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The Linux beta of Arma 3 [Steam] is once again up to date with the Windows client at version 1.80 (meaning for now multiplayer with Windows gamers is possible), this also brings compatibility with the Tac-Ops Mission Pack.

"Wait, what? Arma 3 isn't on Linux!"—yes it is. The Linux (and Mac) versions aren't advertised on Steam as they're considered "experimental ports" by Bohemia Interactive. The porting work is being done by Virtual Programming, with the Linux version usually updated once a new version is already out for Windows. Buying it on Steam will allow you to install and play it like any other Linux game. See more on that here.

This latest update to Arma 3 for us adds support for the Arma 3 Tac-Ops Mission Pack [Steam], which includes 3 Singleplayer Operations (spread across 7 missions) for the experienced Arma player.  There's a lot of other changes too, which you can read about here. Most of the big stuff came in Arma 1.78 which we've skipped over to 1.80.

It's really good to see Bohemia Interactive continue to contract Virtual Programming to keep the ports updated, I know plenty of people who've had a lot of fun with them. Even I've recently come to quite enjoy it and I would never have if it wasn't on Linux.

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Lord_Phoenix 6 March 2018 at 8:22 pm UTC
Since linux version is *mostly* behind of windows version it would be great to see a dedicated linux server maybe? Provided we there are enough of interested people Since last big update when they've switched to 64-bit client I enjoy Arma 3 so much, it's a great game all shortcomings considered.
sonic 6 March 2018 at 8:26 pm UTC
Lord_PhoenixSince linux version is *mostly* behind of windows version it would be great to see a dedicated linux server maybe? Provided we there are enough of interested people Since last big update when they've switched to 64-bit client I enjoy Arma 3 so much, it's a great game all shortcomings considered.

It already exists:
https://armaonunix.gitlab.io/

When Windows and Linux versions were out of sync, on this server were max 10 players at the same time if I remember well. Not sure how it is going now.
g000h 6 March 2018 at 8:39 pm UTC
You mentioned Arma 3 as running on Linux, even though in the Steam Store, it is not visible as a Linux / SteamOS title. I'm quite keen to get a list of other similar titles which aren't shown as working on Linux but still work (e.g. Linux experimental betas, etc).

Quite often I buy bundles, and in some cases I'm pretty sure the game is listed as Windows-only, but there's a Linux version lurking there too, if only I knew about it! I tend not to install the Windows games in bundles, unless I really like the game or I know the game works on Linux.

A good example is Everspace, which doesn't show the Linux/SteamOS icon on Steam store, but there is a working Linux version available.


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GustyGhost 6 March 2018 at 8:40 pm UTC
Do they plan for it to ever move out of "experimental" status?
Al3s 6 March 2018 at 8:57 pm UTC
I'll consider buying it when they list it as linux compatible
jaycee 6 March 2018 at 9:08 pm UTC
1.78 was the main update, but 1.80 was an emergency hotfix that they made not long after 1.78's release. It made sense for us to go straight to the 1.80 version naturally.

Al3sI'll consider buying it when they list it as linux compatible

They have explained why they are not listing it... boycotting it until they do will actually have the reverse effect.
omer666 6 March 2018 at 9:08 pm UTC
g000hYou mentioned Arma 3 as running on Linux, even though in the Steam Store, it is not visible as a Linux / SteamOS title. I'm quite keen to get a list of other similar titles which aren't shown as working on Linux but still work (e.g. Linux experimental betas, etc).

Quite often I buy bundles, and in some cases I'm pretty sure the game is listed as Windows-only, but there's a Linux version lurking there too, if only I knew about it! I tend not to install the Windows games in bundles, unless I really like the game or I know the game works on Linux.

A good example is Everspace, which doesn't show the Linux/SteamOS icon on Steam store, but there is a working Linux version available.

Here you are
g000h 6 March 2018 at 9:13 pm UTC
omer666
g000hYou mentioned Arma 3 as running on Linux, even though in the Steam Store, it is not visible as a Linux / SteamOS title. I'm quite keen to get a list of other similar titles which aren't shown as working on Linux but still work (e.g. Linux experimental betas, etc).

Quite often I buy bundles, and in some cases I'm pretty sure the game is listed as Windows-only, but there's a Linux version lurking there too, if only I knew about it! I tend not to install the Windows games in bundles, unless I really like the game or I know the game works on Linux.

A good example is Everspace, which doesn't show the Linux/SteamOS icon on Steam store, but there is a working Linux version available.

Here you are

Yes, I found that page as well... but... It shows all the working Linux games (2500+) including the ones which have the Icon showing on Steam store. I want to filter out just the ones which work on Linux but don't show a Linux/SteamOS icon on the store.
emp64 6 March 2018 at 10:31 pm UTC
There is mixed Linux and Mac community around Arma 3 port here https://armaonunix.gitlab.io/ as @sonic said and you can find the dedicated server here https://www.battlemetrics.com/servers/arma3/461807.

Most of the players are on Linux afaik and we have also our discord channel and steam group (you can find it on the bottom of the page). The community is pretty active on discord channel https://discord.gg/p28Ra36
scaine 6 March 2018 at 10:52 pm UTC
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g000hYou mentioned Arma 3 as running on Linux, even though in the Steam Store, it is not visible as a Linux / SteamOS title. I'm quite keen to get a list of other similar titles which aren't shown as working on Linux but still work (e.g. Linux experimental betas, etc).

Quite often I buy bundles, and in some cases I'm pretty sure the game is listed as Windows-only, but there's a Linux version lurking there too, if only I knew about it! I tend not to install the Windows games in bundles, unless I really like the game or I know the game works on Linux.

A good example is Everspace, which doesn't show the Linux/SteamOS icon on Steam store, but there is a working Linux version available.

Here you are

Yes, I found that page as well... but... It shows all the working Linux games (2500+) including the ones which have the Icon showing on Steam store. I want to filter out just the ones which work on Linux but don't show a Linux/SteamOS icon on the store.

The only one I know about it The Swindle, which I wrote about a while back on this site. There are likely to be others, but you really just to hear about them through word of mouth.
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