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Linux Mint want to remind you to run updates
22 February 2021 at 4:52 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: CatKiller
Quoting: RoosterI don't see any problem with users not running updates.

A compromised computer will be used as a beachhead for attacks against others. Good computer hygiene protects all of us. Unpatched software puts us all at risk.

If you're technically proficient enough to read patch notes and make an informed choice of whether this particular update needs to be applied at this particular time then you're more than capable of turning automatic updates off. If you're the kind of user that says "ooh, that looks complicated," then you ought to be protected and not a hazard to everyone else by default.

That's a very dangerous line of thinking you have there.

At first we will be like.. Let's just force updates for non tech users. But what if it won't work. What if we will find out that most not up to date computers are actually run by tech-profound users who willingly choose not to run updates. That makes those users a risk to everyone else as well. To eliminate this risk, we ought to force them do updates too, no? Then you end up with Windows scenario.

No. Updates should never be forced on the user. Nor should auto-updates be enabled by default.

One way to do this is to have the option of enabling auto updates during installation.

Linux Mint want to remind you to run updates
22 February 2021 at 3:31 pm UTC Likes: 3

I don't see any problem with users not running updates. It's their computer. What they put on it is up to them. I always look at it using the ownership princeple from OOP. An object owned by another object should never give orders to it. It can only inform that something happen.

Same applies here. The user/admin always should be in the highest point in this hierarchy. OS should inform me that there are updates available. But it should never force me in any way to run them. A simple panel icon with pop-up on start is enough. Anything more than that is unneeded and unwanted.

Open source RTS 0 A.D. Alpha 24 is out now with plenty of new features
21 February 2021 at 4:22 pm UTC

Quoting: Bladeforce
Quoting: Rooster
Quoting: AkonadyIf they stop with this Open Source bs they could sell the game, make money from it, and turn the game into a real game, hiring developers, not this garbage, this game is not even close to Age of Empires, sorry. But hey, they still got 1.000 years to finish the game.

But... Why? You already have so many games in this exact genre which do exactly that, why is it bad to have one game which decides to do it in another way? Imagine, if one day you become a game developer and be like: "Oh man, this 0 A.D. game is garbage. If only I could add this and that and sell it, not only it would be the perfect game, I would make some serious money on it. ... Wait, what do you mean that since the game is open source, I can totally do exactly that?"

Quoting: Bladeforce
Quoting: AkonadyIf they stop with this Open Source bs they could sell the game, make money from it, and turn the game into a real game, hiring developers, not this garbage, this game is not even close to Age of Empires, sorry. But hey, they still got 1.000 years to finish the game.

I suggest you grow up, go out and learn more about life. You won't get far by having an attitude like that. The developers are doing this in their own time, for fun and to be honest its a great game FOR FREE.
Maybe just maybe the whole idea is to just update the game and never reach an end goal? I for one like this as if you were tied to regular games you would have paid for 0.A.D 25 times by now.
Support these people not lambast them with irrational, prepubescent crap.
The only thing garbage about this is that I have to share the air I breathe with trolls like yourself

I like the main point of your comment, but were the insults really necessary? Every time when someone talks about Linux community being toxic, I mention the Linux gaming community being the nicest community ever. Yeah I agree that Akonady is dead wrong, but so was I about so many things in the past and can you really say the same doesn't apply to you?

Did you also come out and say total garbage about a group of people doing something their way for nothing?
Common sense is seriously lacking. Sometimes being blunt is the best riposte to a troll

Yes, there was this one time when a youtuber named Chris Titus Tech made a video called "Why I Stopped Using Linux for Gaming". Due to lack of any real arguments or actual informational value, that video was total garbage in my opinion and I did comment exactly that. And I stand by it, unless someone makes a good case on why I am wrong.

Open source RTS 0 A.D. Alpha 24 is out now with plenty of new features
21 February 2021 at 3:42 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: AkonadyIf they stop with this Open Source bs they could sell the game, make money from it, and turn the game into a real game, hiring developers, not this garbage, this game is not even close to Age of Empires, sorry. But hey, they still got 1.000 years to finish the game.

But... Why? You already have so many games in this exact genre which do exactly that, why is it bad to have one game which decides to do it in another way? Imagine, if one day you become a game developer and be like: "Oh man, this 0 A.D. game is garbage. If only I could add this and that and sell it, not only it would be the perfect game, I would make some serious money on it. ... Wait, what do you mean that since the game is open source, I can totally do exactly that?"

Quoting: Bladeforce
Quoting: AkonadyIf they stop with this Open Source bs they could sell the game, make money from it, and turn the game into a real game, hiring developers, not this garbage, this game is not even close to Age of Empires, sorry. But hey, they still got 1.000 years to finish the game.

I suggest you grow up, go out and learn more about life. You won't get far by having an attitude like that. The developers are doing this in their own time, for fun and to be honest its a great game FOR FREE.
Maybe just maybe the whole idea is to just update the game and never reach an end goal? I for one like this as if you were tied to regular games you would have paid for 0.A.D 25 times by now.
Support these people not lambast them with irrational, prepubescent crap.
The only thing garbage about this is that I have to share the air I breathe with trolls like yourself

I like the main point of your comment, but were the insults really necessary? Every time when someone talks about Linux community being toxic, I mention the Linux gaming community being the nicest community ever. Yeah I agree that Akonady is dead wrong, but so was I about so many things in the past and can you really say the same doesn't apply to you?

