It seems that you're using an outdated browser. Some things may not work as they should (or don't work at all).
We suggest you upgrade newer and better browser like: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Opera

×
50 games for the free OS available right NOW!

A while ago, [url=http://www.gog.com/news/gogcom_soon_on_more_platforms]we've announced our plans to add Linux support as one of the features of our digital platform, with 100 games on the launch day sometime this fall. We've put much time and effort into this project and now we've found ourselves with over 50 titles, classic and new, prepared for distribution, site infrastructure ready, support team trained and standing by, and absolutely no reason to wait until October or November. We're still aiming to have at least 100 Linux games in the coming months, but we've decided not to delay the launch just for the sake of having a nice-looking number to show off to the press. It's not about them, after all, it's about you. So, one of the most popular site feature requests on our community wishlist is granted today: Linux support has officially arrived on GOG.com!

The first 50+ titles we've have in store for you come from all the corners of our DRM-Free catalog. Note that we've got many classic titles coming officially to Linux for the very first time, thanks to the custom builds prepared by our dedicated team of penguin tamers. That's over twenty fan-favorite GOG.com classics, like &[url=http://www.gog.com/game/flatout_2]Flatout 2, , <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/darklands">Darklands, or Realms of the Haunting we've personally ushered one by one into the welcoming embrace of Linux gamers. That's already quite a nice chunk of our back-catalog, and you can expect more from our dedicated Linux team soon!

Now, for the recent titles. We've got some indie games with native Linux versions that finally find their well-deserved spot in our store. Among them, debuting on Linux, - a well received original comedic Sci-Fi puzzler. On top of that, be on the lookout for two new additions to the GOG.com catalog: [url=http://www.gog.com/game/gods_will_be_watching]Gods Will Be Watching (coming in a couple of hours) and Unrest:Special Edition (Linux build coming right up!), both of them very fresh and intriguing. This is the very first time we can provide you with all the PC versions of a premiere game, and we will continue to do so in the future. If there's a Linux version of a title we're releasing, our aim is to deliver it to you Day-1. But enough about us, let's talk about the games. Here's what you can be playing on Linux today:

Anomaly Warzone Earth
Ascendant
Bionic Dues
Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold - first time on Linux!
Blake Stone: Planet Strike - first time on Linux!
Bloodnet - first time on Linux!
Braveland
CLARC - first time on Linux!
Darklands - first time on Linux!
Darwinia
Defcon
Don't Starve + DLC
Dragonsphere - first time on Linux!
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition
FlatOut - first time on Linux!
Flatout 2 - first time on Linux!
Fragile Allegiance - first time on Linux!
Gemini Rue
Gods Will Be Watching
Hammerwatch
Hocus Pocus - first time on Linux!
Kentucky Route Zero
The Last Federation
Legend of Grimrock
Litil Divil - first time on Linux!
Long Live the Queen
MouseCraft
Multiwinia
Normality - first time on Linux!
Pinball Gold Pack - first time on Linux!
Pinball World - first time on Linux!
Pirates! Gold Plus - first time on Linux!
Realms of the Haunting - first time on Linux!
Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender - first time on Linux!
Rise of the Triad: Dark War - first time on Linux!
Shattered Haven
The Shivah HD
Sid Meier's Colonization - first time on Linux!
Sid Meier's Covert Action - first time on Linux!
Sir, You Are Being Hunted
Slipstream 5000 - first time on Linux!
Space Pirates and Zombies
Spacechem
Stargunner - first time on Linux!
SteamWorld Dig
Super Hexagon
Surgeon Simulator 2013
Sword of the Samurai - first time on Linux!
Teslagrad
Unrest:Special Edition (Linux build on the way!)
Uplink
VVVVVV

As if this wasn't exciting enough, we've put more than half of these titles on a special promo! Head out to the promo page and find out which of them you can get up to 75% off until Tuesday, 9:59AM GMT. Of course, all of the games from the list above that you already own will be updated with Linux versions with no additional cost for you, just as you might have expected from GOG.com.

"OK, but how will Linux support actually work on GOG.com" - you might ask. For both native Linux versions, as well as special builds prepared by our team, GOG.com will provide distro-independent tar.gz archives and support convenient DEB installers for the two most popular Linux distributions: Ubuntu and Mint, in their current and future LTS editions. Helpful and responsive customer support has always been an important part of the GOG.com gaming experience. We wouldn't have it any other way when it comes to Linux, and starting today our helpdesk offers support for our official Linux releases on Ubuntu and Mint systems.

Diversity and freedom of choice have always been an important part of the GOG.com way. We're very glad that we could improve our service with the addition of the free (and DRM-Free) alternative to the commercial operating systems. Talking with gamers is just as important, so we're counting on your feedback! If you've got any questions, suggestions, or run into any trouble, just tell us in the forum thread below this post. Just please be gentle, this is [url=http://youtu.be/qBxbPts5tOk" target="_blank]our very first time[/url] with Linux. Happy launch day, everyone!
avatar
Tolya: XFCE ftw.

*runs away after igniting GUI-al violence*
FVWM. 1. (2 is crap).

(I did eventually give up and switch to XFCE.)
avatar
ssokolow: Which half? (I'm giving you a simplified version, but I still want to know where I got too lazy)

Basically, there are multiple ways you can lay out files on a hard drive, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

Windows and MacOS said "Let's keep everything together so users can easily add and remove stuff. The OS will just have to work harder to find things once they're installed".

