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  • Parkitect, the theme park building sim is currently broken on Linux

    Just a heads up folks, Parkitect is currently broken on Linux due to heavy graphical glitches, so if you were thinking about picking it up I would hold off until we can give the all clear.

    The developers said it could be a driver issue. I've tested two different drivers myself, and someone else tweeted to us letting us know it happens on another driver series too. The game uses Unity, and I've seen a number of games have big graphical issues that were the fault of the game or Unity, so hopefully they find it.

  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Linux & SteamOS port has been put on hold

    Sad news, I was really looking forward to playing The Vanishing of Ethan Carter but it looks like I won't get a chance. The developers have come across too many issues.

  • Panmorphia transformed for PC, Mac, and Linux

    Cyan’s Myst formula of graphic adventures has been successfully implemented by many developers over the two-plus decades that have come and gone since. The latest to follow in these footsteps is Cyprus-based indie Lydia Kovalenko with her debut title Panmorphia, which is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux.

  • Dungeon Souls, a cool mix of action, roguelike & a dungeon crawler on SteamOS & Linux

    I never noticed Dungeon Souls getting a Linux version, so it must be another case of it not showing up in the new SteamOS & Linux games list if the Linux version was added later. I really wish Valve would fix that, I say it every damn time.

  • Story-driven RTS Battle of Empires 1914-1918 looks like it's coming to Linux & SteamOS

    Looks quite a bit like Company of Heroes 2, but in a WWI setting.

    It's a shame that a bunch of users are review bombing it right now due to DLC additions, but it does have plenty more positive reviews than negative.

    Remember, never buy a game until the Linux version is actually available.

Leftovers: Gaming

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  • Tomb Raider, the awesome 2013 version looks like it's heading to SteamOS & Linux

    I'm actually a big fan of the game, as I played it when it came out on PS3, but sadly I never got to finish it for various reasons. Being able to do so on my favourite system, that's bloody brilliant.

    I wonder who's doing the port? Any guesses folks?

  • Retro style Arcade Shoot 'em up Bit Blaster XL released on SteamOS & Linux

    Bit Blaster XL is a mobile port of an arcade shoot em up now released on SteamOS and Linux. It's origins are very obvious from the get-go.
    Your space ship moves and shoots all by itself without the need of pressing any buttons. The only thing you can do is turn it left or right and give it a little boost.

  • Open Game Benchmarks, a brand new benchmarking website for Linux games

    I have been hoping to see something like this. Open Game Benchmarks is a brand new website dedicated to showing off benchmarks from Linux games.

    Previously we've only really had Phoronix (and people know how I feel about the quality on Phoronix in recent times), so it's good to see some healthy competition in the Linux benchmarking area. While we do benchmarks, it's generally only on big new titles as we focus more on the Sales Page, the Calendar and general day to day Linux gaming news.

Leftovers: Gaming

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Leftovers: Gaming

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  • Steam for Linux Has Just Passed the 1,900 Mark for Linux and SteamOS Games

    You won't believe this (we don't believe it either), but there are now over 1,900 games available for the Linux and SteamOS platforms on Valve's Steam gaming distribution platform.

    Why don't we believe it? Because only a week ago, we wrote an article about Steam for Linux just passing the 1,800 mark for SteamOS and Linux games. On January 21, 2016, there were exactly 1,801 titles when browsing Steam's game catalogue with the SteamOS + Linux filter active.

  • State of the Industry: Developer stats that were too weird to publish

    There are a few platforms in our survey that are either on the way out or much smaller than the others, but are still actively being developed for. Linux, for example, is many developers' platform of choice. But how many developers? Turns out this year only 6.3% of developers are currently making a game for Linux, compared to 7.8% last year. And only 5.8% plan for their next game to target Linux.

  • Stella 4.7 Free Atari 2600 VCS Emulator Gets Paddle Emulation Improvements

    The development team behind the Stella open-source, free and cross-platform Atari 2600 VCS emulator software have announced the release of Stella 4.7, a major version that adds several new features and many under-the-hood improvements.

Steam for Linux Has Just Passed the 1,900 Mark for Linux and SteamOS Games

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You won't believe this (we don't believe it either), but there are now over 1,900 games available for the Linux and SteamOS platforms on Valve's Steam gaming distribution platform.

