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  • The Wine Stable Release 1.8.5 Is Now Available

    The Wine team released yesterday sixth stable release of 1.8 branch of Wine. Version 1.8.5 has many small changes including 58 bugfixes.

    This stable release contains bugfixes, new features are included in development releases from 1.9 branch.

  • 'Enclave', the 2003 action RPG now has a Linux beta that uses Wine

    'Enclave' [Steam] is another Wine-port from Topware Interactive who promised to bring their older published titles to Linux. I'm totally okay with this, and it's currently in Beta.

    Wine enables us to play a great many things we otherwise wouldn't be able to, so for developers to actually test it and release their old games with a build of Wine that works well, can only be good for us in the long run.

  • Just a heads up, PAYDAY 2 is currently broken again on Linux

    For the second time in only a few months, Overkill has managed to push out an update for PAYDAY 2 [Steam] that has completely broken the Linux version.

    The developers have noted they are aware of it, but no solution has been offered as of right now.

  • 'Noob Squad' is a perfect example of why Valve need to pay more attention to their own store [Ed: Mono.]
  • Linux-Friendly X-Plane 11 Flight Simulator Shipping Later This Year

    X-Plane, one of the most realistic flight simulators that continues to be cross-platform, will be released "this holiday season" and it offers more flying improvements and much better visuals.

    The X-Plane crew announced today, "X-Plane 11 is the detailed, realistic, and modern simulator you’ve been waiting for. And it’s coming this holiday season."

    X-Plane 11 is slated to have a completely redesigned UI, improved 3D high-definition cockpits, new effects, realistic avionics, "living" airports, and a variety of new buildings, roads, and other scenery.

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  • Kickstarter-Funded Game Drops DRM-Free Version It Promised, Then Promises It Again After The Backlash

    Readers of this site should know by now that, as a general rule, DRM is equal parts dumb and ineffective. What in theory is a way for game publishers to stave off piracy typically instead amounts to a grand digital method for making sure legitimate customers can't play the games they buy. Now, not all DRM is created equally shitty, of course -- one of the more benign forms of DRM is Valve's Steam platform. Because games purchased on the platform check in with Steam servers for product keys and otherwise encrypts the individual files for the game each user downloads, it's a form of DRM.

    And because DRM is almost always annoying even at its best, there are some gamers who will only buy DRM-free games. Many Kickstarter campaigns for video games, in fact, explicitly state that backers and non-backers will have a DRM-free option for the game available, either through platforms like GOG and HumbleBundle, or directly from the developer. Duke Grabowski, Mighty Swashbuckler! was one such game, with developer Venture Moon Industries promising both a Steam release and a DRM-free release when it collected funds from backers. Then, suddenly, once the company got a publisher on board for the project, it announced that the game would only be available on Steam.

  • Steam woes in OpenMandriva.... Again!

    Steam updated today and, as a nasty surprise, I hit the same problem I had before with it.

    I tried the solution here, but it was not working this time: the code reverted to its original form, preventing the Steam runtime to work.

  • Mad Max Open World Action-Adventure Video Game Is Coming to SteamOS and Linux

    You won't believe this, by Feral Interactive announced a few hours ago, October 5, 2016, that it will port the awesome Mad Max open world action-adventure video game to the SteamOS, Linux, and Mac platforms.

    Developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the Mad Max has been officially released for Microsoft Windows operating systems, as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gaming consoles a year ago, on September 2015.

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  • A general guide for the best practices of buying Linux games

    Quite a number of people have asked me to talk about where to buy Linux games, how to make sure developers are supported and so on, so here I am.

    First of all, I am fully aware there will likely be a small backlash in the comments on certain points. We do seem to have a small minority of very vocal people who like to boast about buying dirt cheap games from places like G2A, which makes me sad. We also have a few who like to advocate piracy, which is not only sad, but makes us look really bad in the eyes of developers. For the most part though, the people commenting here are fantastic to talk to.

    To make this a point: I am not aiming to single anyone out, nor am I aiming to be hostile towards anyone. Read this as if we are all sitting around the table having a *insert favourite drink* and discussing the best way to support our platform. That’s what this is all about, everything I do is to help Linux gaming progress somehow.

    To get this out of the way; I flat out do not recommend buying from places like G2A and Kinguin, Samsai already wrote about that here. Read that as a starting point if you please. Basically, don’t pre-order, don’t buy from random reseller stores.

  • Shadow Warrior 2 may not come to Linux after all, it's getting a bit confusing

    Shadow Warrior 2 was due to get a Linux version, then suddenly information on it vanished from the Steam page and Humble Store. The plot thickens from there.

