Article from Issue 277/2023

In the news: Valve Updates Proton to Greatly Improve Windows Gaming on Linux; New Linux Vulnerability Enables Privilege Escalation; elementary OS 7.1 Available for Download; The GNU Project Celebrates Its 40th Birthday; Linux Kernel Reducing Long-Term Support; Fedora 39 Beta Available for Testing; Fedora Linux 40 to Drop X11 for KDE Plasma; and Real-Time Ubuntu Available in AWS Marketplace.

Valve Updates Proton to Greatly Improve Windows Gaming on Linux

With the release of Proton 8.0-4, a number of usability improvements have been added (along with the usual bug fixes and new features). This new release targets a vast collection of games designed for Windows and ensures they work out of the box on both Steam for Linux and on the Steamdeck.

This new update makes it possible to run games such as EverQuest 2, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2, The Longest Journey, Arthurian Legends, Oddworld: Strangers's Wrath HD, and Songs for a Hero (Definitive Edition) out of the box. These games previously required users to run Proton Experimental but that is no longer true.

The new updates fix the issue where constantly attempted to update itself and include fixes for the EA Desktop software, Baldur's Gate 3, and some Unreal Engine 4 games. Also, NVIDIA NVAPI is now enabled, which fixes some Ubisoft Connect issues.


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