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11 years ago this month on July 5, the GamingOnLinux website was created and what an absolutely insane ride it's been. It's truly difficult to fully comprehend how far Linux and Linux Gaming has come in this time.

From the rise and fall of LinuxGamePublishing, Humble Indie Bundles, the indie store Desura rising and falling, Steam and GOG started supporting Linux, itch.io grew much bigger, the Vulkan API being formally released, to Steam Machines, SteamOS, Steam Play, the slow rise of game streaming services and more. We've seen such a huge amount of ups and downs over the years. We plan to continue going for the next 11 years and beyond too! So we hope you will stick with us for daily Linux + Gaming news.

Our growth has been pretty spectacular over the last year, as traffic continues ticking up and followers pouring in across social media channels. Twitter especially saw quite a big bump over the year! Here's a reminder of where you can follow us: Twitter, Youtube, Twitch, Facebook, Steam Group, Steam Curator, Mastodon, Discord, Telegram News, Telegram Chat, JoinDiaspora*, IRC and Matrix (which is bridged with the IRC).

The website as a whole has been through some big adjustments this year too. To sum up some fun stuff: a dark theme switcher with automatic detection, multiple improvements to page load speed, our Steam Play page, our continually expanding Crowdfinding Page, our Steam Tracker got a nice trend-line, we started covering more Linux distribution news after a great many requests, upgraded our server RAM due to increased traffic, started using a dedicated Digital Ocean Spaces for in-article media to help handle the load, our login system had security overhaul and upgrade, we added per-category RSS feeds for articles, expanded our notification system across the Forum and so much more that's impossible to condense down here. We're constantly working to improve and expand.


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Don't forget if you need some Linux or Linux + Gaming help to pop on over to the GOL Forum. It's had lots of tweaks over the last year, including per-forum RSS feeds you can follow which is super handy for following exactly what you want.

How to end such an article? That's always the hard part. I'll just say: thank you. Thank you for reading, for being here, for the comments, correction reports against my often hilarious spelling and most of all—your wonderful support overall through the years. It's a true pleasure to run GOL.

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I am the owner of GamingOnLinux. After discovering Linux back in the days of Mandrake in 2003, I constantly came back to check on the progress of Linux until Ubuntu appeared on the scene and it helped me to really love it. You can reach me easily by emailing GamingOnLinux directly.
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Derheim 1 Jul
Happy Birthday GOL!!!!!
Long live to GOL!

Now is the perfect time to pour a glass of Wine!
mirv 1 Jul
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Cheers to GOL for sticking at it, through the ups & downs, and giving us a great community place to chill out and read the news.

@Liam: if you had to pick maybe the top 5 moments in GOL's history so far, which would they be?
Tchey 1 Jul
Quoteregistered : 2 December 2013

I think i was reading GoL for at least 1 year, maybe 2, before i actually opened an account or started to be active.

Quote@Liam: if you had to pick maybe the top 5 moments in GOL's history so far, which would they be?

I’m curious too !
fabertawe 1 Jul
Happy Birthday GOL

My first stop for Linux gaming news and a fantastic community

Quoting: MohandevirLong live to GOL!

Now is the perfect time to pour a glass of Wine!

I'm having a sneaky beer but don't tell the Mrs


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omer666 1 Jul
Wow happy birthday!
tuubi 1 Jul
Congratulations and many happy returns!


I stopped using Paypal (because I just don't trust them), but Liberapay has worked fine for me. No fancy supporter badge due to it being completely anonymous, but I can live with that.
BielFPs 1 Jul
Happy birthday, and thank you for your dedication to contribute to the linux game cause.

And may the day where we can talk more about the game rather than how well it run arrive soon
Gryxx 1 Jul
Happy birthday!
bradgy 1 Jul
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Happy birthday GOL. Thanks for being a great daily read.
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