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Desura Linux is finally available to a closed group of beta testers.

Posted by Platima on Sep 14th, 2011

After months of grueling work, we're proud to announce the launch of Desura Linux beta! The initial testing group is quite small but will grow as we eliminate bugs and are happy with the applications stability. To be fair we will be inviting people in order, so those who requested access to the beta 6 months ago (thanks for your patience!), you will be first in. Once our testers are happy, we will be opening the beta to everyone. Of course it is never too late to apply for the beta, to do so simply join the Desura group here.

Also please note that while you can browse and buy games on Linux, you wont be able to download and play them until you have access to the beta. So PLEASE bear that in mind!

Thanks again to everyone for all the positive (and negative) feedback so far - we welcome the challenge and know the real work is only just beginning. Special thanks to Tim Jung for testing and uploading Linux games like a machine, and to Marshall Greenblatt and the other CEF contributors for the great work. We've got plenty more games coming, some never before on Linux, so much to look forward to.

Finally this is a beta, so we appreciate your understanding that there will be bugs and issues to resolve and we will endevour to address them as soon as we can.

New Information:

  • 22nd Sept 2011:áA new build is out with MANY fixes. If you couldn't get past login, or don't want to wait, just run "./desura -f" to force your client to update to it (without the quotes of course, and from the desura directory, not from desura/bin/)
  • 22nd Sept 2011: Starting the next round of invites as well

Known Issue Notices:

These are issues we are aware of and currently working to address (last updated 22nd Sept 2011):

  1. On some systems there will be a lot of console output about GDK_IS_WINDOW assertion
  2. Sometimes exiting the client will result in a crash

When we release an update, you'll be notified above

Bugs and Issues:

Please report any bugs or issues on the forums.
Most bugs and help information is now being posted hereá.

Post comment Comments  (0 - 50 of 279)
INtense! Sep 19 2011, 6:42am said:

Invites will start to slowly be sent in 24hours time, while we crunch through remaining bugs. Looking forward to opening up to everyone in a few weeks!

Will be keeping the news fairly low key until we are convinced it all works dandy

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rdesfo Sep 20 2011, 5:48pm replied:

how do you request a linux beta invite?

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chloric Sep 26 2011, 12:12pm replied:

Will we know via email if we receive a beta invite?

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icyos Oct 3 2011, 11:36am replied:

Hi I have desura installed on my Puppy Linux lapdog just waiting for beta keys now, fingers crossed.

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Salsa_Shark Sep 19 2011, 6:57am said:


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BarnabyD Sep 19 2011, 7:05am said:

Awesome, looking forward to it.

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liamdawe Sep 19 2011, 7:21am said:

Awesome, I am hoping to grab a copy to play with at some point mate ;)

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Kapukw Sep 19 2011, 7:22am said:

Awesome! I waited for this since the moment when I learned about Desura. I need send any request if I asked about this earlier?

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INtense! Sep 19 2011, 7:23am replied:

You don't, but we are issuing invites in the order the requests came in so it might not be instant (i.e. we've been accepting invites since Jan!)

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Kapukw Sep 19 2011, 7:31am replied:

I waited so much time and I can wait much more :)

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Cheeseness Sep 19 2011, 8:38am said:

:D Fantastic!

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Zarius Sep 19 2011, 8:53am said:

Woo! Can't wait! Although I'll have to - I don't think I applied for the beta (just joining the Desura group is enough?).

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Korvinus Sep 19 2011, 8:57am said:

It's going here! :p clicked it as soon as i saw the penguin.

At the moment other than not having a "save login" and being unable to buy games it's working perfectly well for a beta. Tested it in Gnome 3, KDE 4.7 and Openbox, no big issues (apart from KDE has a messed up login box at first).

Great job all who worked on it, gonna have fun testing this. You guys deserve a big grats from everyone, plus a few beers :p

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Zarius Sep 19 2011, 9:01am said:

Ah dang, got excited when I clicked on "Install Game" for one of the Linux games and it let me download and install the client.

