So when is Blizzard going to support Linux?

90 Pandaren Monk
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so when is blizzard going to support Linux?

we now have gaming desktops for Linux and good support form Nvidia AMD Intel it's only a matter of time before Linux Gaming Desktop out numbers apple seeing how Mac OSX is Locked to Imac's macbook pros macbook airs Etc and given the development of Linux in the recent year i can say Linux Gaming is starting to look really good for developers Steam has 97 games for Linux and yes we have MMO's on Linux as well i love to see Blizzard Supporting Linux

Nvidia & Steam Porting games to Linux
https://developer.nvidia.com/sites/default/files/akamai/gamedev/docs/Porting%20Source%20to%20Linux.pdf

The Activision and Raven Software game studios have open-sourced two of their games for "for people to learn from and play with" the code.
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTM0MzA

Alienware X51 Gaming Desktop with Ubuntu Linux
http://www.linuxgamerzone.com/index.php/hardware/21-dell-releases-the-alienware-x51-gaming-desktop-with-ubuntu-linux

Steam OS is based on Linux
http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamOS/

Build your own Steam Machine
http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/buildyourown
Edited by Katzenbär on 12/24/2013 5:08 PM PST
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22 Tauren Warrior
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I'm curious if Apple is planning to start selling the OS X software by itself. They don't really support stuff like the Mac Pro anymore since they weren't all that popular the hardware was too expensive to maintain without overcharging for it.

More on topic... I'm hoping that the PS4 using OpenGL increases the number of devs programming to use that API so we see more games on Linux & Mac.
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90 Pandaren Monk
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I'm curious if Apple is planning to start selling the OS X software by itself. They don't really support stuff like the Mac Pro anymore since they weren't all that popular the hardware was too expensive to maintain without overcharging for it.

More on topic... I'm hoping that the PS4 using OpenGL increases the number of devs programming to use that API so we see more games on Linux & Mac.

apple needs too but the part i dont like about apple is Mac OSX only supports OpenGL 3.2 a 5 year API
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90 Night Elf Druid
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Whenever the linux community gets its act together and picks one distro/UI as the standard.

As for apple I'm guessing never because they also want to maintain control over the hardware. Although I guess that would depend on what kind of support they would offer if you just bought the software.
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90 Orc Shaman
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I'm curious if Apple is planning to start selling the OS X software by itself. They don't really support stuff like the Mac Pro anymore since they weren't all that popular the hardware was too expensive to maintain without overcharging for it.

More on topic... I'm hoping that the PS4 using OpenGL increases the number of devs programming to use that API so we see more games on Linux & Mac.

apple needs too but the part i dont like about apple is Mac OSX only supports OpenGL 3.2 a 5 year API


Apple will never do this. They are OCD control freaks to the extreme, and would never even consider this. Not saying I support them...I swore off Apple in 1989, swore I would never again give Apple a dime for anything, and I've kept true to that since.
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90 Pandaren Monk
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tomshardware posted some nice points on OpenGL

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/valve-source-engine-linux-port,21876.html
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90 Pandaren Monk
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Whenever the linux community gets its act together and picks one distro/UI as the standard.

As for apple I'm guessing never because they also want to maintain control over the hardware. Although I guess that would depend on what kind of support they would offer if you just bought the software.

the Kernel is the standard a lot of games can run on many distros np
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80 Dwarf Shaman
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WoW works on Linux. You just have to use CrossOver.
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90 Pandaren Monk
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WoW works on Linux. You just have to use CrossOver.

you take a huge performance hit using wine some times up to 70%
Reg its 20-40%
Edited by Katzenbär on 4/8/2013 11:57 AM PDT
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never... theres not enough people using linux so it would be a waste of money, besides theres too many different versions they would have to support, uselss imo
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90 Pandaren Monk
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never... theres not enough people using linux so it would be a waste of money, besides theres too many different versions they would have to support, uselss imo

you dont have to support different versions you let the distro's developers install the packages needed to run a game the main distro's are Ubuntu/deb/mint OpenSUSE Fedora & Arch Linux all of them have package managers if you watch the video form toms you will see Linux Gamers are growing fast and Linux has high End gaming rigs too now like the Alienware X51 Gaming Desktop with Ubuntu Linux

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/valve-source-engine-linux-port,21876.html

http://www.linuxgamerzone.com/index.php/hardware/21-dell-releases-the-alienware-x51-gaming-desktop-with-ubuntu-linux
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90 Undead Death Knight
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When Blizzard supports battle.net on linux, that is when I will say my good riddance to windows.

