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Linux gamers: time to represent your distro!

l2avism2l2avism2 Member UncommonPosts: 38
edited May 2018 in Hardware
As I am much older and more mature, I have moved on to a more mature operating system. amiright?
Now that open source drivers don't suck anymore, and you don't have to fight with the binary blob drivers anymore, gaming in linux isn't bad at all.
You can even game on debian now that all of the open source drivers are stable enough to be including in debian-stable.
Although, I know most of you are probably using nubuntu :p.


Which distro?
  1. Debian7 votes
    1. Slacko
        0.00%
    2. Mint
      28.57%
    3. Ubuntu
      28.57%
    4. SteamOS
        0.00%
    5. Cent
        0.00%
    6. RedHat
        0.00%
    7. Custom DIY distro
        0.00%
    8. Other Linux Distro
        0.00%
    9. Non-Linux, FreeBSD distros
        0.00%
    10. Non-Linux, Lame Windows
      28.57%
    11. Non-Linux, Apples BSD port (Mac OSX)
        0.00%
    12. Other, Other
      14.29%

Comments

  • l2avism2l2avism2 Member UncommonPosts: 38
    l2avism2 said:
    As I am much older and more mature, I have moved on to a more mature operating system. amiright?
    Now that open source drivers don't suck anymore, and you don't have to fight with the binary blob drivers anymore, gaming in linux isn't bad at all.
    You can even game on debian now that all of the open source drivers are stable enough to be including in debian-stable.
    Although, I know most of you are probably using nubuntu :p.


    This website obviously hates debian, for some reason poll option #1 gets its checkbox and results omitted.
  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 36,382
    Polls here have been broken for a while, best to create a dummy first line item to work around.

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  • RidelynnRidelynn Member EpicPosts: 7,061
    I like Linux a lot. I don't game on it though.
    Ozmodan
  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 20,019
    I have WSL enabled in Win10 and installed Ubuntu through the Microsoft Store. I use Bash that way. 

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  • l2avism2l2avism2 Member UncommonPosts: 38
    Torval said:
    I have WSL enabled in Win10 and installed Ubuntu through the Microsoft Store. I use Bash that way. 

    You could just run bash in windows. 
  • l2avism2l2avism2 Member UncommonPosts: 38
    Ridelynn said:
    I like Linux a lot. I don't game on it though.
    WINE has reached the point were most windows games work. 
    Honestly though, I dont game that much anymore. New games just suck.
    Ozmodan
  • l2avism2l2avism2 Member UncommonPosts: 38
    DMKano said:
    Win 10

    Hate all you want ;)
    My sister clicked yes on that update prompt that microsoft pushed out to all of those windows 7 users which upgraded the PC to 10. She hates it and has been having troubles ever since.
    I told her newer doesn't always mean better.
    OzmodanAsm0deus
  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 22,135
    l2avism2 said:
    Ridelynn said:
    I like Linux a lot. I don't game on it though.
    WINE has reached the point were most windows games work. 
    Honestly though, I dont game that much anymore. New games just suck.
    Most is not all.  Furthermore, mostly works except with some glitches is not the same as completely working.  And even when games work through Wine, it isn't necessarily with the same frame rates for given settings as you'd get through Windows.  It's not an emulator (which would be awful performance), but neither do you get the detailed performance optimizations of the Windows drivers.
  • maskedweaselmaskedweasel Member EpicPosts: 10,647
    l2avism2 said:
    DMKano said:
    Win 10

    Hate all you want ;)
    My sister clicked yes on that update prompt that microsoft pushed out to all of those windows 7 users which upgraded the PC to 10. She hates it and has been having troubles ever since.
    I told her newer doesn't always mean better.
    Actually the upgrade from 7 to 10 did cause some unexpected issues.  Clean installs have no problems.  

    Upgraded a ton of the PCs at the office from 7 to 10, noticed a lot of the upgraded ones had strange quirks, reinstalled the systems fresh with the windows 10 license.. smooth sailing.  

    Windows 10 is pretty awesome.  Way better than 7 
    MikehaOzmodanAsm0deus



  • RidelynnRidelynn Member EpicPosts: 7,061
    I'm pretty agnostic about Operating Systems these days. I don't want an "Awesome" OS. I want an OS that lets me run what I want, doesn't hog resources so my hardware stays pretty peppy, keeps me reasonably secure without too much restriction or hassle, and other than that, stays out of my way.

    The best OS is the one you don't even notice.

    Win7 was better than Win10 in that regard, I thought.

    There are a lot of Linux-based systems for various things that do accomplish that pretty well. Routers, DVRs, Media Players, and NASes are good examples - most people don't even realize they are using Linux. 

    I still think OS X is the golden standard for me though. It will just work if that's all you want out of it, but if you want to get down in the weeds, the Mach Kernel and POSIX underpinnings will let you go down the rabbit hole pretty much as far as you want to go.


