of seeing a trend here. Visionary distros come along committed to the desktop, make a name for themselves, gradually realize there's no money in it and switch to servers and stuff, but lose popularity afterwards because while the money is in servers, the visibility in the Linux community is on the desktop.

Mint is currently the Mandrake to Ubuntu. Time will tell whether they can hang on a bit better than Mandrake did; I certainly hope so, and things seem all right so far.

Pop!OS is interesting because it's tied to hardware. System76 sell desktops, so for them, there is money in the desktop. They could be in it for the long haul. Unless they happen to come up with the next cool hardware widget, sell gajillions of those at inflated prices and start ignoring their computer biz. Ahem.
Mandrake didn't fully disappear, they just kept merging or changing names. Unfortunately that means most people lost track of them. Mandrake and Connectiva merged at some point (ditching the only thing Connectiva was known for (apt4rpm)). That made Mandriva. But then... I think it became an openMandriva? I don't even know.
No, they went under. Yes, it was after they bought/merged with Connectiva for reasons, and changed their name from Mandrake after losing a lawsuit about it. And yeah, there were community efforts to keep going--more than one project took the Mandriva base and continued it; that's open source for you. But the company itself died, pure and simple.
I was upset because I was a long time Mandrake/Mandriva user.

Rip Them Off is an upcoming blend of tower defense and satirical economic management
By no_information_here, 14 August 2020 at 4:44 pm UTC

From the video, it looks like an interesting little economic flow game. I am not sure how the cynical "rip them off" part actually fits unless it is written in to the story really well.

I can see maybe the devs were worried about the audience and thought by mocking "The Man" they would have broader appeal?

Love Ubuntu but want the latest KDE Plasma? KDE neon now sits atop Ubuntu 20.04
By Gryxx, 14 August 2020 at 4:19 pm UTC

Quoting: stormtux
Quoting: GryxxNow i have to ask difficult question:
I'm looking for distro that:
1. Is fully compatible with Ubuntu in terms of gaming (mainly Robocraft, i do not want to use flatpak)
2. Has fresh packages (KDE, kernel, Mesa, Wine, Lutris being major ones)
3. Does integrate well with KDE
4. I would like something as close as possible to rolling relase
I doubt there is any distro that can satisfy such requirements, if the distro uses the Ubuntu repository then it cannot be rolling release.
If the compatibility with Ubuntu is required only for running Robocraft, I think the best solution is to ask someone using a rolling release (probably Arch or derivatives) if the game works on their system.

Robocraft is just the biggest offender- they set their EAC to run *buntu family only. There are other games that are broken or somewhat broken on rr's i've tested (mainly Manjaro and openSUSE). The closest I've come to meeting this requirements was KDE Neon, but some software was so old i could not reasonably use it. I'm thinking about something similar to Pop OS, but running nicely with KDE.

Intel's dedicated gaming GPU releases in 2021, plus 10nm SuperFin is coming
By mirv, 14 August 2020 at 3:58 pm UTC

risc-v competes against the likes of the cortex-m series from arm. Display controllers, memory management blocks, possibly a Bluetooth chip or modem controller at the extreme. It can't really touch the main processor requirements of a modern phone, much less drive a desktop experience.

Maybe in 20 years, but it's not like arm are sitting still, or desktop interaction isn't evolving.

At least with Intel they've had a good deal of ray tracing experience, and some GPU work to build on. They won't match high end AMD or nVidia out the gate, but they stand a chance of catching up quickly.

The Vaporum: Lockdown teaser has me wanting more
By micha, 14 August 2020 at 3:49 pm UTC

Had no idea this coming so soon.. looks amazing! <3

Direct3D to Vulkan translation layer DXVK 1.7.1 is out, lots of game fixes
By Keyrock, 14 August 2020 at 3:20 pm UTC

Let's hope a new version of Proton is inbound soon. This is the longest I can remember without a new version. I know, I know, I could always install Glorious Eggroll, but I'm lazy.

Intel's dedicated gaming GPU releases in 2021, plus 10nm SuperFin is coming
By Samsai, 14 August 2020 at 3:08 pm UTC

Quoting: Audi
Quoting: Shmerl
Quoting: lejimsterSome analysts believe the future of the desktop is in ARM. I'm not so convinced.

I'm not convinced either. ARM doesn't have anything to offer for the desktop that would make it more attractive than x86_64. That said, I wouldn't mind some new architecture to be available as an alternative to x86_64. But not ARM, especially if it's going to be owned by Nvidia.

