7 Best Linux Distros for Gaming (2018)

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Linux and gaming haven’t always been the best couple, but that’s changing fast thanks to things like Proton, and the many Linux distros for gaming that are out …

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  • January 6, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    Solus Steam integration is great. However it sadly causes issues with Proton. Many games will not run under Proton with Steam integration enabled.

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  • January 6, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    Didn't even mention any Arch Linux based distros or even Arch Linux for that matter. Manjaro is perfect for gaming too as Steam comes preinstalled and with great hardware detection capabilities too.

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  • January 6, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    I have no reference for other distros than Solus, because I was switching from Windows straight to Solus early 2018 and I am really happy.
    Solus combined with Lutris is the gaming experience I need and on top I have an OS with all the benefits that comes with Linux and an environment (Budgie) that fit my preferences.
    I even changed my parents laptop to Solus (because Windows updates screwed up the whole system) and since the change I never looked back, no problems at all, at least that's my experience.

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  • January 6, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    Not really. Almost any distro will do just fine. The more recent the better in most cases. Debian testing, Ubuntu 18.10, Arch, would make it you well covered, and work out of the box. I would highly recommend avoiding small application-specific distros at all cost, because they lack manpower to handle all the updates, do proper security updates on time, sometimes are based on old version of software (i.e. Ubuntu Game Pack is very good example), and updating them to newer version is painful and often breaks entire OS.

    I use Debian testing. It is easy to test using live cd, pretty easy to install, and usage is just a breaze. Steam, Wine, native games, lutris, all work easily, just like on any other distro. You can install one of 20 different desktop environments on Debian, so you can do whatever you want. The minimal version of Debian uses about 60MB of RAM. It is lighter than xubuntu.

    If somebody asks what distro to use, they simply do not know, or are begginers. In such case, Ubuntu 18.10, or Xubuntu, plus installed MATE, (or their desktop of choice) on top of standard ubuntu, are the best bet. Better compatibility, easy updates, more support online, etc. I hate Ubuntu, but that is the truth, and I would recommend Ubuntu before anything to beginers. If there are some issues, it is very unlikely switching to some other distro will magically solve the problem.

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  • January 6, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    That thing you said about solus, steam running on native libraries, i did same on gentoo. It was actually that for some reason steam refused to start when running on libraries that came with steam, but on native libraries it ran without any problem. It can be done on any linux distro.

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  • January 6, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    I was surprised by what you had to say about Solus. I'll definitely be checking that distro out now.

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