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Linux version of officiial GOG Downloader

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For now GOG Downloader does not run under Linux, not even with Wine-like emulation. I would like to see GOG.com officially support a Linux client (maybe through existing community project ?)

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ssokolow
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@iiiears: What you want is "BitTorrent with web seeds". (Torrents which contain a direct download link with resume support that's treated as the lowest-priority source by clients.)

BitTorrent was originally invented for exactly what you're talking about (allowing legal indie files to be shared without requiring huge budgets) and then, later, web seeding was added on so you could host the original seed on any old el cheapo shared hosting plan.

Heck, with the distributed hash table support, you don't even need a torrent tracker... though they're still recommended for files which may only have one or two seeds to ensure everyone can find everyone else.

If you can find a place to host the file that offers a stable direct download URL and supports permalinks, you can even let http://burnbit.com/ handle the torrent part for you. (They'll generate a web-seeded torrent for any legal file where the aforementioned technical requirements are met.)

Another option would be to ask whether ibiblio sees legal game mods as suitable for the software category in the http://terasaur.org/ beta and, if so, ask to be invited to uploader status.

(Terasaur is everything I just talked about in one. You upload a file, and it'll let people download it via BitTorrent while providing a web seed to guarantee availability.)

Mar. 26, 2014
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iiiears
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Wish i may, wish i might, have a native linux downloader for files with a shasum that is right...

Seriously, It would be great to have a a pretty linux file getter for GoG. Kind of hoping for some sexy tech tweak to direct download purchases and share community bandwidth for mods,

We KNOW GoG is the best to buy a game and being the best site for gigabyte size game mods. would i think make converts.

Honestly, does anyone love the Pop-ups, captchas and slow D/L's of the big file sites? Fix the problem share a little bandwidth.

Mar. 25, 2014
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edoantonioco
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Linux stuff should be as easier as it is in windows or mac os x

Mar. 24, 2014
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Peerbreed
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I would be greatful to see a linux version of the GOG downloader added. As it stands now I am using a gui-less downloader. It does the trick but, it is not an ideal situation. I hope with the upcoming linux support that GOG will also provide us with a better way to download, hopefully open source.

Mar. 23, 2014
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meggerman
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This is a good idea, no.. a great one. It will remove any initial fears from windows users tip toeing over to linux who already have the idea in their heads that it will be too hard for them.

also yes, if possible make it opensource so the theme of the downloader fits nicely with the current GTK or QT theme.

but ^ thats not essencial. Just make it flippin easy to download and autopatch Linux games and your onto a winner..

Mar. 21, 2014
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plaplar
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Ok, now GOG is moving to support Linux officially and sell Linux games, logical step will be to have a native Linux downloader.
Not that hard, sure, let's trust them to do this quick :)

Mar. 20, 2014
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shmerl
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Don't miss this request as well: https://secure.gog.com/wishlist/site/release_the_future_gog_updater_client_as_open_source

Mar. 18, 2014
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bdneeley
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I understand that LGOGDownloader /exists/, and if it works well, why don't you link that on http://www.gog.com/downloader, if you don't wish to add native Linux support in your own downloader. And, certainly, prefix the link with all the "not gog.com software; don't bug us with problems; etc"
But native Linux support shouldn't be that difficult. I truely appreciate all the awesome work you guys do. In addition, as you have the authority to resell the old games, it would seem like a no-brainer to include any official install scripts, etc bundled as _Bonus_Content_ (probably using a little Tux icon) to denote it.

Mar. 16, 2014
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ssokolow
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@vsr: Or you could use LGOGDownloader as linked by shmerl a few comments down.

It's like a wget that resolves game name slugs (the lowercase+underscore versions used in gamecard URLs) to batches of URL (cover(s), game, patches, extras) and handles cookies for you.

Feb. 24, 2014
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vsr
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You can use wget under Linux. Maybe it is a tiny bit complicated (cookie file with active session needed), but it works.

Dec. 29, 2013
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kylesch87
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I have a Windows desktop that I use for gaming, and a laptop running Ubuntu that I use for most daily computing, including web-browsing. It would be really nice to be able to use an official downloader on my laptop and then transfer the files to my desktop.

Dec. 18, 2013
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karlblau
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For security reasons, I'd prefer to be able to use the GOG downloader under Linux.
To do any serious internet business with any MS Windows version (and maybe even Internet Explorer) is a dangerous thing for born victims, an idea I don't like these days.

Jun. 18, 2013
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oldrocker99
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I have been downloading games on Linux using DownThemAll, an extension for Firefox, for years, and it works just fine.

Jun. 18, 2013
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jorlin
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@Petrell: Not neccessarily. A downloader is a whole lot simpler than having to test each and every game before giving their approval for release.

