The Humble Frozenbyte Bundle

The folks over at HumbleBundle are currently running their third amazing game sale. It's a package deal from Frozenbyte, a Finnish game developer, that contains several computer games. What makes the sale amazing? Several things:

All Games Are Linux Compatible

Most Linux gamers have a skeleton in their closet: A Windows partition they reboot into in order to play games. It's not because we love Windows, but rather because there just aren't as many games available for Linux. As it turns out, there are some great native Linux games, and every Humble Bundle so far has been Linux compatible.

All Games Are DRM Free

No serial numbers, no online activation, no flipping your mouse over for a retinal scan -- these games are completely DRM free. Does that mean you can easily pirate them? Sure. We all know that DRM does little to stop piracy though, what this ultimately means is that as consumers we aren't punished for paying for software. A lack of DRM doesn't make piracy legal, but it sure makes paying for stuff a lot more enjoyable.


Speaking of paying for stuff -- the Humble Bundle is just that, humble. They don't choose the price, you do. They tell you the retail cost, and you decide how much to pay. Really. There aren't any strings attached, you just decide what you think a bundle of DRM free, Linux compatible games are worth. And here's where I get a little prideful: Check out the average donations by platform below. As Linux users, we tend to be willing to spend the most money. I think it's because we understand that freedom has value, and we're willing to put our money where our mouths are.

Your Money Also Does Charity Work!

As if setting your own price wasn't awesome enough, you also get to decide how to distribute that money amongst the developers and charity. And the charities are some that we all know and love. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child's Play have been selected in this Humble Bundle to receive the donations. Just like the price, you determine the percentages of your total that go to the charities.

So whether you're a gamer looking for a cheap fix, a Linux evangelist excited to see your favorite operating system included in something like this, or just a giving geek that wants to support such a great cause -- the Humble Bundle is full of win. The event only lasts two weeks, and it started Tuesday. Whether or not you decide to buy a bundle, be sure to tell your friends, even if they're not Linux users!


Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.


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this may not have DRM but

stber321's picture

this may not have DRM but that does not mean you are paying for freedom as a simi-developer(sometimes I code for fun as a hobby) of Free software games, i ask you not to sell away your freedom. There are games. fun games. that allow you to play redistribute, modify and redistribute your modifications, I do not care whether humble bumble allows redistribution there is no source code. they harm you, this is not free software. there is a list of great games over at or even on sourceforge

Would be nice if I could play them.

Grunt's picture

On the strength of these being Linux friendly, I jumped at the chance. Sadly - I have had no success in actually running them so far. I am running Debian Squeeze AMD64. Not a good experience so far. Would be nice if they worked! Off to troubleshoot...

Buying Source

Brotherred's picture

I have never bought or played a single Humble game. However I have been watching these news releases for some time, and telling others about them. It was pointed out to me that those GNU+Linux fans are probably attempting to buy the source. So far it seems they have been successful. More power to them.


edythemighty's picture

The Jack Claw tech demo is Windows-only :O But it's the "bonus" so I guess we don't have to take that one into account. At least they include the source code and the editor.


Ross Larson's picture

I love the Humble Bundles! It's excellent to see these cross-platform game bundles made available at a price that is accessible, even for people who don't have a ton of spare cash.

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