I submitted a support ticket ysterday asking about the lack of tarballs for these new releases.
Even if it is because of the EULA I still don't see why they couldn't just put it into the start script - they've already got a script for that in the .deb, making it part of the start script is little more than a copy+paste job with only a few small modifications.
Edit: A quick copy+paste and then a few small changes/additions, it's a crude way of doing it but:
Excuse my ignorance ... I can't see how this would really make any difference. If you can unpack a deb archive (please people: stop calling it an installer
) you can also run (sort of) the game. It is run by ScummVM. I have installed ScummVM on my system from the repositories. Therefore I extracted the files from the deb package, moved the folder with the files for the game to my ScummVM folder and added the game to it. The rest can be thrown away. The game runs just fine. (In case you're wondering which folder that might be ... it's the one containing monster.sog) If done that way, it will not run a start script and will not show any EULA for that matter. If you want to make sure that an EULA is shown you need to make an executable installer, like with Windows.
Aside from adamhm's post:
Sorry, I don't get the moaning in this thread. It is easy to extract a deb package, as people pointed out before. Inside there is the software, because that's what a deb package is: an archive
. It is very similar to a zip file or indeed a tarball. So just extract it, run the game and be done with it. Use the tools you have inside of your Linux distribution and get things working for you. Well, sorry for the rant. No offence.
I think I have to add someting to it: As a Linux user for many years, I am aware that if someone switches from another operating system to Linux there might be things unknown. For that reason I am very happy to help anyone who comes to me with a question about how to do things. I feel that part of the appeal of using Linux is choice and also the possibility to make things work for you. The only requirement is the willingness to learn on the part of the user. Getting software from a deb file working under a distro that's not Debian-based is really not difficult. I agree that GoG originally promised we'd get tarballs with each Linux game and the have sort of let us down with this release. But even if I had for example Fedora (which I don't) I would not have any problems getting this deb extracted and run the software inside.
I, too, will file a support ticket, because I feel GoG should make good on their promise, but I will not sit there and sulk. The deb file is perfectly usable on any distro. So, please: where's the problem? ;)