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Games: IPv6 Support on the PlayStation 5, SDL 2.0.16, VR on Linux

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  • IPv6 Support on the PlayStation 5

    The PS5 does support IPv6, and the Netflix app proves that IPv6 connectivity is available for use. Apart from Netflix, though, there is not much use of IPv6. That goes both for the system software and its bundled apps, as well as for third-party apps and games.

  • SDL Still Has A Number Of Issues To Address Before Defaulting To Wayland - Phoronix

    The recently released SDL 2.0.16 brought much-improved Wayland support but it's still not quite good enough yet to have it be the default over the SDL X11 path. However, developers continue working in that direction to eventually use it by default.

    Well known Linux game porter Ethan Lee presented at this week's X.org Developers Conference (XDC2021) with the ongoing work to bring SDL's Wayland support up to parity with X11 that it can be the default.

  • VR on Linux: A Growing Market?

    Here’s another look at the survey conducted back in April 2021 – this time we will check the answers from all respondents regarding VR on Linux.

    First, let’s have a look at how widespread is VR among the respondents...

    As expected, the majority of users have actually never tried VR. However, the number of owners of PC VR equipment is much higher than I had anticipated. More than 13% is a huge number, relative to the usual market of VR as we know currently. As usual the same disclaimer apply as per the previous survey analysis (this sample is potentially not representative of Linux gamers at large, etc…) but there are still many things to learn from it.

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    It’s not very surprising that the large majority has no such intent. But still, about 15.8% say they would be somewhat likely or very likely to purchase such VR equipment. Even if only half of those actually pulls the trigger, that’s still something like a 8% growth year on year. Not very fast, but still healthy in terms of market development. It’s consistent with what we have been observing so far with VR: sales increase year after year, but there’s no explosion – nothing like how smartphones took off, if we were to take a benchmark.

    I think this all says that VR is potentially great, but for numerous reasons, it’s not yet ready to go full mainstream. Half Life: Alyx may be the exception that proves the rule: pretty much everyone who played it considered it a game-changer, but there’s only one game like that, and this is from Valve after spending years experimenting with what VR could bring. Maybe every game, ten years from now, will be as good or better than Alyx in VR, but until more extraordinary titles come out, adoption will be on a slow pace.

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today's howtos

  • How to Change HiDPI Scaling Settings on Linux

    For years, laptops and computer monitors have come with increasingly high-resolution displays. Text that looks great on a 1080p display can be too small and unreadable on a 4K one. Operating systems can upscale what's on-screen, but since 4K and other high-resolution screens come in many different sizes, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Linux distributors have a particularly challenging time in part because Linux rarely comes pre-installed on devices. So, if you're a Linux user looking to tweak HiDPI settings, how do you go about this, and what do you need to know? Let's find out.

  • Full Circle Magazine: Full Circle Magazine #177

    Excerpt from my Editorial: Probably for the first time in FCM history we only have enough for two HowTo articles. […] As stated last month: we DESPERATELY need articles. I’ve got nothing spare. So, PLEASE, spend a few moments to write SOMETHING about what you know. It can be ANYTHING as long as it has something to do with Linux; hardware/software reviews, a how-to on something, even your story of how you found Ubuntu/Linux (of any flavor). Send whatever to: ronnie@fullcirclemagazine.org

  • Whatsdesk- Install WhatsApp Client on Ubuntu 22.0 | 20.04 - Linux Shout

    WhatsApp client is not officially available for Linux systems, hence, we can install an unofficial one i.e WhatsDesk on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 using SNAP craft. Although Linux is not anymore the OS of developers only, still, WhatApp official client app is not available to install on Ubuntu. Therefore, if someone wants to use WhatsApp on Linux, they either have to use its web version or need to go for any third part unofficial client such as WhatsDesk.

  • How to Find Process ID (PID and PPID) in Linux

    Knowing the PID and PPID of a process can be helpful if you need to manage or interact with a process running on your system. There are numerous ways to get the PID (Process ID) and PPID (Parent Process ID) of a given process in Linux.

