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For those hanging on hoping Facepunch will go back to officially supporting Linux with Rust, you might want to sit down. They've made a comment on it on their latest blog post.

As a little reminder, back in July last year I reported on how Facepunch removed Linux support and any mention of the Linux version of Rust from Steam. Since then though, they have continued to update the Linux version so people could still play it, it just wasn't advertised any more (you could also still buy it new and play it on Linux). That may be changing, going by what they said as quoted below:

This update brings a new set of fixes for the Linux client that should resolve some of the issues that have been reported. Unfortunately I also have to take this moment to address the future of Rust on Linux. We are currently debating internally whether or not to end Linux support in the near future. There are many reasons for this but the biggest issue right now is the problematic state of Linux support from third parties. Any software that supports Linux faces the same problem of putting in a lot of effort for an extremely small customer base, so we are sympathetic for the decisions our partners have been making. Unfortunately this means we keep encountering problems with Rust on Linux that cannot be solved by us directly and require us to wait around for fixes, which can take months or in some cases never materialize. We have not made a decision on whether or not to continue supporting Linux yet, but we wanted to communicate this process early so the community is aware of it.

I have to say I am still really sad about this. Rust did become my favourite survival game on Linux, we had a good community server going and plenty of people were enjoying it. However, if they're not able to support it due to issues outside their control (like the many issues Unity has had over the last year) it's obviously a big problem for them and somewhat understandable. I also appreciate how they're being a little more open about it now.

My issue is, what happens if/when they do decide to entirely stop supporting Linux? Most people would obviously be way past the usual time for a refund so we would be left with nothing. Steam Play could help in situations like this, if it wasn't for Easy Anti-Cheat not working under Steam Play. Not good.

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Whitewolfe80 5 May 2019 at 9:33 pm UTC
FratmI do wonder about what will happen. In a way, they might be opening them selves up for a lawsuit, if the Linux community steps up and demands refunds and they do not get them. Really is a slippery slope if they drop all support. It basically means Linux users bought software that cannot be run anymore, due to a decision that the publisher made.

I stopped playing after the big patch that broke everything. Just got fed up with their lack of communication on the issues, I also took my server down, which was a thriving server, but if I cannot log into it to play or admin it, what's the point, right?

Facepunch has always been quite negative towards Linux gamers, so this doesn't surprise me, and I also do think I believe them 100% when they blame it on unity. Sure some issues can be Unity, but I also feel they don't want to invest time and money into finding a real solution to the issues, because they really don't give a sh*t about us.

-Fratm

Well yes and no legally you dont own any of your games you have on steam you have a licence for that game which remains property of the game developer. EULA are technically not enforceable legally but there is every chance they would get away with it in court
ElectricPrism 6 May 2019 at 2:35 am UTC
Whitewolfe80Well yes and no legally you dont own any of your games you have on steam you have a licence for that game which remains property of the game developer. EULA are technically not enforceable legally but there is every chance they would get away with it in court

Fuck that. I couldn't give a damn what technical legal bullshittery slingers try to sling at customers. In every industry you exchange money for a good or a service, even a license key is a non-changing string of characters that you literally own.

Over intellectualizing the simple reality of buying goods is bullshit. Sony was sued through the nose when they marketed Playstation as having "Linux OS support" and later pulling the plug on a feature that sold the product.

Lets not be whimps and give off the message -- Look Linux Devs, "We don't mind being cheated and fucked in the ass. We won't stand up for our rights"

We are fucking equals in the industry in all respects and when every other platform fails from disease the Linux sanctuary will still be standing because of the
"nobody owns it" reality.

dubigrasuSo these are the problematic third parties after all?
But I thought that things were going good on that front, wasn't Valve in talks with EAC?

If I was RUST as a business venture. I would be alarmed that my software supplier is having technical difficulties and is NOT able to complete the job. If they are having engine vulkan issues NOW, then what BIG problems are on the horizon in the near future.

It sounds like RUST is dependent on a clusterfuck on wheels. They should be VERY concerned at their suppliers unprofessionalism and lack of qualifications as seen in their poor craftsmanship to prevent cheaters and be free of graphical glitches.

Edit: Here we go with the "blame game" and deferring responsibility being being BAD at your job.


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