Too bad it will never happen, due to the fact that wine exists, while wine is not as well in performance.
Edited by Steth on 4/8/2013 3:55 PM PDT
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why is it theres always some basement dwelling linux zombie asking about why a game doenst work on their crappy os? theres emulators for a reason use them and stop !@#$%ing linux will never have any support so this is a dead subject
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90 Night Elf Priest
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Wow.

Linux users develope support for WoW.

Not the other way around. Be proud of the linux community and start being involved in it. Not happy with WINE (since it's not an emulator), why not start improving yourself?

Such is the joy of opensource.
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90 Blood Elf Priest
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so when is blizzard going to support Linux?

we now have gaming desktops for Linux and good support form Nvidia AMD Intel it's only a matter of time before Linux Gaming Desktop out numbers apple seeing how Mac OSX is Locked to Imac's macbook pros macbook airs Etc and given the development of Linux in the recent year i can say Linux Gaming is starting to look really good for developers Steam has 97 games for Linux and yes we have MMO's on Linux as well i love to see Blizzard Supporting Linux

Nvidia & Steam Porting games to Linux
https://developer.nvidia.com/sites/default/files/akamai/gamedev/docs/Porting%20Source%20to%20Linux.pdf

The Activision and Raven Software game studios have open-sourced two of their games for "for people to learn from and play with" the code.
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTM0MzA

Alienware X51 Gaming Desktop with Ubuntu Linux
http://www.linuxgamerzone.com/index.php/hardware/21-dell-releases-the-alienware-x51-gaming-desktop-with-ubuntu-linux

note you don't have to be OpenSource to support Linux proprietary helps as well thank you Nvidia AMD Intel & Steam


Whenever there is a large enough portion of the playerbase to make it worth the time and resources. This game has been around a very long time. Any Linux users who want to play the game have already found a way to play it.

I think a lot of people underestimate the investment required to develop a Linux client. For one, Blizzard would either need to hire new support staff, or train their current staff in regards to Linux. Not only that, but supporting Linux would be more difficult than supporting a Mac or Windows version simply because of Linux's open-source nature. Linux is not a single entity. It's not like Windows or Mac when you can simply design a client for the operating system and bish bash bosh, you're done. There are countless variations of the operating system which makes it very, very, very difficult to create a polished and functional client.

Developing a Linux client would be an enormous investment for Blizzard; an investment that just isn't worth it right now. Most people using Linux are savvy enough to rig up a way to play WoW anyway (via Wine, for example). Most are content with that.
Edited by Vanarela on 4/9/2013 10:00 PM PDT
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When Linux becomes an option at Best Buy, Blizzard will start supporting it. Until then, there is LIKELY not enough market share to justify the increased overhead that will result.

Though isn't OS X based on Unix? If so, I am surprised no one has gotten the Mac version to run on Linux.
Edited by Jozie on 4/10/2013 10:32 AM PDT
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85 Dwarf Rogue
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Look at Steam's March 2013 user status. Even with their Linux push:

OS
percent of total users
change over previous month

Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit
0.47%
-0.24%

Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS 64 bit
0.28%
-0.03%

Ubuntu 12.10
0.19%
-0.19%

Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS
0.16%
-0.04%

Linux Mint 14 Nadia 64 bit
0.13%
-0.04%

Linux 64 bit
0.11%
-0.03%

This is why there isn't widespread support for Linux from game developers and publishers.

The much maligned Windows 8 has nearly 10 times the combined Ubuntu users in the Steam survey. Even Windows Vista has more than 5 times the number of Ubuntu users.

That's what it pretty much come down to.

For a wild a** guess, I'd guess the tipping point for widespread porting and support of those triple-A titles would be when one flavor like Ubuntu got between 5% and 10% of users like with Macs.
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10 Tauren Warrior
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So when is Blizzard going to support Linux?


When the profitability of doing so warrants the cost of doing so.
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