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Alienware: Steam Machine owners will "sacrifice content" for the sake of Linux

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Alienware: Steam Machine owners will "sacrifice content" for the sake of Linux

It’s been tough to parse Alienware’s position on the Linux-based SteamOS. At E3 they told us that the Steam Machine will increase Linux gamers by “20, 30 fold, overnight". But with the first Steam Machines delayed into 2015, they’ve upstaged their own Linux box with a Windows-based living room PC: the Alienware Alpha.

So who would win in a fight, Alienware? A living room PC running Windows, or the same PC running SteamOS?

“It depends on what you’re looking for; there’s advantages to both," said Alienware general manager Frank Azor. “[With] the Linux version I do think you’re going to sacrifice a little bit of content."

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Come in from the cold: Linux compatible games are all the rage at GOG.com

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Come in from the cold: Linux compatible games are all the rage at GOG.com

Are you a Linux user who feels shunned, unable to play classic games without switching to Windows? The evenings spent crying yourself to sleep while chums play Sid Meirs’ Pirates! are now behind you, as GOG has just made 50 games in its catalogue - some old, some new - available. 

Half of them are compatible with Linux for the first time, to boot. Well, isn’t that lovely.

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Alienware say Steam Machine will increase Linux gamers by “20, 30 fold. Overnight”

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Alienware say Steam Machine will increase Linux gamers by “20, 30 fold. Overnight”

Linux gaming has seen massive growth in the past two years, ever since Valve began openly supporting the open source operating system. That growth is nothing compared to what it will be after the launch of their Steam Machines, says Alienware’s product manager, Marc Diana.

Talking to us at E3 he said “It’s going to be 20, 30 fold. Overnight.

“I mean Valve, you never want to underestimate their initiatives and what they are going to do with Steam Machine’s OS is going to be unparalleled in PC gaming."

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Gabe will be pleased: SteamOS and Linux support comes to Unreal Engine 4

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Gabe will be pleased: SteamOS and Linux support comes to Unreal Engine 4

Since Epic and Crytek levelled the game engine playing field at GDC - each announcing subscription services to match that of cheeky young thing Unity - they’re now back to the usual business of shoulder-barging each other with new features.

For Epic, that apparently means making Gabe Newell as happy as possible. The Unreal Engine’s 4.1 update introduces official support for both SteamOS and Linux.

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System Shock 2 Linux port means soundtrack, radio interviews and more for Steam owners

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System Shock 2 Linux port means soundtrack, radio interviews and more for Steam owners

Hands are often wrung in places where journalists congregate (courts, houses of ill repute, gaols) over whether news can ever truly be objective, or whether the becoming long brown coat of the reporter simply conceals their own selfish purposes and prejudices.

Let this post serve as proof of the latter - for though you’ve been tempted here for the dirty on System Shock 2’s new Linux version, it’s all a big sham. An excuse to sell you on this cold, cruel game I’ve fallen unrequitedly in love with on Windows lately.

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Joe Danger shifts into Linux and Mac gears

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Joe Danger shifts into Linux and Mac gears

Joe Danger has smashed its way onto PC; read our Joe Danger review.

If you want to put a big, beaming smile on that face of yours, you need to play Joe Danger. What did you say? You game exclusivley on a Linux machine now Steam started supporting the penguin-fronted OS, and your back-up is a MacBook? Well that’s no excuse, not now Joe Danger and sequel Joe Danger 2 are coming to Mac and Linux. 

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Nvidia extend olive branch to Linux developers

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Nvidia extend olive branch to Linux developers

That’s Linus Torvalds up there - the ‘Linu’ in ‘Linux’ - swearing in the general direction of Nvidia. He last year labelled the GPU specialists the “single worst company" the Linux kernal has ever worked with.

This week, by contrast, he’s “cautiously optimistic" about Nvidia’s future relationship with Linux developers, after the company pledged to help improve “out-of-the-box usability" with open source drivers.

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Valve's masterplan for Linux: the Steambox, Big Picture and the future of PC gaming

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Valve's masterplan for Linux: the Steambox, Big Picture and the future of PC gaming

“What have we been doing?" Valve’s Gabe Newell asks the LinuxCon audience after praising the innovation the PC’s open platform fosters.

Turns out Valve have a plan. They want the openness of the PC to be accessible on every screen. We’ve already seen its early stages; the developer released its Linux client in 2013 and have been inviting developers to release Linux versions of their games through Steam ever since.

The Steam Box is the next step in their plan. After that? Well… then it gets interesting.

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New Team Fortress 2 update fixes VR woes and improves the Linux version

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New Team Fortress 2 update fixes VR woes and improves the Linux version

Everyone has been tinkering with virtual reality as more Oculus Rift developer kits arrive on people's doorsteps everyday. Their testing ground: Team Fortress 2. Valve are hot on the case with fixes and patches, the latest primarily aimed at the VR mode. Also, the Linux version of Team Fortress 2 has has “Improved performance and stability", which can only be a good thing.

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Team Fortress 2 Linux performance improved in new update

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Team Fortress 2 Linux performance improved in new update

You might have watched a grey, mercurial bar trickle along the bottom of your Steam client early this week, and not for the first time wondered what it was playing at. Well, that will have been TF2 patching in the latest promo items, a couple of new crafting recipes and a notable fix or two - especially notable for those who identify as penguin.

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Four stupid mistakes I made when installing Linux to get a free Team Fortress 2 penguin

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Four stupid mistakes I made when installing Linux to get a free Team Fortress 2 penguin

Earlier this week I called Linux a dumb operating system for jerks because I'd had a bad time with Ubuntu, which in hindsight is like saying wheels are a terrible idea because you saw a car crash. Ubuntu isn't Linux, it's just the damp towel around Linux's waist, the gaudy umbrella in its cocktail, the lens through which its light shines, the hole in the cubicle wall through which its genitals protrude. Ubuntu is a contentious facade wrapped around the innocent Linux, and I didn't make this clear enough in my previous article. A few people got in touch to point this out, offering friendly advice and helpful direction, taking me softly by the hand and whispering gentle wisdom in my ears. So here are the four biggest mistakes I made when installing Ubuntu, that you might avoid doing the same.

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