May. 20, 2013
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jorlin
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AIR is an abomination, both on Windows and other systems(like Linux, MacOSX). This wouldn't be necessary if the download would be resumable.
I'd like to choose my own downloader or to have access to one that works on my Linux system.

May. 20, 2013
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Petrell
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Wouldn't GOG have to add support for Linux first?

May. 16, 2013
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May. 4, 2013
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Eroen
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The benefits of the downloader go away if your internet connection works properly (complain to your ISP if not) and GOG started publishing checksums for the files they distribute (which would be great!). I don't know about Windows, but most Linux distros package a large number of excellent programs for downloading files, many of which are open source so you can even use them on other platforms than the creator made builds for.

May. 4, 2013
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rubdeleon
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Ok GOG, you already had my respect, please give us some Linux support, Desura work fine in Linux, now Steam is also getting there (well, the beta is a bit rought, but is an advance). We only ask you for the downloader.... for now.... ;)

Feb. 28, 2013
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shmerl
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Did you try this?http://www.gog.com/forum/general/lgogdownloader_gogdownloader_for_linux/page1

Dec. 31, 2012
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plaplar
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Tried recently but with no success :(

Dec. 27, 2012
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GamallIda
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I wonder whether and how well the current downloader would word under Wine -- I'll give it a try sometime. Has anyone already made the experiment ?

Nov. 11, 2012
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PlanesWalker1337
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This would be a life saver. I have been trying to download gothic 3 but EVERY GODAMN TIME the computer will just...shut off. I love ubuntu and i love gog MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!

Oct. 31, 2012
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rubdeleon
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Mac downloader ir here... so... now?

Oct. 18, 2012
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Daisetsu
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Could be realized through metalinks: http://www.metalinker.org/

Oct. 14, 2012
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rubdeleon
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I had a bt / download server 24/7 setup, it would be nice to have a linux client with the new beta cloud feature to make it download the games from any browser...

Aug. 19, 2012
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TimberWolf5871
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Linux is complicated enough. How about we get something (this has probably been said, but I don't look at previous comments) that's just a one-install program that has access to all your GOG Games and downloads them.

Apr. 24, 2012
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cyberkiller
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Why not just write the official downloader in Qt and it'll work on all major platforms (after recompiling).

Apr. 10, 2012
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Sude
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@DirtyCamper Update the downloader. I already updated it to work with the new account page.http://www.gog.com/en/forum/general/simple_gogdownloader_written_in_c/page1

Mar. 30, 2012
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DirtyCamper
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I wanted to say the same, except for s/python/perl/ :-). The adobe air required me to run some weird shit called gnome, else it wouldn't start at all. The cli downloader (gogdownloader) worked very well for me, but now something has changed, and the download doesn't work anymore. A perl version would make it easier to fix.

Mar. 30, 2012
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HaakonKL
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I think that the simplest way to solve this problem is to drop Adobe AIR, and just make a python script instead. Cross platform, no extra installation for anyone (Windows users can get a .exe file, Linux and OSX users have Python already installed), and good vibrations all around.

Mar. 30, 2012
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sanscript
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Just look at the script installer for Desura, Webmin, ++, so it should not be too difficult.

Mar. 28, 2012
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mirkobern
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i will support the minimalistic command line, like the one that was made by one of the user (don't remember the name/forum page)

Mar. 28, 2012
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solar_dome
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A minimalist command-line downloader is where my vote goes.

Mar. 27, 2012
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Mortes
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I guess it's a bit too much to ask for GTK-/QT-downloaders directly created and maintained by GOG but it would probably be great if there were an API/interface open for custom clients so that the availability of a downloader would depend your distros or standalone clients. I would imagine that this way it would even be possible to integrate GOG into the Ubuntu software center. This in turn would increase popularity of GOG on the linux platform.

Mar. 27, 2012
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Nagrand
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Please consider creating a minimalist command-line downloader, and then adding GTK+/Qt/etc. frontends. It would probably suffice to use a simple shell script with the ability to log in, check, and download new patches with wget/curl/whatever.

Mar. 27, 2012
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Kuroko
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I agree. And it wouldn't be probably too hard to produce. Problems would arise with it however. If you're a Gnome desktop user, to get optimal user experience, the Gog.com Gnu/Linux Download should use GTK+-libraries. However if you're KDE Desktop user, Gog.com Gnu/Linux Downloader should use QT-libraries. The Only large difference is that if Gog.com Downloader is using QT-libraries, the maintenance over two or three different platforms would be pretty straight forward since QT is properly supported on all major desktop operating systems (Windows, Mac OS X, Gnu/Linux). There are also several other architectural differences to be taken care of. :-)

Mar. 27, 2012
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hayato_shingu
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also the older version in AIR (compatible with OSX) :)

Mar. 27, 2012
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