One of the nicer aspect to EVE Online
, in terms of accessibility, is that you can play it across the trinity of operating systems: Windows, Mac, and Linux. The latter two have been made possible through the CCP Games
partnership with TransGaming Technologies
, via their Cider
and Cedega technology, respectively. Unfortunately, while the Mac client has attracted (and retained) a number of users, the same cannot be said for the EVE
Linux client. We received word from affected players over the weekend that CCP is dropping support for the Linux client, but it's official as of this morning. CCP Whisper
stated, "I am sorry to announce that from the 10th of March onwards CCP will no longer be officially supporting the Linux operating system. The low amount of users of the Linux client did not justify the degree of additional complexity having three operating systems imposes on our development and release schedules."
He states that he and CCP Games are fully aware of the disappointment this will cause but the resources the company has devoted to Linux support could be put to better use elsewhere, in ways that benefit more players.
CCP Whisper closes by thanking the Linux client users for their support, saying, "I am sure this announcement will cause a rather emotional response, and all I can offer as a counter is that this was not an easy decision to make."
However, he suggests alternatives for how to run EVE Online
on Linux, as documented in a knowledgebase article