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  • Mad Max Open World Action-Adventure Video Game Released for Linux, SteamOS & Mac

    After teasing us earlier this month, today, October 20, 2016, Feral Interactive had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the Mad Max open world action-adventure video game for the SteamOS, Linux, and Mac platforms.

    Feral Interactive is well known for bringing AAA titles to the Linux and Mac gaming world, and after porting the Tomb Raider 2013 reboot last year to our beloved platforms, which continue to get more fans by the day, now the UK-based video games publisher delights us with the superb Mad Max title developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Warner Bros.

  • Mad Max Launches For Linux

    Feral Interactive's port of Mad Max to Linux (and macOS) is now officially out and can be found on Steam.

    Feral announced their Mad Max port at the beginning of October while today it's ready to ship. As mentioned in that original article, the Linux system requirements are fairly stiff with only listing NVIDIA hardware under Linux and the minimum being a GTX 660 while the recommendation is at least a GTX 970.

  • Mad Max Appears To Work Fine With RadeonSI Gallium3D

    This morning's release of the Mad Max game for Linux lists only NVIDIA graphics as supported, but it does turn out at least for newer AMD GPUs using the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver things should work -- well, assuming you are using the latest open-source driver code.

  • Mad Max released for Linux, port report and review available

    Mad Max is the latest Linux port from Feral Interactive, probably one of the titles I have been most excited about so hopefully it lives up to the promise.

    It has only been a few weeks since Feral Interactive released Dawn of War II, Chaos Rising and Retribution on Linux, and now we have a real whopper with Mad Max.

    Something Linux lacks is a reasonable amount of high quality open-world story-based games. We started getting a few with Borderlands 2 and Shadow of Mordor, but another top quality game like this is a must for us to keep the interest up.

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  • 'Duke Grabowski, Mighty Swashbuckler', a great looking point-and-click adventure is now on Linux

    The game doesn't show up in the newly released list for SteamOS/Linux games on Steam, as it gained a Linux version after the original release. I really do hope Valve fix that one day.

  • SteamOS 2.95 Beta Adds Bluetooth Firmware for Killer 1535 Card, Security Fixes

    Today, October 19, 2016, Valve's engineers working on the SteamOS gaming platform have pushed a new Beta update to the brewmaster_beta channel for the upcoming major release of the Debian-based operating system.

    SteamOS 2.95 Beta arrives three weeks after the release of the SteamOS 2.93 Beta build, but it looks like it's a small maintenance update adding Bluetooth firmware for the Killer Wireless-AC 1535 card, implemented in the firmware-nonfree package, and the latest security patches from upstream.

    As you might know, SteamOS is based on Debian Stable a.k.a. Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 "Jessie," which means that it's always in sync with its software repositories, getting the newest security fixes and software updates. Therefore, SteamOS 2.95 Beta updates the BIND9, NSS, NSPR, and libgd2 packages.

  • Vendetta Online 1.8.393 MMORPG Updates Oculus Rift Version with Gear VR Changes

    Guild Software developers finally made time to update the news page of the Vendetta Online MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) game and let us know what new features landed in the latest updates.

    It appears that Vendetta Online received a total of eight maintenance updates since our last report back in August 2016, which was about version 1.8.385. The latest stable update is now versioned Vendetta Online 1.8.393, and it introduces an updated Oculus Rift version of the game with updates from Samsung Gear VR.

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  • Indicator Diskman Makes It Easy to Manage Drives & Partitions on Ubuntu

    Indicator Diskman Indicator Diskman is a small panel-based indicator applet that lets you view and manage mounted drives, volumes, partitions, and disc images.

  • Synapse or Alfred — What’s Your Favourite App Launcher for Linux?

    Sometimes there are apps that I want to write about but I’m uncertain of why I want to write about them. Case in point today is Synapse, a smart application launcher (and then some), a one-time mainstay on many a Linux desktop.

  • VirtualBox 5.1.8 Out Now, Oracle Adds Linux Kernel 4.8 Support in VirtualBox 5.0

    A few minutes ago, Oracle announced the availability of two new maintenance updates for its popular, open-source and cross-platform VirtualBox virtualization software, versions 5.1.8 and 5.0.28.

