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Tech For Everyone - Issue #20

Tech For Everyone - Issue #20
By Jason Evangelho • Issue #20 • View online
Good afternoon from frigid and foggy Zagreb, Croatia. You’re reading, watching, or listening to Tech For Everyone, a roundup of recent news, personal ramblings, or whatever else is currently occupying most of my brain matter usually reserved for tech, music, gaming, and general hardware lust.
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🎮 Games For Everyone Launches!
Games For Everyone #1: Origin Stories
Games For Everyone #1: Origin Stories
My new collaboration with Nick from The Linux Experiment is live! It’s a Linux-first (but NOT Linux exclusive) video channel and podcast celebrating video games, the people playing them, and the developers making them for the people playing them.
I’m biased, but I think you’ll really enjoy the attitude of the show and the topics we cover.
Here’s how to get it:
Yep, we have a Discord! If you want to chat Windows, mobile, cloud, or Linux gaming, join our community:
(Sorry, not enough demand for a macOS gaming channel… yet.)
Speaking of Nick...
Linux has found itself under a larger and more critical spotlight lately, thanks in equal parts to the Linux Daily Driver Challenge that’s underway at Linus Tech Tips and the (delayed!) Steam Deck from Valve.
And that means people are talking about two always-hot topics right now: the fragmentation of desktop Linux, and the need for more Linux apps.
Those two things don’t exactly blend together like peanut butter and jelly.
In his latest video, Nick addresses both of these subjects with persuasive logic, a touch of humor, and a somewhat happy and hopeful ending.
You CAN'T make a "Linux app", because there is NO LINUX PLATFORM
You CAN'T make a "Linux app", because there is NO LINUX PLATFORM
In a nutshell, the argument is that Linux itself is not and cannot be a platform (because Linux is the kernel!), but desktop Linux distributions have several emerging – yet still incomplete – platforms.
He argues the only fully developed application platform (and one I hope continues to gain public support and mindshare) is elementary OS and AppCenter For Everyone.
Check out Nick’s video for the full story.
Speaking of Steam Deck...
After Epic Games announced full Linux support for its Easy Anti-Cheat (which was followed immediately by BattlEye’s nod of support) I had a little fireside chat titled “My Top 3 Hopes (And 2 Big Fears) for Steam Deck” in which I praised the awesomeness of AMD’s FSR technology, and how effective it could be with the Deck – especially when it’s docked.
My Top 3 HOPES For Steam Deck (+ 2 Big FEARS)
My Top 3 HOPES For Steam Deck (+ 2 Big FEARS)
FSR is basically an upscaling feature that makes your in-game images look substantially better and sharper at lower resolutions. So your GPU (Radeon OR GeForce) doesn’t have to work as hard to give you higher framerates with smoother gameplay.
As you’d imagine, this scenario is pretty appealing for people on older hardware – or consoles like Deck that are underpowered – at least compared to your beefy dedicated graphics card.
And the really cool thing about FSR is that if you’re running Linux, you can enable it on almost every game in your Steam library.
"Get DOUBLE Your Windows FPS With This 1 Linux Trick" (Yep, it's a clickbait title but a damn good video)
"Get DOUBLE Your Windows FPS With This 1 Linux Trick" (Yep, it's a clickbait title but a damn good video)
That’s why I’m ridiculously excited seeing AMD confirm that not only will FSR work on Valve’s little super-console-PC-thing, but the Deck will natively support FSR at an operating system level in a future update.
That means SteamOS (the Arch-based distro Valve designed for Deck) will have FSR baked in. And since we’ll be able to download and install SteamOS on any PC, guess what? Linux gaming just got even easier across the board. No command line wizardry or launch command voodoo will be required.
YouTube Dislikes All Your Disliking
(Intel probably did too…)
YouTube is starting to hide the number of Dislikes on videos, and there’s certainly a logical explanation and tons of research and behavior analysis behind that decision. Maybe it will prevent targeted harassment like the kind of “review bombing” you often see on Metacritic or Steam.
For now, I just have one take: Ever searched YouTube for a guide or tutorial and stumbled upon a video that has a completely lopsided like-to-dislike ratio? And did you watch that video and think “nope, that wasn’t helpful at all. It might have even been completely inaccurate and plain awful.”
Seeing that ratio is meaningful. It’s meaningful in the same way that upvotes and downvotes are (normally) meaningful on Reddit. It typically helps us save time, filter out the noise, and watch something that matters with the limited time we have.
I’m curious what you think about this. In the meantime, I’ll just put this tweet right here 😂
Naseef / ناصيف
I think YouTube's decision to hide dislikes is probably motivated, at least partly, by their own personal feelings...

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App Pick: Skip the CLI, Have a GUI!
It seems my universe is currently revolving around Linux gaming, so let’s keep it rolling with a quick app pick for my Linux gamers in the house.
You might know about Proton-GE, the custom version of Valve’s compatibility layer that helps Windows games get played on Linux. It’s a massive, ever-growing ingredient in the delicious Steam Deck meal, btw!
So this custom version usually incorporates a bunch of fixes from Valve and Codeweavers and gets them out the door ASAP. This is how I’ve been able to play the just-released Forza Horizon 5 on my Fedora 35 testing rig. It’s essentially what you want to play the newest games as quickly as humanly possible on Linux.
My friend Naseef developed a really cool command-line-based utility to install Proton-GE called “ProtonUP,” and I made a video about it.
How To Install and Update Proton-GE The EASY Way
How To Install and Update Proton-GE The EASY Way
Well, I need to make another video, because a developer by the name of DavidoTek built a GUI for it. This is awesome because Proton-GE just got a little easier for us noobies and normies who prefer to take action with our mouse and not by typing things.
Better still, his version also lets you install Wine-GE for Lutris!
If absolutely none of this makes any sense to you, reply to this or drop me a line at, and I’ll help you wrap your head around it.
Onward and upward, Linux gaming!
Speaking of Forza Horizon 5...
COVID life continues to seep its way into video games, doesn’t it? Here’s my character in Forza Horizon 5 choosing the right face mask for partying with festival-goers in virtual Mexico.
Other games that have added face masks to their character creators:
  • Animal Crossing
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • Pokemon GO
Thanks For Reading, Watching or Listening?
"Deedelee doo, deedelee-doo, deedelee-doo"
"Deedelee doo, deedelee-doo, deedelee-doo"
In a perfect world, this little Tech For Everyone newsletter gets released at least once per week, and it becomes the script for a fun little standalone podcast and video. I’m not sure where those would live yet, but it makes good sense.
Also in this perfect world, you can forward this newsletter to a friend who might enjoy it.
Also in this perfect world, we can consume unlimited amounts of coffee and Gin and cheesecake and pizza with absolutely no unwanted side effects.
Whatever world you live in, enjoy your day and thanks for being here.
Until we chat again, take care – and take care of each other ok?
Your friendly neighborhood tech and gaming and music and Linux guy, Jason.
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