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Glibc 2.36 Dropping DT_HASH Has Been Breaking Easy Anti Cheat Games With Steam Play
Glibc 2.36 Dropping DT_HASH Has Been Breaking Easy Anti Cheat Games With Steam Play

Those on rolling-release Linux distributions that are quick to adapt to new toolchain updates are finding Easy Anti Cheat (EAC) enabled games breaking when running on the recently released Glibc 2.36. The breakage stems from the DT_HASH section being dropped in GNU C Library but EAC being among the few software still expecting that section rather than DT_GNU_HASH.

13 August 2022 - EAC Games Borked With Glibc 2.36 - 42 Comments
Godot 4.0 Adds Variable Rate Shading, Shader Preprocessor Support
Godot 4.0 Adds Variable Rate Shading, Shader Preprocessor Support

The Godot open-source game engine developers announced on Thursday that next week will mark the Godot 4.0 feature freeze as they prepare to ship the Godot 4.0 Beta 1 in September. But ahead of that feature freeze, Godot 4.0 Alpha 13 was released on Thursday afternoon with yet more feature work -- including variable rate shading and other renderer improvements.

29 July 2022 - Godot 4.0 More Features - 1 Comment
Feral Releases GameMode 1.7
Feral Releases GameMode 1.7

The Linux game porters at Feral Interactive have released GameMode 1.7 as the newest version of their daemon that can ensure your CPU frequency scaling governor is set to "performance" mode, among other system performance optimizations, automatically when launching games.

21 July 2022 - GameMode 1.7 - 17 Comments
Xonotic 0.8.5 Improves This Prominent Open-Source Game
Xonotic 0.8.5 Improves This Prominent Open-Source Game

It's sadly been years since having anything major to report on for Xonotic, the open-source first person shooter game that started out many years ago as Nexuiz. Thankfully a new version of Xonotic was published this week and while it's just a point release, it does come with many improvements.

2 July 2022 - Xonotic 0.8.5 - 20 Comments
SDL 2.23.1 Released With SDL2 Switching To A New Versioning Scheme

SDL 2.0.22 was released back in April while now it's to be succeeded by the eventual SDL 2.24 stable and out today is the SDL 2.23.1 pre-release. Besides the shift in the versioning scheme there are many additions coming in this release for this library that's widely used by cross-platform games.

16 June 2022 - SDL 2.23.1 - 9 Comments
SDL Adds A DirectX 12 Renderer Backend
SDL Adds A DirectX 12 Renderer Backend

Somewhat surprisingly, the open-source SDL library that is widely used by games for cross-platform handling and abstracting of various software interfaces has added a Microsoft DirectX 12 renderer.

7 June 2022 - SDL2 With DX12 Backend - 9 Comments
Open 3D Engine 22.05 Released With New Features
Open 3D Engine 22.05 Released With New Features

In addition to a new development release of Godot 4.0 out today, the other high profile open-source 3D game engine is Open 3D Engine (O3DE) that started last year from Amazon's Lumberyard Engine and now under the Linux Foundation's Open 3D Foundation. Out today is O3DE 22.05 for this high profile free software 3D game engine.

12 May 2022 - O3DE 22.05 - 3 Comments
Godot 4.0 Alpha 8 Game Engine Released With Some Nice Improvements
Godot 4.0 Alpha 8 Game Engine Released With Some Nice Improvements

Godot 4.0 continues working its way towards release as the most acclaimed open-source game engine. Godot 4.0 brings Vulkan rendering, OpenXR support, and a ton of other features covered in the past few years for making it more competitive with commercial game engines. Out this morning is Godot 4.0 Alpha 8 with a few more improvements worth noting.

12 May 2022 - Godot 4.0 - 4 Comments
Lutris 0.5.10 Released With Steam Deck Support
Lutris 0.5.10 Released With Steam Deck Support

Lutris as the open-source game manager that is popular with Linux gamers for managing titles across the likes of Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle, and other sources. Today's Lutris 0.5.10 release brings support for the Steam Deck along with other improvements.

1 April 2022 - Lutris 0.5.10 - 22 Comments
FEX 2203 Emulator Released With RdRand & 3DNow Support, More JIT Work
FEX 2203 Emulator Released With RdRand & 3DNow Support, More JIT Work

FEX-Emu is the open-source project striving for speedy x86/x86_64 binaries on AArch64 with similar objectives to Box86/Box64. FEX-Emu is working toward allowing Steam and other x86_64 Linux games to work on 64-bit Arm hardware and achieving some early success. Out today is FEX-Emu 2203 as the latest step in that direction.

6 March 2022 - FEX 2203 - 6 Comments
sdl-compat 1.2.52 Debuts As Initial SDL-1.2-Atop-SDL-2.0 Release
sdl-compat 1.2.52 Debuts As Initial SDL-1.2-Atop-SDL-2.0 Release

In development recently has been sdl12-compat as a compatibility layer that implements the SDL 1.2 interfaces atop SDL 2.0. This effort allows many older Linux games not seeing updates for SDL2 to in turn make use of the newer version by way of this compatibility layer.

