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I was just added to the GOG Galaxy beta and was disappointed that the client wasn't available for Linux. Are there plans for adding Linux support soon? ETA?

Thanks a million!
Its planned, but no ETA yet.
Soonish tm(R)
http://www.gog.com/galaxy > Scroll to bottom, question 9:

9. Will you release a Linux version of GOG Galaxy?

A Linux version of our client is planned eventually, but we don't have an expected release date right now. Stay tuned for future announcements!

It's coming :-)
It's been saying that for months, and there has been no status update at all. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if Galaxy on GNU/Linux is vaporware. How could it take so long, and still not even have a beta (or even an alpha) release? Obviously it's just not a priority for them.

It's not just the delay and lack of communication that's frustrating, but the way they're treating GNU/Linux with their http://www.gog.com/galxy page - GOG checks your user agent, and *actively hides* the Windows installer download from you! How evil is that? Scroll down the page and the "Download Galaxy" icon appears, but clicking it just scrolls to the top of the page. And it's been broken like this since Galaxy launched for other operating systems on day 1!

Think about it; if GOG hasn't figured out their download page doesn't work in GNU/Linux after all this time (eg. for people that use Wine, or even people just expecting a working link), what are the chances of them releasing an actual GNU/Linux client?

And if you actually do view the HTML source and extract the Windows download link (or use a Firefox add-on to make the website think your GNU/Linux browser is a Windows one), and then report a bug against it - clearly indicating that you're using Wine and that the fix would be trivial for GOG to make? They'll just close down the ticket. No "we'll take that under consideration" or "we'll keep it open but give it a low priority" - no, they'll just straight-up close it.

If this thing ever does get launched (and I'm not holding my breath), I hope to God they're not planning on installing games via deb packages. I love debs, but the way GOG expects people to use them is about as unsafe, insecure and impractical as you can get. No use of repositories, no GPG signatures, sets insecure permissions, manipulates the contents of user files under /home, doesn't uninstall 100%, wasn't even built properly (ie. did not use dpkg-buildpackage as per the Debian packaging guidelines)... and they want people to trust these with root? These things are never okay. They should have hired someone with a clue! I know that sounds harsh, but it's the truth. The debs shouldn't be distributed in their current form. They need to be removed, and they certainly should not be a consideration for Galaxy.

Not that we'd know of course. If it's does ever get released.
I am guessing their hands are full with the already existing problems of Galaxy. It i sstill a baby and you need to focus on it 7/24 until it can speak atleast.
Just open a windowed browser and open GOG.com, you'll have pretty much the same experience.
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boltronics: It's been saying that for months, and there has been no status update at all. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if Galaxy on GNU/Linux is vaporware. How could it take so long, and still not even have a beta (or even an alpha) release? Obviously it's just not a priority for them.

It's not just the delay and lack of communication that's frustrating, but the way they're treating GNU/Linux with their http://www.gog.com/galxy page - GOG checks your user agent, and *actively hides* the Windows installer download from you! How evil is that? Scroll down the page and the "Download Galaxy" icon appears, but clicking it just scrolls to the top of the page. And it's been broken like this since Galaxy launched for other operating systems on day 1!

Think about it; if GOG hasn't figured out their download page doesn't work in GNU/Linux after all this time (eg. for people that use Wine, or even people just expecting a working link), what are the chances of them releasing an actual GNU/Linux client?

And if you actually do view the HTML source and extract the Windows download link (or use a Firefox add-on to make the website think your GNU/Linux browser is a Windows one), and then report a bug against it - clearly indicating that you're using Wine and that the fix would be trivial for GOG to make? They'll just close down the ticket. No "we'll take that under consideration" or "we'll keep it open but give it a low priority" - no, they'll just straight-up close it.

If this thing ever does get launched (and I'm not holding my breath), I hope to God they're not planning on installing games via deb packages. I love debs, but the way GOG expects people to use them is about as unsafe, insecure and impractical as you can get. No use of repositories, no GPG signatures, sets insecure permissions, manipulates the contents of user files under /home, doesn't uninstall 100%, wasn't even built properly (ie. did not use dpkg-buildpackage as per the Debian packaging guidelines)... and they want people to trust these with root? These things are never okay. They should have hired someone with a clue! I know that sounds harsh, but it's the truth. The debs shouldn't be distributed in their current form. They need to be removed, and they certainly should not be a consideration for Galaxy.