  • Install Discord Client on openSUSE Leap 15 - LinuxCapable

    Discord is a free voice, video, and text chat app used by tens of millions of people ages 13+ to talk and hang out with their communities and friends. Users communicate with voice calls, video calls, text messaging, media, and files in private chats or as part of communities called “servers.” Discord is available on Windows, macOS, and Linux Distros. In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Discord client on openSUSE Leap 15. The tutorial will use the terminal for installation found in Activities> Show Applications > Terminal.

  • Install GNOME Tweaks Tool on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - LinuxCapable

    GNOME is a popular desktop used on many Linux distributions, including Ubuntu. The GNOME Tweaks tool allows users to modify and change the cosmetics in their GNOME desktop environment, which is popular amongst users that are not satisfied entirely with the GUI. Some of the things you can do with GNOME Tweaks are edit font colors and scaling, disable animations for desktop speed improvement, change themes, manage GNOME extensions, bar changes, and much more. In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install GNOME Tweaks on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

  • Install Grafana On Ubuntu / Rocky Linux & Fedora | Tips On UNIX

    Grafana is an open-source Analytics software with visualization. It provides you with tools to turn your time series database data into insightful graphs and visualizations. Grafana supports multiple data sources like Prometheus, Graphite, InfluxDB, Elasticsearch, Zabbix, etc… This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to install Grafana on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Rocky Linux 8, AlmaLinux 8, and Fedora 35.

  • Install UNRAR on Fedora Linux 35 - LinuxCapable

    UNRAR is widely known and used amongst Windows users. RAR files are much smaller archives and compress better than ZIP for most files by compressing files “together,” saving more space. UNRAR does not come pre-installed natively on Fedora and is not featured in its repositories. The following tutorial will show you how to install UNRAR on Fedora Linux 35 Workstation or Server with RPM FUSION, along with the most commonly used commands.

New Theme Brings libadwaita’s Sleek Looks to Older GTK Apps

This third-party theme back-ports the bulk of the libadwaita stylesheet to a regular GTK theme that works with GTK3 apps. As this theme is under active development you can’t be too picky if there are a few unpadded highlights or errant pixels; it’s not a 1:1 clone of what you seen in GNOME 42 screenshots (or any GTK4 libadwaita apps you currently use) but it’s a close enough approximation. Also: this is purely superficial; you won’t magically find GTK4 features, widgets, or animations nestled inside your GTK3 apps. Read more

Chrome and Mozilla: Privacy, Net Neutrality, and Firefox Changes

  • Google Just Gave You the Best Reason Yet to Finally Quit Using Chrome

    Ultimately, that change in the way Google is looking at Chrome--that it isn't a tool that serves its users, but is a tool that serves up users to advertisers, albeit in a slightly more privacy protective way--is a bad sign. It's also the best reason to finally ditch it altogether.

  • In California, an Important Victory for Net Neutrality

    Today, the Ninth Circuit court upheld California’s net neutrality law, affirming that California residents can continue to benefit from the fundamental safeguards of equal treatment and open access to the internet. This decision clears the way for states to enforce their own net neutrality laws, ensuring that consumers can freely access ideas and services without unnecessary roadblocks. Net neutrality matters, as much of our daily life is now online. It ensures that consumers are protected from ISPs blocking or throttling their access to websites, or creating fast lanes and slow lanes for popular services.

  • How to restore Firefox's classic download behavior

    Mozilla plans to change the download behavior of the Firefox web browser in Firefox 97; this guide helps restore the classic download functionality of the browser. Firefox users who download files currently get a download prompt when they do so. The prompt displays options to open the file using an application or save it to the local system. Starting in Firefox 97, Firefox is not displaying the prompt anymore by default.

This week in KDE: Getting Plasma 5.24 ready for release - Adventures in Linux and KDE

Plasma 5.24 is almost ready! I mentioned last week that I haven’t been posting about fixes for regressions in 5.24 that never got released, because there would be too many. Nonetheless people have been working very hard on this, and we’re down to only 7, with two of them having open merge requests! Working on those is appreciated, as it helps improve the stability of the final release in a week and a half. Read more