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TrackMania Nations Forever Available As A Snap Application

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Good news for penguin users, TrackMania Nations Forever has been released on edge channel as a snap package this information came first on forum site. Most of Linux users never heard about Track Mania, because it is only available for Windows, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 4 e Xbox One users. ​

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5 Best Linux Distro For Gaming In 2018

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Gaming in Linux has advanced for better in the last couple of years. Presently, you can find many distros pre-upgraded for unparalleled gaming. A Linux gaming distro is custom-made for hard-core gamers. Subsequently, it comes ready for various games, and besides, drivers for graphics cards and game controllers come with it. Many of the present day Linux distros bolster every sort of graphics card. In that capacity, any standard Linux distro can be transformed into a game station without much of a stretch. These distros are outfitted with different drivers, emulators and software, so you can simply install it.

It’s time to look out for some platforms that stay away from your regular Windows PC. Here are the best Linux gaming distros you need to check-out.

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Dota 2 Vulkan Performance Across MacOS, Windows 10 & Linux

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Last week Valve released their long-awaited Vulkan renderer for Dota 2 on macOS by making use of the MoltenVK driver they facilitated its open-sourcing of earlier in the year for bringing Vulkan to macOS/iOS via this wrapper layer to map Vulkan calls to Apple Metal drivers. The initial benchmarks of Vulkan'ized Dota 2 on Mac were quite compelling while for your viewing pleasure today are some additional data points.

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Games: Overload, Planetary Annihilation: TITANS, Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, Gladiabots, Scoundrel

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Games: Rise of the Tomb Raider, More From Feral Interactive, and Apple's 'War' on OpenGL

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Games: PPSSPP, Unworthy and GOG

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  • PPSSPP emulator now uses Vulkan by default, OpenGL now multithreaded

    The PSP emulator, PPSSPP [Official Site], recently had a pretty big release which now default to Vulkan as the main renderer. They also enabled a shader cache for Vulkan too, which should help smoothen a few games out.

    This is great, especially since PPSSPP is free and open source under the GPL and you can check it out on GitHub.

  • PPSSPP Adds Vulkan On Linux Support

    The PPSSPP emulator project allowing Sony PSP games to be played on multiple platforms has now added Vulkan support on Linux.

    Releasing this past week was the PPSSPP 1.6 emulator release. This update is quite exciting for PSP gamers as beyond adding Vulkan support on Linux/SDL2, the OpenGL back-end has been properly multi-threaded to deliver a speed boost too. The Vulkan performance should be good, a Vulkan shader cache is now supported, there is also GPU command interpreter performance improvements, and a range of other work.

  • Unworthy is a hardcore combat-focused metroidvania without jumping that's coming to Linux

    Think you're tough? Unworthy [Official Site] might test that theory of yours with a promise of a hardcore combat-focused metroidvania experience.

  • The GOG summer sale is now live

    It's hot outside, meaning you all want to stay in and play games right? GOG have you covered with their summer sale.

Games: Cosmic Star Heroine, Black Geyser: Couriers of Darkness, Underworld Ascendant, Oxygen Not Included

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Graphics and Games Leftovers

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  • Red Hat Developer Posts DisplayLink DRM/FB Driver Improvements

    It's been a while since last having any Linux driver progress to report on for the DisplayLink hardware that is found in many of the USB-powered displays. Fortunately, Red Hat developer Mikulas Patocka has posted a set of improvements to the DisplayLink kernel drivers of the UDL-KMS DRM driver and the UDLFB frame-buffer driver.

  • mesa 18.0.5

    Mesa 18.0.5 is now available.

    In this release we have:

    Mesa core fixes GL_UNSIGNED_INT64_ARB usage, get rid of leak when using
    glUseProgram(), add glUniform*ui{v} support for display lists, and fixes texture
    finalizing that were causing assertions in CTS tests.

    Several fixes for intel/i965 driver: support blits and clears in surfaces with
    offsets, several patches around buffer textures, support for 2x6 configuration
    l3 banks count, properly CCS_D buffers initialization, and properly rounding
    mode set.

    RADV also gets couple of fixes, for centroid interpolation and for SRGB compute

    Finally, we have also several other fixes in different parts of the framework.

  • Mesa 18.0.5 Released, But It's Now Time To Upgrade To Mesa 18.1+

    Mesa 18.0.5 is out as the latest point release for the Mesa 18.0 release from Q1'2018, but it also now marks the end of the series.

    The Mesa 18.0.5 update has several Intel i965 OpenGL driver fixes, some core Mesa fixes, a few updates for the RADV Vulkan driver, and other basic alterations. This though is the final planned point release now that Mesa 18.1.1 is out so users are encouraged to upgrade to this newer series, or if you enjoy the bleeding-edge graphics stack, you can always be riding Mesa 18.2-dev.

