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NVIDIA has confirmed a driver bug resulting in a loss of performance on Linux
1 December 2017 at 4:43 am UTC

emptythevoidThis is interesting because I've suspected a <recent> loss of FPS in Borderlands 2, a game I play regularly. I'll have to check what nvidia driver I'm using at the moment on my 970.

I also haven't noticed any performance drop, and I also have a Pascal card. Looking at the Arch repos, it looks like you could go back to 370.28.. which was released in October. Of 2016.

NVIDIA has confirmed a driver bug resulting in a loss of performance on Linux
1 December 2017 at 4:21 am UTC

adomasGreat! Also NVIDIA could fix Xid 31 which happens way too often...

Xid 31 is GPU memory page fault (driver, app issue)

To me happens every single day more than few times!

And they could improve nvidia-smi, as of now I see only one GPU details and my system has two GPUs...

I had this issue for several months this fall starting with 384.59, and it was fixed for me in 387.22. Currently I'm on 387.34. I tried several times to report it to NVIDIA, but their website had all sorts of issues with me logging in.

I was able to reproduce the issue when the nvidia-uvm module was loaded, which was when anything "cuda" related was done. I like to watch YT or Twitch through MPV and use hardware acceleration to do so, so any time I used mpv I would get another error message in the system log. I dug through the g00gs search results along with various forums and docs to try and find out if there was something wrong with the card or if I should be concerned.

Sorry you have this, but I'm glad that I'm not the only one who ever saw it What driver version are you using?

Survival game Rust finally gives players hair
11 November 2017 at 12:16 am UTC Likes: 2

Sir_DiealotI came here for the rude picture and got disappointed.
Discord has the best ones
I think most GOL players on the Rust server would say that the best feature of this entire game is our community. We have a great time and welcome new players! Ask for help if you need a hand or have any issues with the game.

The best place to chat/engage is on the GOL Discord server/Rust channel. Cheers --

War Thunder may replace OpenGL and DirectX 9 with Vulkan in "the near future"
3 September 2017 at 10:45 am UTC Likes: 1

Schattenspiegel[...] You might have to make the the config.blk file read only afterwards before launching the game - as it's an unsupported value, the game will try to revert it, otherwise.

Good time to point out the art of chattr +i file Unless you've gone through a more elaborate user/group management setup for Steam, it has the same file access rights you do on game files. If you make it read only (e.g. with chmod) then Steam could just overwrite that.

That's where chattr (change file attributes, see also lsattr, list attributes). When the file is made immutable not even root can modify, delete, rename, symlink or hardlink it.

There are some caveats w/r/t root access, but if Steam has root access on your machine, you have bigger problems than protecting a game config

Hopefully that helps anyone who needs to lock down a file. (Remember '+' adds the attribute, and '-' removes it)

Valve put the Steam Controller and Steam Link on a big sale again
3 September 2017 at 10:32 am UTC

ImFromMostonI have a steam controller but I would not recommend it to anybody. I have given up on it as the support is lacking, in fact its a joke. I wanted to use the controller on the desktop for web browsing etc but as soon as I bring up the keyboard interface and type the first letter it freezes and its been like this since launch.

This is what irks me about valve. they seems to throw a half finished product out there then move on to the next thing such as supporting ps4 pads... VALVE, AT LEAST GET YOUR OWN F***ING PAD FULLY FUNCTIONAL BEFORE STARTING WORK ON SUPPORTING SOMEONE ELSE'S CONTROLLER.

I've got to disagree on this one. I had one issue right when I got it last year, but that was just a firmware update that I believe impacted all OS. Other than that, it's been smooth sailing.

I wish I would have had a controller like this as a kid! The build quality is amazing, it feels great to play, and it can be infinitely customized.

I don't know what else I would ask for in a controller at this price ($58.99, Amazon, free shipping) or double this price. To me, it's apparent that a lot of work went into the design, form, and function to produce a controller that works with (almost?) every game I've ever thrown at it. /rant

Darkdisorder78Yea sorry that doesn't work. It doesn't work in Linux outside of left for dead 2.
Then perhaps you're not setting something up correctly for it, or it's a distro-specific issue.

Here's where you adjust the haptic feedback:
Works without issues for me, on Ubuntu 17.04, always has for as long as I've had it.
So you are saying that the Steam Controller vibrates in Ubuntu 17.04 but not in Steam OS which is based on Debain? Valve once again doesn't know how to market to console players.
Well now I might get what you mean a little more. So Vibration based on in game actions, rather than the general Haptic feedback?
Yea wasn't steam OS marketed to console players? Yea I was talking about haptic feedback. That's a big feature to forget to add. Plus it works in left for dead 2 which is so silly.
Well haptic feedback works perfectly fine on all distributions ive tested.

