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    OpenRGB gets greatly expanded hardware support in the 0.7 release / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 3 January, 2022 - 13:22 · 2 minutes

Controlling all your fancy RGB lighting on Linux can sometimes be a hassle but OpenRGB thankfully can reduce that pain and a new release is out now with OpenRGB 0.7 . Since every vendor decides to have their own applications, usually proprietary and Windows-only, OpenRGB is becoming something of an essential item if you want to control your hardware on Linux since it's vendor agnostic.


New features includes:

  • Improved plugin architecture - Plugins can now be easily installed from Settings and are versioned to ensure compatibility.
    • Plugins include effects engine, E1.31 receiver, visual map editor, and more.
  • Settings tabs for various configurable features so you don't have to manually edit settings file
    • E1.31 Devices
    • Serial Devices
    • QMK OpenRGB Protocol
    • Philips Hue
    • Philips Wiz
    • Yeelight
  • Log console
    • Log console can be enabled in settings, allows to view the log in the GUI under Information
  • Save To Device
    • On supported controllers, the Save To Device button allows you to save the selected mode and color configuration to device internal memory
  • Brightness Control
    • On supported controllers, you can adjust the brightness with the Brightness slider
  • Autostart Settings
    • Configure OpenRGB to automatically start on login in the Settings tab
    • Configure auto-start options such as start server, load profile, and more
  • Zone resize dialog prompts users to resize uninitialized zero-size zones

There's a big list of new / improved hardware support too as of this release including:

  • Additional GPUs added to detection list from Gigabyte, ASUS, MSI, EVGA, Sapphire, and more
  • Additional MSI Mystic Light motherboards tested and added
  • Logitech mouse issues from 0.6 have been fixed
  • Logitech G213 keyboard modes
  • Philips Hue (normal and Entertainment mode) support
  • Corsair Commander Core
  • HyperX Alloy Origins Core
  • Alienware G5 SE
  • ASUS ROG Pugio and general improvements for ASUS mice
  • ASUS ROG Throne headset stand
  • ASUS ROG Strix Scope
  • Additional Razer devices added to Razer Controller
  • Obinslab Anne Pro 2
  • ASUS Aura SMBus controller renamed to ENE SMBus controller and expanded
    • Conflict with Crucial DRAM fixed
    • ASUS 3xxx GPU support added, these GPUs use an ENE controller
    • XPG Spectrix S40G NVMe SSD (ENE controller), requires running as Administrator/root
  • HP Omen 30L
  • Cooler Master RGB Controller
  • Cooler Master ARGB Controller direct mode
  • Wooting keyboard improvements
  • Blinkinlabs BlinkyTape
  • Alienware AW510K Keyboard
  • Corsair K100 keyboard
  • SteelSeries Rival 600
  • SteelSeries Rival 7x0
  • Logitech G915, G915 TKL
  • Logitech G Pro
  • Sinowealth 0016 keyboard
  • Fix HyperX device flickering, especially HyperX FPS RGB
  • Re-enable all Crucial DRAM addresses, should fix missing Crucial detection
  • Gigabyte RGB Fusion 2 GPUs
  • EVGA 3xxx GPUs
  • EVGA KINGPIN 1080Ti and 1080 FTW2
  • ASUS Strix Evolve mouse
  • MSI GPU direct mode

As of this release, it's also now available as a Flatpak from Flathub for cross-distro support.

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    Watch Over Christmas is a sweet festive point and click adventure out now / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 23 December, 2021 - 09:32

Visit the elves with a younger audience perhaps? Looks like Watch Over Christmas could be a good family game for you.

"Watch Over Christmas is a unique Christmassy game that tells the story of a 12-year-old boy, Cisco, who is called upon to save the most beloved holiday of them all. On the night just before Christmas, an unexpected visitor will inform him that Santa has been abducted and that he is the only hope of saving Christmas as we know it. Cisco will jump on a quest through numerous fun and challenging puzzles to preserve the magic of the Holidays."

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Game Features:

  • Classic 2D point and click style.
  • A unique story within one night, the night before Christmas.
  • Fun and challenging mini-game puzzles.
  • 60+ beautiful hand-drawn environments.
  • Original soundtrack.

Available to buy on Steam .

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    Manjaro 21.2.0 'Qonos' is out, the Linux distro Valve suggests for Steam Deck testing / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 23 December, 2021 - 09:19 · 1 minute

A fresh new release of Manjaro Linux is out now bringing with it tons of enhancements. Manjaro 21.2.0 Qonos comes in multiple editions with KDE Plasma, GNOME and Xfce desktops available.

