Linux User Group s-lug
Linux User Group s-lug
April 16, 2010
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Jul 17 @ 7:42am
Nifty script for launching a random installed Steam game
May 29 @ 12:19am
Looking for a project to replace Twitch
Jan 1 @ 11:11pm
7 Days to Die can´t start
Originally posted by Aoi Blue:
Originally posted by Cheeseness:

This is a problem that I've seen happen from time to time with Unity games. I'm not certain where the cause is, but sometimes the game ends up trying to run at a weird resolution that ends up getting saved to the config file (usually for me I have a window that's crazy wide or crazy tall - I don't think I've ever seen it small enough to cause an "invalid resolution" problem though!)
According to the log it was likely the resolution settings, or some other graphic settings.
No, this is a problem (likely some kind of race condition) that happens at runtime, when Unity fails to read/detect window sizes and ends up writing it to the prefs file. It's not a bad setting that the user has chosen or configured. It's either a) a Unity bug, b) a window manager bug or c) an xrandr bug.

This is a problem that I've seen happen from time to time with Unity games. I'm not certain where the cause is, but sometimes the game ends up trying to run at a weird resolution that ends up getting saved to the config file (usually for me I have a window that's crazy wide or crazy tall - I don't think I've ever seen it small enough to cause an "invalid resolution" problem though!)
There's a prefs file next to that log. Rename that to something else and try running the game again.

If that doesn't work, edit the prefs file to run the game in windowed mode at a safe resolution (something smaller than fullscreen)
May 29 @ 12:05am
remove GNU from the group description and promotional materials
Originally posted by Maleko:
Well, they are against non-free software from an ethical standpoint. Steam is non-free software as are most of the games. But wouldn't you prefer if Steam and all the games were FOSS? Of course, but that isn't realistic. I don't expect a 5 star chef to give out his recipes either.

"However, if you're going to use these games, you're better off using them on GNU/Linux rather than on Microsoft Windows. At least you avoid the harm to your freedom that Windows would do."

It's not what I would call disparaging. Anyway, I guess whoever wrote the group's description wanted it that way. I call it Linux, but I don't mind if others want to call it GNU/Linux. If you don't want to use the term "GNU/Linux" then don't.
Hi! I'm the person who originally wrote the group description, and while I am in general terms aligned with GNU philosophies (there are some legitimate concerns that can be raised about specific GNU/FSF actions, but I see none of them mentioned here), my main motivation for including it is recognition of the hard work and significant contribution that GNU projects have given to what we think of and experience as "Linux".

In my eyes, projects under the GNU banner provide the majority of what we recognise to be "Linux", and in a time when more and more "Linux" distributions are offering a choice of kernels, continuing to call them "Linux" (as opposed to "GNU/kFreeBSD" for example) ends up being not just inconsiderate, but also misleading.

As Maleko highlights, the Stallman's stance on Steam and proprietary games is contextually positive, so it's difficult to take arguments seriously that revolve around his anti-proprietary sentiments being relevant here (or even outside of here given that GNU/Linux distros exist independently of Steam and/or this group).

All that said, I resigned from running this group several years ago so that I could focus on game development (both proprietary and Free), and my opinions don't matter so much anymore. If the current organisers want to change the description, they have the power to do so. I, for one, hope that they do not and that this group continues to highlight the GNU and its projects' contributions to our operating systems of choice :)
Apr 7, 2017 @ 6:34am
Sorgina: Tale of Witches - Enlarge, move, freeze and more in this puzzles & platforming adventure!
Mar 21, 2017 @ 4:26pm
TF2 crashes when joining match
Nov 9, 2016 @ 6:28pm
Deus Ex crashing at start button
Jul 4, 2016 @ 8:30am
New avatar for SteamLUG?
Oct 5, 2017 @ 12:25pm
Vigilantes: Indie Turn Based RPG - Interest in Linux Version?
Jun 27, 2016 @ 10:16am
Helping out the platform
Originally posted by sysharm:
Wow, you raised the bar. But I have to say that you have quite an authoritarian position regarding what me and others should do when you say "Don't do it." regarding my trolling.

I had written my post before I'd seen yours, so it wasn't directed at you specifically.

That said, it probably wouldn't hurt to be more thoughtful about your behaviour if you're seeing yourself in my list of things to not do if you want to help the platform.
I develop games[] on Linux, write about[] stuff related to Linux games/do interviews with developers, and do the odd piece of fan art[]. I also write about my game development experiences on my Patreon page[] and sometimes release example projects for engines/tech that supports Linux so that others can learn from it (as well as releasing some of my stuff[] under F/OSS licences).

I was given ownership of this group 2012 and (with the assistance of other admins and community members) over the following 3 years (I've since retired and passed on the torch) grew it from ~2,000 odd members to around 7,000. We have several active clans across a bunch of games and also started a fortnightly audiocast[] that has focused on Linux gaming and seen around 30 developers drop in to chat as guests.

In the past, I've also coordinated community events and activities outside of Linux-specific spaces. If Linux users are visible as being the driving forces within games' communities, then the perceived value of supporting Linux can grow beyond a sales figure.

I've been a member of the Neverball[] and OpenHMD[] development communities (and probably a few others that I'm not remembering).

Back when Humble were more focused on supporting/promoting Linux, I maintained a statistics aggregator/visualisation site[], which I've been told has helped influence some developers' decision to support Linux. I lost motivation and stopped maintaining it a while back. It's retired and doesn't look as pretty anymore, but the data's all still there.

I'm also an editor for GamingOnLinux[], and am probably going to continue writing for VRonLinux[] in the future.

I often help other developers out with Linux issues that they might be having (coming up on nearly 50 titles now, I think - crazy!). Sometimes that's small stuff like letting them know about excutable permissions, helping them to understand Linux users' feedback, testing, or pointing them towards relevant documentation on the Steam partner site. Other times it's providing bugfixes, liaising with upstream developers, helping out with community support or even doing a Linux port[] myself. Sometimes just being a friend can have an impact.

Late last year, I started putting together a list of games developed by Linux users (or developers who use Linux for development in some non-server/non-automation role), and later this year, I'm hoping to launch a resource site for assisting developers interested in supporting Linux.

Whenever I complete a game that supports Linux, I make a special effort to reach out and thank the developer.

I normally wouldn't together a list like this, but I've done so in the hopes that it might be inspiring to others. I don't expect anybody to have as much time as I do to give to these kinds of endeavours, but every little bit counts!

By the same token, anything that contributes to a negative impression of Linux users (being demeaning towards others, showing a lack of understanding or patience, taking the work of others for granted, being argumentative, not respecting developers' choice to not support or not prioritise supporting Linux, etc. etc.) hurts the platform. Don't do it.

Any small thing you can do that might make a developer or another community member think, "Wow, Linux users are cool/nice people! I'm glad to have them around," is worth pursuing!

Hope this gives some inspiration for anybody who's hoping to find more ways to be a positive force for Linux gaming :)
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