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Want to play Soldat 2? We have some copies to give away
21 September 2020 at 5:52 am UTC

I'm entering to win a copy!

Linux Format has a Collabora dev talk about Steam's Linux container 'Pressure Vessel'
27 August 2020 at 4:52 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: mirv
Quoting: t3g
Quoting: mphuZ
Quoting: gardotd426So this sounds like it's only possible for native games, too bad.
It's not bad. The main goal is to switch to native games. Proton is only a temporary workaround.

I've been gaming on Linux since 2014 and unfortunately Proton is the future of gaming on the platform. We are seeing fewer native releases and the ones we do have run better in Proton. They run better because the native port is not updated, while Wine/Proton is constantly moving forward and fixing issues.

Off the top of my head, Dying Light, Life is Strange, and Metro 2033 now run better in Proton vs their native versions.

I'll admit I'm a little bit sad if people think that "Proton" is the future of gaming on a GNU/Linux system. Maybe it will be, but that's (in my opinion) bad for several reasons:
  • The games are predominantly written for Windows. Tested on Windows. Supported on Windows. Any of this "Proton" based gaming is therefore, by definition, playing continual catchup on Windows.

  • Microsoft are in control, and quite happily modify anything that want that will end up making it nigh impossible to run these games on a GNU/Linux system.

  • Microsoft are in control. And I'm sure they're more than happy to remain that way, seeing as they're buying up ways of controlling Linux in general anyway, but that's not good for users (hopefully I don't need to go into details of why).

  • The main reason that "Proton" is gaining such traction is arguably actually DXVK. Other patches aside, that's the core element making the games run as well as they are - and that's ultimately going to mean DX11 on older titles. Ideally we'd rather developers directly using Vulkan, not using something else and trying to cludge it on top of Vulkan (again, hopefully I shouldn't need to go into details why).

  • I'll make a point about wine being a better target. Like it or not, even though it's open sourced, "Proton" is still very much tied to Steam. Valve are in control, via a proprietary client, of your ability to choose and play the games you want. I'm not saying Valve is being evil (they're not), but I am saying that developers relying on Valve and Steam isn't a good situation for GNU/Linux gaming. Native versions, or even easier packaging of vanilla wine, would allow an easier time with other stores such as itch.io, gog.com, and more ability for open source and innovative game management clients to be developed.


I'd rather have wine, and "Proton", be another tool in the chest. The future of old games maybe, but not the future of games. And I'm very, very concerned if it actually is.

I agree with your arguments. I disagree with "The future of old games maybe, but not the future of games.". What we, as a community, need is larger player base. Without that there is no way we will have "mainstream support". At least for near future Proton will be essential to Linux gaming. Sure, it would be nice to overthrow DX, Windows and all that proprietary crap. Thing is- i don't think we can. Or at least not now.

Love Ubuntu but want the latest KDE Plasma? KDE neon now sits atop Ubuntu 20.04
27 August 2020 at 4:39 pm UTC

Quoting: Redface
Quoting: GryxxNow i have to ask difficult question:
I'm looking for distro that:
1. Is fully compatible with Ubuntu in terms of gaming (mainly Robocraft, i do not want to use flatpak)
2. Has fresh packages (KDE, kernel, Mesa, Wine, Lutris being major ones)
3. Does integrate well with KDE
4. I would like something as close as possible to rolling relase

The development version of Ubuntu, specifically the Kubuntu flavour is the closest you can get to that.
Currently its Groovy Gorilla which will come out as 20.10 in October.

Its almost like a rolling release, during most of the half year development phase you get newer versions of the packages. Once it gets close to release more and more parts gets frozen with then only bugfixes, and then it gets released.

A week or so later the next one will start development, and you need to do a small release upgrade, and then its rolls on:-)

Lutris is not yet in the Ubuntu repositories, but the PPA from them does support groovy already. And there has been some progress in getting Lutris into Debian, after which it will get into the Ubuntu development automatically, and then next release. https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=754129

Thanks! I'll check that next time I will be hopping distros.

