Beloved DRM-free online games distribution platform GOG is expanding its library to include Linux software, to join the service's growing lineup of Windows PC and Mac OS classic and indie titles.
According to a news blog post
, the first Linux games are expected to land on GOG this Spring (Northern Fall), with popular Linux distributions Ubuntu and Linux Mint being the compatability targets. Although they don't mention it, that all but ensures compatibility with the similarly Debian-based SteamOS as well.
We're initially going to be launching our Linux support on GOG.com with the full GOG.com treatment for Ubuntu and Mint. That means that right now, we're hammering away at testing games on a variety of configurations, training up our teams on Linux-speak, and generally getting geared up for a big kick-off in the fall with at least 100 Linux games ready for you to play. This is, of course, going to include games that we sell which already have Linux clients, but we'll also be bringing Linux gamers a variety of classics that are, for the first time, officially supported and maintained by a storefront like ours.
As the above quote notes, this move likely means a whole bunch of classic Windows and DOS games from the GOG library may be made available on Linux platforms with official GOG support. Many of GOG's classic games already use the DOSBox application to correctly run on modern Windows systems, so we wouldn't be surprised if GOG similarly uses a WINE setup to deliver some classic Windows games on Linux.