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Ubuntu 20.10 rolls out today, along with official support for the Raspberry Pi 4
By Liam Dawe, 22 October 2020 at 2:46 pm UTC

The links go live when it's out.

Steam Play Proton 5.13-1 Linux compatibility layer up and ready for testing
By Nanobang, 22 October 2020 at 2:27 pm UTC

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. ;)

Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
By garpu, 22 October 2020 at 2:24 pm UTC

I really want minetest to succeed, but it just doesn't have the depth of play that Minecraft has. Granted, minecraft has been around longer, so it's got more depth--that is, there are things to do at every stage of the game. Minetest has come a long way, but the mods just aren't there. There are mods and games, but a lot of them aren't fleshed out or finished. Maybe once Minetest is around as long as Minecraft is things will change, but for now Minetest remains a game I pick up and play for 20 minutes every 6 months or so.

Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
By Samsai, 22 October 2020 at 2:03 pm UTC Likes: 9

Quoting: ShroobsterI never said that open source games suck. Also I never said that people who play open source games shouldn't be allowed to play games.
I said people who only play open source games because they are open source and boycotting proprietary games shouldn't be allowed to play games.
Still an incoherent argument, particularly since I don't think anybody "plays a game because it's open source", at least not purely. Also, boycotting proprietary games is a perfectly valid stance, similar to boycotting proprietary software in general. There are perfectly reasonable arguments to hold that stance and I have no idea why you are being so hostile towards people who think that way.

Quoting: ShroobsterI just played Minetest again and it's still awful. And it will be forever bad. It doesn't matter if it wants to clone Minecraft or not. It's still trash.
You don't seem to be reading what others are saying and thus your comments come across bitter and unproductive. I'd suggest you drop it.

Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
By rcrit, 22 October 2020 at 2:01 pm UTC Likes: 3

I can't say I'm too keen on having to use a MS account either. My only experience with MS accounts is on the X-Box and it isn't great. Creating and managing a linked account for my son was bad and killed the unboxing experience. And I'm reminded every time I go to log in where it takes 10-20 seconds for the password prompt to appear.

Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
By Shroobster, 22 October 2020 at 1:55 pm UTC

Quoting: SamsaiNothing about this is a coherent or a productive argument, it's just weird gate-keeping. We shouldn't judge games purely by whether or not they are open source, but arguing that it shouldn't factor at all makes no sense. And saying people who enjoy open source games shouldn't be allowed to play games is just being hostile for no purpose.

Quoting: PickleJarBobFirst of all, saying open source games in general suck is just mean towards all the great open source game projects out there, and i dont get why just because i enjoy games like mindustry i shouldnt be allowed to play games at all.

I never said that open source games suck. Also I never said that people who play open source games shouldn't be allowed to play games.
I said people who only play open source games because they are open source and boycotting proprietary games shouldn't be allowed to play games.


Quoting: SamsaiAnd in regard to Minetest, it's bare-bones but provides a decent technical base and people have managed to build decent games on top of it. I can't help but imagine that the people levying heavy critique towards it have only played it in its base configuration. Is it as good as Minecraft? Probably not, but that doesn't mean it can't be a decent gaming experience, if for nobody else than those not wanting to put up with Microsoft's nonsense.

Quoting: PickleJarBobSecond thing is, you do realise that minetest is an engine and not a game? The minetestgame, is just to showcase the engine and give something people can build upon and is by no means a try on cloning minecraft. Mineclone2 is a Minetest based game that tries to clone the features of a certain Minecraft Version for example(even though not completed yet already enjoyable for some hours).

I just played Minetest again and it's still awful. And it will be forever bad. It doesn't matter if it wants to clone Minecraft or not. It's still trash.


And a message to everyone who doesn't want to play Minecraft anymore because of the Microsoft thing:
Take of your tin foil hat.