    When queried about it, a developer for Flying Wild Hog blamed it on a publisher decision (Devolver Digital) not to have Linux at day-1. I personally spoke to Devolver on twitter, who claimed this was false and they didn't know why the developer said so. That developer very quickly deleted their post after this, and then made a new one that was entirely different.

  • BUTCHER from Transhuman Design releases with day-1 Linux support, it's brutal

    BUTCHER is a blood-soaked action platformer from Transhuman Design, the developer behind King Arthur's Gold and Trench Run.

    It's brutal, difficult, fast paced and it's actually rather good. It's almost as if Doom or Quake were re-designed as an action platformer, with the difficulty and speed of Broforce thrown in for good measure. That's how I can best describe it. It has a similar atmosphere to Doom and Quake, and great action. There's very little plot to it, no tutorials to get through and nothing standing in the way of getting in, killing stuff and getting on with it.

  • Slime Rancher updated, new slime types, new crops, and more
  • Dead Island Definitive Edition & Riptide Definitive Edition both patched to fix major issues

    It's good to see both Dead Island Definitive Edition [Steam] & Riptide Definitive Edition [Steam] still being supported. Both have been patched to fix major issues.

  • 'Stellar Tactics', a space exploration RPG with classless character progression will come to Linux

    'Stellar Tactics' [Official Site, Steam] is a rather expansive looking space exploration RPG and the good news is that the developer already has plans for a Linux version.

  • Wasteland 3 now on Fig ready to be funded, nearly hit the goal already
  • 7 Days to Die massive update released, Linux version seems to work okay now [Ed: Mono...]
  • Day of Infamy, the WWII FPS from New World Interactive updated, looks pretty good on Linux

    Day of Infamy [Steam] is the new FPS from the Insurgency developers New World Interactive. It has a Linux version, even though it's not advertised yet. It seems to work pretty well and they just updated the game.

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Linux 4.8.4

I'm announcing the release of the 4.8.4 kernel. And yeah, sorry about the quicker releases, I'll be away tomorrow and as they seem to have passed all of the normal testing, I figured it would be better to get them out earlier instead of later. And I like releasing stuff on this date every year... All users of the 4.8 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.8.y git tree can be found at: git:// linux-4.8.y and can be browsed at the normal git web browser: Read more Also: Linux 4.7.10 Linux 4.4.27

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Security News

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    Cisco's Talos team has developed an open-source tool that can protect the master boot record of Windows computers from modification by ransomware and other malicious attacks. The tool, called MBRFilter, functions as a signed system driver and puts the disk's sector 0 into a read-only state. It is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows versions and its source code has been published on GitHub. The master boot record (MBR) consists of executable code that's stored in the first sector (sector 0) of a hard disk drive and launches the operating system's boot loader. The MBR also contains information about the disk's partitions and their file systems. Since the MBR code is executed before the OS itself, it can be abused by malware programs to increase their persistence and gain a head start before antivirus programs. Malware programs that infect the MBR to hide from antivirus programs have historically been known as bootkits -- boot-level rootkits. Microsoft attempted to solve the bootkit problem by implementing cryptographic verification of the bootloader in Windows 8 and later. This feature is known as Secure Boot and is based on the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) -- the modern BIOS.
  • DDOS Attack On Internet Infrastructure
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  • This Is Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today [Update: It’s Getting Worse]
    Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.
  • Major DNS provider Dyn hit with DDoS attack
    Attacks against DNS provider Dyn continued into Friday afternoon. Shortly before noon, the company said it began "monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack" against its Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. The attack may also have impacted Managed DNS advanced service "with possible delays in monitoring."
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    Friday morning is prime time for some casual news reading, tweeting, and general Internet browsing, but you may have had some trouble accessing your usual sites and services this morning and throughout the day, from Spotify and Reddit to the New York Times and even good ol’ For that, you can thank a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) that took down a big chunk of the Internet for most of the Eastern seaboard. This morning’s attack started around 7 am ET and was aimed at Dyn, an Internet infrastructure company headquartered in New Hampshire. That first bout was resolved after about two hours; a second attack began just before noon. Dyn reported a third wave of attacks a little after 4 pm ET. In all cases, traffic to Dyn’s Internet directory servers throughout the US—primarily on the East Coast but later on the opposite end of the country as well—was stopped by a flood of malicious requests from tens of millions of IP addresses disrupting the system. Late in the day, Dyn described the events as a “very sophisticated and complex attack.” Still ongoing, the situation is a definite reminder of the fragility of the web, and the power of the forces that aim to disrupt it.
  • Either IoT will be secure or the internet will be crippled forever
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