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  • Dream Well, a new episodic narrative arcade horror game has Linux support

    Halloween has been a gone but don't let that stop you trying out a new horror game, as Dream Well recently released with Linux support.

    This is the first chapter in a planned series of four. It looks and sounds quite interesting, with a claim of an AI that learns to hunt you down requiring a stealthy approach. It also has procedural music, a responsive environment and incremental difficulty with a growing narrative—not that they explain what much of that actually means for the gameplay as it all sounds like fancy buzzwords to me.

  • Godot Engine continues advancing Vulkan support, adopts new Code of Conduct

    The team behind the free and open source game engine, Godot Engine, have another progress report to share on Vulkan support coming to Godot Engine 4.0. Plus, they have a new Code of Conduct.

    With the 4.0 update that brings in Vulkan, it's also going to give developers a much more powerful Global Illumination system. Godot's support for it landed in the 3.0 release but they said it was quite limited, so they've reworked it. The new system offers much better performance, 100% real-time lighting, voxel ambient occlusion, support for dynamic objects, multiple bounce lighting and more to come.

  • Metroidvania-styled retro adventure game Cathedral is out with Linux support

    Decemberborn Interactive recently released Cathedral, a homage to classic 8-bit and 16-bit classics with a large hand-crafted connected world to explore.

    While it certainly has a retro look, it's much more than just a throwback. It has a huge world full of more than 600 rooms to explore, completely hand-crafted full of secrets to find and puzzles to solve. When so many games end up repetitive with random generation, perhaps this might feel better?

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Linux Gaming Performance

    Last week NVIDIA announced the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER as their newest Turing "SUPER" graphics card coming in at $229+ USD and delivering around 1.5x faster performance than the GeForce GTX 1060. For those wondering about the Linux gaming performance potential for this graphics card, here are our initial tests of this new graphics card using the EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER.

  • NVIDIA have released the stable 440.31 driver update for Linux, plus a new Vulkan beta driver

    Following on from the 440.26 beta released last month, NVIDIA have today added a few more changes to it and pushed it out as a stable driver update with version 440.31.

    It's a mixture of things big and small in this release. It adds in VP9 decode support to the NVIDIA VDPAU driver, parallel GLSL shader linking has been enabled by default, support for HDMI 2.1 variable refresh rate (VRR) with G-SYNC Compatible monitors and a supported GPU, HardDPMS enabled by default, support for newer multi-GPU rendering extensions and more.

    As for bug fixes and other improvements: they solved issues when running applications using GLX indirect rendering, a fix preventing the NVIDIA kernel modules from building when you're system isn't in English, kernel module building issues with the 5.4 Linux kernels, a confirmation box will now show when you try to quit nvidia-settings with unsaved changes and so on.

  • Nebuchadnezzar looks like a beautifully styled classic isometric city builder coming to Linux

    Seeing Nebuchadnezzar recently gave me a bit of a buzz, a city builder inspired by classics like Pharaoh from Impressions Games which I spent a lot of hours playing in my youth.

  • Proton GE has another new release out with patches for GTA V and lots of updates

    Proton GE, the unofficial and updated build of Proton for Steam Play has another big new release out. To help those who can't wait for Valve/CodeWeavers to update the official Proton or you need some extra fixes.

    With Proton-4.19-GE-1 now available it includes updated builds of DXVK, D9VK, FAudio and Vkd3d. On top of that, it's also pulled in patches to help with GTA V and the Rockstar Launcher, a patch to help with Origin client downloads, patches to fix Skyrim SkyUI status effect icons, patches to help Mortal Kombat 11 run (although online matches won't work) and more.

  • Top-down Battle Royale game Geneshift adds Gamepad support, Steam integration and more

    Geneshift: Battle Royale Turbo from Nik Nak Studios continues getting polished up ready for a full release with some big new features being released recently that should hopefully make it even sweeter.

    Now you don't need to fumble around picking the right server to play with friends, as Geneshift actually has a built-in party system. It's integrated with Steam too, allowing you to invite others to join you and chat while you're in the menu sorting what you're going to do and party members follow the leader into games. Much better! Music got a big revamp too with faster tunes to fit the gameplay, and it's also more dynamic based on what's going on so as you start taking damage it should get more intense beats.

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  • [ProtonVPN] Release notes for Linux client version 2.0

    We’re proud to release version 2.0 of the ProtonVPN Linux client. Entirely rewritten in Python, the new version of the client is lighter, faster, and more stable. Version 2.0 also includes the Kill Switch feature, which keeps your data private, even if your VPN connection is interrupted.

  • LibreOffice community at Czech free software events

    Like every year, we would like to say few words about our impressions and experiences from our Czech free and open source software (FOSS) conferences in autumn. As in the last year, we participate with our LibreOffice booth at LinuxDays in Prague (me and Zdeněk Crhonek), and at OpenAlt in Brno (Petr Valach and Zdeněk Crhonek).