RISC-V is the future. It will topple both ARM and x86 as the dominant architecture. A lot of big names already use it for making their own chips, like Western Digital.
RISC-V will likely compete with ARM's offerings in the future but toppling x86 isn't certain. To my knowledge no RISC-V designs exist that can reach a parity with ARM's high-end CPUs much less modern x86_64 CPUs. It would be very much welcome if that were to happen though.

Intel's dedicated gaming GPU releases in 2021, plus 10nm SuperFin is coming
By Audi, 14 August 2020 at 3:01 pm UTC

Quoting: Shmerl
Quoting: lejimsterSome analysts believe the future of the desktop is in ARM. I'm not so convinced.

I'm not convinced either. ARM doesn't have anything to offer for the desktop that would make it more attractive than x86_64. That said, I wouldn't mind some new architecture to be available as an alternative to x86_64. But not ARM, especially if it's going to be owned by Nvidia.

RISC-V is the future. It will topple both ARM and x86 as the dominant architecture. A lot of big names already use it for making their own chips, like Western Digital.

Over 8 years in development later, Factorio is properly out now
By Hori, 14 August 2020 at 2:32 pm UTC

This game was great even before coming to Steam and entering Early Access.
Those devs have some of the highest standards I've ever seen personally. And those standards translated into an absolutely amazing game, that only gets better and better in time.

Over 8 years in development later, Factorio is properly out now
By Ehvis, 14 August 2020 at 2:28 pm UTC

One of my top games. Started seriously playing it after the 0.17 release and quickly running up to 300 hours now. Still trying to get good though.

The only discount you can get is the Humble Choice discount on the humble store.

Also important, it's available DRM free on their website. And if you register on their website and link your Steam account, you also get the DRM free version.

Ubuntu needs feedback on some possible major WiFi changes
By tuubi, 14 August 2020 at 2:28 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: NanobangIs iwd even open source?

I love Ubuntu, but gawds it makes me crazy sometimes.
It wouldn't have a damn git repo on kernel.org if it wasn't open source, now would it? Took like ten seconds to check.

The reason there hasn't been much debate about this is because iwd is simply better than wpa_supplicant, and the only question is if it's ready for prime time. That's why Canonical is looking for feedback. Note that this isn't a Canonical project. They've had their NIH moments, but this isn't one of them.

Check out the iwd wiki for more info unless you'd rather just shout at Canonical to get off your lawn. ;)

Over 8 years in development later, Factorio is properly out now
By Mal, 14 August 2020 at 2:24 pm UTC Likes: 1

The factory grew into 1.0

Hurrah!

The factory must grow.

Ubuntu needs feedback on some possible major WiFi changes
By Tuxee, 14 August 2020 at 2:24 pm UTC

Quoting: NanobangIs iwd even open source?

Of course it is. And it has been in your repositories for quite some time already. It's just not installed as default. You can find more about here for example

https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/network/wireless/iwd.git/about/

Ubuntu needs feedback on some possible major WiFi changes
By Nanobang, 14 August 2020 at 2:05 pm UTC Likes: 1

I don't like the way this all sounds like it's already such a done deal, a fait accompli; like it's not a matter of if Ubuntu's going to move to iwd, but only a matter of when.

It would be one thing if this Lukas Märdian were asking users to test out iwd because it was being considered as a replacement for wpa_supplicant. Fine, let's give it a shot. But that's not what Lukas is asking at all. Lukas is asking users to see if iwd is "ready for prime time," that is, if it's ready to become Ubuntu's new default.

Why is this even happening? Iwd isn't better than wpa_supplicant. There's no promise that it ever will be better. There's just some vague hand-waving and talk of "potential."

Does Canonical make these decisions using a Magic 8-ball?

QuoteQuestion: "O Magic 8-ball, should we make our own mobile phone from scratch?"

*shake, shake, shake*

Answer: "Signs point to yes."

Is iwd even open source?

I love Ubuntu, but gawds it makes me crazy sometimes.

Dying Light - Hellraid is out now giving you a little dungeon crawling
By aokami, 14 August 2020 at 1:13 pm UTC

Any fix planned for the bozak DLC "Be the last one alive" achievement ?

Dying Light - Hellraid is out now giving you a little dungeon crawling
By rcrit, 14 August 2020 at 12:36 pm UTC

Reviews on Steam aren't great. Went from Mixed right after release to Mostly Negative now. Too bad, I was really looking forward to this, but maybe I'll save my tenner.

Intel's dedicated gaming GPU releases in 2021, plus 10nm SuperFin is coming
By Nanobang, 14 August 2020 at 12:01 pm UTC

Hmmm, will an Intel GPU have the sort of Intel security issues we've come to expect in recent years?