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User Editorial: A different approach to calculating the popularity of Linux gaming on Steam

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Now that the monthly Steam statistics are out again, we can see that the result has increased slightly from last month, we are back up to 0.90% from 0.85%. While that is a positive sign, we are again looking at a number below 1% this month.

As has been previously pointed out there are a few flaws with the Steam statistics, such as that users of the Big Picture Mode do not get the survey at all. There are also likely a few flaws we don't know about. Still, we can safely assume that the Steam Hardware Survey isn't completely lying either: Linux usage might be off by a bit, but if it says below 1%, it is rather unlikely that the real numbers are for example above 2%. It is a statistic, and we have to treat it like a statistic, that gives us an indication of the Linux market share on Steam. An increase likely means a larger market share and a decrease a smaller market share.

A fair point that has been made, however, that the amount of Steam users has been increasing over time. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume the number of Linux Steam users has increased as well. The question is: How did Steam grow?

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DragonBox Pyra

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  • DragonBox Pyra Goes Up For Pre-Order

    It's been a while since last hearing anything about the DragonBox Pyra as an open-source gaming handheld system and successor to OpenPandora...

  • Bitcoin is Now Accepted For DragonBox Pyra Pre-orders

    It is always good to see new merchants accepting Bitcoin payments, as it goes to show businesses want to attract an international clientele. DragonBox, a ship based in Germany, recently started accepting Bitcoin payments for their Pyra computer. A neat little device, which packs quite the punch.

  • DragonBox Pyra pre-orders begin (open Source handheld gaming PC)

    The DragonBox Pyra is a portable computer that looks like a cross between a tiny laptop and a Nintendo DX game console… and it kind of works like a cross between those devices as well. It’s got a 5 inch display, a QWERTY keyboard, the Debian Linux operating system that can handle desktop apps as well as games, and physical gaming buttons.

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  • Check out this new Shadow Warrior 2 gameplay video, coming to Linux & SteamOS

    Looks like it has everything I need in an action game. Great visuals, some comedy, a nice assortment of weapons and abilities and a Linux version.

  • Tomb Raider out now on Linux

    Tomb Raider out now on Linux and available for review! Tomb Raider is out now on Linux and available from Steam and the Feral Store.

    Tomb Raider is the hugely successful and critically acclaimed adventure, that tells the gripping story of how an inexperienced young woman becomes the extraordinary Lara Croft, Tomb Raider.

  • Tomb Raider’s Mac, Linux Versions Receive a Launch Trailer

    Publisher Feral Interactive has released the official launch trailer for the Mac and Linux versions of developer Crystal Dynamics’ 2013 Tomb Raider.

    The trailer, which is a minute long and can be watched below, predominantly focuses on the action-oriented scenes from Tomb Raider, showing a young and fearless Lara Croft risking life and limb on her archeological expedition on the island of Yamatai.

  • Tomb Raiding, Best USB Distros, Debian's Dogguy

    The top story today in Linux news must be the release of Tomb Raider - GamingOnLinux and Phoronix have some benchmarks. The Ubuntu 16.10 release schedule was posted and makeuseof compiled the five best distributions for USB sticks. Sam Varghese posted his interview with Debian's new project lead Mehdi Dogguy and Joe Collins tested Manjaro 15.12 with mixed results.

    The release of Tomb Raider by Feral Interactive on Steam for Linux was shouted up and down the boulevard today. GamingOnLinux shared their thoughts and benchmarks soon after. The only negative Liam Dawe seemed to find was some dipping framerates and sluggish behavior in a few spots saying the performance "is generally quite good." Controls worked well and the scenery was beautiful, according to Dawe. The story was compelling, the main character well developed, and combat exciting. He concluded, "Overall, it’s a fantastic game that really draws you in from the moment you load it up." See his full review for no screenshots! Phoronix posted some NVIDIA benchmarks running Tomb Raider on Linux, indicating I need a new video card.

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  • Warsow 2.1 Recently Released With Offloaded Rendering

    While checking on various Linux game benchmarks this morning, I noticed Warsow 2.1 was quietly released at the end of March without much attention.

  • Unreal Engine 4.12 Preview 1 Has The Vulkan Mobile Renderer

    Epic Games today announced the first preview release for the upcoming Unreal Engine 4.12.

    Unreal Engine 4.12 brings the sequencer featuring a non-linear editor with 3D animation editing to the game engine for producing in-game cinematics and more. There are also other cinematic related improvements with Unreal Engine 4.12 Preview 1. In preview form for this release is audio localization support and the capability of running the Unreal Editor in VR.

