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GOG have officially supported Linux for just over a year, and to mark the occasion they have worked out new official installers for all their Linux games.

It was only recently they phased out the .deb installers in favour of simple .tar.gz files to extract, and now we know why!

Here's an example of their new installer on Linux:
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They are right, it looks much closer to what Windows has, and I think that's a really good thing for them to do. Having installers on Linux look and work similar to how they do on Windows lowers a barrier for less knowledgeable gamers. I think it makes Linux look better too.

Forum post copied below:
QuoteIt's a year of Linux gaming on GOG.com!

Today, we want to share with you a few new updates to the way that installing our games on Linux will work. Based on what we've learned and on your feedback, we have revamped our installers to offer a much improved experience, and make it more consistent with the way we do things on Windows and OS X.

Starting today, our Linux games will come with all-new installers that include more features, combine the best of our previous solutions, and plain ol' look better. Among other things, here's what you can expect:

--The new installers will be distro-agnostic. That means that you'll be able to run and try them out on virtually any Linux distribution without any tweaks.
--A simple installation process, done in just two steps that we all know well: simply add executable privileges to the installer, then simply run it.
--Patches. Differential patches. No one likes downloading lots of data for an update, now you'll be able to grab future patches for big games with frequent updates.
--Support for installing DLC.
--Pretty backgrounds, pretty desktop icons.

For more info about the new installers, you can always check out our Linux FAQ.
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toor 11 August 2015 at 7:15 pm UTC
I wish they release galaxy
hummer010 11 August 2015 at 7:21 pm UTC
I'm just thankful for differential patches. It really sucked re-downloading a 10GB tarball each time Wasteland 2 updated. I wonder if I'll have to redownload everything to make use of the differential patches, or if I can just extract them overtop of the tarball install?


Last edited by hummer010 at 11 August 2015 at 7:21 pm UTC
Ignis 11 August 2015 at 7:24 pm UTC
Does that mean that .tar.gz will no longer be available?
ricki42 11 August 2015 at 7:27 pm UTC
I suspect having patches and more streamlined installers is a prerequisite for Galaxy.

But I hope having patches means that fewer developers will give 'lack of patches' as a reason for releasing the Linux version late (or never) on GOG.
JudasIscariot 11 August 2015 at 7:28 pm UTC
hummer010I'm just thankful for differential patches. It really sucked re-downloading a 10GB tarball each time Wasteland 2 updated. I wonder if I'll have to redownload everything to make use of the differential patches, or if I can just extract them overtop of the tarball install?

Unfortunately, you'll need to redownload and reinstall WL2 (please back up your saves!!!) but once you do that you'll be ready for proper patches on Linux

The same goes for any other game that has a Linux version.
stan 11 August 2015 at 7:35 pm UTC
Good: distro-agnostic, diff patches.
Bad: desktop icons (I’d rather have a menu entry), need to manually add the execute flag (if it was a .tgz they could set it themselves), less user-friendly than a .tgz.
sonic 11 August 2015 at 7:37 pm UTC
IgnisDoes that mean that .tar.gz will no longer be available?

Yeah, I downloaded Warband tgz 2 days ago, but I see only installer (.sh) for all my games now
EagleDelta 11 August 2015 at 7:37 pm UTC
As much as this will be easier for some users, it removes the ability to have the package manager control the updates.

I personally would prefer Galaxy, Deb or a PPA. While GOG can do whatever they want as a vendor, going outside of package managers is generally seen as bad practice on both the Desktop AND Server side.


Last edited by EagleDelta at 11 August 2015 at 7:38 pm UTC
Plintslîcho 11 August 2015 at 7:45 pm UTC
Hmh, looks interesting albeit I was perfectly fine with the tar files. But if this will make patching easier it sure is a good thing.

Haven't been shopping much on GOG.com anymore. I really hope they'll release the Metro games for Linux as well though.
JudasIscariot 11 August 2015 at 7:45 pm UTC
stanGood: distro-agnostic, diff patches.
Bad: desktop icons (I’d rather have a menu entry), need to manually add the execute flag (if it was a .tgz they could set it themselves), less user-friendly than a .tgz.

You can have both and you can toggle off the desktop icon during installation so all you have is just the menu entry.
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