This is a Linux distribution based-on Arch Linux, and it's one that Valve actually recommends to developers for testing to get ahead of the game for the upcoming Steam Deck handheld (as long as you go for the Plasma edition, since it matches SteamOS 3's desktop mode).

What's new in Manjaro 21.2?

Featuring Kernel 5.15 LTS as the standard, with 5.4 LTS and 5.10 LTS offered for those who need them for whatever reason, like perhaps some older hardware. There's "major" improvements to their installer named Calamares, with automatic partitioning and enhanced support for the btrfs filesystem.

Each edition got major upgrades for the various desktops like GNOME 41.2, which Manjaro now has a layout that more closely follows upstream defaults with a few minor adjustments. Firefox here also now has a different theme to better fit with GNOME. The Plasma edition got bumped up to Plasma 5.23, KDE Frameworks 5.88 and Applications 21.12. The default Plasma theme went through some polishing to fit closer to upstream's Breeze too. On top of that the Xfce edition is now with Xfce 4.16 that has plenty of window manager improvements for those of you who like the more classic desktop look.

727581791640251114gol1.png Pictured - Manjaro KDE, my testing.

Manjaro is a rolling-release, meaning it just keeps updating when available. These "releases" are, essentially, just a refresh of the main installer downloads.

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    2D open-world sandbox action-adventure Necesse released for Linux / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 22 December, 2021 - 16:04 · 1 minute

A weird love-child mixture of games like Minecraft, Stardew Valley and Terraria we have Necesse that's currently in Early Access and a Linux version is now available. On Monday, December 20 the next major update of the game landed which overhauled and improved many parts of the game and gave us a surprise with support for both Linux and macOS.

Developed by Mads Skovgaard who goes under the alias Fair, Necesse originally started off as a hobby game but eventually progressed into something that Skovgaard was able to work full time on and it is yet another impressive example of what a solo developer / tiny team can do. Looks like it will scratch a good itch for crafting and exploration fans. Check out the trailer:

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Game Features:

  • Play alone or with friends – Necese can be played solo or with multiple players with scaled bosses.
  • Change up your build any time – your character is never locked to one build, allowing you to mix and match and find the best setup for the situation.
  • Explore the infinite procedurally generated world of Necesse with many different bosses, biomes, cave systems and dungeons. Go underground, find treasure and trade with villages.
  • Craft armor, weapons, potions, food and more to prepare your character for the next challenge.
  • Start your settlement and recruit settlers to work for you. Keep them happy and fight off threats that want to invade your settlement.
  • Build a farm, go fishing and supply yourself with food and powerful potions and buffs that will help you progress through the game.
  • Tons of quality of life features like inventory sorting/managing, vicinity crafting, smart mining, auto door and more.
  • Find, collect and style up with cosmetics, pets and mounts.
  • Create circuit networks and traps to kill incoming enemies.
  • Host a dedicated server for you and your friends to play on.

Picking up a copy for myself today, I can at least confirm for now it all works as expected and it does seems quite sweet. May have more thoughts on it as it's further developed and when I can spend more time with it.

Available to buy on Steam . It's 50% off until January 3, 2022.

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    The beautiful Linux distro elementary OS 6.1 is out now / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 21 December, 2021 - 13:22 · 1 minute

elementary OS is easily one of the best looking Linux distributions around, with such an incredible attention to the finer details and a big new release is up now. With elementary OS 6.1 the developers focused on addressing feedback from the previous release, new and more useful office productivity features and expanding compatibility with a larger range of hardware.

elementary OS 6.1 Jólnir takes the same foundation as OS 6 Odin and elevates it to a new level of polish. Thanks to some great new tooling and release management processes at elementary, we’ve been able to make larger strides in less time than ever before. This release represents the sum of our work over the last several months as a single major update to the OS 6 series—and we believe there’s enough great new stuff here that this release deserves its own name and identity.

Danielle Foré, Founder & CEO

1548862131640092321gol1.jpg Pictured - elementary OS 6.1

Looks like a fair amount of work went into improving their AppCenter now they've done their switch over from Debian packages into Flatpak it was time to continue improvements there. Making much better use of spacing, along with giving more details about each application right away, it definitely looks like a big improvement. To make things clearer, they've also now separated the category views between paid, free and non-curated apps (third-party Flatpak repos like Flathub). Big improvements also came for those who do add a third-party repo, so you no longer have to restart for example to have applications from them show up in the AppCenter.

Across the desktop itself there's been some pretty big changes too, like the ALT+TAB switcher getting a redesign, expanded options for the File Chooser dialog, improvements to the Dark Style preference, the Applications Menu will let you find bookmarked folders and locations and absolutely tons of other smaller improvements.

