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How to set up a Raspberry Pi for retro gaming

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I grew up with console gaming and over the years I have had a number of systems, including Atari, SNES, Sega Genesis, and my all-time-favorite—the Commodore Amiga. I recently found a backup of old games I have been carrying around with me for years and got nostalgic for the glory days of retro gaming. I grabbed some old hardware and started tinkering with it so I could relive my childhood. I was surprised how well these games run on my Raspberry Pi and it's become something of a new hobby.

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Games: Boson, Descenders, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III

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  • Forgotten FOSS Games: Boson

    Back in September of 1999, just about a year after the KDE project had shipped its first release ever, Thomas Capricelli announced “our attempt to make a Real Time Strategy game (RTS) for the KDE project” on the kde-announce mailing list. Boson 0.1, as the attempt was called, was based on Qt 1.4, the KDE 1.x libraries, and described as being “Warcraft-like”.

    Development continued at a fast pace over the following year. 3D artists and sound designers were invited to contribute, and basic game play (e.g. collecting oil and minerals) started working. The core engine gained much-needed features. A map editor was already part of the package. Four releases later, on October 30, 2000, the release of version 0.5 was celebrated as a major milestone, also because Boson had been ported to Qt 2.2.1 & KDE 2.0 to match the development of the projects it was based on. Then the project suddenly went into hiatus, as it happens so often with ambitious open source game projects. A new set of developers revived Boson one year later, in 2001, and decided to port the game to Qt 3, the KDE 3 libraries and the recently introduced libkdegames library.

  • Descenders is an extreme downhill biking game is coming to Linux

    Although it may not list it on the Steam store page, the developer of Descenders [Steam, Official Site], an extreme downhill biking game has confirmed it will be released for Linux.

  • Feral has patched Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III for Linux to fix Vulkan on NVIDIA 384

    For those who noticed Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III [Steam] was a bit broken on the NVIDIA 384 driver series, Feral has now fixed it.

5 arcade-style games for Linux

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Gaming has traditionally been one of Linux's weak points. That has changed somewhat in recent years thanks to Steam, GOG, and other efforts to bring commercial games to multiple operating systems, but those games often are not open source. Sure, the games can be played on an open source operating system, but that is not good enough for an open source purist.

So, can someone who uses only free and open source software find games that are polished enough to present a solid gaming experience without compromising their open source ideals? Absolutely! While most open source games are unlikely to rival some of the AAA commercial games developed with massive budgets, there are plenty of open source games, in many genres, that are fun to play and can be installed from the repositories of most major Linux distributions.

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Games: Steam, SuperTux and More

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  • Turns out Linux market share on Steam did not go back up in December

    Originally, the December market share for Linux on Steam was shown as 0.43%, but Valve have revised this down to 0.26%. So that's a decrease of 0.01 percentage points from November to December.

  • SuperTux: A Linux Take on Super Mario Game

    When people usually think of PC games, they think of big titles, like Call of Duty, which often cost millions of dollars to create. While those games may be enjoyable, there are many games created by amateur programmers that are just as fun.

    I am going to review one such game that I love to play. It’s called SuperTux.

  • PhysicS cheats

    I guess the goofiest stuff in basic game physics is really just about mapping player controls to in-game actions like jumping and deceleration; the rest consists of hacks to compensate for representing everything as a box.

Games: Wine 3.0 RC5, Super Indie Kart and More

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Software and Games

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  • Gammu release day

    I've just released new versions of Gammu, python-gammu and Wammu. These are mostly bugfix releases (see individual changelogs for more details), but they bring back Wammu for Windows.

    This is especially big step for Wammu as the existing Windows binary was almost five years old. The another problem with that was that it was cross-compiled on Linux and it always did not behave correctly. The current binaries are automatically produced on AppVeyor during our continuous integration.

  • Opera 50 Debuts as World's First Web Browser with Anti-Bitcoin Mining Protection

    Opera Software released today the Opera 50 web browser for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows systems, a major release that comes with innovative new features and dozens of improvements.

    Based on Chromium 63.0.3239.108, Opera 50 appears to be the only major web browser that promised to protect your computer against Bitcoin mining. Dubbed NoCoin, the anti-Bitcoin mining protection has been implemented in Opera's integrated ad blocker, which can be easily enabled in Settings under the Recommended lists of ad filters of the Block ads option.

  • Critical Annihilation is an explosion-heavy and stupidly fun twin-stick shooter

    Critical Annihilation is a twin-stick shooter where every single thing is made out of tiny blocks, it also happens to be an incredibly satisfying experience.

  • Babe Music Player Is Getting a Mobile-Friendly Qml Port

    It’s been almost a year since I publicly stood in front of you all to coo over the Qt-based Babe music player — and now I’m back to coo at it some more.