  • Tomb Raider tested on R7 370 4G and HD 7970

    Thanks to Pepster from our IRC channel, I also managed to get results from his hardware, so we have an additional card to show results from. My computer is an i5-2500K@3.3 GHz, 8 GB of 1333 MHz RAM and the R7 370 4G. Pepster's rig has an i7-5830K and a HD7970. My rig runs Xubuntu 16.04 and thus uses Mesa 11.2 as stated in the official requirements for the game. Pepster used a bleeding edge Mesa from git on his Manjaro 15.12 installation.

  • The Culling, the Unreal Engine 4 battle royale survival game is now on Linux & SteamOS
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Graphics: Mesa 17.2.6 RC, AMDGPU, and Vulkan

  • Mesa 17.2.6 release candidate
  • Mesa 17.2.6 RC Arrives With 50+ Fixes
    While Mesa 17.3 is imminent and should be released as stable within the next few days, Mesa 17.2.6 is being prepped for release as the current point release.
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    While the massive AMDGPU DC infrastructure has been merged for Linux 4.15, the flow of improvements to this display code continues and it looks like the next few kernel cycles at least could be quite busy on the AMD front.
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    A Mozilla engineer has put out a prototype library in working on the Vulkan Portability Initiative for allowing low-level 3D graphics support that's backed by Vulkan / Direct3D 12 / Metal. With Apple sticking to their own Metal graphics API and Direct3D 12 still being the dominant graphics API on Windows 10, The Khronos Group has been working towards better 3D portability for where Vulkan may not be directly supported by the OS/drivers or otherwise available. They've been working to target a subset of the Vulkan API that can be efficiently mapped to these other native graphics APIs and to have the libraries and tooling for better compatibility and code re-use of these different graphics APIs.

Kernel: Linux 4.15, TLDR, and Linus Torvalds' Latest Rant

  • Linux 4.15 Adds AMD Raven Ridge Audio ID
    Not only is AMD Stoney Ridge audio (finally) being supported by the Linux 4.15 kernel, but it also looks like Raven Ridge audio should now be working too.
  • Linux 4.14.2 Fixes The BCache Corruption Bug
    Normally I don't bother mentioning new Linux kernel point releases on Phoronix unless there are some significant changes, as is the case today with Linux 4.14.2.
  • TLDR is what Linux man pages always should have been
    If you get stuck using a Linux tool, the first port of call shouldn’t be to Stack Overflow, but rather its “man pages.” Man — which is short for manual — retrieves documentation for a given program. Unfortunately, this can often be dense, hard to understand, and lacking in practical examples to help you solve your problem. TLDR is another way of looking at documentation. Rather than being a comprehensive guide to a given tool, it instead focuses on offering practical example-driven instructions of how something works.
  • Linux creator Linus Torvalds: This is what drives me nuts about IT security
    Developers are often accused of not thinking about security, but Linux kernel founder Linus Torvalds has had enough of security people who don't think about developers and end-users. After blasting some kernel developers last week for killing processes in the name of hardening the kernel, Torvalds has offered a more measured explanation for his frustration with security myopia. While he agrees that having multiple layers of security in the kernel is a good idea, certain ways of implementing it are not, in particular if it annoys users and developers by killing processes that break users' machines and wreck core kernel code. Because ultimately, if there are no users, there's not much point in having a supremely secure kernel, Torvalds contends.

Unity 7 Hoping To Become An Official Flavor For Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

While Canonical abandoned their work on the Unity desktop environment in favor of the Unity-inspired customized GNOME Shell that debuted in Ubuntu 17.10, some within the community have remained interested in maintaining Unity 7 and even getting it into an official spin/flavor of Ubuntu. Posted today to the community.ubuntu.com was a Unity maintenance roadmap, reiterating the hope by some in the Ubuntu community for Ubuntu Unity to become an official LTS distribution of Ubuntu. They are hoping to make it an official flavor alongside Kubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Xubuntu, and others. Read more Original/direct: Unity Maintenance Roadmap

Programming/Development: Django and Google India

  • An introduction to the Django ORM
    One of the most powerful features of Django is its Object-Relational Mapper (ORM), which enables you to interact with your database, like you would with SQL. In fact, Django's ORM is just a pythonical way to create SQL to query and manipulate your database and get results in a pythonic fashion. Well, I say just a way, but it's actually really clever engineering that takes advantage of some of the more complex parts of Python to make developers' lives easier.
  • Hey, Coders! Google India Is Offering 130,000 Free Developer Scholarships — Here’s How To Apply
  • Google to prepare 1.3 lakh Indians for emerging technologies

    "The new scholarship programme is in tandem with Google's aim to train two million developers in India. The country is the second largest developer ecosystem in the world and is bound to overtake the US by 2021," William Florance, Developer Products Group and Skilling Lead for India, Google, told reporters here.