5 March 2022 - sdl-compat 1.2.52 - 27 Comments
X.Org vs. (X)Wayland Gaming Performance For NVIDIA GeForce & AMD Radeon On Ubuntu 22.04
X.Org vs. (X)Wayland Gaming Performance For NVIDIA GeForce & AMD Radeon On Ubuntu 22.04

Earlier this month I posted some Ubuntu 22.04 Linux gaming benchmarks with X.Org vs. (X)Wayland performance for NVIDIA GeForce graphics now that the NVIDIA 510 driver has the GBM support in good shape. NVIDIA's (X)Wayland gaming performance is largely in good shape now while for those wondering how it compares to AMD Radeon on Ubuntu 22.04 daily, here are some benchmarks.

14 February 2022 - (X)Wayland Gaming - 50 Comments
Nintendo Wii U Linux Support Discussed - But Lacks GPU, Broken Multi-Core, USB Issue
Nintendo Wii U Linux Support Discussed - But Lacks GPU, Broken Multi-Core, USB Issue

One of the developers involved in the initiative of porting the Linux kernel and open-source software to Nintendo's Wii U game console has brought up the possibility of getting the kernel changes mainlined into the Linux kernel. While Linux on the Wii U may sound exciting - especially for those having the aging console otherwise collecting dust - but the Linux support falls short for now and it would be a lengthy process to get the code cleaned up and properly upstreamed.

8 February 2022 - Wii U Linux Mainline Support? - 7 Comments
FEX-Emu Is Working On Speedy x86/x86_64 Games Support On AArch64, Including Proton
FEX-Emu Is Working On Speedy x86/x86_64 Games Support On AArch64, Including Proton

While the Apple M1 SoC is a great piece of hardware, a large part of what has made Apple Silicon so successful with their newest Macs has been their Rosetta 2 software for dynamically translating x86/x86_64 software to run well on these 64-bit Arm systems. Existing applications and games optimized for prior Intel Macs continue running generally in excellent shape on their newest hardware thanks to Rosetta 2. While there is the ongoing Linux bring-up work for Apple Silicon on Linux, the open-source world doesn't currently have that advantage of a compelling Rosetta 2 alternative but the FEX-Emu project hopes to change that outlook.

6 February 2022 - FEX-2022 Released - 23 Comments
Open 3D Game Engine 2111.2 Released
Open 3D Game Engine 2111.2 Released

In addition to closing in on the Godot 4.0 release, another equally exciting effort in the open-source game engine space is the Open 3D Engine originally from the Amazon Lumberyard code and backed by the Linux Foundation and other organizations. Open 3D Engine 2111.2 is out today as the newest stable point release for this less than one year old open-source game engine effort.

27 January 2022 - O3DE 2111.2 - 8 Comments
Steam On Linux Ended 2021 At 1.11% Marketshare
Steam On Linux Ended 2021 At 1.11% Marketshare

After a reporting snafu over the weekend, Valve has now made available the December 2021 results of the Steam Survey. This metric has been quite interesting to monitor with the increases since Steam Play (Proton) was first introduced but particularly in recent months since the announcement of the Linux-powered Steam Deck causing more excitement around Linux gaming and more people trying out the current state of Steam Play.

3 January 2022 - Linux Gaming Percent - 35 Comments
OBS Studio 27.2 Beta Brings SVT-AV1 Support, Official Flatpak Support

In preparing for an exciting 2022, the OBS Studio open-source software that is popular with game streamers and for other screencasting purposes, is out with its first beta of OBS Studio 27.2. This next update to OBS Studio is bringing some exciting improvements for this leading cross-platform streaming solution.

30 December 2021 - OBS Studio 27.2 Beta 1 - 4 Comments
Unigine 2.15 Continues As One Of The Most Beautiful Engines, Vulkan Still W.I.P.
Unigine 2.15 Continues As One Of The Most Beautiful Engines, Vulkan Still W.I.P.

While there hasn't been much to talk about Unigine recently when it comes to Linux games and they seem to place less emphasis these days on Unigine as a game engine, this cross-platform SDK/engine continues to be visually quite stunning, their Linux support remains in good shape, and they appear to be enjoying very successful efforts on the commercial simulation side. Unigine 2.15 was released this week as the latest iteration of their engine.

18 December 2021 - Unigine 2.15 - 14 Comments
More BattlEye-Protected Games Now Working With Steam Play On Linux

Last month BattlEye-using games began running on Steam Play when using the latest Steam client beta paired with the experimental version of Proton. However, it still does require the intervention of the game studio to request the support be enabled for a particular game. Today in time for any weekend gaming is several more games using the BattlEye anti-cheat software working on Linux.

3 December 2021 - More Games - 12 Comments

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