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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!
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ZingerLier: Thank you GOG!You'r best!
What are you talking about? They already forgot about Linux. Sure they sell some Linux compatible games but lack of interest in developing Galaxy for this platform is telling a lot there. And I don't blame them. Gaming on Linux is still far behind Windows unfortunately.
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ZingerLier: Thank you GOG!You'r best!
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nrq: What are you talking about? They already forgot about Linux. Sure they sell some Linux compatible games but lack of interest in developing Galaxy for this platform is telling a lot there. And I don't blame them. Gaming on Linux is still far behind Windows unfortunately.
I don't know. Windows is getting more and more bloated by the release. It is a testament to Linux that you can revitalize older hardware the Window had forsaken long ago. Granted there are some bloated Linux distros too, but there are still many very streamlined versions.

In any event, is the more common gaming on Windows a reason to forsake the growing popularity of Linux? Even if GoG doesn't have, or want to dedicate, the resources to making a Linux version of Galaxy, why not provide the necessary code to allow the dedicated Linux Devs to create something. It could still be reviewed by GoG to make sure it fits certain criteria.

It wasn't that long ago there was a GoG client even though it spun up Wine. It was a start. Just sad they pulled it.
It is very gratifying we have other alternatives to Steam for Linux, I have talked to many people I met and many say that sometimes prefer to buy new games for Linux on GOG because in other countries the games are more affordable than on Steam. Well I'm starting now on GOG and Linux and I see that everyone is very welcoming.
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As long as Galaxy for Linux is not a thing, my Steam library (over 1000 games, mostly Linux native) will just keep growing. Each day that passes with GOG "supporting" Linux being mostly just a lie increases the chances that even IF Galaxy ever comes to Linux, I may STILL never buy from here.
So I got invited to the Galaxy Closed Beta. So right now I have a worthless invite link.

At least that feedback form was useful.
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ZingerLier: Thank you GOG!You'r best!
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nrq: What are you talking about? They already forgot about Linux. Sure they sell some Linux compatible games but lack of interest in developing Galaxy for this platform is telling a lot there. And I don't blame them. Gaming on Linux is still far behind Windows unfortunately.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut, Grim Dawn, Dishonored, Prey, DOOM, Grim Dawn, NieR: Automata South Park: The Stick of Truth, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition, Age of Empires II (2013), Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, Wolfenstein: The New Order etc.

All these games and others currently run on Linux with the same performance as on Windows. "Gaming on Linux is still far behind Windows unfortunately" is a quote from years ago.