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Black Mesa is officially coming to Linux, and the developer confirmed so in a rather delightful way of shooting down an anti-Linux troll in the Steam forums.

You may or may not heard of a user who goes by the username "meraco" on Steam. He seems to be popping up all over Linux support posts on the Steam forum to spread anti-Linux sentiments, this time it was different.

After his usual derailing of a Linux support topic, the Black Mesa developer commented:
QuoteWhat are we arguing about? We're making a Linux port. We think it's totally worth it.

We built Linux and got errors (as we expected). They're not especially complex errors, but there are a lot of them. As soon as we get a stable build we'll push it to Steam for people to test.

It's good to get confirmation (and fantastic to see a troll get slapped down), as previously they were only evaluating a port, but now it is happening.

Note: The best way to shut a troll down is to post like they aren't even there. Don't quote them or reply to them, just keep posting your support of Linux versions.

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Uncleivan 8 July 2016 at 6:56 pm UTC
Death to mocosoft!!!!!!
manus76 8 July 2016 at 7:58 pm UTC
Not much to add here, apart from one thing maybe: even as a hardcore Windows user you would really want linux and linux gaming to succeed as much as is humanly possible - imagine the pressure on Microsoft to innovate and make Windows a better OS if linux had a high double digit desktop market share. Does it really take an Einstein to get it?
Luke_Nukem 8 July 2016 at 9:14 pm UTC
Shutup-FoolTroll or not, this is a nice way to start a witch hunt...

I've read some of meraco's posts, and I don't see anything to suggest that he/she is a troll. It seems like nowadays people are classified as trolls just because they have a different opinion. And to those claiming this is some anti-linux, MS evangelist, this is one of his posts from that thread:

The problem is the amount of time and energy he puts in to doing this. Quite seriously,it's almost every Linux thread that he pops up in to in some way say "don't bother asking for a Linux port, just use Windows".

My problem with that is a multitude of "ifs".
If we don't ask, we don't show interest.
If we don't show interest, what's the likelihood of a port.
If we did just "shut up and use Windows" then what the hell is the point in Linux in the first place.

It's akin to "everybody drives a car, you should too. Don't bother with a train or bus".
Shaolu 8 July 2016 at 10:30 pm UTC
Apparently someone in this thread thinks this site is some kind of corporate PR outlet. "Professional?" WTF? LOL
pete910 8 July 2016 at 11:10 pm UTC
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meracoHi Liam.

No PC info...

Wanted to know if you duel boot
tuna89 8 July 2016 at 11:16 pm UTC
Arugh, that "meraco" character is a right fool.. look at his posting history;

Troll indeed..

Last edited by tuna89 on 8 July 2016 at 11:18 pm UTC
Perkeleen_Vittupää 8 July 2016 at 11:39 pm UTC
meracoHi Liam.

"There aren't enough swear-words in the English language, so now I'll
have to call you perkeleen vittupää just to express my disgust and
frustration with this crap."
Stupendous Man 9 July 2016 at 9:51 am UTC
You guys do know you can block people on Steam, right?

I blocked this fool a long time ago and since then I've lost weight, got a photo model girlfriend and won a sports car!

(The above message might contain hyperbole).
lidstah 3 years 9 July 2016 at 12:29 pm UTC
I must admit I quite never understood these kind of almost "religious wars", and I've seen a lot from the Amstrad vs C64 one, Amiga vs Atari ST one, Nintendo vs Sega one, BSD vs the rest of the world one, and even some survivors of the Vi vs Emacs wars (what a bloody mess), and I still don't get the point of posting in threads related to what you don't like to try to push your point of view (valid or not), point of view which will always been, at best, ridiculed by other posters.

Mind me, I'm an (old) UNIX (*BSD) and GNU/Linux user, an active member of my local LUG, and albeit I don't like Microsoft products (although I sometimes have to deal with them at work), I never went into Windows related forums/newsgroups/subreddits/irc channels/whatever to told them how bad it is and why they shouldn't use it… That's the best way to look like a moron, imho.

Last edited by lidstah on 9 July 2016 at 12:31 pm UTC
Overlord 9 July 2016 at 1:10 pm UTC
This meraco is nothing but a experimental troll comment bot from microsoft.No wonder its messed up.There is no point in giving any attention to it.
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