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Games: Hearts of Iron IV: Battle for the Bosporus, Akurra, Dungeons of Clay and Everything is Garbage

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  • Hearts of Iron IV: Battle for the Bosporus is out now (plus a HoI IV sale)

    Get ready to by an armchair general once again, as Hearts of Iron IV: Battle for the Bosporus is out now for Paradox Development Studio's best-selling strategy wargame about World War II.

    What can Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey do to secure their own safety while the world around them is at war? That's what you can find out with this new expansion, as it provides a base for you to meddle with history once again with the new country pack containing new national focus trees for three nations that border the strategic waterways of the Black and Aegean Seas.

  • Block-pushing puzzler 'Akurra' gains a Linux demo that needs testing

    Made in the spirit of the classics like Chip's Challenge, Adventure's of Lolo, Sokoban, and Zelda and following a successful Kickstarter the upcoming Akurra has a demo now.

    "Push blocks into holes, over pits, avoid spikes, explore caves, and ride sea turtles in order to find keys, gems, and stars that unlock new paths and friends to aid you as you explore a collection of islands chock-full of puzzles and secrets. The puzzles in Akurra build complexity over time as you unlock new areas and islands with new puzzle pieces and mechanics."

    Back in June, developer Jason Newman managed to get over $20K in funding from the Kickstarter so there's a lot of interest in these retro-inspired puzzle games it seems. As of the latest update on Kickstarter, they've now put up an initial build of the demo for Linux too!

  • Enter a weird ever-changing world of clay in Dungeons of Clay out now

    Dungeons of Clay is the latest rather quirky title from ShotX Studio, a rogue-lite action-platform that offers up tons of action, plenty of items and some seriously weird enemies. Released on October 12, along with Linux support.

    "Explore the ever-changing dungeons in the surreal world made of clay. Unlock the hidden secrets, overcome the dangers, defeat dreadful creatures and reap the treasures to acquire almighty power. Don't forget to bring your patience, because you will have to merge all your talents and skills if you're ever going to reach the depths of the dungeon."

  • Create supply chains from filth in Everything is Garbage

    Originally made for the Ludum Dare 47 game jam, Everything is Garbage has you create amusing supply chains to turn garbage into lots of money.

    Created by some of the folks from Free Lives (Broforce, Genital Jousting and more), you start off with nothing but a small island and a pile a trash. What they've managed to create is a deceptively simple looking production chain sim. Nowhere near the complication levels of Factorio mind you but clever enough in the execution of it to easily enjoy the experience of turning trash into piles of monies.

Games: KeeperRL, Godot Engine and Werewolf: The Apocalypse — Heart

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  • Open source dungeon building sim 'KeeperRL' adds in a new Warlord game mode

    Another fine example of open source in action with a commercial indie game here, as the dungeon building sim KeeperRL continues being upgraded.

    Most recently with KeeperRL Alpha 31, which adds a new Warlord game mode. This new mode allows you to take a "retired" keeper (after you win) and some minions on another adventure through other retired dungeons. Sounds pretty amusing, and gives KeeperRL a fun mode for short-bursts.

  • Godot Engine - Complex text layouts progress report #1

    Hello! bruvzg here, I got hired by the Godot team to work on the complex text layouts and BiDi aware UI implementation. This is the first part that focuses on TextServer API implementation.

  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse — Heart of the Forest is out now and it's great | GamingOnLinux

    Werewolf: The Apocalypse — Heart of the Forest is a strikingly beautiful visual novel from Different Tales and Walkabout out now. With Different Tales continuing their Linux support just like with their previous games.

    Set in the same big fantasy universe as Vampire: The Masquerade, it's set in the centre of modern Europe where you play as Maia, who comes to Poland hoping to trace their family roots. As you do so, you uncover dark family secrets and hidden truths about the last wilderness of Central Europe.

    As someone who doesn't follow World of Darkness, I appreciated that Werewolf: The Apocalypse — Heart of the Forest is a pretty welcoming game to newcomers because it's a properly self-contained story. So it's suitable for pretty much anyone who enjoys a good choice-based visual novel. A genre I tend to struggle with but in this case with the seriously rich artwork, along with the compelling writing it made for quite an engrossing experience.