    The VirtualBox 5.1.8 point release is the most advanced Oracle VM VirtualBox version you can get right now, and it promises a month's worth of bug fixes and improvements to further stabilize the application for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

  • Wine Staging 1.9.21 Lets You Run Steam Web Browser in Windows 7 Mode on Linux

    Today, October 18, 2016, the Wine Staging development team announced the availability for download of a new version of their Wine Staging open-source alternative to the popular Wine software.

    Based on the recently released Wine 1.9.21 development build, Wine Staging 1.9.21 promises a bunch of goodies for those interested in running the latest Windows games and applications on their GNU/Linux operating system, among which we can mention improvements to the Vulkan wrapper.

  • The 'SMACH Z' gaming handheld is back on Kickstarter, no longer using SteamOS but their own Linux version

    The 'SMACH Z' [Kickstarter] is a promising device and I'm quite excited to see how this all turns out, the promise of taking my Steam library easily on the go sounds fun.

    They are no longer using SteamOS, but their own Linux-based "SMACH Z OS", although it will still be a mostly normal Linux distribution since it will run Linux games and Steam.

    What bugs me, is that they "recommend" their Linux OS, but all their benchmarks in the video and noted on the Kickstarter were done on Windows. That tells me a lot about their confidence in showing how it will run games if people don't use Windows. As sad as that is, we know most games run a bit slower on Linux right now, so it's not really surprising. The real issue here, is that Windows support is a stretch-goal, meaning all of the benchmark/performance information is useless unless they hit that goal.

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  • Wine-Staging Release 1.9.21

    The Wine Staging release 1.9.21 is now available.

  • Wine-Staging 1.9.21 Improves Its Vulkan Wrapper

    Re-basing to last week's Wine 1.9.21 release is a new version of Wine-Staging that incorporates various experimental/testing patches atop this code-base for running Windows binaries on Linux and other operating systems.

    Notable to Wine-Staging 1.9.21 are improvements around its experimental Vulkan wrapper, which allows for running Windows Vulkan programs that in turn rely upon host's native Vulkan driver. There is also a GIF encoder added to its Windows codecs implementation.

  • Feral have released the minimum and recommend system requirements for Mad Max on Linux

    The release of Mad Max [Steam, Feral Interactive] for Linux is fast approaching this week (20th!) and Feral have now updated their website with the minimum and recommended system specifications.

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  • Inklings, a lemmings-style puzzle game is now out on Linux

    Inklings [Steam, Official Site] is an indie lemmings-style puzzle game with simple visuals, guide your Inklings to safety! This game comes from a family team of developers.

    The developer told me that himself and his brother developed it, while their mother had a hand at the level paintings.

    I've tested it out for a bit, as the developer sent in a key and I haven't come across any problems. It's quite a nice game, but it is rather simplistic visually.

  • Hyper Ultra Astronautics, a fast-paced competitive local multiplayer space arena
  • Stellar Overload, the block-based adventure FPS is now on Steam

    If you remember, I recently wrote about Stellar Overload [Steam, Official Site] and did a small preview. The good news is that the game is now available on Steam with Linux support.

    While there are a lot of these block games now, Stellar Overload at least offers up some unique features. The major one being cube shaped planets to explore. I've found it to be way more interesting than other blocky games.

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  • Samsung’s new Chromebook Pro comes with an S Pen

    OK, it’s no longer called an S Pen, but the Samsung Chromebook Pro has a PEN. All all caps pen, so you know it’s a big deal, even if it does look exactly like an S Pen pulled from the cold dead fingers of the Galaxy Note 7 (too soon?). All jokes aside, this new Chromebook from Samsung actually looks really nice, and it can be picked up right now on Samsung Korea’s website.

  • Steam Finds Win 10 Losing Players, Win 7 and Linux Gaming Rising

    Does Linux hold a chance to compete with Windows as a gaming operating system? Well, not exactly. Despite Steam’s work on SteamOS, it doesn’t seem like Linux is about to become a major gaming operating system any time soon. But it’s definitely growing, and Steam users understand its benefits. Perhaps by this time next year, Mac will be going head-to-head with Linux players in the Steam Hardware Survey.

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