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New Desura Client Available For Linux, Open Source Again

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Finally, Desura has a new client available for Linux. Bad Juju Games haven't officially announced it anywhere on Desura yet, but it is available to download.

It has been open sourced again thanks to Bad Juju Games who moved it to the GPL3 license, and removed the need to sign a contributor agreement, but the Desura name and logo are still subject to certain terms (fair enough).

I received word via twitter that it was out:

@upurtweet New linux client out now!

— Desura (@Desura) December 30, 2014

After a bit of searching, I managed to turn up the download links:

Updated: Although, a user in our IRC noted the md5 checksum is the same as an old download, they are the correct links. It seems the 32bit version has not yet been updated, so we have removed the link.

It is still a bit buggy though, and my testing showed issues like the installer getting stuck in a loop downloading and installing over and over again. The login window also cuts off the social buttons, but it should work better than the original Desura client, and Desurium is no longer being worked on, so this is it now.

Other issues I encountered are the same as last time, the client dies on its own and sometimes won't load up unless you try to launch a few times after it dies.
There also seems to be no tray icon on Cinnamon.

They will continue to work on it of course, so we should expect gradual bug fixes to filter in. You can submit bug reports to their official github.

How do you lot feel about this? This makes me very happy, and I can't wait to see some bug fixes and new features come in. Article taken from
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booman 30 Dec, 2014
Awesome! I'm glad to hear there is progress at least! Thanks for digging into this
DrMcCoy 30 Dec, 2014
Very nice. GPLv3 too; neat! :)
Styromaniac 30 Dec, 2014
If the checksum is the same then either it's not the new client or it's simply a download installer. The chance that two different pieces of software have the same checksum is akin to the chance that someone has the same fingerprints as you do: an astronomically low chance.
stan 30 Dec, 2014
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Well I had a working version of the Desura client, I made a force update, and now it crashes at startup (Segmentation fault). So yeah they have a new version :P.
Hamish 30 Dec, 2014
The file included in the archive does just seem to be an auto-downloader that pulls the latest version, which would of course explain the fact they have the same checksum.

Considering that not even the latest Desurium would launch properly for me before, I seriously doubt I am running the older version.
thelimeydragon 30 Dec, 2014
I'm just getting a segfault too.

./desura: line 21: 13266 Segmentation fault      $DESURA_DEBUGGERS $DIR/lib/desura $@

edit: I originally tried the 64-bit version but I then downloaded the 32-bit version which loaded but nothing appears apart from the menu.
Hamish 31 Dec, 2014
Pertinent response to my support request:
Quoting: Kenneth YeastAh, that's it then. We haven't updated the 32 bit client yet, only the 64 bit. It's coming shortly.

So there is indeed a certain amount of jumping the gun going on here.
oldrocker99 31 Dec, 2014
Just downloaded the 32-bit client, and it put up the old familiar black window. This time, I couldn't even view my Play library :><: .

Back to Desurium (sigh) :(
Hamish 31 Dec, 2014
As was stated, the 32-bit client has not been updated yet.
lucifertdark 31 Dec, 2014
The 64bit client is still buggy here but at least it's working...almost. Quick list of bugs I've encountered so far...

updater downloaded 90.84Mb 5 times.
main screen showed 502 website down.
games list was empty & populates with my games every other time I run desura.
the desktop link is pointing to the wrong file.
Shutdown involves system monitor & manually killing the process.
There's nothing added in dash to run it either, I got round this by making my own.
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