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Classic Westwood strategy games live on as 'OpenRA' has a new major stable release
4 May 2020 at 2:57 am UTC

I loved these games 'way back in the day. They have been remastered, and look ready for 2020. All the music has been remixed by the franchise's original composer. It is the complete C&C series, with all the expansion packs (back before Steam, and DLCs), and is available for Windows on 6/5/2020.

I bought it already. It's too important historically a franchise to ignore, and the games richly deserved their great popularity.

Iratus: Lord of the Dead releasing April 23 - a Linux beta is up ready for testing
10 April 2020 at 9:04 pm UTC Likes: 2

I bought it to play with Proton (no haters), and it plays beautifully. It's a reverse Darkest Dungeons; you assemble undead monsters and pit them against adventurers.

Thursday, it vanished from the folder, and 0 bytes downloaded when I tried to install it.

Today, there was an update, and it installed for more gory fun.

If you like DD, by all means check it out. It's not as frustrating as DD, nor as hard.

What have you been playing recently? Come tell us what you think about it
7 April 2020 at 5:12 pm UTC

Lately, CIV:BE, Crossroads Inn (once I finally figured out, after months, why it wasn't running for any Linux distro. (If you copy /lib/libc.so.6 to Crossroads Inn/bin, it runs perfectly; their own library is defective), started Oblivion up again (loved it then, 14 years ago, and I still do. Morrowind, too), Slay the Spire, Tower of Time, Book of Demons. At my (ahem) advanced age of 72, I am sitting here, playing this game and that, getting high and staying that way.

My wife went batshit crazy and left me among false accusations she has told everyone:><::'(. I'm moving into an apartment and, if, everything Will Pass, hope to find love in my own age group.

There are more women than men after 70; a surprisingly large number of men die in their 60s.

The odds are in my favor...

Ubuntu 20.04 has hit Beta (as have all the extra flavours) - help make it a release to remember
7 April 2020 at 3:58 pm UTC Likes: 1

I have a computer-illiterate friend who had his laptop nailed by Guess Which OS.

With his permission, I wiped his drive and installed Manjaro MATE. He took to it right away, and has had no problems whatsoever.

If a distro is as suitable for n00bz as for old hands, it's doing something right.

Manjaro is Arch for human beings, basically. All the advantages of Arch in a system which holds back nonsecurity packages, but do push out security packages. The ones held back are tested for stability. It is possible to use the "testing" repository, which is from Manjaro unstable moved to a testing repository. "Unstable" packages in Manjaro are "stable" packages from Arch.

I'm using the Manjaro unstable repository. I tried EndeavourOS, which is as close to vanilla Arch as you can get, with the Calamares installer to keep it easy. I was getting every Arch update, which can happen several times a day, with no problem. I want back to Manjaro so I could again have what the Arch diehards call "bloated."

I saw a post from one Arch user saying that he'd rather spend the time installing Arch and the apps he wanted than spend "hours and hours" deleting "bloat" from Manjaro.

It takes far less time to delete apps you don't want from Manjaro than to install Arch from scratch, compiling various parts of the system, then installing apps, many from the AUR and requiring compilation. Some people have that much time. I'd rather install and get going, just like with Ubuntu.

IIRC, Liam uses Manjaro.

Ubuntu 20.04 has hit Beta (as have all the extra flavours) - help make it a release to remember
7 April 2020 at 3:40 am UTC Likes: 1

After 12 years with Ubuntu, I became fed up with the need to compile apps which had been removed from the Ubuntu repos, in particular Aqualung, my must-have music player, which disappeared with 14.04.

I found that Aqualung, and other apps on which I had come to depend, were in the AUR.

I tried Manjaro. What an experience! As easy to install as Ubuntu, as user-friendly, as well-stocked with apps as Ubuntu, and a community which is as friendly as the Ubuntu forums. Using the not-that-scary AUR is a matter of selecting the package, clicking "Build," then "Apply" and watch the system download all the dependencies (!) and the source code, and autocompiles the code itself. And, practically every program ever written for Linux can be found there. Moving to an Arch-based system has been like falling in love with Linux all over again.

And Manjaro is noted for its hardware compatibility, too.

Just watch it when you're on the Arch forums, which have a reputation for being pretty touchy. There are people who show total disdain for not spending hours installing the most minimal installation possible. And there are reasons why people regard the Arch forums as The Most Likely Forum on which to get a "RTFM, or GTFO!"

Some few Steam games have required some tweaking, but the ones which have can be tweaked into playability.

I will also say that Manjaro has become the new Ubuntu.

Distro news: Arch gets a new leader and Manjaro has a new release
9 March 2020 at 7:41 pm UTC

EndeavourOS, a spiritual successor to the much-missed Antergos, is out now. It uses the Calamares installer, and you end up with a pure vanilla Arch installation.

In well less than 30 minutes. Suddenly anyone can install the basic Arch system without spending a long time reading the Arch wiki, and dealing with certain "RTFM, dammit" Arch Forum users.

I did read one Arch user complaining about installing Manjaro, and taking "hours and hours" to remove the apps he didn't want. Instead, he'll spend a significantly larger amount of time, using the AUR especially, to install the apps he does want. Arch users can be a snotty bunch.

Chronicon, the excellent action-RPG now has much better gamepad support
21 January 2020 at 10:02 pm UTC

I CANNOT run this game
Quote./Chronicon

***************************************
* YoYo Games Linux Runner V1.3 *
***************************************
CommandLine: -game game.unx
ExeName= /home/oldrocker99/.steam/steamapps/common/Chronicon/Chronicon
MemoryManager allocated: 44291
INI DisplayName=Chronicon
SavePrePend /home/oldrocker99/.config/Chronicon/
GAMEPAD: Initialising Ubuntu support
Attempting to set gamepadcount to 32
steamfile:/home/oldrocker99/.steam/steamapps/common/Chronicon/steam_appid.txt
Steam being initialised with appId 375480
Steam_Init
Error: Failed to load libsteam_api.so: libsteam_api.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Failed LoadSteamLib() call: Error loading libsteam_api.so
SteamInit failed: Error loading libsteam_api.so
Steam restarting via client
Attempting to set gamepadcount to 0
Not shutting down steam as it is not initialised
Segmentation fault (core dumped)

The library is in the /usr/lib folder i9n the game directory. There was an update today, which did not run.

I've tried it on Manjaro as well as Ubuntu. No luck.

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition continues advancing, cross-play with consoles now up
3 December 2019 at 9:40 pm UTC Likes: 5

I've been playing NWN since 2002, first on WinXP, then the only purchasable game I had which ran on Linux, since 2008, with its still-working Linux client.

I was only too happy to purchase another copy of the game I probably have played more hours than any other game (the Dominions series is the only other contender) from Beamdog, and their devotion to the game and to their customers puts them at the tippy-top of my list of favorite game developers.

I've never even played MP, and there are lots of current PW servers.

I have always called NWN "The Most Game You Can Get In A Box," and the hundreds of free high-quality adventures and mods have kept this game alive.

Google reveal Stadia will only have 12 games available at launch, more later in the year
12 November 2019 at 2:19 am UTC

Nothing at all to interest me; I do not play twitch games, because I totally suck at them.

The same reason I don't have a console, nor use a controller.

Seven years ago today, Steam for Linux went into limited Beta
7 November 2019 at 6:52 pm UTC Likes: 1

I have 1538 games, 90% Linux games.

This is 7 years of Steam use, and almost all on sale, so I don't mean to put anyone down for having fewer!

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