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NVIDIA vs. AMD Linux GPU Performance For THRONES OF BRITANNIA

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This morning Feral Interactive released A Total War Saga: THRONES OF BRITANNIA for Linux gamers. This Linux port of A Total War Saga: THRONES OF BRITANNIA is powered by the Vulkan graphics API rather than OpenGL and makes for an interesting test subject. Here are our initial benchmarks of this game under Ubuntu Linux with a range of AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards.

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Games: Paradox Interactive, X-Plane, Feral Interactive's Latest Big Title for GNU/Linux

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  • Valve are easing up on what content is allowed on Steam

    In an interesting blog post written up today, Valve's Erik Johnson has said how Valve will be relaxing their rules for what will be acceptable on Steam.

    You might have seen the discussion recently about how Valve sent word to a few developers, giving them notice that their games are going to be removed from Steam. Even we picked up on this, as it didn't really feel right.

  • Paradox Interactive now owns 100% of developer Harebrained Schemes

    Paradox Interactive are continuing their quest for world domination as they've taken a 100% share of developer Harebrained Schemes.

  • X-Plane Flight Simulator Is Making Progress On Vulkan Support

    The X-Plane cross-platform flight simulator has been depending upon OpenGL for nearly two decades since the program first came into existence, but a port of its rendering engine to use the Vulkan API has been a work-in-progress.

    Since X-Plane began working on virtual reality (VR) support for their flight simulator, they have talked of making use of Vulkan on Windows/Linux/Android while also pursuing Metal API support for macOS. The company has previously confirmed they are going with Vulkan on supported platforms including Windows, rather than pursuing DirectX 12. It looks like their Vulkan support is getting squared away as the company has tweeted this weekend they will be talking about Vulkan integration this weekend at the Flight Sim Expo in Las Vegas.

  • Explore and conquer the British Isles in THRONES OF BRITANNIA for Linux

    THRONES OF BRITANNIA is a standalone Total War game that challenges you to build and defend a kingdom of Anglo-Saxons, Gaelic clans, Welsh tribes or Viking settlers.

  • A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia Video Game Is Now Available for Linux

    UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive announced on Thursday the availability of the Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia strategy game for Linux-based operating systems.

    Set at a critical moment in history, A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is a standalone campaign of the multi-award-winning strategy series where you'll have to choose your strategy, whether you rule as an Anglo-Saxon king, a Gaelic warrior, or a Viking warlord.

    The game features a Grand Campaign that offers players a choice of several routes to their glorious victory in shaping the future of the British Isles. It comes with one of the most detailed Total War maps ever created so you can explore and conquer the British Isles.

  • A Total War Saga: THRONES OF BRITANNIA Is Now Out For Linux, Powered By Vulkan

    Feral Interactive has released their latest Linux game port, A Total War Saga: THRONES OF BRITANNIA, is now live via their store and on Steam.

  • Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is now officially available for Linux

    Feral Interactive have once again delivered for strategy games fans, with the release today of Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia for Linux. As a reminder, this is another Linux port that's Vulkan-only as Feral are now full steam ahead with this newer API.

  • Victory At Sea Pacific, an open world naval RTS is coming soon with Linux support

    Like your strategy games? How about one centred around naval combat in a big open environment? Victory At Sea Pacific [Official Site] ticks those and it's coming to Linux.

  • Some more details on Crazy Justice, the third-person shooter with Battle Royale that's coming to Linux

    There's quite a lot of hype going for Crazy Justice [Official Site], the third-person shooter with single-player, co-op and Battle Royale that's coming to Linux, here's some more details on it.

  • New FreeDink DFArc frontend 3.14 release

    Here's a new release of DFArc, a frontend to run the GNU FreeDink game and manage its numerous add-on adventures or D-Mods Smile

Games Leftovers

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TrackMania Nations Forever Available As A Snap Application

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Good news for penguin users, TrackMania Nations Forever has been released on edge channel as a snap package this information came first on snapcraft.io forum site. Most of Linux users never heard about Track Mania, because it is only available for Windows, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 4 e Xbox One users. ​

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5 Best Linux Distro For Gaming In 2018

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Gaming in Linux has advanced for better in the last couple of years. Presently, you can find many distros pre-upgraded for unparalleled gaming. A Linux gaming distro is custom-made for hard-core gamers. Subsequently, it comes ready for various games, and besides, drivers for graphics cards and game controllers come with it. Many of the present day Linux distros bolster every sort of graphics card. In that capacity, any standard Linux distro can be transformed into a game station without much of a stretch. These distros are outfitted with different drivers, emulators and software, so you can simply install it.

