Perhaps including what kinds of hardware work best with them. I’m interested in people’s opinions on this.

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Pop OS seems to be really popular among gamers.

Jedrax
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Ubuntu is pretty good. What do you mean by best? You’ll just need to enable the proprietary drivers and use Steam’s proton features.

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Highest performance, easiest set up, most versatile with proprietary hardware I suppose are my personal criteria for this question.

Jedrax
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Gotcha, like others have mentioned, the distro choice can be dependent on the brand of GPU you have. There have been really good replies above me and I recommend all of those as well. I’ve never used void though

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Gotcha, like others have mentioned, the distro choice can be dependent on the brand of GPU you have. There have been really good replies above me and I recommend all of those as well. I’ve never used void though

Which distros have the most hardware support?

  • Almost all firmware is baked into the kernel, so any distro with a modern kernel
  • Avoid:
    • Debian, Slackware
  • Use
    • Anything with a modern kernel
    • Linux Mint (has extra driver support)
    • Pop_OS (has extra driver support)
  • Pro Tip
    • When doing your Linux install, select non-free firmware
    • This doesn’t mean you have to pay for the firmware, it just means it’s not free & open source

Ultimately, they’re all the same. If you want to play games and have an easy life, ask these questions:

  • How do I want to install software? (This is “what distro”)
  • How do I want my desktop to look? (This is “what desktop environment (DE)”)
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This recommendation is correct if you have an Nvidia GPU.

If you have an AMD or Intel GPU, being even more bleeding edge on the Kernel and Mesa (open source GPU drivers) is better and as a relative beginner Manjaro is probably the best choice.

@blank_sl8@lemmy.ml
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You only need to “Avoid” Debian if you are a real beginner. Adding the non-free repo and installing firmware from there requires adding just a couple lines to sources.list then installing certain packages.

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Solid recommendations in this thread. I’d just like to add that if you’re using an nVidia card and are considering KDE as your desktop, some additional elbow grease might be required [1], [2].

This is just personal experience mind you, but my nVidia card never seemed to play well with KDE. Cinnamon, XFCE or Budgie on the other hand? No problems.

poVoq
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Can´t confirm. Have been using Nvidia with Xorg and KDE for years and never had a single issue. There apparently used to be problems with Wayland, but Nvidia is working on those.

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Yes probably not about the distro itself as it merely depends on what software and drivers you are running.

But what is working well for me currently for 99% of the 80+ games I’ve bought on Steam Games is:

  • Manjaro KDE running on AMD CPU with Nvidia card using Nvidia driver.
  • Steam Games with the Proton GE drivers.
  • Recognising my Logitech G29 racing wheel, pedals, and gear shift.

I just notice that if changing the Proton driver version, it can be worth deleting the compatdata folder created by the previous version, if you have problems. And it works best with games installed in the Steam folders on EXT4 drive. Installing to a NTFS shared drive is sometimes problematic for some games.

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In my experience Proton GE is a bit hit or miss. I would always first try the non-GE versions and only if you have problems with those then GE might help. In addition Proton GE and VR seems to not like each other at all.

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The problem I have had with Proton GE, is that some updates (two for me so far) had broken my racing wheel support. Took quite a bit of messing around before I tried reverting to a previous version, and then all worked again. So yes, for Proton GE I stay on an existing version, and only move to a newer version if I have some new game, and it does not run on the Proton GE version I’m using.

Halce
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Garuda Linux Gaming (based on Arch, baked-in Steam… etc.

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Using and recomending void linux. its very easy to manage. runit instead of systemd. rolling release, but very stable (didnt get any issues with updates during years) posible partial upgrades. low on resources capable of anything. package manager very quick and full featerured. xbps-src alternative to aur.

I am using it on two computers. -ryzen 5 with gtx 1050 -thinkpad t420 And one i installed to my mother she never have any complains…

And for better handling services and packages i recommend bpytop, vpm and vsv

Lutris and steam are in repos so…

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