Stellaris gets spooky with the Necroids Species Pack on October 29
By einherjar, 22 October 2020 at 1:51 pm UTC

I am looking forward to this one.
Time for a new Stellaris game I think.

Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
By Dunc, 22 October 2020 at 1:46 pm UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: Hori
Quoting: tmtvlIf there ever were a reason to switch to Minetest, this is it.
While I appreciate the project, and that was the first Minecraft-like "game" I played (even before Minecraft itself), it at best provides 1% or less of what Minecraft has.
I was about to ask, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and just say it: you haven't played the Minceclone mod.

Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
By PickleJarBob, 22 October 2020 at 1:36 pm UTC Likes: 4

First of all, saying open source games in general suck is just mean towards all the great open source game projects out there, and i dont get why just because i enjoy games like mindustry i shouldnt be allowed to play games at all.

Second thing is, you do realise that minetest is an engine and not a game? The minetestgame, is just to showcase the engine and give something people can build upon and is by no means a try on cloning minecraft. Mineclone2 is a Minetest based game that tries to clone the features of a certain Minecraft Version for example(even though not completed yet already enjoyable for some hours).

Ubuntu 20.10 rolls out today, along with official support for the Raspberry Pi 4
By Nezchan, 22 October 2020 at 1:29 pm UTC

Looks like the variants are lagging behind? The Ubuntu MATE release hasn't happened yet in any case.

Reminder: Update your PC info for the next round of statistics updates
By Philadelphus, 22 October 2020 at 1:09 pm UTC Likes: 1

Huh, I got the same notification (with the last update day being one day later).

Classic 3D RTS 'Machines: Wired for War' goes open source under the GPL
By Braqoon, 22 October 2020 at 12:45 pm UTC

Does this require assets from original game or is this a full package ?

Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
By Al3s, 22 October 2020 at 12:25 pm UTC Likes: 4

Quoting: crumblesI had my account deleted the day Microsoft bought Mojang. This makes me smile.

yeah, you only had to wait 6 years without playing the game until you became right

Stadia gets exclusive HUMANKIND beta, ARK: Survival Evolved heading to Stadia Pro + more
By cherrynuts, 22 October 2020 at 12:12 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: dubigrasuThe Windows version (from what I understand) takes a lot more space on disk, something like 100GB or even more, so I gave up on it.

My windows install of ARK on steam before any workshop content was 214GB. After mods it was 240GB+

nearly 5000 hours in game and it's still a game I wouldn't recommend to anyone. I just wish there was a better first person pokemon/rust/7daystodie/minecraft/jurassicpark/scifi game. If not better, just a competitor :)

Classic 3D RTS 'Machines: Wired for War' goes open source under the GPL
By Lord_Phoenix, 22 October 2020 at 11:56 am UTC Likes: 3

Wow, that was one of my favourite games growing up. I even made a windows sound scheme based on in-game sounds :)

Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
By cherrynuts, 22 October 2020 at 11:54 am UTC

For my mojang accounts I used email addresses I set up for spam (unmonitored until I need to check something) and looks like I will need to link them to MS accounts.

My children enjoy mc more than I do now and they already have "fake" MS accounts for school. If they mess up and lose access to mc or it gets hacked or ??? it isn't a big loss.

I like minetest but 10+ years of minecraft development and community dev/mods (not to mention over 180 million copies sold across all it's editions) puts it ahead into a "can't catch up" category in playerbase and community content.

Microsoft Edge now available on Linux in Preview
By mirv, 22 October 2020 at 11:33 am UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: Eike
Quoting: vipor29and the comment section does not suprise me.this is why we never get things ported over due to the amount of crying there is.i am welcoming this browser with open arms.you wanna know why because microsoft is not the same company you people are thinking of.gates and ballmer are not in the company anymore nor do they have any say at all because if they were guess what none of there stuff would even be here right now.give it a chance.i don't want hear about the low marketshare because obviously microsoft sees something in linux or they would not be doing this at all.same thing with google.you would not have chrome here either if google did not believe in it.

