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Sad news, Facepunch are no longer selling the Linux version of their survival game Rust [Official Site] after removing mentions of Linux support yesterday from their Steam page.

Linux support has been available in Rust since 2013, along with continued support during Early Access and after the official release earlier this year. It was a bit of a surprise that we got an email from a reader, to mention that the Steam store page for Rust was no longer showing the SteamOS/Linux icon or listing it in the system requirements.

Thinking it was a mistake, since nothing was announced, I reached to Facepunch to which they replied with:

Hey dude - yeah we stopped selling Rust for Linux.

I did request more information as to why and will update this article if I receive any further information. To be fair, they haven't had a lot of time to respond again yet, but I feel it's important to get the word out.

It's possible it's due to issues with the Unity game engine, which has suffered some nuisance problems with their Linux support lately. We've gone through black screens, no input in fullscreen and the latest being double-input issues—all issues that have plagued a number of games that use Unity. All of which have been solved in updated versions of Unity though. Still, it has become more of a hassle for developers to support us due to issues like this repeatedly coming up.

To be clear on something though, it might only mean that they're not actively advertising it as a Linux supported game, while still allowing Linux users to buy it and play it—something a few other developers do as well. I highly doubt they would actually remove the Linux version, after it being around for so long.

Really sad about this, we have an active community-run server with plenty of people enjoying themselves on it. Sin has livestreamed plenty of it on our Twitch Channel, purchased skins and all. With all the additions to the game, it was really becoming quite interesting. Even I was also going to be jumping back in soon, so this has me a little down as I did quite enjoy the game as well.

As always, please remain respectful in the comments. Issues like this can become quite heated, but let's not go throwing any insults around. Now is a time to show your support, not have a war of words.

Updates

Garry responded on Twitter and said this:

We stopped selling Rust on Linux because we won't/don't give it the QA support it needs. There are situations where there's a Unity Linux bug that pops up, and we ship with it - because it's the right decision for 99.99% of our players.

And while 60% of Linux users are fine with this, they understand their position in this world, it's probably not the right thing to act like it's fine. So while we're still going to ship Linux updates and keep it up to date.. we're not going to sell it anymore.

Also Linux Community - being abusive, demanding, rude to the few developers actually shipping games to your favourite OS isn't the way to go. It makes me regret ever shipping Linux versions.

I've said it before and I will say it again: Developers are human, people do need to understand that and not resort to throwing insults around right away. Even so, if you sell a game on any platform you should be doing QA on it—there's no excuse for not doing it.

Update #2 - Here's what another developer said on Reddit:

Linux is and will still be supported but the decision to remove Linux from purchase was mainly based on multiple issues in the current Unity version (2018.1.4).

We're currently unable to downgrade to a Unity version which corrects these Linux issues and we're unable to upgrade Unity to 2018.2 due to a number of new issues.

Linux is in a state of limbo in which we're unable to resolve, instead of selling a broken platform we decided to remove it from purchase but still offer it to existing players.

Once Linux is in a working state we'll review the decision.

Hat tip to Basiani for letting us know.

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Whitewolfe80 29 July 2018 at 6:48 pm UTC
x_wing
Whitewolfe80As for the throw away community line we have this every so often it goes back to once again the linux die hards that think they throw f bombs and act like Stallman or Linus.
It comes as shock to them no doubt when it doesnt actually work its the reason nvidia wont embrace open source for linux is his constant rants and actively literally telling the linux team to "fuck off" in person. I ll break it down you cant do stuff like that not if you actually want people to develop games for your platform,swearing death threats etc for not bringing a game to linux.

I think you mix a lot of stuff here. First off, Torvalds rant's has a reason and he explain them quite often: he wants to be completelly sure that you understand that he doesn't like what you're doing. He can't be polite when you're doing something wrong and that's why he said "Nvidia, fuck you" years ago. Funny things is that time proven he was right, as you can see how AMD open source Linux driver end up being as good as Nvidia (if not far better). So, Nvidia doesn't embrace foss driver not because of the community, but because they want to do everything as they want, even if they do it the wrong way.

And dammit, you have no idea how much we rant to AMD with their catalyst drivers. We really fucking hated them and we really make them notice how shitty they were. But now that they are doing things as should be done, try to find anyone ranting against them. Try to find someone that doesn't recommend buying a AMD gpu to others Linux users (yes, even being slightly expensive than Nvidia counterpart).

The community has always had two coin face, and definitely nobody rants to the devs that does things right.

But my point is it doesnt matter how much Torvalds rant have a reason you cant rant period not in public feel free to say what you want behind closed doors i know people love he is blunt but business world that is a no go and it scares away big fish
Whitewolfe80 29 July 2018 at 6:54 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy
Whitewolfe80As for the throw away community line we have this every so often it goes back to once again the linux die hards that think they throw f bombs and act like Stallman or Linus.
1. No it does not.
2. Had it occurred to you that that is, itself, a rather inflammatory and offensive comment?
3. Do you in fact have any idea how Stallman acts?

