I wouldn’t generally post something like that, but if Roon Labs “doesn’t see the demand”, what choice do I have?
With regards to the rhetorical question “Have you seen our UI?”
My answer is no. Even though I am a paying customer, I have never seen Roon as a desktop UI and likely never will. I’m sure I’m missing out, but the fact of the matter is that I have no (other) use for Mac or Windows. I knew there was no linux desktop client when I decided to shell out and am not complaining about being misled, but it would definitely be very nice. The remote on my iPhone is currently my only option.
Further to that point, part of the reason I purchased was because of Roon Bridge’s compatibility with Raspberry Pi. I may have been able to overlook the existence of the Roon Remote and justify the purchase anyway, but I am very confident that for every customer like me, there have been many others that were drawn to Roon due to server/bridge linux compatibility but then opted not to purchase due to lack of client compatibility. Roon has thus almost served an underserved niche market, and it seems a shame not to finish the job. The fact that Tidal itself does not have a Linux client makes this a really golden opportunity to bring a great listening platform to linux users.
Also, I can’t say that I am deeply familiar with the software architecture of Roon Remote specifically, but given that it has already been developed it for 4 very different platforms, I find it hard to believe that significant technical hurdles exist that prevent a linux client from coming into existence. Then again, I do not know what Roon Desktop actually looks like.