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Limit Theory Space Sim Developer Switches To Linux, New Video & It Looks Fantastic
Posted , 8 May 2014 at 9:07 pm UTC / 4485 views
Limit Theory is a beautiful looking space simulation in a procedurally-generated universe. In the latest update video the developer actually states he is now doing everything including recording the latest video on Linux.



The game is looking really beautiful now and it's always nice to see developers switch to using Linux. I absolutely love the UI in this game, it looks so natural for a space sci-fi game to have an interface like that, just wow.

The developer said this:
Quoteit's just annoying
When talking about Windows which made me laugh.

In the video comments a user is talking about there being no Visual Studio on Linux and the games developer said this:
QuoteI do not use an IDE, just Vim and clang :] (and gdb/lldb when necessary) I find it to be a much, much faster workflow than VS (which I used for many years).

But don't worry, I still test regularly on Windows and Mac.

About Limit Theory
Go anywhere, do anything. No story, no limits, and no rules. Experience the synergy of total freedom and boundless opportunity.

Reach beyond the usual drone of trading and mining. Build stations. Amass fleets. Explore planets. Make friends. Plan raids, ambushes, and even full-system assaults.

No hand-crafted assets. The universe is built procedurally - from the asteroids to the planets right down to the ships - so each game is completely different. Each universe is also infinite in expanse: you'll never finish exploring, learning, or conquering.

The game was funded from Kickstarter in December of 2012 reaching way over it's goal of $50,000 to hit a whopping $187,865, so it's no surprise the game looks as good as it does.

The funniest thing about this is that Linux support was a stretch goal at $100,000 and for the developer to now be using Linux as his main development machine...another one joins the cause eh?

What do you guys think to the news and the game?

I am the owner of GamingOnLinux. A fan of anything techy, and not just Linux stuff.

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jdub commented on 8 May 2014 at 9:20 pm UTC

Looks good, will most certainly check it out when it's available =)

Looks good, will most certainly check it out when it's available =)
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edgley commented on 8 May 2014 at 10:32 pm UTC

Quotehe funniest thing about this is that Linux support was a stretch goal at $100,000

Well, technically not -- the stretch goal was for priority development on both Mac and Linux:

QuoteWill it be on Mac/Linux?

If we hit the stretch goal, then yes, definitely! Otherwise, I will make porting an immediate priority after release, but cannot guarantee a Mac/Linux port. However, the codebase is completely portable, so I wouldn't anticipate any problems doing so.

He was already developing for cross platform capability -- I would hazard a guess (from everything I've read and heard of Josh) that the Linux port would have been almost guaranteed either way.

Quoteand for the developer to now be using Linux as his main development machine...another one joins the cause eh?

I've been following this since I backed it on KS (can't believe it was 2012!), he was always very open about developing on Linux and in the video above IIRC, he said he actually has been developing on Linux for a while now, but still recorded on Windows.

Edit: It's a bit ambiguous but he says "[...] I'm basically capturing now using my native Linux client, which is actually, um, the version of LT I develop on. Previously I was using windows [...]" I read that as he was previously capturing using Windows, but not 100%.

Also, his comment regarding his development environment suggest he's at least used to *nix -- Windows converts don't rush straight to Vim normally (I him for using Vim though).

This game has a lot of potential though, the entire thing is dynamic and procedurally generated. It's also one of two Kickstarters I backed that I feel could actually go above and beyond what I hope for (the only other one being The Mandate).

[quote]he funniest thing about this is that Linux support was a stretch goal at $100,000[/quote] Well, technically not -- the stretch goal was for priority development on both Mac and Linux: [quote]Will it be on Mac/Linux? If we hit the stretch goal, then yes, definitely! Otherwise, I will make porting an immediate priority after release, but cannot guarantee a Mac/Linux port. However, the codebase is completely portable, so I wouldn't anticipate any problems doing so.[/quote] He was already developing for cross platform capability -- I would hazard a guess (from everything I've read and heard of Josh) that the Linux port would have been almost guaranteed either way. [quote]and for the developer to now be using Linux as his main development machine...another one joins the cause eh?[/quote] I've been following this since I backed it on KS (can't believe it was 2012!), he was always very open about developing on Linux and in the video above IIRC, he said he actually has been developing on Linux for a while now, but still recorded on Windows. [i]Edit: It's a bit ambiguous but he says "[...] I'm basically capturing now using my native Linux client, which is actually, um, the version of LT I develop on. Previously I was using windows [...]" I read that as he was previously capturing using Windows, but not 100%.[/i] Also, his comment regarding his development environment suggest he's at least used to *nix -- Windows converts don't rush straight to Vim normally (I <3 him for using Vim though). This game has a lot of potential though, the entire thing is dynamic and procedurally generated. It's also one of two Kickstarters I backed that I feel could actually go above and beyond what I hope for (the only other one being The Mandate).
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Cestarian commented on 9 May 2014 at 12:58 am UTC

Guess who!

As edgley said Josh has been using Linux quite a bit since early on. Its just that he just now figured out how to record on Linux in acceptable quality (and I don't blame him, it took me quite a while to get FFMPEG working like it should, not sure if he's using that though.

Whether or not Josh was using Linux from the start, it's awesome to have him on board because the guy is like a one man army when it comes to coding, maybe a god even, it's insane! I hope he makes a file manager out of his node based UI!

Just after that video he optimized and now he can run not the 100 like in the video, but 256 ships in a system at 60 FPS (30 FPS in an all out war)

That's no small amount of optimization I say. Seems the development update of June will be about a full on research system implementation for the AI judging by the latest entry in his dev logs.

Guess who! As edgley said Josh has been using Linux quite a bit since early on. Its just that he just now figured out how to record on Linux in acceptable quality (and I don't blame him, it took me quite a while to get FFMPEG working like it should, not sure if he's using that though. Whether or not Josh was using Linux from the start, it's awesome to have him on board because the guy is like a one man army when it comes to coding, maybe a god even, it's insane! I hope he makes a file manager out of his node based UI! :woot: Just after that video [url=http://forums.ltheory.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2876]he optimized[/url] and now he can run not the 100 like in the video, but 256 ships in a system at 60 FPS (30 FPS in an all out war) That's no small amount of optimization I say. Seems the development update of June will be about a full on research system implementation for the AI judging by the latest entry in his dev logs.
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Maokei commented on 9 May 2014 at 1:48 am UTC

This game looks awesome!

This game looks awesome!
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seb24 commented on 9 May 2014 at 7:49 am UTC

oooh . How can I download this game ?

oooh . How can I download this game ?
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liamdawe commented on 10 May 2014 at 7:00 pm UTC

Well next time I will attempt to get a bit more clarification heh. Oh well he's using Linux for most things now anyway, so it's all still fun news.

Well next time I will attempt to get a bit more clarification heh. Oh well he's using Linux for most things now anyway, so it's all still fun news.
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VoxQuantum commented on 12 May 2014 at 7:30 am UTC

Currently you cant purchase the game if you didn't back it up over the KickStarter.

There are plans to release it after the beta testers get their hands on it. If you read the forum pages, they are quite helpful in explaining the current direction of the game, plus Josh does daily updates to the dev logs, something that I've been reading since the project started!

Currently you cant purchase the game if you didn't back it up over the KickStarter. There are plans to release it after the beta testers get their hands on it. If you read the forum pages, they are quite helpful in explaining the current direction of the game, plus Josh does daily updates to the dev logs, something that I've been reading since the project started!
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