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Platforms: Unity Editor for Linux

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Create version of Unity Editor for linux. Related idea: Player / Web Player support for Linux: http://feedback.unity3d.com/forums/15792-unity/suggestions/164961

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BioMech
Jul 27, 2014 11:58

Like everyone else who has commented on this page. I would love native Linux support. Some companies such as Google. Prefer not to even use Windows if they can help it... Providing a native Linux editor will go a long way for companies, indie developers, and normal home users to learn, explore, develop, and create on the unity editor / engine. Please provide native Linux support! That is the only item on my wish list for Unity3D. :)

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df3n5
Jul 24, 2014 11:33

This would make my life so much better - I use linux very heavily in my job and at home and also use Unity. It is a very big pain not to be able to do all of my development on one platform natively. Please consider doing the work for this. I deliberately do not use Unity for side projects for the one reason that it does not have native linux support.

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TheGrayed
Jul 17, 2014 14:36

@BeliarTheEvil and @Unity Technologies

Of course this is about business, but let's take Linux business seriously for a moment.
We can't simply say "it wont return the investment" or "I know there are many benefits in a Linux build" without having enough data and statistics. Unity Technologies probably has those data, since they didn't make it their priority. But... I would be extremely happy if they gave it some more thought. Maybe some opportunities were hidden there!
I thought maybe, a crowd funding for Linux editor, with unity pro license as reward and a goal equal to porting cost could measure if it really is worth it or not! Maybe they could even give a tiny promotional discount so they could attract even those who are not specifically interested in Linux version and need a little push for purchasing a pro license! Also it may draw the attention of other corporations. Canonical may be very interested. Many colleges and schools use Linux on their systems and may be interested. Valve may be interest. Who knows?
What I'm trying to say is, even if you are not certain that people using Linux are enough to cover the cost, their number is enough to spread the news and cause in-direct opportunities to arise.

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LukaKotar
Jul 11, 2014 09:07

@BeliarTheEvil I see your point, and it does sound reasonable when you put it that way. As a user I (and pretty much anyone else who voted on this idea) would love to use Unity on Linux, but I guess if there's no benefit to them in terms of money, then they won't bother.

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NathanWarden
Jul 08, 2014 16:45

@BeliarTheEvil

I think you're missing a very important piece other than new sales. That would include renewals. I've been a Unity customer since version 1 when Unity was "Over the Edge Entertainment" and was only on the Mac (I was a Mac person back then). Since Unity hasn't made a peep about a Linux editor I've been really looking around at basically every other engine out there since they all support it. I'm holding out until Unite, but if there isn't any news, that will probably push me even farther away and within about 6 months from there I will likely move over to something else.

I'm sure I'm not the only person who thinks this way.

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BeliarTheEvil
Jul 08, 2014 00:50

@LUKAKOTAR: I mean Unity will not get back their invested money in porting the whole shebang to Linux... of course having a Linux version doesn't change the sales of the other versions that much, but the problem is, it's just a money that will be spent with no return only to scratch the itch of some people who refuse to use Windows... and for a good reason, I'm not discussing that, I'm just saying that Unity is a business, it's no charity organization... the investments have to somehow pay back, otherwise it won't last long.

If Linux were 'cost effective', I would be the first to put all my votes on this and create hundreds of fake profiles to vote more :)... but we have to be realistic... the chance that the money invested in porting is going to somehow make sense from a financial standpoint (i mean, income>=outcome) is minimal to nil.

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TheDiamondPlay
Jul 05, 2014 21:36

Is it hard to port an editor from 1 Unix based OS(MacOS) to another Unix based OS(Linux)?

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fumangy
Jul 04, 2014 20:47

Hi all, while they spend their days without answers here have the new editor of Shiva 3d Linux ShiVa 2.0 First Beta Release.
http://www.shivaengine.com/developer/2999-shiva-2-0-first-beta-release

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wolfgangmeyers
Jun 30, 2014 03:53

I would absolutely pay for a linux version of the unity editor.

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LukaKotar
Jun 23, 2014 15:07

@BeliarTheEvil I partially agree, not all software you'll find on Windows is also available for Linux. However, there is enough software out there to create all the resources you'll need for a game. Still, how would it "break" peoples workflow? I mean, if there's a Linux version of the editor, it still doesn't mean you have to use it. People who don't yet use Linux won't just jump in blindly, they'll do research to find out if it is what they want.

Not a decent platform for financial success? What do you mean by that? For you as a developer, or for Unity? It's not like the quality of your games will be automatically worse if it's made in Linux. If anything, I work better in an OS I like than in an OS I don't. I noticed that when switching from Mac to Windows. And people or teams who want to buy Unity pro will buy Unity pro, Linux doesn't change that fact.

"A Windows license is quite a low requirement." Linux is free, and that is one advantage it has over other OS-es. But that's not why I like Linux. The problem is that there is little about Windows that I like, whereas with Linux, you can practically do anything you want with it to make it function however you'd like. Your statement is true, getting a Windows license is not too big of a deal, but no matter how hard I try, I cannot get myself to like it.

From what I've gathered, the Unity team has no intentions of supporting Linux at the moment. But being forced to use my favorite game engine in my least favorite platform is a bit of a pain. In fact, the only reason I'm wasting my time commenting here rather than working, is because I couldn't stand the OS anymore, and had to take a break. I have no plans upgrading to Unity 5, but if it will bring Linux support, it is very likely I would do that.

Peace