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Kairo, a puzzle game developed by Richard Perrin and published by Lupus Studios, has been released on Steam for Linux and on multiple platforms.
Players will enter the lost world of Kairo and start to explore ancient and forgotten monuments.
Each room is unique and each puzzle will provide a different experience for the players. Your role will be to bring old machines back to life and to learn the mysteries behind them.
Don’t be fooled by the simple looks of the gameplay, the game will require a decent system to run properly.
Linux System Requirements:
- OS: Ubuntu 10.10
- Processor: 2GHz Dual Core
- Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Graphics: Shader Model 3.0
- Hard Drive: 1 GB HD space.
More details about Kairo can be found on the Steam website
After being teased for a long time, the bizarre Don’t Starve game made by Klei Entertainment has arrived on Steam for Linux. It even comes a 10% discount.
Klei Entertainment made its name by developing the two Shank games and bringing the 2D side-scrolling beat ‘em up back into fashion. This title is entirely different, but they have yet to make a bad game.
“You play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped by a demon and transported to a mysterious wilderness world. Wilson must learn to exploit his environment and its inhabitants if he ever hopes to escape and find his way back home,” reads the official announcement.
Linux System Requirements
- Processor: 1.7+ GHz or better
- Memory: 1+ gigs of RAM GB RAM
- Graphics: Radeon HD5450 or better; 256 MB or higher
- Hard Drive: 500 MB HD space
More details about Don’t Starve can be found on the official Steam website.
Leans heavily on Steam for Linux and isn’t much cheaper than the Windows version.
Dell’s Alienware X51 gaming desktop now comes in a Ubuntu Linux flavor.
Dell is one of the few PC makers that attempts to cater to Linux users with its computers. The company’s “Project Sputnik” laptop, a developer-centric version of its XPS 13 that comes with Ubuntu, is one such effort. PC gamers can also get in on the fun with the Linux version of Dell’s Alienware X51 slimline desktop, which as of today can be purchased running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
The Ubuntu-powered X51 starts at $599, which will get you a 3.3GHz dual-core Core i3-3220, 6GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 645 GPU with 1GB of GDDR5. If those specs don’t do anything for you, you can upgrade to a quad-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a faster GeForce GTX 660 with 1.5GB of RAM—the highest-end system will run you $1,049. The computer weighs 12.1 pounds and is about 12.5 inches high and 12.5 inches long, but only 3.74 inches wide.
Going with Ubuntu over Windows will save you a little money most of the time: the base model of the X51 is $100 cheaper than the Windows version of the same computer, though as of this writing the $1,249 Windows system is on sale for the same $1,049 as the near-identical Linux version.
What you really give up, obviously, is the full Windows game library. Dell’s product page for the X51 says that the Steam for Linux gives gamers access to “over 25 gaming titles,” which isn’t exactly impressive. A Steam search for Linux titles paints a slightly better picture, turning up 97 games, but that’s still a far cry from the 1,952 you can get for Windows. The Steam Box and its accompanying Linux software may improve the state of gaming on Linux, but at this point that’s still far from guaranteed.
AMD is usually rather shy about the changes they implement in their Linux drivers, but this time they’ve decided that it’s time to actually tell us what the changes were, especially because the current release is a very important one.
Nvidia has managed to capture the spotlight in the open source world. Even with all the criticism coming from Linus Torvalds himself, Nvidia has released regular driver updates, fixing and improving tons of problems. This is even more important now because Steam for Linux has started to get a firm grip on Linux gamers.
The advent of Steam for Linux can also be seen from the generous changelog put forth by AMD, for Catalyst 13.3 LINUX Beta Driver. The company released a couple of drivers updates in the past months, but they didn’t bother to tell us what they actually did.
This new beta is different and it can be easily seem from the large number of changes and improvements. Here are some highlights of the AMD Catalyst 13.3 LINUX Beta Driver:
- Color of Objects is no longer turning into red when enabling separate shader object (Serious Sam 3);
- A black screen issue which occurred while entering the game screen, under the Cinnamon desktop environment, has been corrected (Team Fortress 2);
- Changing settings without restarting would reduce FPS down to the 20s/30s (Team Fortress 2);
- Random screen flickering and corruptions in the Lakeside Map have been fixed (Team Fortress 2);
- The X server starting is no longer failing after switching to Power-Saving mode, on the PowerXpress A+I platform with Ubuntu 12.10;
- Linux kernel 3.7 and 3.8 support has been added;
- A black window issue, for OpenGL applications when using XRender backend of kwin, has been corrected;
- A X server crash has been fixed for the High-Performance mode, on PowerXpress A+I platform with Intel Haswell.
More details about this release can be found in the official announcement.
Day of Defeat: Source has just been made available of Steam for Linux by Valve, but it’s still in the beta stages.
Valve has promised to bring its entire catalog of games to Linux and they doing it one title at a time. The latest game to arrive in Steam for Linux is Day of Defeat: Source, the first GoldSrc to hit the Linux client.
Day of Defeat provides an intense online action gameplay, set in Europe during WWII. Players will take the role of infantry, sniper or machine-gunner classes, and more.
DoD:S features enhanced graphics and sounds design to leverage the power of Source. This is actually good news because it means that Half-Life 2 is also on track for a release.
The game is still in beta and players have reported a lot of problems, but Valve will most likely fix all the problems soon.