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Minecraft 1.12 is officially available and yes the Linux version continues to be supported. They've added a bunch of new blocks, parrots and a whole new advancements system and more.

They even made a trailer for this release:

Note: For some reason they still aren't linking the new Linux launcher on their downloads page, the one that doesn't require Java. You can download it here (tar) or here (.deb).

What's new? (see the release notes)
  • Added Glazed Terracotta blocks

  • Renamed Hardened Clay to Terracotta

  • Added Concrete Powder blocks

  • Added Concrete blocks

  • Updated base color palette

  • Added advancements

  • Added recipe book

  • Added Knowledge Book item

  • Added Parrots

  • Added functionality to save toolbars in creative mode

  • Added text-to-speech narrator

  • Added new sounds for the Note blocks

  • Added commands relating to recipes and advancements

  • Many minor fixes and changes

  • Removed Herobrine


Are you still playing it, if so show us some of your recent creations in the comments! Would love to see what you've been up to. My son absolutely adores the game and it's helped me get interested in it once again, kids eh!
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elmapul 7 June 2017 at 8:09 pm UTC
"Note: For some reason they still aren't linking the new Linux launcher on their downloads page, the one that doesn't require Java. You can download it here."

.tar.gz

Really? i will have to type configure, make install and find the dependences my self? in 2017?
liamdawe 7 June 2017 at 8:14 pm UTC
elmapul"Note: For some reason they still aren't linking the new Linux launcher on their downloads page, the one that doesn't require Java. You can download it here."

.tar.gz

Really? i will have to type configure, make install and find the dependences my self? in 2017?
No, it's all built for you. They do also have a .deb file, but I decided to link to the main tar file so everyone can enjoy it, not just debbers.
Philadelphus 7 June 2017 at 8:31 pm UTC
QuoteAdded text-to-speech narrator
I can't wait to see this be horribly, horribly, abused…

I'm still playing Minecraft frequently, but only version 1.7 as that's where most of the good modpacks are still. I think I tried 1.8 once, but that's about as far forward as I've gone.
jkaart 7 June 2017 at 8:57 pm UTC
Good launcher but I get "./launcher: error while loading shared libraries: libicui18n.so.57: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory" error in Ubuntu 16.04.
Aimela 7 June 2017 at 10:41 pm UTC
liamdawe
elmapul"Note: For some reason they still aren't linking the new Linux launcher on their downloads page, the one that doesn't require Java. You can download it here."

.tar.gz

Really? i will have to type configure, make install and find the dependences my self? in 2017?
No, it's all built for you. They do also have a .deb file, but I decided to link to the main tar file so everyone can enjoy it, not just debbers.
However, they haven't updated the AUR version of minecraft-launcher at all since the day after it was put up there.
neowiz73 7 June 2017 at 11:03 pm UTC
the AUR version is maintained by mojang employees, shoghicp uses Arch, that is why this exists at all.
this is the pinned comment from the AUR:
Quoteshoghicp commented on 2017-03-08 09:37
This is maintained by employees of Mojang.

We have no "current" release for any Linux distribution, due to some issues that we are working on fixing.

As soon as we have any release, we will update this package. Note that any old versions (like this one, or current "new" one some people are suggesting to use) might stop working in the future, until we fix these issues.
Purple Library Guy 7 June 2017 at 11:06 pm UTC
This parrot is once more. It has begun to be. It would voom if you put ten million volts through it!
throgh 8 June 2017 at 12:05 am UTC
Well? And what about Minetest? Because that's a native, complete free running game and engine for Linux. Minecraft is therefore just some kind of (over)hyped product from my point of view. Yes I've played it also in the past and settled with it onto Linux years ago. But after Microsoft bought Mojang and after so many other things: It's just overrated now even if it got nice graphics with shaders.
AnxiousInfusion 8 June 2017 at 12:28 am UTC
throgh*snip*

MC was first.
slaapliedje 8 June 2017 at 4:18 am UTC
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jkaartGood launcher but I get "./launcher: error while loading shared libraries: libicui18n.so.57: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory" error in Ubuntu 16.04.

On my Debian Stretch system, this is in libicu57.

sudo apt install apt-file sudo apt-file update apt-file search libicui18n.so.57
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