- Jan 17, 2005
OMG. I had no idea. I just googled and... My apologies. Gaming is huge on BSD Unix and Linux derivatives. I guess I should have updated my circa 2000 AD knowledge before posting, but in truth, the analogy was too funny once I thought of it, so I may not have been able to resist even if I'd known.Yes, most people are happy with whatever Linux/BSD/UNIX-like operating system their PlayStation, Nintendo, iPad, or Android phone comes with.
SteamOS is awful, don't bother with it IMO.I am also a Linux guy, but for my gaming machine i use windows.
however in the next few weeks i am planning on giving steamOS a try.
There is also a Manjaro installer in the Manjaro add/remove programs.
Manjaro Gnome looks pretty nice as well. Was trying it out in a VM, might switch over to it. I'm not familiar with arch at all, so there's a lot I could learn.So SteamOs can be considered a no go for sure, might be better to try something like ElementaryOS mentioned above, or some other minimalist Linux Distro.
You're almost always going to lose performance. Anywhere from 10 to 30 percent. In the case of Proton, it's a compatibility layer of Wine and/or DXVK, its "translating" the DirectX API to Vulkan. You can't expect it to be identical to native windows performance. For OpenGL or native Vulkan games, the performance loss is much less.Has anyone switched over yet and experienced proton through the steam client? I would like to know how your experience is going because I tried Ark on Ubuntu through the steam client proton and got much less fps than I get on windows. I'm all for switching over, but don't want to lose performance of course!
I recall reading some time ago that the Linux port of Left4Dead was outperforming the Windows version on the same hardware.For native Linux games, there are other issues such as GPU drivers still not being as mature as Windows ones (although massive progress is being made, especially with AMD who are pushing MESA, their open source driver, while Nvidia's is still propriety), which impacts performance.
This is exactly my problem, I would like to be part of the people who switched to Linux and helped the userbase grow, but I don't want to lose performance because of it of course. I think ill just go Dual boot for now on a secondary SSD and test some of my games, if it runs acceptable then Ill try to stick it out.It's a catch 22. No one wants to use Linux for gaming because it has several problems. Linux for gaming has several problems because the userbase isn't there. That's why VFIO is the best of both worlds. You can just load up a VM for Windows when you want to play games.
I think that's a question for its own thread.Another thing I was wondering about, not being a Linux user myself, what benefits does Linux have over Windows as an OS, apart from the fact that its free? I mean why would someone use Linux over Windows, assuming Windows is the main platform they've worked on forever