PyGuy Mar 18, 2013 @ 5:47pm
Linux Port
Hey everyone. Back in December, I saw this Twitter conversation between icculus (Ryan Gordon) and someone (I think) from Tripwire Interactive.
https://twitter.com/RammJaeger/status/284845942681788416

By now, this probably means there's something in the works for a Linux port of RO2.

I'm posting here because I want to see how many fellow Linux gamers can +1 for a Linux port. Not meaning that it will be guaranteed if we +1 a lot (since I'm obviously not in charge of things), but just to see how many people on here would buy and play a Linux version in hopes of someone from Tripwire (or whoever is involved) seeing it. Sorta like a campaign or something.

I would absolutely get back to playing this game if it comes to Linux. Who's with me?
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Selthus Mar 18, 2013 @ 6:01pm 
+1
instabilis Mar 18, 2013 @ 6:08pm 
+1
PyGuy Mar 18, 2013 @ 6:14pm 
Originally posted by BlackDynamite:
-1
Care to elaborate why?
PyGuy Mar 18, 2013 @ 6:29pm 
Originally posted by BlackDynamite:
Just play in wine, problem solved
Well, sadly, it's not that simple. You can run a lot of games in Wine, but that does not count as Linux support. Plus, with not even two minutes of your time you could find on Google that Red Orchestra 2 runs quite poorly on Wine, even if you're one of those people that manages to get it running on Wine.

There is a thread that provides a tutorial to get it running in Wine.
http://forums.tripwireinteractive.com/showthread.php?t=85941

However, it is written in bold flashy text that...
Running RO:HOS with such a compatibility layer is by no means anything stable, officially supported or anywhere near one might consider in daily use. Use it at Your own risk!

Even with the author's screenshot of it running in Wine, it runs at a sub-par 25 fps.

We ask for native ports of games because we want our games to be adequate for at least daily use.

The problem here is far from solved.
PyGuy Mar 18, 2013 @ 6:43pm 
Originally posted by BlackDynamite:
Install windows, problem solved.
That's a rather ignorant argument, if you'll excuse me. Some people don't have Windows, much less do they like using it as their OS opposed to a Linux distribution.

Furthermore, examples such as the Humble Bundle stats have proven that Linux users are willing to pay for Linux games. They may make up the least total bundles sold, but Linux users have a tendency to have the highest average payment per bundle. If you look at the Humble Bundle site right now (http://www.humblebundle.com/), they still crown the highest average in donations, even if they could just pay a cent to receive almost everything. This is developer incentive, and many developers are realizing the viability of the Linux community as a market.
richi902 Mar 18, 2013 @ 6:54pm 
i'd might buy it if its on sale in the future(and on linux ofcourse).
because i think ro 1 wasnt that good, bought it a few months back.
JaPi [Linux] Mar 18, 2013 @ 6:59pm 
+1
Ended up getting this game in the TW Bundle when it was on sale (it came with a few linux titles). I've already shown my support now would love to play it.
PyGuy Mar 18, 2013 @ 7:02pm 
Originally posted by BlackDynamite:
It wasn't an argument. Why don't you like windows?
My apologies. I took "Install Windows, problem solved" as an argument against a Linux port, hence your -1 (not in terms of instigating a conflict, but a statement against Linux support).

