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Metro Exodus is now live on Steam and Deep Silver say it's coming to Linux
19 February 2020 at 3:33 pm UTC

TemplarGRI agree. You are not the first one noticing this, plenty of us see where this is going. Obviously Windows based on Linux will not be "just another distro", i am pretty sure they are going to use a ton of proprietary frameworks, libraries, shells etc on top of the opensource stuff. Maybe they will be keeping DirectX too, who knows. But i am pretty sure long term they are moving to Linux, they have releasized they can't really compete anymore, it costs too much just to maintain Windows 10 at this point. And every patch they release is a joke, breaking as much as they are fixing.

As for MS Office, well, the online part can run on a browser already, can't it?

Well bummer. I thought it was some revolutionary futuristic thought that no one else had thought of as a possibility. Oh well.

I've not used Office 365 online. It should work in Linux yes. But last I knew it was not as feature rich, but does offer some features like real-time collaboration that the desktop version does not have.

While I agree, there will be stuff they do that will set them apart, like packaging and their own Desktop Environment (likely with its own proprietary toolkit for creating GUI applications). The more they do the more effort it creates for them to maintain, which is the whole point to making the switch in the first place. In the case of DirectX, if they decide to port it, it likely wouldn't be locked down to be utilized by just their distro. It would likely then dominate (as it does now) as the primary graphics API and kill off Vulkan leaving just Apple's Metal. Anything using DirectX would then work on any Linux based system.

Only time will tell as to what actually goes down and happens.

Metro Exodus is now live on Steam and Deep Silver say it's coming to Linux
18 February 2020 at 11:17 pm UTC Likes: 1

Picked up Metro 2033 Redux. Had it on my wish list for a while and now with news Exodus is coming, I better get ready by playing through the originals.

I am all for native games. Sure, as things progress, the games might break. The first AAA game I played on Linux was Doom 3. But I think it is not playable now (with the original binaries) because I'm sure the libraries have changed so much it would be broken. Same issue occurs with Windows games though. Try running GTA III on Windows 10 where you have to try out a ton of patches hoping one of them works. That is how GOG came to be, in which they did the necessary work to get older games to work on more modern hardware and operating system.


That said, I think the whole Proton vs native port is mute. As by my prediction, in 10 years we will all be running Linux anyway, except for the 5% on Mac. How? Because in 10 years, Windows will be based on the Linux kernel and be just another "distro".

Why would they do this? Save costs. Right now, they have to invest huge amounts of development into maintaining their own kernel, and to what benefit? Every Windows 10 release has major issues, and the releases aren't event that big anymore compared to a full Windows release like from 7 to 8.

What evidence is there that they would think of such a thing? Plenty. Several years ago, they launched their own code editor to Linux VSCode. Their big database product SQL Server was ported to Linux, when they could have just left it as Windows only, forcing customers needing it to get/use Windows as well. Recently MS Teams has been announced as coming to Linux. But, the biggest evidence of it all is Edge. Less than 5 years, after building a new browser engine from scratch to replace the aging IE, Edge's core has now been gutted, and it is now based on Chromium, a core they no longer have to heavily invest or maintain in. In a few years, once Windows 8 support has dropped off, Windows 10 will be known as just Windows.

When will we know that this is likely to happen? The clear sign that this is indeed coming, will be when MS Office is released to Linux. This will be the sign that the move to the Linux kernel is coming.

The Linux GOTY Award 2019 is now open for voting
2 February 2020 at 5:43 am UTC

I know the polls were open for items to add, but somehow I failed to add one of my favorite developer, which would be Shiro Games. The Evoland games were great. Northgard is so much fun (though very difficult). And their upcoming 2020 title looks really good as well.

Descent 3 returns to Linux (and macOS) with an official modern port
2 February 2020 at 3:06 am UTC

Would love to see achievements added (just not any ridiculous ones that require crazy grinding game play or straight up luck to get)!

Northgard expands with The Clan of the Ox - DLC out now with a rather unique Warchief
31 January 2020 at 7:31 pm UTC

This game is fun, but I tried an extreme Conquest with a friend, and it was just ridiculous how hard it was.

