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Twitch’s latest insane adventure: Installing Linux

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Twitch playing Pokémon was easy mode. Tomorrow, Twitch viewers will be invited to do something altogether more challenging: install Arch Linux. Using the same Twitch chat-driven concept as the collaborative Pokémon playthrough, anyone will be able to enter commands and control the installation process.

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The Gaming Paradox: There just aren't enough Free and Open Source video games

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On the flip-side, there are companies like Valve (with Steam) and Nvidia (with their Shield line) that are enabling some amazing, but proprietary, games to come to Linux (I still haven't managed to make myself write it as "GNU/Linux"... I still think that looks goofy as a name). All of which lets me feel a bit better about playing these closed games.

By buying games written for, and running on, a Free Software platform… I am helping to encourage further development, testing, and usage of that platform. Which is good.

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Alien Isolation, Insurgency, and Missing SteamOS Icons

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  • The Alien Isolation Linux Testing That Isn't Happening

    While I was looking forward to yesterday's Alien: Isolation for Linux release, that has all changed now. Besides the game failing with open-source drivers, not all functionality from the Windows game is there in the Linux build.

  • What Alien Isolation Looks Like On The Open-Source AMD Linux Driver

    To the excitement of many Linux gamers, Feral Interactive announced today the release of Alien: Isolation. However, for now you're best off using the NVIDIA proprietary driver followed by AMD Catalyst while the open-source drivers aren't yet ready.

    Feral recommends the proprietary NVIDIA driver as best for supporting this popular strategy game first released for Windows in 2014. While AMD Catalyst isn't officially supported right now, Phoronix readers have reported that the game does work... However, like many Linux games currently, the performance is slow. A Phoronix reader for instance reported a Radeon R9 390 with Catalyst 15.9 (the latest) yielding, "all video settings at max: usually 20 or 30 FPS, 15 FPS in complex scenes, all cutscenes at 60 FPS, loading screens at 1-2 FPS."

  • Insurgency FPS Now Officially Available On Linux

    I'm a bit behind due to all the fun tonight, but Insurgency is now fully available on Linux with a big update. It's also available dirt cheap in the latest Humble Bundle offering.

  • NVIDIA Benchmarks Of NWI's Insurgency FPS Game On Linux

    With yesterday's Insurgency first-person-shooter game update, SteamOS and Linux are now officially supported after it became available in beta earlier this month. Insurgency is an interesting FPS powered by Valve's Source Engine. Here are some benchmarks of this game under Linux.

    The benchmarks are only for some NVIDIA GPUs this time around since while AMD Catalyst should run fine for this game considering it's using the Source Engine, the Catalyst driver is having issues. The game runs fine with the NVIDIA proprietary driver but on this Ubuntu 15.10 system when launching the game with Catalyst 15.9, the screen appears only briefly before returning to the desktop while the Insurgency game process remains alive. Due to that issue blocking the benchmarks from happening, it was just a NVIDIA comparison today.

  • Solved: The Case of the Missing SteamOS Icons

    Over the last week, many Linux users on Steam were left in a state of confusion when noticing that some Linux games have had their SteamOS icon removed. For those unaware, the SteamOS icon certifies that a title is playable on Linux, including SteamOS, and soon, on Steam Machines.

Alien: Isolation for GNU/Linux

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Linux
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Is SteamOS Any Faster Than Ubuntu 15.10 Linux?

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Gaming

Over the past few days have been a number of SteamOS Linux gaming benchmarks, namely published so far are the 22-Way Comparison Of NVIDIA & AMD Graphics Cards On SteamOS For Steam Linux Gaming and 4K AMD/NVIDIA High-End GPU Comparison On SteamOS Linux. When seeing all of those SteamOS results, you may have started wondering: is SteamOS any faster/slower than say Ubuntu Linux? In this article are some benchmarks comparing SteamOS to Ubuntu 15.10.

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