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@TiberiusBravo87 Microsoft isn't concerned with developing a new golden age of games. They are expanding their portfolio to sell their subscription services and create the image that they have all the games in the world to children and their parents. It's like when Disney bought Star Wars. They don't give a shit about quality. They just want the name and the IP and milk it for all its worth as the cow shrinks each time.
@Antelope Blizzard/Activision shit themselves bad and had huge losses. Since Activision obtained Blizzard they went from grim-dark to cartooney, it was a bad move. Microsoft won't be able to bring these franchises back. They are already dead to the fans out there.
@TiberiusBravo87 There is one disconcerting thing though. Proton will probably be using the new Linux API that was probably created specifically for it. What it does is allow programs to skip some layers of the stack to interact with memory more directly as Windows does in this case. The problem is that programs in this space are insecure with each other. So there isn't as good of process isolation between them. Well WINE has said that they don't want to use that at all, but Proton likes it for game performance. So there is starting to be differences between the two projects which aren't intended to eventually be reconciled (via a series of patches of the Proton fork). Ideally it would all be in one project behind either build or runtime switches.
Almost $70bn deal for Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard!!
@destraht Proton is knocking. It's telling me I will be fine as long as they can keep improving DirectX over Vulkan. Between that, improvements in other forks or side projects based on WINE, and the fact that Linux itself has been improving at a steady rate means it's getting closer for people to ditch Windows altogether.
Windows only has 2 things, certain very specific programs for work and games. And many alternatives to those work programs already run on Linux fine, but large companies are too ignorant and inflexible so they will stay on Windows. That is a decent-sized customer base but not near as large as gamers. Windows will go into a downward spiral and become a niche product if Linux gaming ever reaches 1:1 parity with Windows gaming. I am likely to see this in my lifetime, very exciting.Read More
@TiberiusBravo87 The term "bottles" for WINE "prefixes" has been around since before WINE 1.0. Simply WINE needs to install all of it's junk into a directory, and your able to control which directory that is with the
It ends up being very good and smart to separate each program into it's own WINE directory. Once you get it setup it's the best compartmentalization that there is.
@destraht I vaguely remember when I was new to Linux back on Ubuntu 6/7 that I heard about Wine and Bottles. I thought it was a theme they were keeping in the names. If these new Bottles are same as the ones I read about before then it's not a new idea, and apparently took a very long time to come to market as something usable.
UI is a double-edged sword. Making things more functional and usable means I have to waste much less of my time (which becomes more precious every day) to do what I want. It also means a lot of idiots can come in and then the product slowly becomes more casual and less useful as it aims to please the mass of idiots demanding the product.
@TiberiusBravo87 Lutris is basically the same but with a different style of interface. I like it, but it's more like an over-cluttered KDE app than a clean Gnome one. I would say that if significant work is going into Bottles then it's a third generation design. First was Play On Linux, then Lutris and now Bottles. They say that the scripting recipes for games is better.
Probably Bottles will switch to GTK 4 before the end of the year, which means that it will have a great interface.
Gnome already has Games for a clean basic front end for emulation.
There is one thing that I really like about Lutris though, and that is the ability to play a game through it using the commandline using a lutris protocol URL. That allows you to put your own UI around like what I did with my Soviet Garage Public EmulationStation UI.
Wow though, so when I got that new Lenovo mini Ryzen computer setup I tried to build Retroarch and it was a huge pain in the ass, more than I remember for the garage. So then I installed the distro RPM version but it doesn't allow you to install new cores outside of what they provide packages for, which was just quite limited. I can't recall if I ended up going with the Flatpak version or if I successfully built it. I want to set that up so that my woman can play it easily at home, and so that I can super impress people with a Soviet House Home theme.
Next up on this front is two $100 PS5 controllers (what they cost here). It's so much money, but I want them. Oof.Read More