So I know we have a few resident experts on Linux. @coralinecastell@delenn13 . However, after a quick search of the threads, either it hasn’t been condensed into one topic, said topic is really old, or I’m too r******* (stupid) to find it.
So, any chance we can maybe get something going for news, how to, etc? or is this going to die in like 3 posts like usual?
Of course I can gladly contribute! I have several resources when it comes to Linux! However, for now, I’ll be brief because I’m working.
First thing I want to point out is that “Linux” or “GNU” are broad terms. There are many Linux distributions, although a handful are the most recommended when it comes to gaming. I’ll speak of those.
A couple of years ago, Ubuntu would have been my main recommendation, for a few reasons:
It had Valve’s official support as their main and only officially supported Linux distro and
It was easy to use and guided by important core values which rendered it an efficient and upstanding environment.
Both those points have since changed drastically, and I no longer, personally, recommend Ubuntu to ANYONE who wants to try out a Linux distro for gaming or otherwise. I wrote a brief review about that at AlternativeTo.
Basically, these are the distros I recommend instead:
You’re welcome. I’m getting news that I may be able to build my new system mid to late August. With that build is going to be an OS change, so looking at a Linux distro is a real possibility.
I do have a few questions.
Of the few you recommend, what are the pros and cons of each? I know you linked a few videos about that, but there may be things that you notice that someone else doesn’t. At the time of this post, I also haven’t watched said videos.
I know you use Manjaro, but for the basic user, which would be the best distro?
With that, are there some that work better for certain tasks? I know my video goes into that a bit, but I’d like your opinion. If anyone else has an opinion, I’d like to hear it as well.
How does Linux fare in terms of DRM software? I know there are some people that really don’t care about DRM. I know my video says that there may be some issues, but doesn’t really go into the extent.
If I wanted to stream, is there support for that and are there any issues?
Lastly, with a certain popular game coming to PC, finally, does Linux have any issues with third party accounts or launchers required for some games? It is probably a dumb question, but sometimes the dumbest questions are the most important to ask.
First off, thanks for the reply and the questions. Second off, Im currently working and this new printer we’re working with set me up with a Mac computer that has an LG screen and an Dell keyboard with an American layout… it’s kind of a messy chimera, so I apologize for all the inevitable typos and what not.
I’ve only used two distros for a prolonged period of time: Ubuntu and Manjaro. That said, the videos I sent are better resources than my personal opinion. I believe Chris Titus’ video on “How to Choose a Linux Distribution” might be a good initial North.
Manjaro is excellent for the basic user, period. It’s ridiculously easy to set up – ex: it automatically detects your GPU and installs whatever you need to make it run smoothly – comes with Steam pre-installed and gives you a lot of choices regarding what software you want and what software you don’t – like it lets you choose your word processor of choice among many FOSS (free open source software) alternatives, like LibreOffice and OpenOffice.
Finally, Manjaro comes in many flavors – I use KDE – and is highly customizable. It also has an excellent file manager – which ensure you won’t need to even glance at the terminal for all your file needs – and I’ve been updating it via the GUI to report if I run into any errors, instead of updating it via the command line with pacman – which honestly, is what I would prefer, but understand many don’t want to have to rely on the terminal, which is why it’s vital to have a working UI to attract new users.
I’ve been confidently using Manjaro for around 2 months now and haven’t run into a single OS-related issue so far. Of course, anyone might run into a myriad of issues, but if it’s my personal opinion that you seek, I can say first-hand that I’m Lovin’ It .
One thing you might want to consider when updating your PC is whether you’re going with NVidia or AMD. I have much to say on the subject but, long-story short, it’s better to pair Linux up with AMD than NVidia. I can offer you more on that after you get back to me with your initial GPU thoughts – and once I’m at my own PC with my precious tech resources read the last bit in Gollum.
All the distros I recommended will serve you well for gaming as well as productivity – working, etc. Beyond that, I once again refer to the aforementioned videos.
Never done it, can’t say. However: Steam doesn’t let you stream or watch other people’s stream’s through its native “watch” feature or whatever it’s called. Been there, tried that. Had to dual-boot into Windows to watch a friend’s gameplay. Found these for you, let me know if it’s what you had in mind:
this keyboard is giving me an aneurysm I swear why the heck can’t you ctrl + c on a Mac someone please accidentally make Tim Cook slip on a banana peel and fracture his pelvis I beg you
Absolutely. I can’t play Ubisoft games, for example. I believe one or two Ass Creed games run on Linux but I’ve never bothered enough to try. Please consult https://www.protondb.com/ for all your “what runs and what doesn’t” needs.
Most often than not, a game will not run on Linux simply because of the launcher. Several games being built on Unity, it would literally be a flick of a switch to port them to Linux, but big AAA devs don’t bother.
Hope I could answer you well, for now! Good luck building your PC and count on me if you have any questions or would like to set up a dual-boot together – I wouldn’t recommend going full Linux if you’re completely unfamiliar with it.