Ventoy is my new favourite tool for Linux distro-hopping
27 August 2020 at 4:16 pm UTC

Quoting: nitroflowLooks like an alternative to Easy2Boot which is what I'm currently using because although it requires windows for the initial setup, the process of adding other OS's is the same, just drop the ISO into the pen and you're done.

https://www.easy2boot.com/

It does not require Windows. It does for creating UEFI capable images. You can create E2B stick without using Windows at all.

Love Ubuntu but want the latest KDE Plasma? KDE neon now sits atop Ubuntu 20.04
14 August 2020 at 4:19 pm UTC

Quoting: stormtux
Quoting: GryxxNow i have to ask difficult question:
I'm looking for distro that:
1. Is fully compatible with Ubuntu in terms of gaming (mainly Robocraft, i do not want to use flatpak)
2. Has fresh packages (KDE, kernel, Mesa, Wine, Lutris being major ones)
3. Does integrate well with KDE
4. I would like something as close as possible to rolling relase
I doubt there is any distro that can satisfy such requirements, if the distro uses the Ubuntu repository then it cannot be rolling release.
If the compatibility with Ubuntu is required only for running Robocraft, I think the best solution is to ask someone using a rolling release (probably Arch or derivatives) if the game works on their system.

Robocraft is just the biggest offender- they set their EAC to run *buntu family only. There are other games that are broken or somewhat broken on rr's i've tested (mainly Manjaro and openSUSE). The closest I've come to meeting this requirements was KDE Neon, but some software was so old i could not reasonably use it. I'm thinking about something similar to Pop OS, but running nicely with KDE.

Love Ubuntu but want the latest KDE Plasma? KDE neon now sits atop Ubuntu 20.04
13 August 2020 at 10:30 pm UTC

Now i have to ask difficult question:
I'm looking for distro that:
1. Is fully compatible with Ubuntu in terms of gaming (mainly Robocraft, i do not want to use flatpak)
2. Has fresh packages (KDE, kernel, Mesa, Wine, Lutris being major ones)
3. Does integrate well with KDE
4. I would like something as close as possible to rolling relase

Stadia Connect July 2020 - what's coming and new announcements
14 July 2020 at 7:48 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: Shmerl
Quoting: Comandante Ñoñardohmm. I wonder if we gonna see one of there Linux ports on Steam...
If Valve reduce the regular 30% cut to only 5% cut, those Linux ports will be on Steam on day one.


Only if GabeN had the balls for this:
"If your game has a fully functional Linux version, instead of the regular 30%, We charge you only the 5%"

Yes, I wonder why Valve isn't putting more effort into convincing these publishers who now release for Stadia to release for Linux. Legacy publishers are too obsessed with platform politics, so they won't do anything until they'll think there is someone who is a steward or owner of the platform.

They simply don't get the concept of open platforms like Linux. Stadia owned by Google they get. Linux not owned by anyone they don't. And it doesn't matter that number of Linux users is way higher than number of Stadia users. It's clear that they don't care about size of the market as much as about trying to put the "platform" into their mental box they are used to.

Valve started that effort when they had Steam machines project, but then abandoned it. Steam Machines aren't necessary for it. It's enough for them to simply represent Linux gaming for those legacy publishers and like you said, give them a better cut or something if they release for Linux. So why aren't they doing it yet, despite investing a ton into the Linux gaming technology stack?

With all this work going into Stadia, it's much easier for Valve to convince these legacy publishers to reuse that work for desktop Linux releases.

I see your reasoning. But reading the comment i thought that maybe they don't want to support open platforms (PC and by extension Linux) because they can't control them. Stadia is as closed platform as it is possible, while PC market is just too big to ignore. Reasons for that could be plenty- ease of support and anti-piracy measures being most obvious ones to me.
Or maybe I'm just pessimist expecting companies/corporations to try and screw customers every possible way.

Valve boost player contrast in CS:GO and add Text Filtering
14 June 2020 at 8:10 am UTC

Well, it works. At first I've thought there is no enemy on left picture. Good work.

New Steam Client Beta up with Linux updates, Valve prepping Proton 5.0-5
21 March 2020 at 8:44 am UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: SlackdogHopefully Doom Eternal will be working - I'm prepared to wait whilst clever people work on it. :)
Hopefully it isn't an Eternal wait. Oh well, at least it's not Duke Nukem--you could be waiting Forever.

Puns are strong with you.

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