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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:

64bit: http://www.desura.com/desura-x86_64.tar.gz
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 GamingOnLinux.com.
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Desura 2 January 2015 at 2:16 am UTC
leillo1975Now, the installer and client works for me. Two days ago don't work. But the install and play games don't work

Existing games you had or new ones that you pull? I would uninstall a game you bought on Desura and try to reinstall and see if you can play. Just would like to narrow down if the issue is related to a use case that may not have been tested enough.
TheBEASTIE 7 January 2015 at 12:58 am UTC
Hi guys!

We've released a Linux Beta version (320.28) that fixes quite a lot of crashes on Linux. It does not yet support Arch Linux, we're still working on that.

You can get Beta releases by:
1) Launch Linux client
2) Choose Settings from left-side menu
3) Choose the Beta tab
4) Select "Participate in Desura Public Beta" and 'Save'

A dialog should appear after it downloads the beta.

Thanks everyone!!
TheBEASTIE 7 January 2015 at 11:20 pm UTC
Stan, Hori, and thelimeydragon:

We have updated the Linux Desura App to 120.25, which should have fixed some installation crashes and various crashes while running. Would you mind seeing if this version works for you?

Thank you!!
stan 7 January 2015 at 11:58 pm UTC
Hm, I made a force update, about 70MB were downloaded, then I get an error that libboost_filesystem.so.1.54.0 is not available.
The "version" file contains BRANCH=120 and BUILD=23.
I’ll try to reinstall from scratch later.

Edit: I deleted everything in my desura directory except "common", unpacked the desura installer from http://www.desura.com/desura-x86_64.tar.gz into it, ran it, it downloaded 78 MB, then same error, libboost missing.

This time the version file states branch=120 build=25.

(on Arch Linux 64 bit.)
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