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  • Desura as an alternative to Steam

    http://www.desura.com/

    I stumbled upon this one while browsing mods for Spring.
    It's been mentioned a couple of times in the Steam-related threads here, but not much more.

    The homepage seems to identify non-windows guest users as on e.g. Linux you get this on top of the page:
    The Desura client currently only works on Windows PCs. We are working on support for Mac and Linux. To be notified when support is added, please provide your email:
    I suppose that email notifications will help them keep track of players' interest. Who has subscribed yet?

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    I've used it on my Windows partition to play a few Source mods. I also activated my Humble Indie Bundle 2 on it. I've started to get a little excited about Desura for two reasons.
    First, they have stated their intention to produce a Linux client from the beginning.
    Second, the games selection. There is only a handful of indie games on their client so far, but pretty much all of them have Linux clients. It's a solid enough catalog to allow a lot of us to forgo installing a Windows partition. No big AAA titles so far, but it would be a damn good start.

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    • #3
      Doubt they will last but I do hope they do.

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      • #4
        If anything, I hope this spurs competition for valve.

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        • #5
          Well the UI is simply terrible though

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          • #6
            Diaspora is a nice idea, but it is never going to be Facebook.

            Uhm, I meant Desura is a nice idea, but it is never going to be Steam.

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            • #7
              I don't think that's the point. It's based around ModDB and IndieDB. It does let you launch big name games from within it (I use it to play Half-Life 2 mods), but the marketplace contains only indie games at this point.

              If all it turned out to be was an indie version of steam, but on Linux, I would be happy. All we have right now are indie games anyway.

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              • #8
                It looks fine and all, but the way they talk doesn't make me think we'll be getting Linux/Mac clients any time in the near future.

                http://www.moddb.com/groups/desura/f.../multiplatform

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                • #9
                  Well at least they're honest about it. I appreciate that.

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                  • #10
                    Desura is coming to Linux:

                    http://www.desura.com/community

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by gbudny View Post
                      Desura is coming to Linux:

                      http://www.desura.com/community
                      Took me a while to figure out what on earth that link had to do with them releasing a Linux client.

                      Then I noticed this poll.

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