Games: Two Point Hospital: Culture Shock, Terraria and More

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  • Deal with Wardrobe Malfunction in the upcoming Two Point Hospital: Culture Shock

    Lights! Camera! Scalpel? SEGA and Two Point Studios have a pretty amusing sounding DLC on the way with Two Point Hospital: Culture Shock. Releasing October 20, this new expansion turns things up a notch with the most illnesses included than any of their previous DLC packs.

    "Face televisual shenanigans at Plywood Studios as you look to launch a hit medical drama with washed-up film star Roderick Cushion. Head to Mudbury Festival and grab lyrical headlines with musical headliners while serving burgers from questionable vans. Finally, savour the affluent aromas of high society life at Zara’s very own Fitzpocket Academy. Socialise, hobnob, and boost that VIBE darling, because if you don’t who will?"


  • Terraria gets an FNA update for Linux / macOS and overhauls Vanity item display

    Terraria fans rejoice, as not only has the Linux support improved but you can now show off your vanity items in all their glory with the 1.4.1 release out now. When the Journey's End 1.4 upgrade released, they did mention a patch would follow to clean up issues and they stuck to it. They're jokingly calling this patch "Journey's Actual end".

    So what's in it? Quite a lot actually. There's new items, several of which focused on filling out the early/pre-hardmode Summoner options, also new Achievements along with new Princess NPC which they said you have to find out how to get them and what they do on your own.


  • 314 Arts show off more impressive progress Projekt Z, an upcoming WW2 co-op survival FPS

    Confirmed to be launching with Linux support, and it will be free to play in some form, Projekt Z from 314 Arts impressed us in the first dev video and they're back to show off more progress.

    What exactly is it? A co-op Zombie survival FPS set during the end of World War 2, which takes place on a secret German island that you and your team crashed on. They're trying to combine a mixture of casual and hardcore elements together, somewhat inspired by parts of Left 4 Dead with different characters. 


  • VR rhythm shooter 'Groove Gunner' enters Early Access with Linux support on October 28

    Ready to show off your moves and need a new VR game? BitCutter Studios have announced their technical VR rhythm shooter will release into Early Access on October 28.

    Sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun for VR fans as you frantically switch between shooting and blocking approaching targets and bullets. All while listening to some slick indie tunes spread across a variety of musical genres, with each track having properly hand-crafted sequences and light shows.

  • Civilization VI to get a Sid Meier's Pirates inspired scenario in a free upgrade

    Ahoy, Me Hearties! Firaxis Games have announced the next free upgrade for Civilization VI is coming on October 22 and it sounds like it's going to be a lot fun.

    Directly inspired by the classic Sid Meier's Pirates!, this free update is going to add in another brand scenario to play through, balance changes, AI upgrades and more. The full detailed notes aren't available yet but they did put out something of a teaser video to show it off a bit.

    From what they said it's a 1-4 player mode that has you battle for treasure, and it will include new artwork to give off a more "tropical, piratey atmosphere" along with a dedicated map built for it and it sounds like a new map script to generate random maps for it is coming too. Much like the Red Death mode, it comes with unique sides to pick but here you also has to fight off AI navies from different nations.


  • Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood announced by the devs of The Coma

    Devespresso Games (The Coma series, Vambrace: Cold Soul) have announced Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood, which will be releasing with Linux support in early 2021. Much like their previous games, it seems they're sticking to what they know with it being from a side-scrolling viewpoint. 

    Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood is a story-driven adventure game. As Scarlet, you must relive seven days of misfortune, and make a series of decisions to guide your Munchkin troupe safely out of the Wicked Wood. So it's something like Oz meets Grimm meets Groundhog Day according to Devespresso. You get a branching story that changes based your decisions resulting in one of 10 endings. 

  • Stadia to have three days of announcements and some Stadia-only 'hands-on surprises'

    Google have teased a big Stadia event planned next week where we could see new game announcements, along with some special early demos to try out. Seems they're starting to ramp-up everything now, following on from finally putting out a pretty good explainer advert on what Stadia actually is.

