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Steam Link app now available for the Linux desktop
3 March 2021 at 12:57 am UTC Likes: 1

I really like the idea of Valve's Remote Play Together, it simply makes a lot of sense. I like to compare video games and board games, and you wouldn't ask every player of a board game to pay for the game.

So, as with board games, I like to discover new games my friends might have and, if I like them, I buy them in order to play it whenever I want too.

This is true for the multiplayer part of a game only. The solo/scenario part is yet another reason to buy a game (to me).

Transport Fever 2 gets a huge upgrade with Vulkan API support
26 February 2021 at 1:25 am UTC

That is soooooooo cool! I love this game but performance was always an issue. With this update it will just be perfect!

What we expect to come from Valve to help Linux gaming in 2021
17 January 2021 at 8:25 pm UTC Likes: 1

I'm sorry I didn't have the courage to read the whole 5 pages, but I read most of it ;)

My wishlist for Valve is:
  • Proton being able to run even better (it's already impressive, but reaching a point where you won't even ask yourself if it's going to work would be a huge sellpoint)

  • Proton being able to run with anti-cheat enabled games

  • A good UI overhaul for Steam (I'm tired of the multiple Steam windows that pops everywhere and steal the focus)

  • A Steam Machine made by Valve only and marketed as a full-fledged console with all the highly optimized HW/OS communication that is clearly an advantage for Linux. Moreover, being able to buy a game and play it on any platform (PC, console, portable console, mobile, streaming, VR) and, on top of that, keep the save states across the devices so you can shut down the console only to continue on your portable device! That would be absolutely fabulous

  • Valve investing in marketing for Linux, showing the benefits of running on Linux; right now, I think it's fair to say that Windows is better than Linux for games alone, but maybe there's a way to attract streamers to go full Linux by advertising the overall stability of it. That said, stability will need to be drastically improved as Linux is indeed stable.. for servers, but it's another story when in a desktop environment (should we talk about video acceleration? )

To get back on the matter of the article, whether this is the direction Valve is going to take or not, I am not really convinced by the idea. IMO right now, Windows gamers don't care about Linux because it doesn't bring anything better (technically). I prefer Linux, but because of the freedom it brings and some side-effects of it, but it is hard to find a killer feature on Linux (from a gamer perspective) that is not already on Windows.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year from GamingOnLinux
23 December 2020 at 5:48 pm UTC Likes: 1

Happy holidays GOL and the community! Still the best Linux website! ❤️

Unity Technologies committed to supporting the Linux Editor for the Unity game engine
6 November 2020 at 7:53 am UTC

Quoting: Purple Library GuyIt does seem like it's moving forward fast. I notice the way people talk about Godot has shifted significantly in the last few years. So not a faint hope, I would say.
I sure hope so too. I think of Godot a bit like Blender and hope that, one day, Godot will find the fame it deserves like Blender does right now.

Unity Technologies committed to supporting the Linux Editor for the Unity game engine
5 November 2020 at 1:07 pm UTC Likes: 1

Unity is still light years away, in terms of features, compared to Godot.

Don't get me wrong, I do like Godot and I am using it, but it is not ready yet for AA or AAA games, while Unity is. Hopefully, Godot will improve in the future and have better feature parity with Unity.

AMD reveal RDNA 2 with Radeon RX 6900 XT, Radeon RX 6800 XT, Radeon RX 6800
29 October 2020 at 7:58 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: DiableI'll buy a AMD card when they have working Linux drivers available at launch. I'm not waiting six months for the Mesa guy to get their new cards working when Nvidia has Linux drivers available for their new card on day one. I'm not supporting a company that treats my OS of choice like a second class citizens.
In the defense of AMD devs, for each generation of GPU and CPU they are getting closer and closer to be ready at launch time. For instance, here, and if I'm not mistaken, Big Navi are supported in Mesa latest code (though not yet perfectly AFAIK). Now we're just missing the Mesa and Linux releases.

Personally, I don't really mind not having these GPUs ready at launch time since they are too expensive for me, but it means that the previous generation prices should go down a little bit! 😉

I doubt much companies really need day 1 releases though, as most companies won't on the latest GPUs as they just got out of the oven. For instance, I don't think Google Stadia is really interested right now about being able to get their hands on the latest GPUs, even though their servers runs on AMD (which is also a proof that even in a private company, open source apparently matters too, otherwise they would have chosen NVIDIA which have better performance/dollar ratio).

Which makes me think Microsoft and Sony are also using AMD GPUs in their consoles, so apparently it's not that bad 😉

AMD reveal RDNA 2 with Radeon RX 6900 XT, Radeon RX 6800 XT, Radeon RX 6800
29 October 2020 at 12:50 pm UTC Likes: 8

Quoting: mirvThis topic is also going into dangerous territory and no longer relevant to the article, other than that it's rather obvious that open source drivers really do matter to some people, it's not something to be dismissed, and will be a factor in purchasing decisions.
You are so right about this. This comments thread looks more and more to look like a Phoronix forums thread

AMD reveal RDNA 2 with Radeon RX 6900 XT, Radeon RX 6800 XT, Radeon RX 6800
29 October 2020 at 12:23 pm UTC Likes: 6

Quoting: lunixLinux will never get really popular if it won't get with the times and deliver actual value instead of advertizing ideologies.
I'm sorry to disagree, but I am part of the people who think performance is not the only valuable metrics.

Linux, without these ideologies, is basically Windows. Right now, I honestly don't see the interest a user would have in moving from Windows to Linux without these ideologies, considering Linux is not really supported by companies outside of the server world.

Oh and these so-called ideologies do have concrete consequences in real life: for instance I can still run very old AMD GPUs thanks to AMD open sourcing at least their specifications at the time and the performance are still pretty good (considering the GPU). On the other hand, I recently revived a PC with an old NVIDIA GPU and wasn't able to install the official NVIDIA drivers because they decided not to support this card anymore, so the only fallback was nouveau, which is less then ideal 3D performance-wise. Another example is that AMD cards do work with Wayland right now, while it is still not possible with NVIDIA's. And another example is that I'm not afraid to upgrade my system because I know the AMD drivers are coming with the new Linux kernel. Oh and I like the fact that any developer can improve the AMD drivers now as some improvements in mesa can benefit the whole graphics stack.

To me, thinking Open Source is merely an ideology means you completely missed the point here. Open Source is a way to prevent monopolies by releasing control over the source code and letting anyone to read, modify, and run it.

And, please, don't say things like "For most people(>99%)" if you don't have at least one source to prove it. This statement is a bias that is but an extrapolation of your way of thinking: "if I think this is the best, then everyone must be thinking the same".

The Co-op News Punch Podcast returns for Episode 23
19 October 2020 at 12:14 pm UTC

@liamdawe, @samsai: I'm listening to the episode right now, I think it would be interesting one day to talk about Fedora. Far from me the idea of starting a distro war. I appreciate it is not the most popular distro out their (though still in the top 10... out of 250 active distros, it's not that bad :D ), but I think Fedora brings something more to the Linux community than a mere new distro. Here is my list of advantages:

  • Vanilla GNOME

  • No anti-design software installed by default

  • More bleeding edge than Ubuntu (Linux kernels are still upgraded in between distro releases)

  • More stable than Arch, but less than Ubuntu

  • Often first to brings/try modern features: Wayland, Flatpak, Btrfs (along with openSUSE I think), systemd, ...

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