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We’re probably 95% of the way to a Linux port, now that we’ve all the work necessary to port ROBLOX to OSX – which, as you probably know, is based on the UNIX kernel. I think the problem that we would likely run into on Linux is poor video driver support. I’ve heard horror stories from other developers. However, as Linux becomes more popular, I expect this hurdle to disappear. ― John Shedletsky, Responding to User Feedback v6

We could spend six months porting ROBLOX to Linux, or we could deliver other highly requested features. If we’re going to be porting ROBLOX to another platform, Android is definitely next in line. Consoles are a close second–maybe that would involve a Linux port, particularly if the Steam OS takes off. We’ll see. ― John Shedletsky, Feedback Loop: BLOXcast Edition

Roblox works under Ubuntu, Fedora, FreeBSD, and many other GNU/Linux Distributions using Wine. This has been tested multiple times, with recent success. As of Dec 16, 2014 ; Roblox is considered a "Garbage" application in the Wine App Database

Current status: Working with Wine-staging & RLW.

As of March 21, 2015:

Everything seems to be working OK. - using recommended install method

Visit the Roblox AppDB page for more information.

Features

Screenshot from 2014-10-09 22-25-59

Roblox Player working under wine-compholio 1.7.28 on Elementary OS Freya. The game "Work at a Pizza Place, a Free Game by Dued1", by user "Dued1" is being played.

Working Features

  • Roblox Studio
  • Roblox Player
  • Lua scripting
  • Graphics in DirectX, NoGraphics, and OpenGL modes
  • In-game screenshots
  • Joining/playing games directly through Firefox
  • Joinging 'rooms' in a game
  • Party invites
  • Nearly everything

Bugs

  • Games seem to freeze every 10 seconds for about a second.
  • Shift or Caps Lock do not work when using the chat window.
  • Entering text onto a HUD or GUI can bug out and cause random character entry (such as random commas while typing words - i.e. "h,ell,o,," instead of "hello" (this can be fixed by either toggling numlock or rejoining the game.)
  • Sometimes after joining, you may get a lag spike and can only move in one direction.
  • Roblox Studio cannot load games from your build page.
  • Sound may be unbearably skippy and glitchy on some few games.
  • When moving your camera while the player is moving, your mouse will be stuck moving the camera (this can be fixed by right clicking a few times quickly)
  • Sometimes you can get the "RobloxPlayerBeta.exe" has encountered a serious error and must close message!

Prerequisites

  • A UNIX-like operating system, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, FreeBSD, or anything that can run Wine.
  • wine 1.7.30 or later
  • Zenity, wget, wine, and Wine-staging
  • Administrator password

Step 1: Installing WINE & prerequisites

Ubuntu:

See link https://www.winehq.org/download/ubuntu

In Terminal copy and paste:

  1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
  2. sudo apt-get update
  3. sudo apt-get install wine1.7
  4. sudo apt-get install zenity wget wine-staging
  5. Skip to step 2 Installing Roblox

Other Linux Distros Input the following commands:

Debian: sudo apt-get install wine
Red Hat: su yum install wine

Step 2: Install Roblox (automatically, via shell script *recommended method*)

There is an automatic Roblox installer/helper for Linux called Roblox Linux Wrapper - "rlw.sh". This wrapper provides a simplified interface for using and managing Roblox under Wine. In addition to installing the required .dll files, it will automatically set up Roblox on first launch, and subsequently provide the options to log in/out, play Roblox, configure Roblox, or install the wrapper as a program on your computer.

Instructions on running the script:

  1. Run the following command in a terminal: bash <(wget -q https://raw.githubusercontent.com/alfonsojon/roblox-linux-wrapper/master/rlw.sh -O -)
  2. If the script fails to run and install Roblox: -verified Mar 2, 2015
    1. Copy the text from https://raw.githubusercontent.com/alfonsojon/roblox-linux-wrapper/master/rlw.sh
    2. Using a text editor save the file as RLW.sh (on your desktop)
    3. Using terminal type "chmod +x ", then drag the RLW.sh onto the teminal window and press enter.
    4. Double click the RLW.sh file to run the script.

Installing Roblox (manually) - last verified ?

  1. Download Roblox by clicking this link: http://www.roblox.com/install/setup.ashx. Open with WINE (right click "RobloxSetup.exe" and select "Open with" and select "Wine").
  2. Install dependencies with Winetricks
    1. Open a terminal and enter the following command:
      1. wget http://winetricks.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/src/winetricks -O /tmp/winetricks && chmod +x /tmp/winetricks && /tmp/winetricks vcrun2012 winhttp wininet
        1. NOTE - these dependencies can also be installed manually through the winetricks gui -add .dlls
    2. To log in/out, open Roblox Studio and sign in/out. The game will use your character from that point onward.
    3. Open a terminal and paste the following command:  wine `find ~/.wine/ -iname RobloxPlayerBeta.exe` --id $(zenity --entry --entry-text "Place URL" --width 450 --height 120 | cut -d "=" -f 2)
    4. Copy the game URL from the browser displaying the Roblox game you want to play. (The page with the green Play button)
    5. Paste the game URL into the window that appears from the command in step 3 (for example: http://www.roblox.com/More-Furniture-Work-at-a-Pizza-Place-place?id=192800) and click OK. The game will take a few moments to start for the first time.
  3. To alleviate having to type in the terminal every time you want to launch a game:
    1. Open a plain text editor (gedit, nano, leafpad, mousepad, etc.), New document.
    2. Copy and Paste the following code:
    3. wine ~/.wine/drive_c/users/$(whoami)/Local\ Settings/Application\ Data/RobloxVersions/version-*/RobloxPlayerBeta.exe --id $(zenity --entry --entry-text "Place URL" --title 'Roblox Linux Wrapper' --width 450 --height 120 | cut -d "=" -f 2)
    4. Save as "RobloxLauncher.sh" on the desktop. (you may need to open properties and change permissions, allow to execute)
  4. Now, instead of opening terminal, all you have to do is double click the file, and when a window asking "Do you want to run "RobloxLauncher.sh", or display its contents?", click run to open the window and paste the game URL.

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