A look back over some popular articles for October 2020

Here is a look back some of the most popular articles on GamingOnLinux for October 2020, an easy way to for you to keep up to date on what has happened in the past month for Linux gaming, open source and other general Linux news that we cover! If you wish to keep track of these overview posts you can with our Overview RSS – we’re bringing this back as a regular overview column to enable some catch-up and a place for chat in the comments.

Here’s what was popular with our readers:

  • Valve put their ‘Pressure Vessel’ container source for Linux games up on GitLab
    • Want to see the dirty innards of more Valve code? Well you’re in luck as they now have a lot of work involved in the Steam Runtime on GitLab including the Pressure Vessel container.
  • bpytop might be the freaking-coolest way to monitor your Linux system
    • Okay, hear me out. You want to keep an eye on your system for things like RAM use, disk space, processor load and more…but you want something a tiny bit flashy that’s still simple enough to run in a terminal window? You need to try out bpytop.
  • Fast-paced action-roguelike ‘Burning Knight’ goes fully open source
    • After recently releasing the first major post-release update, the developer of the action-roguelike Burning Knight decided to open source the whole thing.
  • You may want to avoid Linux Kernel 5.9 if you want fully supported NVIDIA drivers
    • On the official NVIDIA forum, an employee put out an announcement warning NVIDIA GPU owners that the Linux Kernel 5.9 and later is currently unsupported.
  • Debian Linux is planning a gaming-focused event online in November
    • With more people using Linux for gaming, certain distributions are waking up to this and making their own plans to improve and it looks like Debian is next.
  • You can now order a PC case that looks like the classic Commodore 64
    • Enjoy retro computing? It seems one company does, as My Retro Computer have revived the classic Commodore 64 as a barebones PC case.
  • Steam Play Proton 5.13-1 Linux compatibility layer up and ready for testing
    • Valve has released Proton 5.13-1 for testing, this compatibility layer for Steam Play brings with it many advancements for getting more Windows games working on Linux.
  • AMD reveal RDNA 2 with Radeon RX 6900 XT, Radeon RX 6800 XT, Radeon RX 6800
    • Today AMD formally revealed the next-generation Radeon GPUs powered by the RDNA 2 architecture and it looks like they’re going to thoroughly give NVIDIA a run for your money.
  • Minecraft is getting another big upgrade with the Caves & Cliffs Update
    • Minecraft Live happened today and there were plenty of exciting announcements about the future of Minecraft, like the next major free upgrade with the Caves & Cliffs Update.
  • AMD reveals Zen 3 and the Ryzen 5000 series – out November 5
    • Today AMD revealed the Zen 3 CPU architecture along with the Ryzen 5000 series, with quite a big focus in single-threaded performance as they continue to fight Intel.
  • Island survival game Stranded Deep gets a huge update expanding the world
    • Stranded in the middle of the ocean, in Stranded Deep it’s a struggle to survive from the moment you hit play as you swim across to various islands – and now it’s a lot bigger.
  • According to a Stadia developer, streamers should be paying publishers and it backfired
    • After a three day event to show off new games for Stadia, along with three special demos now live you would think Google was having a good time. Unfortunately, one developer derailed it all.
  • Collabora expect their Linux Kernel work for Windows game emulation in Kernel 5.11
    • Collabora have been doing presentations during the Open Source Summit, with one particular talk from Gabriel Krisman Bertazi on the “State of Linux Gaming” being quite interesting. Plus Collabora are hiring.
  • Minecraft Java will move to Microsoft accounts in 2021, gets new social screen
    • Two bits of big Minecraft news for you today, one being a change in the account system and another to deal with social interactions on servers.
  • System76 unleash a quad-GPU Linux monster with the ‘Thelio Mega’
    • What has four GPUs and could probably heat up your entire house? System76 have announced the Thelio Mega and it’s absolutely ridiculous.
  • Microsoft Edge now available on Linux in Preview
    • The day has come, Microsoft have officially made their own web browser available on Linux in preview. Microsoft Edge on Linux, what a time to be alive. Also, something about a calculator? Yes.
  • SteamOS-like Linux distribution GamerOS has a new release, adds in Epic Game Store support
    • If you need an easy full-screen gaming experience with Linux, perhaps with your main big TV then GamerOS looks to be the next best thing to SteamOS.
  • Classic 3D RTS ‘Machines: Wired for War’ goes open source under the GPL
    • Machines: Wired for War is a true classic 3D RTS from the late 90s, and it appears to now be open source under the GPL and up on GitHub.
  • A reminder of some recent Linux game releases – October 2020 edition
    • Despite this feeling like the longest year ever, time continues moving on and there’s been a number of great games released with Linux support in the last few months.
  • ScummVM to merge in ResidualVM, adding support for a number of 3D titles
    • While the ScummVM project was originally meant to cover 2D classics, ResidualVM was the companion project for 3D games and now they’re going to combine into ScummVM.
  • KDE releases the Plasma 5.20 desktop – just as beautiful as ever
    • Plasma is arguably one of the prettiest Linux desktop environments around, and it’s highly configurable too. The KDE team just released a huge upgrade with Plasma 5.20.
  • Play the classic Diablo on Linux with a huge new release of DevilutionX
    • Diablo is something of a classic and it lives on thanks to the public domain game engine DevilutionX.
  • Ahoy, Me Hearties! Civilization VI’s free Pirates game mode is out now
    • Fancy sailing the seas and becoming king of the pirates? We’re not talking about One Piece but Civilization VI with the latest major free update out now.
  • Unity Technologies announce ‘Open Projects’, building games in Unity that are open source
    • This is brilliant! Unity Technologies creators of the Unity game engine, which is ridiculously popular with indie developers, have started a series of open source game development projects.
  • elementary OS 6 set for a big overhaul, adding system-wide Flatpak support
    • elementary OS is probably the most slick looking Linux distribution around, and their attention to all the small styling details is truly awesome. The next major release is looking like a big overhaul.
  • System76 are doing some serious magic with Pop!_OS and Auto Tiling
    • With the release back in April of Pop!_OS 20.04, the distribution made by hardware vendor System76, it came with an impressive Auto Tiling feature that System76 continue expanding.

We published a total of 209 articles last month! You can see who contributed articles on this page.

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