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Games: Railway Empire, 'Where The Water Tastes Like Wine' and More

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You Can Now Run Linux on Sony's PlayStation 4 (4.55) Gaming Console, Here's How

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Developer Valentin Breiz recently updated his PS4 Linux Loader, a simple payload tool designed with a single goal in mind, to let you run Linux on your Sony PlayStation 4 gaming console, to support some PlayStation 4 models running firmware 4.55.

This is possible thanks to IDC's kernel exploit for firmware 4.05, which has now been updated for firmware 4.55 too. However, for now it looks like running Linux on PlayStation 4 only works with some PS4 models having a FAT filesystem.

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Wine and Games

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Games: CARRION, Dungeons 3, THRONES OF BRITANNIA, Majesty of Colors Remastered and More

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Games for GNU/Linux and New Wine Staging

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  • Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia to be released March 20

    The next DLC for the sprawling grand strategy title, Europa Universalis IV [Official Site], will be available soon. The developers have detailed some more of the upcoming features in both DLC and upcoming patch.

  • Extreme downhill freeriding game 'Descenders' adds a customizable Freeride mode

    Descenders [Steam] is a pretty darn good downhill freeriding game and now it's become a little bit more customizable.

    With the latest update, you can now generate your own track in the 'Freeride mode', so now you don't have to go through the set paths in the career mode, although this new mode doesn't reward you any reputation points.

  • Space-cat survival sim 'MewnBase' updated with research, carports and more

    Last week saw a major update to space-cat survival and base-building sim MewnBase []. There are quite a few new goodies, including a suit upgrade, a garage for your buggy, and improved inventory. But the focus is on the brand-new research system.

  • Some thoughts on Man O' War: Corsair, rough sailing and very little fun

    Man O’ War: Corsair – Warhammer Naval Battles [Official Site] is, as you might guess, a game about living the life of a privateer in the Warhammer fantasy world. It has all the fixings you might expect as well: you can raid, board vessels, buy and sell goods in ports and manage a crew and ship. On paper, it’s the sort of game I’d go wild over. The reality is altogether different.

  • Wine-Staging 3.3 Released

    While the original Wine-Staging maintainers have parted ways with the project, a new Wine-Staging initiative has been getting under way and they managed their first development release this Sunday.

    Last month we reported on the revival of Wine-Staging. New developers have taken up the job of herding these staging/experimental patches against Wine and continuing to re-base the code following the bi-weekly upstream Wine releases.

    Wine-Staging 3.3 is out today and it is based against this week's new Wine release and the thousand plus patches from the old staging tree have been re-fitted to work against this current code-base.

Wine and Games

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Games: CROSSNIQ+, Orwell: Ignorance is Strength, Depth of Extinction, Surviving Mars, ATOM RPG, Abyss Crew

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Games: Testing, SC Controller and Some Game Releases

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Games Leftovers

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Games: Crossing Souls, Albion Online, Market Share, Godot and More

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  • The 80's inspired action-adventure Crossing Souls is out, it's pretty good

    Crossing Souls [GOG, Steam], from Fourattic and Devolver Digital is an action-adventure love letter to the 80's and it's pretty good overall. I did some impressions of the demo previously, where I actually came off pretty impressed and wanting more.

  • Albion Online 'Lancelot' update to land March 12th with Fishing, Roaming Mobs & more

    Albion Online [Official Site] is set to expand again with the 'Lancelot' update that has been announced for release on March 12th.

  • The developer of 'Rise to Ruins' has shared some Linux sales and players data

    While obviously small, the numbers are in-line with what we've seen a few times, it's also much higher than the currently reported Linux market share on the Steam Hardware Survey. This is a similar situation as seen with games like Maia, Helium Rain and Deep Sixed in regards to a higher share of Linux sales than developers might have expected.


    ...developer also shared the percentages per-platform of actual players who loaded it up during December, where Linux accounted for approximately 5.12%.

  • Godot Engine to work on Vulkan support

    Speaking on their official blog, Godot Engine [Official Site] developer Juan Linietsky writes about how the open source game engine will be getting Vulkan API support.

  • Moving to Vulkan (and ES 2.0) instead of OpenGL ES 3.0

    Edit: Changed post title for clarity (previously Abandoning OpenGL ES 3.0 for Vulkan (and ES 2.0)). We are not abandoning the current OpenGL ES 3.0 backend right now: as outlined in the post, we will start working on a Vulkan backend, which will eventually coexist with the OpenGL ES 2.0 and 3.0 backends - and eventually we might deprecate the OpenGL ES 3.0 backend if Vulkan cuts it.

