News of Oculus Rift preorders is bittersweet at best for Linux users. The first consumer version of the Rift will be Windows-only, with Linux support a vague promise for the future. But it wasn’t always this way.
In the beginning, Linux support was something Oculus was actively developing. The original Oculus SDK released in mid-2013 (Version 0.2.3) added support for Linux. Red Hat’s Richard Jones blogged about his experience with it in August of that year: “Surprisingly, using Linux is not a problem at all,” he wrote, finding it offered a basically plug-and-play experience on Linux. “How the world has moved on,” he wrote.
Then Oculus changed its mind. In a May 2015 blog post titled “Powering the Rift,” Oculus came right out and said it was prioritizing Windows support over all else.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht