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What Linux Distro is Best For Gaming

Discussion in 'Computers, Science & Technology' started by Sapphire K, Nov 24, 2021.

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  1. Sapphire K

    Sapphire K Autistic Demigirl! (She/They/It) V.I.P Member

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    Hello, I would like to know which Linux distribution is best for gaming? I have a Dell G15 laptop with a Ryzen 5, 8gb of ram, and an RTX3050.
     
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    I don’t do much gaming but I would think it is not going to make much difference what Linux flavor you choose. Just as long as it has the drivers for your peripherals you should be good to go. If there is specific software you are looking to run, you should be able to find any OS requirements on their website.
     
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    Honestly the main thing that is going to matter is whether or not the game in question actually has Linux compatibility, as a great many do not.

    Pretty much the only reason as to why I've not switched.
     
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    You might consider starting such a search with Ubuntu distributions first. I'm not particularly interested in gaming in Linux, but am eventually contemplating migrating to Linux from Windows.

    (Abandoning a perfectly running pc with Windows 10 is an absurd notion just to run Windows 11.) :mad::mad::mad: And investing $60 in a new SSD to host Linux is cheaper than spending $1500 to build a new computer that I didn't really need to begin with. :cool::cool::cool:

    And there's "Wine", an application that creates a "compatibility layer" between Linux and Windows. Effectively allowing one to use Linux as a platform to run individual Windows applications- and games. Though from what I've seen so far, the number of Windows apps and games it can run is limited to a number of specific titles.

    I'm looking mainly at Zorin OS16, Linux Mint and Pop! within Ubuntu. Recommended for beginners choosing to migrate from Windows to Linux.

    You might also look for distros that specifically come with Ubuntu GamePack. Not sure what that includes. I do know there are many videos on YouTube discussing the increase of the gaming community on Linux- something to check out. Right now it's been my main source of information in learning about a completely different OS from Windows.

    Best Linux Distros with WINE preinstalled: A Comparison!!

    Top 31 Free Linux Games Everyone Should Be Playing in 2020

     
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    The first thing to check is to make sure your PC can even install Linux. It's not like the old days where you could put it on anything, unfortunately. It's even worse if it's a laptop, as only certain laptops can install Linux and they all are pretty expensive.
     
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    My main distro is opensuse, it has a great installer and is highly configurable through gui (yast) unlike other distros, it also has butterfs as a default filesystem so you can create instant snapshot backups. If you go with ubuntu i recommend xubuntu or kubuntu since those don't come with the awful gnome 3 desktop.

    To launch games with your secondary nvidia gpu you want to use prime render offload Chapter 35. PRIME Render Offload
    The configure x screen and configure gpu screen isn't neccesary on every distro, on some (like opensuse) you can just install the NVIDIA driver and launch games with the shell script in the guide.

    I don't recommend you install mint, pop or manjaro (most unstable rolling release there is). They are just reskins of existing distro's that offer very little besides their own theme, custom installer and somes buggy guis that are supposed make linux easier but cause more problems than they solve. They are considered newbie distros because newbies don't know how useless and flawed they are.

    Also don't try make windows solutions fit on a linux distro.
     
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    Sapphire K Autistic Demigirl! (She/They/It) V.I.P Member

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    The only things I'd end up having issues with is Ubisoft games because battleye is not yet compatible with windows.

    Honestly Linux is becoming so much more accessible and supported that it's pretty strange that more game devs havent started to make their games compatible with Linux, especially since more and more people are being turned away from Windows and Mac.
     
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    Depending on how much hard drive space you have, you can try dual-booting to see what distros you like and will work. I don't game on Linux so can't offer anything specific to try out, but installing a Linux distro on a portion of your hard drive or a separate hard drive altogether (a better idea in my opinion, if you can do it) gives you the option to use both so that you're not tied to one OS or the other.

    Just a suggestion I'm putting out there as the majority of games are still developed for Windows and I don't see that changing very soon. There are very few games on Steam for example that are compatible with Linux out the box (I'm not talking about using WINE either), so I'd say don't get your hopes up right now for getting anything to work smoothly if you try it.
     
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    What seems to be a more balanced approach to such questions, pointing out that it's worth considering "the big picture" when it comes to gaming and whether or not it's a priority in how one uses their computer. Whatever OS or computer platform they chose to run. That it's unlikely to find any real "all-in-one" solution.



    Before working for a corporate computer game publisher/developer around the turn of the century, I loved gaming. When games were still relatively simple running on most computers with decent frame rates. But after a few years of being on the inside of such operations, I came to resent it altogether. Loved being a web designer and managing all the game product websites, but the industry itself sickened me.

    A business obsessed with getting incomplete and buggy products to the market within the prescribed quarter just to appease existing and future shareholders. Where consumers were at the bottom of the list, getting their sorely needed patch files when the corporation felt like it and not before. Buy first- play later.

    Making PC gaming often "a wild goose chase", where either you are constantly having to upgrade hardware and software just to play an often buggy game. Not worth it, especially given most of my computer use involves graphics application and Internet access for media and information on a broad spectrum.

    Fast-forward to twenty years later and I see consumers still being lemmings herded over a cliff by game publishers and developers. Married to the technological whims of Microsoft and Nvidia. Pushers catering to the needs of those jonesing for their next game fix.

    IMO, if you use a computer for a variety of practical reasons, Linux may be the way to go. OTOH if you are totally immersed in computer gaming, get yourself a dedicated console format and stick with it. Insuring an optimal degree of compatibility concerns rather than having to continually upgrade or replace your PC.
     
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    This bit has been consistently frustrating to watch. In the sense of general exploitation by the industry.

    Last AAA game I bought was... Diablo 3 for PC, the day that came out. Know about the auction house incident in that? If so... I need not even say anything else. Gotta say, it was the last straw. Never bought another AAA game since (with occasional rare exceptions from Nintendo), switched purely to indies... and holy heck am I glad I did.

    The stuff being pushed now is downright embarrassing, and even more embarrassing is how people keep falling for it. "Pushers" really is the right word for the companies that make the bloody things now... it's all about getting you addicted to those stupid loot boxes or whatever, and then keeping you paying, and paying, and paying... and then OOPS, the next slot machine... er, I mean, the next game in the series now wants a better video card, and we just happen to have a nice suggestion for you, for a new video card, what a convenient deal... What's that? It's too expensive still? Well too bad, the addiction has you... go buy the thing, upgrade, and get back to buying loot boxes.

    And that's just how it all seems to be on that side of the industry. Buy the games, buy the stupid broken DLC, buy the lootboxes, buy the upgrades, buy whatever.... but you RECEIVE next to nothing. Except sadness and tragedy.

    Just... ugh. Yeah I know I'm rambling here a bit but the whole situation irks me to no end, and I genuinely cant understand why people fall for this nonsense so easily. Particularly when it's SO FREAKING OBVIOUS.
     
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