As for Windows, to me, it's slow, bloaty, closed, and insecure. For me, Linux (or more appropriately, GNU/Linux) is a significant improvement in all of these areas. Also, to me, there's something inherently cool about being able to tweak anything in your computer, taking risks, breaking your system, and finding ways to fix it. You learn a great deal more about computers while using it, too (especially Arch) I wholeheartedly understand why people prefer Windows, but I prefer Linux distributions any day. It's a matter of personal preference.
PyGuy Mar 18, 2013 @ 7:24pm 
Originally posted by BlackDynamite:
Oh.. ok, No it was a suggestion and i'm glad you put GNU/Linux in there since on your G+ page you uploaded a picture mocking richard stallman and yet here you are singing it praise. Steam is also closed and is by it's own definition it's DRM yet you have no problem with that? But you have a problem with windows EULA and DRM? You do know you don't actually own any game you bought on steam.
I'll admit, sometimes I think Richard Stallman is a nut, and I don't agree with every single one of his standards, but you gotta give him credit for the GNU project (what I don't like is when people take it to heart when I say Linux without the GNU part and harrass me for it). I am not opposed to all DRM, as Steam implements it quite leniently so I don't have a problem with not being able to freely make backup copies of Steam and so forth. One could say I'm on the moderate (more leaning towards liberal since I'm not opposed to everything about DRM, especially not Steam's) side of Linux. I love the freedom that Linux provides over Windows, but I'm not a freedom radical.
8bit Mar 18, 2013 @ 7:25pm 
+1

Also, just because something is closed source does not mean it automatically sucks. There are plenty of closed source programs and services I enjoy using. Heck, even windows is, or rather was pretty nice as of 7, but I don't like the way it's headed if it sticks to 8's design, so I'd enjoy it if more developers ported to Linux as a fallback. Also cyberstalking is not nice.
PyGuy Mar 18, 2013 @ 7:26pm 
Originally posted by =NH= 8-Bit:
+1

Also, just because something is closed source does not mean it automatically sucks. There are plenty of closed source programs and services I enjoy using. Heck, even windows is, or rather was pretty nice as of 7, but I don't like the way it's headed if it sticks to 8's design, so I'd enjoy it if more developers ported to Linux as a fallback. Also cyberstalking is not nice.
+1 to Red Orchestra 2 on Linux...AND this guy right here.
d10sfan Mar 18, 2013 @ 7:37pm 
+1

With Dungeon Defenders out on Linux now (and mostly working), I hope to see more and more UE3/UDK games on Linux.
PyGuy Mar 18, 2013 @ 7:39pm 
Originally posted by =(eG)= d10sfan:
+1

With Dungeon Defenders out on Linux now (and mostly working), I hope to see more and more UE3/UDK games on Linux.
Indeed. Hopefully Unreal Tournament 3 will be brought back someday.
glub_(Linux) Mar 18, 2013 @ 7:48pm 
GnNU/Linux port pretty please! The future cannot wait!
YOBA Mar 18, 2013 @ 8:05pm 
BlackDynamite: not everyone is like that. I personally just prefer Linux (and I don't call it GNU/Linux, because that's just wrong) to Windows, and though I think Windows is a great OS too, I just prefer Linux and KDE. Simple as that. Since Steam came out for Linux with Crusader Kings II (Paradox Interactive's games are my favourite of all), I removed my Windows partition. Why should I pay all that money for an OS I'll only boot into to play a few games? Thanks, but no thanks. I have no problem with DRM as long as it works. Same goes for you, BlackDynamite, Steam itself acts as the DRM. ;) Oh yeah, and guess what, you don't own anything that has an EULA attached (open source licenses != EULAs by the way). They are licensed to you. And that's okay. Now stop the trolling, kthx. I'm sure you'd have the same reaction if your favourite game company's new game wasn't released on your platform, whether it is the PC (as in Personal Computer) or your game console of choice. You'd want it on there.

TL;DR: for every Stallmanist there are 100 Linux users out there who couldn't give a damn. I just prefer Linux to Windows and would rather have great games on the great platform rather than one I'm not so hot on.

So, yeah, would LOVE a native port of RO2. The Unreal Engine works on Linux now with Dungeon Defenders! I don't know the extent of the patches Ryan Gordon (the Linux game porting man) made to it though - he has many years of experience with the Unreal Engine. I've played it round a friend's and it is absolutely amazing. I love slower-paced shooters like that, very tactical, less emphasis on quick reactions. It would be a day-one purchase for me, no question about it.

And if it helps the decision: Steam installations on Linux are very quickly catching up to the number for Mac installations of Steam and expected to surpass it... in case that helps the decision :)
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