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Seems like Discord's new "Go Live" feature is not coming to the Linux version

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Recently, the voice & text chat app Discord released a pretty fun sounding new feature called "Go Live" which sadly seems like Linux will miss out on.

Go Live is a feature that allows you to share your game screen with a group of friends on a Discord channel, have them join the chat for it and watch you play. Like smaller and more intimate version of Twitch, only it's just for Discord.

Tweeting out about this new feature last week, the official Discord Twitter said "We just rolled out Go Live to... 100% of you! Everyone can now launch a game, click a button, and start streaming to their friends."

That 100% of people apparently didn't include Linux or Mac. When queried about it, an official Discord staff member said on Reddit "Go Live is a Windows 10 feature, will also be coming to Win7.". It wasn't noted in the changelog either, it was buried in their FAQ.

Not the first time Discord has ignored Linux for a feature. None of their store or Nitro game features work on Linux, which has caused issues for a few developers doing Early Access through Discord that wanted to provide Linux builds. A quick example that I can actually mention in public is Vagrus, so they added an additional option to tick on Fig for Linux users to get access from itch.io. It's the constant little barriers like this, that do put some off using and supporting Linux so it's a real shame.

Note: If you do wish to see the Discord Store features supported on Linux there's a request for it here.

Heck, Discord haven't even been able to get spellchecking supported in the Linux version despite the open source Hunspell being around and no doubt others they could hook into.

Before you go throwing Discord under a bus and gathering any pitchforks though, it's worth noting that Valve still haven't even managed to get their own Steam broadcasting feature into the Linux client. So Discord certainly aren't alone in not being able to do support such a thing on Linux.

Hat tip to ryao.

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madpinger 11 September 2019 at 12:56 pm UTC
How could anything even basic make it to the linux build of Discord, they don't even seem to comprehend there are system wide services like the dictionary to provide spell check. <.<
Ehvis 11 September 2019 at 1:08 pm UTC
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I assume this is tied in to their store, so it's not really surprising. It won't really be missed by me either.

And indeed, the Steam broadcasting is also one of those fun features. Even more so because you can broadcast just fine if it is to your own Steam Link of equivalent apps.
razing32 11 September 2019 at 1:17 pm UTC
Quoteit's worth noting that Valve still haven't even managed to get their own Steam broadcasting feature into the Linux client.

Let's not forget the Hammer editor for TF2.
That's their own game they ported to Linux.
devnull 11 September 2019 at 1:43 pm UTC
Good. If I want to stream, I'll use OBS. If I want to buy something I'll use a web browser. Why is this so hard for companies to understand.

Have you seen their client lately anyway? It's a literal black box of static compiled crap. Asking users permission to do things is _not_ on discords best practice list.

Regarding their devs I can only say I left their discord a while ago because they are quite frankly abusive.
heidi.wenger 11 September 2019 at 2:01 pm UTC
Why would i ever use Discord over say Riot ? Discord is starting to treat its Linux users like the good old Microsoft and their Skype huh
Corben 11 September 2019 at 2:02 pm UTC
Hm... Discord isn't that small company any more, that could use the excuse they have no staff nor budget to implement this. Though I'm using Discord in the meantime on a daily bases, probably the amount of Linux (and Mac) users is as small as in the rest of the gaming world. This bumps us down to reality, showing us we still are a too small market to get first class support. Mostly, there are exceptions of course.

Just a heads up, though we can't broadcast from the Linux Steam client, we can use OBS to stream to our Steam profiles: https://partner.steamgames.com/doc/store/broadcast/setting_up


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Kimyrielle 11 September 2019 at 2:53 pm UTC
heidi.wengerWhy would i ever use Discord over say Riot ? Discord is starting to treat its Linux users like the good old Microsoft and their Skype huh

Same reason why (almost) every business in the world is using MS Office: Because everyone else does! Good luck finding a guild/clan these days NOT forcing you to use Discord...
BielFPs 11 September 2019 at 4:29 pm UTC
QuoteBefore you go throwing Discord under a bus and gathering any pitchforks though, it's worth noting that Valve still haven't even managed to get their own Steam broadcasting feature into the Linux client.

I wonder if the problem to support sharing screen have something related to X.org
Shmerl 11 September 2019 at 5:19 pm UTC
heidi.wengerWhy would i ever use Discord over say Riot ? Discord is starting to treat its Linux users like the good old Microsoft and their Skype huh

Simply boycott proprietary IM services. That's the only way to deal with their proliferation. They are welcome to support open protocols federation (Matrix, or XMPP for example). And if they refuse - don't use them.

This insanity is only getting worse. E-mail managed to support federation for many years just fine. And all these new IMs refuse to do it, even though they can and there are open solutions like above.

https://matrix.org


Last edited by Shmerl at 11 September 2019 at 5:23 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy 11 September 2019 at 5:45 pm UTC
QuoteBefore you go throwing Discord under a bus and gathering any pitchforks though
Hey! Give me back my pitchfork!
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