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Games: F1 2017 Benchmarks, Taisei

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  • RX 580 vs. GTX 1060 With F1 2017 On Linux - 50-Way Comparison, CPU Utilization

    Adding to the array of articles about F1 2017 that was released a few days back by Feral Interactive as their first Vulkan-exclusive Linux game port, here are some numbers concentrated on the GeForce GTX 1060 vs. Radeon RX 580.

    I've already delivered Radeon vs. NVIDIA benchmarks and some AMDGPU-PRO vs. RADV Vulkan numbers while tomorrow will be our biggest comparison with about two dozen GPUs, coverage of RADV / AMDGPU-PRO / NVIDIA numbers, going back to GCN 1.0 GPUs, etc. But for this Sunday viewing are some additional numbers I've done for those looking at the mid-range graphics card performance.

  • Open-Source Win: RADV Trades Blows With AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan In F1 2017

    Here are some of the most exciting RADV vs. AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan performance benchmarks we have seen to date... The AMDGPU-PRO official AMD Vulkan Linux driver does run with Feral's latest Linux game port, F1 2017, but the community-driven, open-source RADV Vulkan driver often outperforms it!

  • Taisei – A Classy, Frenetic Shoot’em Up Game in the Style of The Touhou Project

    This is a top down perspective shoot’em up game in the style of the Touhou Project. It’s fast, furious, and good fun to play.

    The Touhou Project is a series of Japanese bullet hell shooter video games developed by the single-person Team Shanghai Alice. The game is set in an isolated world full of Japanese folklore. Taisei is a very challenging game to play, particularly if you’ve never played bullet hell type games. Even the ‘easy’ mode is not easy.

    In a shoot ’em up, the player character engages in a lone assault, often in a spacecraft or aircraft, shooting large numbers of enemies while dodging their attacks. The bullet hell tag reflects the plethora of bullets that you must avoid.

Audacity 2.2, Auryo, F1 2017

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  • Audacity 2.2 Released With New Themes, MIDI Playback & Other Changes

    The Audacity open-source digital audio editor is out with a new feature release.

    Audacity 2.2 ships with four UI themes, adds playback support for MIDI files, improves the organization in menus, and now links the help buttons to the relevant manual pages. There are also nearly 200 bug fixes, complete support for macOS 10.12 Sierra, improved error recovery, and more.

  • Auryo is a Desktop SoundCloud App that Works on Linux

    Auyro is a desktop SoundCloud app for Linux, Windows & macOS. It supports Soundcloud features, keyboard shortcuts, and boasts a modern design.

  • Trying Out The Intel Vulkan Driver With F1 2017 On Linux

    With Feral Interactive's port of F1 2017 to Linux, only Radeon via RADV and NVIDIA are supported for this racing game that's making use of the Vulkan graphics API under Linux. For those curious about if Intel graphics can squeeze by for this game with the open-source "ANV" Intel Vulkan driver, I tried it out.

    Following the Radeon RADV vs. NVIDIA GeForce benchmarks yesterday and ahead of some larger comparisons and other discrete GPU Linux tests of this game that was released on Thursday, I decided to see how far Intel graphics could drive this popular game.

Games: F1 2017, Distant Star: Revenant Fleet, Human: Fall Flat, Natural Selection 2, Dota 2 Vulkan

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Games: Pillars of Eternity, GOG, Observer, F1 2017, Wine

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Wine and Games

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Games: Sphinx, Cursed Mummy, F1 2017, Godot, Valve's Steam Link, Hollow Knight, Dota 2, World of Castles

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Games: Doom 3, Parkitect, Sphinx, Cursed Mummy,ATOM RPG, Darkest Dungeon, Intrinsic

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  • Playing Doom 3 on Linux in 2017

    When I first started using Linux full time in 2007 gaming on the platform was dominated by id Software. Thanks to a flexible policy regarding unsupported binaries and a corporate culture open to experimentation, something which was lost not long after the Zenimax acquisition, Linux users were graced with both native closed source binaries for their latest games and a treasure trove of source ports for many of their older titles.