    Starting October 20 and going on for three days, they're doing an event that will have "exciting game announcements and some Stadia-only hands-on surprises". There's not much details right now but they also said there will be three games to try, with "exclusive" demos and reveals of more games coming to the Stadia streaming service.

    At least this time around, Google are being a bit smarter. Unlike their 'Free Play Days', it seems according to a Stadia staffer on Twitter that you will not need Stadia Pro to access the demos.

Games: Raspberry Pi, GamerOS and Titles for GNU/Linux

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  • AI-Man: a handy guide to video game artificial intelligence
  • GamerOS: An Arch Linux based gaming OS - LinuxReviews

    Video: Alesh Slovak missed Vavle's SteamOS so he created a new GNU/Linux operating system called GamerOS based on Arch Linux and some of the components from SteamOS. The idea is to have a OS that boots directly into Steam's Big Picture mode so you can sit on the couch and use a PC with a game-pad the same way you would use a gaming console. Alesh Slovak presented his new OS at the Arch Conf 2020 last weekend. His video presentation is about 45 minutes with Q&A.

  • Virtual Cottage is a sweet little chill-out app with a timer reminiscent of Kind Words | GamingOnLinux

    Need to get something done and remove distractions? Virtual Cottage is a real sweet idea for a screen-saver style application that gives you tunes and a timer.

    It reminded me instantly of Kind Words, the beautiful little game about writing letters to random people in a tiny little room. Virtual Cottage echos that same style and feeling. You get a visually pleasing little room, some lovely music and you can set a timer with a subject to focus on and let your mind melt away as you do it and listen to the great beats.

  • Bloody Rally Show: Prologue is out now to give you a taste of some frantic 2D racing | GamingOnLinux

    Bloody Rally Show from February 2020 was probably one of the best top-down racers I've played in a long time, and it now has a free Bloody Rally Show: Prologue version you can try out.

    This is no art of rally, it's less of a zen experience much more grimy - it's all about the more intense and chaotic side of racing against others. It's an action-racer, one that gives you a campaign mode to play through as well as some car-combat modes, car customisation and more. It's a very surprising game and a huge amount of fun.

Games: Steam Machines, Advantech, Epicinium, The Elder Scrolls: Arena, Dishonored 2, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080

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  • Steam Machines: Was it All in Vain?

    I can still picture it just like it was yesterday. My colleague, pointing one finger to our new product in front of us. Asking me a simple yet subtle question:

    “What’s the value proposition?”

    “What do you mean?” I was unsure of how to answer.

    He continued:“You know… why would one even want to buy this product over something else? What is its reason to be? What problem does it solve?”

    This was my introduction to Product Development, Branding and ultimately Marketing. Once you internalize this kind of framing, you cannot unsee it anymore. It becomes like a sixth sense you apply to everything around you. Ads, posters, products you use everyday, products you consider buying, and the list goes on.

    It’s like when a friend (or a foe?) teaches you about font kerning just to mess with you. Every single sign, every printed paper that looked absolutely normal before, will seem off and wrong. Life changing knowledge (for the worst, in the case of font kerning).

  • Gaming system raises ante with Tiger Lake CPU

    Advantech’s fanless, Linux-ready “DPX-E145” gaming system offers 11th Gen Tiger Lake with up to 4x 4K or 2x 8K video, 2x GbE, 9x USB, serial and discrete I/O, and SATA, CFast and M.2 NVMe storage.

    Advantech-Innocore has announced the first Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake based computer for the regulated casino and AWP (amusement with prize) gaming markets. The passively cooled DPX-E145 supports “multi-screen, high resolution, immersive player experiences” with the help of Tiger Lake’s up to 96-EU Iris Xe graphics.

  • Try not to destroy nature in Epicinium, a free and open source strategy game out now

    Just released today is Epicinium, a competitive strategy game that tries to get you to think a little differently as you fight while trying not to destroy the environment.

    With nature being a finite resource, is it worth winning the war if you're left with nothing but dirt and ash? An important question of course. Here you win based on how much of mother Earth is actually left as you battle other players or AI across many simultaneous turns. Deal with weather effects, climate change and more.