See all that and more in their announcement post .

You can download it from the official website using a pay what you want model.

Check out a video our friend Nick did to go over some of what's new:

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    Fast-paced strategic action in Sky Fleet is out now / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 20 December, 2021 - 13:59

Melding together elements of a fast-paced action game with the tactics of a tower defence game, Sky Fleet is officially out now. Taking place in the clouds, you speed around various floating islands as you battle for supremacy while also grabbing some resources.

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"Sky Fleet takes solid classic tower defense strategy with friends into the clouds,” said Dan Phillips, Founder, Enno Games. “Adapt and experience the co-op mode with anyone in the world who thinks they can outplay you. Suit up and make your buddy put his airship where their mouth is!"

It's a solid entry into the competitive strategy market that's absolutely worth a look if you're a fan of real-time strategy games. Having direct control over one main upgradable unit is a nice touch, that does help to keep it feeling very different from any traditional RTS or tower defence game. It plays out much more like a top-down shooter, with a few strategy elements to keep your mind ticking constantly.

Available to buy on Steam .

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    Colony building, automation and logistics galore in Kubifaktorium out now / GamingOnLinux · Saturday, 18 December, 2021 - 15:37 · 1 minute

Kubifaktorium isn't as well known as a number of other building sims but it's certainly an interesting one and now it has left Early Access as a finished game. Developed by a small two-person indie studio based in Sankt Augustin, Germany. This is their second game following BossConstructor in 2016.

It's got quite a mixture of genres here and doesn't seem to really fit into any alone. There's city-building a little like Settlers and plenty of automation a bit like Factorio. Not surprising, as the developers mentioned those games (amongst others) as inspiration.

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Game Features:

  • Build, manage and grow a thriving colony and discover new lands in Kubifaktorium. The game features different biomes to explore, plenty of resources to exploit, complex machinery to build and interesting production chains to master.
  • The heart of your colony consists of loyal colonists who will mine resources, farm crops and craft tools and weapons. Each colonist has a different set of skills which will change based of the jobs he or she performs. Managing your colonists' needs and abilities is vital to ensuring your colony's efficiency.
  • In the course of the campaign you explore and colonize multiple islands and encounter different biomes. Each biome features new challenges but also new resources to discover and process.
  • While your colonists are awesome, their work power is limited. Fortunately, your colonists know how to craft advanced machinery like automated farms, smelters and more, which you can use to automate more and more of your production.
  • As your colony grows and your production hums along, transporting the resources you need becomes a bottleneck. Kubifaktorium features a number of transportation systems like trains, conveyor belts, zeppelins and more. Automated depots and inserters are there to help you store, sort and keep track of all your goods.
  • The game is designed to be mod friendly and allows players to create anything from new goods and industries to total conversions with new terrains, scenery and stories. Created mods can be published and managed via the Steam Workshop.

Available to buy with Linux support from Steam .

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    Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance re-release is out now with Linux support / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 17 December, 2021 - 16:14 · 1 minute

Only a day after we mentioned that Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance would be getting a new PC release and it's here already, along with Linux support! Your chance to relive another classic thanks to Interplay Entertainment and Wizards of the Coast.

"This revival of the original Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance puts the ‘action’ back into the action-RPG genre, plunging players into the heart of Faerûn. As well as looting and leveling, players must actively defend against and dodge attacks, evade deadly traps, and fight hordes of monsters ranging from swarming kobolds to the iconic and all-consuming Gelatinous Cube.

Featuring three customizable heroes, this epic adventure spans dozens of locations across three massive acts, through the dungeons beneath the city of Baldur’s Gate, to the peak of Burning Eye mountain, deep into the Underdark and beyond."

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Feature Highlight:

  • A re-release of the beloved console classic
  • Three race and class combinations. Play as a dwarven fighter (Kromlech), a human archer (Vahn) or an elven sorceress (Adrianna).
  • 11 vividly rendered spells, including Magic Missile, Otuluk’s Icy Sphere, and Mordenkainen’s Sword.
  • More than 40 different types of monsters and boss villains.
  • Over 25 active and passive skills to buff your adventurer’s ability to deal and take damage.
  • Varied environments, from the sewers beneath the city of Baldur’s Gate, to the Sunset Mountains, to the Marshes of Chelimber.
  • Four difficulty levels to challenge even the hardiest adventurer; "Easy", "Normal", "Hard" and "Extreme".
  • Fully voice-acted by an all-star cast.
  • Local co-op support!

The press release mentioned that the Steam version has been tested working nicely with Remote Play Together too, so you can team up with a friend anywhere.

Available on and Steam with day-1 Linux support.

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