Yeah i’ve been meaning to start with Linux very soon or at least testing out things maybe on virtual machine, though been busy with other things it’s on my to do list for sure, so I will be defo watching this thread. Manjaro sounds pretty interesting for gaming especially. And distrotest link is useful.
I think though I might start with linux mint lol.
I’ve heard puppylinux reccomended purely because of the advantages of something lightweight if you want to use from a usb, and carry something around with you. Not sure its good for games though lol honestly just like the idea of it being cute and smol like a puppy.
I often have come across arguments about which distro is best
If this is a general Linux thread, I have some advice for those wishing to get into it for gaming purposes. Avoid Ubuntu now. Steam will be dropping it for another OS due to Ubuntu suspending support for 32-bit packages in its archives. I also have another reason for honestly suggesting another OS, and it is the declining stability of Ubuntu.
I’ve been using it since the early 2000s (and various other flavors of it) and post 14.04 it really started to fall down hill. I really noticed the decline once they introduced snap packages, which are heinous.
Not sure which OS Steam will go to, but for other reasons as to why I am starting to dislike Ubuntu post 12.04 LTS, I’d suggest checking out other OSes. However, if you are absolutely brand new to the scene, check out the second portion.
Other distros to check out:
Ubuntu (and variants)
Linux Mint (looks a lot like Windows)
Zorin OS (really beautiful looking, too)
Lastly, I have tons of tricks and tips I could share, but not sure how I’d go about starting that up. Seems just random info, really.
They’re stable and operate a lot like Windows but are Linux inside, so they are very good for beginners. Zorin is probably a bit better compared to Mageia.
The last I tried to install them, the installation methods would overwhelm a newb just come from Windows (I tried to get a few newbs into Manjaro, did not work out so well haha). I’m thinking GUI installations that guide the user all the way, so the easiest are the ones that hand hold very well.
Alright, so 75% of the new system is built (just need graphics card), and needs a test so I was looking through the links and stuff.
I have only dabbled in Ubuntu 16.04.?? LTS years ago.
After having gotten accustomed to windows, going back Linux has the memories of Ubuntu (which was just screwing around with it). Since I’m going to try to do something legit, I’d like something that doesn’t require a shedload of user customization.
I found the LTT video very helpful for someone who, at this time, just wants to use it and have it run.\
I was disappointed in the L1 video. It was basically a talking head video and I was hoping for more of actually using it. Rather it was a discussion of rather technical stuff that I quite honestly don’t give a shit about. I did not find it very helpful. He started losing me when there were terms I barely understood starting flying.
Same goes for Chris Titus Tech. He tried, and unfortunately, didn’t quite make it there. He had some good points, but I think the problem is I felt he never fully answered the question the title of the video posed: How to choose the distro. Again, it seemed like a discussion on the technical items of the distros. One good point he made was that Linux has many technical people behind it that don’t know how to dumb stuff down. Unfortunately, I feel he fell into that trap. He was doing okay to start and then was throwing terms that if I wasn’t semi familiar with technical terms I would have no idea what they meant.
I didn’t watch the last three. Third wasn’t watched because it seemed like it was going to be more of the same and I didn’t feel like listening to an hour of stuff I either don’t understand or don’t care about. He also led of with “it’s a ramble”. tab was closed shortly thereafter. Fourth wasn’t watched because I don’t know the language. Last wasn’t watched because I didn’t feel like it.
I tried viewing the Linux for Noobs Reddit and… they could really use a FAQ. I was hoping for more, but it was a technical thread.
Seeing all this is actually discouraging, especially to your basic user that just wants shit to work without them having to go in and fix stuff.
LTT did good in this regard, yes they were throwing some jargon around, but they had the “I literally have no idea wtf you’re saying, what does that mean” side there too. That’s important.
I do think this is still Linux’s greatest downfall. There is lot’s of technicality and people either don’t know how or are unwilling to dumb it down.
I don’t really want to say this way, but someone really needs to put the information in stupid so it’s easy to understand.
Anyway, I’m probably going to install either Linux Mint or Pop!_OS, as I’m looking for the user experience with the least amount of hiccups until I get enough into it that I’m ready to nose around and tweak things.
Oh and the Distro Test ran like ass on my machine, I think I’ll get a better experience downloading it and trying it. (Linux mint had the entire taskbar cut off).
I am sorry. I have been avoiding this topic because I just don’t have the time to do it justice. But I am gonna just throw out what I use and between the videos you can see why I like it. I see @Pylinaer is getting discouraged… Read all of this before you start clicking links…I am NOT a whiz at this. I am still dabbling in it. Most everything works right out of the box because of the Driver Support : Huge Driver support.
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Providing an update. I tried out Pop_OS for a bit and really don’t like the menu. Don’t like the access mechanic and it’s a bit Too MAC-y for me. @delenn13, I’ll go ahead and try Makulu Core even though Makulu Core screams MAC to my face just looking at the layout. Unfortunately, Lindoz is unavailable, which is the one I’d like to try.
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