Not a gamer myself, other than some Chess, Hearts & Solitaire from Win7Games4Win10, but this news caught me a tad off-guard since Linux Tech sites ‘n most Linux Blogs claim that Linux is better than Windows for Gaming. No one actually believes it, but it makes the Linux activists ‘Feel Better‘ about using Linux as their primary OS.
- Mac? Mac who? A new McDonald’s competitor?
Anyway, the Gaming Industry, led by Microsoft Windows, has been pushing Technology forward for decades. This new Windows 11 is an incredibly *FAST* ‘n secure ‘n stable OS, which is why Microsoft required modern hardware in order to use Windows 11.
The retailer’s monthly subscription service, Humble Choice, previously offered a number of price tiers; the more you paid, the more new games you could claim in a given month. Starting February 1, Humble Choice will include less choice, as it will only offer a single $12/month tier, complete with a few new game giveaways per month and ongoing access to two collections of games: Humble’s existing “Trove” collection of classic games, and a brand-new “Humble Games Collection” of more modern titles.
Yeah, Linux isn’t into “modern” ‘n never has been. Heck, Linux can’t even keep up wid Chrome OS.
Starting in February, the launcher will only be available on Windows.
As far as PC gaming goes, if you’re not on Windows, you’re still getting the short end of the stick. While macOS and Linux have enjoyed much broader access to major game titles in the last few years, it’s still only a fraction of new games that launch on more than one PC platform. Humble, they of the Humble Bundle and the Humble Choice subscription service, aren’t helping things out. An upcoming shift in the service will see an abrupt end to support for Mac and Linux as platforms.
Subscribers can only download Mac and Linux versions of Humble Trove games until January 31..
Other options? Better options?
Steam makes it possible to purchase a game, install it over the internet and then run it from the Steam interface. Ah, but that brings us back to the age-old Linux gaming conundrum of support, as not every PC game is designed to run on anything other than Microsoft Windows.
That said, there are plenty of Steam games that will run on Linux, and quite often, a Windows Steam game can be convinced to run on Linux even though some ‘fettling’ by the user may be required.
An official part of Steam on Linux, Proton makes use of both Wine and DXVK, layers that translate Windows software and graphics calls into native Linux ones. However, there are some caveats. Firstly, compared with how the game runs natively on Windows, performance and stability might be an issue.
Dig this next pic:
Yeah, the term “modern” for Linux ends wid the term ‘Terminal-centric distro‘ (aka keyboard-based OS).
LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!