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An EVE Online developer has created a native Linux launcher that will download a version of Wine built by the developer.

I've tested it, and the launcher works without issues for me.

The developer said later on in the forum topic he plans to add the ability to use your own version of Wine, rather than the one built for EVE Online.

From the forum post:
QuoteThe EVE Launcher is now available for Linux. Note that this does in no way suggest that CCP is officially supporting Linux - this is just something I've been working on as a side project, and basically comes out of the work I've done for adding Wine support to the launcher for Mac.

This launcher is a native Linux application that downloads a version of Wine built by me, from the same source as the Wine version running on the Mac.

As we don't officially support Linux the test coverage is rather poor. I have an Ubuntu machine on my desk, and CCP Maxwell one on his. We've had some brave volunteers try this out and the results have been promising - we've had positive reports from players on Arch and Debian as well as Ubuntu.


Efforts like this should be applauded, it's one step closer to official support.

The only problem with this, is that EVE Online is phasing out DirectX 9 support and Wine hasn't finished DirectX 11 support yet. The launcher does already have an option to turn off DirectX 9 mode, but it won't work of course. Looks like the game won't work at all eventually, so hopefully the Wine developers won't take too long in adding it in. Going by the API status page for Wine, it looks like they have a long way to go.

I can't imagine how expensive and time consuming porting EVE Online to OpenGL (Or Vulkan) would be, so this is a really nice way to be able to play it easily on Linux.

You may not remember, but this isn't the first time EVE Online has supported Linux. Years ago they supported Linux with the use of Cedega (an old proprietary fork of Wine), but that didn't last too long.

Find the forum post about it here.
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neowiz73 3 June 2016 at 7:41 pm UTC
oh my, i remember when Eve had a cedega Linux build. they had to drop it in favor of newer engine designs for Windows. I was quite sad to see that. never really got into Eve that much, to much time sink for gaining skills. after you have a few million isk then all you do is set around waiting for skills to be learned, it's like watching paint dry.
I think I spent more offline time than online time with that game after a couple of weeks of playtime waiting on skills to be learned. I had joined a guild and even then the most fun I had was mining for a couple of hours. not my idea of a fun game.


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Zelox 3 June 2016 at 10:02 pm UTC
It will take mutch for me to suscribe to a game again.
But I like this idea, hopefully it can be an offical port later down the road.
We need an mmo on linux badly, and a sci fi one is the best one in my opinion.
I will probably try eve when the port is done ^^.
Kuduzkehpan 3 June 2016 at 10:41 pm UTC
Bring EVE online to VULKAN engine. Everything will be easy and painless also on eve online forums and in-game chats CCP has a lot of Linux channels and linux users. Also mac users. so if they dont want to be get out of market of mac linux VULKAN İS A MUST


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liamdawe 3 June 2016 at 10:44 pm UTC
KuduzkehpanBring EVE online to VULKAN engine. Everything will be easy and painless also on eve online forums and in-game chats CCP has a lot of Linux channels and linux users. Also mac users. so if they dont want to be get out of market of mac linux VULKAN İS A MUST
Vulkan does not run on Mac OSX.
slaapliedje 3 June 2016 at 11:22 pm UTC
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ZeloxIt will take mutch for me to suscribe to a game again.
But I like this idea, hopefully it can be an offical port later down the road.
We need an mmo on linux badly, and a sci fi one is the best one in my opinion.
I will probably try eve when the port is done ^^.

Isn't Vendetta Online for Linux? Seemed to me it was. I don't pay for any MMOs anymore because they are kind of like old retro games for me. I will randomly be 'in the mood' to play them and then I get bored too quickly, and stop playing. I did that with Elder Scrolls Online and probably paid for the subscription for 6 months, 5 of which I never played it. Finally decided to cancel the sub, and by then it'd become free to play anyhow.

I'd rather just have them port Elite: Dangerous over, of course they'd need SteamVR support first, because now that I've played the game in VR, I don't think I could go back to a normal screen!

I did really enjoy Star Trek Online and Age of Conan, I get the craving to play those occasionally as well.

I'd rather have a closer knit group to play something like Neverwinter Nights, or some LAN game fun. Ha, about the only MMO I'd pay for and play a lot would be Ultima Online if they had a native client again.
Aimela 4 June 2016 at 12:39 am UTC
While not optimal, it's certainly better than nothing.
Anyway, this is pretty much why Vulkan needs to take over.
Kuduzkehpan 4 June 2016 at 1:30 am UTC
liamdawe
KuduzkehpanBring EVE online to VULKAN engine. Everything will be easy and painless also on eve online forums and in-game chats CCP has a lot of Linux channels and linux users. Also mac users. so if they dont want to be get out of market of mac linux VULKAN İS A MUST
Vulkan does not run on Mac OSX.

mac os will support vulkan its not so different than OpenGL and METAL wont gonna be popular or Trending. And vendors are more mature to build vulkan ready graphic drivers for mac os.
grumpytoad 4 June 2016 at 5:59 am UTC
Going forwards CCP seems to be gating DX11 visuals using dialog options for the moment, but they have vouched continued official support for the mac client, so it should be interesting how they satisfy this conflict of interest. It's entirely possible, considering their past, that they assign resources to bring dx11 features to wine, which would be pretty nice for linux gaming IMO. I doubt they will switch a decade+ year old gaming engine to vulkan.
Maquis196 4 June 2016 at 7:48 am UTC
Certainly would be amazing if they switched to Vulkan. I do wonder if they would consider the Linux/Ps4/Console in general market.

Yet they run their backend on some advanced windows stuff, I always found that amusing. A job spec their for a sys admin was some hardcore windows stuff.
Zelox 4 June 2016 at 8:59 am UTC
slaapliedje
ZeloxIt will take mutch for me to suscribe to a game again.
But I like this idea, hopefully it can be an offical port later down the road.
We need an mmo on linux badly, and a sci fi one is the best one in my opinion.
I will probably try eve when the port is done ^^.

Isn't Vendetta Online for Linux? Seemed to me it was. I don't pay for any MMOs anymore because they are kind of like old retro games for me. I will randomly be 'in the mood' to play them and then I get bored too quickly, and stop playing. I did that with Elder Scrolls Online and probably paid for the subscription for 6 months, 5 of which I never played it. Finally decided to cancel the sub, and by then it'd become free to play anyhow.

I'd rather just have them port Elite: Dangerous over, of course they'd need SteamVR support first, because now that I've played the game in VR, I don't think I could go back to a normal screen!

I did really enjoy Star Trek Online and Age of Conan, I get the craving to play those occasionally as well.

I'd rather have a closer knit group to play something like Neverwinter Nights, or some LAN game fun. Ha, about the only MMO I'd pay for and play a lot would be Ultima Online if they had a native client again.

Ye Vendetta online, I never got in to that one, and we got runescape also.
Eve was my cup off tea tho, but wow was also out then, and everyone was in to wow so I ended up playing that one instead.

I think Elite will come to Linux in the future, but there are little content in the game at the moment, so I can understand they are waiting with a Linux port, and I think there was some problem with the engien they need to solve aswell.
I think the plan was to port the game to play station I can be wrong, then we can see a Linux port hopefully.

And I really dont like there modell of how they are selling the game at the moment, very high price at the start for no content at all, and now its very cheap and it got more content. Im talking about horizons there last expansion. So the longer we wait, the more we get for our money, for a cheaper price aswell.
And I can imagen some expansions down the road, you can buy Elite dangerous + horizon and the expansion after that for a cheap price.

And if they wont port it, we got star citizen.


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