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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 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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Kohrias 11 September 2019 at 6:56 pm UTC
Ok, I got my pitch fork ready. Not much positive to say about Discord lately ... added a lot of bloatware and ignored GNU/Linux.
legluondunet 11 September 2019 at 7:45 pm UTC
xdg-mime take more than 50% processor each time I launch Discord app on Ubuntu 19.04. It's a pity to not support correctly one of the most important used Linux distribution.

Last edited by legluondunet on 11 September 2019 at 7:46 pm UTC
Caenth 11 September 2019 at 9:55 pm UTC
Good. Discord is becoming a bloated piece of junk anyway. I only need chat and voice, not the other crap that comes with. I'm even considering switching back to Teamspeak at this point. The new version 5 is looking really interesting.

Edit: typo

Last edited by Caenth on 11 September 2019 at 9:55 pm UTC
Hori 11 September 2019 at 10:40 pm UTC
Wow, Windows 7... that OS that's gonna loose support in like 3 months?
Thanks, whatever we would have done without it?
I think it's finally time to switch to W7.

Just joking tho, I don't use Discord. But I find this weird enough to comment on it.
GustyGhost 12 September 2019 at 2:23 am UTC
I think I've hit my negativity comment quota for the month already so I'm going to make this comment positive:

This is a good thing. It is a good thing because it erodes people's faith in an untrustworthy black box.
Talzahr 12 September 2019 at 4:36 am UTC
It amazes me how long I remember Discord took to load on Windows but when I use the Arch Linux-zen kernel it's practically instantaneous. Not to say zen is better than the official kernel, but Discord is one of those programs that works really well with it. Just thought it was funny since Linux is apparently an afterthought for Discord.

But that's the life of using Linux. It's not a bad thing. Being the mainstream OS with the hordes of consumer low-hanging fruit normies would only serve to kill everything that makes Linux good.

HoriI think it's finally time to switch to W7.

Not a bad idea if you have to dual boot. I still have Win7 for very few things (MMO mouse keybinds, GPS map update).
Draconicrose 12 September 2019 at 4:39 am UTC
I'm shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

Even their basic screen sharing isn't working properly on Linux (but it does if you use chrome) and hasn't been for years. They don't even bother. Or spell check. Discord just doesn't care about linux anymore but sadly they're not going anywhere until they upset the windows users enough like Skype did.
LungDrago 12 September 2019 at 6:41 am UTC
Oh boy, it's like it's year 2000 again. Popular IM software is becoming shit and the pain of watching everyone and their friends keep using it anyway is back. Although Discord hurts more than ICQ did, because I think it used to be actually good.
nifker 12 September 2019 at 9:53 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...
If Ill do I would say "Thanks for your interest - good bye!".
Sir_Diealot 13 September 2019 at 7:37 pm UTC
I've just witnessed a dev use that thing to stream.
I couldn't join the stream mind you, clicking what looked like a voice chat channel did... zilch.
Turns out you can only stream from Windows 10 and only watch using Chromium.
At least in this instance the stream was suffering from /packet loss throughout, causing drops in video quality and cuts in audio.
So far I'm not impressed.

It's a shame Discord has become the norm for game devs as well as streamers to use, it will be damn hard to get people to use anything else.
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