Not that we'd know of course. If it's does ever get released.
Not sure why they hid it in the first place, maybe to avoid confusion about the less tech savvy customers? Still it would be no excuse to hide it from us, placing a warning notice would have been better.

For whoever's interested here's a direct link (so you don't have to waste time setting up a Windows browser in Wine): http://cdn.gog.com/open/galaxy/client/setup_galaxy_1.0.7.2023.exe
Post edited August 21, 2015 by Ganni1987
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boltronics: The debs shouldn't be distributed in their current form. They need to be removed, and they certainly should not be a consideration for Galaxy.
Wish granted? They now use MojoSetup for all Linux installers.
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boltronics: The debs shouldn't be distributed in their current form. They need to be removed, and they certainly should not be a consideration for Galaxy.
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Gydion: Wish granted? They now use MojoSetup for all Linux installers.
Amazing. I completely missed that news, so thanks for pointing it out. Going to take a look at the new installer now.
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boltronics: It's been saying that for months, and there has been no status update at all. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if Galaxy on GNU/Linux is vaporware. How could it take so long, and still not even have a beta (or even an alpha) release? Obviously it's just not a priority for them.
Of course it's not a priority, and it really shouldn't be right now. I'm hoping they set things up to make it easy once they do start rolling with it, but I'm honestly surprised they are even committing to making one at all at this point.

If I were gambling I would have bet good money it would be well over a year after the initial release before we saw anything Linux related. I sure wouldn't mind being wrong, but given the number of issues on the core platform, and that GOG is getting frequent complaints about various things not being priorities, I just don't think it's going to be a priority any time soon.

I'm just glad they started providing the games, the client I'm in no hurry for.
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xondak: I was just added to the GOG Galaxy beta and was disappointed that the client wasn't available for Linux. Are there plans for adding Linux support soon? ETA?

Thanks a million!
Don't worry, I'm sure they'll inflict us with that when they get the chance.
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xondak: I was just added to the GOG Galaxy beta and was disappointed that the client wasn't available for Linux. Are there plans for adding Linux support soon? ETA?

Thanks a million!
Don't hold your breath or your penguin will drown waiting for GOG to ever fix/add anything :-) No judgement - just the facts. They have serious "top-men" resource issues :-p
It still really bothers me that I keep seeing these messages on the website everywhere "Try GOG GALAXY, our fully optional client, to install, play and update your games." in purple all around the website - including the game download page. But when you click it, there's no download link. So they're happy to hide the Windows download link, but not all the advertisements directing me to the page. Thanks GOG for wasting my time.

If and when it does finally come out on GNU/Linux, nobody will know because all GNU/Linux users are being taught to ignore those messages.

But if I do follow the link to /galaxy, I now I see they've got a new "What's coming in 1.1" section. Wait up - they haven't even got the GNU/Linux version out the door, but instead they're putting their limited resources into new Galaxy releases for Windows and Mac? Gee, thanks again GOG.

And that's why I only have 221 games in my GOG account, but 782 games in my Steam account (with more added all the time). The majority of GOG purchases were made before Steam added GNU/Linux support. Steam gets it - no OS is treated like a second class citizen.
Post edited August 29, 2015 by boltronics
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xondak: I was just added to the GOG Galaxy beta and was disappointed that the client wasn't available for Linux. Are there plans for adding Linux support soon? ETA?

Thanks a million!
I love my Linux. but it only represents less than 2% of the desktop share.

Until it gets a bigger slice of that pie, the main crowd that will take Linux seriously are those who operate servers (in that world, Windows is the second-rate OS) so let's face it, it's the geeks (and their use-cases for Linux) that are keeping Linux fit and sexy atm, not pressures from mainstream usage shares.

Won't stop me from recommending it to anyone who will listen (several distros are stable and friendly enough to be usable by all, but the most computer illiterate), but right now, I'm simply grateful that some game are available on Linux at all.

EDIT:

Actually, I should also mention those who run an embedded OS in hardware. Not my personal use case for Linux, but it's common.
Post edited August 29, 2015 by Magnitus