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Intel's dedicated gaming GPU releases in 2021, plus 10nm SuperFin is coming
13 August 2020 at 10:33 pm UTC

Quoting: barotto
Quoting: x_wingThere is a third player. VIA still owns the rights to produce x86 arch CPUs but (afaik) those rights are not transferable by companies purchase and the last CPU I heard from them was released circa 2007 so I really doubt that we will see a new real contender in the x86 market any time soon (Intel will simply not allow it).

Zhaoxin, a joint venture between VIA and the Shanghai Municipal Government, is developing new x86-64 CPUs.
Their performance is abysmal, and they are for the chinese market, but still...
If the Chinese get serious about local production of such things, they could back that until it gets somewhere. The Chinese understand industrial policy. And they are becoming increasingly wary of letting the US control any technological chokepoints that could disrupt their economy.

Religion creation auto-battler Godhood has launched after a rough time for Abbey Games
13 August 2020 at 10:24 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: The_Aquabatthis game make me remember of a Gary Larson cartoon

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/4JwMg7_cHrlHM7aNNvV8O7GfOTB8VSHTmp1tpeGUugGbn5CgcJ1fS16yhaHWf7sRwF_KY9uAAXviYOGNQ-naYT8-ZcyF
Oh, yeah . . . I loved that "The requested content cannot be loaded" cartoon.

My experiences of Valve's VR on Linux
12 August 2020 at 11:08 pm UTC Likes: 3

Quoting: Avehicle7887Nice article, I've been interested in VR for a while, the issue though is that it seems way too focused solely around Steam on Linux. Has anyone actually tried playing games on VR without Steam?

This may ruffle some feathers but I don't like Steam and having to depend on such a platform to run VR isn't my cup of tea. I would welcome any suggestions for a "game client agnostic" method.
This isn't an article about VR on Linux in general. It's an article about trying out specifically Valve's VR hardware. It would be weird to do that while carefully avoiding Steam. Especially in an article by someone who describes themselves as wanting to avoid hassle and have stuff just work.

There's going to be an online Linux App Summit this November
12 August 2020 at 6:50 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: furaxhornyx
Quoting: dvdAs for support, all is really needed is that they figure out a base set of (external) libraries they want/need to support. And steam/gog provides them that already, so even them targeting ancient library versions are not a problem anymore.

To my mind every single dev/publisher that figured out that steam can ship their version of libraries and that it is enough to support one distribution to satisfy 99% of linux gamers has done a good enough job. This has nothing to do with how many desktop environments and how many "linux" distro flavours are out there.

99% seems a bit optimistic, if we look at the GOL statistics (assuming of course that those statistics are representative)
Not the point being made. He's not saying nobody uses other distros. He's saying that by and large those other distros, if their users are likely to have the faintest interest in gaming, will ensure that the Steam approach will work on their distro. So game developers code to Steam's de facto standard of what libraries to use and such, distros make sure that works, 99% of Linux gamers find games work. Thus, functionally not fragmentation.
Note that I don't know if this is true, I'm just trying to make sure you're not talking past each other.

The weekend round-up: tell us what play button you've been clicking recently
11 August 2020 at 8:36 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: Dunc
Quoting: SolarwingTried to play final fantasy 5 using steamplay but still the fonts don't show properly yet. So I played my guitar instead.
There's more to life than videogames. Not much worth speaking of, but definitely more.
There are things worth speaking of, but since a gentleman never tells . . .

The weekend round-up: tell us what play button you've been clicking recently
11 August 2020 at 8:35 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: SolarwingTried to play final fantasy 5 using steamplay but still the fonts don't show properly yet. So I played my guitar instead.
But did you play your guitar on Linux?

Take control of your AMD Wraith Prism RGB on Linux with Wraith Master
11 August 2020 at 7:40 pm UTC

Quoting: PatolaBest use of this utility, adding "/usr/bin/sudo /usr/bin/wraith-master -m off ring" to my startup.
So was that intended as a Lord of the Rings reference or was that part just a happy accident?

There's going to be an online Linux App Summit this November
11 August 2020 at 7:38 pm UTC Likes: 1

As to fragmentation . . . I've never really had a problem installing and running KDE apps in Mate (which is I believe GTK-based). Sure, the initial download of the first one is a bit slow because it brings in a bunch of KDE stuff, but whatever. Maybe people finickier than me would says "But it doesn't look exactly like the Gnome apps!" . . . inquire whether I am concerned.

NVIDIA GeForce are teasing something for August 31, likely RTX 3000
11 August 2020 at 7:17 pm UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: SolarwingMaybe then when evil scientists discover how to travel back in time to change history so that there will be no Microsoft and windows. And most importantly Linus Torvalds will be the overlord of the world. In addition to that, Linux Market share will be 99% in computers!Then NVIDIA open up their drivers.
I think that would require good scientists going back in time. Well actually, I dunno if Linus would be that great an overlord of the world, but the rest of that.

The weekend round-up: tell us what play button you've been clicking recently
9 August 2020 at 10:52 pm UTC

Defense Grid 2. I bought it long ago but when I tried to play it on my old machine with the crappy drivers back then, performance was so bad it was unplayable. Especially because in DG2, the cursor is always at the centre of the screen; move the cursor and you're making the whole screen move. It herky-jerked slowly every time I tried.
So I thought hey, times have changed, my machine is new, drivers are good, let's see. Smooth like butter now, having fun mowing down aliens with my vicious towers.

Also just went through Dear Devere. It was sweet and romantic and had nice drawings. Short, but at the price of "Free" your dollars paid per hour of entertainment = 0.