You must have been seeing a different comment section than me. The main concern I've seen is that we don't need yet another Chromium based browser, made by Microsoft. Just like Purple Library Guy said: I'm using Windows seven hours a day, but never even voluntarily started Edge there.

It's nice that Microsoft ports some stuff over. Give me Visual Studio (not Code, the real thing!) and I'll take a look. But wy would I be thankful for something I don't need or want?

To go a little further than that, I always watch these sorts of product releases carefully because Linux (kernel) and GNU/Linux (desktop) are under very real threat of being turned into the very thing that their original idea was against: lack of control by the user.
I don't mean proprietary vs FOSS. In this case, FOSS is a guaranteed way to ensure that the user has, or can have, complete control over their own hardware (there are other good reasons for FOSS too, but they're outside this little topic). I also don't mean that the user must do everything themselves - there are conveniences to having something managed for you.
What I really mean is the user being able to have to control. To user (spelling pun intended) their system as they wish, if they wish. Windows users don't have that ability. Linux users do, and GNU/Linux users do - for the moment.
Therefore I really _do_not_ welcome this kind of product from Microsoft at face value. It fills no need not already satisfied by other browsers (I even think Google have a little too many hooks into Chrome, but there is Chromium instead, and of course Firefox) and only serves to provide Microsoft with more control over your system. And yes, there's damned good reason to be wary of Microsoft in this regard.

Oh, and I know that not everybody cares as much as I about all this kind of thing. It's not like I go to political rallies on the matter either. But I am very much aware of how GNU started, how Linux started, and the reasons that GNU/Linux has become the OS that I like to use. I think many would care if it turned into Windows by another name, which will happen if we're not careful.

(end rant)

Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
By tomaszg, 22 October 2020 at 11:29 am UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: HoriAnd from what people have to say about Minetest the only conclusion I can draw is that those who enjoy it enjoy it only because it's open-source, free, or non-Microsoft. Which is just wrong. A game should be enjoyed for what it has to offer. And no, an open-source game doesn't provide freedom.
Me and my son enjoy it. We also enjoy many non-free games (like e.g. Supraland or Lego series). Granted we never played original Minecraft (and we never will from the look of things).

Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
By Samsai, 22 October 2020 at 11:17 am UTC Likes: 12

Quoting: Shroobster
Quoting: HoriAnd no, an open-source game doesn't provide freedom.

Thank you. You understood it. Open source in games has nothing to do with open source in software like a video editor or an operating system. People who (only) play open source games because they're open source shouldn't be allowed to play games.
Nothing about this is a coherent or a productive argument, it's just weird gate-keeping. We shouldn't judge games purely by whether or not they are open source, but arguing that it shouldn't factor at all makes no sense. And saying people who enjoy open source games shouldn't be allowed to play games is just being hostile for no purpose.

And in regard to Minetest, it's bare-bones but provides a decent technical base and people have managed to build decent games on top of it. I can't help but imagine that the people levying heavy critique towards it have only played it in its base configuration. Is it as good as Minecraft? Probably not, but that doesn't mean it can't be a decent gaming experience, if for nobody else than those not wanting to put up with Microsoft's nonsense.

Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
By ShinyaOsen, 22 October 2020 at 11:01 am UTC Likes: 1

QuoteAfter that, they're also giving out a special cape to players who transfer as a reward for being an original MC player.

Man this will be the second time needing to migrate my minecraft account first was from minecraft.net account to mojang and now this. Man wheres my cape for doing it the first time.

Feels weird that original minecraft players are from alpha to 1.16 according to them. So me and my friends will have the same capes as newer players even though iv played since release 1.0 and some of my friends since beta. Saying that makes me feel old even though im only 20 6th grade feels so long ago.

Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
By Shroobster, 22 October 2020 at 11:00 am UTC

Quoting: HoriAnd no, an open-source game doesn't provide freedom.