  • The Elder Scrolls: Arena open source game engine OpenTESArena advances on

    More classics continuing to live on?! Yes please, thanks to the power of open source and dedicated fans The Elder Scrolls: Arena has a modern game engine that continues maturing. You can download the original free for the data files, thanks to Bethesda releasing it free some time ago so it makes it quite easy to get going with OpenTESArena.

  • How to play Dishonored 2 on Linux

    Dishonored 2 is the sequel to Dishonored. It is a game developed by Arkane and published by Bethesda. Dishonored 2 is an action FPS game that has players take control of a royal assassin. In the sequel, you play as either Corvo Attano or his daughter as you fight to win back the throne. In this guide, we’ll go over how to get Dishonored 2 working on Linux.

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Linux Gaming Performance Review - Phoronix

    After last week exploring the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Linux GPU compute performance for this Ampere graphics card along with the Blender 2.90 performance, today is a look at the Linux gaming performance for the RTX 3080 both for native games as well as those Windows games running on Linux via Steam Play (Proton).

Games: More GNU/Linux Ports, Commodore 64 Ports, Debian Games

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  • Looks like Total War Saga: TROY is still coming to Linux in 2021 | GamingOnLinux

    While currently Total War Saga: TROY is exclusive to the Epic Games Store, it appears Feral Interactive are still planning to bring official Linux support with a port onto Steam in 2021.

    A Linux port was planned, and was actually confirmed when the game was originally announced back in early 2019. It later went exclusive to the Epic Games Store, which of course messed things up for Linux because Epic Games still won't support Linux with their store. Still, it will release on Steam in 2021, because that's when the exclusive period will be over.

    What caught our eye was that Feral Interactive ported it to macOS and put that live on the Epic Games Store, and when this happened any mention of a Linux version was removed from Feral's famous upcoming port radar and this caused concern with readers emailing in about it - thinking it was cancelled for Linux.

    Thankfully, that seems to not be the case. We emailed Feral Interactive who confirmed today that was a "technical glitch" and the Linux version of Total War Saga: TROY now appears again on their upcoming port radar list.

  • Save a village on the brink of destruction in Lonesome Village - confirmed for Linux | GamingOnLinux

    Developer Ogre Pixel is currently running a successful crowdfunding campaign for Lonesome Village, a puzzle-solving adventure with social simulation and town-building that's now confirmed for Linux.

    Their crowdfunding campaign had an initial goal of 420K Mexican Peso (around £15K) and they've managed to get quite a lot more funding with it currently sat on around £58,524. Thanks to how well received it has been, they put out an update to confirm "We are happy to share that we have decided to include Mac and Linux as launching platforms for Lonesome Village!".

  • Play the classic Diablo on Linux with a huge new release of DevilutionX | GamingOnLinux

    Diablo is something of a classic and it lives on thanks to the public domain game engine DevilutionX. Originally itself based on Devilution, a reconstruction of the source code used for the original Diablo.

    DevilutionX continues taking it a step or two further, ensuring it works smoothly on modern operating systems with new and enhanced features to improve it. The legality around it is a little murky but so far Blizzard don't seem to be bothered. You still need to buy it, as it doesn't include any of the media/data files. You can buy a copy of the classic for that over on the DRM-free store

  • Hybrid Beasts has a fresh spin on the classic Worms - now in Early Access on Steam | GamingOnLinux

    Hybrid Beasts from Beastbits aims to modernise the classic turn-based battling found in Worms and hype it up a little, with a release now live on Steam in Early Access.

    On the surface, it's very much a Worms-like. You each take turns moving around a character from your team, pickup weapons, dig, attack and more. However, they're aiming for a what they say is a "cross-genre game" that has you explore an open-world, go through quests and discover secrets.

    Right now, they said a lot of the game is already finished. It has fully functional local multiplayer with a single standard battle game mode, more than 70 weapons and items, 2 tournament modes and multiple different battlefields to visit spread across a map you need to explore. They've confirmed online multiplayer is coming, and a single-player mode will also arrive next year too.

  • You can now order a PC case that looks like the classic Commodore 64 | GamingOnLinux

    Enjoy retro computing? It seems one company does, as My Retro Computer have revived the classic Commodore 64 as a barebones PC case.

