Vaxoc Feb 18, 2013 @ 1:43pm
What Linux Ubuntu based distro would you recommend for running Steam?
Hello! I have used Linux for a couple years, and just recently made it my primary OS. My question to you is: what Ubuntu-based distro would you recommend using for Steam? I have tried Ubuntu 12.10 and it was a little slow when running TF2, and am just exploring other options. I am trying Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon currently, but some games don't want to launch without a workaround (which I am trying to avoid in case I help a Linux newbie transition over).

Also, has anyone tried running Steam on Linux Mint 14 MATE? Does it run well?

Thanks!
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blackout24 Feb 18, 2013 @ 1:49pm 
DEs and Distros don't impact performance a lot. What's your hardware? I did not have any problems with any desktop enviroment on Arch Linux. Tested them all for Steam.

What workarounds are you talking about? The only problem would occur with something that doesn't use pulseaudio by default like XFCE or KDE. Where you'd have to export SDL_AUDIODRIVER=alsa.
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[dirrty]gsharp Feb 18, 2013 @ 1:50pm 
Originally posted by Vaxoc:
Hello! I have used Linux for a couple years, and just recently made it my primary OS. My question to you is: what Ubuntu-based distro would you recommend using for Steam? I have tried Ubuntu 12.10 and it was a little slow when running TF2, and am just exploring other options. I am trying Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon currently, but some games don't want to launch without a workaround (which I am trying to avoid in case I help a Linux newbie transition over).

Also, has anyone tried running Steam on Linux Mint 14 MATE? Does it run well?

Thanks!

Ubuntu 12.10 is my suggestion to most new users these days. However, new users see shiny and new (Mint among others) and tend to migrate to them.

As for MATE, I've seen a few MATE users in this forum.
Vaxoc Feb 18, 2013 @ 1:52pm 
AMD Trinity A10 APU Quad Core 3.4 GHz - 4GHz "Turbo"
AMD Radeon HD 7660D
8 GB RAM
1.5 TB HDD

Perhaps the issue was with Linux Mint? Not sure, I just saw others had problems on Mint Cinnamon and didn't when they fell back to GNOME
RazorbackDB Feb 18, 2013 @ 1:52pm 
according to this http://forum.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?p=677888&sid=9da96164707dabd139a569eb7875b108#p677888 Mate doesn't have Cinammon problems, you can install mate without reinstalling the whole system to try for yourself.

also can i know what workaround are you using for Cinammon?.
Blueberries and apes Feb 18, 2013 @ 1:54pm 
Arch is by far the easiest to setup/maintain if you have linux experience
Vaxoc Feb 18, 2013 @ 1:58pm 
Originally posted by RazorbackDB:
according to this http://forum.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?p=677888&sid=9da96164707dabd139a569eb7875b108#p677888 Mate doesn't have Cinammon problems, you can install mate without reinstalling the whole system to try for yourself.

also can i know what workaround are you using for Cinammon?.

I am not using a workaround myself. Not really trying to correct the issues at this point, just seeing what distros run Steam well out of the box. (and by out of the box I mean after driver installs, etc.)
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blackout24 Feb 18, 2013 @ 2:03pm 
My first guess would be that the AMD drivers you are using (even if they are the latest) they are just not the greatest. It's nothing new with AMD.
richi902 Feb 18, 2013 @ 2:04pm 
i'm running ubuntu 12.04 x64 at my desktop, had 12.10 x64 before(huge problems) i think they completly ♥♥♥♥ed that one up.
so far everything runs ok in 12.04, appart from a little mouse input lag in tf2.

but tf2 only strated to work when i installed the amd 13.2 beta driver, it wouldnt launch with the amd 13.1 driver.
blackout24 Feb 18, 2013 @ 2:05pm 
*note to self never buy anything from AMD*
Vaxoc Feb 18, 2013 @ 2:10pm 
Originally posted by richi902:
i'm running ubuntu 12.04 x64 at my desktop, had 12.10 x64 before(huge problems) i think they completly ♥♥♥♥ed that one up.
so far everything runs ok in 12.04, appart from a little mouse input lag in tf2.

but tf2 only strated to work when i installed the amd 13.2 beta driver, it wouldnt launch with the amd 13.1 driver.

I was able to run TF2 with the 13.1 drivers on Ubuntu 12.10 x64 after installing the "linux-headers-generic" package. Also, are loading times okay for you in 12.04? And are you using Unity 2D or 3D?
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richi902 Feb 18, 2013 @ 2:21pm 
i'm using unity 3d and loading times are pretty long, but i never really played that game under windows, so i dont have a good comparsion.
while i was using 12.10, i used the 12.11 beta-8driver (i think it was).
i just wonder why tf2 didint wanted to strat with the 13.1 driver on 12.04......
Teisei Feb 18, 2013 @ 3:40pm 
Xubuntu ... beautiful, fast and easy to use. It's everything you need for the best gaming experience.
RobbieThe1st [Linux] Feb 18, 2013 @ 3:47pm 
Originally posted by t.jp Linux:
*note to self never buy anything from AMD*
Hey, it only applies to GPU drivers - AMD CPUs are fine(Perhaps slower clock-for-clock, but nice and cheap).

That being said, I think the others here have it fairly well nailed down: distro makes very little difference, and you can tweak any distro to have the same performance as any other one.
Your problem is probably due to compositing; I'd go with KDE instead of Unity(either install Kubuntu, or install the kubuntu-desktop package into your current install). KDE has the great feature of having it's window manager setup so it can have compositing("desktop effects") switched on or off at a moments notice, with a key combination. Makes sure that, even if you aren't running fullscreen, you can get the most performance when you want it, and then go back and enable it again to get the shiny when you're done.
Junior s2 Camila Feb 18, 2013 @ 3:53pm 
Originally posted by t.jp Linux:
DEs and Distros don't impact performance a lot.
Sometimes it does. Ubuntu 12.04 with Gnome 15min to extract 16GB (tar.gz), Mint XFCE took about 5 minutes.

On openSUSE frame rates are higher with older drivers than Ubuntu/Mint with newer drivers.
omegadot Feb 18, 2013 @ 4:12pm 
Originally posted by t.jp Linux:
DEs and Distros don't impact performance a lot. What's your hardware? I did not have any problems with any desktop enviroment on Arch Linux. Tested them all for Steam.

What workarounds are you talking about? The only problem would occur with something that doesn't use pulseaudio by default like XFCE or KDE. Where you'd have to export SDL_AUDIODRIVER=alsa.

With compositiing (and occasionally without) a DE can impact things quite a lot. One of the reasons I've always avoided fancy schmancy things.

With an AMD I had issues with Cinnamon not letting me having OGL stuff full screen, and not just steam games. I went back to gnome 2d, which doesn't really bother me at all. I just need to be able to click thing and have some windows. AMD's driver have never been great though, not even in Windows.

I'm a Mint fan as I generally like the Debian based stuff but I'm fairly lazy these days when it comes to getting my Desktop going and up to date. I also run a lot of VMs and such though so my host OS isn't super important. Still, I recommend Mint. It's lazy penguin approved.
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