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Tech For Everyone #11: Bulletproof

Tech For Everyone
Tech For Everyone #11: Bulletproof
By Jason Evangelho • Issue #11 • View online
On Sunday I wrote you a rather emotional letter about the future of Linux For Everyone. I’m even more emotional today, but it’s because of the overwhelming amount of positive messages and ideas you’ve sent my way in the last 48 hours.
This community has always been incredibly supportive, but you guys have gone above and beyond this time. People have offered their time, their expertise, and their money. All of which are invaluable to me at this point.
So, Linux For Everyone will absolutely continue! I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I’ll keep you updated as things progress, ok? In the meantime, please accept my heartfelt thank you.
In response to that letter, several of you said you’d like to make a one-off donation, but you don’t want to use a platform like Patreon. Totally fair!
Today I’m introducing two new ways you can contribute to the work I’m doing: Cryptocurrency and Buy Me A Coffee.
By the way, I have a special surprise in store once this newsletter hits 400 subscribers. (We’re currently at 360!) Forward this email to a friend if you think they’ll enjoy it.
Now, put on a good album (vinyl or Lollypop?), grab yourself and drink and let’s get into it. Buckle up, because it’s a long one today.
Oh, and start paying attention to the titles of these newsletters, beginning with this issue. It might pay off soon ;-)

Hire this dog for the next Suez Canal crisis!
Let’s kick things off with a gut-buster. Get ready to laugh your ass off at this enthusiastic doggo with a unique set of skills. Hit play and don’t stop until you watch it make that first boisterous jump…
Humor And Animals
who knew that guiding water could be a dog's job 😂
(sissysticks20 : tiktok)
(sissysticks IG) https://t.co/rVGggYkMXc
THE RADEON LINUX SAGA, PART 1
No clever caption. It's just a cute photo of penguins.
No clever caption. It's just a cute photo of penguins.
It’s been 4 months since AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 series graphics cards first launched. You can read my Windows-based impression of them at Forbes. The bottom line? I recommend the crap out of them. AMD had finally and triumphantly entered the high-end GPU market and was competing head-to-head with Nvidia.
And damn, the reference models were so beautifully built (not that you can find them)! They were built like sexy, sturdy tanks.
What you can’t read is my Linux review, because I didn’t do one. 
However, Schykle and I did produce a somewhat divisive video that bemoaned the extensive hoops anyone not using Ubuntu LTS had to jump through to get these cards recognized and working. We both argued that Linux users deserve better from AMD.
Linux Users Deserve Better From AMD
Linux Users Deserve Better From AMD
During that time, I was speaking with several important people in the Linux ecosystem, including RADV developers, System76 employees, and engineers at Red Hat.
All important people in the Linux space. All of whom did their best to assist me in getting the RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 working properly on a variety of distros. Collectively, we failed.
There were a LOT of moving parts involved, and I still maintain that the process was daunting for anyone who’s not a kernel-compiling Linux wizard (like Wendell).
Oh, one more thing: approximately zero of these people received pre-launch hardware samples. Suffice to say, I kind of agreed with many of the disgruntled Linux gamers in the video’s comments, suggesting that AMD should have just sent the cards to the distro maintainers and graphics stack developers, and not to reviewers like me.
The outlook is bright now
Back to the present tense. It’s the end of March, and I just used a custom script from System76 engineer Jeremy Soller to (quite effortlessly) get my Radeon RX 6800 XT up and running on Pop OS 20.10.
What’s the good news for you? System76 will be updating its Pop OS ISO later today to include support for all Radeon RX 6000 cards. It’ll pull in a newer kernel and updated MESA drivers.
I’m also hearing they’ll begin evaluating these cards with their Thelio desktops.
The RX 6000 story is also bright on Fedora 33. Yesterday I did a clean install on the same machine, and after the initial system update, the GPU was recognized and performing like the beast that it is.
If you’re wondering: Shadow of the Tomb Raider cranked out an average of 78 FPS at 4K with the graphics quality settings dialed to maximum.
(Oh! Speaking of Fedora, you haven’t lived until you’ve installed the Fedora 34 Beta and witnessed the buttery smooth experience GNOME 40 gives you on a 4K, 120Hz display. Holy. Freaking. Crap.)
These cards should be working out of the box on rolling distros like Manjaro, and Ubuntu 21.04 (launching next month) will also introduce support for the RX 6000 series.
And now that the outlook is much better, I’m going to start benchmarking and playing with them!
I’ll keep you posted right here.
GAMES FOR EVERYONE!
In addition to “Music For Everyone” on the weekends, let’s introduce another weekly feature into the mix.
Every Tuesday, “Games For Everyone” will keep you updated on the crucial Linux gaming news and awesome apps you need to know about. Plus, I’ll be inviting a few friends (like MattDLN aka Dark1LTG) to share some game recommendations!
For now, I’ll kick things off with a double dose of good news on the gaming front.
#1) Proton-6.5-GE-1 has been released!
The newest version of the custom Proton variant packs a bunch of games fixes and updates to DXVK and VKD3D among many other things.
It also delivers a pretty big deal that we’re all grateful to GloriousEggroll (the lead developer) for: Red Dead Redemption 2‘s single player story mode works!
In case I just lost you, here are links to some explainers:
Linux For Everyone | YouTube + LBRY
"Jason, WTF is a Glorious Eggroll?"

@GloriousEggroll is Thomas Crider. He's a senior engineer at @RedHat. He's a pretty cool guy who makes Linux gaming better by improving on @Steam Proton & adding tweaks & improvements that make playing Windows games on Linux better than ever.
#2) Today I learned about Heroic, an Epic Games Launcher for Linux!
When I interviewed Thomas of Drauger OS, he mentioned Legendary, a command line tool for the Epic Games launcher. But, with much love and respect to the command line warriors in the audience, a terminal window and gaming just doesn’t mix well for me.
Heroic to the rescue! Heroic is a graphical interface for Legendary. It’s an open source app you can use to manage and launch your Epic Games library, and despite it being early days, ships with an impressive list of features.
You can download multiple games at once, remove, relocate and repair installations, and play online (provided the game doesn’t have EAC).
HAVE SOME GREAT GAMING NEWS TO SHARE?
It’s as easy as replying to this in your email client, or dropping a line to linuxforeveryone@pm.me.
LINK LOVE
I can’t write about everything, but I’ll share as much as possible via some link love! Here’s what’s been on my radar so far this week:
First Look at Fedora Linux’s New i3 Spin: Heaven for Tiling WM Fans
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time cracked in just a day, despite its always-online DRM
Ext4 vs. Btrfs: Why We’re Making The Switch
Ubuntu 21.04 Testing Week - Alan Pope's blog
CONNECT WITH ME ON DISCORD + TELEGRAM
We made it through another one! I can’t believe this is #11 already…
If you want to continue the conversation, or connect with the rest of this amazing community, you can find the extended Linux For Everyone family on Telegram and on Discord.
If you enjoyed reading this, please buy me a coffee or forward this to a friend.
Until issue #12, you know what to do: take care, and take care of each other!
~Jason
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