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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, 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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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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mirv 1 Jul
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Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: mirv@Liam: if you had to pick maybe the top 5 moments in GOL's history so far, which would they be?
Hmm. That's seriously tough because there's been so many and I would say a few of them are listed in the ups and downs in the article. My number 1 though, is of course Steam coming to Linux back on 2013 because it changed everything.

I figured that would take the top spot, but never know until you ask!
Well, I guess it's a good topic for rainy day editorial.

Hope you have cake planned, and will apologise this year that I can't offer anything for festivities other than to reiterate - keep it up, you're doing a great job, and here's to many more years of an awesome community and amazing news!
Nezchan 1 Jul
That's more than a few days! Good work on creating a great resource for the community.
Shmerl 1 Jul
Thanks for all the work you do and especially reaching out to developers for information about their Linux plans. They often pay more attention to journalists than to regular people asking questions. And the bigger GOL gets, the more they pay attention.
seven 1 Jul
grigi 1 Jul
Happy Birthday great site!

And Thank you for running with it for so long Liam. I'm sure it must have been tough at times.
С днём рождения, GOL! Спасибо, что ты есть.
ziabice 1 Jul
Proud to be a supporter!

Last edited by ziabice on 1 July 2020 at 6:47 pm UTC
madpinger 1 Jul
Gratz :D
dpanter 1 Jul
GamingOnLinux =
Gratz and cheers for many more years of excellent content!
RFSharpe 1 Jul
Quoting: Liam DaweMy number 1 though, is of course, Steam coming to Linux back on 2013 because it changed everything.

The year that Steam supported Linux, was the year I joined. Unfortunately it took me over five years to discover GoL and join the fold. Wish I had discovered your website sooner Liam, but I am very happy to be here now.

Happy Birthday GoL!
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