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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.
What, do you need GOG to tell you 'No, we're not supporting Linux yet' every other week? :D Don't worry, when they do, you will most likely notice.
What they can tell us - they are working on it. Or they didn't even start working. Plain and simple.
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shmerl: What they can tell us - they are working on it. Or they didn't even start working. Plain and simple.
They actually already responded. It's a NO.

Here is TheEnigmaticT's long winded answer. Basically trying to say NO the nicest way possible.
http://www.gog.com/forum/general/linux_support_on_gog/post14
Post edited May 27, 2013 by niniendowarrior
It was a "no" when? Time doesn't stand in one place.
With Dragon Commander, Original Sin, and the new Planescape going to have Linux in their future, the only way to get them will be via the developer site. I would like to keep a copy on my GOG shelf too. Perhaps an "As-Is" extras entry under the game with the Linux version supplied direct from the developer. Linux users usually don't need the level of support that Windows users do. If I must go to the developer for a multi platform version, that is one less for GOG, and I don't want that. GOG has been the beacon of hope in the DRM sea.
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shmerl: What they can tell us - they are working on it. Or they didn't even start working. Plain and simple.
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niniendowarrior: They actually already responded. It's a NO.

Here is TheEnigmaticT's long winded answer. Basically trying to say NO the nicest way possible.
http://www.gog.com/forum/general/linux_support_on_gog/post14
That post is well known amongst the Linux users of GOG. It is also nearly a year old.
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shmerl: What they can tell us - they are working on it. Or they didn't even start working. Plain and simple.
I have never seen GOG disclosing this kind of information until everything was actually ready to roll out, and they're not doing it for a good reason. The sheer ammount of 'But you said you were working on it a year ago!' whining would be far worse than 'Are we there yet? Are we there yet?'
I'd also like to see GOG support Linux. I started using Linux Mint (KDE edition) about two months ago with the intention of replacing Windows as much as possible, as a result of my strong dislike for Windows 8 (and anything Microsoft in general recently) and the realisation that the only things keeping me on Windows were familiarity and games. Despite my almost complete lack of prior Linux experience (I spent a little time checking out various distros in a VM late last year, apart from that I had no experience) the switch has been very smooth so far.

CodeWeavers' CrossOver giveaway last year was very conveniently timed for me and while CrossOver works extremely well (I'll definitely be buying support extensions) I'd much prefer to use native Linux versions whenever possible. This means that in order to get Linux versions I either have to either buy from the Humble Store (if the developers make a DRM-free Linux version available there), or I'm forced to choose between a DRM-free Windows release at GOG or a Steam DRM'ed Linux release... there is currently no major games distributor that both supports Linux and requires that all games they sell are DRM-free.

I (and I'm sure almost every other Linux user here) would be completely fine with GOG adding limited Linux support as an opt-in, community supported feature until they're ready to properly support it... just call it a beta feature & make it clear when opting in that there will be limited official support from GOG until they're ready to support it fully.
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niniendowarrior: They actually already responded. It's a NO.

Here is TheEnigmaticT's long winded answer. Basically trying to say NO the nicest way possible.
http://www.gog.com/forum/general/linux_support_on_gog/post14
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Future_Suture: That post is well known amongst the Linux users of GOG. It is also nearly a year old.
And some of the reasons provided are very out there like the user complaining that Fallout is not running on his Pi. That is what system requirements are for and also, if the guy is running Linux on a Pi there is a high chance that he knows what he is doing and that he's quite aware that his cpu is not x86 but an ARM. I would actually take the time and gently debunk their fears however I think my efforts would be in vain.

They are still getting money from Linux users since many of us run the GoGs on Wine and related software. They just don't acknowledge that we exist because they fear that supporting us would be a nightmare. We're managing to support ourselves just fine ;)
Post edited May 28, 2013 by silviucc
I think they've put this thread on some Mods' Ignore List, so we can do whatever we want here, probably.
Post edited May 28, 2013 by Adzeth
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silviucc: And some of the reasons provided are very out there like the user complaining that Fallout is not running on his Pi. That is what system requirements are for and also, if the guy is running Linux on a Pi there is a high chance that he knows what he is doing and that he's quite aware that his cpu is not x86 but an ARM.
Running Fallout on ARM would be OK, since DosBox emulates x86 and it's ported to a wide range of architectures (even to MIPS): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOSBox

However using low end CPUs (such as one that's used in Pi) with DosBox would be not a very good idea. High end ARMs though can probably handle many DosBox games just fine.
Post edited May 28, 2013 by shmerl
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Future_Suture: That post is well known amongst the Linux users of GOG. It is also nearly a year old.
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silviucc: And some of the reasons provided are very out there like the user complaining that Fallout is not running on his Pi. That is what system requirements are for and also, if the guy is running Linux on a Pi there is a high chance that he knows what he is doing and that he's quite aware that his cpu is not x86 but an ARM. I would actually take the time and gently debunk their fears however I think my efforts would be in vain.

They are still getting money from Linux users since many of us run the GoGs on Wine and related software. They just don't acknowledge that we exist because they fear that supporting us would be a nightmare. We're managing to support ourselves just fine ;)
I don't particularly agree with all his reasons, but they are not likely to change. GOG put out their excuse for not wanting Linux support so they don't have to deal with this pesky request that won't go away. And if you tell them to support 1 distro, then they'll say... that's not how we do business. I'm very sure that if GOG ever decides to come back and tell you why there is no Linux support, they will use that same quote.
Post edited May 28, 2013 by niniendowarrior
The reasons didn't change and won't change. But GOG can go ahead and solve those issues, since there is a demand.
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niniendowarrior: I don't particularly agree with all his reasons, but they are not likely to change. GOG put out their excuse for not wanting Linux support so they don't have to deal with this pesky request that won't go away. And if you tell them to support 1 distro, then they'll say... that's not how we do business. I'm very sure that if GOG ever decides to come back and tell you why there is no Linux support, they will use that same quote.
They are welcome to do so, but their arguments are shoddy and easy to shoot down.

Distro choice is a moot point. Look at the Arch users running Steam for linux and the games that are distributed on it. All of that possible through the "magic" of static linking,.. "magic" stuff indeed. Steam is not, to my knowledge supported or packaged by Valve for Arch and yet, there it is. In fact they licensed it in such way that people would tinker with it and make it available on their distros. By "tinker with it" I mean tinker with debs like extracting them and re-packaging them
Post edited May 28, 2013 by silviucc
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silviucc: Distro choice is a moot point. Look at the Arch users running Steam for linux and the games that are distributed on it. All of that possible through the "magic" of static linking,.. "magic" stuff indeed
Do they get support or a "Shod off"?