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Twitch’s latest insane adventure: Installing Linux

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Linux
Gaming

Twitch playing Pokémon was easy mode. Tomorrow, Twitch viewers will be invited to do something altogether more challenging: install Arch Linux. Using the same Twitch chat-driven concept as the collaborative Pokémon playthrough, anyone will be able to enter commands and control the installation process.

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The Gaming Paradox: There just aren't enough Free and Open Source video games

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OSS
Gaming

On the flip-side, there are companies like Valve (with Steam) and Nvidia (with their Shield line) that are enabling some amazing, but proprietary, games to come to Linux (I still haven't managed to make myself write it as "GNU/Linux"... I still think that looks goofy as a name). All of which lets me feel a bit better about playing these closed games.

By buying games written for, and running on, a Free Software platform… I am helping to encourage further development, testing, and usage of that platform. Which is good.

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Alien Isolation, Insurgency, and Missing SteamOS Icons

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  • The Alien Isolation Linux Testing That Isn't Happening

    While I was looking forward to yesterday's Alien: Isolation for Linux release, that has all changed now. Besides the game failing with open-source drivers, not all functionality from the Windows game is there in the Linux build.

  • What Alien Isolation Looks Like On The Open-Source AMD Linux Driver

    To the excitement of many Linux gamers, Feral Interactive announced today the release of Alien: Isolation. However, for now you're best off using the NVIDIA proprietary driver followed by AMD Catalyst while the open-source drivers aren't yet ready.

    Feral recommends the proprietary NVIDIA driver as best for supporting this popular strategy game first released for Windows in 2014. While AMD Catalyst isn't officially supported right now, Phoronix readers have reported that the game does work... However, like many Linux games currently, the performance is slow. A Phoronix reader for instance reported a Radeon R9 390 with Catalyst 15.9 (the latest) yielding, "all video settings at max: usually 20 or 30 FPS, 15 FPS in complex scenes, all cutscenes at 60 FPS, loading screens at 1-2 FPS."

  • Insurgency FPS Now Officially Available On Linux

    I'm a bit behind due to all the fun tonight, but Insurgency is now fully available on Linux with a big update. It's also available dirt cheap in the latest Humble Bundle offering.

  • NVIDIA Benchmarks Of NWI's Insurgency FPS Game On Linux

    With yesterday's Insurgency first-person-shooter game update, SteamOS and Linux are now officially supported after it became available in beta earlier this month. Insurgency is an interesting FPS powered by Valve's Source Engine. Here are some benchmarks of this game under Linux.

    The benchmarks are only for some NVIDIA GPUs this time around since while AMD Catalyst should run fine for this game considering it's using the Source Engine, the Catalyst driver is having issues. The game runs fine with the NVIDIA proprietary driver but on this Ubuntu 15.10 system when launching the game with Catalyst 15.9, the screen appears only briefly before returning to the desktop while the Insurgency game process remains alive. Due to that issue blocking the benchmarks from happening, it was just a NVIDIA comparison today.

  • Solved: The Case of the Missing SteamOS Icons

    Over the last week, many Linux users on Steam were left in a state of confusion when noticing that some Linux games have had their SteamOS icon removed. For those unaware, the SteamOS icon certifies that a title is playable on Linux, including SteamOS, and soon, on Steam Machines.

Alien: Isolation for GNU/Linux

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GNU
Linux
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Is SteamOS Any Faster Than Ubuntu 15.10 Linux?

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Gaming

Over the past few days have been a number of SteamOS Linux gaming benchmarks, namely published so far are the 22-Way Comparison Of NVIDIA & AMD Graphics Cards On SteamOS For Steam Linux Gaming and 4K AMD/NVIDIA High-End GPU Comparison On SteamOS Linux. When seeing all of those SteamOS results, you may have started wondering: is SteamOS any faster/slower than say Ubuntu Linux? In this article are some benchmarks comparing SteamOS to Ubuntu 15.10.

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Leftovers: Gaming

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  • Vendetta Online 1.8.356 3D Space Combat Game Brings More Improvements

    Guild Software announced this past weekend the release of a new maintenance version of their Vendetta Online 3D space combat massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for all supported operating systems.

  • Ashes of the Singularity Confirms Planned Vulkan Linux Port

    Ashes of the Singularity, a game developed by Oxide Games and released for Windows a few days ago, has confirmed their intention of releasing a Linux port... When Vulkan is available.

    The developers of this real-time strategy game was asked on Steam Community about the chances for a Linux version of this popular game. One of the Oxide developers responded, "That's the plan. Via Vulkan. Oxide Games is heavily involved in the group creating Vulkan." And following up, "And yea, as soon as drivers start to come out we'll be able to start doing stuff with Vulkan."

SteamOS Switches To Linux 4.1, Latest Graphics Drivers

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Debian
Gaming

SteamOS Brewmaster now has the Linux 4.1 kernel, which is a big upgrade over their earlier Linux 3.18 kernel. SteamOS Brewmaster also switches to using the Catalyst 15.9 proprietary graphics driver and has upgraded the NVIDIA binary blob too.

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Also: Major SteamOS Update Brings Linux Kernel 4.1, Updates Nvidia and AMD Drivers

4K AMD/NVIDIA High-End GPU Comparison On SteamOS Linux

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Linux
Gaming

Continuing on from Friday's article that was a 22-way comparison of AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards on SteamOS for Steam Linux gaming, which tested the hardware at the common TV resolution of 1080p, here are results for the higher-end Radeon and GeForce graphics cards at 4K.

This article is structured quite similarly to Friday's article but rather than testing at 1080p, the Steam Linux game tests were at 4K (3840 x 2160). Due to the increased resolution, not all twenty-two graphics cards were used for this article but only the higher-end AMD and NVIDIA GPUs.

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'Turbo Boost Max 3.0' and Mesa 17.2.4

  • Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Support For Skylake Fixed With Linux 4.15
    The platform-drivers-x86 updates have been sent in for Linux 4.15 and include a range of improvements for Intel hardware support. One of the bigger items is support for Skylake CPUs with Turbo Boost Max 3.0.
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    Canonical's Timo Aaltonen reports on the availability of the Mesa 17.2.4 open-source graphics drivers stack on the X-SWAT updates PPA for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 17.10 systems. Ubuntu systems have always lagged behind the development of the Mesa 3D Graphics Library, the Linux graphics stack containing open-source drivers for Intel, AMD Radeon, and Nvidia GPUs, but they usually catch up with it through a specially crafted PPA (Personal Package Archive) repository that can be easily installed by users.