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The Steam Play Proton compatibility layer turns two years old
21 August 2020 at 1:14 am UTC Likes: 4

Amazing that it's only been 2 years, it feels more like 5

Cooler Master are doing a slick Kickstarter-exclusive Raspberry Pi 4 case
26 July 2020 at 1:31 am UTC

Phoronix did a great post here about the FlirC case, which is very good. I have one for my RPI4. I've been using Pi's every since the first iteration, they are great. The Pi4 is a lot more energy consuming than the others though, not great for battery powering but excellent in every other respect.

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=raspberrypi-4-cooling

and other link to another case/heatsink:
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=raspberrypi-4-coolipi

What have you been playing lately? It's chat time
13 July 2020 at 6:04 am UTC Likes: 4

Quoting: TheRiddickAs a off-topic question if anyone knows, I have a B350 mobo atm and a B550 upgrade coming soon, does anyone know of any issues just swapping mobo out? is there any Linux B550 chipset issues or work arounds I need to know about?


Swapping motherboard out is usually totally fine, provided the Linux distro you are running has an up to date kernel that supports that board. I've done this several times before, it's pretty amazing to witness. DO NOT try the same thing on Windows, you'll be in for a mess.

What have you been playing lately? It's chat time
13 July 2020 at 1:38 am UTC Likes: 2

Mostly Everspace, I've almost maxed out the upgrades and then I'll try and do a final run, although on the weekend I gave the more recent Star Wars: Battlefront 2 a whirl. It's not perfect, but definitely playable and fun.

Currently playing through Trine 2 coop as well, that's loads of fun. We finished Trine 1 and had a blast, so it's great to come back to this world.

The 2020 Steam Summer Sale ends soon, here's some final picks
9 July 2020 at 1:21 am UTC

I bought only Linux native games this time around, although I was definitely tempted by some Proton stuff (hello Bannerlord)

- Horizon Chase Turbo (retro racing - ok but got bored quickly)
- Slipstream (more retro racing - ok but got bored quickly)
- Figment (whimsical fun platform puzzler with a surrealist theme - recommended)
- Gibbous: A Cthulhu Adventure (EXCELLENT Cthulhu mythos animated point and click...my top purchase, highly recommended)
- Ion Fury (retro FPS....bit disappointed, realised this isn't really my thing any more, I'm sure the game is fine though)
- Mooseman (interesting northern Russian folklore. I loved Never Alone, and this is in a similar style...looks good)
- Smith and Winston (seems fun, can't wait to play local co-op)

EVERSPACE 2 sure does look shiny in the new Alpha footage
15 June 2020 at 4:14 am UTC

I've been revisiting the original Everspace recently and getting back into it, it's really fantastic. However just recently I'm getting a segmentation fault just as the menu appears on the intro screen. I'm running an up to date Manjaro. I'm pretty sure it was a library update that killed it. I've been able to continue playing by forcing Proton and copying my Linux save file across....and the result is indistinguishable from native fortunately. However I feel a bit sad.

Anyone else have this problem?

Linux gaming overlay MangoHud levels up with a new release
12 June 2020 at 3:44 am UTC

Quoting: hornedfiendThis is awesome and I'm so glad to see linux gaming progressing with so many wonderful people actively working on it, however it still has a long way to go until it will reach windows level support with so many layers in between the silicon and the game.
I've used manjaro quite a bit, however if you're playing early access titles or epic store games, you'd have to keep using dual-boot solutions or gpu pass through, which is bit of a pain.
Anyhow, I hope to see linux beating windows at some point or stop gaming all together and settle on a game for years, then I could fully switch to linux :)

Linux is already beating Windows in terms of performance in select games. The majority of Windows games are faster due to Linux needing to use a compatibility layer. However despite that there's evidence of Linux outperforming Windows, despite the translation layers.

A note on using Steam Play Proton and counting the sales for Linux (updated)
11 February 2020 at 7:23 am UTC Likes: 6

Quoting: Cyba.CowboyAny idea when they're going to update the "white list"?

protondb has a pretty long list of my games with a "Gold+" or "Platinum" rating, yet the "white list" for Proton hasn't been updated in quite a while...

Pretty sure the answer to that is the same listed in the article:

"At this early stage, the team's focus is still on compatibility and performance, so it might take a little bit."

I'm guessing they stopped whitelisting because there's still so much development going on that potentially white-listed games might suffer regression. Plus they've probably got better things to do for the time being, such as working on compatibility and performance.

A note on using Steam Play Proton and counting the sales for Linux (updated)
11 February 2020 at 12:26 am UTC Likes: 14

Quoting: PatolaHow do you even know, after having bought a game, if it was counted as a Windows or Linux sale?

You can't know unfortunately. Only the developer will see that data. That's why this was discovered, because the user was friends with the dev and was able to cross-check the data.

Little Racers STREET gains a brand new Linux (and macOS) port using FNA
30 January 2020 at 9:31 pm UTC

So happy this game got fixed, it was loads of fun!