The Emulation Game | LAS 365

The Emulation Game | LAS 365

We showcase the best in emulated gameplay experiences under Linux. A topic that sometimes is shrouded in shame is actually one of Linux’s strongest suits. Backed by an historical announcement this week, if you had any doubts, today’s episode will change your mind!

Plus Oculus abandons their Linux backers & we’ll explain why this short-sighted move might be a good thing, the next big Ubuntu phone ships & more!

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Emulation Gaming on Linux


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Game Emulators for GNU/Linux

Linux supports a variety of game emulators that allow users to play games that were originally intended for hardware like the Gameboy, arcade games, Atari, and many others. The emulators are relatively easy to setup as readers will see.

MAME is going open source to be a ‘learning tool for developers’

The folks who maintain MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) are aiming to make the project completely open source in order to expand both its pool of supporters and its utility to developers and historians.

This is notable because MAME is seen to be the premier emulator for arcade games, and the volunteers who maintain it have done laudable work to preserve artifacts of the game industry in a playable state.

MAME’s source code has long been freely available, but it’s never technically been open source. Instead it’s been available under a modified BSID license that prohibits, among other things, commercial use of the code.

According to the Lakka’s official website, it is a lightweight distribution of GNU/Linux that was designed to transform any computer into a full-blown retro game console. Lakka is derived from the well-known OpenELEC operating system.

Being built on top of the well-known RetroArch retro game emulator tool, the Lakka Linux distribution is capable of emulating a wide variety of hardware. Additionally, it includes attractive features like video streaming, joypad hotplug, and Braid-like rewinding.

Lakka – The DIY retro emulation console

Lakka is a lightweight Linux distribution that transforms a small computer into a full blown game console.

Mupen64 Nintendo 64 Emulator

Mupen64 is a cross-platform plugin-based N64 emulator which is capable of accurately playing many games. Included are four MIPS R4300 CPU emulators, with dynamic recompilers for 32-bit x86 and 64-bit amd64 systems, and necessary plugins for audio, graphical rendering (RDP), signal co-processor (RSP), and input. There is 1 included OpenGL video plugin, called RiceVideo. There are 3 other excellent video plugins being maintained by wahrhaft, called Arachnoid, Glide64, and Z64.

Free and legal ROMs

Lutris

Lutris is an open source gaming platform for GNU/Linux. It allows you
to gather and manage (install, configure and launch) all your games
acquired from any source, in a single interface.

Lutris’ main window

Features
  • Manage your Linux games, Windows games, emulated console games and
    browser games
  • Launch your Steam and Desura games
  • Community-written installers to ease up your games’ installation
  • More that 20 emulators installed automatically or in a single
    click, providing support for most gaming systems from the late 70’s to
    the present day.
  • Download and play libre and freeware games

There’s a lot more to come, here are some of the planned
features that you can expect in future versions:

  • Humble Bundle and GOG support
  • Mass import of emulator ROMs using the TOSEC database
  • Game saves management
  • Archive your installation files on external or network drives for a
    fully automatic installation procedure
  • Joystick configuration GUI with keyboard mapping features
  • Community features: friends list, chat and multiplayer event
    planning

Gnome Video Arcade

GNOME Video Arcade is a simple Mame frontend for the GNOME desktop.

It supports both the xmame and sdlmame ports of MAME for GNU/Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems, and can utilize third-party data files like arcade history and game categories.

GNOME Video Arcade recognizes that the frontend is not the point; the games are. As such, its chief design goal is to help you quickly find a game to play and then get out of the way. Its purpose is not to help you manage your ROM collection, nor to provide a confusing graphical interface for MAME’s plethora of configuration options.

GNOME Video Arcade was written by MatthewBarnes and is released under terms of the GNU General Public License,


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Runs Linux

It’s called ‘ChillHub’ and is connected to the web, has its own smartphone app and can be upgraded with new features and functionality at any time.

Desktop App Pick

Wireshark is the world’s most popular network protocol analyzer. It is
used for troubleshooting, analysis, development and education.

Weekly Spotlight

Changes in qBittorrent 3.2.0:

  • qBittorrent can now be built using Qt5;
  • WebUI code rewritten, refactored and improved;
  • support per tracker re-announce (needs libtorrent 1.0);
  • episode filtering for RSS;
  • support saving in network locations;
  • highlight files when opening containing folder on Windows and Linux (Nautilus, Dolphin and Konqueror);
  • added option to hibernate computer in Auto-Shutdown menu;
  • cache preferences in memory. This minimizes the chance of settings corruption;
  • added option to disable connections not supported by proxies;
  • added a save resume data interval option(useful for SSD);
  • Added new columns: “Last Seen Complete”, “Last Activity” and “Total Size”;
  • added setting to ignore RSS rule matches for X days;
  • show the reason why a peer was blocked (needs libtorrent 1.0);
  • allow to set text options for the toolbar icons;
  • `Add New Torrent` dialog has a button for quickly choosing a location;
  • implemented tracker list in the side panel;
  • implemented a ‘Completed’ status;
  • columns for session-based download and upload statistics;
  • code optimizations resulting in a more CPU efficient and snappier qBittorrent.

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Our Past Picks

These are the weekly picks provided by the Jupiter Broadcasting podcast, the Linux Action Show.

This site includes a separate picks lists for the “Runs Linux”, Desktop Apps, Spotlight Picks, Android Picks, and Distro Picks.


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Oculus to develop Rift for Windows only, suspends Mac, Linux work | Computerworld

Sorry, Mac and Linux fans: Facebook-owned Oculus Rift, the headset that perhaps more than any other device has ignited public interest in virtual reality, will run almost exclusively on well-appointed Windows PCs, at least in the near future.

The process that most laptops use to output video doesn’t work with the Rift, and Oculus has temporarily halted development for hardware running Apple and Linux. That’s the takeaway from the spec information Oculus published Friday detailing what type of computer would be compatible with its headset.

Four Remote Packet-of-Death Vulnerabilities In The Linux Kernel

Just this morning the major VENOM security vulnerability was made public while a few hours later, a kernel developer has gone public with four “remote packet of death” vulnerabilities affecting a mainline Linux kernel WLAN driver.

VENOM, CVE-2015-3456, is a security vulnerability in the virtual floppy drive code used by many computer virtualization platforms. This vulnerability may allow an attacker to escape from the confines of an affected virtual machine (VM) guest and potentially obtain code-execution access to the host. Absent mitigation, this VM escape could open access to the host system and all other VMs running on that host, potentially giving adversaries significant elevated access to the host’s local network and adjacent systems.

Exploitation of the VENOM vulnerability can expose access to corporate intellectual property (IP), in addition to sensitive and personally identifiable information (PII), potentially impacting the thousands of organizations and millions of end users that rely on affected VMs for the allocation of shared computing resources, as well as connectivity, storage, security, and privacy.

OnlyOffice Blog – Online Office for Your Business

The long-awaited Document Server 3.0 is already available for Linux users. From now on you can easily deploy and run it on any Linux machine using Docker containers.

Just to remind, ONLYOFFICE Document Server 3.0 comprises text, spreadsheet and presentation editors with a modern flat interface, fully compatible with Open Office XML formats (.docx, .xlsx, pptx) enabling to co-edit documents in real time.

Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Phone Finally Goes On Sale

The second Ubuntu Phone to be commercially released is a 5.2-inch smartphone powered by an eight-core MediaTek MT6595 SoC (modified by Meizu), 2GB RAM and comes with 16GB of built-in flash storage.


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