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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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berarma 19 Mar, 2014
Quoting: Hamish
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.

Integration would mean getting their packages in the distributions but that's not possible in this case, and I think most distributions don't like the idea. Good installers already exist, and tarballs are awesomely simple to use, why bother themselves and us?
James 20 Mar, 2014
Quoting: Hamish
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?

Easiest games to install, under both Windows and OSX. And their download tool is great.
Let's up it's as easy on Linux as their other platforms.
Anonymous 22 Mar, 2014
Quoting: DrMcCoyWait, what? I...I don't...what...

I admit, I'm surprised; I didn't expect that to happen any time soon (or at all). In fact, I'm still suspicious this is an early April Fools' joke.

Nope. Not one.

The only disconcerting thing is the tendency to "support Ubuntu"- there's little need. Guess I need to get in touch with them to show them the way to supporting Linux proper.
Cheeseness 22 Mar, 2014
Quoting: AnonymousNope. Not one.

The only disconcerting thing is the tendency to "support Ubuntu"- there's little need. Guess I need to get in touch with them to show them the way to supporting Linux proper.

Have you had a chat with Valve as well? They currently only "support Ubuntu".

At this point, I think it's better to ask GOG what their plans are than assume that they're going to do things poorly.
ElderSnake 23 Mar, 2014
Thank you GOG.com, you have regained my custom!
malt 24 Mar, 2014
Very very good !!!
STiAT 30 Mar, 2014
now they got my attention. They'l probably be the digital distributor of my choice soon.
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