Stadia to see more than 100 games through 2021
15 February 2021 at 6:12 pm UTC

Quoting: mirv
Quoting: Rooster
Quoting: mirv
Quoting: Rooster
Quoting: mirvI think the danger of turning it into basically Windows needs to be considered. Does that make sense? Long worded, but obviously something that I am concerned about.

Not really sure what you mean by that. Why would more people adapting Linux for gaming turn it into Windows?

(oh damn, I wrote a lot - well it's a good question, thought it deserved a decent effort for me to answer)

I have really nothing much else to add elsewhere, can't really add anything other than words to the other points, just wanted to say about this one: DRM (_not_ Direct Rendering Manager, the other DRM), invasive anti-cheat (it's really not a stretch of the imagination for kernel level drivers to be a thing if various companies have their way), external companies controlling what desktop you use, what kernel version, what's compiled into your kernel, all manner of phone-home analytics, becoming a walled-garden system, only having interfaces that company XYZ permits you to have. Others deciding how gaming looks for you, not you deciding how gaming looks for you.

It's really not that far fetched. Yes, Stadia has "the ultimate DRM", but that's only for a game itself. I don't need to recompile the kernel or open up specific permissions and security holes locally to run the game. From that perspective, Stadia is allowing my system to be far more open ironically. The cost? Publishers dictate what I can do with that game. A particular conundrum I have no answer for.

I'd rather gaming be adapted to GNU/Linux, than GNU/Linux (or really even just Linux as the kernel) be adapted to gaming because I see the latter turning into "GNU/Linux being locked down for gaming". Not saying that is definitely the path it's going down, but I can see signs of it headed that way and we should all be cautious.

Last example for, because wow am I carrying on, but when VP first released Witcher 2 there was an uproar over a supported compatibility layer being used. Valve package their own flavour of wine, plug in dxvk, and help bring modifications to the kernel to have that run better - and nobody bats an eyelid. I'm not saying these aren't all useful software technologies, instead it's an example of how easily opinions change, and how easily that can carry into GNU/Linux being turned into Microsoft/Linux.

I still don't understand. I mean.. You always have the option not to use any of that stuff, so what's the issue here?

I always have the option to switch to BSD, but that's not really going to solve anything. It's getting to the point of wanting to do or play any "serious" games (for some definition of that term) you need to accept being told what to install, do, and not do, on your own system. If you don't see that as Really Bad, there's probably no point to me adding anything extra other than to paste a few links to FSF, GNU, talks by Stallman, and a few good books (e.g Cathedral and the Bazaar, Rebel Code).

I would like real example on the bolded. I never felt obligated having to install something on my system.

Or are you talking about the need to install Wine and DXVK to play non native games? Because if yes and your way of fighting against it is to take away the option to do so from users.. Then I can see the Stallman influence in you. Which I'm not saying is a bad thing. I agree with what Stallman wants to achieve, but disagree completely with the way he goes about achieving it. I think users should have the freedom to run whatever they want on their system.

Stadia to see more than 100 games through 2021
15 February 2021 at 1:11 pm UTC

Quoting: mirv
Quoting: Rooster
Quoting: mirvI think the danger of turning it into basically Windows needs to be considered. Does that make sense? Long worded, but obviously something that I am concerned about.

Not really sure what you mean by that. Why would more people adapting Linux for gaming turn it into Windows?

(oh damn, I wrote a lot - well it's a good question, thought it deserved a decent effort for me to answer)

I have really nothing much else to add elsewhere, can't really add anything other than words to the other points, just wanted to say about this one: DRM (_not_ Direct Rendering Manager, the other DRM), invasive anti-cheat (it's really not a stretch of the imagination for kernel level drivers to be a thing if various companies have their way), external companies controlling what desktop you use, what kernel version, what's compiled into your kernel, all manner of phone-home analytics, becoming a walled-garden system, only having interfaces that company XYZ permits you to have. Others deciding how gaming looks for you, not you deciding how gaming looks for you.

It's really not that far fetched. Yes, Stadia has "the ultimate DRM", but that's only for a game itself. I don't need to recompile the kernel or open up specific permissions and security holes locally to run the game. From that perspective, Stadia is allowing my system to be far more open ironically. The cost? Publishers dictate what I can do with that game. A particular conundrum I have no answer for.

I'd rather gaming be adapted to GNU/Linux, than GNU/Linux (or really even just Linux as the kernel) be adapted to gaming because I see the latter turning into "GNU/Linux being locked down for gaming". Not saying that is definitely the path it's going down, but I can see signs of it headed that way and we should all be cautious.

Last example for, because wow am I carrying on, but when VP first released Witcher 2 there was an uproar over a supported compatibility layer being used. Valve package their own flavour of wine, plug in dxvk, and help bring modifications to the kernel to have that run better - and nobody bats an eyelid. I'm not saying these aren't all useful software technologies, instead it's an example of how easily opinions change, and how easily that can carry into GNU/Linux being turned into Microsoft/Linux.