    Coming as it did only a few years after the fall of Loki Software and the dark age that followed it, Linux gaming received a major boost in 2004 with the release of Doom 3. Not only did it add one more title to the then nascent Linux gaming library, it was also one of the most anticipated games of the year and remained a graphical powerhouse for many years after.

    Not only were Linux users able to play the game on their systems mere months after the release of the commercial Windows version, they could play it with no loss of graphical fidelity. At a time when Linux was dismissed even more than it is today as just being a software toy or something only meant for servers, being able to play Doom 3 was a significant achievement which helped pave the way for the Linux gaming scene as we know it today.

  • Parkitect alpha 19 is out with new rides, new scenario options and plenty more
  • THQ Nordic is bringing Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy to Linux

    Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, a game originally released back in 2003 is being revamped by THQ Nordic and it will include a Linux release.

  • The Fallout-inspired 'ATOM RPG' will launch on into Early Access next month with Linux support

    ATOM RPG [Steam, Official Site] is a Fallout-inspired post-apocalypse that was funded by Kickstarter and it's heading to Early Access next month. The plan is to release it on November 28th, with their current plan to remain in Early Access for five or six months.

  • Darkest Dungeon gets new character class in DLC
  • Intrinsic Continues Advancing As An Open-Source, Graphically-Rich Vulkan Game Engine

    Intrinsic is one of the best looking open-source Vulkan game engines we have seen to date.

    Intrinsic has supported Vulkan since last year when it was open-sourced. We covered it one year ago nearly to the day: Intrinsic Is A Promising, Open-Source, Cross-Platform Vulkan Game Engine.

Software and Games: Wire, Googler, Wine and More

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  • The Wire

    In the US, there has been recent concern over ISPs turning over logs to the government. During the past few years, the idea of people snooping on our private data (by governments and others) really has made encryption more popular than ever before. One of the problems with encryption, however, is that it's generally not user-friendly to add its protection to your conversations. Thankfully, messaging services are starting to take notice of the demand. For me, I need a messaging service that works across multiple platforms, encrypts automatically, supports group messaging and ideally can handle audio/video as well. Thankfully, I found an incredible open-source package that ticks all my boxes: Wire.

  • Googler A Command Line Tool To Search Google

    Looking for information on the web has become something that we do day in and day out. Whether it is support you are looking for, looking for a product or news about a particular topic, all you have to do is search on the web.

  • Let Us Play Piano In Terminal Using Our PC Keyboard

    Feel bored at work? Come on guys, let us play Piano! Yeah, you read it right. Who needs a real Piano? We can now play or learn how to play Piano from command line using our PC keyboard. Meet Piano-rs – a simple utility, written in Rust programming language, that allows you to play the Piano in Terminal using PC keyboard. It is free, open source and licensed under MIT license. You can use it on any operating systems that supports Rust.

  • Revamped Skype Desktop App Released
  • New, redesigned Skype for Windows, Mac, and Linux is now available
  • Skype’s new desktop app comes out of beta today on Windows, macOS and Linux
  • Wine 3.0 Expected by the End of 2017 with Direct3D 11 Support, Android Driver

    The Wine developers met this weekend in Poland for the WineConf2017 annual Wine Conference to talk about the next major release of the open-source compatibility layer for running Windows apps and games on UNIX-like systems.

    Developer Marcus Meissner attended the even and recorded Wine leader Alexandre Julliard's keynote at WineConf2017, talking about Wine 3.0, the next major release of the application, and its new features, which include Direct3D 11 support and an Android driver to allow users to use Wine on Google's Android mobile OS too.

  • Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy Heads to PC, Mac, and Linux on November 10
  • 5 of the Best Gaming Mice For Linux

    Most peripherals aren’t supported under Linux, right? Well, there’s a lot more support available than you probably think. While it’s true that most hardware manufacturers completely neglect Linux, it’s also true that the open source community is capable of just about anything. They’ve stepped up and created excellent open-source drivers for a lot of popular gaming hardware. Then, of course, you have mice that just don’t need drivers and will work out of the box. Those are a great option for gaming on Linux, too.

  • You Can Now Play SuperTuxKart on Android!

    The SuperTuxKart Android release is go! You can now play the famous open-source kart racing game on your phone, tablet or compatible Chromebook.

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