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Ten months ago, the source code for the Desura client was released under the GNU Public Licence under the name "Desurium". Since then, our small team of volunteer contributors has been working in their spare time to resolve outstanding bugs and streamline Desurium's codebase. Right now, we are moving towards our 0.8 interim release to provide stable resolution to issues within the latest Linux version of the official Desura client, and have entered a "feature freeze" in preparation for release.

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Ten months ago, the source code for the Desura client was released under the GNU Public Licence under the name "Desurium".

Since then, our small team of volunteer contributors has been working in their spare time to resolve outstanding bugs and streamline Desurium's codebase.

We've also gained a mascot, the "Desubot", which you can see below.

Desubot - The Desurium Mascot!

Moving forwards, the aim is for future versions of the official Desura client to be based on Desurium. Desurium will generally be further along in development, community supported, and is expected to be included in the repositories for some GNU/Linux distributions, whilst the official Desura client will be well tested and supported by Desura's support team.

Right now, we are moving towards our 0.8 interim release to provide stable resolution to issues within the latest Linux version of the official Desura client, and have entered a "feature freeze" in preparation for release. Following that, we will be beginning work on cleaning up Windows compatibility for Desurium's initial 1.0 release.

If you're interested in or excited by Desurium's development, we would love to have your feedback and input. We are actively looking for additional contributors, particularly Windows developers, but we also welcome anybody who can participate in development discussion or help with testing.

Many thanks to all of our community members who've shown encouragement and patience over the past 10 months.

Cheese


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SirPrimalform
SirPrimalform

Well, excited mainly because it's been too long since Desura was updated considering how buggy it is.

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Cheeseness Author
Cheeseness

If you're keen, you can follow the instructions in the "Beginners' Guide" (the link in the news post has been fixed) and have a go at the development version of Desurium right now :)

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s_d
s_d

Can the two builds co-exist? In particular... I still use Desura frequently. It appears that the new version of Desura (Desurium 0.8.0? branch?) now stores games in "~/.desura". I'm not terribly interested in resyncing my games (Trine 2, for example, is 4GB).

Rather than addressing my question directly (here) would you, or another Desurite add a section to the Beginner's Guide regarding the concept of playing with the dev version while still running the production version? Yes, it's buggy, but it works (for me!) properly more than 50% of the time, and I'm still buying games every once in a while :-P

Thanks!

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Cheeseness

Apologies for the late response. This can be done, but I might leave adding it to the guide to somebody who does it regularly.

Personally, I've gotten by with symlinking individual games when I've needed to check something, but that's not a particularly pretty solution ^_^

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s_d
s_d

Yeah, fantastic, that will work just fine for me. Go POSIX! :-)

I'll go give RC3 a shot and help out!

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