GNU/Linux and Gaming (and other software), July 2019

In 2009, Running mainstream programs and gaming on GNU/Linux was nearly impossible or incredibly difficult. Fast forward a decade and now it is incredibly feasible to use most mainstream GNU/Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Manjaro and even RedHat Enterprise Linux as a daily driver desktop or workstation. There are now many games and programs available native for GNU/Linux. This is mostly thanks to Flatpaks, Snaps, and Docker. These programs allow developers to package their program with exactly what it needs to run without having to worry about the GNU/Linux distribution or conflicting dependencies. The biggest issue with Linux’s popularity with Gamers and Creators users is the lack of mainstream software such as Adobe Creative Suite, Magix software such as SoundForge and Vegas Pro. While GNU/Linux has great alternatives such as Audacity, Ardour, and Kdenlive, these creators need to be able to be able to use the programs that they always use. There has been a way though, It may not be the most stable, reliable, or easist but that way is using virtual machines and compatibility layers. Need to use a Windows program? you can run it very well in a slow VM or you can use a much faster more integrated piece of software called a compatibility layer. These software stacks such as Wine or CrossOver allow you to *almost* seamlessly run many Windows Programs. Wine can run as a system wide application or it can containerize programs in Bottles. This makes it possible to pack windows programs in AppImages, FlatPaks, or Snaps which makes them extremely portable across GNU/Linux distributions (and possibly OSX and *BSD). While doing it manually is a pain there are many good programs like Winetricks to give you a nice GUI to make things easier. In August 2018 Valve annouced a program called Proton and the Proton DB which is windows game compatibility layer and Database for Steam games and software. This has made the Linux gaming seen boom and it hasn’t even been a year yet. There is also Lutris.net which is a software that can download the game, needed libraries, and set up a wine bottle for your program or game. Using a mainline distribution like Debain, Fedora, Arch, and Ubuntu and its variants such as PopOS and Manjaro will make gaming a lot easier since these distros are the most popular and have a large community to support you and fix problems. If you want to try GNU/Linux and gaming this is the time to do it! I hope going into the future Linux can have more than 2% of the desktop market share! Give it a chance if you have a spare flash drive or hard drive. or set up a dual boot if you’re not sure if you want to completely switch.

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December’s Donation – Pterodactyl

For this month I choose Pterodactyl to recive a donation. Pterodactyl is a game management panel that is very stable and has many features. Its licenced under the MIT Licence and all of the source code is available to anyone who wants it. To get started all you need is a server with 1 panel installation and 1 Daemon installation. The install process consists of setting your domain, database, and creating your daemons. Once you have a panel setup you can create a daemon which is easy with the instructions. This can be on the same or different server and (should) be secured with SSL. You can have virtual (KVM/Vmware), or physical servers there is no limit to the ammount of nodes/servers you can have. To install more nodes all you need to do is install the daemon on any server and connect it to the panel. This means you can have one central server and many side nodes. Pterodactyl also has a powerful console and file browser along with Secure FTP support for very easy management. You can find a full list of supported games on their website but it seems to support Minecraft and Source the best and Mumble and Teamspeak voice servers. Some of the other features like Subusers make it easy to allow your other admins accsess and with IP allocation and database managment you can use almost anything. Personally I use Pterodactyl to manage and run the dwarven-realm.co Minecraft and Mumble servers. Since we have many VPS servers spread out across the world using Pterodactyl makes it easy to manage without having to worry about restrictive licencesing and large costs. Pterodactyl is another great free web based administraton software that every sys-admin should have in their arsenal.

 

November’s Donation – The Wikimedia Foundation

If I can only say one sentence about the Wikimedia Foundation It would be The Wikimedia Foundation puts Freedom and convenience over profit. Why is that important you ask?  Its because the freedom of code, information, and data helps the world as a whole go further. The Wikimedia foundation built the largest collection for Free and Open information and data and it is important to keep it open and easily accessible for everyone no matter who they are or where there from.  When you go on their website the first thing you will see is these words “Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.” That statement right there is why I chose them to receive my donation. The Wikimedia  Foundation made more than Wikipedia. Here are the rest of their projects: Wikitonary, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, WIkisource, Wikinews, Wikiversity, Wikispecies, Mediawiki, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikivoyage. Most, if not all of the articles, images, and data are licensed under a Creative Commons or other permissive copyright license. Or they are in the public domain. The Wikimedia Foundation is incredibly important and without them the internet would be a much worse place and our research projects will be many times more difficult. Wombathaven sincerely thanks you for all of your hard work and we hope to see your collection of information and projects continue to grow and change the lives of millions around the world for the better.   

October’s Donation, The FreeBSD Foundation.

For the month of October I chose the FreeBSD Foundation. The reason is because FreeBSD is the best UNIX derived operating system to date. Unlike Linux, which was built as an alternative kernel to UNIX with GNU software on top. FreeBSD is invisible to most people but what many don’t know is that it powers the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Wii, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch gaming consoles. FreeBSD is like Linux as in it is also used on embedded systems, work stations, and super computers. FreeBSD is a lot like using Debian GNU/Linux, Its very minimal stable and efficient. Its biggest issue is the outdated software like KDE 4 making it a not so good desktop experience out of the box. FreeBSD makes a great base operating system that can be easily built off of. Personally I don’t use FreeBSD on desktops but I do use it on my home file server which is powered by FreeNAS (an open source NAS software built from FreeBSD) I’m hoping that contributing to the FreeBSD Foundation furthers the development of the operating system so it can soon be on par with GNU/Linux.

September’s Donation – The KDE Communtiy

The KDE Community is dedicated to making easy to use Free and Open Source software. They made one of the best desktop environments (Plasma) and some of the best utilities. The Plasma Desktop is my favorite software from KDE. It is a very Windows Vista like desktop experience which is good for users who are coming from windows. Konsole (the terminal emulator), Dolphin (The file manager) and Discover (The graphical software manager) gives KDE Plasma desktops a very welcoming feel and the applications made for KDE integrate well with the desktop. KDE Connect allows you to remotely control your computer, run a command, control media, send and recive files all from your mobile Android device. Also with the inclusion of “Vaults” you can create safe encrypted folders on your system that require a password to view and interact with the contents. Therefore making KDE Desktops environments very attractive to travelers with sensitive data on their device. KDE deserved this donation because they make such great software and I personally use KDE software every day to read my emails, install software, manage my finances, protect my files, and play games.  I recommend KDE software to anyone new to Linux.

Wombathaven Supports Open Source Software

I pledge to donate $5-$20 every month to a large variety of Free and Open Source Software projects. Wombathaven  uses and promotes Free Software understands that Free Software is important to both the community and businesses. A percentage of all Wombathaven packages will go back to a Free Software project.