    Inspired by the Commodore 64x replica PC released in 2011, which met an untimely end when the Commodore USA founder Barry Altman died back in 2012. Not to be confused with the original Commodore, as this was a newer company that acquired the name. Commodore USA had a pretty murky history too following multiple controversies, which My Retro Computer are hoping to improve upon and they're not using the Commodore name.

  • Planning a Game Night? Here Are 5 Of the Best Multiplayer Games You Can Enjoy With Friends - NoobsLab

    It's been months since the quarantine has started, and we understand that cabin fever is getting the best of us. The best thing to do is to hang out with our friends virtually. If you are running out of things to say during your Zoom meetings, why not host a game night? No need to look further for some good entertainment. Here are some of the best online games that you can play with your pals for free!

  • Markus Koschany: My Free Software Activities in September 2020

    Debian Games

    I spent most of the time this month to tackle remaining GCC 10 bugs in packages like nettoe, pcsxr, slimevolley (patch by Reiner Herrmann), openal-soft, slashem and alien-arena. I also investigated a build failure in gfpoken (#957271) and springlobby and finally uploaded a new revision of warzone2100 to address another FTBFS while building the PDF documentation.

Games: 505 Games and Lab Zero Games Going Under, Games Going Partly Free/Libre and More

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  • 505 Games confirm that Indivisible is finished due to Lab Zero Games imploding

    With all the issues surrounding Lab Zero Games and the owner Mike Zaimont, after most of the team left and the rest were let go - 505 Games have given a statement.

    Their statement concerns Indivisible, since Lab Zero are basically no more the publisher was forced to clarify what will happen to it. In short: it's finished. In the statement on Steam they confirmed that "apart from content that is already in submission, there will unfortunately be no more production on the game". This means the planned Guest Characters and Backer-created characters will no longer be coming.

  • Thrive, the free and open source evolution game has a massive new release up

    After switching to Godot Engine back in May, things seem to be going really well for the free and open source evolution sim Thrive, as they have a huge release out now.

    With a lot of work that went into it, Thrive 0.5.2 brings back a proper tutorial mode so you can get to learn it properly now. This goes over movement, resource collection, how to evolve and more. Hopefully this will allow more people to actually see what it offers.

  • Vircadia is an in-development free and open source decentralized 3D social space

    Remember social games like Second Life? Vircadia, was created from a failed spiritual successor to it and it's free and open source too. Originally known as Project Athena, they've recently begun making some public announcements to bring more attention to it.

    The idea is to have a big shared 3D social space that supports both normal and Virtual Reality PC hardware with support for Linux, macOS, Windows and Android. Unlike other social stuff, since it's open source it can't just be shut down and anyone can use it and it allows people to create their own avatar, their own worlds and much more.

Games: Unix Systems, Skellboy Refractured, ScummVM, Two Scoop Games and Frick, Inc.

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  • Gaming History: Where does the term ‘Roguelike’ come from?

    Created by Michael Toy and Glenn Wichman, this was a game designed for free for the Unix System (ask Lex Murphy, she knows this). Later on programmer Ken Arnold would hop on with them and really helped flesh it out a bit more and over time the game spread around like a legend. As it was freely-distributed and featured open-source coding the game was put on all sorts of systems and, because so many people played it, became the inspiration for many other dungeon crawling games, quickly dubbed “Roguelike” in the game’s honor.

  • Try out the demo for the action-RPG 'Skellboy Refractured' - it's super charming

    Skellboy Refractured is the upcoming action-RPG from UmaikiGames, originally released just as Skellboy for the Nintendo Switch - it's getting a desktop release soon.

    You play as Skippy, the square, flexible skeleton in this sweet action-RPG, to keep a heartbroken court magician from destroying the world with his army of monsters and undead. As you play through you get to swap body parts with those of slain enemies and friends to become the hero of Cubold Kingdom. It's genuinely charming and it has such a great visual style that we've been excited over this for some time.

  • ScummVM to merge in ResidualVM, adding support for a number of 3D titles

    While the ScummVM project was originally meant to cover 2D classics, ResidualVM was the companion project for 3D games and now they're going to combine into ScummVM.