Vibration based on actions is another story. As the user above me said.
Yea I don't understand how? I read that Steam OS doesn't support rumble in the Steam controller. I'm taking about vibration you feel when playing games like Saints Row IV. Now in windows the Steam controller does support vibration in games.

Dude, come on. Multiple people have said (and I'll ++1) that haptic feedback just works. Not trying to be sarcastic here, but sometimes you just have to dig in yourself instead of reading into all the negative bias that unfortunately creeps into many gaming discussions. If I had a TV show on Discovery, I'd say this myth is busted.

I meant to tag someone else.. but I already feel like this reply is a bit too long. Regarding the shipping - see the comment above regarding Amazon. That's where I got mine, and it's still sold by Valve, just a different distribution channel.

Valve put the Steam Controller and Steam Link on a big sale again
1 September 2017 at 4:28 am UTC Likes: 1

SparhawkThat's a huge discount. Maybe also trying to get ridd of inventory, so they can introduce the next gen versions.
That would imply that they update their products

liamdaweThey actually run these sales quite a lot
Very true. Over the past year they have both been on sale multiple times! The controller 7 times and the link 8 ( It's not every month, but it's pretty darn close.

Surprise, F1 2017 for Linux appears on SteamDB
25 August 2017 at 9:56 pm UTC Likes: 4

Great news. Absolutely will buy

Thimbleweed Park developer stated on Twitter that Linux (and Mac) sales have been good
3 May 2017 at 12:47 pm UTC Likes: 1

Ron seems like a great guy who is honestly still doing game development because he loves his job, the culture, and the art. I'm really glad to see this game getting so much press from all around.

For those interested:

Triangulation #293 with Ron (podcast/video) Really great episode! (Apr. 10, 2017)

The official blog has all the archived developer notes, including original whiteboard drawings, among other details that someone interested in game development might want to look through.

It's nice that he noted how important supporting Linux (and MacOS) is; if I read one more FAQ that says "We're a small team with limited resources, this is a possible for a sequel, version two, etc..." re: "Will there be a Linux release", I think I'll go crazy. I'd rather it not be mentioned -- it's as if they KNOW it's asked frequently enough to mention it, but they can't hit the export button on Unity

Start your engines as DiRT Rally is now on Linux, port report & review
28 April 2017 at 8:28 pm UTC

Frank DrebinSo yeah, I was wondering when the game got announced for Linux if my oldish PC could run it. I had Dirt Rally on Windows already but I hated dual booting just to play one game...

My computer specs: i3 Dual core 3,3 Ghz, GT 520 GPU (1GB RAM), 10 GB RAM. So my specs are wayyy below the minimum specs. But the game runs on lowest settings quite well; I was surprised to see when I used the ingame benchmark tool to notice that the average FPS runs around 40 FPS!

So well done Feral! No more dual booting for me . Only problem I've had is that I couldn't bring my career save (30 hours in) to Linux version, apparently due to some version incompatibility.

I feel like everytime Windows does a final signoff a penguin gets it's wings (or whatever the equivalent is, lol!) Congrats!

Looks like you're on the same DE I started on (but in Mint 14) I still have it installed as one of my spare, "rescue Arch" installs because it's like an old pickup that just keeps on going. I've actually always found Mint on Cinnamon to be dang near as fast as Arch on Gnome... with 99% less install effort! (send any hate mail to Liam

Do you plan on moving to Gnome when Ubuntu proper switches over, or are you sticking with Cinnamon?

EDIT: Sorry! I looked up and saw your comment -- didn't realize it was 2 months old : / I'll double check next time!

Sumoman, the hilarious UNIGINE-powered puzzle platformer with physics is now out on Linux
28 April 2017 at 8:19 pm UTC

stormaIt appears to be working a bit better after the update #3. It has finally loaded for me on my HTPC Debian testing system where before it would just run in the background.

Though I do have a white screen in place of graphics.
The work around for the white screen is to add/create .drirc and add the following.
<driconf> <!-- Please always enable app-specific workarounds for all drivers and screens. --> <device> <!-- mesa commit b0ff18bd3441ce7f28354686934440a92826eaf8 --> <application name="Sumoman 64-bit" executable="sumoman_x64"> <option name="allow_glsl_extension_directive_midshader" value="true" /> </application> </device> </driconf>

Next problem is to sort out why it isn't working for the steam controller.

Hey Storma, sorry I haven't been online to check my messages. Yeah, I noticed #3 seems to be working for me too. If #4 is also good, then I'll update my review noting the changes.

What gets me the most out of this entire ordeal is the attitude from such a small team (2 people?) I felt like I went out of my way to provide helpful debugging info multiple times. Enough to rack up "2 hours of gameplay" on the Steam odometer without actually playing the game. Only to get s* on by auto-replies. But alas, we have a game that was bought, paid for, and finally loads the first level

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