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More than 10,000 votes in the Linux games request: http://www.gog.com/wishlist/site/add_linux_versions_of_games
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shmerl: More than 10,000 votes in the Linux games request: http://www.gog.com/wishlist/site/add_linux_versions_of_games
What an impressive number! I hope GOG is ever so slightly more in favour now than before.
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niniendowarrior: Ubuntu is attempting to address the non-uniformity of the UI stuff with their SDK. Of course, it's called Ubuntu SDK for a reason. LOL.

OpenGL + SDL + OpenAL is clearly the way to go, but I suppose developers are no longer willing to invest in building their tools from scratch.

Unreal Engine was ported by Ryan Gordon, but so far, Epic likes to ignore that it actually exists. Unreal 3 Linux ain't coming out and that's a damn shame.
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shaddim: Yeah this would be still only adress ubuntu, a isle solution. And the fragmentation inside the distro is also not adressed (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/software-center/+bug/578045). One problem is , Ubunutu really tries to bring in "Ubuntu" as sole solution for linux desktop problems instead of developing on solutions leading to a fixed ecosystem overall.

The way to go should be: strong LSB platform definition allowing ISVs to deploy apps for the ecosystem (enforcing ONE GUI-SDK, ONE-multimedia library etc), distro-agnostic deployment methods (zeroinstall, portablelinuxapps) and in general a clear commitment on binary and API/API stability on all levels (kernel, userland, etc). In short, get rid of the negative consequences of a highly fragmented distro & developer focussed ecosystem.

But I doubt the community and distros are really willing (or able, last 10 years told as not so) to take such hard changes in their ecosystem. Therefore maybe the only way to go is to select from the beginning a desktop OS system already fitting better: Haiku, ReactOS.
Distro fragmentation won't ever really be solved. Each of the big distro have clearly defined ideas on how to do certain things and have very different priorities. For me, it is inherently what Linux is.

A universal SDK is possible even with the amount of fragmentation. Boy, I don't want to be the guy who has to go around trying to get every distro to play nice.
So, I haven't read this thread and I'm sure that this has already been spoken of a lot. But, could someone please tell me, what is GOG's problem with offering Ubuntu LTS support? That's the equivalent of Windows versions. That's exactly what Steam has done, and it works great. People can get the games running on whatever distro they want to, but it's their issue if they can't. Not ubuntu, not *officially* supported. What IS the issue with this (besides resources, but that is the same as with supporting MacOS)?
You can as well use Debian as a common denominator, rather Ubuntu. Anyway, GOG didn't clearly explain what their "problem" is. Lately there were no comments from them on this subject at all.
By the way, with some probability GOG are using Linux for their web server :) So they shouldn't be new to Linux in general.
Post edited May 12, 2013 by shmerl
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shmerl: By the way, with some probability GOG are using Linux for their web server :) So they shouldn't be new to Linux in general.
It is very unlikely the host gives them direct access to CentOS outside cPanel.
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Darling_Jimmy: It is very unlikely the host gives them direct access to CentOS outside cPanel.
Oh, you know this for a fact huh?
Post edited May 12, 2013 by silviucc
What provider are GOG using?
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shmerl: What provider are GOG using?
What makes you think they are using a hosting provider? They could very well host everything themselves and this seems to support my theory:

https://apps.db.ripe.net/search/query.html?searchtext=212.91.20.73#resultsAnchor#resultsAnchor
Sure, they can use their own hosting. nmap scan suggests they are using Linux by the way, but it's not a certain thing.
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shmerl: What provider are GOG using?
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So this massive game that is regularly in the top ten played games on Steam is coming to Linux...
Dear GOG, can you give us some feedback please? It's very long since you commented on this. Being silent on one of the most requested features for your service isn't helpful.
Post edited May 27, 2013 by shmerl
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shmerl: Dear GOG, can you give us some feedback please? It's very long since you commented on this. Being silent on one of the most requested features for your service isn't helpful.
I second this. C'mon, GOG. Linux is only gaining in popularity as support for it increases. You can't run forever. You can't hide forever.