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GOG.com Are Going To Support Linux, Confirmed!

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This is fantastic news, GOG.com are finally going to open up their store to penguin lovers of the Linux family!

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You may remember that I spoke to GOG.com in September of last year, where they explained they couldn't support Linux as it would be too challenging with their business model.

I am happy to share with you that they will, finally be supporting Linux.

QuoteNo, don't duck. This is actually good news. We just wanted to announce that, after much deliberation, we've decided that one of the next steps for us is to support Linux. Now, we're not ready to launch Linux games on GOG.com just yet. We've only been working on bringing these Linux games to our service for a few months, and there's lots more to go, but we wanted to let you know what's going to be coming this fall to a digital distributor near you.

We're initially going to be launching our Linux support on GOG.com with the full GOG.com treatment for Ubuntu and Mint. That means that right now, we're hammering away at testing games on a variety of configurations, training up our teams on Linux-speak, and generally getting geared up for a big kick-off in the fall with at least 100 Linux games ready for you to play. This is, of course, going to include games that we sell which already have Linux clients, but we'll also be bringing Linux gamers a variety of classics that are, for the first time, officially supported and maintained by a storefront like ours.

This is, as we mentioned, something that we're in the early stages of, so we can't talk about what games will be a part of our GOG.com on Linux gaming launch--in part because we, ourselves, don't know what those games are--but we hope that you're excited about the fact that we're able to set "GOG.com Support for Linux" in our community wishlist as a task that is "In Progress." We know we are!

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FINALLY.

This means we will finally have a true DRM free store that really fights for DRM free, this is exactly what a lot of Linux users have wanted as GOG.com's stance aligns with a lot of Linux users thoughts.

Not only that, but they will bring classic games over to our platform themselves and support them just like they do for Mac and Windows. This is exactly the way to win customers GOG.com and I applaud you.

So, who else do we have to conquer now? Not many places I imagine. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Hamish 18 Mar, 2014
Taking another look, there are some OS X DOSBox wrappers on GOG:
http://www.gog.com/game/duke_nukem_12
http://www.gog.com/game/redneck_rampage_collection
Jo Ram 18 Mar, 2014
Great news. I've been looking for support on Linux as I've been buying quite a few games from gog.com to run on Linux (I don't have Windows) and about 5% of the games I can't seem to make them run, which are mostly running under wine. About 10% I use scummvm, dosbox, Java, and open source engines.

It would also be nice if they provide native Linux ports for free downloads for those already purchased in Windows platform. I hope my risk taking (spending money on games for platform that I don't have) gets its reward.
HadBabits 18 Mar, 2014
Great news, and exciting day indeed :D
Ivancillo 18 Mar, 2014
Well Liam.

This means that in short you should make a new GoG.com distinctive icon for the GOL user's avatars.

:)
berarma 19 Mar, 2014
This seems like a very forced decision probably because of Steam, I hope they get serious though.
pb 19 Mar, 2014
Oh joy! Around Y2K I jumped from Amiga straight to Linux, so I missed most of the DOS and Windows games. Sure, I know I could run them in DosBox, ScummVM and Wine, and I sometimes did, but usually I was too lazy to tweak the config files in effort to make things work (and I didn't have much luck with PlayOnLinux either). So now someone will finally take care of the classics for my lazy ass. ;-)
Cheeseness 19 Mar, 2014
I'll be really interested to hear what sort of approaches they'll be taking with regards to packaging.
philip550c 19 Mar, 2014
Quoting: CheesenessI'll be really interested to hear what sort of approaches they'll be taking with regards to packaging.
I'm guessing since they are supporting ubuntu/mint that it will be deb files.
Anonymous 19 Mar, 2014
I wonder if they'll use the Steam runtime for native games. I think that would be a good idea.
Hamish 19 Mar, 2014
Quoting: philip550cI'm guessing since they are supporting ubuntu/mint that it will be deb files.

I certainly hope not; as Ryan Gordon said in his Steam Dev Days talk, it is never worth the trouble for game developers to actually integrate themselves into distribution's package managers.

Also, I was under the impression that GOG prided itself on their own installer solutions? At least on Windows?
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