Keith, lead developer of Desura for Linux recently completed a 3 part interview with Liam from Gaming On Linux.
Posted by INtense! on Jul 9th, 2011
With our Linux build gaining momentum, Keith recently had a long chat with Liam from Gamingonlinux.com who asked a number of questions about our progress that were sent in by Linux users. Here is a snippet from each of the three parts.
A) I think I could ramble on for hours on that topic, but the key ingredient is probably our ties to the indie community. As you may know, Desura is part of DesuraNET, which also runs ModDB and the spin-off IndieDB. This is something that no other game distribution platform has, and really does give us a niche market and more direct ties between us, the gamers, and the developers. With this, developers get better feedback on their games, have more resources at their fingertips, can push information out to the public easily, and get to know the people that make up their target audience
10 A) It seems like it wasn't just me that had this thought. I suggested a very similar thing to the guys the other day, but it isn't something that we are going to do immediately. Our first goal is to support native Linux games, after all we want to encourage linux game development. However if particular games work well under wine, and we get requests from the community or developer, we will consider it
A) This one is sometimes a problem, but we haven't created a new Linux branch or fork, we're modifying the existing code-base to support Linux. This in theory means that both Windows and Linux releases should be the same revision (although build and version number will differ slightly). There are two notes with this though: A) Desura may have some minor bugs appear over the next few weeks as I modify the code to support Linux, while we are also doing the occasional release build. Hopefully our testing process will pick that up though. and B) Some Desura features just won't be available on Linux any time soon, such as aforementioned mod support.
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