Saturday, February 12, 2022

Lutris 0.5.10-beta1 has been released

Lutris helps you install and play video games from all eras and from most gaming systems. By leveraging and combining existing emulators, engine re-implementations and compatibility layers, it gives you a central interface to launch all your games.

The client can connect with existing services like Humble Bundle, GOG and Steam to make your game libraries easily available. Game downloads and installations are automated and can be modified through user made scripts.

Download this version of Lutris from here.

Changelog :

  • Add new window to add games to Lutris, with searches from the website,
    scanning a folder for previously installed games, installing a Windows
    game from a setup file, installing from a YAML script or configuring a
    single game manually.
  • Move the search for Lutris installers from a tab in the Lutris service
    to the window for adding games.
  • Add a coverart format
  • Add integration with EA Origin
  • Add integration with Ubisoft Connect
  • Download missing media on startup
  • Remove Winesteam runner (install Steam for Windows in Lutris instead)
  • PC (Linux and Windows) games have their own dedicated Nvidia shader cache
  • Add dgvoodoo2 option
  • Add option to enable BattleEye anti-cheat support

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Friday, February 11, 2022

Wine development release 7.2 is now available for Linux FreeBSD and macOS

The Wine development release 7.2 is now available.

What's new in this release:

  • Large scale cleanup to support 'long' type with MSVCRT.
  • Mono engine updated to version 7.1.1.
  • More theming fixes in common controls.
  • Beginnings of a WMA decoder.
  • Support for 64-bit time_t.
  • Various bug fixes.

The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.

Bugs fixed in 7.2 (total 23):

  12732  Nota Bene crashes on install
  33086  QQ 2013 Beta2: text in input box can't display normally
  34326  uplive.exe from TypeEasy crashes
  36566  Half-Life's (CD Version) Menu refuses to work after a while
  37609  Macromedia Freehand 9 demo hangs during startup
  38809  QQ 7.3 Light crashes randomly
  40827  VMWare VSphere 4.x/5.x/6.x clients fail to install
  44202  undname.c fails to parse symbols with rvalue-reference semantics '&&'
  46284  Call of Juarez crashes with unimplemented function d3dx9_29.dll.D3DXSHProjectCubeMap
  47463  QQ 9.1.5 crash on start.
  48815  user32:win "unexpected 0x738 message" Windows 10 failures
  50352  Maximum sockets per process is set very low
  50842  The 64-bit msado15:msado15 test crashes
  51130  user32:win test_SetActiveWindow() has 2 failures on Vista to Windows 8.1
  51392  user32:monitor breaks user32:win
  51513  Multiple applications (PG Offline 4.0.907, lessmsi v1.10.0, MIDIopsy 1.2, Quickroute) crash on start with IndexOutOfRangeException with Wine-Mono
  51754  Iris Down CountDown Crash at start - dotnet4.5
  51798  MAmidiMEmo doesn't start up ("System.resources" is required)
  52433  TASInput (Mupen64-RR-Lua): checkbox is not cleared correctly
  52436  In Light Blue theme, checkable toggle buttons (BS_AUTOCHECKBOX) look unchecked when hovered
  52490  Clipboard.GetText() doesn't work
  52494  shell32 progman_dde tests crash if run immediately after prefix creation
  52510  alt:V mod for Grand Theft Auto V fails due to missing concrt140._Byte_reverse_table@details@Concurrency@@3QBEB

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Thursday, February 10, 2022

What is Valve Proton

What is Valve Proton? The Steam Deck’s live-or-die Linux software, explained

The Steam Deck's success will hinge on Proton, a Valve technology that lets Windows games run on Linux. Here's what you need to know. 
Looking at the spec sheet alone, the $399 Steam Deck gaming handheld should be a winner—and early Steam Deck reviews certainly suggest Valve nailed it on the hardware front. The PC-centric Nintendo Switch rival features a big 7-inch touchscreen, plenty of control inputs, an all-AMD chip based on the same hardware inside the Xbox Series S|X and PlayStation 5, and the ability to double as a full-fledged Linux PC. But forget the hardware. While it’s impressive indeed, the Steam Deck will sink or swim based on its software, and that means Valve awesome Proton technology is about to be thrust into the spotlight.

The Steam Deck will sprint to a larger software library than most gaming handhelds because you’ll be able to tap into decades of existing PC games through your Steam account, rather than having to wait for new releases made specifically for the fresh hardware. But most of those games were created for Windows, and the Steam Deck runs on Valve’s Linux-based SteamOS operating system instead. Proton (via Steam Play) lets Windows games run on Linux. It works very well much of the time, but it’s not perfect—and the Steam Deck’s success probably depends on just how much Valve can polish up Proton before the handheld’s February 25 launch. The best hardware in the world is only as good as the software that runs on it, after all.

Here’s a high-level look at what you need to know about Proton, the Steam Deck’s secret software sauce.

What is Steam Proton?