Why don't we believe it? Because only a week ago, we wrote an article about Steam for Linux just passing the 1,800 mark for SteamOS and Linux games. On January 21, 2016, there were exactly 1,801 titles when browsing Steam's game catalogue with the SteamOS + Linux filter active.

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Leftovers: Gaming/Wine

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Lakka Is A Linux OS That Converts Any Computer Into A Gaming Console

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It’s time to go to your basement, clean your dusty old PC and make it ready for something fun. Using the lightweight Linux distro Lakka, you can turn that old pal into a retro gaming machine. This ready-to-install system is derived from OpenELEC, a version of Kodi home theater software. The OS also acts as a DIY retro emulation console based upon the RetroArch emulator software.

The strength of Lakka lies in the wide range of hardware it supports and useful feature like Braid-like rewinding, video streaming, and joypad hotplug. Once installed on your SD card, it is easy to set up and runs all your favorite vintage games.

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It’s Time to Open up the GPU

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The second is a commitment to open source software. The game and graphics development community is an active hub of enthusiastic individuals who believe in the value of sharing knowledge. Full and flexible access to the source of tools, libraries and effects is a key pillar of the GPUOpen philosophy. Only through open source access are developers able to modify, optimize, fix, port and learn from software. The goal? Encouraging innovation and the development of amazing graphics techniques and optimizations in PC games.

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  • Why Oppo and Vivo are losing steam in Chinese smartphone market
    China’s smartphone market has seen intense competition over the past few years with four local brands capturing more than 60 percent of sales in 2017. Huawei Technologies, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi Technology recorded strong shipment growth on a year-on-year basis. But some market experts warned that Oppo and Vivo may see the growth of their shipments slow this year as users become more discriminating.
  • iPhones Blamed for More than 1,600 Accidental 911 Calls Since October
    The new Emergency SOS feature released by Apple for the iPhone is the one to blame for no less than 1,600 false calls to 911 since October, according to dispatchers. And surprisingly, emergency teams in Elk Grove and Sacramento County in California say they receive at least 20 such 911 calls every day from what appears to be an Apple service center. While it’s not exactly clear why the iPhones that are probably brought in for repairs end up dialing 911, dispatchers told CBS that the false calls were first noticed in the fall of the last year. Apple launched new iPhones in September 2017 and they went on sale later the same month and in November, but it’s not clear if these new devices are in any way related to the increasing number of accidental calls to 911.
  • Game Studio Found To Install Malware DRM On Customers' Machines, Defends Itself, Then Apologizes
    The thin line that exists between entertainment industry DRM software and plain malware has been pointed out both recently and in the past. There are many layers to this onion, ranging from Sony's rootkit fiasco, to performance hits on machines thanks to DRM installed by video games, up to and including the insane idea that copyright holders ought to be able to use malware payloads to "hack back" against accused infringers. What is different in more recent times is the public awareness regarding DRM, computer security, and an overall fear of malware. This is a natural kind of progression, as the public becomes more connected and reliant on computer systems and the internet, they likewise become more concerned about those systems. That may likely explain the swift public backlash to a small game-modding studio seemingly installing something akin to malware in every installation of its software, whether from a legitimate purchase or piracy.

Server: Benchmarks, IBM and Red Hat

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  • IBM's Phil Estes on the Turbulent Waters of Container History
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  • Red Hat CSA Mike Bursell on 'managed degradation' and open data
    As part of Red Hat's CTO office chief security architect Mike Bursell has to be informed of security threats past, present and yet to come – as many as 10 years into the future. The open source company has access to a wealth of customers in verticals including health, finance, defence, the public sector and more. So how do these insights inform the company's understanding of the future threat landscape?
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Vulkan Anniversary and Generic FBDEV Emulation Continues To Be Worked On For DRM Drivers

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  • Generic FBDEV Emulation Continues To Be Worked On For DRM Drivers
    Noralf Trønnes has spent the past few months working on generic FBDEV emulation for Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) drivers and this week he volleyed his third revision of these patches, which now includes a new in-kernel API along with some clients like a bootsplash system, VT console, and fbdev implementation.