Turns out you can't login unless you're on the Beta list. Well, I can at least report that the download/installation went well on Linux Mint 11 (Gnome) :D

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joeka Sep 19 2011, 9:04am replied:

you don't have a 64 bit system, do you? Because for me on a 64 bit arch the installation is not working.

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Zarius Sep 19 2011, 9:08am replied:

Oops, didn't mention architecture - running on 64bit Linux Mint 11 on a Core i7 (920 I think), ASUS Sabertooth X58 MB, Gigabyte GTX 570 & 12 GB Ram (if it matters).

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Protektor Sep 20 2011, 2:37am replied:

What is the exact error you are getting when you try and install the Desura client?

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Protektor Sep 20 2011, 2:38am replied:

Logins are not effected by what architecture you are running. I am running Ubuntu 11.04 AMD64 on an AMD quad core system and I don't have a problem with the login.

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oldtopman Oct 2 2011, 5:07pm replied:

32 bit applications are not supported on 64 bit systems and vice versa. Some distributions (such as Ubuntu) put both the 32 and 64 bit libraries into the 64 bit version (this is called a multilib system). Other distros (Slackware, Arch) do not have the 32 bit libraries in the 64 bit version.

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neuromancer_ita Sep 20 2011, 3:51am replied:

Same consideration for Ubuntu 10.10, downloand and installation of Linux client works like a charm.
Waiting to join the beta...
Good work Desura :)

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Cheeseness Sep 19 2011, 9:18am said:

I'm unable to get the installer past 72% in Fedora 15 (x86) running Gnome 3.

The error generated is: "Download and install Desura failed: Could not open file /desura for updating. Sys Code: 21 [7.0]"

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INtense! Sep 19 2011, 12:31pm replied:

this should be resolved now, so i've deleted the comment thread below (will undelete if it still occurs). thanks guys for your assistance debugging!

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gabsd84 Sep 19 2011, 9:43am said:

AWESOME!!! Can not wait. Thanks so much for supporting Linux. Signed up to Desura just a week or two ago in anticipation of the release.

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azazeln Sep 19 2011, 9:45am said:

Great news!
No problem on Ubuntu 11.04 32 bit.
Downloaded, installed and waiting for a beta key or the open access!

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CrazyLapinou Sep 19 2011, 9:47am said:

On Ubuntu 11.04 64 bits, i needed to move it to a folder without any accents (like Ú Ŕ Ó), or it will not launch.
But download and install works well with accents in the folder name.

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Platima Sep 19 2011, 11:16am replied:

Hi CrazyLapinou,

Thanks for letting us know there's a problem with unicode characters.

I've filed a ticket for it and we'll be resolving it ASAP.


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CrazyLapinou Sep 19 2011, 12:02pm replied:

I tried to launch it in Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 3 64 bits, with VirtualBox and i get this error twice in a window:
'Can't load image from file '/home/.../TÚlÚchargements/desura/data/desura.png'
When i press OK, Desura starts.

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itJunky Apr 18 2012, 10:50am replied:

Rename your not latin directory TÚlÚchargements to latin chars and try run desura again.

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pirate2612 Apr 15 2012, 9:16am replied:

thank you you just solved my problem

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andermetalsh Sep 19 2011, 9:55am said:

Thanks, this would be a great launch for Linux . BTW, Desura works for libre games too, no more time waiting for a repo sync for new games, even with a rolling release distro like Arch Linux or Debian Sid :D :D .

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Kapukw Sep 19 2011, 12:05pm replied:

Yeah, rolling release distros are awesome!

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joeka Sep 19 2011, 10:29am said:

Yay, writing my first comment from within Desura :D
Everything I tested worked and looked good so far, installing games works, even launching for some of them :D

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Kamikazi[Uk] Sep 19 2011, 10:31am said:

Good work :D. Now just need mac version then will be sorted :D.