  • Google's Stadia Game Streaming Service Arrives To A Collective 'Meh'

    As we noted last week, there's a laundry list of potential issues plaguing Google's attempted entry into the game streaming space via Google Stadia, not least of which is the US' substandard broadband networks and arbitrary broadband caps. Stadia eliminates the physical home game console and instead moves all game processing to the cloud. And while it's clear that this is the inevitable path forward and somebody is going to eventually dominate the space, there's no solid indication yet that it's going to be Google.

  • Security lessons from a Mac-only fintech company

    Apple remains a highly secure choice for enterprise professionals, but security threats remain and the environment requires sophisticated endpoint management tools, according to Build America Mutual (BAM) CTO David McIntyre.

  • Trump is lying about the ‘new’ ‘Apple’ factory

    This is not true for a couple reasons — one of them nitpicky and one of them a lot more serious. The nitpicky problem is that Apple isn’t actually building a manufacturing plant. The company is building a new campus in Austin, but it’s miles away from the factory and the jobs are going to be very similar to the kind of white-collar design and engineering work that Apple does in Cupertino. Apple doesn’t do its own manufacturing, and the plant Trump is standing in belongs to a contractor called Flex Ltd (formerly Flextronics).

    But the bigger problem is that what Flex is doing isn’t anything new. This particular factory has been manufacturing Mac Pros since 2013, when Cook first announced it would assemble them in the United States. That’s before Trump took office. So the idea that we’re seeing the beginning of something, or that Trump has done something during his presidency to bring about this particular instance of US manufacturing, just doesn’t hold water.

    Trump is talking as if Apple has created a brand-new factory in Texas to build Mac Pros. If all you saw was a five-second clip on the news, that’s probably the impression you would get — but it just isn’t true.

  • SecureCRT 8.7 and SecureFX 8.7 Beta Releases from VanDyke Software Introduce New Enhancements for Increased Efficiency and Streamlined Workflow

    The new releases also introduce macOS Dark Mode, local Proxy command firewall, new algorithms, and support for Ubuntu 19.x and macOS Catalina.

  • SaltStack adds automatic vulnerability remediation tool to portfolio

    IT automation tool provider SaltStack has kicked off its SecOps division by announcing the general availability of SaltStack Protect. Protect is meant to make the “massive amount of coordination and work required to actually fix thousands of infrastructure security vulnerabilities” less daunting, by throwing some automation into the mix. To do that, the product ingests vendor CVE advisories and delivers scans and remediation workflows as a service to SaltStack customers. Automatic prioritisation of which issues to tackle first can be realised by feeding the system with real-time data on the configuration state of all assets in a SaltStack environment, which ties it in with the rest of the SaltStack portfolio.

today's howtos

  • NMCLI Command To Show Available WiFi Networks, Signal Strength on Linux!
  • Looping Through a File that Contains Spaces (for Loop)
  • Zsync HTTP-based File Transfer Utility Transfers Large Files Efficiently
  • How to open a PSD file without Photoshop

    It stands to reason that with the PSD file being a photo-editing file, the best ways to open PSD image files without Photoshop are going to be other photo editing programs. GIMP, which stands for Gnu Image Manipulation Program is an excellent and free image editor alternative to Photoshop. GIMP works on Linux, Mac OS, and Microsoft Windows powered devices and is open source software, meaning it is developed voluntarily by developers all over the world. GIMP offers professional level features, which include being able to open and indeed edit PSD files. Many professional photographers and graphic designers use GIMP for their jobs, and many contribute towards developing new features. If you want to have complete control over the Photoshop file you’re trying to open without Photoshop, then GIMP is the tool you’re looking for. You can download GIMP by pressing the download button below. Then, once you’ve installed it, you can open a PSD file as you would open any other file type.

Devices: Librem 5, Raspberry Pi, TPC-DCM

  • Librem 5 Birch Shipping update — delay of just a few days.

    We want to give everyone a super quick update on shipping of the current batch of Librem 5 smartphones. There’s a delay. But, never fear, it’s only a delay of just a couple days. We had hoped, and expected, that the resistor issue (mentioned in this post last week) wouldn’t delay shipping, but it turns out it has caused a few days’ delay. We have just received official word that final parts for Birch are shipping to us as we speak — and we expect to have them on Tuesday, November 26 (next week). At which point we will be shipping phones out those receiving this batch of Librem 5’s next week. (There is always a chance the final parts will be delivered early, but the tracking currently says November 26.)

  • Exploring the interface of ecology, mathematics, and digital making | Hello World #11

    In Hello World issue 11, Pen Holland and Sarah Wyse discuss how educators and students can get closer to the natural world while honing maths and computing skills. Using a Raspberry Pi, you too can join this citizen science collaboration.

  • AiO touch-panel systems tap Intel’s Whiskey Lake

    Full specs have yet to be posted, and there’s no mention of OS support. However, the earlier TPC-DCM supports Linux distros including Ubuntu, Debian, and Mageia, as well as various Windows flavors.

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