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  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 20,019
    l2avism2 said:
    Torval said:
    I have WSL enabled in Win10 and installed Ubuntu through the Microsoft Store. I use Bash that way. 

    You could just run bash in windows. 
    I do. That's how. The other options are SUSE, Debian, and Kali.
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  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 20,019
    When I install distros in my VMs I like Ubuntu and openSUSE. They have nice communities and put a lot of effort into their platforms. I'd use one of those for a Linux based desktop workstation install.

    They both provide easy install and configs for a wide range of development environments. Their ease of use and stability are huge. The free tutorial material and support communities are immense. These distros are also great for Windows users that want to adopt a Linux desktop/server workflow. They have a gentle learning curve.

    Homebrew / Hobby distros I've liked are Mint, Sabayon, Kubuntu, and KNOPPIX. "Back in the day" knoppix saved my butt many times. I've tried several others that were interesting and fun in some ways. I liked the Cinnamon desktop a lot.

    Windows 10 is a good OS though so I'm happy with it.
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  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid Member EpicPosts: 10,421
    edited May 2018
    Dual booting W10 for gaming and Ubuntu for other things. I wish Vulcan became on Linux what DX is on Windows, but until that day comes i am using Windows for gaming.

    Voted for Ubuntu in the poll because that's the distro i use, but i also like Fedora.




  • OzmodanOzmodan Member EpicPosts: 9,726
    l2avism2 said:
    Ridelynn said:
    I like Linux a lot. I don't game on it though.
    WINE has reached the point were most windows games work. 
    Honestly though, I dont game that much anymore. New games just suck.
    Seriously?  You are going to run a game under an emulator that steals many of your CPU cycles?   Sorry, that is flat out braindead.  I have a Linux PC, but I certainly do NOT waste my time playing Windows games on it.  Nothing against Linux, but I do all my gaming on a Windows PC.  There are still a lot of issues running many games on Linux.

    Your sister should be very thankful, Microsoft gave her the free upgrade to Windows 10, Win 7 is shaky when it comes to security and in this day and age that is just asking for trouble.
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  • l2avism2l2avism2 Member UncommonPosts: 38
    Torval said:
    l2avism2 said:
    Torval said:
    I have WSL enabled in Win10 and installed Ubuntu through the Microsoft Store. I use Bash that way. 

    You could just run bash in windows. 
    I do. That's how. The other options are SUSE, Debian, and Kali.
    No, I mean run bash in windows itself, not running it from linux in windows.
    You could install a complete working posix environment on windows since like forever. Its called cygwin but there are others. It comes with things like bash, gcc, xwin, etc so you could install a window manager over it and have like a separate desktop that you could switch to running gnome or plasma or something.
    Most of the binaries that come with cygwin are pe binaries (windows .exe files) but you can run elf binaries (linux's exes) and run software compiled for linux on windows.
    In a similar fashion you can run windows exes on linux after installing wine.
  • vanderghastvanderghast Member UncommonPosts: 293
    All three of you linux gamers should have quite the poll going.
    RidelynnTorvalJean-Luc_Picard
  • Jean-Luc_PicardJean-Luc_Picard Member LegendaryPosts: 8,347
    edited May 2018
    Linux (LUbuntu, lightweight version of Ubuntu without the bloated and annoying UI) in a virtual machine for development, Windows (10) for everything else.

    WINE does NOT run most Windows games smoothly and without trouble. It's often a pain in the ass if they run at all. Sorry, I have better things to do with my time nowadays, I leave that kind of nerdish time wasting to younger people.
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  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 20,019
    l2avism2 said:
    Torval said:
    l2avism2 said:
    Torval said:
    I have WSL enabled in Win10 and installed Ubuntu through the Microsoft Store. I use Bash that way. 

    You could just run bash in windows. 
    I do. That's how. The other options are SUSE, Debian, and Kali.
    No, I mean run bash in windows itself, not running it from linux in windows.
    You could install a complete working posix environment on windows since like forever. Its called cygwin but there are others. It comes with things like bash, gcc, xwin, etc so you could install a window manager over it and have like a separate desktop that you could switch to running gnome or plasma or something.
    Most of the binaries that come with cygwin are pe binaries (windows .exe files) but you can run elf binaries (linux's exes) and run software compiled for linux on windows.
    In a similar fashion you can run windows exes on linux after installing wine.
    It's not the same thing. With WSL you're running Linux binaries, not windows ports, exes, and emulations. You can run linux binaries natively and access, search, and manipulate files right from Windows using the Bash console. That's an attractive feature to some people doing some kinds of work.

    I've used cygwin and mingw before. They work great for some people. They both come with a lot of different strings attached. I didn't like that. They don't integrate well into Windows workflow. I'd rather just run a vm at that point. And for all the other stuff you mention, windows managers and desktop effects I think running a vm is better. VirtualBox is stable and anything you wreck in there stays in there. It's easy to refresh.
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