Thanks @rwkay, that was going to be my next question, what sort of numbers would it take for it to be viable for YYG to extend GMS2 to another platform.BTW To make this commercially viable we would have to be showing numbers of users in 10,000s not 10s, 100s or 1,000s (some will be trial users others paid) - but the cost of completing and maintaining a Linux IDE will be something of the order of several hundreds of thousands of US dollars a year so the market would have to support that.
We are not seeing that level of support for it just now, so it is not in our plans.
When you say, YYG are not seeing that level of interest just now, can you share how it is that YYG is assessing the interest level?
What's the best way for Linux enthusiasts make themselves visible to you?
Obviously the main focus of YYG's efforts with regard to 2.0 is on getting the Windows edition to release status. There's no reason we can't be discussing plans for the future, and in fact there's every reason we should be. In 2014, then-CEO Sandy Duncan had expressed that we might see GM:Next on Linux, and in 2017 we're looking at GM:Next for the first time, and there's no mention of Linux. Of course things can and have changed, and that's fine. But since it had been mentioned, naturally, it's a pertinent question to ask about what's going on. Even if their answer isn't what I was hoping, it's still great to hear from them about what their current plans are, and for them to be willing to have a conversation with us about it.Let's get the windows version consistently working first eh, that's the only reason I personally would not want a Linux port as of now
Agreed. Twitter was what I had handy. @Mike had indicated that YYG were open to considering a Linux release if they saw demand for it, so I figured it was a starting point to establish that there is interest; nothing more. Obviously, a week-long survey that reaches only my twitter followers isn't going to establish true demand, but I thought that at least the percentages would make for a useful discussion point. 57% of 250 respondents said they would be interested in GMS on Linux. If that could be extrapolated to 57% of the entire GMS userbase (which is what, a million or so users?), that might well be enough demand. Of course, it's not that simple to extrapolate, and it's one thing to say that someone is interested in a Linux port, and another to say that someone is willing to pay for it. Still, I say it's a starting point.Why don't you create a poll on this website?
Not everybody uses twitter, so you lost a lot of votes...
BTW: I would have voted for a linux IDE, but i don't have twitter and don't want to create a account just for voting
I think the next step should be for YYG to do their own assessment of what demand there might be for a Linux IDE, if they haven't already. I have to assume that as a business they are continually looking at the changing conditions in the industry they're working in and making intelligent strategic decisions about when, where, and how to position themselves. Probably they've done some research and concluded already that there isn't demand for it, rather than simply decide that without any research. But part of that process continuous assessment is receiving feedback from customers such as myself. I'm grateful that YYG have this forum, and their own employees actively participating in it, so we can have these kinds of conversations.
By having the conversation, perhaps it will stimulate growth in interest for a Linux IDE, and others who may feel as I do but might otherwise not have said anything, can step forward and we can all be counted.