あいうえお is my life Nov 16, 2013 @ 3:00pm
Linux
So I'm completely new to Linux, and I would like to know what distro you think is the best to play games on.
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s.plisskin [Archlinux] Nov 16, 2013 @ 3:10pm 
If your completely new to linux i would peruse Distrowatch.com and look at perhaps the top 20 distros and see if there is anything that catches your eye.Some Ubuntu derivative perhaps for a beginner.
Last edited by s.plisskin [Archlinux]; Nov 16, 2013 @ 3:12pm
^1Gentoo Nov 16, 2013 @ 3:10pm 
That's a tough question to answer. ;)
Doc Holliday Nov 16, 2013 @ 3:14pm 
Originally posted by knerk:
So I'm completely new to Linux, and I would like to know what distro you think is the best to play games on.

if you like windows 7 and XP or Mac OS8/9 i say try Linux Mint 16 MATE btw what GPU you have?????
jeremywc Nov 16, 2013 @ 3:17pm 
The vast majority of games are going to be tested against Ubuntu LTS 12.04 right now. Ubuntu 13.10, Linux Mint and Fedora are also getting some love, but I'd recommend Ubuntu LTS if you're just starting out.
Rain Ninja Nov 16, 2013 @ 3:34pm 
Not sure if "best to play games on" is so easy to answer.

But for someone new to Linux, the Ubuntu or Ubuntu-derived options being mentioned already are definitely a great place to start.

Just please keep in mind, that Linux is "not Windows". There will be differences, simply often even due to the underlying design. It's best to keep an open mind before immediately deciding it's too hard or weird because it's different.
Last edited by Rain Ninja; Nov 16, 2013 @ 3:37pm
Doc Holliday Nov 16, 2013 @ 3:44pm 
Originally posted by Rain Ninja:
Not sure if "best to play games on" is so easy to answer.

But for someone new to Linux, the Ubuntu or Ubuntu-derived options being mentioned already are definitely a great place to start.

i do a lot of testing and i found Linux Mint MATE to be one of the best for performance and having fewer issues over all for Steam and Steam Games
JoeyJoeJoe25 Nov 16, 2013 @ 3:52pm 
I started on Linux Mint, so maybe you should start there too. When I started, I was really put off by all the differences, but I was too stubborn to quit using it, and now I prefer it to Windows. You just have to get to know it, and understand just how it works. That takes some time, took me a good few months to get the hang of it. I now use Manjaro Linux, which is Arch based.
Rain Ninja Nov 16, 2013 @ 4:04pm 
Originally posted by Doc Holliday:
Originally posted by Rain Ninja:
Not sure if "best to play games on" is so easy to answer.

But for someone new to Linux, the Ubuntu or Ubuntu-derived options being mentioned already are definitely a great place to start.

i do a lot of testing and i found Linux Mint MATE to be one of the best for performance and having fewer issues over all for Steam and Steam Games
Yeah that doesn't surprise me, with MATE, compositing/screen effects are totally optional and overall by today's standards, MATE is fairly lightweight (I use it myself on Arch).

So Linux Mint MATE is definitely a good suggestion.
Sin Nov 16, 2013 @ 4:20pm 
XFCE is a good desktop environment too. You could try Xubuntu for that; but Unity has also become quite stable over the months and performs decently at the expense of some performance. Having not said that, I propose installing VirtualBox and then downloading the .iso images for your chosen Linux distros and try them out: it's a really effective way of understanding Linux because not only are you exposing yourself to each Linux distro but you are also becoming familiar with the installation process.

I don't know how we can get your GPU info through the command prompt, so what is your GPU and basically the stats of your PC?
Fibbles Nov 16, 2013 @ 7:26pm 
I'm a Xubuntu user myself, it's a nice lightweight *buntu based distro. Its only major downside is that its built in compositor (basically the thing that allows desktop effects - shadows, transparency, etc) is a bit crap and you have to turn it off for smoother gaming. The compositor can be replaced with Compton but that's not something I'd recommend for somebody completely new to Linux.

From what I've heard Mint is a very good option for new users and you won't have to mess around disabling/enabling the compositor for better gaming performance.
rudeboyskunk Nov 16, 2013 @ 8:12pm 
tl;dr - Use Linux Mint, dual-boot with Windows until you are 100% comfortable with Linux.