It’s time to look out for some platforms that stay away from your regular Windows PC. Here are the best Linux gaming distros you need to check-out.

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Dota 2 Vulkan Performance Across MacOS, Windows 10 & Linux

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Last week Valve released their long-awaited Vulkan renderer for Dota 2 on macOS by making use of the MoltenVK driver they facilitated its open-sourcing of earlier in the year for bringing Vulkan to macOS/iOS via this wrapper layer to map Vulkan calls to Apple Metal drivers. The initial benchmarks of Vulkan'ized Dota 2 on Mac were quite compelling while for your viewing pleasure today are some additional data points.

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Games: Overload, Planetary Annihilation: TITANS, Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, Gladiabots, Scoundrel

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Games: Rise of the Tomb Raider, More From Feral Interactive, and Apple's 'War' on OpenGL

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Games: PPSSPP, Unworthy and GOG

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  • PPSSPP emulator now uses Vulkan by default, OpenGL now multithreaded

    The PSP emulator, PPSSPP [Official Site], recently had a pretty big release which now default to Vulkan as the main renderer. They also enabled a shader cache for Vulkan too, which should help smoothen a few games out.

    This is great, especially since PPSSPP is free and open source under the GPL and you can check it out on GitHub.

  • PPSSPP Adds Vulkan On Linux Support

    The PPSSPP emulator project allowing Sony PSP games to be played on multiple platforms has now added Vulkan support on Linux.

    Releasing this past week was the PPSSPP 1.6 emulator release. This update is quite exciting for PSP gamers as beyond adding Vulkan support on Linux/SDL2, the OpenGL back-end has been properly multi-threaded to deliver a speed boost too. The Vulkan performance should be good, a Vulkan shader cache is now supported, there is also GPU command interpreter performance improvements, and a range of other work.

  • Unworthy is a hardcore combat-focused metroidvania without jumping that's coming to Linux

    Think you're tough? Unworthy [Official Site] might test that theory of yours with a promise of a hardcore combat-focused metroidvania experience.

  • The GOG summer sale is now live

    It's hot outside, meaning you all want to stay in and play games right? GOG have you covered with their summer sale.

Games: Cosmic Star Heroine, Black Geyser: Couriers of Darkness, Underworld Ascendant, Oxygen Not Included

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Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" Installer Updated with Linux Kernel 4.16 Support

Developed under the Debian Testing umbrella, the forthcoming Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series just received today the third alpha milestone of its installer, which lets people install the Linux-based operating system on their personal computers, servers, and IoT devices, such as the Raspberry Pi. One of the most interesting changes that caught out eyes is the bump of the kernel support from Linux kernel 4.13, which was used in the second alpha build, to Linux kernel 4.16. Of course, this means that there's better hardware support, so chances are you'll be able to install the development version of Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" on newer machines or if you have some exotic components on your PC. Read more

The New Microsoft

  • Microsoft ICE Contract Draws Fire

    “ICE’s decision to accelerate IT modernization using Azure Government will help them innovate faster while reducing the burden of legacy IT. The agency is currently implementing transformative technologies for homeland security and public safety, and we’re proud to support this work with our mission-critical cloud,” he wrote.

  • Microsoft faces outrage for blog post touting ICE contract

    As outrage grew online, a Microsoft employee quietly removed mention of ICE from the January press release this morning. Social media users noticed that, too. The company has since restored the press release's original language, and called its removal a "mistake."

  • Microsoft Removes Mention of ICE Cloud Work After Protests

    Microsoft Corp. scrubbed an online reference to its work for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as the agency faces criticism for its role in separating families at the U.S.-Mexican border.

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  • Microsoft's Ethical Reckoning Is Here

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Android Leftovers

First Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Release Candidate Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Is Here

The latest Ubuntu Touch update from UBports, OTA-3, was released last year near the Christmas holidays, but it was still based on Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet), so if you though Ubuntu Phones are dead, think again, because the UBports team has been hard at work to bring you the OTA-4, which will be the first to rebase the operating system on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus). "The main reason why the arrival of OTA-4 seemed to take so long is because Ubuntu Touch switched its base to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus. This is a mammoth milestone for the project, because it allowed us to transition from the unsupported Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet to a Long Term Support (LTS) base," reads today's announcement. Read more Also: UBports' Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 RC Released, Upgrades To Ubuntu 16.04 LTS