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Seems Valve do intend to go back to SteamOS at some point
25 March 2020 at 5:20 pm UTC

Wernersorry but i really must rant now, i can't hear that crap anymore about Manjaro or Arch based distributions, i get a lot of support requests because many sites now make articles that Manjaro is great for beginners or First Time Users , sorry but WTF, no it is not great for beginners. Normal users don't need f**king bleeding edge the only thing they need is a updated hw stack and a stable base thats it.

If we're going to throw around generalisations, then I'll go with: Users want to be able to run the software they want to run. When it come to running non-standard type stuff, it's way easier to point a user to the AUR than to explain PPAs or Flatpak or such things. Same with drivers. "Bleeding edge" has its downsides, but Linux gaming is currently a teenager undergoing a huge growth spurt... you kind-of want the most up to date vulkan/gpu driver/ etc.

Also, Manjaro is hardly bleeding edge. It's just the right amount of conservative. imo.

Alone deciding if you can or can't trust an AUR package is not a thing for beginners! Installing Flatpaks is very easy, and Flatpaks are sandboxed.

Vaporum: Lockdown delayed into later this year as the game has grown
17 March 2020 at 6:50 pm UTC

Loved the first game. I'm happily waiting a bit longer for more content!
They did ask on Twitter what OS you'll use (and why) to play it btw..

GNOME 3.36 "Gresik" released with a 'Do Not Disturb' mode, NVIDIA dGPU launch options
13 March 2020 at 2:21 pm UTC

TemplarGRGNOME is awesome. Clearly the best DE. The only nasty thing is the default themes. It is..... functional, at best. Unless you are using a distro like Ubuntu with their own default themes, you need to definitely install some new gnome shell themes, gtk themes, icons, cursors ASAP.

Gnome IS awesome! Its tech is great. It seems to work well for a lot of people. It feels fast. It's just that its usage concepts make not much sense to me. I really wanted to like it, but I prefer a simple non-dynamic menu. I like to find things where I left them. I like window controls other than just one small close button. I like to close windows with one gesture, and opening the menu with the opposite gesture. I like window lists showing me all open apps on all screens, without having to press a key. Does that make me a dinosaur?
So I'm really, really glad we have a wide variety to choose from!

GNOME 3.36 "Gresik" released with a 'Do Not Disturb' mode, NVIDIA dGPU launch options
12 March 2020 at 5:29 pm UTC Likes: 1

I can't help it... What I look for in a DE is either just one panel at the bottom or maybe one on the left., because closing windows by simply moving the mouse to the upper right corner while leftclicking is a die hard natural gesture for me.
I also need a window list that lets me see what's running by a simple look.
I don't know if it's possible to tweak Gnome to give me that, but because of those prefereces my DE right now is Cinnamon (and Mint is somewhat naturally a good solution to me ;-)).

Alternate-history WWII Story-driven tactical RPG 'Broken Lines' is out
26 February 2020 at 5:58 pm UTC Likes: 1

I really like it so far. Feels a bit like a mix between Commandos and Frozen Synapse.

Metro Exodus is now live on Steam and Deep Silver say it's coming to Linux
16 February 2020 at 4:04 pm UTC

KelvinhboI wish they would just make sure the game runs well with Proton instead of focusing resources on a native port that would surely be abandoned in a couple months.
If that's how you feel, why are you even using Linux? Go back to Windows. It's one thing to want an old game to work in Proton; one that will likely never see a native version. But you actively wish that a publisher who has announced a native port should abandon it and concentrate on the Windows port. Completely blows my mind, and again proves to me that a lot of 'Linux' gamers only care about their latest fix rather than advancing gaming on Linux.

Native ports, announcements of such, etc, should be praised, supported and encouraged. And in the long run, the use of Proton, while necessary now, should be discouraged. Particularly for new games. It definitely has its place for older games, though.

I will go on purchasing the games I play, while letting the developers know I play them on Linux.
Supporting native versions is great, but I stopped buying games only to support a Linux version.
I still don't buy games from Google, Microsoft or Epic, because I don't like their politics or market behaviour, but that's ny personal preferences, not something I expect anyone else to do, and nothing I even expect to make any difference. I simply don't want to support them personally...
I also think this whole "voting with money" thing works only for positive votes, because negative votes are not counted, and there are way more people who just buy what they want, not what they think is right (or even good for them in the long run). They are all counted as strong pro voters.
When we are lucky, and Linux user numbers rise a few percent in the future, I would not expect these users to be puristic Linux code-only users too...
Just a few thoughts you inspired..

Metro Exodus is now live on Steam and Deep Silver say it's coming to Linux
15 February 2020 at 5:38 pm UTC

I NEVER saw THAT coming! Incredible ... but cool!

System Shock 3 development has been left in limbo with lots of people leaving OtherSide Entertainment
10 February 2020 at 2:10 pm UTC Likes: 2

The late but very, very premature release of Underworld Ascendant was a big disappointment. It crashed every enthusiasm for the game and bad reviews destroyed sales almost completely. Even the big patchup that followed, which repaired big parts of the mess didn't help. Sales never recovered.
When the publisher they chose for SS3 (Starbreeze) got into financial troubles, Otherside bought back the publishing rights from them and (to my knowledge) never found a new publisher for it.
So I guess you're right, "it was surprising they had enough to continue on with System Shock 3 at all".

Linux Mint and the Cinnamon desktop progressing well, all-time high donations
3 February 2020 at 12:39 pm UTC

"a nice no-frills environment that mostly just works and stays out of your way and it just keeps getting better."

That goes for the whole distro as well!
In all those years I use Mint (constantly also trying different distros on other partitions to keep informed), it never "just fell apart" after a system update, like other distros I used (often rolling release).
It might not be "sexy" to use a distro that others call a "beginners distro" and that has seasoned software in someones opinion, but it almost always, like you say about Cinnamon, just works and never stands in my way.
Nvidia integration in LMDE 4 is really great and is also exactly what I missed!

Solus 4.1 is out with upgraded drivers, ESync support for better Linux gaming and more
28 January 2020 at 6:47 pm UTC

Can't even install it for an open minded testing. Solus Mate didn't even start the DE. In Plasma and Budgie most desktop windows simply do not open (not even a terminal window or the installation program). I have no problems with other distros, so I really don't know what the problem is. My hardware and Solus seem to be a bad combination. I did not try Gnome though, because I don't like the DE..
So no testing Solus this time.. I wasn't leaving Mint anyway.

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