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GOG have officially supported Linux for just over a year, and to mark the occasion they have worked out new official installers for all their Linux games.

It was only recently they phased out the .deb installers in favour of simple .tar.gz files to extract, and now we know why!

Here's an example of their new installer on Linux:
They are right, it looks much closer to what Windows has, and I think that's a really good thing for them to do. Having installers on Linux look and work similar to how they do on Windows lowers a barrier for less knowledgeable gamers. I think it makes Linux look better too.

Forum post copied below:
QuoteIt's a year of Linux gaming on!

Today, we want to share with you a few new updates to the way that installing our games on Linux will work. Based on what we've learned and on your feedback, we have revamped our installers to offer a much improved experience, and make it more consistent with the way we do things on Windows and OS X.

Starting today, our Linux games will come with all-new installers that include more features, combine the best of our previous solutions, and plain ol' look better. Among other things, here's what you can expect:

--The new installers will be distro-agnostic. That means that you'll be able to run and try them out on virtually any Linux distribution without any tweaks.
--A simple installation process, done in just two steps that we all know well: simply add executable privileges to the installer, then simply run it.
--Patches. Differential patches. No one likes downloading lots of data for an update, now you'll be able to grab future patches for big games with frequent updates.
--Support for installing DLC.
--Pretty backgrounds, pretty desktop icons.

For more info about the new installers, you can always check out our Linux FAQ.
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ricki42 Aug 11, 2015
Quoting: throghSeriously: Why is there no possibility having just a choice? Why not keeping the zipped packages? I want my games also working with Ubuntu 12.04 or other distributions. Now there is more work for me extracting the data-files. I want my own structure and not "pretty icons" added automatically. My system, my rules!

I, too, have always downloaded the tarballs where available, but it sounds like you can do pretty much the same thing in the new format according to the GOG thread:
unzip 'data/*' -d target_dir
just unzip instead of gzip.
And from what JudasIscariot posted above, even when using the installer you can turn off the icons. You can also change the install directory when using the installer.

I think it's reasonable that they only want to support one format, more formats just add additional hurdles to releasing the game. And it's better that one format is easier and 'newbie-friendly' to allow anyone to game on Linux. People who know their way around the command line can still do the manual installation.
Ignis Aug 11, 2015
The problem with installers is the fact that they are not future-proof. Much less than games themselves. Although if it is possible to extract manually that is fine, I suppose.
hummer010 Aug 11, 2015
To me, this is a definite win. We've lost nothing from the tarballs, but we've gained differential patching.
apocalyptech Aug 12, 2015
As with everyone else, I am delighted to hear about the differential patches! That's one of the main reasons I haven't bought as much from GOG as I otherwise would have. Great to hear they're finally supporting that!
adolson Aug 12, 2015
The way it's worded, you'd think GOG were the ones who created this installer script. In reality, it's just MojoSetup, which was written by Ryan Gordon like 8 years ago as a 2.0 version of Loki Setup...

Welcome to 2007, everyone!
Shmerl Aug 12, 2015
Indeed, it's MojoSetup.
tuubi Aug 12, 2015
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Quoting: adolsonWelcome to 2007, everyone!
If the script does what it says on the tin and properly supports current freedesktop standards (hope so), who cares?
adolson Aug 12, 2015
Quoting: tuubi
Quoting: adolsonWelcome to 2007, everyone!
If the script does what it says on the tin and properly supports current freedesktop standards (hope so), who cares?

Don't get me wrong, I don't care how old it is. I care that GOG are not giving credit where credit is due, and acting like this is some great new thing they came up with, when reality is they're using something that's been around, essentially since the dawn of Linux gaming.
Shmerl Aug 12, 2015
I'll ask GOG to give credit to MojoSetup and add it here:
HunterZ Aug 12, 2015
This change doesn't really matter to me, except that it will probably help with the Galaxy client (which is what I'll really be excited about).
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