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Official Support for Linux

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by DigitalCow, Feb 24, 2015.

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  1. GameGH0ST

    GameGH0ST Active Member

    In the past few years I've seen "Steam Boxes" made by Alienware/Dell, ASUS (ROG), Zotac, and more. Linux gamers do exists. I mean, they mainly play CS I'm assuming. But there's going to come a day wherein game developers bypass Windows completely in favor of Open Source platforms. The big game developers have to be "in bed" with Microsoft to be favored for the Xbox series.

    I personally want a lite version of Windows that is geared specifically for gamers. All of the unneccessary packages gone. For me, Linux fills that void. And I don't have to worry about viruses and other malware nearly as much because I usually build my packages from scratch and can view the source code. On windows, there are too many people out there trying to steal your data, identity, and credit cards as well as bombard you with ads and things you don't want your kids to see.

    I want to game on a system devoid of that nonsense.
  2. Twitch_Deathtiger1

    Twitch_Deathtiger1 New Member

    I would love more linux support for gaming and gaming devices. Would allow most of us to move away from windows if we want to.
  3. lah37

    lah37 New Member

    While there isn't official support or plans, this repository have a fair few drivers for various Razer devices - including the BlackWidow Chroma. I must add, I only ever bought this amazing keyboard having a good feeling these open source developers had filled the void. I'm grateful for their hard work.

    I even contributed a GUI since it were originally purely command line stuff - now within a few days, a contributor made improvements. That's the power of open source. Tt would be still nice to see Razer show some love for Linux, or even better... work with the open source community to really innovate and maximize the power of these peripherals.
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  4. ehm, I have to say I bought this because no other mechanical keyboards are available in my country, I hated my anansi(first keyboard i had) but decided to give razer another chance, And I don't regret it. it's not the best but not bad either it's good.

    But for someone in a decent country! Having linux support may be a great reason to make them give razer a chance! (well, I want to be honest, outside this forums they have kind of a bad reputation)

    and with steamOS, I see a bright future :eek: may I never see your ugly face again windows :D I only log in windows for heroes of the storm :|
  5. Vynlovanth

    Vynlovanth New Member

    This is definitely something that needs to be revisited by Razer. Linux is definitely gaining on the video game market, especially with how many Steam games there are. Now when AMD finishes revamping their Linux drivers and we see Vulkan adopted by by nVidia, AMD, and at least some developers then we'll really be in business.
  6. mdaly001

    mdaly001 Active Member

    EXACTLY ... Just purchased the chroma TE and ran accross this... still waiting for it to arrive but hopefully this pans out:

  7. mdaly001

    mdaly001 Active Member

    Did you ever end up pulling the trigger? I am going to have to venture down this road soon would love to know how it panned out.
  8. lah37

    lah37 New Member

    I did yes, see post #43. BlackWidow Chroma Keyboard works a charm, and those open source drivers will only get better.
  9. L33tCh_

    L33tCh_ New Member

    From my side, I bought my Razer products particularly for their scripting possibilities and so I could use the keyboard for everything from gaming to programming... Imagine being able to write a program in 1/10th of the time because all the boilerplate / repetitive code is linked to a selection of keys and this configuration could then follow you from machine to machine.

    I work on Windows, Mac and Linux and my goal was to travel with my Razer products so that I could game and work with their settings synchronized in the cloud, but as I work predominantly on Linux, the Razer products now sit sadly at home on the single Windows device for gaming only directly on there... I can't even use them on my big screen as I use the in home streaming there and of course through a Linux based device meaning yet another fail... end up just using an XBox controller and a cheap keyboard and mouse (the Anansi having too many issues to use without the Synapse benefit.)

    Thought I'd have a quick look at my own Steam collection only and there really surely seems to be enough top end game and publisher support to suggest a second look by Razer, let alone the SteamOS movement... Here's a quick overview. Apologies for the lack of design, I just wanted to see the data and thought I'd share, ugly as it is.

    Maybe they don't want to compete with the Steam Controllers but that would be supremely short sighted as there will always be games supporting both as well as some still only keyboard and mouse.

    Ah well, let's see how it goes... I will definitely be testing some of those drivers sitting on GitHub for now but I look forward to some proper support.
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2016
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  10. Tiamarth

    Tiamarth New Member

    The Linux gaming market is in a state of flux right now because it has never really existed before. It is presently very malleable and the companies that support it sooner will make the largest profit from users adopting the platform- whether just to use Steam's new console/PC or to dump Windows altogether. The thing we users need to remember is that Razer is a very popular brand in the gaming industry. Whether they move to support Linux sooner or later is not really relevant. Odds are they will eventually, even if they wait until other developers and companies beat them to it. And when they do, Razer will still make a profit, because they're Razer. Razer is more of a brand than a product(s).

    However, clearly, if Razer wants to appease their users, they will at least release an official statement regarding whether or not they have plans to support Linux. This thread is showing no immediate signs of dying, and it's not the only one asking for Linux support on these forums.
  11. Jdigs

    Jdigs Member

    Why don't they be the first in the industry? Someone has to be
  12. Xen0sys_no_id

    Xen0sys_no_id New Member

    Agreed. Please innovate in this direction.
  13. CaptCalamity_no_id

    CaptCalamity_no_id New Member

    Civ V is a 7 year old game.
    Call me when I can play Fallout 4.
    If you want to claim linux is making it in gaming you have to stop reaching for obscure or older titles.
    You should be saying "True, but it does have Dying Light!".

    Let's keep the fingers crossed it does make it, because I am avoiding 10 like it's Zika.
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  14. Overtask

    Overtask Well-Known Member

  15. _ramsey_

    _ramsey_ Active Member

    Good points. I just wanted to add that at some point, there are only so many hours in a day. There may not be as many new games for Linux, but there are enough that I could spend every free hour I have playing them and never run out if I wanted.

    So they have Fallout 4 on Windows? Nice. We've got Docker on Linux. Neener neener :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye_:
  16. Blockmonster57

    Blockmonster57 Active Member

    I have no idea why you crazy people wanna game on linux: if you've seen LinusTechTips' video, you probably know that Linux would be be the next 2k3 windows:
    on my Linux alt pc, I've already been hacked 3 times in the past month.
    Plus half the (good) games are Win only
  17. Xen0sys_no_id

    Xen0sys_no_id New Member

    I'm sure everyone has their own reasons but for me its because Microshaft is just a terrible monopolistic and egomaniacal company.

    Of course everything Linus says as an opinion is 100% fact... Going to Linux is nothing remotely like going to Win 2k3. Maybe an old Linux distro from 2k3...

    There's an extremely high chance your "hijacks" were misinterpreted peculiarities or you're doing something outrageously stupid with your network configuration.

    By a long far Everest sized mountain, Windows is vastly less secure than Linux. A large reason is the general market dominance of Windows making it a bigger target.
  18. Going to have to agree with everyone else. Please consider supporting Linux. With Steam now supporting Linux this is a must. Other companies are adapting and jumping on the Linux band wagon. Look at Microsoft supporting SQL on Linux. Time for my favorite keyboard/mouse vendor to do the same :)
  19. shadygunz

    shadygunz Member

    Linux support seems as a good idea, but the downside is that multiple types of Linux might require different versions of the software, the huge spread in Linux flavours does not work in it's favour, the idea is good, but it is quite expensive to execute it decently and keep it that way.
  20. _ramsey_

    _ramsey_ Active Member


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