Episode 22

Why Gaming on Linux Matters, Linux Mint Forbids Snaps? | DLN Xtend


July 6th, 2020

42 mins 47 secs

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About this Episode

On this episode of DLN Xtend, we introduce two new hosts. While also talking about how one area of Linux that might not interest us, can still have an affect on the parts we do care about. While also seeing what the hosts have been up too.

00:00 Introduction
05:30 New DLN Podcast: Sudo Show
07:23 Why should I care about Linux gaming?
13:23 Front Page Linux Tutorial = Easily Install JACK Audio with Ubuntu Studio Installer
15:03 Linux Mint "forbids" Snaps. Is this Good or Bad?
29:21 Host Related Interests
42:38 Wrap Up

Why should I care about Linux gaming?

  • Denuvo Anti-Cheat to Work on Linux through Proton
  • Proton Release Notes
  • OpenRGB has some good tools for using the RGB of your motehrboard, RAM and other RGB peripherals. However, Piper adds great functionality to your gaming mouse.
  • Does better gaming expand the user base? What does that mean for non-gaming Linux users?

Comments from the Destination Linux Discourse about the Linux Mint vs Snaps discussion:

Ethanol says “…Personally I don’t mind what Mint is doing. It’s kind of like the whole telemetry debate. I’d rather my system presume non-consent until I explicitly give it. If Mint wants to forbid snapd from being automatically installed that’s peachy, since I already expect to have to manually install it when I want it anyways, like most things.”

BertN45 says “Basically I prefer snaps and if available I want to install them. But after installing LibreOffice in a snap, I detected that I lost access to the Dutch language libraries and installing it again did not work for the snap. So I had to delete the snap again. I’m interested how the snap people want to work with language dependencies. If they can’t solve this major issue, snaps are for the USA, UK and some other larger countries only!”

jastombaugh says “Well said. I agree with Clem’s approach and, in general, I totally understand and approve of the Mint philosophy on issues like this. It feels like we NEED both outlooks, like poles, in the linux-phere because of the innovation AND the safeguards they bring to the users.”

ak2020 says “Although I don’t use Linux Mint myself, I’ve generally thought of their team to be fairly in-touch with their community. Having watched this video I agree Linux Mint are overreacting and taking away choice from their community by making it so hard to install snaps. I still think if they want to become independent of Ubuntu for whatever reason, first-off they should base directly on Debian, secondly, yes, why don’t they have their own infrastructure if they want that much independence and control?”

Ulfnic says “It’s like Debian and Mint both saying… “hey man, we’re cool letting you have this but we want you to take a few extra steps to make sure you understand this goes outside of the ethics you chose us for and we’re just making sure you really know” and in Mint’s case, that step is a single terminal command.”


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Host Contact Info
Matt (Twitter @MattDLN)
Wendy (DestinationLinux.Network)
Nate (cubiclenate.com)