  • Godot To Focus On Vulkan Over OpenGL ES 3.0 Now That There's Mac Support

    The Godot Game Engine is one of the few projects already announcing a change in their plans following this morning's announcement of better and open-source Vulkan support on macOS/iOS.

    The Godot engine had been focusing on its OpenGL ES 3.0 renderer as the single code-base for supporting all of their major platform targets. But with OpenGL ES 3.0 not working perfectly everywhere (particularly on some mobile devices) and poor WebGL 2 adoption along with driver issues in some cases, it hasn't worked out as they would have liked. But now they are interested in having Vulkan replace this OpenGL ES 3.0 renderer.

  • Feudal Alloy, a metroidvania action-RPG with robots controlled by fish will support Linux

    That's a title I didn't think I would ever write! Robots controlled by fish is certainly an amusing idea and it's coming with the metroidvania action-RPG 'Feudal Alloy' [Steam, Official Site] later this year.

  • Attrition: Tactical Fronts, a quick play, turn-based strategy game for 1-2 players added Linux support

    Here's one that didn't seen to get any attention, Attrition: Tactical Fronts [, Steam, Official Site] a quick play, turn-based strategy game for 1-2 players added Linux support back in December.

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today's leftovers

  • KDE Applications 18.04 Brings Dolphin Improvements, JuK Wayland Support
    The KDE community has announced the release today of KDE Applications 18.04 as the first major update to the open-source KDE application set for 2018.
  • Plasma Startup
    Startup is one of the rougher aspects of the Plasma experience and therefore something we’ve put some time into fixing [...] The most important part of any speed work is correctly analysing it. systemd-bootchart is nearly perfect for this job, but it’s filled with a lot of system noise.
  • Announcing Virtlyst – a web interface to manage virtual machines
    Virtlyst is a web tool that allows you to manage virtual machines. In essence it’s a clone of webvirtmgr, but using Cutelyst as the backend, the reasoning behind this was that my father in law needs a server for his ASP app on a Win2k server, the server has only 4 GiB of RAM and after a week running webvirtmgr it was eating 300 MiB close to 10% of all available RAM. To get a VNC or SPICE tunnel it spawns websockify which on each new instance around 20 MiB of RAM get’s used. I found this unacceptable, a tool that is only going to be used once in a while, like if the win2k freezes or goes BSOD, CPU usage while higher didn’t play a role on this.
  • OPNFV: driving the network towards open source "Tip to Top"
    Heather provides an update on the current status of OPNFV. How is its work continuing and how is it pursuing the overall mission? Heather says much of its work is really ‘devops’ and it's working on a continuous integration basis with the other open source bodies. That work continues as more bodies join forces with the Linux Foundation. Most recently OPNFV has signed a partnership agreement with the open compute project. Heather says the overall OPNFV objective is to work towards open source ‘Tip to top’ and all built by the community in ‘open source’. “When we started, OPNFV was very VM oriented (virtual machine), but now the open source movement is looking more to cloud native and containerisation as the way forward,” she says. The body has also launched a C-RAN project to ensure that NFV will be ready to underpin 5G networks as they emerge.
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  • Failure to automate: 3 ways it costs you
    When I ask IT leaders what they see as the biggest benefit to automation, “savings” is often the first word out of their mouths. They’re under pressure to make their departments run as efficiently as possible and see automation as a way to help them do so. Cost savings are certainly a benefit of automation, but I’d argue that IT leaders who pursue automation for cost-savings alone are missing the bigger picture of how it can help their businesses. The true value of automation doesn’t lie in bringing down expenses, but rather in enabling IT teams to scale their businesses.
  • Docker Enterprise Edition 2.0 Launches With Secured Kubernetes
    After months of development effort, Kubernetes is now fully supported in the stable release of the Docker Enterprise Edition. Docker Inc. officially announced Docker EE 2.0 on April 17, adding features that have been in development in the Docker Community Edition (CE) as well as enhanced enterprise grade capabilities. Docker first announced its intention to support Kubernetes in October 2017. With Docker EE 2.0, Docker is providing a secured configuration of Kubernetes for container orchestration. "Docker EE 2.0 brings the promise of choice," Docker Chief Operating Officer Scott Johnston told eWEEK. "We have been investing heavily in security in the last few years, and you'll see that in our Kubernetes integration as well."