Total War: Warhammer released for Linux

Also in today’s open source roundup: Linux-y things to be thankful for, and VirtualBox 5.1.10 has been released

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Total War: Warhammer released for Linux

Linux gamers can rejoice and give thanks for today’s release of Total War: Warhammer. The turn-based strategy game is now available for Linux and SteamOS systems. You can get the game via Steam or from Feral Interactive’s online store for $59.99.

Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia:

Today, November 22, you can also enjoy Total War: Warhammer on your Linux PCs, thanks to the hard work made by UK-based video game publisher Feral Interactive, the same company that brought us, Linux gamers, two other superb AAA titles a couple of months ago, namely Mad Max and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

Long story short, you’ll be able to play the game with both AMD Radeon and Nvidia graphics cards. Feral Interactive managed this time to implement support for the latest Mesa 13.0.1 3D Graphics Library compiled using LLVM 3.9 or newer for AMD Radeon GPU support. However, it looks like AMD GPUs are not supported on SteamOS.

The minimum requirements on Linux are a PC with an Intel Core i3–4130 running at 3.4GHz or AMD FX6300 processor running at 3.5GHz, with 4GB RAM, and at least an AMD Radeon R9 270 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics cards with 1GB VRAM. Nvidia users should have the latest 367.28 video drivers installed.

More at Softpedia

If you aren’t familiar with the game, here’s the official trailer via YouTube:

News of the game’s release caught the attention of redditors in the Linux Gaming subreddit and they shared their thoughts:

Pontostroy: “It works fine on radeonsi and with Mesa-git from today even faster than windows.

Great job Feral.”

Ersthelfer: “Does this mean it runs better on Linux than on Windows (except ultra settings)? Or do I misread that?”

Grandmastermoth: “Yes it does. Although only on that particular video card using MESA. We need more benchmarks…but it’s definitely promising :)”

KiaserPhil: “If I buy this from Feral will I also be able to run it in Windows? I want to give Feral the money directly, but I’m concerned my laptop won’t be able to run it and that I’ll need to run it on my desktop, which is Windows only atm.”

RyuzakiKK: “Yes, the feral store will give you a steam key. So you’ll be able to play on any platform you want.”

Grandmastermoth: “There I was, eyes blinking thinking it was some pre-order trick. But no it’s released! And Steam has the SteamOS logo up too! Merry Christmas everyone!”

Ellie_feral: “Merry Christmas to y– wait”

Grandmastermoth: “Aaah it’s close enough. They’re already selling Christmas paraphernalia in the stores anyway :/”

More at Reddit

Linux-y things to be thankful for

Thanksgiving is this week and it’s the time of the year when we all consider the things we have to be thankful for in our lives. A writer at Network World has a list of Linux-y things that he’s thankful for having in his computing life.

Bryan Lunduke reports for Network World:

Thanksgiving is in a few days, and talking about “things I am thankful for” is pretty traditional this time of year. So, here we go. Here’s my list of Linux-y (and free software-y) things I am thankful for in 2016. (At least the ones I could remember when I sat down to write this list.)

  1. I am thankful for the developers of cmus, tmux, midnight commander and all of the other projects that help make using the shell in Linux such a productive and enjoyable experience.

  2. I am thankful for the developer of lolcat. You make my terminal so much more colorful—even when it doesn’t need to be. The ridiculousness of what you have created fills my heart with joy.

  3. I am thankful for Canonical and Ubuntu. I may not agree with how they do things (and I seem to be agreeing with them less and less lately), but I’m happy they’re around doing their own thing. They’ve helped raise awareness of Linux and free software—and that’s not nuthin’.

More at Network World

VirtualBox 5.1.10 released

VirtualBox has proven to be an incredibly useful tool for anyone who needs to run multiple operating systems on their computer. It’s free and open source software too, and the latest version (5.1.10) has just been released.

Here’s a list of changes in VirtualBox 5.1.10:

VirtualBox 5.1.10 (released 2016-11-21)

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:
  • GUI: the USB filter settings dialog should allow to specify the USB revision in hexadecimal format (bug #15400)
  • GUI: fixed crash on certain hosts when pressing certain key combinations (Windows hosts only; bug #15719)
  • GUI: fixed issue with updating the available-geometry on host-screen work-area resize
  • GUI: don't crash / hang on certain environments if accessibility support is enabled
  • GUI: fixed various issues in Unscaled HiDPI Output mode (bug #15707)
  • GUI: extend the VM Input menu with Print Screen-related actions
  • GUI: improved handling of inserting the Guest Additions ISO image by trying all available optical drives rather than only the first one and by not asking the user if he wants to force unmounting (which doesn't work in most cases anyway)
  • API: default to RTC using UTC for Solaris 11 guests
  • Settings: be less restrictive when reading a VM configuration containing a host-only adapter without an interface name
  • Storage: fixed resizing VDI images resulting in an unbootable image under certain circumstances (bug #15983)
  • NAT: fixed several 5.1.8 regressions on Mac OS X and Windows hosts (bug #16084)
  • Audio: fixed a few 5.1.x regressions by using the audio code from 5.0.x until the audio overhaul is completed
  • VBoxManage: fixed documentation of the storagectl command (bug #15971)
  • Build system: another fix for building VirtualBox on systems which default to Python 3
  • Windows hosts: hardening fix for Windows 10 build 14971 (bug #16202)
  • Windows Additions: properly start the VirtualBox guest services even if the guest user name contains special characters (bug #15982)
  • Solaris Additions: fixed preemptible mouse notification callback being executed under a spinlock for Solaris guests
  • Linux hosts / guests: Linux 4.9 fixes (bugs #16155 and #16064)
  • Linux Additions: fixed Linux kernel module override rule (thanks Mark Furneaux)

More at VirtualBox.10

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