This is a big news. Almost as big as Microsoft Visual Studio Code for Linux. Unity has released an experimental build of its gaming editor for Linux today. Which means that game developers who use Unity gaming engine can now create games using Linux. Earlier, Unity was available only for Windows and OS X.
If you do not know about Unity, you should know that it is a game development platform which drives some of the most popular games you have played.
This announcement should not come as a surprise because there were speculations of a Linux version already. In January 2015, Unity indicated that it might be coming on Linux. This release of Unity on Linux is an experiment and there is no guarantee that it will be supported on Linux in the future.
However, things can go in favor of Linux if there are enough Linux adoption, meaning more people using it Linux.
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This experimental build is based off Unity 5.1.0f3 and provides the ability to export to the following runtimes:
- Linux, Mac, Windows Standalone
Unity is available for 64 bit systems only and requires Ubuntu 12.04 or newer. While other 64 bit ‘modern’ Linux distributions should also be able to run Unity, it is officially supported only for Ubuntu 64 bit systems.
The system also must have modern Nvidia, AMD, or Intel graphics card with proprietary graphics drivers. Good that Ubuntu released its own PPA for better graphic support recently.
You can download the .deb installation file from the link below:
For other Linux distributions, you can use the script-based installer below: