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The first beta for Lutris 0.5 is out with a refreshed UI and GOG support

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Lutris, the 'open gaming platform' has a new beta version out that features a refreshed UI and it's looking really sleek now.

For those not clued up on Lutris, it's a game manager. One that will allow you to bundle all your games from various places into one single handy user interface. It comes with tons of options including Steam, Wine, emulators and more.

Here's a look at the new UI with the dark theme:

While it's not massively different, it does feel a lot cleaner than the older version.

Lutris also now has support for installing games from GOG as well, which is pretty handy. You can add a game to your Lutris library and when you go to install it, an option for GOG is now available. It will bring up a little window to login to GOG and then download it directly for you—love it!

If you grab the source file from this announcement, you can then run the included file to test out the new version. Simply run the file located in "/path/to/download/lutris/bin/lutris" and have a play.

Impressed with their progress, good to see it continue to mature. This latest beta certainly feels like a good step for this handy application.

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legluondunet 27 Dec, 2018
A must to to have for Linux gamers.
Nezchan 27 Dec, 2018
I'd love to see that functionality with Itch. I'm more likely to get games from them than GoG at the moment.
fenevadkan 27 Dec, 2018
Could anyone make c64 games work with it? I can run it via vice directly without a problem, but cannot do that with Lutris
Jollt 27 Dec, 2018
Lutris is amazing and so easy to use, works really great too, thanks devs for the awesome work!
stan 27 Dec, 2018
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Quoting: GuestFinally i am able to play starcraft 1 thanks to them.
For what it’s worth, I installed and played Starcraft a few days ago, just using the free installer provided by Blizzard, under Wine staging 3.21. Had no issue!

It’s nice that Lutris supports GOG now, if it encourages some people to buy more DRM-free games.
jens 27 Dec, 2018
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I guess I wont be popular with my opinion, but I hope that Steam Play/Proton will take that much steam that wrapping Wine/Steam on windows via Lutris will soon no longer be relevant. The reason for my opinion here is that I still think that gaming on Linux will only improve in the long term when Linux hits a significantly higher market share than the current 1%. Playing windows games outside of Proton does not increases Linux visibility.

This is just my opinion, by all means everyone is free to use Linux as one wishes. Note also that I don't talk about making Lutris irrelevant, I know that it wraps more than just Wine.


Last edited by jens on 27 December 2018 at 8:33 pm UTC
Shmerl 27 Dec, 2018
Quoting: Guestpretty sad that a 3rd party has to put gog support when GOG themselves cannot even put out a launcher.kudos to strider for this cool release.

Normal XDG menu launcher works fine for me. What exactly do you need there? Just place a .desktop file in $HOME/.local/share/applications (providing it with what to run and an icon) and you are good to go. I make these myself for Wine games as well. I find the idea of using some extra GUI applications as a launcher to be simply too bloated, when your DE already offers you quick way to launch things.

The main benefit of clients is not a launcher (that's trivial), but incremental updating.


Last edited by Shmerl on 27 December 2018 at 8:51 pm UTC
Shmerl 27 Dec, 2018
Quoting: jensI guess I wont be popular with my opinion, but I hope that Steam Play/Proton will take that much steam that wrapping Wine/Steam on windows via Lutris will soon no longer be relevant.

Not everyone is using Steam to begin with, and not everything is actually bought on Steam. So using normal Wine (either manually or through managers like Lutris) isn't going to become irrelevant any time soon.

Using Steam itself through Wine probably won't be as needed for Steam users, given that Steam now provides Proton option.


Last edited by Shmerl on 27 December 2018 at 8:57 pm UTC
Whitewolfe80 27 Dec, 2018
Quoting: jensI guess I wont be popular with my opinion, but I hope that Steam Play/Proton will take that much steam that wrapping Wine/Steam on windows via Lutris will soon no longer be relevant. The reason for my opinion here is that I still think that gaming on Linux will only improve in the long term when Linux hits a significantly higher market share than the current 1%. Playing windows games outside of Proton does not increases Linux visibility.

This is just my opinion, by all means everyone is free to use Linux as one wishes. Note also that I don't talk about making Lutris irrelevant, I know that it wraps more than just Wine.

Nothing is going to grow the linux market place without killer apps there has to be an exclusive that you cannot get on windows/xbox/ps4/switch and it has to stay exclusive to linux nobody is going to switch to linux to play a game they already play perfectly fine on windows they just arent.The mainstream users have no clue that google MS and amazon collect their data and sells it on to marketers no fucking idea and they are happy in their ignorance.I had to spend over an hour once providing tech support to a lady at my old work place because we switched to debian for low end users because of licencing costs. What massive project was she trying to do she had been given a deb file to install and she said am double clicking and the wizard thing is not coming up so i can click next. In the end after throughly losing my patience because i thought she was trolling me. I drove to her site did it for her and she muttered windows was better every two minutes and it's this stupid minux system. That is not a mistype that is what she said. That is the level of user that runs games on windows and you are not going to get them to come to linux when they have to actually learn to do things in terminal to get your system running smoothly.


Last edited by Whitewolfe80 on 27 December 2018 at 9:17 pm UTC
iiari 27 Dec, 2018
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Quoting: Shmerl
Quoting: jensI guess I wont be popular with my opinion, but I hope that Steam Play/Proton will take that much steam that wrapping Wine/Steam on windows via Lutris will soon no longer be relevant.

Not everyone is using Steam to begin with, and not everything is actually bought on Steam. So using normal Wine (either manually or through managers like Lutris) isn't going to become irrelevant any time soon.

Using Steam itself through Wine probably won't be as needed for Steam users, given that Steam now provides Proton option.
More than that, Lutris is not exclusively, or even primarily, a Wine wrapper. It's one of, like, two dozen different emulators or wrappers you can plug in for games from a ton of different systems.

There's also the ability to use Proton via Lutris as its own wrapper. So theoretically, for example, you could take another entity's launcher or store (Origin, Discord, and maybe even Epic one day, who knows) and run it USING Proton, through Lutris.

It's really an essential Linux product right now. Great job to all involved.
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