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Latest Comments by drmoth
Canonical seek Software Engineers for the 'Ubuntu Gaming Experience' team
19 May 2022 at 8:35 am UTC Likes: 4

People can whine about Snaps (yes I'm not a huge fan of them but there are far worse things) but this is overall a very good thing. I hope they find someone talented who can make a difference.

Four nerds talk about Steam Deck, Valve, Linux and more
11 March 2022 at 4:18 am UTC Likes: 1

Lovely community spirit...great work all round, and good insights

PipeWire is the future for Linux audio and I am sold on it
1 March 2022 at 6:48 am UTC Likes: 1

For anyone using multichannel 5.1 or 7.1 HDMI audio like I do, Pipewire is useless. Multi-channel surround audio is awesome, and much nicer than using headphones.
I have a 7.1 surround system that's driven by an audio receiver. Pipewire fails to deliver multi-channel audio through Proton games (I believe native should work), and given that most Linux games are being run through Proton this is a deal-breaker.

The gitlab issue is here:
https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/pipewire/pipewire/-/issues/876

EDIT: It appears a solution may have been found at the end of the thread.

KDE Plasma 5.24 is out now and what a beauty it is
9 February 2022 at 1:37 am UTC

Quoting: KimyrielleI didn't really look at KDE in years (I always thought that if I'd want an UI that looks and feels like Windows, I could always use Windows), but I am casually in the market for a new DE, as GNOME hasn't made me too happy in the last years, either. Maybe it's time for another look, I dunno?

I am in the exact same position. I really don't like how KDE reminds me of Windows, but with that new overview, and some theme and icons changes, I think I could be swayed.

RPG game engine Flare gets improved gamepad support, fonts and more in v1.13
7 February 2022 at 10:04 am UTC Likes: 1

I wonder if the controller stuff is inspired by the Steam Deck too ;)
In any case this will be a great little game to play on it.

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition gets an official HD model and texture pack
26 November 2021 at 9:37 am UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: whizse
Quoting: SirBubblesBased on my very old experience with what passes for NWN's single player, is it still even worth it? I thought everyone did NWN for the mods or expansion packs. Hordes of the Underdark was pretty decent, if I recall.
I do hope it stands the test of time. I've been waiting for quite a while to try it out.

Also, I need something to take my mind of disease, pandemics, quarantine and lockdowns. I'm sure this will be just the thing for that!

Sorry to disappoint you, but the main campaign of NWN is about a pandemic - a disease outbreak :D

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition gets an official HD model and texture pack
26 November 2021 at 9:35 am UTC

Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: SirBubbles
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: whizseBoy did they release this right on time, I was planning to start my first ever playthrough this evening!
I had a wizard I played all the way from 1st to 14th.. Then got sort of stuck... and then of course lost my save game so I have to start over on the main campaign... At least now I think they have cloud saves!

Based on my very old experience with what passes for NWN's single player, is it still even worth it? I thought everyone did NWN for the mods or expansion packs. Hordes of the Underdark was pretty decent, if I recall.
I must be weird, I liked the original campaign qnd thought it was decent. Hordes of the Underdark I belive was the sequel to it, qnd you had to start at a higher level.

What is a crying shame is that Legends of the Swordcoast (i think that was the name of that game) was so far from being a proper replacement for NWN.

The main campaign definitely isn't as good, both the original DLC were much , much better.
Still, I'm thinking of doing a main playthrough as I never finished it.

Minecraft Caves & Cliffs Update: Part II releases November 30
23 November 2021 at 1:35 am UTC

Quoting: 14It'll stink to generate a new world, but I'm gonna have to for this. The new landscape looks so good.

AFAIK you can keep your old world and upgrade it, if that's what you want.

Minecraft Caves & Cliffs Update: Part II releases November 30
19 November 2021 at 1:00 am UTC Likes: 1

So looking forward to this, it really does feel like one of their most significant updates ever.

System76 creating their own desktop environment written in Rust
16 November 2021 at 3:50 am UTC

Quoting: tuubi
Quoting: drmothXFCE is archaic but good on older computers.
Bah humbug! Xfce is excellent on any computer. :P

But seriously. No DE fits everyone's tastes and preferences, and that's pretty much all it comes down to. Pretending like there's one workflow to rule them all is just foolish. I never could get used to either KDE or Gnome, but I won't even bother analysing the reasons.

I mean, arguing about design is a fun and entertaining pastime for the whole community, but in the end, I love the fact that we've got choice. People can scream about "fragmentation" or whatever as much as they want, but I think they're not thinking it through.

If gaining market share means Linux should be more like the competition and less like Linux, meaning something like an open source Windows or Mac clone, we'd lose what allowed Linux to conquer the world everywhere outside of the Desktop. But fortunately there's nobody with the authority to make this happen anyway. Gotta love FOSS.

I totally agree with you. I'm not advocating for one true DE, I'm just personally not happy with what's out there, which is why I'm looking forward to seeing what System76 produces. I love the diversity of DE's, although I wish there were less bugs in general, which is a result of fragmentation. As Linux grows its user base, that may prove to be less of a problem though. In the short term, I'm going to give KDE a spin.