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INtense! Sep 19 2011, 10:39am replied:

The website side is entirely done, however the app porting work hasn't begun. So not difficult in theory, but time consuming and Linux is our #1 at this point.

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natewiebe13 Sep 19 2011, 2:15pm replied:

Install works great on Ubuntu 11.10 64bit. Just waiting to get beta access!!!! Exciting!

EDIT: This wasn't supposed to be a reply, but since it is: Thats awesome that you guys have your priorities right. =P

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alexThunder Sep 19 2011, 10:32am said:

Downloaded, installed and played Trine on Kubuntu 11.04, KDE4.7, AMD64 - works great, no errors :]

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INtense! Sep 19 2011, 10:40am replied:

Very pleased to hear that, already are aware of about 10 bugs, which we are working through.

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feillyne Sep 19 2011, 3:22pm replied:

Works fine here too,

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linuxxr Sep 19 2011, 10:56am said:

XIO: fatal IO error 21 (Is a directory) on X server ":0.0"
after 122291 requests (122284 known processed) with 0 events remaining.
desura: ../../src/xcb_io.c:549: _XRead: Assertion `dpy->xcb->reply_data != ((void *)0)' failed.

Ubuntu 10.04
xserver-xorg 1:7.5
2.1 Mesa 7.11

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linuxxr Sep 19 2011, 11:06am replied:

sorry it's my fault

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Platima Sep 19 2011, 11:19am replied:

How'd you manage that?


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vitorgatti Sep 19 2011, 11:26am said:

omg this is so great!!!! finally someone is paying attention to Linux gamers... :D

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*pandabear* Sep 19 2011, 11:44am said:

omg much love thanks alot.!

This is will a new beginning

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kolito Sep 19 2011, 12:17pm said:

This is so Object cool! Praying for beta access :)

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BizarDun Sep 19 2011, 12:36pm said:

Arch 64 user here, everything runs fine. Installed and tested some games from the Humble pack and they work great. Time for bug hunting!

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mattjohn0169 Sep 19 2011, 1:05pm said:

I don't have beta access yet (only just joined the Desura group) but I downloaded the installer anyway. That worked fine.


When I try to run the Desura launcher, I get the following:
include/SharedObjectLoader.h:75 - Error loading library ' cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory'

I'm using Arch Linux 64-bit. (I note that I do have 'libjpeg-turbo' and 'lib32-libjpeg-turbo' installed on my system). Also, after extracting from the Ubuntu package 'libjpeg62' ( and putting that into ~/desura/lib/, the login screen apprears.

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niz79 Sep 19 2011, 1:31pm replied:

There is AUR package for libgpeg6

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dkanus Sep 19 2011, 1:33pm replied:

Same situation/system. "yaourt -S libjpeg6" fixed the problem for me. It also demanded "libpng12" from me, thought.

Login screen appears, but no matter what I type in - desura crashes with a dialog (same as 'bin/crashdlg'). Exeption is when the password field is empty - then it asks to type in password/username. Empty user name field doesn't prevent crash. I have no access to beta, but it doesn't look like that's the cause.

It also crashes in a same way after clicking on "Offline Mode" and when I press "Send"-button in "Lost Password" dialog. After pressing "New Account" login dialog just closes.

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Saxcore Sep 19 2011, 5:17pm replied:

Yeah, I also had the and errors on 64-bit Arch. Sorted by installing the respective packages from AUR. Thanks guys!

Edit: I think I might also be getting the same crash dkanus is getting upon trying to log in. I'll investigate!

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Saxcore Sep 19 2011, 6:05pm replied:

Hey, where is the best place to report these bugs/errors/solutions? I'm getting the following error in the terminal when I try and log in / close the window:

Gtk-WARNING **: /home/sam/desura/lib/ version `GLIBCXX_3.4.15' not found (required by /usr/lib/gtk-2.0/2.10.0/engines/

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