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Nvidia gives us one less reason to boot into Windows

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Nvidia gives us one less reason to boot into Windows
By Jason Evangelho • Issue #12 • View online
Hello, my friends! It’s April 1st, but everything you’re about to read is 100% true… Even the Nvidia news.
I promised you some updates to the Linux For Everyone situation, and you can read them further down the page. But I want to kick off this issue with a heartwarming story about the people who keep my fire alive: this community right here!
On Sunday I told you I was uncertain about keeping Linux For Everyone alive, and I called out to you for help. You overwhelmed me with a flood of positive messages and ideas.
I’d like to shine a light on Constantine Bacioiu (aka Zapa), the man behind Linux-first game developer Bearded Giant Games. You can listen to my interview with him wayyyy back in episode #3 of the L4E podcast, or read a crucial part of our conversation here.
I link to my Forbes story about him for a good reason: what comes around, goes around…
After reading my letter, Zapa reached out to me on Discord (like you can) and offered something very generous and unexpected! He’ll be contributing the monthly revenue from Linux sales of his game Space Mercs directly to Linux For Everyone’s Patreon.
Why? Apparently, my article at Forbes led to Zapa getting some well-deserved exposure and freelance work, which allowed him to pay the bills and focus on building his next game. That kind of story is the fuel that keeps me going, and I hope I can continue to make an impact for indie software and game developers like him.
Incidentally, I was creating a “Newsletter Hero” tier on Patreon about the same time Zapa reached out to me about donating, so he’s now an official sponsor of this newsletter! But I’m giving him a raincheck until his new game comes out…
Zapa, I know you’re reading this and I want to thank you for paying it forward, and for keeping this ship afloat.
OK, let’s dig into what’s on my radar today. Hit the “Closing Notes” section at the bottom to get those Linux For Everyone updates.

LINK LOVE: BEARDED GIANT EDITION
Here are links relevant to what you just read up there. Bearded Giant Games is a “Linux-first” game developer and a longtime member of the Linux For Everyone community.
Linux For Everyone, Episode 3: Go Make Stuff
Porting Games To Linux Is A Waste Of Time? This Game Developer Says You're Doing It Wrong
Space Mercs on Steam
Bearded Giant Games @ itch.io
ONE LESS REASON TO BOOT INTO WINDOWS?
If you’re a gamer or game developer who prefers to stay on your Linux box and avoid Windows, here’s some awesome news: Nvidia just made GeForce GPU Passthrough support official for Windows Virtual Machines.
In a nutshell, this means that if you want to run a Linux host and enjoy certain Windows games that don’t play nicely with Steam Proton (or don’t launch at all) in a Windows 10 virtual machine, it just got a LOT easier.
*GAMERS, take note: certain anti-cheat software can still detect that you’re playing in a Virtual Machine, and that might get you banned.
This is also a godsend for game developers like Zapa of Bearded Giant Games, who might want to easily test code in both Windows and Linux on the same machine, without needing a dual-boot environment.
While there have been workarounds to accomplish this in the past, having official support baked into the driver makes it considerably easier!
Nvidia says that the feature is now enabled (in beta) on the R465 driver for most GeForce and Titan GPUs. You’ll need Keplar and later for desktop PCs, and Maxwell or newer for laptops.
About that laptop requirement, though…
Sean Pelletier
@alextruffe Correct. One GPU is required for the Linux host OS and one GPU is required for the Windows virtual machine.
In order to take advantage of this, you’ll need two GPUs (Nvidia likes money too). A bit more challenging on notebooks unless you’re rocking an internal, dedicated graphics card + an eGPU. Which is exactly what I’m doing with my ThinkPad P51. A winner is me! I’m going to test this immediately…
GG, Nvidia.
Image courtesy of Falcon Northwest
Image courtesy of Falcon Northwest
APP OF THE WEEK: AUDIOTUBE
Ever wanted to enjoy YouTube Music, but with a native Linux app? AudioTube – which was developed in only 4 days (!) – might be exactly what you need.
It’s the creation of KDE developer Jonah Brücher, and while you can install it natively on just about any Linux desktop, he actually built it with PinePhone users in mind!
“I chose YouTube Music as the provider, because it has a large collection that can be used without a paid account,” he says. “The quality is good enough, and the client library situation is also good. For everything but the playback, AudioTube uses a python library called ytmusicapi, and for finding the streaming urls, it makes use of the popular youtube-dl.”
As of this writing, AudioTube supports searching YouTube Music, displaying albums and artists, building your own playlist, and a few other useful features.
KDE AudioTube: Project for Youtube Music
KDE AudioTube: Project for Youtube Music
It’s still in the very early stages of development, so be patient! You can find the code, dependencies, and notes at the KDE Invent page right here.
Do you have a great Linux app we need to know about? Hit REPLY on this email, or send a note to linuxforeveryone@pm.me
CLOSING NOTES: AN L4E UPDATE
A group of Penguins on land is a Waddle. A group of penguins in water = a Raft!
A group of Penguins on land is a Waddle. A group of penguins in water = a Raft!
Here’s what’s brewing in the world of Linux For Everyone. I’m excited about it!
1) I will be building a brand new Linux For Everyone website to house the podcast, written content, AMAs, articles and videos. I hope to have this completed by May 1st, 2021. Anyone brilliant with Wordpress or site design + structure is welcome to help!
2) I completely revised the Patreon tiers to make them more appealing and more realistic. Please have a look at them here. The “new” $2 tier includes quite a few benefits.
3) On that note, videos will be taking a backseat (for now) while I focus on rebooting the podcast. Regular new episodes of Linux For Everyone begin in May and will be published at least twice monthly. I’ll be refocusing on what made the show great: app recommendations, energetic discussion about desktop Linux, and interviews with the community. I already have interviews scheduled with some cool people including Jeremy Soller of System76!
Linux For Everyone exists for you, and because of you. I will do my best to keep it alive, and fun, positive and inspirational. 
You guys take care, and take care of each other!
Talk to you soon,
~Jason
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