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  • #16
    Originally posted by jaggers View Post
    I only wish that the directory structure hadn't changed at all so that it's easy to switch back and forth (and to update from one version to another), but as it stands, there would need to be some kind of migration utility.
    cmake option: -DDIR_TYPE=PORTABLE

    this way it behaves like the official client, but you can't install desurium system wide anymore. We have also a xdg (~/.config/ ~/.local/share/ ~/.cache/ ...) and single (~/.desura), where single is default for desurium and portable for desura.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by karolherbst View Post
      I am not sure when you did the lst compile, but the current state allows you to compile it with two or one command fully. I've worked on the cmake port of desurium and got the feeling it is much better than what was there before.

      But you are right with your first point. There isn't any developer support from desura. So the community (which is nearly me only) can't do much stuff, because they have other things to do, as I am working full time 40h a week I can't find much time for desurium.

      If I would had this time, I'd implemted much stuff, but this counts for everybody involved in desruium.
      Sorry if it sounded disrespectfully, I am really thankful for the work being done on Desurium, though the lack of new releases does't help to drive interest from the rest of the community.

      I looked at the code when it was first shown, I gasped at what I saw and lost interest. I saw Desurium in one of the opensuse repos a few months back and I tried running it, but much functionality was missing.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Cyber Killer View Post
        Sorry if it sounded disrespectfully, I am really thankful for the work being done on Desurium, though the lack of new releases does't help to drive interest from the rest of the community.

        I looked at the code when it was first shown, I gasped at what I saw and lost interest. I saw Desurium in one of the opensuse repos a few months back and I tried running it, but much functionality was missing.
        Yeah I am aware of that. But I think since 0.8.0_rc10 most of the stuff should be work the same. If there are any issues left bugs are always welcomed

        The thing with the release is a bit complicated. We decided to make the first real release after we cleared some license stuff with desura, this took some time. Now with this Acquisition things changed, so I would rather stay with the current license than changing it.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by smitty3268 View Post
          If GOG ever does get into Linux, it will certainly be for a small subset of games. They aren't going to port over their entire library, that is completely unfeasible for such a small team.
          Actually, a large portion of their library runs on DOSBox, combined with games that already have ports you have a pretty decent selection.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by smitty3268 View Post
            If GOG ever does get into Linux, it will certainly be for a small subset of games. They aren't going to port over their entire library, that is completely unfeasible for such a small team.
            Even a wine wrapper would be a significant step, not sure about the legality though. Besides, some of their really old stuff works via Dosbox.

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            • #21
              Hopefully it gets better.

              I stopped using Windows a year or so ago. I was using Steam on there to play games but games was the only thing I used Windows for. When Steam for Linux came out I installed it right away. I can't say I'm impressed yet. It functions but like a gimped child in the special Olympics. It feels sluggish, half the time I click on something I'm left waiting for a response. Desura, on the other hand, works and responds. It needs better logic to tell you when you're missing dependencies but otherwise I've no issue with it. I find it works much better than Steam for me.

              For now I guess I'll stick with buying directly from the developer or Humble Bundle.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by migizi View Post
                I stopped using Windows a year or so ago. I was using Steam on there to play games but games was the only thing I used Windows for. When Steam for Linux came out I installed it right away. I can't say I'm impressed yet. It functions but like a gimped child in the special Olympics. It feels sluggish, half the time I click on something I'm left waiting for a response. Desura, on the other hand, works and responds. It needs better logic to tell you when you're missing dependencies but otherwise I've no issue with it. I find it works much better than Steam for me.

                For now I guess I'll stick with buying directly from the developer or Humble Bundle.
                Actully Steam on GNU works a hell of a lot better than on windoze. Believe it or not, it's pretty responsive compared to the other one :-). I got no idea how Valve did it but they did. It's unbelievable that a company that can create things like the source engine can't write a decent web browser (cause that's what steam basically is - a web browser with 4 tabs and predefined url's).

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Cyber Killer View Post
                  Actully Steam on GNU works a hell of a lot better than on windoze. Believe it or not, it's pretty responsive compared to the other one :-). I got no idea how Valve did it but they did. It's unbelievable that a company that can create things like the source engine can't write a decent web browser (cause that's what steam basically is - a web browser with 4 tabs and predefined url's).
                  but they did not. They are using CEF, which is chromium but embedded. More interessting is the handling of the game library, the gameoverlay and games installation, etc..

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Kivada View Post
                    Actually, a large portion of their library runs on DOSBox, combined with games that already have ports you have a pretty decent selection.
                    That already works, though, doesn't it? You might as well claim they already support linux, in that case.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Kostas View Post
                      Even a wine wrapper would be a significant step, not sure about the legality though. Besides, some of their really old stuff works via Dosbox.
                      No. I think that a wine wrapper will be a catastrophe for Desura, because quality of these games will be lower. You can't trust producers which want to use Wine to create and sell games for Linux. The reason is very simple, these producers they want to save money and sale junk for the same price or higher.

                      You should look at some games for Mac which use cider, Wine etc. Here is as a good example:

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eCqBmsmG60

                      I really want to see Desura and Desurium for Mac OS X, because that will be a significiant step for these projects.

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