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  • Humble Store is doing a "DRM-Freedom" sale, GOG also has multiple themed sales going

    It's not just Steam doing a big event at the moment, as both Humble Store and GOG just released two new sales events.

    First up we have the DRM-Freedom Sale from Humble Store and as the name suggests, all games included have DRM-free builds available. For those of you who like to make sure you get a Steam key and a proper DRM-free backup, you can find some sweet Linux gaming deals inside like...

  • Linux Gaming News Punch - Episode 19

    Has it been a week already? Yes it has, Episode 19 of the Linux Gaming News Punch is here to help you keep track of a few interesting topics over the last week or so.

  • Rocket League turns 4, moves into the 2nd phase of the Radical Summer event with a Spike Rush game mode

    Not only has Rocket League moved onto the second phase of the Radical Summer event complete with a new time-limited game mode, it's also about to turn four.

    As the sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, Rocket League released on July 7th back in 2015, it later came to Linux in September 2016 and it continues to remain a very popular title regularly pulling in over fifty thousand players and that's just on Steam. When trying it earlier, over two hundred thousand players were in-game overall.

  • The former Paradox Interactive CEO thinks "platform holders" 30% cut is "outrageous"

    During Gamelab 2019 at a panel hosted by GamesIndustry.biz, Paradox Interactive's former CEO Fredrik Wester (now the Executive Chairman of the Board at Paradox Interactive) talked about the cut "platform holders" take from sales and they're not impressed.

    The one this always comes back to is Valve's store Steam, which has a standard 30% cut they take from developers. Although, they did tweak this for higher earning games in December last year so for games that earn $10 million it's reduced to 25% and 20% at $50 million.

  • Valve's Steam Survey Data Shows Linux Usage Pulling Back During June

    While Linux usage of Steam as a percentage has generally been flat or ticking up slightly each month since last year when Valve introduced Steam Play for allowing many Windows games to run gracefully on Linux, during June was the first time in a while seeing a decline.

  • Fantasy Strike, a really great fighting game is officially launching on July 25th

    Fantasy Strike is a fighting game that's designed to be streamlined and welcoming to new players, while also being great for veterans of the genre and it's launching soon.

    Developed by Sirlin Games, which includes David Sirlin who was previously the lead designer on Super Street Fighter II HD Remix (which was highly rated) so they certainly know their fighting games.

  • Dota 2's prize pool for The International 2019 has surpassed $25 million, breaking previous records

    The International 2019 tournament that starts in August just hit a recording-breaking prize pool sum.

    When players buy the Dota 2 Battle Pass, 25% of it goes towards the prize pool for the tournament while giving players a bunch of extras. Last year's prize pool was a total of around $25,532,177 which itself was record-breaking at the time. This year though, it's broken it yet again with it currently sitting at $25,654,923 and there's still quite a lot of time to go.

  • Godot Engine 4.0 Continues Working Towards Vulkan Support

    Godot lead developer Juan Linietsky has been spending much of his time working on porting their open-source game engine to Vulkan for the Godot 4.0 release to follow Godot 3.2. Good progress is being made in getting this increasingly popular game engine rendering with Vulkan.

    Linietsky notes the large amount of initialization code needed to get Vulkan going, preparations for rendering device abstraction in Godot 4, and other architectural changes compared to OpenGL.

  • VULKAN PROGRESS REPORT #1

    While the rest of the Godot contributors are focused on finalizing 3.2 for release, I'm almost exclusively dedicating myself to porting the engine to Vulkan, as part of the 4.0 release effort. This is so far an exciting adventure and I'm learning a lot about it.

"Godot Engine" is progressing

  • The FOSS game engine "Godot Engine" is progressing on Vulkan support

    Due for the Godot Engine [Official Site] 4.0 release, Vulkan support sounds like it's coming along nicely for this FOSS game engine as detailed in the latest progress report.

    While others are working towards Godot Engine 3.2 which is due later this year and already has some fun sounding features making it in like disabling editor features, pseudo 3D support in the 2D engine, convex decomposition, a new Android plugin system, major update to the Visual Shader editor and loads more work on Godot Engine 4.0 is already underway.

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Events: GNOME, LF, and Linux App Summit (LAS)

  • Felipe Borges: Save the date: GNOME LATAM 2021, March 27th

    I’m happy to spread the word that a GNOME event in Spanish and Portuguese is taking place this month, on the 27th of March. It will be a free virtual event with talks and panels where everybody is welcome.

  • Cloud Foundry Summit 2021: Call For Papers Open

    The Summit will allow European attendees to participate, as well, with sessions tailored to the virtual format. The Cloud Foundry Foundation will join forces with the community-elected program committee to curate a program that fosters collaboration among attendees and offers interactive platform education.

