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KDE developer suggests Plasma needs to be simpler by default
1 December 2021 at 3:53 pm UTC

Quoting: botatoTotally agree. GNOME and Elementary is the last thing I'd want to give a casual end-user coming from Windows. Familiarity will always trump clean design for people who use software as an appliance. KDE is pretty much in that sweet spot, but for a couple settings and the odd bugs. The amount of small bugs quashed in the last year or so has been staggering, though.

Don't give your grandma GNOME people, please... For your own good!

Is it familiar just because it has a bottom bar with a menu and notification area? That's about all because everything else is absurdly different. If you're looking for something kind of familiar I'd recommend Cinnamon, not KDE.

I've distro hopped a lot and I am the only Linux user in my family. I've seen them struggling so much more using KDE than Gnome. KDE is so overwhelming even for a Windows user that I see people in my family getting completely lost. Gnome follows a flow similar to a phone, so it is much easier and to the point. Also my father has a touch screen and once I used a Fedora live image to troubleshoot some stuff, he picked it up and was able to use it right away without me having to explain anything.

So I would definitely start with Gnome with someone coming from Windows who is not a power user. I'd agree to keeping people away from Elementary OS, the desktop design makes little sense - Deepin would be a better choice by far.

Valve puts up official developer FAQ for the Steam Deck
1 December 2021 at 10:24 am UTC

Quoting: fenglengshunI really love this. I'm currently looking at Endless OS and Fedora Kinoite to see if it could work for my usecase.

I would love to also have a Toolbox container though. If the UX on PC is decent, I might just use it, then use Toolbox to have CrossOver inside one Toolbox, then install most of what I need via Flatpak (and maybe some other AUR-under-Toolbox container if they're not there).

On Kinoite, podman comes pre-installed(I believe it's the same fo Endless OS) but it's possible to install it on Arch and Manjaro and as well.

Valve puts up official developer FAQ for the Steam Deck
30 November 2021 at 12:32 pm UTC Likes: 1

I've been using Fedora Silverblue for a couple of years and you've got to go out of your way to nuke the system, and the fact you can just restore one of the previous images and undo whatever mistake you might have made or even just get back to a clean install is a great user experience.

Being able to use toolboxes with previous OS versions and older libraries that let you run certain games that aren't well maintained is very convenient as well and you can have wine installed in a container so you don't have to put your system at risk.

I agree that's the right move for the Steam OS.

Canonical want your feedback on Ubuntu Gaming
26 November 2021 at 4:17 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: ThePierrasseUnity is still the best DE ever though. Change my mind.

Unity had a lot of nice ideas but they all lacked polish. The menu was laggy, I had constant crashes, the lenses could be useful but it was faster just to open a file manager, the theme in general was very ugly. What I actually miss is the HUD and the way that maximized windows' header bars would integrate with the top bar and become the menu so you could take better advantage of screen space.

If they did a modern implementation of it I would give it a try though.

As for feedback for gaming, that's going to be hard. I stopped using Ubuntu and its variants a while ago because of instability issues and migrated to Fedora which runs smoothly, It's kind of boring sometimes because things just work. I think if I were to try it again, I'd go with Xubuntu, it's the most stable one in my experience.

Squid Game knock-off Crab Game now has a Linux version
17 November 2021 at 11:19 am UTC


I'll check that out, looks fun!

The '90s mystery adventure Kathy Rain: Director's Cut is out now
27 October 2021 at 4:14 am UTC Likes: 2

It's great that they released this title for Linux. I really enjoy these kinds of games. I've played it for a little bit and everything runs great, no bugs so far, high quality voice acting, fairly nice puzzles and the story seems quite intriguing. Funny how I never heard of the game before.

5.8% sales and over 38% of bug reports from Linux said one dev but it's been helpful
25 October 2021 at 3:03 pm UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: Pit
Quoting: Marlockwe are around 1% of steam users yet we are making 5,8% of purchases for this game

That either shows that Linuxers are even more interested in this type of games,

or

that there is a world outside steam. You can also buy ΔV on GOG.....

I got it on GOG.

Stellaris: Aquatics Species Pack announced, launching with the free 3.2 update
20 October 2021 at 1:00 am UTC

Quoting: grumpytoad
Quoting: pcavalcantiThat looks great. Has Stellaris become fun yet? Or does it still take forever to get something going just to have nothing to do for the longest time and then start experiencing excessive amounts of micromanaging and insufferable lag?

I gave it another go recently using the starnet mod, which seems to fix the AI, and requires you to get something rolling pretty quick or you'll get steamrolled. Didn't see any lag, but then only played small maps.

Thanks for the helpful answer! Maybe I'll give it another try!

Stellaris: Aquatics Species Pack announced, launching with the free 3.2 update
19 October 2021 at 4:49 pm UTC

That looks great. Has Stellaris become fun yet? Or does it still take forever to get something going just to have nothing to do for the longest time and then start experiencing excessive amounts of micromanaging and insufferable lag?

Interplay updating many classic titles on Steam to add support for Linux
14 October 2021 at 9:41 pm UTC

I'm glad they did this. Boxtron, I think it's how it's called, runs dos games beautifully from Steam. Before it was a bit painful to get some games running.