I still don't understand. I mean.. You always have the option not to use any of that stuff, so what's the issue here?

What have you been playing recently? Come chit-chat with us
14 February 2021 at 5:40 pm UTC

Quoting: psy-qBlazed through Dark Souls 3 .

One does not simply blaze thorough Dark Souls.

Quoting: BoldosHello everyone. I have a confession to make:
I'm a total addict to X4: Foundations.
Usually I turn it on just for a few moments, and usually I do not finish before 4am.

Am I a bad person?

No way. Actually this is why I've been putting of getting into X4, because I know that game is such a time sink.

What have you been playing recently? Come chit-chat with us
14 February 2021 at 5:36 pm UTC Likes: 4

After one year of owning the game, I was finally able to get into Everspace. And man.. What a dumb chicken I am for not playing it earlier. I love the game more than I ever though I would.

So why did I not start playing it earlier? Well I'm not much into rouge-likes or rouge-lights. What I did not know is that this game is rouge-light in the same way FTL is, meaning you don't go through the same levels, they change on every run. It is still rubbing me the wrong way loosing all gear when I die, but at least the perks stay, which can make you significantly stronger, so I don't mind it too much.

Now what is the actual reason I love the game? The exploration. You never know what you will stumble upon and there is some crazy and interesting stuff out there.

Stadia to see more than 100 games through 2021
14 February 2021 at 12:55 pm UTC

Quoting: mirvRealized I might not have been clear: I mean sure, it can try to be used as both, I just don't see that happening without an external push (steam machines type thing) - and even then I'm not really sure it would work anyway without some kind of exclusivity. Basically as an extra bit of sweetener for the deal, not the deal itself.

I believe it needs to be both, an external push and the ability to be able to play most games on Linux. And history supports me on this. We already had the external push, which was SteamOS and Valve. But as we can see, that alone wasn't enough to keep driving Linux adoption as a gaming platform.

Quoting: mirvThis is actually a point that I know a lot of people disagree with me on: is there any need to get a higher market share through such means? There's no particular rush as far as I'm aware, things can go at their own pace and do it the GNU/Linux way rather than take any shortcuts that have a habit of sticking around a lot longer.

I'm pretty sure people were saying the similar things when Valve came backing Linux gaming. And yes, it certainly changed Linux as a gaming platform and many people argue that for the worst. What used to be a mostly non DMR open source gaming platform is now "dirtied" by Valves DRM and many Linux users who do not care about free open source software at all. But if that didn't happen, I most likely wouldn't be here now and I would definitely not know anything about free open source software, as I only learned about it thanks to being a Linux user. So while Valve was certainly a "necessary evil" to grow Linux as gaming platform to where it is today, I'm for one am glad it happened.

Quoting: mirvI think the danger of turning it into basically Windows needs to be considered. Does that make sense? Long worded, but obviously something that I am concerned about.
Not really sure what you mean by that. Why would more people adapting Linux for gaming turn it into Windows?

Quoting: mirvIt would more than likely just make people use Windows again.

Some people definitely would. Some people definitely wouldn't. It is impossible to predict how many would fall into each category. Only time will tell, if we ever get to that point. All I know is that right now, Proton/Wine/dxvk is good for Linux adoption as a gaming platform. How many people actually stick with it once obstacles come into their way would be for another discussion.

Stadia to see more than 100 games through 2021
14 February 2021 at 11:31 am UTC

Quoting: mirv1. Definitely agree, profit would drive developer (or maybe that should be publisher, but I think we all mean the same thing under "developer" as an umbrella term). I would say less about more gamers using GNU/Linux though, rather more people using (desktop) GNU/Linux. Subtle perhaps, but as I see it the gaming will come from the latter as opposed to driving it, so there's no real dependency circle (as I see it).

Well.. I myself am a Linux user first and gamer second. I used the word "gamers" (a word I don't like btw) to specifically refer to people for whom being able to game on the platform is much more important for switching over. Of course gaming is not the actual driver, otherwise switching wouldn't make sense for them. But it is something that prevents them from switching, that's where the dependency cycle comes from.

Quoting: mirvThat kinda makes wine more useful for those already using GNU/Linux, not as a tool for adoption in the first place.

Why not both?

Quoting: mirv1.1) if wine+dxvk (and dxvk was the trigger behind the recent surge in wine usage, and Valve's interest) was such the way forward, why are Google not using it to power games through Stadia?

Wine+dxvk is a way forward for Linux adoption, but a step back for Linux native development. For now. Once we reach like 5% market share on Steam, I will be the first to tell people that they should only buy native games. However right now, wine+dxvk is the "necessary evil" to get there.

Quoting: mirv1.2) what about the legal status behind wine, and even dxvk? Nobody has really wanted to answer that, nobody really wants to face it, but you can be sure Microsoft will jump in should they consider it useful to retain users.

When Microsoft jumps in and renders wine/dxvk useless through legal or other ways, it would make the need of native Linux version much bigger with now even more Linux users/gamers who adopted Linux in the meantime so.. Yay?

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