Linux, on the other hand, said "We've got tools that keep track of packages and handle adding and removing stuff for the user, so let's arrange things in the way that makes it easiest for the computer to do day-to-day tasks."

The commands I offered were:

List files installed by a package: dpkg -L package-name

Search for the package which provided a certain file: dpkg -S filename_fragment
avatar
Hecke: I think it would be easier to give him a link to the FHS and a short overview of dpkg-commands :)

FHS:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filesystem_Hierarchy_Standard

dpkg/rpm-Reference:
http://packman.linux.is/

:)

Edit: rpm not yum....
Point. I should've done that... but it's also necessary to explain why the FHS layout exists as an alternative to the Windows and MacOS approach.
avatar
Hecke: I think it would be easier to give him a link to the FHS and a short overview of dpkg-commands :)

FHS:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filesystem_Hierarchy_Standard

dpkg/rpm-Reference:
http://packman.linux.is/

:)

Edit: rpm not yum....
avatar
ssokolow: Point. I should've done that... but it's also necessary to explain why the FHS layout exists as an alternative to the Windows and MacOS approach.
Wasn't meant as criticism but to support your effort to explain this :)
avatar
MrPointless: Something that's been bothering me: Slipstream 5000's DEB is only 37MB, but the tarball and installers for other operating systems all exceed 100MB.

Either that's some epic compression in that DEB or something seems off. O____O
avatar
JudasIscariot: It's possible that it's related to how .debs compress things versus tar.gz compression :) I am sure someone more knowledgeable than myself will know this better than I do :)
Had to have a look at this and it's exactly as you say... *.deb uses lzma while *.tar.gz uses deflate compression...
avatar
Hecke: Suggestion to GOG:
Set up a linux-related forum under General Forums where users can ask questions, share solutions and help each other.
Maybe also for Mac/Windows, but Linux has way more possible configurations.
Could be a great improvement for linux beginners to have GOG-linux-game-related stuff all at the same place :)
+1 to this. Wishlist entry: https://secure.gog.com/wishlist/site/alternative_os_forum_linux_mac
avatar
MrPointless: Something that's been bothering me: Slipstream 5000's DEB is only 37MB, but the tarball and installers for other operating systems all exceed 100MB.

Either that's some epic compression in that DEB or something seems off. O____O
Deb is using xz (lzma), while gzip is a worse compression. See this wishlist entry which provides benchmarks and comparisons for a big archive like the Witcher 2.
Post edited July 30, 2014 by shmerl
avatar
MrPointless: Something that's been bothering me: Slipstream 5000's DEB is only 37MB, but the tarball and installers for other operating systems all exceed 100MB.

Either that's some epic compression in that DEB or something seems off. O____O
avatar
shmerl: Deb is using xz (lzma), while gzip is a worse compression. See this wishlist entry which provides benchmarks and comparisons for a big archive like the Witcher 2.
Ah, right. That would certainly make things considerably less of a pain in the bum of download and store, then. o.o
avatar
shmerl: Deb is using xz (lzma), while gzip is a worse compression. See this wishlist entry which provides benchmarks and comparisons for a big archive like the Witcher 2.
avatar
MrPointless: Ah, right. That would certainly make things considerably less of a pain in the bum of download and store, then. o.o
Yes, the main downside is decompression however, since both xz and 7z are using only one thread for it. I'm OK with it though. Saving disk space with shorter download time are preferable. I'm not sure why 7z doesn't support parallel decompression with lzma2. It should be possible:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZMA2#LZMA2_format
Post edited July 30, 2014 by shmerl
avatar
MrPointless: Ah, right. That would certainly make things considerably less of a pain in the bum of download and store, then. o.o
avatar
shmerl: Yes, the main downside is decompression however, since both xz and 7z are using only one thread for it. I'm OK with it though. Saving disk space with shorter download time are preferable.
Agreed. Speed doesn't seem all that important if you're not going to extract its contents often. :)
I found this bug: http://sourceforge.net/p/sevenzip/feature-requests/1095/

It doesn't look promising and answers given are quite poor (what if you have an SSD? And even modern rotational HDDs are fast). Someone should really create a parallel LZMA2 compressor / decompressor.
Post edited July 30, 2014 by shmerl
avatar
shmerl: I found this bug: http://sourceforge.net/p/sevenzip/feature-requests/1095/

It doesn't look promising and answers given are quite poor (what if you have an SSD? And even modern rotational HDDs are fast). Someone should really create a parallel LZMA2 compressor / decompressor.
Isn't pxz the one you're looking for? Or am I missing the point?
avatar
Hecke: Isn't pxz the one you're looking for? Or am I missing the point?
pxz also doesn't offer parallel decompression (only compression is parallelized).
avatar
Hecke: Isn't pxz the one you're looking for? Or am I missing the point?
avatar
shmerl: pxz also doesn't offer parallel decompression (only compression is parallelized).
Obviously I need some glasses or at least more coffee... sry ;)
Nice to see Duke Nukem 3D on Linux. Did you use the EDUKE32 for Linux edition or is it done by dosbox.
Post edited July 30, 2014 by Matruchus
avatar
Matruchus: Nice to see Duke Nukem 3D on Linux. Did you use the EDUKE32 for Linux edition or is it done by dosbox.
It's DOSBox, same as the other OS versions.
avatar
Matruchus: Nice to see Duke Nukem 3D on Linux. Did you use the EDUKE32 for Linux edition or is it done by dosbox.
I think EDUKE32 has a non-commercial clause in its license, which would rule out GOG using it.