Thank you. You understood it. Open source in games has nothing to do with open source in software like a video editor or an operating system. People who (only) play open source games because they're open source shouldn't be allowed to play games.

Microsoft Edge now available on Linux in Preview
By Eike, 22 October 2020 at 10:50 am UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: vipor29and the comment section does not suprise me.this is why we never get things ported over due to the amount of crying there is.i am welcoming this browser with open arms.you wanna know why because microsoft is not the same company you people are thinking of.gates and ballmer are not in the company anymore nor do they have any say at all because if they were guess what none of there stuff would even be here right now.give it a chance.i don't want hear about the low marketshare because obviously microsoft sees something in linux or they would not be doing this at all.same thing with google.you would not have chrome here either if google did not believe in it.

You must have been seeing a different comment section than me. The main concern I've seen is that we don't need yet another Chromium based browser, made by Microsoft. Just like Purple Library Guy said: I'm using Windows seven hours a day, but never even voluntarily started Edge there.

It's nice that Microsoft ports some stuff over. Give me Visual Studio (not Code, the real thing!) and I'll take a look. But wy would I be thankful for something I don't need or want?

Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
By Hori, 22 October 2020 at 10:47 am UTC Likes: 4

Quoting: tmtvlIf there ever were a reason to switch to Minetest, this is it.
While I appreciate the project, and that was the first Minecraft-like "game" I played (even before Minecraft itself), it at best provides 1% or less of what Minecraft has.

It's a really cool project but not a real game that can amass large numbers of players or be enjoyable to anyone except a niche userbase.

And from what people have to say about Minetest the only conclusion I can draw is that those who enjoy it enjoy it only because it's open-source, free, or non-Microsoft. Which is just wrong. A game should be enjoyed for what it has to offer. And no, an open-source game doesn't provide freedom.

I'm sorry if I sounded harsh or anything, but all the zealotry around that game made me like it even less. (Funnily enough many of my friends dislike Linux for the same reason, because of all the zealots who preach it non-stop)

Microsoft Edge now available on Linux in Preview
By Eike, 22 October 2020 at 10:46 am UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: The_AquabatMicrosoft releases a browser for Linux! The Pope endorses same-sex civil unions! what a time to be alive! I'm gonna check outside probably there's pig flying.

... or cars. I heard cars will be flying anytime soon - since the seventies, that is. :D

Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
By crumbles, 22 October 2020 at 10:45 am UTC Likes: 3

I had my account deleted the day Microsoft bought Mojang. This makes me smile.

Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
By Hori, 22 October 2020 at 10:41 am UTC

I use a different email address for Mojang than I use for Microsoft, so... how's that going to work?

Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
By Breizh, 22 October 2020 at 10:40 am UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: ShroobsterMicrosft already bought Mojang in 2014.

Yes, sorry for my poor english. I wanted to say bought and not buy (in 2014 some people was afraid by this purchase, and they were right). I edited my original message.

Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
By Shroobster, 22 October 2020 at 10:35 am UTC

Quoting: tmtvlIf there ever were a reason to switch to Minetest, this is it.
Minetest is a poorly made and ugly clone. Animations, textures and sounds are just ugly. It's not compareable with Minecraft in any way.

Quoting: BreizhWhen Microsoft buy Mojang, some people already hesitate
Microsft already bought Mojang in 2014.

Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
By brokkr, 22 October 2020 at 10:28 am UTC Likes: 9

I went from skeptical to shoulder shrugging to kinda pissed off again.

I figured I'd get out ahead and create a Microsoft account for it. Turns out the email already had a MS account. Reset password, fine. The I'm told that the account had violated the service agreement. Please give us your phone number. You know what? No. I don't think I want to give you my phone number to play a game I bought.

An MS account is not a big deal but it is a deal because of the inevitable BS. If facebook linking VR headsets to facebook accounts is a deal, then so is this.

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