Yes because I have twitter and if he rants about open source one more time his neck is going to fall off or he will have a heart attack. Sorry we strongly disagree on this point and it does its is the guys that idenfy as linux hardcore are the worst. Feedback to developers strongly welcome not tweets like "learn to linux your game is shit" that is an actual tweet that took me 10 seconds to find on twitter
UltraViolet 29 July 2018 at 7:36 pm UTC
sad news for the Linux players of the game.

i play some truly excellent Unity games on Steam and i hope this is not going to become a trend moving forward for new Unity games running on Linux
mirv 29 July 2018 at 8:07 pm UTC
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Whitewolfe80
Purple Library Guy
Whitewolfe80As for the throw away community line we have this every so often it goes back to once again the linux die hards that think they throw f bombs and act like Stallman or Linus.
1. No it does not.
2. Had it occurred to you that that is, itself, a rather inflammatory and offensive comment?
3. Do you in fact have any idea how Stallman acts?

Yes because I have twitter and if he rants about open source one more time his neck is going to fall off or he will have a heart attack. Sorry we strongly disagree on this point and it does its is the guys that idenfy as linux hardcore are the worst. Feedback to developers strongly welcome not tweets like "learn to linux your game is shit" that is an actual tweet that took me 10 seconds to find on twitter

I think the Stallman I've "seen" (interviews, reading material, etc), and the one you just described, are two different people.
Stallman is very careful and considered with his words, measured and reasoning. I think a few more people acting like that would be a good thing.
tonR 29 July 2018 at 8:11 pm UTC
iiari1) Only the Linux community is toxic (eyeroll). Has he been in, well, almost any other Windows gaming forum at all for the sophomoric, hateful, entitled views there? Hahahaha....
Based on my own experience, this is my conclusion...

For some developers eyes (not pointing on Facepunch or anyone), Linux gaming community rank is lower than Windows pirates.
Hell, for some developers (again not pointing on anyone), they rather Linux gamers pirating their Windows games and play on Wine than developing their games to run on Linux natively.

FYI, only significant minority developers act like that (please pirating my games, I don't do Linux). Majority of them love to support Linux, just sometimes some of them (not all) underestimate the Linux difficulties.

Just read Steam community posts or send private e-mail to developers. You'll get it.
Ardje 29 July 2018 at 9:45 pm UTC
mirvI think the Stallman I've "seen" (interviews, reading material, etc), and the one you just described, are two different people.
Stallman is very careful and considered with his words, measured and reasoning. I think a few more people acting like that would be a good thing.
The Stallman I know would never ever use twitter. So I don't know what that guy was smoking.
Stallman has always been very pragmatic, and the worst thing he ever said was POSIX_ME_HARDER, and he was right about that.
I do acknowledge that the linux community contains the same salty persons the windows community has: demanding, feeling superior and totally without respect.
That's not a problem with our community, but a problem with humanity. But since we are the underdog, any such a person should not be in our community, or should be silenced.
I even was surprised that a major open source developer was playing Ark: Survival Evolved, and had the same idea as I about it: It's an amazing game, and who cares that the graphics are less than on windows, just as long as you can enter a cave. No hate, no whining. Just totally ok because he could game, and he could do his work.
tonR 29 July 2018 at 10:52 pm UTC
ArdjeThe Stallman I know would never ever use twitter.
Little bit correction... Mr. Stallman did have and use Twitter..
But not like most other Twitter users (like tweeting 24/7). He used it for website that need Twitter account for commenting.

His twitter handler: @rmspostcomments

Reason he'd open Twitter account

ADD: Also from his website... How I do my Computing (stallman.org)

QuoteI have a Twitter account called rmspostcomments, which I use to log in on other sites to post comments on articles. I never post on Twitter. Someone made an account stallman_feed which I'm told posts something about my political notes. Any other Twitter account that claims to be mine is an impostor.


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x_wing 30 July 2018 at 3:05 am UTC
Whitewolfe80But my point is it doesnt matter how much Torvalds rant have a reason you cant rant period not in public feel free to say what you want behind closed doors i know people love he is blunt but business world that is a no go and it scares away big fish

Your point is that we should shut the fuck up so nobody gets angry or scared with our comments? Do you think that the best way to handle the manners and lies of this guy is not saying anything and apologysing with him about how bad he feels about our community? Really? Is that what you meant?

We can discuss a lot the manners, but this guy doesn't have ones so it's pointless. So, I don't see why we have to accept this treatment from this idiot as we don't deserve it and there is no reason to keep our mouth close. Also, we're a community of people that many times buys games just to support a developer. Many of us buys games even when they aren't out type or we don't have the time to play, but we buy them anyway just to show support a let the ones that have the time to play it on Linux. I really would like to know how this behavior could scares away the big fishes.

It's not what we say, it's more about being careful to whom we give our money.
Knucks 30 July 2018 at 3:20 am UTC
No big loss as i stopped playing it because of the toxic community and running bad on mesa drivers.
ivant 30 July 2018 at 6:18 am UTC
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I refuse to accept the accusation about the "Linux Community being abusive, demanding and rude"! This is a blatant generalization. I am sure that there are some people from the "Linux Community" who are like that. There are also people from the Windows, PlayStation, XBox, Nintendo, you name it, communities who are like that. It doesn't mean that the community as a whole is like that.

For me this accusation is nothing more than an attempt to shift the blame. "Blunt and sarcastic" it is not.
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