The advice that everybody giving here is very good, especially w/regard to Linux Mint. I've been using Ubuntu almost exclusively since it debuted in 2004, and I got so fed up with 13.10 that I just threw my hands in the air and made the switch to Linux Mint. I LOVE LINUX MINT. It works so well out-of-the-box, the way Ubuntu used to. Games run somewhat better for me than they did on Ubuntu.

THAT BEING SAID, if you are switching from Windows to Linux, THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS TO DUAL-BOOT. You should keep Windows on your computer so that if there is something you cannot do on Linux but need to do, you can boot into Windows and do it there (like using MS Office, iTunes, etc). I dual-booted with Windows XP until about 2005 when I made the 100% switch to Linux (after using it for two years). I now dual-boot with Win7 just because there is a Windows program I need for my work, but that's all I use it for, so 99.999999% of everything I do (including gaming) is only done in Linux.
Jamie F Nov 16, 2013 @ 9:28pm 
for daily driver i use slackware... Prob not the best distro to start out on.. But when i was new my first distro was actually Mandrake i bought it from Eb games (yes there was a time u could buy linux) ... Then i went to Suse for a few years then Ubuntu... For ease of use getting into linux id say go Ubuntu... Mint is a ok choice i just didnt like Mint's store and it felt to much of a rip off of ubuntu to stick with it...


Honestly getting your feet wet i would go with Ubuntu or deb dirivitave.. Also keep your windows parttion around for stuff that will not work or you dont want to fiddle with wine to get working ..(stuff that just wont run).

Like the person above me said just dual boot get used to it... If you can make the swith fully great (after awhile if not) Theres no shame in keeping 2 os on the pc or u can even migrate your windows partiton to a vmware and wipe the windows boot config off of your boot loader.

For me personally... I tripple boot Mac os with a windows vm partition on one machine that also has slackware installed with it...
あいうえお is my life Nov 16, 2013 @ 11:40pm 
Originally posted by RAVEN MCCCXXXVII:
XFCE is a good desktop environment too. You could try Xubuntu for that; but Unity has also become quite stable over the months and performs decently at the expense of some performance. Having not said that, I propose installing VirtualBox and then downloading the .iso images for your chosen Linux distros and try them out: it's a really effective way of understanding Linux because not only are you exposing yourself to each Linux distro but you are also becoming familiar with the installation process.

I don't know how we can get your GPU info through the command prompt, so what is your GPU and basically the stats of your PC?

Originally posted by Doc Holliday:
Originally posted by knerk:
So I'm completely new to Linux, and I would like to know what distro you think is the best to play games on.

if you like windows 7 and XP or Mac OS8/9 i say try Linux Mint 16 MATE btw what GPU you have?????

I'm using an i7-3612QM clocked at 2.10 GHz, my GPU is a 7970M, I also have an integrated intel HD 4000.
Last edited by あいうえお is my life; Nov 16, 2013 @ 11:45pm
Sin Nov 17, 2013 @ 5:28am 
Originally posted by knerk:
Originally posted by RAVEN MCCCXXXVII:
XFCE is a good desktop environment too. You could try Xubuntu for that; but Unity has also become quite stable over the months and performs decently at the expense of some performance. Having not said that, I propose installing VirtualBox and then downloading the .iso images for your chosen Linux distros and try them out: it's a really effective way of understanding Linux because not only are you exposing yourself to each Linux distro but you are also becoming familiar with the installation process.

I don't know how we can get your GPU info through the command prompt, so what is your GPU and basically the stats of your PC?

Originally posted by Doc Holliday:

if you like windows 7 and XP or Mac OS8/9 i say try Linux Mint 16 MATE btw what GPU you have?????

I'm using an i7-3612QM clocked at 2.10 GHz, my GPU is a 7970M, I also have an integrated intel HD 4000.

Is the GPU an Nvidia card?
gutigen o) Nov 17, 2013 @ 5:34am 
Don't listen to anyone here, most people here use Linux for years and they at least know what terminal is, they can't look at Linux with newbie eyes anymore.

What you want to do is start with latest Ubuntu (www.ubuntu.com), get some idea how this ♥♥♥♥ works and go from there to maybe other distribution if you so desire.

For a complete Linux newbie there is no better solution, period.

EDIT:

Btw, there is no difference in performance between most modern and up to date distributions.
Last edited by gutigen o); Nov 17, 2013 @ 5:36am
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