    In a fresh announcement, the ScummVM team mentioned how it's now been going for 19 years as the first-ever public release of ScummVM was back in 2001. Not a bad time to announce the merger of the two projects. This means that ScummVM will be embracing both 2D and 3D games, including RPGs and point-and-click adventures under one roof. They already shared a few developers so hopefully it will go smoothly.

  • A chat with Two Scoop Games about the tough-as-nails 'Kick Bot' - try the demo too

    Two Scoop Games are currently developing Kick Bot, a tough-as-nails precision platformer that currently has a demo in the Steam Game Festival: Autumn Edition, so we had a chat about it.

    It's always good to find out a little more about what goes on behind the scenes, especially for games that offer full Linux support, so we can gain a little nugget of info on how people make their games and so it's great to have Alex and Eric from Two Scoop Games available for a chat.

  • Frick, Inc. is a clever puzzle game where you drive trucks with on-screen controls out now

    Drive funny little trucks across difficult tracks using only your mouse in Frick, Inc. which is out now with Linux support, plus you get some free game assets as an extra. Created by developer Kenney, known for producing high-quality game assets for the public domain, as well as plenty you can purchase directly and the Asset Forge application to create models, this is actually their first solo commercial game.


    It's available exclusively on for $3.99 with support for Linux and Windows.

Games: Amnesia: Rebirth, Sonic and ScummVM

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  • Amnesia: Rebirth has a brand new trailer ahead of release this month

    Frictional are ready and waiting to scare us silly with Amnesia: Rebirth releasing soon, and they have a brand new trailer to get us in the mood.

    "In Amnesia: Rebirth, you are Tasi Trianon, waking up deep in the desert of Algeria. Days have passed. Where have you been? What did you do? Where are the others? Retrace your journey, pull together the fragments of your shattered past; it is your only chance to survive the pitiless horror that threatens to devour you."


    You can pre-order now on GOG and Steam. It's releasing for Linux on October 20.


  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2 free to keep, Total War: WARHAMMER II free for the weekend + more

    SEGA are having a big celebration this weekend, as it's their 60th anniversary so you can grab Sonic The Hedgehog 2 free to keep forever. Plus plenty more on sale.


    You know what's great about it? It's part of the SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics which has Linux support and it has the ROM file too. 


  • A merger

    Today is a special day, special in a number of ways. First of all, we hit a milestone with 19 years of ScummVM. Our first-ever public release, ScummVM version 0.0.1, happened on October 8th, 2001. And second, something else finally happened, something which has been in the talks for a long time: The ScummVM project is officially merging with the ResidualVM project.

    For a long time ScummVM limited itself to 2D point-and-click adventure games, and so ResidualVM was born as a sister project to support 3D games. But from now on, there will be no more confusion about which project a game belongs to. ScummVM now embraces adventure games and RPGs, whether they are 2D or 3D, point-and-click or not. It is a natural step for both projects which have been developed alongside each other and cross-pollinating each other with ideas, patches and design decisions. Moreover, several developers belonged to both projects.

    With this merger, ScummVM adds several games to our supported list: Grim Fandango, Escape from Monkey Island, Myst III - Exile, The Longest Journey and an unfinished engine for In Cold Blood, as well as Wintermute 3D engine.

Wine 5.19 Released and 11 New Games You Can Play With Proton

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  • Wine Announcement
    The Wine development release 5.19 is now available.
    What's new in this release (see below for details):
      - Wine Mono engine updated to 5.1.1, with WPF text formatting support.
      - KERNEL32 library converted to PE.
      - DSS cryptographic provider.
      - Windowing support in the new console host.
      - A number of exception handling fixes.
      - Various bug fixes.
    The source is available from the following locations:
    Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:
    You will find documentation on
    You can also get the current source directly from the git
    repository. Check for details.
    Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file
    AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.
  • Wine 5.19 Released With A Variety Of Changes

    Wine 5.19 is out as the latest bi-weekly development release of this software for running Windows games/applications on Linux and other platforms.

  • 11 New Games You Can Play With Proton Since Sept. 2020

    These series are back after a short hiatus. Our friend bdefore had some kind of break over the summer and some of the ProtonDB dumps ended up a little delayed. This is now what we can see from the latest data which encompasses everything in September 2020.

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