Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Jul 2014 13:57 UTC
Games

A while ago, 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!

Good on 'm.

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RE[5]: This is great news
by Drumhellar on Fri 25th Jul 2014 19:49 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: This is great news"
Drumhellar
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2005-07-12

Linux is by far the most popular operating system for hosting websites and other services on the internet.
It's attacked constantly, 24/7. No need for A/V software.
It also runs on most of the world's smartphones.
Windows is insecure, always has been.


Windows holds up to external attacks just fine. Typically, virus infections are due to users running infected software, not external attacks. Nothing in Linux prevents this other than it being a small target. Windows is safe to use as an internet-facing server, and it often is used that way.

Unless you buy a boxed windows set, it will come with tons of useless crap.
Classic manufacturer bloat includes a/v "trials", backup software "trial", tons of browserbars/extensions.


Can't blame Windows for OEMs installing shitty software on their computers. The only thing that prevents Dell from installing crapware on their Ubuntu laptops is that there aren't enough users to even bother with it.

If you don't like the default app selection for a distro, it's at least easy to replace from within one central package management utility. No running uninstallers, then downloading another installer from some website. Just click and wait.


Unless the software you want isn't in the repo, which is still common enough in my recent experience. If that's the case, you have to figure out what the dependencies are yourself, make sure you have them (and the devel packages) installed, and hope that there aren't any pissed-off gnomes hiding in the works somewhere getting ready to throw a wrench in things just for the hell of it when you try to build it yourself. Also, hope that updating the rest of your system doesn't break your hand-built software, requiring you to rebuild or even go without.

Yeah, Windows looks like it needs 20GB of disk space, but the WinSXS folder is smaller than Explorer reports (Explorer doesn't handle hard links correctly in size calculations), and that also ensures that my software doesn't break after updates, since older known-working versions of DLLs are available if needed.

I don't have that problem with Windows.

That's if you can get your network card/wifi card working. The problem with windows is it's released every few years, whereas new hardware comes out every few days. Try installing windows 7 on a newly released laptop. Sure, things are better now with 8, but will be the same mess/shit again in one or two years.


This applies to Linux, though, especially when a distro won't/can't include firmware or a binary blob or whatever some WiFi cards need. Then, I have to manually track down a binary blob, make sure it has the correct file name (Oops. Did it get capitalized by mistake? TOO BAD!), is on a filesystem supported during install, and then hope you don't have any weird USB issues that prevent access(admittedly, the USB issues I have are likely either Renesas' or Dell's fault - Windows 8.1 has similar problems with my USB 3.0 controller, and the problems they both experience change depending on if USB emulation is enabled or not in the bios).

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RE[6]: This is great news
by present_arms on Fri 25th Jul 2014 21:07 in reply to "RE[5]: This is great news"
present_arms Member since:
2005-07-09

This applies to Linux, though, especially when a distro won't/can't include firmware or a binary blob or whatever some WiFi cards need. Then, I have to manually track down a binary blob, make sure it has the correct file name (Oops. Did it get capitalized by mistake? TOO BAD!), is on a filesystem supported during install, and then hope you don't have any weird USB issues that prevent access(admittedly, the USB issues I have are likely either Renesas' or Dell's fault - Windows 8.1 has similar problems with my USB 3.0 controller, and the problems they both experience change depending on if USB emulations enabled or not in the bios).


That hasn't been true for some time in ubuntu for instance there is a "hardware" wizard for binary blobs for wifi/nvidia/ati etc, just click the checkbox and click activate, job done, and what filesystem is it that isn't installed by default on a Linux system? bog standard install of elementary, I have EXT2, 3, 4, Riserfs, Jfs, BTRFS, XFS, fat12,16, 32, exfat, NTFS,HPFS etc etc.

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RE[7]: This is great news
by Drumhellar on Sat 26th Jul 2014 02:58 in reply to "RE[6]: This is great news"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

That hasn't been true for some time in ubuntu for instance there is a "hardware" wizard for binary blobs for wifi/nvidia/ati


Ubuntu isn't the only distribution out there. And, its tool for auto-installing binary drivers frequently doesn't have the latest versions. The NVidia driver specifically usually takes a quite a while to be updated; Being two versions behind isn't unusual.

Also, I've had trouble before using with FUSE not being available during install. Debian specifically lacks FUSE during install, which means no access to a number of filesystems. Had to use a Windows computer to pull that binary blob? Hope you remembered to back-up all the data on it and reformat to FAT32.

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