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Will there ever be a "native" Linux version

Caesar Shepherd
Misplaced Elitism
#1 - 2016-06-10 00:24:00 UTC  |  Edited by: Caesar Shepherd
Ok so maybe "Native" isn't the right word, but you know what I mean. My question is, will CCP ever release an offical "Linux Version" of EvE that does not require WINE and all that ***t. OK yeah... I know you just ended Windows XP support so you probably don't want to *add* support for a new OS... but installing the new launcher for Ubuntu has proven to be a real pain and even when it was working there were always minor issues (captains quarters not working, graphics quality was slightly lower than when I ran on my Windows partition).

I'd also be curious to know what percentage of EvE players use Linux.



The motivation for posting this is I'm trying to re-install EvE on Ubuntu 14.04 with the new launcher since the old one will no longer be supported. Any tips are appreciated.

--second edit--

Thanks for all the valuable info. Here is a link CCP Snorlax's unofficial Linux build on the EvE forums: which some of you mentioned in the posts below.
Hell For French
Deep Space Alliance
#2 - 2016-06-10 05:04:00 UTC  |  Edited by: Ravow

CCP have other thing to do, especially that EVE work quite fine on Linux actually.

CQ have issue with proprietary drivers like you need lower shaders and ESC menu crash the game.. But work fine with Gallium nine (high setting, ESC menu don't crash EVE) so it's probably something wrong in the D3D9->OpenGL conversion layer but hey, you play EVE for Internet Spaceships, not "I walk around in my small room" :)

EDIT: The new native launcher work quite fine assuming your not using an exotic distribution.
Alka Freak
Gallente Federation
#3 - 2016-06-12 13:46:52 UTC
Yep, i confirm, the new launcher, linux flavor, made thanks to CCP Snorlax is working great (ubuntu 16.04)
TOHA Heavy Industries
TOHA Conglomerate
#4 - 2016-06-12 22:41:12 UTC
EVE runs great on wine and has done so for most of the decade I've been doing this.

CQ - really - who cares. Once in a while I look into that, to see if something worthwhile has happened there - and last time I checked a few weeks ago it did work via wine. But it's a super-useless feature atm.

CCP devs have always been good with helping to keep EVE going on wine - even while it is officially not supported.

While it would be nice to have a native Linux version - I don't see where CCPs motivation would come from, unless steamos really takes off and gets at least 5% of the market.

Especially since it runs so well on wine. And they - unofficially - provide a Linux Launcher with dedicated wine install.
That's pretty close to having a Linux version - better even than the crappy version Cedega supplied back in the day - that never worked as well as mainline (or Codeweaver) wine.

I just did a fresh Ubuntu 16.04 install and used the evelauncher by CCP Snorlax (glory to him) and it's going great.

Overall market share of Linux gamers is roughly 1-2%.
Back when CCP had an official Linux Version, share of Linux users was about that (slightly below 1% IIRC).

If you have trouble getting the evelauncher (by CCP Snorlax) going - I'm willing to help.

Miao Sajuuk
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Caldari State
#5 - 2016-06-13 00:40:46 UTC
Maybe CCP have time update EVE engine to Vulkan to support Win/MacOS/Linux in the future. P
Adara Starkiss
Argentum Holdings
Strategic Executions
#6 - 2016-06-21 14:13:09 UTC
I guess you should take a clue on how much time they have on their hands.... after that IGB announcement :) so forget about Vulkan and just pray that our favorite linux dev(s) can find a way to save us from the impending dx9 doom that is coming :)

Ubuntu Mate 16.04.2 64bit // Amd A8-5600K with RX460 4GB // 6GB DDR3 // Sandisk 120GB SSD Plus // Wine Stable 2.01 // Native Linux Launcher // TS3 working // Happy to be back in Ubuntu :)

Katrina Bekers
Pandemic Horde Inc.
Pandemic Horde
#7 - 2016-06-23 14:49:00 UTC

Kubuntu 14.04 here, CQ works just fine - for the whole five minutes I cared to check.

The new launcher is worth every effort (= mostly none) to update to.

A native client would be a frankly unjustified effort. An API wrapper is good enough since Trinity (2007), when I started to play. WINE is a wonderful piece of software, considering the alternative - i.e. no client running on linux at all.