AMD has strong revenue growth again, new next-gen RDNA GPUs coming this year
30 January 2020 at 7:39 pm UTC

mrdeathjrpersonally see nvidia launch 7nm gpus before out big navi, maybe in some place around gtc 2020 but only 3070 - 3080

and 3080ti around big navi launch

hopefully amd can make something but for now seems nvidia put a big jump this time (similar to pascal)

however if amd goes bad in gpus, ryzen still saving the day

Your translation didn't come across too well. I think you were trying to say, that everything depends on how well AMD's "big Navi" performs compared to what Nvidia releases, and when they each end up releasing. And, yes, that is pretty much always the case. Who gets the better card and who gets it out first.

To say though that Turing was a big jump over Pascal, like Pascal was over Maxwell is not accurate. Turing wasn't a big improvement over Pascal. The 2060 performed like a 1070. However, when comparing Pascal to Maxwell, the 1060 performed like the 980 (not the 970). Turing was a small improvement.

If their new line, gives this same small bump again, and AMD provides another big jump like the did with RDNA 1.0 over Vega, then AMD will have a very competitive product, in terms of performance.

AMD has strong revenue growth again, new next-gen RDNA GPUs coming this year
30 January 2020 at 6:56 pm UTC Likes: 2

mrdeathjrThis year seems complicated for amd* gpus because actual amd 7nm gpus dont have same nvidia 12nm turing tdp (gtx cards) and on rtx cards only stay closer

*on cpu side, i think them can give very good news with zen 3

But now nvidia with 7nm, is possible see for example geforce gtx 1660 super performance without power connector**

**on amd this seems impossible now, them need throw actual gpu designs

No argument there. Nvidia's Pascal architecture was an amazing feat. It provided huge performance with an incredibly low power consumption. That said, GF 14NM process was not as good as TSMC's 16NM, so AMD got huge gains just by moving to TSMC's 7nm. Nvidia will be moving there, potentially this year, but I wouldn't expect it until September at the earliest. AMD should have big Navi release by July at the latest.

AMD has huge potential with their upcoming designed. They have huge 7nm experience now, from 2 previous generations of cards released to 7nm. The upcoming "Big Navi" might even be on the newer 7nm+ node.

It's all speculation at this point, but I think 2020 will be the year where the GPU wars heat up again, after years of disappointment from AMD.

AMD has strong revenue growth again, new next-gen RDNA GPUs coming this year
30 January 2020 at 6:48 pm UTC

pete910Both of you seem to have forgot the VII which is faster than both released feb last year

And discontinued 6 months later, upon the release of the 5700 XT, which was less than 5% slower on average, not having the HBM2 memory, while nearly half the price. I didn't forget about it, just had no need to mention it.

AMD has strong revenue growth again, new next-gen RDNA GPUs coming this year
30 January 2020 at 4:14 pm UTC Likes: 3


It still looks like it's not a huge achievement. The GTX 1080 is 4 years old in a few month while the 5700 XT was released Q3 2019 which is not a year ago. And has the same performance as the GTX 1080 (-1% with out BIOS and ACO update) which is pretty bad for a 2019 GPU vs a 2016 GPU.


The 5700 XT's launch price was nearly half that of the 1080. 25% smaller die size while having 3 million more transistors, due to newer process size. While in Linux, the two are in most cases, performing the same (room for AMD drivers to improve) in Windows, the 5700 XT is on average, 20% faster.

Hence why GamersNexus rated it best GPU of 2019.

I imagine, in 6-12 months, drivers for Navi will improve, and the 5700 (along with all other Navi/RDNA 1.0 cards) will perform at least 10% and maybe even up to 20% faster than it does now. And that from open source drivers, that are in the kernel, available right from fresh install of Linux, in any distribution, not needing to mess with the installation of binary drivers.

Feral Interactive are asking what you want ported to Linux again
13 January 2020 at 11:19 pm UTC Likes: 1

1. GRID 2019
2. DIRT Rally 2.0
3. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (or anything Star Wars)

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