  • The original Doom, one of 64 Objects that shaped video game history

    Doom’s success lay not only with its addicting gameplay and technical innovations, such as its introduction of a portable game engine, but also in its innovative digital distribution. Note the prominent “shareware” advertisement on the top front of the game packaging. This groundbreaking game earned a spot in the inaugural class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

  • 'Overload' revives the cramped combat of classic shooter 'Descent' (Available for Linux on Steam!)

Games: Plutocracy, Metanoia, A Robot Named Fight, Arcan Project

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  • Plutocracy, a game about using wealth and power to rule from the shadows, is seeking additional funding

    Ever fancy using your vast wealth to hire lobbyists and manipulate the media to get politicians to do what you wanted while you crush your economic rivals? Plutocracy is a game that will allow you to live your wildest oligarchic fantasies but its developers are seeking to raise more funds to finish the game first.

  • Metanoia is a first person adventure in Early Access that is set within the mind

    Though there’s still a long way to go before the game is polished and complete, I found that the initial build has a few promising things that you can enjoy already.

  • Some thoughts on A Robot Named Fight, a fleshy metroidvania experience

    This metroidvania title has you facing off the scourge of biological life to save your robotic utopia. After spending my time blasting everything with a pulse I have a few thoughts to share.

  • The Arcan Display Server's Progress With VR, Wayland Support & Security Experiments

    One of the most fascinating hobbyist projects of interest on Phoronix in recent years has been Arcan, the display server built off a game engine and that has been amassing an interesting feature set, and with it the project's Durden desktop environment. The project is celebrating its two year milestone since going public so they have recapped some of their recent work.

  • Revisiting the Arcan Project

    Two years has passed since the public presentation where Arcan and its ecosystem of side projects and tools started to creep out of the woodworks; although the project had been alive and worked on for well-over a decade at that point. A lot of things have evolved and developed in a positive direction since the time of that presentation, and this post aims to provide an overview of those changes.

    But before that, the ‘elevator- pitch’ to the modern tweet-length attention spanned reader goes as follows:

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Red Hat News

  • An Open Source Load Balancer for OpenShift
    A highly-available deployment of OpenShift needs at least two load balancers: One to load balance the control plane (the master API endpoints) and one for the data plane (the application routers). In most on-premise deployments, we use appliance-based load balancers (such as F5 or Netscaler).
  • Red Hat Beefs Up Platform as a Service Suite
    Red Hat has begun shipping Red Hat Fuse 7, the next major release of its distributed, cloud-native integration solution, and introduced a new fully hosted low-code integration platform as a service (iPaaS) offering, Fuse Online. With Fuse 7, the vendor says expanding its integration capabilities natively to Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, an enterprise Kubernetes platform. Fuse gives customers a unified solution for creating, extending and deploying containerized integration services across hybrid cloud environments.
  • Red Hat ‘Fuses’ Low Code Development and Data Integration
    Red Hat, a provider of open source solutions, has announced Red Hat Fuse 7, the next major release of its distributed, cloud-native integration solution, and introduced a new fully hosted low-code integration platform as a service offering, Fuse Online. With Fuse 7, Red Hat is expanding its integration capabilities natively to Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, a comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform. Fuse gives customers a unified solution for creating, extending and deploying containerized integration services across hybrid cloud environments.
  • The GPL cooperation commitment and Red Hat projects
    As of today, all new Red Hat-initiated open source projects that opt to use GPLv2 or LGPLv2.1 will be expected to supplement the license with the cure commitment language of GPLv3. The cure language will live in a file in the project source tree and will function as an additional permission extended to users from the start. This is the latest development in an ongoing initiative within the open source community to promote predictability and stability in enforcement of GPL-family licenses. The “automatic termination” provision in GPLv2 and LGPLv2.x is often interpreted as terminating the license upon noncompliance without a grace period or other opportunity to correct the error in compliance. When the Free Software Foundation released GPLv2 in 1991, it held nearly all GPL-licensed copyrights, in part a consequence of the copyright assignment policy then in place for GNU project contributions. Long after the Linux kernel and many other non-GNU projects began to adopt the GPL and LGPL, the FSF was still the only copyright holder regularly engaged in license enforcement. Under those conditions, the automatic termination feature of GPLv2 section 4 may have seemed an appropriate means of encouraging license compliance.
  • Monness Believes Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) Still Has Room to Grow
  • Comparing Red Hat (RHT) & Autoweb (AUTO)
  • As Red Hat (RHT) Share Value Rose, Calamos Advisors Upped Its Position by $300,831; Chilton Capital Management Increases Stake in Equinix (EQIX)
  • Blair William & Co. IL Buys 23,279 Shares of Red Hat Inc (RHT)


Red Hat changes its open-source licensing rules

From outside programming circles, software licensing may not seem important. In open-source, though, licensing is all important. So, when leading Linux company Red Hat announces that -- from here on out -- all new Red Hat-initiated open-source projects that use the GNU General Public License(GPLv2) or GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL)v2.1 licenses will be expected to supplement the license with GPL version 3 (GPLv3)'s cure commitment language, it's a big deal. Read more

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