  • The Linux App Summit (LAS) returns in May, applications open for talks until March 15 | GamingOnLinux

    Planned to happen online again during May 13-15, the Linux App Summit (LAS) is set to return giving you a chance to listen to talks about the future of application design, development and more for Linux. Last year had some pretty interesting talks, like Linux game porter and FNA developer Ethan Lee giving a presentation on how games get built and packages plus Collabora gave an overview of their work with Valve.

CoreELEC 19.0 “Matrix” Linux Distro Released for Amlogic Hardware Based on Kodi 19

As its codename suggests, CoreELEC 19.0 “Matrix” is the first release of this LibreELEC fork to be based on the recently released Kodi 19.0 “Matrix” open-source home theater software, which introduces numerous new featiures and improvements for those who want to make their own media center PC or HTPC. Based on the CoreELEC 9.2.6 Amlogic-NG release, the CoreELEC 19.0 series becomes the active development branch, supporting only Amlogic-NG devices like LaFrite, LePotato, ODROID-C4, ODROID-HC4, and ODROID-N2. Read more

Mozilla Leftovers

  • A Better Terminal for Mozilla Build [Ed: Mozilla is moving in a bad direction that serves Windows, not standards or the open Web or software freedom]

    If you’re working with mozilla-central on Windows and followed the official documentation, there’s a good chance the MozillaBuild shell is running in the default cmd.exe console. If you’ve spent any amount of time in this console you’ve also likely noticed it leaves a bit to be desired. Standard terminal features such as tabs, splits and themes are missing. More importantly, it doesn’t render unicode characters (at least out of the box).

  • Mozilla Open Policy & Advocacy Blog: India’s new intermediary liability and digital media regulations will harm the open internet

    Last week, in a sudden move that will have disastrous consequences for the open internet, the Indian government notified a new regime for intermediary liability and digital media regulation. Intermediary liability (or “safe harbor”) protections have been fundamental to growth and innovation on the internet as an open and secure medium of communication and commerce. By expanding the “due diligence” obligations that intermediaries will have to follow to avail safe harbor, these rules will harm end to end encryption, substantially increase surveillance, promote automated filtering and prompt a fragmentation of the internet that would harm users while failing to empower Indians. While many of the most onerous provisions only apply to “significant social media intermediaries” (a new classification scheme), the ripple effects of these provisions will have a devastating impact on freedom of expression, privacy and security.

  • Karl Dubost: Capping User Agent String - followup meeting [Ed: Hopefully enough people understand the degree to which use agents in a Web browser are leveraged for fingerprinting/tracking/surveillance/abuse]

    A couple of weeks ago, I mentionned the steps which have been taken about capping the User Agent String on macOS 11 for Web compatibility issues. Since then, Mozilla and Google organized a meeting to discuss the status and the issues related to this effort. We invited Apple but probably too late to find someone who could participate to the meeting (my bad). The minutes of the meeting are publicly accessible.

Security Leftovers

  • Is Your Browser Extension a Botnet Backdoor?

    A company that rents out access to more than 10 million Web browsers so that clients can hide their true Internet addresses has built its network by paying browser extension makers to quietly include its code in their creations. This story examines the lopsided economics of extension development, and why installing an extension can be such a risky proposition.

  • Security updates for Tuesday [LWN.net]

    Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (bind, intel-ucode, ipmitool, isync, openssl, python, python-cryptography, python-httplib2, salt, tar, and thrift), Fedora (ansible, salt, webkit2gtk3, and wpa_supplicant), Oracle (bind), Red Hat (bind, kernel, and kpatch-patch), Scientific Linux (bind), SUSE (firefox, gnome-autoar, java-1_8_0-ibm, java-1_8_0-openjdk, nodejs10, open-iscsi, perl-XML-Twig, python-cryptography, and thunderbird), and Ubuntu (bind9).

  • Malicious NPM packages target Amazon, Slack with new dependency attacks [Ed: Microsoft delivering malware again, but the media (actually a Microsoft propaganda site in this case) does not mention Microsoft (similar to this)]

    Last month, BleepingComputer reported that security researcher Alex Birsan earned bug bounties from 35 companies by utilizing a new flaw in open-source development tools.

  • Working Spectre exploits for Windows and Linux devices uncovered

    A security researcher has discovered several working Spectre exploits that were uploaded to the VirusTotal database last month. Spectre, along with Meltdown, are two extremely severe hardware vulnerabilities that affect Intel, IBM POWER, and some ARM-based processors. While Intel has since implemented hardware mitigations for the vulnerability in newer processors, older ones have to rely on software fixes that come with a performance penalty, which prevents its blanket use. This means that there’s still a large number of systems that are vulnerable to the recently discovered exploits by security researcher Julien Voisin.