At a high level, Proton is a compatibility layer that allows Windows games to run on Linux-based operating systems (such as the Steam Deck’s SteamOS). In the past, playing PC games on Linux required you to run Steam games through software called Wine (an acronym for “Wine is not an emulator.”). Valve worked with CodeWeavers developers to build Proton as a fork of Wine, then baked the technology right into Steam itself as part of Steam Play, the company’s “buy once, play on any PC platform” endeavor.

Valve created Proton after its living room-focused Steam Machine initiative failed, partly because of their reliance on the much-smaller Linux gaming library. “There was always kind of this classic chicken and egg problem with the Steam Machine,” designer Scott Dalton told IGN. “That led us down this path of Proton, where now there’s all these games that actually run.”

If you’re interested in industry inside baseball, Proton and SteamOS also double as a potential escape hatch from Windows if Valve ever needs it.

How do you set up Steam Proton?

steam deck multiplayer

Hey Valve: This should just work, with Proton support activated by default on the Steam Deck.

Currently, Steam for Linux does not flip on Proton by default. You need to manually enable it or stick to games that offer a native Linux port. Considering how few games offer native Linux versions, we’re strongly hoping Valve makes Proton/Steam Play enabled by default on the Steam Deck, or there will be a lot of unhappy customers.

If you’re already using Linux, you can turn on Proton by opening your Steam settings and clicking on the “Steam Play” option at the bottom of the navigation pane. (The option won’t be visible on Windows PCs.) There, you’ll see a box you can check to “Enable Steam Play for supported titles.” That turns on Proton for games confirmed to work well with the technology, added to a whitelist by Valve. You’ll also see an advanced option to “Enable Steam Play for all other titles,” which will flip on Proton for everything after you restart the client.

Will all my games work on Steam Deck with Proton?

Will all games work? That’s the million dollar question.

steam deck main

Notice that none of the games in this Steam Deck promotional image are massively popular multiplayer titles.

Valve has been steadily improving Proton ever since it launched in 2018, and many—most, even—Windows games run pretty well via Steam Play with little to no tinkering. Your best resource for determining how a game runs is the utterly fantastic ProtonDB, a community-made treasure trove of information that currently tracks almost 19,000 games, of which over 15,000 work on Linux. The site also maintains a very helpful troubleshooting FAQ for Proton games. (Be sure to leave reports of your own if you use Proton and Steam Play!)

As those numbers indicate, some games are just plain “borked” on Linux, to borrow ProtonDB’s term. The most common casualties? Sadly, the most popular games around—battle royale games and esports titles. Proton’s compatibility layer tweaks don’t play nice with the anti-cheat software deployed in widely played online games. Valve made sure to get its own Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 running on Linux, but heavy hitters like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, New World, Apex Legends, and Destiny 2 still won’t run.

ProtonDB February 2022 top 1000 stats

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That’s a massive bummer, and as you can see from the ProtonDB stats about game compatibility above, it means that many of the most popular games in the world couldn’t be played on a Steam Deck currently. Epic recently stated it won’t work to support Fortnite on the Steam Deck either. (Notice how the percentage of red “borked” games in the top ten is much, much, much higher than in the top 100 and top 1000—that’s because those multiplayer games dominate the top-played charts.)

Valve understands what a huge roadblock this could be. While BattlEye and the Epic-owned Easy Anti-Cheat lacked Proton support whatsoever when the Steam Deck was announced, but Valve has worked with those developers to get the technology up and running on SteamOS. At the end of January 2022, in a Steam Deck Anti-Cheat Update, Valve declared that “Our team has been working with Epic on Easy Anti-Cheat + Proton support over the last few months, and we’re happy to announce that adding Steam Deck support to your existing EAC games is now a simple process, and doesn’t require updating game binaries, SDK versions, or integration of EOS. Alongside our BattlEye updates from last year, this means that the two largest anti-cheat services are now easily supported on Proton and Steam Deck.”

Developers still need to update their games to support the technologies on SteamOS, but with BattlEye and Easy Anti-Cheat now playing nice with Proton, the Steam Deck will launch with its biggest hurdle already cleared. That doesn’t mean everything is roses and sunshine though. As you see in the ProtonDB screenshot above, about 20 percent of the top 100 and 1000 games on Steam lack a Gold+ compatibility rating with Proton, and Linus Tech Tips noticed that Forza Horizon 5 suffered from some bizarre physics and lighting effects even when running at 60 frames per second. The vast majority of games run very well on Proton already, and that’s a monumental success for Valve and Linux gaming alike, but every hiccup and pain point could potentially be a deal-breaker for casual users enticed by the Steam Deck’s juicy $400 selling price.

All the appealing hardware and just-as-appealing prices won’t matter if PC gamers can’t play their favorite games on Valve’s handheld. As a general consumer device, the Steam Deck will live or die on the back on Proton—and whether Steam Play can indeed coax multiplayer developers into supporting it. Fingers crossed.

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Friday, February 4, 2022

World Wine News issue 411

This is the 411th issue of World Wine News. Its main goal is to inform you of what's going on around Wine. Wine is an open-source implementation of the Windows API on top of X and Unix. Think of it as a Windows compatibility layer. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely alternative implementation consisting of 100% Microsoft-free code. 

The full article is here

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