    You can blame Babe developer Camilo Higuita. He’s shared a new video of his app that has me excited. The clip, which is embedded above, demos the ‘initial work’ he’s made on a Qml port of the Babe that uses Kirgami.

Games: The Station, Dead Maze, Valve and Wine

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  • Sci-fi first-person exploration game 'The Station' launch delayed, Linux at release confirmed

    The Station [Steam, Official Site] is an upcoming sci-fi first-person exploration game surrounding the discovery of a sentient alien civilization, it's had a slight release delay but the good news is that Linux will be a same-day release.

  • We have over 150 beta keys of the co-op MMO 'Dead Maze' to give away
  • Valve Kicks Off 2018 with Massive SteamOS Beta Update, Adds Linux Kernel 4.14

    Valve is kicking off 2018 with a new beta update of its Debian-based SteamOS gaming operating system that adds some of the latest GNU/Linux technologies.

    Powered by the Linux 4.14.3 kernel and using the Mesa 17.2.4 graphics stack for Intel and AMD Radeon GPUs, as well as the Nvidia 387.22 proprietary graphics driver for Nvidia GPUs, the SteamOS 2.141 Beta update is apparently a massive and complex one that updates numerous components like libdrm, libglvnd, and glx-alternatives to support new graphics drivers.

    "Happy New Year, SteamOS fans! We are kicking off 2018 with a massive SteamOS beta update. This includes a new 4.14 Linux kernel, Nvidia 387.22 graphics driver, and Mesa 17.2.4 for AMD and Intel," says John Vert. "This is a very large and complex update. Please let us know if you find any problems updating or any regressions, particularly around hardware support or graphics."

  • Wine Performance May Be Impacted By Linux KPTI Patches

    Besides VM performance and databases and heavy I/O taking a performance hit in the "Kernel Page Table Isolation" patches in the wake of the Spectre and Meltdown attack, it looks like Wine's performance may also be impaired.

    Phoronix reader "R00KIE" pointed out that one of the page table isolation patches does mention a possible performance hit for Wine.

Games: Croteam, 25 Coolest Linux Games of 2017, Dead Ground, SteamOS

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  • The Talos Principle going Fusion, Croteam dropping OpenGL & Serious Sam 4 still coming

    A bit of Croteam news to start the day with and there's multiple interesting items to go over in regards to their games.

    I love how active Croteam are with their community, they're constantly replying to all sorts of random questions from players of their games. Thanks to this, we've been able to learn a few things about their plans.

    Firstly, their fantastic puzzle game The Talos Principle is going to be moving over to their newer Fusion engine, they said it will be "Hopefully very soon". The VR version is actually already on it, so that's not surprising.

  • The 25 Coolest Linux Games of 2017

    The last time we compiled a list of Linux Games was approximately 10 months ago back in 2017 – The 25 Best Games for Linux and Steam Machines. Since we’re in 2018 it is only fair that we compile another list Linux gamers can refer to as they prepare to storm Steam’s (and other game services’) servers.

    The games are listed in no particular order; And even though some of them featured on the previous list I advise you to check that one out here before proceeding.

  • Like Roguelikes? How about Tower Defense? Dead Ground merges them together

    Another night endlessly browsing for new Linux games and I came across Dead Ground [Steam], a game that blends a Roguelike with Tower Defense.

  • Valve Ships Its First SteamOS Brewmaster Beta Of 2018

    While SteamOS has felt like it's just been on life-support the past year, Valve is starting off 2018 by a fairly sizable SteamOS Brewmaster Beta update.

    This latest beta of their Debian-based Linux gaming OS update is mostly about bringing their packages up-to-date. This update issued on Friday upgrades to the Linux 4.14 kernel, NVIDIA 387.22 driver, and Mesa 17.2.4. These are some fairly big updates compared to their older versions although a pity Mesa 17.3 (or even 17.4-dev Git) isn't used.

An interview with the developer of space sim Helium Rain who says ‘Linux gaming is alive and well’

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I love space, I love how mysterious and dangerous it is and to be able to fly around in a game like Helium Rain [Steam] is fantastic. I decided to have a chat with the developer and they’re very positive about Linux gaming.

We’ve covered Helium Rain here a few times before, so hopefully some of you will be familiar with it. Without further rambling, let's begin!

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Games: SteamOS, Jackbox Party Pack 2, Ultraball, Streets of Rogue, Jagged Alliance 2, Stellar Interface, RPCS3, Xenomarine

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Updates From OpenIndiana and LibreOffice (Projects That Oracle Discarded)

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FreeBSD Finally Gets Mitigated For Spectre & Meltdown (and Hugs)

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Linux: To recurse or not

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