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It Will Soon Be Possible to Deliver Many Popular Games as Snaps for Ubuntu 16.04

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Canonical's Zygmunt Krynicki and Michael Vogt announced the release of snapd 2.0.5, the fifth maintenance release in the stable 2.0 series of the Snappy daemon for Ubuntu Linux.

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  • Ecotone Linux Version Released

    Developed by Sundae Factory, Ecotone is a platform game with an evolving gameplay which allows brainwork and/or skill phases. The game's primary focus is to invite the gamer into a new kind of world, and features a unique, dreamlike and mysterious atmosphere. In the strange Ecotone's world, you will embody a weird little character lacking a real identity. As this character passes each level, he will earn some new skills. But beware, the environment is full of strange creatures and monsters, and some of them may be dangerous.

  • Valve announce over half a million Steam Controllers have been sold

    An awesome milestone for such an interesting device! Valve have stated in an update that the Steam Controller has sold over half a million units!

  • Steam Machines are dead in the water according to Ars, not quite

    Another problem is that the mainstream gaming press has almost never been fond of the idea anyway, and the amount of articles out looking down it probably wouldn't have helped things. Ars hasn't exactly been kind about it at all in previous articles. Hell, even certain Linux websites like to use sensationalist article titles talking down Linux popularity on Steam. When actually, it's doing pretty well all things considered.

  • At Just $35, Now Is A Great Time To Try Out Valve's ARM-Linux-Powered Steam Link

    Steam Link is Valve's game streaming solution where when paired with a controller makes for easy gaming from a living room TV. The Steam Link is Linux-based and it does support game streaming from Steam running on SteamOS or any Linux distribution.

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  • Steam's latest Hardware Survey is out, shows Linux at 0.84%

    The key thing to remember is Steam overall is always growing, so a lower overall percentage of Linux users doesn't necessarily mean there are less Linux users on Steam (it could actually be more, but dwarfed by also having even more Windows users on Steam).

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    You can make it appear by simply having different hardware or a different operating system. It seems to detect when you change things, as if it knows it needs to check on you again. This is by design of course, as the entire point of it is to show what people are currently using, so if you've changed something it wants to know about it and send it along. This is one reason why people keep saying they see it when they boot into Windows after not using it for a while, of course you will, that's a change in your setup. This is another reason why I dislike it, as that can create an unintentional bias in the results. This bias isn't against Linux though, as it would work the same the opposite way around of course. This is why I feel the results were actually a lot higher for Linux initially, as it did a survey for a big bunch of Windows/Mac users trying it and submitting it on Linux before moving back to Windows/Mac.

    A good bit of reading was a recent editorial titled "A different approach to calculating the popularity of Linux gaming on Steam" which will help put your mind at ease.

  • Unreal Engine 4.12 Released with Hundreds of Updates, Many New Features

    Today, June 1, 2016, Epic Games has had the enormous pleasure of announcing the release of Unreal Engine 4.12, a massive update it the 4.x stable series of the cross-platform and highly acclaimed game engine.

    Unreal Engine 4.12 comes exactly two months after the release of Unreal Engine 4.11, bringing hundreds of updates, countless bug fixes across all platforms, a multitude of new features, and the initial implementation of some brand-new technologies, such as the Vulkan Mobile Renderer.

  • DOOM 2016 can now be Played on Linux systems: See how

Software and Games

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  • Ecotone Now available for Linux on Steam
  • Feral Interactive Confirms Life Is Strange is Coming to Mac, Linux
  • Open-source painting application Krita gets a version bump

    Boudewijn Rempt, the maintainer of open-source painting software Krita has announced the release of version 3.0.

    3.0 is a major version bump and with this release the project now has its own repository and wiki. The main focus of the developers for this release was code cleaning. With this release Krita has been ported to the latest Qt 5 and KDE Framework 5, thus keeping the codebase modern.

  • GNOME Calendar App Getting Major Year and Month View Improvements for GNOME 3.22

    The GNOME Calendar app is getting a lot of attention lately, especially now that it has been integrated by default into the Ubuntu Linux operating system, but also because the development cycle of the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment is ongoing.

    We reported a few days ago that the second snapshot, version 3.21.2, of the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, due for release later this year, on September 21, 2016, was released to public beta testers and early adopters, bringing various improvements to its core applications and components.

  • Samba releases client for ChromeOS

    The Samba project, the standard Windows interoperability suite of programs for Linux and Unix, has released a client for ChromeOS.

    The client, Network File Share, is available for installation from the Chrome Web Store and can be used to access network files directly from the Files app on ChromeOS.

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  • PlayStation Emulator Gets Experimental OpenGL Renderer

    RetroArch has announced their first release of the Mednafen/Beetle PSX HW PlayStation emulator for Linux and other operating systems.

    The Mednafen PSX HW core is significant in that its added an OpenGL renderer utilizing an OpenGL 3.3 core context. This PlayStation emulator now supports rendering on the GPU and is said to be one of the first doing so for PSX that is based upon modern OpenGL. This GPU renderer is based upon the work done by Rustation, a Rust-written PlayStation emulator.

  • Rotorcross, an open source multirotor racing simulator has a Linux version
  • Salt and Sanctuary, a haunting 2D action RPG looks like it could come to Linux

    Salt and Sanctuary is a very stylish looking 2D action RPG with haunting visuals and fast paced combat. Looks like Ethan Lee is having a go at porting it.

  • Benchmark: Video Games Now Realistic Enough For Racing Games To Factor Into Racing Certs

    Normally, when we talk about any issue involving how realistic video games are becoming as an art form, those stories revolve around either the decrying of realistic violence within the games or occasionally governments attempting to use realistic game footage to pimp their own fictional military capabilities. But, while those stories often come off as silly, those examples and their like are not the only benchmarks for just how realistic gaming is becoming. Other examples involve games reaching a realism level high enough to open the door to real-life application.

    Serving as a recent example of this is the latest from racing game giant Gran Turismo, which has achieved enough realism to earn it a partnership with Formula One Racing as a sort of proving ground for racers to get their license with the professional racing organization.

  • Wine Staging Now Lets Linux Users Launch DOOM 2016 on Their Computers

    The team behind Wine Staging, a special version of the Wine (Wine is Not an Emulator) software that lets Linux users play Windows games and use Windows apps on their PCs, has released Wine Staging 1.9.11.

Meet Manjaro Linux Gaming 16.06 — An Arch Linux-based Linux Distro For Gamers

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It’s time to meet Manjaro Linux Gaming, an Arch Linux-based operating system that’s designed for gaming. This Linux distro comes with many open source software and emulators to assist you in gaming. The overall settings of the OS have been adjusted to suit the needs of gamers.

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  • Editorial: Valve have not abandoned SteamOS or Linux, things are looking pretty good

    To re-iterate something I've said every time: SteamOS was never, ever going to be an overnight success. New platforms generally take quite some time to make a difference, but SteamOS has already made a massive difference to Linux gaming.

  • Meet Manjaro Linux Gaming 16.06, an Arch Linux-Based Distro Designed for Gamers

    Today, May 30, 2016, we would like to introduce our Linux readers to an upcoming edition of the Arch Linux-based Manjaro Linux operating system designed for gamers.

    Meet Manjaro Linux Gaming, a special flavor of the popular Manjaro Linux distribution built on top of the latest Arch Linux technologies, using a highly customized Xfce desktop environment with a dark setup to make it easy on your eyes, and preloaded with some of the best open-source software for gamers.

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